Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack

Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack

Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack
@ Allen’s new Premier line of trunk and spare tire mounted carriers deliver all of the ease of use of our patented quick-set up design, along with our new dual compound tie-down cradles to fully secure and protect your bicycles. Our new wide profile snap on feet (except on our spare tire model) help to fully distribute the load of your bicycles on your vehicle. Allen’s Premier series of racks are packed full of innovative features derived of our nearly 50 years of manufacturing rear mounted bicycles. All items are backed by our exceptional customer service and our lifetime warranty.

  • Patent pending design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans and SUV’s – consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information
  • Patented quick snap set-up design allow for super-quick set up right out of the box
  • 16″ Long Carry Arms easily accommodate up to 3 bicycles (100 LB Max capacity)
  • Individual Dual-Compound tie-down cradles secure and protect bicycles
  • Extra large car pads help to distribute bicycles load and protect vehicle finish

List Price: $ 139.99

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Allen Sports Premier 3Bike Trunk Rack

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  1. 31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is an well-made, nicely designed trunk rack (vehicles it won’t fit listed) …, November 11, 2013
    By 
    Deb
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    This review is from: Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack (Sports)
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    Customer Video Review Length:: 0:47 Mins

    According to Allen Sports the Premier Series Trunk Mounted Carriers will install in seconds. Yes, they will, but it will take you a while to set up and decide how you want to carry your bikes. I decided to take a quick video of the rack before I took it down. I’ve been experimenting with different carrying methods. For example, I only have one hooking loop beneath the car. I tried that and was thinking I’d achieve a better balance with more weight if I tried the trunk method and did.

    Once you have all your straps in the correct positions, the positions that suit your vehicle, yes it will only take a few seconds to set up and conversely to tear down (which is what I started doing when I decided to do a short video clip). The first thing I noticed that I didn’t like was the fact that the metal hooks that attach to the trunk are not rubber coated. I plan on taking some electrical tape and wrapping them. This is probably the only aspect of the carrier I didn’t like.

    You can see I have my Boardwalk Dahon on the rack. This is an awkward bicycle, but I had no trouble securing it in the cradles. The bike looks off kilter because it’s a fold-up bike and the strap goes over a folding mechanism, raising the bike at an awkward angle (the back looks higher than the front). Odd-shaped bikes will fit on this carrier. The pedal facing the car had clearance. The rack is very secure and I tried one little experiment before I totally tore down. The trunk was opened, with the bike on the rack, and slammed back down.

    There were no tie downs either to the lower part of the trunk or beneath the car. The support straps on the top and sides, as you can see were attached. There was very little shift all things considered. Like none. This told me that if I hit a pothole, the Allen Sports Trunk Mounted Carriers would keep my bikes secure. The carrier is very well-designed and balanced.

    FEATURES:

    ► 16″ long carry arms easily accommodate up to 3 bicycles (100 lb max capacity)
    ► Individual rubber strap tie-downs secure and protect bicycles
    ► Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle
    ► Side straps for increased lateral stability
    ► Extra large car pads help to distribute bicycles load and protect vehicle finish
    ► Comes fully assembled; set up and installs in seconds
    ► Patented design fits wide range of vehicles (consult manufacturer website for specific vehicle fit information)

    If you have women’s bikes, you’ll need to buy an Allen Sports Tension Bar Bicycle Cross-Bar Adaptor for each one of them. What I usually see on trunk mounted bike carriers are rollers instead of what I call “feet.” These feet seem to grip the car better than the rollers for some reason. You really need to clean the car’s surface before installation. If you have grit beneath the carrier, your paint will obviously suffer from the friction. The carrier tears down quickly and when not in use I’d recommend storing it. For those who don’t care as much for dialogue, I’ll do a short pros and cons list followed by which vehicles this carrier does not fit.

    PROS:

    ☼ You can open the trunk with the rack on if you opt to secure the bottom straps to the trunk rather than beneath the vehicle
    ☼ Lightweight – one person can mount the carriers (3- or 4 bike)
    ☼ Adjustable nylon tie-downs – very solid hardware included
    ☼ Rubber cradles that will prevent your bikes from being scratched
    ☼ Anti-scratch “feet” or pads
    ☼ Folding frame for easy storage
    ☼ Easy to install and remove
    ☼ You don’t need to lift the bikes way over your head
    ☼ Fits a wide variety of cars (see the list below of cars this won’t fit)
    ☼ Comes fully assembled
    ☼ Cost-effective

    CONS:

    ► The metal hooks that attach to the car are not rubber coated

    If you follow the instructions carefully, the Allen Sports the Premier Series Trunk Mounted Carriers are excellent carriers at an affordable price. I have both the three and four bike carriers. The one in the video is the three, but they are essentially the same save the number of bikes one can carry. They aren’t meant to use off road, nor are they the type of carrier than one would use on a long trip. I’m very pleased with the quality and the “con” that I had can be remedied with a bit of electrical tape.

    FIT LIST – Vehicles that will ***NOT*** work with this carrier. They are listed by make, model and year. Keep in mind that all things considered, this is a relatively small list of vehicles the Allen Sports Trunk Mounted Carriers…

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  2. 13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Was good at first, but had some issues with my trunk size, October 23, 2013
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    David Bradshaw (San Francisco, CA) –
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    This review is from: Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack (Sports)
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    UPDATE:

    I had it angled relatively high to keep it away from my bumper (it scuffed the paint off when the bike was on the rack). However, this put the rack so high that the bike was really close to the car and if I did not make sure the pedal was in the right position (next to rack and above bumper) it could easily swing into the car and the pedal would hit the bumper. I really liked this rack and the easy rubber snap ons, but the angle makes it hit the car (either pedal or the wheels), so I have stopped using it and have started using the two bike standard one. I am looking at putting a hitch on my car and getting the hitch bike rack (since it could be left on all the time).

    I found that my new Road Bike’s lighter weight has made the bike swing heavily in the wind at this high angle and is frequently swinging into the car (much more than my heavier Hybrid). I also find that the wide opening of the holders on the rack allow the road bike’s slim tube to swing and move easily in the holder, regardless of how tight I put the rubber strap.

    If you have a car that has a small trunk (I have a 2008 Ford Focus) that does not have that much room from bumper to top of trunk, I would avoid this and get one that has a smaller length from top bar to feet that touch the trunk. This is still a nice back rack, but just not for my car.

    PREVIOUS UPDATE:

    I tried angling it so that the bottom feet do not touch the bumper(see update below), however, it angled it really high (I guess I have a short trunk?), and when driving at high speeds the bike is nearly horizontal where the wind is blowing it. It did not come off, but it makes me nervous. I am going to put some padding under the feet (where it comes in contact with bumper) so I can angle the bar lower (plus at this angle I can only fit one bike on it). If that does not work, I will try angling it less, and using a cable to tie a wheel to the bottom strap so that it cannot blow upward. I think my problem is that the bottom bar is coming so low down the trunk and that my bumper is higher (you can see in picture on item).

    UPDATE:

    I posted some photos to the product of it on my car.

    I want to add that I found that the bottom feet were pressing into the bumper area. I thought it would be OK, but it was not and scratched my car (chipped paint off). Make sure that you angle it high enough so that the bottom feet do not come in contact with the bumper (the feet are on the car and there is space between the feet and the bumper). It just chipped the paint off, I will touch it up with some paint. But I wanted to make sure you were aware to keep the feet away from the bumper, it does say to angle it up more, and I did not want to angle it too much, but I will angle it more next time. This may not be a problem if your trunk is longer than mine.

    Original Review:

    This is an upgrade from an older Allen 2 bike rack (the cheapest model). So far it is a great improvement. This bike rack was super easy to setup. In the past you had to take this really tight metal rod and get it in the hole (only had to do this once, and it kept the rack in its shape). This unit just has to be pulled out and it a locking mechanism pops in; now the best part is that the two red notches on the top squeeze and release it, which allows it to store flat!!! Great for me since I leave this in the trunk when not in use. That is it, you just pop it open and it is setup, you now just have to tie the hooks around the car (simple) and I cut the excess cabling off.

    I have a 2008 Ford Focus (Coupe), I will note that it is longer than my two bike rack (since it is a three bike rack). It recommends tilting it up a notch so that it is not straight out, which I do a little bit, but not too much since I like it a little more straight out (plus my bike is a hybrid, not a road, so it is a tad heavy). I will note that the bottom bar rests on the bumper (where the trunk meets the bumper) and I wish it did not, but it does seem to make it more sturdy since the bumper is helping support it, but made it harder to get the bottom hooks on (since the bar is in the way).

    The feet on the unit are nicer than the old ones and swivel to give a flat platform no matter how the angle of the trunk is. They also seem to hold on better, before the old rack would squeak and make loud noises when hitting bumps, but this ones does not (I assume it is holding on tighter).

    The straps for the top are nice, they use a button/teeth system that makes it easy to lock it and tighten it (for the top I set it once and tie it off and than tilt it to take it off and put it on). I like this teeth button system and it made it easy to install. The side straps and bottom straps (there are two bottom straps) are plain straps and the bottom ones use the elastic material for a tight fit. The side ones are…

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  3. 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Useful Information-some buckles are plastic and doesn’t fit all trims!, June 9, 2014
    By 
    David

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    This review is from: Allen Sports Premier 3-Bike Trunk Rack (Sports)
    First part is why I have a 3 star ratting, second part my experience with this item not fitting despite the website saying it would:

    Upon install, the side hooks and bottom hooks ARE NOT a cam buckle strap but rather a flexible plastic pull through buckle straps. Through my own life experiences and my own opinion, these plastic pull through buckle straps won’t provide longevity and can be compromised through weight constraints. I’m sure Allen Sports did their tests with these and fell otherwise, but I would feel uncomfortable with these plastic buckle straps.

    I bought this for my 02′ Nissan Maxima. Allen Sports website said it would fit so i purchased it. Fast shipping (as always w/Prime) and when i went to install on my trunk, found the top part wouldn’t rest anywhere but on top of my factory spoiler. I knew this couldn’t be good as the spoiler isn’t flush to the trunk and way too much flexibility. Further looking into this, found that AMAZON garage said this would not fit on the type of “trim” entered for my vehicle—-wish i would have done that in the first place. Good job amazon!

    Overall, I’m glad it didn’t fit anyways because I do not like those plastic buckle straps. I ordered a 3 bike trunk mount from Hollywood Racks and it’s awesome! All cam straps all the way around! Feels so secure and appears to keep the bikes sitting up higher than what this one would have. Thanks-

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