|Item Weight||20 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||30 x 17 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||552RR|
|Manufacturer Part Number||552RR|
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Allen Sports Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack with 2-Inch Receiver
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- 5-bike rack fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch only
- 28-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
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The Allen® deluxe 5-bike carrier mounts easily, quickly, and firmly to your car or truck's trailer hitch. Allen's® patented cradle system uses snug tie-downs to secure up to 4 bicycles. When not in use, the carry arms fold down, and the entire rack tilts to allow access to the lift gate. The powder-coated rack installs in just minutes with a no-wobble bolt that eliminates dangerous movement within the hitch. Easy assembly required.
Carry your bicycles securely and avoid the hassles of piled bikes or high threshold rooftop mounts, with the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack. Fitting vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch, the Allen Deluxe Hitch Mount Rack is both easy to operate and super secure for your bikes. Constructed out of steel with a durable black powder finish, the rack is built to last and is backed up by a lifetime warranty by Allen.
The Allen rack boasts a patented tie-down system and individually cradles up to five bikes in the 28-inch carry arms. As easy to install as it is to use, the rack sets up in less than 5 minutes with a no-wobble bolt that holds it still within the hitch. When the rack is not in use, the carry arms quickly drop out of the way and fold down flat with a patented single pin mechanism and the rack tilts up to allow easy access to the lift gate.
- Fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch
- Holds up to five bikes
- 28-inch carry arms
- Individual bike cradles
- Steel construction
- Black powder coat finish
- Patented single key release system
- Tie down strap
- Minor assembly required
About Allen Bike Racks:
In 1967, after a few years of working on the aerospace technology for the Apollo missions, Dick Allen was out of a job. Government cutbacks led Allen, a Harvard-trained physicist, to transform his garage hobby into a new industry. A cycling enthusiast, inventor, and family man, Allen had a personal need for a bike-carrying device. On weekends, he would take his sons and wife to Cape Cod or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. What proved difficult time and again was the transport of his family's bicycles. Rather than fight through inconvenience with twine and a dinged car, Allen sought an answer for himself as well as a market in which he foresaw major growth possibilities.
Always a pathfinder, Allen took to work in his Lincoln, Massachusetts garage in search of a more efficient way to transport bikes. Drafting designs during the day and constructing them throughout the night, he put together a model made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding). At first, the Allens tested the prototype on weekend excursions. Finding the first trunk-mounted rack to be a success, Dick started Allen Bike Racks. Dealer acceptance came quickly, and by 1971 Allen Bike Racks were sold nationally through a number of major bicycle distributors. Today, the company owns over three-dozen patents and offers a versatile product line of bike racks while Dick's son Alex now owns and operates the business. What started out as a small garage run operation now operates three warehouses nationally, two factories abroad, and has products sold in more than a dozen countries around the world.
From the manufacturer
Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount
An easy to use, rugged rack to safely transport your bikes
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.
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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.
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Overall: This is sturdy rack and a good value with some convenient design features. There are some design drawbacks that limit it's viability for some vehicles.
Being able to carry five bikes on a trailer hitch rack is a big deal when you need as much cargo space inside your vehicle as possible and you don't have roof rack options at your disposal. This seemed like a good option and it carried 4 full-size adult bikes and one 24 inch girls youth mountain bike . 2 were Trek hard tail Mtn Bikes 2 were Diamond Back Trail bikes. So it worked as advertised and didn't fold under the pressure. The ability to lean it back away from the bumper was a good convenience feature that came in very handy a couple time when we needed to open the back hatch of the SUV!
Okay there are some definite drawbacks to this design.
· Horizontal length is long enough but barely! So the bikes are situated very close to your vehicle if your hitch receiver is not sticking out far behind your bumper. To fit 5 bikes on, One of the bikes must mount behind the post next to your vehicle/bumper. So this requires some careful planning of putting your bike on so you don't scratch the back of your car. This hitchrack isn't long enough to make it stick out enough to EASILY fit all 5 bikes on it. And there's no way you're opening the back hatch of your van or SUV. Without using the tilt down feature of the rack. On a pickup truck there is obviously no problem unless you have some desire to open the door on the bed of your truck. If your hitch sticks out really far behind your vehicle bumper then you should also be in pretty good shape and have some extra space to fit the bike on the front of the rack and the back of your vehicle.
· Low clearance.
For my SUV it was sitting pretty low to the ground and when the bikes were mounted they were also relatively low. The rack could have a taller post to raise the bikes for low sitting SUVs or vans. If you have a pickup truck or a high clearance vehicle where your hitch is more than 12 inches off the ground then you will have a lot more clearance for bikes. There was one moment when I heard the bottom of this rack scrape the ground going into a parking lot with a big dip. But we were moving a little too quickly. Other than that ground clearance was not a problem. I did worry sometimes so I was careful over bumps.
· Hitch fit:
If it easily into the two inch receiver. But when we hit any terrain that caused us to yaw you could hear the hitch rattling in the receiver quite a bit. You could try to do something like wrap some thin padding around but it's not a completely snug fit.
The hole for the Bolt is smaller than standard therefore I could not use my lock to lock this rack into the receiver. The bolt that it comes with works but seems a little strange the way it is made. You will see.
Basically the cons for this have to do with fit and clearance concerns found in the design.
PROS: Nice features. Great value. Sturdy rack. Secure mounts.
The two features that stand out are the pins which are securely wired/attached at key hinge points. 1 allows you to tip the hitch down away from your vehicle. That mostly comes in handy when you need to get inside the back of a van or SUV. It doesn't really help you load or unload bikes at all in my opinion. And there's a pin that allows you to lower the horizontal bars that your bikes are mounted on. This just comes in handy when you don't have the ability to take the rack out while you're on a trip yet you are not carrying bikes at all. It sits on your rig in a more tidy compact way when not in use.
The rack is not Ultra long so it doesn't add too much length to your rig or but it can be difficult to put 5 bikes on this rack. All of your bikes must be really closely placed together because of the spacers between each set of rack mounts. When we first left I loosened the handlebars on the four adult bikes sitting on the back. Allowing the handlebars to turn parallel to the frame and wheels was helpful required more careful mounting to avoid cable damage on brakes and shifters. This was a moderate inconvenience because ultimately the bikes were still tough to fit in place so I don't think it was worth it. Plus it required having to deal with retightening and adjusting the handlebars after we arrived at our destination. You couldn't just get there and go fir a ride immediately or even walk the bikes around easily.
Returning home I mounted the bikes without loosening the handlebars and all 5 bikes fit on the rack by alternating their orientation with handlebars facing opposite directions on each adjacent bicycle . This was a little more difficult to fit them on. You have to adjust pedals and handlebars to make sure the bikes sit well and strap down properly into the velcro straps and mounting brackets. I have had a trunk rack for years that has the same kind of set up so even though it can be difficult to figure out it's easy once you do. You just have to keep adjusting bike parts around each other. The reason I consider this a positive thing is because once you have the bikes all on and seated properly these velcro straps hold them very securely and I never felt like the bikes were going to fall off or come loose from the rack. It's also really easy to just loosen the velcro straps and pull them off when you're ready to go for a ride. So it takes time getting bikes on but getting them off is super convenient and easy. I do suggest having two people put the bikes on especially when you mount the very front bike that sits closest to your vehicle. It's very difficult for one person to mount that 1. I like the fact that your 5 bikes don't stick out more than 4 - 5 feet away from the vehicle. It seems like the compact design improves safety and streamlines your vehicle aerodynamics so the bikes don't get too much wind shear and the potential problems that could cause.
It's very sturdy and I think steel Construction. I was a little worried about all the weight 5 bikes would put on this rack but it held like a Champion and seemed to have no major distress. I even tilted it down several times with all 5 bikes mounted on and it held just fine so that is a great feature allowing access to cargo.
The Allen Sports 5 bike Deluxe hitch mount bike rack is a great value for a driver who wants to bring 5 bikes on the road for some group fun on two wheels. The rack is sturdy and big enough to get the job done while still being small enough to be convenient. It's not for professional cycling crews who have big expensive bikes that are competition ready. This is a great family vacation or weekend warrior rack for those who don't have pickup trucks or roof mounts that allow them to carry a lot of bikes easily. For the price it's definitely worth it just be ready to put in a little work to get the bikes on board. Getting them off and other uses are very well oriented in this system. It helps if your hitch is a little higher off the ground but if you're a careful driver you should have no problems.
Smaller youth bikes will fit on this rack without a problem. This is a very good option for those who need to get their family bikes on the road and want to keep a tight budget.
It is sturdy, assembled easily, and uses a specific widening bolt that eliminates any wobble.
This model uses tie down webbing straps as opposed to rubber straps. These are probably more cumbersome to attach and detach, but worked fine for their main purpose of keeping the bikes from falling off.
The key difference between this one and my friend's was that the "cradles" on which the bike rail sits are able to be rotated around the metal pole. This was enormously helpful because we had some little kids bikes that did not have a long enough frame to stretch from pole to pole. He was not able to use the rack for his children's bikes. The rotating "cradles" allowed me to adjust how I attached the bike to the frame and to get a snug fit.
Overall, I am pleased with this purchase.