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The 6 Best Hitch Bike Racks of 2022

By: Jon Kennedy: Bike Buyer | June 7, 2022

 

Trailer hitches aren’t just for trailers. Dedicated cyclists know that they’re the perfect way to mount a bike rack to your car. Sure, roof racks, strap-on racks, and tailgate pads exist, but for maximum ease of use, security, and durability, it’s hard to beat a hitch rack. They’re easier to load than roof racks, hold bikes more securely than a strap-on rack, and well, if you don’t have a truck bed, tailgate pads won’t get you anywhere. Of course, among hitch bike racks, there are still plenty of options. Folks looking for the most capacity should consider vertical hanging racks. Riders with a wide variety of wheel sizes might do best with a prong-style rack, and those who aren’t really sure will probably be happy with a tray rack. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it on this list of the best hitch bike racks out there.

New This Year:

This year the name of the game is compatibility. More of these racks are more compatible with various styles of bikes, frames, and tire sizes than ever before. So you can carry your gravel bike, your kid’s bike, and your fat bike all on the same rack. Beyond that, racks get easier to use every year, and more and are being designed to make it easier to access the back of your car as well. So choose a car bike rack, load up your bikes, and get out there for a ride!

best hitch bike racks of 2022

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 a tried and proven tray rack that will last for years and never leave you frustrated

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch tray2$799.95

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best hitch bike racks of 2022

Yakima StageTwo

The Yakima StageTwo Bike Hitch Tray is just as versatile as it is easy to use and fast to load/unload. Designed to accommodate wheel sizes ranging from 16" up to 29" (and tires up to 3.25" wide), the StageTwo is compatible with virtually every bike you throw at it — fat-tire, mountain, road, hybrid, e-bikes, BMX, kids'. What's more, the offset trays provide extra clearance that makes loading/unloading easier than ever. Finally, Yakima's integrated SKS lock system paired with their remote tilt lever makes those quick stops less cumbersome and offers great peace of mind. If you need to carry a wide variety of bikes and don’t want to have to adjust to different wheel sizes, the StageTwo is the answer.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch tray2$849

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best hitch bike racks of 2022

Thule T2 Pro X

Hitch racks always work, and the Thule T2 Pro X - 2 Bike Platform Hitch Bike Rack is one of the best we've seen. Whether you're loading it up with a couple of big mountain bikes, carrying a carbon fiber road bike, or heading to the campground with kids' bikes, you'll always know you have no problem with compatibility. Thule's got it dialed with easy installation, large weight capacity, heavy durability, and the best tilt-access mechanism in the business. You'll never need to lift a bike over your shoulders again! The T2 Pro X is more affordable than the XTR, but still brings the great durability and ease of use that Thule is known for.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch tray2$649.95

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best hitch bike racks of 2022

Küat NV 2.0

The Küat NV 2.0 2-Bike Base is far from basic. With an adjustable front tire cradle system, integrated cable locks, and foot assist pivot lever, there isn't much more you could ask of a bike rack. Finished with a premium matte black powder coat to complement any car you throw it on. It’s more affordable than some of Kuat’s other offerings, but still brings the premium features and finish you’d expect.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch tray2$749

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best hitch bike racks of 2022

Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical

The whole family can always come on adventures with the Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical Hitch Bike Rack. The upright position maximizes space and can carry anything from kids' bikes to fat bikes. Head up to Bellingham with the entire family or shuttle the crew on the Wasatch Crest Trail - the four bike capacity will always save the day. The HangTight is a versatile rack that will carry just about any bike, anywhere you might want to go.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hanging shuttle rack4$848.95

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best hitch bike racks of 2022

Yakima RidgeBack

An innovative design and extensive feature list make the Yakima Ridgeback 4 Bike Rack a no-brainer. The Ridgeback comes fully assembled and installation is incredibly simple. This rack has a 4 bike capacity, and loading bikes is a cinch with Yakima's new ZipStrips™, which effortlessly secures your bikes to the rack. More storage means more friends, so hit the road with your bikes and your buds. The Ridgeback makes it easy to carry any style of bike and folds out of the way easily when you’re not.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Prong rack4$398.95

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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.