Allen Sports 4-Bike Hitch Racks for 2 in. Hitch
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- 4-bike rack fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch only . Vehicle will require professionally installed Class III or IV 2" hitch to use this product
- 22-inch long carry arms individually secure bicycles with Allen's patented tie-down system
- Folding carry arms quickly drop out of the way when rack is not in use
- Rack sets up and installs in less than 5 minutes
- Sturdy steel construction with black powder coat finish; Lifetime warranty
- NEVER use on trailers or front of vehicles
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Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount
An easy to use, rugged rack to safely transport your bikes
Carry up to four bicycles on road trips or camping excursions with the Allen four-bike carrier hitch. The hitch insert--which fits 2-inch receiver hitches--is easy to operate and super secure for your bikes. Just attach it to your hitch, then use the tie-down cradle system to individually secure and protect the bikes. The carry arm accommodates a wide range of frame sizes and designs, so you can carry your kid-size mountain bike or adult road bike with equal confidence. And you don't have to remove your bikes to access the back of your truck or SUV, as the rack tilts back for easy lift-gate access and folds out of the way completely when not in use. Also equipped with a no-wobble bolt to keep the rack from moving inside the hitch, the four-bike carrier is colored with a black powder-coated finish.
Quick assembly and easy install
With only three bolts needed to assemble your Allen Deluxe Hitch Rack, your rack will be out of the box and have you on the road in minutes.
Key Feature List
- Folding carry arms
- Individual tie-down cradles to secure and protect bicycles
- Tilt-away main mast for easy lift-gate access
- Easy assembly
- No-wobble hitch installation
Allen Deluxe Hitch Rack features
Folding carry arms
The carry arms on your rack can be easily folded down out of the way when not in use. This allows for greater flexibility in using your vehicle with the rack installed.
Individual Tie-Down System
Allen's individual tie-down system secures and protects your bicycles. The tie-downs are fixed in position on the carry arm, but rotate so that the can engage a wide range of bicycle frame sizes and styles.
Tilt-away main mast
The main mast on the rack can be quickly tilted back fro easy lift gate access when the rack is in place on your vehicle.
No-wobble hitch installation
Allen Deluxe Hitch Racks include the hardware to securely install the rack into your receiver hitch. The included No-Wobble Bolt will allow you to fully tighten the rack in place.
|Deluxe||Deluxe Locking||Deluxe+ Locking||Premier||Premier Locking||Premier Locking for Spare Tire|
|Capacity||4 Bike/ 140 LB||4 Bike/ 140 LB||4 Bike/ 140 LB||4 Bike/ 140 LB||4 Bike/ 140 LB||4 Bike/ 140 LB|
|Installation||2 in. Receiver Hitch||2 in. Receiver Hitch||2 in. Receiver Hitch||2 in. Receiver Hitch||2 in. Receiver Hitch||2 in. Receiver Hitch|
|Quick install locking hitch||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Quick fold carry arms||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Quick secure straps & dual compound cradles||✓||✓||✓|
|Rapid tilt-away mast||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Individual tie-down cradles||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Folding carry arms||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Rear Vehicle Access||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|No-wobble hitch installation||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
About Allen Sports
Richard Allen (pictured left in 1972) started Allen Sports in his garage in 1967. Since its founding, the company has been committed to producing the highest-quality, easiest-to-use bike racks and bicycle-related products on the market. Allen, a onetime aerospace engineer, opened Allen Sports after building a prototype bike carrier in his Lincoln, Massachusetts shop in his free time. The first-ever trunk-mounted bicycle carrier made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding) was refined on weekend excursions to Cape Cod. Shortly afterward, Allen took his design to market, and by 1971 had established a national presence for his product.
Today, the family-owned company owns more than three dozen patents, operates four warehouses nationally, six factories abroad, and sells products in countries around the world including USA, Mexico, Canada, and China.
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|Item Dimensions||25.00 x 13.00 x 3.50 inches||3.54 x 24.17 x 14.02 inches||5.00 x 34.00 x 11.00 inches||61.00 x 9.00 x 21.00 inches|
|Item Weight||4.16 ounces||21.00 lbs||28.00 lbs||28.22 lbs|
Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Carrier
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These Allen Sports customer service issues aligns with what other reviewers have said about Allen Sports and their poor customer support. STAY AWAY FROM THIS BIKE RACK.
Two aluminum adult bikes should not break a hitch bike rack.
ALLEN SPORTS: I invite you to help me resolve this issue and turn this bad experience around. I would be glad to update this review.
See my pictures to observe how well it's aging and handling the constant sun exposure and very frequent use. We leave the bike rack on year round and rarely ever take it off. You can see the red handle has finally succumb to the sun and a piece broke off recently, but otherwise it hasn't affected functionality one bit. We ride our bikes 1-3 times a week, weather permitting. The tilt function constantly gets used to access the hatch door of the SUV for loading groceries, gear, etc. We even use this bike rack during the snow season when combined with the Yakima ski/board rack (see pic). Everything is holding up quite well, all things considered!
My thoughts on the bike rack design: I love the simplicity of this bike rack. I actually like that it doesn't have those seat-tube stabilizers as they always just got in the way when taking my bikes off and on with previous racks. If you want to keep your bikes from swing during the car's braking and acceleration, simply leave a bungee cord in the vehicle and use it to pin the bikes to the rack after strapping the bikes on. Easy. If there is any negatives, I would say the top swing arm (the U shaped arm that the bikes rest on) has a little play on the down position so you can hear it clanking around a bit when accelerating from a stop light.
For the price, this is an easy 5 star rating from me. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
The pros are as follows.
I bought the 4-bike deluxe rack really cheap. I paid $68.00 when I bought it and have seen it double in price. my suggestion don't pay more than $68.00 for it as it will come down again. I have seen this happen recently.
It is fairly solidly well built and I only put it on the truck when I need it so I cannot say how it would hold up long term in the weather. this is definitely made from heavy steel and it is not light weight so that should be a plus as far as durability is concerned.
the padded cradles that the frame of the bike rests in swivels 360 degrees so it accommodates odd shaped frames and girls frames without having to buy the extra support bar to mount on a girls frame style bike in order to use the bike rack.
Instead of a locking pin to attach it to the receiver, it uses a tension bolt (bolt and nut) to remove the rattle. This mounting system is both a pro and a con. The pro is that it does a great job of stopping the bike rack from rattling inside of the hitch.
The bike frame support arms fold down to give somewhat of a lower profile to store it away when removed or so that it takes up less space if you keep it mounted to the vehicle.
So far the straps and buckles have been adequate to keep the bikes secured. I am unsure of how they would hold up if left in the sun and weather everyday.
It also swivels down at the lower joint in addition to the bike support arms folding down. This is in case you would need to open a hatchback type SUV rear door.
As I list the cons, keep in mind I don't think this particular rack is terrible, I just think you can only design any hitch mount bike rack to do so much. I don't think some of the cons I list can really be much improved upon with this design.
1st. The bikes mount close together. This means that every bike you add after the first you have to manipulate pedals and handle bars etc..etc..as they do hit each other as you stack the bikes together.
you will need extra bungee cords to secure spinning wheels and handlebars turning from side to side. Not because the bikes will come loose, but to prevent everything from constantly hitting together and scratching all of your bikes up. also the bottoms of the bikes swing front to back when starting and stopping if not bungee strapped.
you will get some scratches no matter how carefully you mount things because they are close together and pedals and handle bars stick out. No way to avoid that.
The pivot feature in my opinion is useless when bikes are mounted. It is far too heavy to lower the rack down with 4 bikes mounted if you would need to open a hatchback on an SUV type vehicle. (but then maybe its not supposed to be lowered with bikes mounted). I haven't tried this, but it would have to be extremely heavy and I'm not sure it would even lower down enough with bikes mounted to clear an suv door. I have it on a pickup, so no concern of mine.
The con side of the tension bolt is that it isn't quick to remove like a hitch lock. You need 2 tools to loosen it from both sides as it is an aircraft style locking nut. Also I guess if someone wanted to take the time they could unbolt your rack and steal it. I already tried mounting it with a hitch lock, and it allows far too much play in the bike rack swinging and rattling all over the place. So the tension bolt will have to do for now.
lastly, there is a bit of side to side play where the bike support arms mount to the upright. I think they could have designed this area to be a bit more solid and have less play to it, but I don't think it would be an issue with breaking.
So those are the main points I've noticed form using mine. As far as this style rack is concerned, I could see some minor improvements but I'm not sure how you could vastly improve this type of rack. read the review and decide if it's right for you.
Another issue with this bike rack is it's a little sloppy in the receiver but a couple of wraps of electrical tape solved that one.
Issue #3, have 4-3/8" flat washers to put under the bolt heads and nuts to avoid scarring the powder coat during assembly. No washers included.
The one feature that exists on both the Thule and this rack is the hinge pin near the bottom that lets you rotate your bikes away from the vehicle to open a hatch door. While it takes two people to rotate the bikes back up and put the pin back in, this is a valuable feature.
In summary, a great value for the money.
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I just completed a 4 hour trip, one-way with 4 bikes on it. My full suspension mountain bike, my wife’s light street bike, my 1t-year olds hard tail mountain bike and my 11 year olds smaller mountain bike. The trip was 99% on pavement and I member hitting any major bumps.
Upon arrival, the bikes had a fair bit of rub damage which is to be expected, but maybe to not this extent. The problem is to get 4 bikes or rack you really have to be a little bit of a magician and they are crammed tight, so any movement is going to give you rub damage. When I got the bikes off, one of the arms was bent down. I straightened it for the return home, and after we got home the bends were worse (see pictures).
The reviews seem pretty good for using this bike for 2 or even 3 bikes, but that’s not what I bought it for, so only one star. I don’t see any way you’re going to use this for 4 bikes unless they are for 4 kids bikes and you don’t care about damage. I’d buy this to hauls 2 bikes as with the extra space I could avoid the rub damage, but it’s not taking any more than that.
I had to disassemble the locking mechanism and reassemble it with lubricant so that it could work properly.
I suppose that with 2 light road bikes this rack would be sufficient for short local trips.
It is too sloppy at the lower hinge causing it to sway to much at the top.
I would certainly not use it for long road trips (more than an hour) or with 4 heavy trail bikes on any trips.
Otherwise, it works as advertised.
es apto para cargar 1 o 2 bicicletas, yo tuve que ir con un herrero y reforzar las uniones y poner tornillos de refuerzo para que soportara 4 bicicletas, solo así pude usarlo ya que la estructura ya se había vencido.
Bike clamps are too near. I doubt if four full size bikes can fit. I had tried three. Little clumsy to tilt the rack to open flip gate. Also the hitch bolt is not stainless steel. It got corroded and looks ugly. Getting this on and off the car requires 10-15 minute each time and a set of wrench and box spanners.
However it holds bikes steadily. Driving at or slightly above 100 km/hr you will feel the shake a little bit but nothing alarming. Have used multiple times.
*Safety Issue* - the 2 metal string that’s attached to the clip that locks things in place, pierced my fingers and made me bleed . It felt like needles poking me. I had to gorilla tape the ends so I don’t get poked every time. I will try and take a picture when I can. I hope the seller/manufacturer will notice this review.
As other reviewers said, you MUST use their provided bolt to secure it, which initially I thought was a pain, but really it's not. It's not easily to steal that way and it's absolutely rock solid!
We load it up with 3-4 bikes for long trips and it's wicked! And cannot beat the price point!