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If you look at the photo above, when you are driving down a road, the bumps and movement of the car with the wind against the bikes, they will sway back and forth grinding the paint off each other. As well the rear derailleur will get constantly bashed against the bike next to it and cause it to break. (Generally while you are riding).
Actually, the Superbones has brackets and straps that secure the down tube to prevent the bikes from swaying excessively (oops, just looked at the manual, they are intended to attach to the seat tube, oh well, they work great either way 馃榿). They work quite well to keep the bikes stable on the rack. You can see the straps in the picture below indicated by the arrows. The rack is very sturdy and doesn't shift at all even on bumpy roads with 3 bikes on it.

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You're right that everyone's requirements are different. For me the additional hassle and cost of mounting a hitch and then getting a hitch mounted rack far outweighed the benefits.
 

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I didn't mean my post to be a criticism of anyone's choice. I just wanted to point out some of the considerations that wouldn't cross every ones mind when they look for a new bike rack. I am sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of different rack designs. Some are going to be better designed that others. Cost and utility is a major consideration. Like you said, there cost of installing a tow hitch is an expense that needs to be taking into the consideration. If you are a handy person and feel comfortable in installing it yourself, then its a $120 line item. If you are not and have to pay for someone else to do it, then that can add up to $200-300 just to get started.

Another big consideration is acceccability to the hatch back with bikes installed. This might push you into a roof mount or have to consider what you are going to be carrying. My hope is that pointing out the problems will at least alert users to the pitfalls and maybe get some creative solutions to get around the problem before it becomes and issue.
 

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I didn't mean my post to be a criticism of anyone's choice. I just wanted to point out some of the considerations that wouldn't cross every ones mind when they look for a new bike rack. I am sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of different rack designs. Some are going to be better designed that others. Cost and utility is a major consideration. Like you said, there cost of installing a tow hitch is an expense that needs to be taking into the consideration. If you are a handy person and feel comfortable in installing it yourself, then its a $120 line item. If you are not and have to pay for someone else to do it, then that can add up to $200-300 just to get started.

Another big consideration is acceccability to the hatch back with bikes installed. This might push you into a roof mount or have to consider what you are going to be carrying. My hope is that pointing out the problems will at least alert users to the pitfalls and maybe get some creative solutions to get around the problem before it becomes and issue.
I didn't take your post as a specific criticism, just wanted to point out that the Superbones has a feature to mitigate one of the issues you describe. You are correct that there are many considerations that go into the selection of a bike rack or any other accessory. And yeah, the issue of opening the hatch is one that you need to keep in mind. With the rack installed the hatch doesn't want to stay open which is a minor annoyance but overall not a big deal. If I carried bikes more often or for longer distances I'd probably go with a roof mount but since I tend to keep it local the hatch mount works great.
 

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I didn't mean my post to be a criticism of anyone's choice. I just wanted to point out some of the considerations that wouldn't cross every ones mind when they look for a new bike rack. I am sure that there are hundreds if not thousands of different rack designs. Some are going to be better designed that others. Cost and utility is a major consideration. Like you said, there cost of installing a tow hitch is an expense that needs to be taking into the consideration. If you are a handy person and feel comfortable in installing it yourself, then its a $120 line item. If you are not and have to pay for someone else to do it, then that can add up to $200-300 just to get started.

Another big consideration is acceccability to the hatch back with bikes installed. This might push you into a roof mount or have to consider what you are going to be carrying. My hope is that pointing out the problems will at least alert users to the pitfalls and maybe get some creative solutions to get around the problem before it becomes and issue.
I have a Hollywood Racks trunk rack that I've used on a Ford Focus, VW Jetta, and Lexus IS250 so far. It's worked out for me for the past several years but it does require adjustments and being careful to not damage anything on the car or bikes.

I ordered the Curt 13329 hitch today and I'm going to try to install it myself. I saw the videos and it doesn't look too difficult. I have a 2020 Niro LXS HEV. I've been researching hitch racks because I feel they are the best and I want to invest in something that I can use for hopefully many years and other vehicles.

I had been eyeing that Swagman you have as it looks really good for the cost. I just found a brand on Amazon that looks just as good but doesn't have reviews.


I feel like that rack looks similar to something from Kuat or Thule. I like that it's a platform and even with the bikes on you can tilt it away from the hatch to have enough clearance to access it. Should be a big plus for usability. I'm gonna take a chance on it since the price is within budget. All in I'm gonna be $330 for the hitch and rack. I know that's pricey but having the hitch also makes the Niro even more flexible and it'll be nice to be able to pull a small trailer to move furniture etc in the future so at least in my mind the extra cost is justified



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