Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Carrier

Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Carrier

Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Carrier
@ Allen Sports’ Premier Hitch Mounted 5-bike carrier mounts quickly and easily to your 2″ trailer hitch. The arms “snap” into place right out of the box. Allen’s new dual-compound cradle system securely holds your bicycles in place and the rack’s large padded Spine Shield protects your bicycles as well. In addition to the easy folding arms on this rack, the new innovative internal tilt-away release makes it a snap to access your vehicle’s rear lift gate. The powder-coated rack installs in just minutes with a no-wobble bolt and an integrated locking loop offers a place to secure your bikes.

  • Hitch insert fits 2″ receiver hitches
  • Quick set carry arms “snap” into place right out of the box
  • Dual compound tie-down cradles & quick set straps individually secure and protect bicycles
  • Internal tilt-away release allows for easy lift gate access
  • No-wobble bolt(s) eliminates movement of rack inside of hitch

List Price: $ 299.99

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2 thoughts on “Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Carrier

  1. 18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good product that appears to have addressed previous concerns., July 8, 2015
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    Excellent product and well built. I mounted mine on a 2005 Honda Pilot and found the tilting mechanism to be both easy to operate and clears the opening of the hatch just fine. See pictures.

    I have a few observations to make, having read the reviews prior to purchase:
    1. The rack does NOT fit toddler bikes. Our family currently has two adult bikes, one bike for an eight year old, and two bikes for twin five year olds. When mounting the bikes on this new rack, I discovered that the smaller twins’ bikes would not fit at all. The good news is that they still fit inside the car and eventually will need bigger bikes that will mount on this carrier.
    2. There is NO problem with black powder or residue rubbing off on your hands from the straps. I saw this complaint in several reviews, and perhaps this was an old design issue, but with the product I just received I had no such problems.
    3. The rack has a structured loop for attaching a cable lock or other security solution. In a few of the reviews, customers seemed to have wisely made the suggestion that there should be some way of “locking” the bikes to the mounting rack, and I was pleased to see that mine arrived with the ability to do this. Conversely, the rack is only secured to the hitch only with a nut and bolt and my hitch lock does not fit the pre-drilled holes in the rack. So, I either need to buy another hitch lock or drill-out a larger diameter hole. In the end, with the bikes secured with cable locks and a U-lock, chances are the nut-and-bolt solution will be enough of a deterrent. So, I will likely just rely on the nut-and-bolt that came with the product, since the bolt was machined with a “shoulder” to best secure the mounting post to the hitch.

    Mounting the bikes does take some trial-and-error. Finding the right configuration is a bit of a puzzle, but not too daunting with some planning.

    All in all, this is a good product, functions as intended, and appears to be well-built. I will update if there are any issues, once I travel with this new mounting system.

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  2. 31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nearly perfect. Amazing price! One point for improvement., June 25, 2014
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    This is an excellent hitch mounted bike carrier, at 1/2 the cost of Thule’s offerings (market leader). Ultimately if you are looking for a high quality bike carrier that is well built, sturdy and stores easy when off the car – this is an excellent choice. Everything else about this rack you can read in the product description. This model holds 5 bikes in plastic cups and straps, folds down when not in use, and secures to 2 inch receiver hitch. Installation was a breeze since the carrier is fully assembled in the box. Just slide the carrier into the car’s hitch and secure it with the included nut and bolt. The carrier fits tightly in the car’s hitch – removing any wobble.

    The only downside to this carrier (which can be found on more expensive bike carriers) is the lack of security. The bikes do not lock onto the carrier; the carrier does not lock onto the car’s hitch (uses a nut & bolt); and their are no holes to use cable locks. A make-shift work around to this problem would be to use standard cable locks to secure the bikes together and then to the carrier. But the lack of holes in the carrier make this very difficult. I understand that not including locks in the rack keeps the cost down, but some welded on loops or holes in the bars would make securing with cable locks possible.

    5 stars for the build quality, design and price. -1 star for the lack of security features. All in all, an excellent rack given the single limitation.

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