Recommend a bike rack for ebike with fenders

flashracer

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1st post.New to forum. I haven’t yet committed to a ebike but the specialized Comp 4.0 is looking ideal for me and my wife. The problem will be how to haul it. I was looking a Kuat NV 2.0 but wondered if fenders would cause any trouble. Dealer said it would work fine but I wasn’t for sure. Would the ramp work alright with it since I am looking at mid-drives? Kuat is the only ramps I’ve seen at several dealers. Thanks
 

PDXzap

Active Member
specialized Comp 4.0
Did you mean Como?
If so then yes, that might be a problem when it comes to the fenders. I have a Turbo Como 4.0 low entry and a I believe a Kuat NV Base 2.0 but I've never tried to put the bike on it since I don't have a receiver hitch yet.
I could try and check if you'd like me to.

And... welcome!
 

flashracer

New Member
Did you mean Como?
If so then yes, that might be a problem when it comes to the fenders. I have a Turbo Como 4.0 low entry and a I believe a Kuat NV Base 2.0 but I've never tried to put the bike on it since I don't have a receiver hitch yet.
I could try and check if you'd like me to.

And... welcome!
Yes it’s a Como and I sure would appreciate it if you could check and see if it works.
Thank you
 
I have the hollywood rack for my turbo vado. the rack holds the bike by the frame instead of pushing down over the tires. Works great and holds up to 80lbs per bike. There is a cheaper version made by a company called Overdrive that is rated for about 60lbs per bike.
 

Sidkane

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1st post.New to forum. I haven’t yet committed to a ebike but the specialized Comp 4.0 is looking ideal for me and my wife. The problem will be how to haul it. I was looking a Kuat NV 2.0 but wondered if fenders would cause any trouble. Dealer said it would work fine but I wasn’t for sure. Would the ramp work alright with it since I am looking at mid-drives? Kuat is the only ramps I’ve seen at several dealers. Thanks
I carry 2 Vado 4.0s on a Thule EasyFold XT 2. It’s designed for ebikes with fenders as it attaches to the frame. Good luck.
 

flashracer

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I carry 2 Vado 4.0s on a Thule EasyFold XT 2. It’s designed for ebikes with fenders as it attaches to the frame. Good luck.
I have read about that rack. Is it easy to load? From what I’ve read it is a little tricky. Kuat is the only rack that I’ve seen at shops around here.
 

PDXzap

Active Member
@flashracer I tried the Como on the Kuat Base rack and it would work but would need extra steps for me to be confident. I have the "pizza rack" on my Como so that adds even more "work".
You could probably mount the bike backwards i.e. with the rear wheel in the cradle vs. on the "platform" and I doubt you would have to worry about it especially if you were to add another strap to the front wheel to keep it more stable since it would no longer be in the "trough".
With the "pizza rack" I would be worried because the rack's clamp is about the same size as the gap between the bike frame and the "pizza rack" plus you would need to add foam or something between the fender and tire to shim the gap and also add foam to fill the gap between the fender and the "pizza rack" frame where it attaches to the bike.
Mounting the bike backwards would still require some type of shim between the tire and fender.

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If you don't mind lifting the bikes, then I'd recommend the Swagman Dispatch or Chinook (if 45 pounds per bike is enough), the Swagman Current (if 60 pounds per bike is sufficient), or the Swagman E-Spec (if 70 pounds per bike is mandatory). Swagman racks, at least in my market, are consistently the most reasonably priced for e-bike-rated racks. As for lifting the bikes, if you remove the batteries, lift one end into the rack first, then lift the other up and in, that can often work if lifting the whole bike in one movement is too much. If not, there may be aftermarket ramp solutions, I've never looked into that.
 

flashracer

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@flashracer I tried the Como on the Kuat Base rack and it would work but would need extra steps for me to be confident. I have the "pizza rack" on my Como so that adds even more "work".
You could probably mount the bike backwards i.e. with the rear wheel in the cradle vs. on the "platform" and I doubt you would have to worry about it especially if you were to add another strap to the front wheel to keep it more stable since it would no longer be in the "trough".
With the "pizza rack" I would be worried because the rack's clamp is about the same size as the gap between the bike frame and the "pizza rack" plus you would need to add foam or something between the fender and tire to shim the gap and also add foam to fill the gap between the fender and the "pizza rack" frame where it attaches to the bike.
Mounting the bike backwards would still require some type of shim between the tire and fender.

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So on the Kuat , the arm sits on top of the plastic fender. I thought it would sit in front of fender. That’s why you shim it.
 

sl_duck

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According to Kuat, you don't need to crank the hook down, so putting it on top of the fender will work fine as long as the fender is reasonably well attached.

I've used these types of racks and put the hook on the tire in front of the fender and it's worked fine as well, although I've added a short strap around the front wheel and tray to make certain it didn't roll, twist or lift. Then the arm just holds the bike upright, as long as it's not so far forward it can pivot over and off the wheel.
 

Sidkane

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I have read about that rack. Is it easy to load? From what I’ve read it is a little tricky. Kuat is the only rack that I’ve seen at shops around here.
The rack has a little ramp to help with loading, but I find it easier to just lift it onto the rack. It took a little trial and error to figure out the right positioning of the bikes and arms. I haven’t tried putting the bikes on other racks, so don’t know how it compares.
 
I ran into the same issue when looking for a rack for my Vado 3.0, and wife's heavy steel frame with really large fenders. I finally found what in the USA is called Buzz Rack Approach 2, and in the rest of the world a Buzz Rack Scorpion 2. It is the best deal, hands down. Very solid. Rack locks on the vehicle, bikes lock on the rack (same key). Bikes and rack hardly wobble at all. Folds down, with the bikes on the rack, for access to the hatch. The only downside I can think of is that when the bikes are not on the rack, it does not fold entirely up-- I don't mind, as it just takes a minute to remove it from the vehicle. I highly recommend this rack, at 1/2 or less the price of others, some of which do not have all the features this rack has.
 

flashracer

New Member
The rack has a little ramp to help with loading, but I find it easier to just lift it onto the rack. It took a little trial and error to figure out the right positioning of the bikes and arms. I haven’t tried putting the bikes on other racks, so don’t know how it compares.
I went to another dealer and he was pushing the Thule. I don’t know if the had one there to try. Trying to work a deal on 2 comos