Tow bar bike rack – thoughts on these two?
I have the Atera Strada – bought it from roofbox as well.
It is expensive but it’s very well made, very easy to fit and very secure. The rack itself when on feels very solid as do the bikes when attached – both can be locked.
I use additional straps for piece of mind when I have 4 bikes on but you don’t need them.
Took 4 bikes to the S of France last summer with no problems – very handy to be able to swing it away from the car to get in the boot.
I figured my bikes are worth rather a lot so it’s worth getting a very good rack and this is.
In case you missed the subtlety – I’m a big fan and highly recommend.
One thing the sales stuff doesn’t mention is that the rack beeps with the indicators – can be irritating but also it’s a reminder when you’ve forgotten to attach the electrics.Posted 5 years agoSimonSubscriber
I’ve got a Buzzrack Quattro. It does the job well, but it is very heavy compared to the Thule 9403 I used previously.Posted 5 years ago
I use mine on a Mazda Bongo and with the van fully loaded and carrying 4 bikes the rear suspension can sometimes bottom out when rolling off speed humps or when there’s a sudden dip in the road, which is probably down to tired springs/shockers.bigdugsbawsMember
I bought a Strada from Roofbox too and sent it back after 4 weeks for an exchange as it was a piece of flimsy crap; light yes, but poorly made.
I swapped it for a Thule Euroclassic, which was in a completely different league of build quality and easier to use to boot.Posted 5 years agoproutsterSubscriber
I’ve got the 2 bike version of the Buzz Rack and yes, it is heavy. But it’s never going to break!!
Mines on a Freelander 2, so no problems with the nose weight.
I’d recommend the Buzz Rack – just the same as I’d recommend my bike, shoes, helmet, gloves, tyres etc. 😆Posted 5 years ago
Trying to choose between this, at £225
and this at £400
My car only has a nose weight of 75kg, so I’m leaning towards the Atera because it weighs 15kg, so therefore with 4 bikes on it I might be pushing it with the 25kg BuzzRack. However, it’s a big price difference, although it will be getting regular use.
Any thoughts on these two?Posted 5 years agopdwMember
One thing the sales stuff doesn’t mention is that the rack beeps with the indicators – can be irritating but also it’s a reminder when you’ve forgotten to attach the electrics.
I think you’ll find it’s your car doing that. Confirmation that trailer lights are working is a legal requirement, and this is often done with a buzzer.Posted 5 years agoflybywireMember
zx 98 model works well at a reasonable pricePosted 5 years agonickhartMember
atera +1Posted 5 years ago
like’s the locking, the easy fitting of the rack, the fact it doesn’t move when on, the ease of fitting the bikes (practice before setting off though as there can be rubbing issues if not), the way it folds up when not being used, the slide away function is essential as we tend to have a dog with us too and getting him in and out is easy when it slides out.
I’ve got the 3 bike version of the BuzzRack BuzzRunner- it’s brilliant. It does weigh 16kg but it’s easy enough to move around and mount on the towball.
I have complete confidence driving down the road with 3 bikes on it. I even had 4 for a cheeky short trip and it was fine. It’s completely over-engineered and built to last.
Roofbox are a good company to deal with too. There was a part missing from mine and they sent it out to me next day registered delivery so that I could use my rack straight away.
RE: Witter ZX98, I don’t like them as your bikes can easily rotate at motorway speeds and scratch your car. I got rid of mine for the BuzzRack BuzzRunner3Posted 5 years ago
It was always going to be from roofbox.co.uk – they were excellent when I got the roof rack/roof box (my wife can’t lift bikes up there, before anyone asks!).
I was speaking to a bloke there today and he was even trying to look up the weights of the bikes I’m going to buy the wife and daughter as I can’t for the life of me find them online, just so he could make the right recommendation. (Trek Skye and Trek Skye S if anyone can find that out?)
ElShalimo – can anyone use that?Posted 5 years ago
Yes, I just tried it
Click the link then use the search e.g. “Quattro” to find your item then it magically appears with 5% off
For weights it’s a straight forward calc:Posted 5 years ago
for example, let’s say total nose weight of car = 100KG, rack = 20kg
so you can safely carry 4 bikes up to 20KG as the total load is less than 100kg
Nose weight for my car is 75kg.
So Buzzrack is (75-23)/4 bikes allows 13kg per bike.
Or Strada – (75-15)/4 bikes allows 15kg per bike.
It’ll be my Genesis Day One Cross plus 2 new bikes for the wife and daughter plus the older boys Apollo BMX.
I haven’t got the 2 new ones yet so I can’t weigh them!Posted 5 years ago
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