Platform rack for 2-bikes -- advice, please

perkinspete

New Member
Region
USA
I am looking for a reasonably priced platform rack for my Mazda CX-5 with 2 inch hitch. One of my bikes is a regular road bike (about 30 pounds) and the other is a 50 pound step through ebike. Will only haul a few times a year and not over great distances so I'm trying to save a few bucks. I considered the Swagman XC2 platform rack, but it's rated at 70#, though I've been told I'll be okay as long as I take out battery and mount ebike inside. Then an ebike-owning friend mentioned Northern Tool's Ultra-Tow Fat Tire 2-bike carrier, rated for 200 pounds but heavy to handle (it's apparently similar to a low-cost but well-reviewed Fultyme Walmart rack). Here's that link: https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200737700_200737700 Thoughts? Other suggestions? Thanks.
 

Cdbh12

New Member
Region
Canada
City
Southern Ontario
Just got a Scorpion H by BuzzRack. Half the cost of the Thule Easy Fold and an optional ramp is available.
 

reidjazz

Active Member
Region
USA
We have two Aventon Levels and use the KAC Overdrive Sports K2 rack...SOLID!
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Kayakguy

Active Member
I have one of those, and like it. We carry a 60+lb e bike and an acoustic bike on it, both step-throughs. On the back of our little motorhome (2002 Rialta), it was very steady on the highway and on back roads, with no wiggling or bouncing around. We have to use auxiliary top tubes for the hold-downs to work. Eventually, we'll swap the acoustic for an ebike. Even though I am a really old guy, and not very strong, I can load the ebike myself--front wheel followed by rear.