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The 7 Best Bike Racks of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | June 10, 2022
 

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who live close enough to the trails to never need to drive with their bike, you’ll need some sort of car bike rack to transport your mountain bike from the place that you live to the places you like to ride. That much, at least, is simple. Where it can get complicated is choosing a style of car bike rack that makes the most sense for you. Some folks need a roof rack, others want something that goes in a trailer hitch, and still others are best served by a tailgate pad for their truck. No matter what style of rack you decide on though, it’s always worth doing your research to find something that’ll be durable, easy to use, and will hold your bike securely.

New This Year:

Luckily, bike racks are better than ever before. On this list of the best bike racks we’ve got everything from basic pickup pads, to swing away hitch racks. We’ve got racks that hold your bike in just about every way imaginable. What we don’t have are crappy, unreliable racks. Every rack on this list will hold your bikes securely, whether that’s on the freeway, or on rough shuttle roads. So you won’t have to worry about dumping your precious bike at high speeds. Beyond that, we break down the features, strengths, and weaknesses that sets each rack up for its own specific flavor of rider. So what are you waiting for? Grab that new rack, load up, and get out for a ride!

Evo Tailgate Pad

evo Tailgate Pad

Lookin' for a trusty tailgate pad to help ferry your squad's bikes around to your favorite zones? Give the evo Tailgate Pad a hard look. It's burly, will protect your truck and bike from the inevitable clanks, and is incredibly easy to use. Attach your bike to the tailgate pad using the velcro straps, load up the gang and get after it! This pad is as simple and bombproof as it gets, and is the best way to carry your bike in the bed of your truck.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
5-7 BikesTailgate Pad$99.95

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Thule UpRide Rack

Thule UpRide

The Thule UpRide Bike Rack was designed to quickly and easily secure your two wheeled stallion to the roof of your car without requiring any frame contact. Because of this slick design, the UpRide Bike Rack is perfect for those with carbon frames, and the versatile securing system is built to accommodate almost any non-traditional frame design. Don't let the A to B process keep you from riding, pick up the Thule Upride Bike Rack and take the hassle out of bike transportation. The Upride is a great rack for anyone who needs to carry their bike on top of their car. It’s durable, easy to use, and secure.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
1 BikeRoof Tray$259.95

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Yakima Backswing Hitch Adapter

Yakima Backswing Hitch Adapter

Tired of your rack getting in the way of accessing your trunk? Grab the Yakima BackSwing Hitch Rack Swing Adapter and turn that nuisance into a practical swing rack. This converts your fixed Yakima rack into a full swing out with little assembly. While it’s not a rack persay, the Backswing makes any bike rack easier to use, and is an important accessory for any hitch carry system.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
250 lbsHitch Adapter$398.95

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Yakima Frontloader

Yakima Frontloader

Have an odd styled bike that won't fit many bike mounts? Luckily the Yakima FrontLoader™ Bike Rack has got you covered! The FrontLoader™ fits most crossbars, disc brakes and even odd suspensions with ease! So be proud of your unique styled bike and show it off with the Yakima FrontLoader™ Bike Rack, because nothing says pride like putting your bike on top of the car for the whole world to see. The FrontLoader is a versatile roof back that will allow you to carry just about any bike on the roof of just about any car.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
1 BikeRoof Tray$228.95

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Yakima Forklift

Yakima Forklift

Worried your crossbar won't fit on a fork bike mount? Well, stop worrying and check out the Yakima ForkLift™ Bike Rack! The ForkLift™ is Yakima's first ever fork bike mount that fits factory crossbars right out of the box. If a fork bike mount is what you're looking for then stop your search now because you've come across the perfect match, the Yakima ForkLift™ Bike Rack . The ForkLift is an affordable, easy to use rack that’s dead simple and reliable.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
1 BikeRoof Tray$198.95

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Yakima Exo System

Yakima Exo System

The Yakima EXO SwingBase Hitch System is the foundation of the entire EXO ecosystem. Simply mount it up on your hitch and switch out EXO components as the seasons change. From ski trips to bike adventures and everything in between, this will satisfy all of your gear hauling needs. The Exo system allows your bike rack to be more than just a bike rack. It’s so modular that you’ll leave it on year round, carrying bikes, skis, and any other gear you may want.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
VariesHitch System$568.95

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Thule T2 Pro XTR

Thule T2 Pro XTR

The Thule T2 Pro XTR - 2 Bike Rack features everything you need in a lifelong bike rack. This transport solution safely secures your rig without dinging the frame, and offers complete locking convenience with an integrated cable lock and lock knob. Top it off with the tool-free AutoAttach system for easy installation and you're trail bound in minutes! The T2 Pro is the gold standard for durable, easy to use hitch racks.

CapacityStyleOriginal Price
2 BikesHitch Tray$799.95

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jon Kennedy

Jon is a Bike Buyer and joined evo in 2015 to help launch the category. He has a long tenure in the bike industry bringing over 20 years of experience.

Jon was formerly the Marketing Manager for Diamondback bikes and was the Executive Director for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance prior to that. His broad experience in the bike industry from the brand, advocacy and retail side has contributed to a well-rounded understanding of trends, needs and opportunities.

Jon grew up in the Seattle area and currently resides there with his wife Ilana, kids Erez and Lilah, and his Boston Terrier Marley. He is a daily rider packing countless miles in every year, loves all disciplines, and simply considers himself a cyclist… a title he embraces with great passion.