The 11 Best Hitch Bike Racks

REVIEWED AND RANKED IN CHESHIRE (UK) MAY 2018

We spent 50 hours testing 30 different hitch bike racks that we found on the market. We wanted to find out which ones held the bikes securely and came with a heavy-duty construction. Another concern of ours was whether the models that allowed the bikes to hang and swing also offered a secure hold.



In the end we found the Hollywood Racks HR1400 Hitch Mount Rack to be the best. It is a heavy rack that can transport 4 bikes. The bikes are also held securely and do not shake or jiggle.

The Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride is very simple to install and is the most affordable hitch bike rack on our list. Read on to learn more about the other hitch bike racks on our list.

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Products Comparison

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 Hollywood Racks HR1400 Hitch Mount Rack Review
92%
£416.87
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 Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review
84%
£49.99
read more
 Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2-Bike Towball Carrier
98%
£275.00
read more
 Mottez Premium Deck A018P4RA Bike Rack Review
40%
£246.12
read more
 Peruzzo 668/4 Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Review
60%
£218.74
read more
 Menabo 948847 WINNY Rear Bike Carrier Review
82%
£217.75
read more
 Thule EasyBase Carrier Base Unit Review
90%
£175.00
read more
 Swagman XC-Cross-Country Hitch Mount Rack
88%
£132.82
read more
 XtremepowerUS 4 Bike Hitch Mount Swing Review
60%
£109.40
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 Allen Sports USA Deluxe 3 Hitch Bike Carrier
88%
£83.59
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 Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride Review
88%
£165.30
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Hollywood Racks HR1400 Hitch Mount Rack Review Top rated
Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review Lowest price
Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2-Bike Towball Carrier
Mottez Premium Deck A018P4RA Bike Rack Review
Peruzzo 668/4 Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Review
Menabo 948847 WINNY Rear Bike Carrier Review
Thule EasyBase Carrier Base Unit Review
Swagman XC-Cross-Country Hitch Mount Rack
XtremepowerUS 4 Bike Hitch Mount Swing Review
Allen Sports USA Deluxe 3 Hitch Bike Carrier
Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride Review
Product Title Weight Dimensions What we liked What we didn't like Brand E A N M P N Manufacturer Package Quantity Part Number Product Group Product Type Name Publisher Label Studio

Hollywood Racks HR1400 Hitch Mount Rack Review

92%

37.2kgs

68.6x25.4x91.4cm

Hollywood Racks

0014658014005

HR1400

Hollywood racks

1

HR1400

Sports

OUTDOOR_RECREATION_PRODUCT

Hollywood racks

Hollywood racks

Hollywood racks

Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review

84%

6.2kgs

55x15x78cm

Outsunny

5055974847682

AA0-034

MHStar UK LTD

1

AA0-034

Sports

SPORTING_GOODS

MHStar UK LTD

MHStar UK LTD

MHStar UK LTD

Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2-Bike Towball Carrier

98%

17.3kgs

106x 61x 30cm

Thule

7313020073118

925001

Thule GmbH

1

925001

Automotive Parts and Accessories

AUTO_ACCESSORY

Thule GmbH

Thule GmbH

Thule GmbH

Mottez Premium Deck A018P4RA Bike Rack Review

40%

5kgs

1x1x1cm

Mottez

3234640003672

A018P4RA

Mottez

1

A018P4RA

Automotive Parts and Accessories

AUTO_ACCESSORY

Mottez

Mottez

Mottez

Peruzzo 668/4 Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Review

60%

10kgs

112x 54x 16.5cm

Peruzzo

8015058066849

668/4

PERUZZO

1

668/4

Automotive Parts and Accessories

AUTO_ACCESSORY

PERUZZO

PERUZZO

PERUZZO

Menabo 948847 WINNY Rear Bike Carrier Review

82%

14kgs

110.8x 60.8x 21.4cm

Menabo

4250269810766

79050924

Menabo

1

79050924

Automotive Parts and Accessories

SPORTING_GOODS

Menabo

Menabo

Menabo

Thule EasyBase Carrier Base Unit Review

90%

15kgs

1x1x1cm

Thule

7313020044149

TH9490

Thule GmbH

1

TH9490

Automotive Parts and Accessories

AUTO_ACCESSORY

Thule GmbH

Thule GmbH

Thule GmbH

Swagman XC-Cross-Country Hitch Mount Rack

88%

12.7kgs

12.7x 86.4x 27.9cm

Swagman Bicycle Carriers

0776214646500

64650

Swagman

1

64650

Sports

OUTDOOR_RECREATION_PRODUCT

Swagman

Swagman

Swagman

XtremepowerUS 4 Bike Hitch Mount Swing Review

60%

4.54kgs

58.7x 23.6 x13.5cm

XtremepowerUS

0715050823591

X6082

XtremepowerUS

1

X6082

Automotive Parts and Accessories

OUTDOOR_RECREATION_PRODUCT

XtremepowerUS

XtremepowerUS

XtremepowerUS

Allen Sports USA Deluxe 3 Hitch Bike Carrier

88%

6.80kgs

40.6x 15.2x71.1cm

Allen Sports USA

8851704959215

532RR

Allen Sports USA

1

532RR

Sports

OUTDOOR_RECREATION_PRODUCT

Allen Sports USA

Allen Sports USA

Allen Sports USA

Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride Review

88%

30 kgs

Peruzzo

8015058006685

668

PERUZZO

1

668

Automotive Parts and Accessories

AUTO_ACCESSORY

PERUZZO

PERUZZO

PERUZZO

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£171.34 more
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Product Reviews

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Hollywood Racks Hollywood Racks HR1400 Hitch Mount Rack Review

92%

This hitch bike rack comes pre-assembled which makes it simple to install. It is also easy to adjust to achieve the best position that is convenient for transporting the bikes and one where there will not be any scratches or damage to both bikes and vehicle.



The Hollywood Racks is made from dense and sturdy metal and looks durable. It can transport up to 4 bikes. The bikes are held tight and do not sway or jiggle and the pins are connected to the rack using strings which means that they will not get lost.



However, at 37.5 kilograms, this is quite a heavy hitch bike rack.


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£337.38 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £416.87

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Outsunny Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review

84%

The Outsunny features a strong and sturdy metal construction and is able to handle weights of up to 70kgs. This is a 3-bike hitch rack containing rubber cradles that help secure onto the bike without causing damage to the vehicle.



The hitch bike rack is versatile and will fit most cars from SUVs to hatchbacks and can fit a bike tubing frame that is between 2cm to 7cm. It also features a folding design allowing the user to reach the cars boot.



The instruction manual however is not very clear and it does take quite a bit of time to get the Outsunny 3 bike hitch rack onto place.


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Thule Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2-Bike Towball Carrier

98%

This bike rack comes with a 5-year warranty which shows that it is both durable and reliable. It is also a preassembled equipment which unlike the Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount is very simple to install. The Thule 92501 features locks that secure the bike to the rack and another set of locks that secure the rack to the tow bar.


It also features a smart foot pedal tilt that allows for simple access to the cars trunk.



The main downside with the Thule is that it doesn’t fit mountain bikes that have a longer wheel base or big tires.


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£247.45 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £275.00

4

Mottez Mottez Premium Deck A018P4RA Bike Rack Review

40%

This bike rack is designed to transport 4 bikes and has a maximum load of 60kgs. Its design is certified and complies with ISO/ DIS 15263 European regulations. The Mottez premium deck is a simple to install bike rack with just a single click and will fit most tow balls.



However, the downside is that the Mottez is not designed to work with flange type tow balls. We also noted that the predrilled holes do not line up.


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£244.34 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £246.12

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Peruzzo Peruzzo 668/4 Trailer Hitch Bike Rack Review

60%

This is a high quality deluxe platform hitch bike rack with a thick and sturdy metal construction. The Peruzzo is also fast and easy to mount and unmount and features a recline able design that allows for simple access to the cars boot.



This hitch bike rack also comes with arms designed for the 2nd bicycle. It has a number plate holder together with lights.



However like the Outsunny 3 Bike Hitch Mount, the instructions are not very clear. Loading and offloading the bikes does tend to take some time. 

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£220.02 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £218.74

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Menabo Menabo 948847 WINNY Rear Bike Carrier Review

82%

The Menabo is designed for transporting up to 3 bikes. It features locks to attach to the trailer hitch which makes it simple to install. Similar to the Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2-Bike Towball Carrier, it comes pre-assembled removing the need for extra tools.



The Menabo allows you to fold even with the mounted bikes to be able to access the cars boot. It also offers a tight and secure hold on the bicycles using the straps and frame brackets.



The downside is that this equipment feels very heavy and mounting and removing the bikes takes a bit of time.


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£217.63 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £217.75

7

Thule Thule EasyBase Carrier Base Unit Review

90%

The Thule EasyBase allows you to transport up to 4 bikes. It comprises of a platform tow bar carrier and also comes with a selection of accessories. This is a sturdy bike rack constructed from metal tubes.




With a load capacity of 45kgs, the Thule EasyBase rack is designed to fit neatly into most vehicles eliminating the need to get a trailer.



However, this is not the strongest bike rack as you can find models that cost about the same and can handle as much as 100kgs.


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£174.99 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £175.00

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Swagman Bicycle Carriers Swagman XC-Cross-Country Hitch Mount Rack

88%

The Swagman features a 2-inch receiver. It is designed to transport a maximum of 2 bikes and at 12.7kgs is not very heavy and can be installed by a single person without the need for an extra pair of hands. The upright ratcheting arms make it possible to transport bikes with different frame sizes.



When not in use, the Swagman is fairly simple to fold and store it away. The downside is that it takes a bit of time to assemble and install.


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£118.12 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £132.82

9

XtremepowerUS XtremepowerUS 4 Bike Hitch Mount Swing Review

60%

This hitch bike rack is simple to install and is made from a heavy-duty metal frame. It features a detachable design which allows the user to carry fewer bikes. The instructions that come with the package are simple, and clear and fixing the rack only takes a few minutes.



Mounting and removing the bikes was very simple and unlike the Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride that has arms that get in the way of removing the bikes, this one doesn’t.



However, the bikes tend to move and doesn’t hold them securely in place which results in scratches.


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£111.96 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £109.40

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Allen Sports USA Allen Sports USA Deluxe 3 Hitch Bike Carrier

88%

This hitch bike carrier features arms that are 16 inches log for holding the bikes in place. Like with the XtremepowerUS 4 Bike Hitch Mount Swing, the bikes are held hanging. They sway but used together with bungee chords can eliminating the possibility of having the frame of the bike scratched after the trip. The carry arms are also foldable which allows the user to get them out of the way when not using the rack.



Installing the Allen Sports takes very little time requiring just a couple of minutes. It comes with a strong and sturdy steel frame that is chemical coated for durability.



However, this rack requires more support in form of bungee cords. Even while the bikes are held in place they do tend to sway a lot.


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£85.82 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £83.59

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Peruzzo Peruzzo 668 Trailer Hitch Bike Ride Review

88%

This is an easy to install hitch bike rack that is also very stable once it fits. The rack doesn’t shake at all when driving even on bumpy terrain. Mounting and removing the bikes is also very easy and doesn’t take much time.



The tilt mechanism is simple and effective only requiring you to pull thehandle. It will then lock and tilt downwards allowing you to access the trunk.



The downside is that the restraining arms for the 2nd and 3rd bike are not very well designed and makes it a bit difficult to get to the bikes. 

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£171.34 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £165.30

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Frequently Asked Question

What Is a Hitch Bike Rack?

This is a type of bike rack that is specially designed to fit neatly onto the receiver of the hitch of a trailer on a truck or car. The hitch bike rack holds the bike securely and allows the avid traveler to explore far away destinations by bike.

The Hitch bike rack can carry up to 4 bikes which means that you and like-minded adventurers can use the same vehicle and rack to transport the bikes.


What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hitch Bike Racks?

A hitch bike rack provides a simple yet effective means of travelling with your bike. It can carry up to 4 bikes which means that you can explore the with family and friends.

It also makes use of strong cords to securely hold the bikes in place. They will not bulge even when the vehicle is travelling at a high speed.

Compared to the standard rack where you use straps to secure the bikes, the hitch bike rack is simpler to use. They come in different styles to suit any type of vehicle and are more aerodynamic compared to the roof racks.

However, if the car doesn’t have a hitch, one might need to purchase a trailer which means extra costs to be able to use a hitch bike rack.

Reversing the car becomes risky when using this type of bike rack as you could easily bump into objects and cause damage to the bikes.

Thirdly in case the car doesn’t have a hitch, you may find that there is need to drill into the chassis which is extra work and could cost money to hire a qualified mechanic to perform the task for you.


What’s the Approximate Price Range for Hitch Bike Racks?

Depending on the type of design, model and quality, the prices of hitch bike racks vary widely from as low as £50 to costing as much as £500. 

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Hitch Bike Rack?

We’ve seen that one of the main reasons why you should opt for a hitch bike rack is its ease of use. Compared to roof racks, fitting the bike on the hitch bike rack is simple. Go for a model that allows you to easily mount and remove the bike.

The second thing you want to consider is how many bikes that you need to carry. Most hitch bike racks allow you to transport up to 4 bikes. Some models however will only allow you to carry less than that so keep this in mind when choosing your rack.

A good hitch bike rack features locks that allows for easy fitting and removal of the bikes. Look out for extra features such as repair stands and built from lightweight materials. While this does often mean that the cost of the hitch bike rack will go up, it will serve you better.


What Is the Best Hitch Bike Rack? Why Is It the Best?

The Thule 92501 VeloCompact 2 hitch bike rack is the best. It comes with a 5-year warranty, has a high-quality construction and is pre-assembled and doesn’t require the use of tools. 

How Do Hitch Bike Racks Work?

A hitch bike racks locks onto the drawbar tube or the hitch tube of the vehicles trailer. The bike then attaches onto the tube top by the frame or by the wheels where the wheels are placed on a tray rack.

For the rack to work effectively, it need to fit tightly and securely onto the trailer hitch. It’s thus important to make sure that you choose a rack that is the right size for your hitch.

The hitch bike racks holds the bikes a few inches away from the vehicle. This prevents any scratches that would come about when driving on bumpy roads. They can either fold to the right or downwards which allows you to access the boot of the car.