Which hitch mounted bike rack is best for you?

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Step 1: Measure Inside Edge to Inside Edge

You will need to determine what size hitch receiver you have. It should either be 2" wide or 1.25" wide. Measure the opening of the receiver like this:


Step 2: Choose Rack Style

Hitch racks can be categorized into 2 different groups. 

1. Platform Bike Racks

2. Hanging Bike Racks

*Platform racks are typically easier to load. Hanging racks provide a better cost value.

1. Platform Bike Rack Details

  • 1-4 bike carrying capacity
  • Minimal frame contact
  • Easier loading than hanging racks
  • Accommodates various bike styles 
  • Eliminates sway in transit

Choose how you'd like your bikes supported:

Wheel Clamps

  • Adjustability allows fitment of a variety of bike sizes or wheel sizes
  • No frame contact protecting the bike's finish
  • Better for bikes with suspension
  • Lower to the ground for easier loading

Best for:

  • Road bikes (click here for road bike staff pick)
  • Mountain bikes (click here for mountain bike staff pick)
  • Step-through bikes (click here for step-through bike staff pick)
  • Kids' bikes (click here for kids' bike staff pick)
  • Carbon-fiber frames (click here for carbon-fiber staff pick)
  • Suspension bikes (click here for suspension bike staff pick)
  • Fat tire bikes (click here for fat tire bike staff bike)

Frame Clamps

  • Hooks over the bike's crossbar

Best for:

  • eBikes (click here for eBike staff pick)


2. Hanging Bike Rack Details

  • 2-6 bike carrying capacity
  • Support bike by the frame
  • Works best with standard-frame bikes
  • May require adaptor for step-through or kids' bikes (some kids' bikes may not fit at all)
  • Lower price than platform racks
  • Lighter weight than platform racks

Best for:

  • Standard-frame bikes where frame contact is not a consideration