We love hitch racks here at Performance. They give you the security of a roof rack with the convenience of a trunk rack. No more lifting bikes up over your head, taking off front wheels, or worrying if you have enough clearance like you do with a roof rack, and no more breaking down the rack to access the back of your car, like you do with a trunk rack. They’re easy to use, make your bike easily accessible, fold up when not in use, are compatible with most types of bikes, allow access to the back of your car and keep your bike secure.
While trunk racks are a great, economical alternative to hitch mounted racks, they can be a nuisance to put on and take off again and are not as compatible with different types of bike frames like hitch racks. For families with multiple bikes, folks who want their bike to be easily accessible, or someone who just spends a lot of time transporting their bike from place to place, then a hitch rack is well worth the investment.
Here are our top 4 favorite hitch racks:
TransIt Flatbed 2 DLX 2-Bike Hitch Rack
There’s no better deal than the TransIt Flatbed 2 DLX two bike hitch rack. For under $250, the TransIt offers quick and easy bike loading with a tilting base to allow easy access to the rear of the vehicle. There’s minimal contact with the bike frame so the finish on your bike is protected and the locking ratchet-hooks fit most frame designs, sizes and suspension styles. The TransIt is constructed with a powder coated steel for durability, fits wheelbases from 17″-58″ and receives universal 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitches. If you’re on a budget but still in need of a hitch rack, the TransIt is the way to go.
Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2-Bike Hitch Rack
Saris is one of our most popular brands and for good reason. The Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Rack is superlight, super stable and completely eliminates frame contact while providing the most secure hold of any tray-style rack on the market. It transports up to two bikes and its front and rear wheel mounts easily fit all types of bikes. The Freedom SuperClamp weighs only 30lbs — that’s half the weight of similar style racks currently available — so lifting it won’t sap the energy you reserved for your ride. Integrated lock and arms ratchet into place for easy loading and unloading. You really can’t go wrong with a Saris hitch rack.
Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Rack
Thule is known for making innovative products that are highly durable. The best thing about the T2 Pro is it’s easy to use, quick to setup and reliably secure. The Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Rack comfortably holds up to 2 bikes with as much as a foot of space between them to eliminate interference. Attach it to your vehicle quickly with the tool-free AutoAttach system. Then, lock your bikes to the rack and secure it to the receiver with the integrated cable lock and lock knob. When not in use, the T2 Pro XT easily folds toward the vehicle. Load capacity is up to 120lbs, or up to 60lbs per bike. The T2 Pro even has an additional 2-bike add-on available to allow transport of up to 4 bikes.
Kuat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack
While some say it’s impossible to improve upon perfection, the folks at Kuat would beg to disagree. The all-new NV 2.0 hitch rack has taken one of the most popular and bestselling bike transportation solutions and made it even better. Every feature has been overhauled and streamlined to make it easier to use. The all-new pivot system now features a foot assist, so you can lower the rack without having to lean your bike up against anything, while an adjustable cradle can now allow for fat bikes or longer wheel bases. The bike cable locks have been made longer and more durable, so you can keep your ride secure. Updated ratchet arms are intuitive and provide a more stable retention system for the bike. The NV 2.0 also has a 2-bike add on available to allow transport of up to 4 bikes. The Trail Doc workstand also makes it easy to make those trail or roadside repairs without any hassle.