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Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack with 2-Inch Receiver
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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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From the manufacturer
Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount
An easy to use, rugged rack to safely transport your bikes
The Allen Sports model 542RR delivers capacity for up to four bicycles (up to 140 pound) and installs onto most standard Class III & IV 2 inch receiver hitches. The 542RR features easy assembly, folding carry arms, lift-gate access, and individual tie-down cradles.
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.
Backed by Allen's lifetime warranty
All Allen Bike Racks are backed by a lifetime warranty. Please visit the Allen Sports web site for full details.
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.
Patented tie-down system
Allen's patented 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.
|Capacity||2 Bike/ 70 lb||2 Bike/ 70 lb||4 Bike/ 140 lb||4 Bike/ 140 lb||5 Bike/ 175 lb||5 Bike/ 175 lb|
|Hitch size||1 1/4" and 2"||1 1/4" and 2"||2"||2"||2"||2"|
|Quick fold carry arms||✔||✔||✔|
|Quick secure straps & dual compound cradles||✔||✔||✔|
|Rapid tilt-away mast||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual compound spine shield||✔||✔||✔|
|Individual tie-down cradles||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Folding carry arms||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Tilt-away main mast||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|No-wobble hitch installation||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
About Allen Sports
Dick 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. Dick, 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 thoroughly tested 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.
Size: 2-Inch Receiver
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Update 12/16: I have used this about a dozen times and am pleased. It is easy to install, remove, and use. My kids bikes have non traditional frames and I was able to secure them just fine without the crossbar adapter. Thanks for all the feedback, I'm glad the review helps!
Update 7/17: Still going strong, no issues whatsoever.
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.
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.