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    Light hitch-mount rack for road and MTB?

    I bought a 1-1/4" receiver hitch so I could carry two road (carbon frames) or MTBs (29ers) with a Mazda Miata. I'm looking for a light rack, will probably need to be a wheel tray type, due to sloping top tubes. Any recommendations?

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    I use a swagman xc 2 bike rack to carry my mtb which is ~35 lbs. Its been working great even though i had to mod it a little to make it work for my MR2.

    http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross-...5695401&sr=8-2


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    Very shortly Kuat's tray-type hitch rack should be hitting the market soon. Their racks are made of aircraft al and are appropriately light. It won't be cheap, around $400, but it's a lot like the old axiom - light, sturdy, cheap pick two.

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    I'd suggest a Saris Thelma...but I'm not sure if it works with 29ers? I have one though and I love it for regular 26" mtbs and roadies!

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    Thule T2

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    Love my SportsWorks Transporter 2 (the now Thule T2).

    Great rack for being sturdy, reliable, with the ability to lock the bike (road or mtn, even 29ers) with ease and confidence.

    Sucks if you need more than 2 bikes, at their adapter is just as heavy for 4 bikes.

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    We sell the Hollywood brand "Sportrider" (which looks identical to the one posted above) that comes in a 2 Bike 1 1/4" model at around the $200 price point. The new one has a nifty ratcheting mechanism for the "hold down" arms. The wheel trays will easily hold wide 29'er tires and beach cruisers.

    Performance has a knockoff of it for cheaper but last I looked it was kind of cheesy without the improved hold down arms.
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    I have the 4 bike version of the Highland Sportwing Rack. The aluminum version that I have is light and it also breaks down into several parts for storage but is easier to install then my old one piece tray style hitch rack. It works well for me.

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    Saris on ebay. Brand new 179.00 buy it now. Weights 26 Lbs. I have the older one and love it. steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallzboater
    I bought a 1-1/4" receiver hitch so I could carry two road (carbon frames) or MTBs (29ers) with a Mazda Miata. I'm looking for a light rack, will probably need to be a wheel tray type, due to sloping top tubes. Any recommendations?
    Those types of racks are not really light.

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    I have a hidden hitch on my Miata with an adapter to 2" receiver. I use an aluminum generic cargo tray (like to hold a cooler for tailgating), and put a fork mount on one end. Perfect length for the road bike, rear tire rests on the oppiste end. Doesn't damage my carbon frame. Front wheel sits in the passenger seat, or it could sit on the back deck with the top down.

    I could put a second fork mount on for another bike.

    There may be a similar tray for 1-1/4 receiver.

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    Good idea; I like it. I just got the Hard Dog hidden hitch in the mail, and will mount it this weekend. I'm also considering just getting an aluminum C-channel to attach to the draw-bar, that would run parallel to the bumper, and attaching the fork mount to one end. I imagine I could also get a front wheel holder attached to the the draw bar or channel, too.

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    If you have not mounted your hitch- take a look at the bike racks from birdautomotive.com. I have one for my roadster that works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redtail A-4
    If you have not mounted your hitch- take a look at the bike racks from birdautomotive.com. I have one for my roadster that works great.
    It doesn't look like they make one for the Miata.

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    I use a thule T2 on my mazdaspeed3. Can carry anything.

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    A few friends have been using the Saris CycleOn for a few years. Most of them are on 29ers when they're not on their road bikes. Easy to use, low on plastic parts and relatively cheap.

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    T2 all the way for most cars. I have owned the Saris Cycle On and the Kuat NV. Along with the Yakima Holdup (which I have not owned) these are the best and sturdiest racks. The NV sits high so good for lower cars. The Yakima is somewhat high too but has major rust issues. Avoid the Saris- sticks out way to far and sits really low....you will scrape the bar.

    For a lower car, focus on the Yakima and Kuta. Edge goes to the Kuat. I know they fit 29er tires easily. My new Saris did not fit at all- arms have been designed with a stopper and the stopper prevented it from fitting my 29er 2.0 or 2.2 tires.

    The Yakima rep was not sure if it fit and asked me to deflate my tires each time- get the eff outta here...WTH is that all about.

    In conclusion- I love the T2. The arms are a bit tight but fit every 29er out there. The NV sits higher and is a sweet rack (though expensive) with many cool features. The T2 is cheaper, as light, and has proven itself to me over the last five years.

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