Allen Deluxe 4 Bike Hitch Mount Rack
Deluxe 3 bike carrier for 1 1/4″ or 2″ hitch
Carry your bicycles as securely as possible and keep away from the hassles of piled bikes or high threshold rooftop mounts, with the Allen Deluxe 3-Bike Hitch Mount Rack. Fitting vehicles with a 1.25 or 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 lasting black powder finish and with Allen’s patented tie downs that keep bikes from bumping, the rack is built to last and is backed by a lifetime warranty from Allen.
The Allen rack boasts a patented tie-down scheme and on an individual basis cradles up to three bikes in the 16-inch carry arms. A distinguished tie down strap is included with the rack and does away with lower bike motion completely. 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 grant easy access to the lift gate.
- Fits vehicles with a 1.25 or 2-inch trailer hitch
- Holds up to three bikes
- 16-inch carry arms
- Individual bike cradles
- Steel construction
- Black powder coat finish
- Patented single key release system
- Tie down strap
- Minor assemblage required
About Allen Bike Racks:
In 1967, after a few years of working on the aerospace engineering for the Apollo missions, Dick Allen was out of a job. Government cutbacks led Allen, a Harvard-trained physicist, to transform his garage sideline 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 effective way to transport bikes. Drafting designs for the duration of the day and manufacturing them allround the night, he put together a model made of electrical conduit, metal strapping, and fire hose casings (for padding). At first, the Allen’s tested the prototype on weekend excursions. Finding the initial 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 little garage run operation now operates three warehouses nationally, two factories abroad, and has productions sold in more than a dozen countries around the world.
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250 of 252 people found the following review helpful.
If you have a 1-1/4″ receiver you’ll want to read this review
I love this bike rack. The price is very reasonable and its build-quality I consider top-notch with all holes and welds being quite precise. The design has clever features that were new to me, such as being able to fold down the bike support arm when not in use so one doesn’t accidentally run into it and also the ability to fold down the whole rack allowing quick and easy access through the rear door. The strap cinching system seemed cheap and goofy at first but after using it a few times I’ve now become quite adept at strapping and unstrapping the bikes to where it only takes a few seconds for me to do so. I now feel its quite clever in that this strapping system will accommodate any size bike tube (unlike some other bike racks I’ve had in the past). Its important to note that the spacing between the supports is quite wide at 14″ and that might limit its use for smaller bikes, as our adult bikes just barely fit (with <2" to spare). I did run into an issue that I've noted that some other Amazon reviewers (reviewing other similar model Allen bike racks) had alluded to. All hitch mounted bike racks will wobble to some extent and that's why most have some sort of anti-wobble system that basically draws the bike rack tight to one side of the receiver to prevent it wobbling. Well, the anti-wobble bolt that is supplied with the bike rack works well for a 2" receiver hitch, however if you have a 1-1/4" receiver it won't fit unless you drill out the hole on one side of your receiver… it will need to be slightly larger than 1/2". If you don't want to do that then you'll need to buy an 'after-market' anti-wobble bolt. That's when I ran into the problem that anti-wobble bolts don't seem to exist for 1-1/4" receivers… oh, there are a huge variety of choices for 2" receivers but not the 1-1/4"… I don't know why. There are brand specific anti-rattle pins for 1-1/4" but none of them will work with these Allen bike racks. Finally, after much searching, I finally found one (the only one on the internet I've got to believe), however it was also a locking pin, which was okay with me. I got it from a site called [ etrailer ]… do this search on [ Anti-Rattle with Lock for 1-1/4" Trailer Hitches ] It's code#63147 and basically costs $25 and with shipping totals out at a hefty $30 but was well worth it for me. It works perfectly and is very high quality. I've read reviews here on Amazon by others with 1-1/4" receivers who couldn't seem to find a 1-1/4" locking pin (evidently even Allen's own won't work!!!)… well this one is both an anti-wobble as well as a locking pin and works on Allen bike racks. So I hope this bit of info helps those with 1-1/4" receivers like myself. And if I've managed to help you please check the YES under helpful checkbox below.
Okay I’ve got to add this edit… I just got through another search of that website ‘etrailer’ and did find Curt makes an anti-rattle pin (no lock) for a 1-1/4″ receiver code#F-315 that appears will work with the Allen bike rack, its $11 less than the locking style. As far as I could find, after extensive web searching, these are the only two anti-rattle (anti-wobble) 1-1/4″ hitch receiver pins I could locate anywhere that will work with Allen bike racks. So if anyone who reads this knows of another please add it in a comment as I believe others might find it helpful to have choices.
Final edit due to the many helpful comments attached to this review… Allen is definitely supplying both pin sizes with these bike racks now so no additional pins are required, however I still stand by my review in that this is a quality and cleverly thought-out bike rack system and represents an excellent price/value bargain.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
Great bike rack, a little high on the price.
By B. Kreinbrink
Great bike rack all around. Easy to assemble, just make sure you have the tools to do so. The locking washers are a pain without the proper wrenches. The “anti-wobble” bolt to make sure the rack doesn’t sway from side to side is a little difficult to install, and it took me a few tries to get it right, but now it is rock solid and won’t move anywhere. The fold down mechanism works like a charm, you just have to make sure you don’t tighten the two bolts at the top too much or it will be really difficult to move.
+ Easy to assemble
+ Very sturdy
+ Holds the bikes very well
- Wal-Mart has the same rack for $23 cheaper at the time of this review (which I found out AFTER the fact, come on Amazon!) Edit: 11/19/2010 – Wal-Mart has since removed the 3-bike version of this rack on their website.
- Instructions could be a bit more clear, but they have a great instructional video on the company website.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful.
Great bike rack
Works as advertised! We took a 300 mile trip to the beach with this rack and our two bikes were rock solid as we went down the road. Easy installation, folds down easily, and nice tilt feature for trunk access.
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