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The first obvious question is how many bikes do you plan on hauling? Many customers consider buying a rack that hauls one more than their current need.
Will the rack primarily be on your vehicle or mounted in the garage? Many leave the rack on their vehicle all year long and many leave it in the garage and bring it out for weekends and trips. If it's on your vehicle all the time we’d tend toward recommending the size you need and not up sizing. But the final choice is up to you here’s what you need to know about our different rack sizes and the spacing available on each rack along with things to consider with different vehicles.
When the rack is hinged back to loading position, truck tailgates can open anywhere from 80-95% with bikes loaded. The dampers used in assisted hinging are easily disengaged, so the rack can go all the way to the ground when the bikes are off the rack. This allows for full access to the back of your truck with the tailgate down.
Spare tire on rear of vehicle -
Yes! VelociRAX will clear and mount on a vehicle with rear spare tires. The ability to hinge the rack fully may be hindered by the spare but it will mount to the vehicle. If the spare stops the hinging and the spare can be adjusted upward the rack will be able to hinge. In general, the vertical post is 13.25 inches back from the hitch pin hole.
Single full swinging rear door -
There will be limited access and will only open slightly. Lowering the rack all the way to the ground may allow the door to fully open.
What vehicle/s are you planning to carry your rack and bikes with?
Trailer and RVs -
Sprinter Style Van -
Yes! In most cases rear doors will open partially with the rack hinged to loading position and allow you to easily grab helmets etc. With bikes removed and the rack moved to the ground or camping position, both doors usually open completely.
Do you ride mountain bikes?
With VelociRAX you are good to go!
Do you ride ebikes?
Do you ride fat bikes?
Do you ride road or gravel bikes (bikes with drop bars)?
If you want to load 5 gravel or road bikes the 5X is for you or (the 3X also has 15 inch spacing.) If you’re carrying one drop bar bike, place it in any of our racks on the far right and it won’t interfere with the other bikes. Our 5X and 3X racks feature 15 inch spacing so drop bar bikes can be loaded without interfering with the next loaded bike. The 5X is also nice as you can unload a bike that is in the middle of the rack a bit more easily than you can on our tighter spaced racks.
Do you ride cruisers?
Do you ride tandem bikes?
Do you ride all these types of bikes?
Want to haul a lot of bikes?
From 700cc road bike tires to 3”+ MTB tires to 5” fat tire and rim sizes from 20” to 29” (including 26”, 27.5”) tires will fit without modification. Fat Tires bikes baskets are available for purchase for large fat tires if needed.
20” BMX tires
20” Mountain bikes
16” Kids bikes
We’d like to say all bikes will fit but there are a few situations to be aware of.
Bike Spacing / Rack Widths
Natural sway or motion?
Can the rack be used off road?
VelociRAX are built extra tough with high strength steel and solid straps. We know all good trails don’t start on asphalt, so we also recommend strapping bikes tight and good judgement with all your driving.
Want to keep your rack clean?
What is camping mode?
Camping mode is when you lower the rack all the way to the ground allowing you to position your tire in the hoop holding the bike upright while the vehicle isn’t moving.
The garage bracket which comes with the rack allows easy use and access in the garage. In the garage you can place it tight on the left side but you’d want 12 inches on the right to give you a little space to load the bike on the far right.