- Mont Blanc Explorer 3 towbar cycle carrier
I’m about to buy one of these for our new car:
Seems like a very good price.
But before I do, does anyone have any experience with them? Are they easy to mount MTBs on? would be used for 3 AM bikes on a car with 75kg max nose weight limit. Are they very heavy to move off the car (I can see that this might be why its cheaper than others). Do I need to turn handlebars?
ThanksPosted 6 years agogeoffjSubscriber
I have a similar Thule one. Its a heavy old beast and I hate it!
You have to remeber to thread the bars through the frames with the retaining clamps in the right order – and provide some additional padding or they can scratch the frame.
I’ve had best success by removing pedals and twisting bars, but its a bit of a ball ache TBH.
I prefer to stick them on the roof and take the fuel economy hit.Posted 6 years ago
I’m going from roof mounted to this rear type so to save on fuel econ (can take rack off easily when not in use).
I thought they were a lot easier to use than that… Is it worth me spending more for a fancier model? OR do you have to twist bars on all?
Also will the clamps fit odd shaped frames? eg Marin quad linkPosted 6 years agogeoffjSubscriber
I’m not sure fancier models are any easier. I can load the roof carriers at 30 seconds a bike. The row bar mounted one takes about 15 minutes to load, including time removing pedals and turning bars. The odd sized tubing may be an issue – id suggest seeing one in the flesh. I only bought mine because we have a big SOT kayak to transport too.
Edit: there must be plenty of folk that do like them though!Posted 6 years ago
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