Review: Seasucker Mini-Bomber Suction Cup Bike Rack

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Volvo C30 Polestar Edition.

Product Highlights

You need to transport bikes on occasion but you have multiple vehicles or you are not ready to commit to a permanent rack. Or you have a type of car where a hitch rack is not an option and a roof rack is not available. Or you want a roof rack but you are concerned about wind noise and mileage degradation during the times when you are not transporting a bike.

The Seasucker Mini Bomber works by using suction cups that attach to any flat and clean surface. Each cup can hold up to 210 lbs of pulling force and the Mini Bomber uses four of them on the two fork mounts alone. For the rear wheel, one suction cup and a Velcro strap is used.

On a very clean surface, each suction cup can maintain its pressure for 2-5 days. Loss of pressure is easily detected by a colored white bar that becomes visible on each suction cup pump when the cup loses pressure.

Specifications:

  • Holds 2 bicycles – up to 45 lbs each.
  • Made for roof top, trunk or hatchback attachment.
  • Attaches to metal, glass or fiberglass surfaces.
  • 3/4” thick high-density polyethylene (HDPE) body for strength and durability.
  • Two heavy-duty fork mounts for 9mm dropouts.
  • Four 6″ SeaSucker vacuum cups on body (210 lb. pull-strength rated each).
  • Approx. 12 lbs.
  • MSRP: $400

Strengths:

  • It is versatile and works on any vehicle with a solid, flat roof
  • Each suction cup has tremendous holding power and the pump has a pressure indicator
  • It literally installs in minutes and can be removed in seconds.
  • Fork mounts are angled slightly to give room for wide handlebars
  • It does what it’s supposed to which is secure the bike on almost any vehicle

Weaknesses:

  • The fork mount is a Delta brand mount with a lock mount tab that gets in the way when removing the fork from the rack
  • The rear wheel strap is two pieces of long Velcro that mate together. This should be a ratcheting clamp or a hook Velcro trap that can be tensioned. These two long pieces of velcro flap around when not in use and need to be hooked to each other.
  • Although one suction cup is plenty strong to hold, the rear wheel mount needs two smaller suction cups for redundancy so if one loses pressure over time, the other one is a fail-safe
  • The front fork mount board is flat when almost all roofs are curved. Force has to be applied and maintained to bend the board. On curved roofs, one has to lean on the end of the rack and lock it with the suction force. This works ok but the bent board is taking away some of the retaining force of the suction cup.
  • The suction cup pressure guages have to be checked every single time the vehicle is used as a matter of precaution
  • The rack is meant to be removed every time it is not used but reinstalling it requires cleaning all surfaces.
  • Bad wind noise even when there’s no bike because of the flat board for the fork mounts. This occurs more when the rack is mounted near the windshield
  • It can be stolen easily when left on the vehicle
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • The suction cups develop slow leaks (warranty is awesome though and any cup will be replaced for $12). In the span of our testing, two of our cups lose pressure in a few hours instead of 5 days when cleaned and new. Orange covers are supplied by Seasucker to put on the cups when not in use. This is meant to minimize dirt contamination and the development of leaks.

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  • mopartodd says:

    BTW, that’s a SRT-8 Dodge CHALLENGER.

  • xcbiker says:

    I know this isn’t the point but those are come cool brake force 1 brakes on the fox fork. When are we getting a review mtbr?

  • Andrew Eunson says:

    I love the idea of this. I like the mount that would go on my rear window on my Acura RDX. I have a Kuat hitch rack but it buggers up the finish on the frame and I have scratched the shock on my n Nomad. Plus it is challenging to get a full suspension bike on it. But I do remove it after use so removing suction cups would work fine too. But until a store has them in Canada where I can actually see one, and complain in person later if need be I will pass.

  • Brian Osburn says:

    I have had my talon for a year now and think it has been one of the best bike related purchases I have made. I have not had a single moment of concern over the safety of my bike.

  • MP says:

    yep, this is, indeed, the answer to the question nobody asked

  • britt819@gmail.com says:

    I have been using the Mini Bomber for a year now without any issues. I just finished a weekend mtb trip and logged about 700 miles with bikes on the roof going 70-75 mph and windy conditions. I only checked the pumps during refuel. Bottom line, I use it weekly and trust it with over $6k of bikes on the roof!

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>I know this isn’t the point but those are come cool brake force 1 brakes on the fox fork. When are we getting a review mtbr?

    http://reviews.mtbr.com/brake-force-one-review

    With further use, we’re not as jazzed about these brakes because the lever travel and action is not the most consistent.

  • John C says:

    I’ve been patiently waiting for someone to stick it to Yakima / Thule ….. This ain’t it

    • proedgebiker.com says:

      @John C, Actually it is or it wouldnt be the #1 selling rack in the USA.

      • Carlos says:

        @proedgebiker right on. So many people ask me about my rack and are amazed. Simply put, until you try it dont knock it and when you try it, youll never want anything else.

  • Fabricio says:

    It may be the destiny jajaja I just was searching the web this week for a new bike rack, I saw these years ago and I tough they are expensive, but comparing for other systems is almost the same price. I will buy the single bike system I think is the best for my use and it doesn’t take too much room to store it when not used. I will let know in near future about the performance.

  • Patrick says:

    I had a mini bomber that failed at highway speeds after 1 full year of use. They were nice enough to send me a brand new one no questions asked, but I got rid of it and got a thule with rocky mount trays, much happier with my purchase.

    • proedgebiker.com says:

      @patrick, Can you elaborate on what you mean by it “failing”?

      • Patrick says:

        Failing means the entire rack and both of my bikes came off at 70 mph. – There was no slipping, just a loud pop and the entire thing slid rearwards and off the car. Both the front and the rear vacuum cups were mounted to bare clean metal.

  • roger says:

    Looks like what dent pros use to repair dents. Probably more harm than good on your car exterior paint and body.

  • John says:

    The real concern here is if these bikes could become projectiles in accidents. I think in addition to the suction cups used for position the bikes there should also be, forgive the boating terminology, stern and bow tie ropes to stop the bike from killing someone in the event of impact. Is 210 lbs enough to hold a bike in this circumstance. Hopefully someone qualified can answer this for us. Also, I think it was mentioned the 210 lbs is the initial and maximum suction which will degrade over time.

  • dennis says:

    Great idea in theory but I wouldn’t want to be driving behind a car on the highway with one of these and 2 mountain bikes attached to it.

  • Carlos says:

    I have been using my seasuckers for 2 years now. Best investment ever made. I have switched cars twice now and took it on a trip with a rental. So happy I got this, now I can transport my bikes everywhere. I disagree with this review and really seems there was no effort put into reviewing it.

  • dude says:

    Better than a trunk rack and roof rack but its never gonna come close to the 1up.
    ProEdgeBiker, you are coming off as an overly defensive shill, its quite obvious you are related to Sea Sucker…chillax bro.

    • proedgebiker.com says:

      @dude, its no secret that we’re a SeaSucker dealer, just check out the car section of MTBR SeaSucker section. No one is trying to act like a shill on here, just pointing out some facts that were overlooked in this review. SeaSucker racks are in a class of their own for people who have very limited options and dont want to scratch up their nice cars or add a trailer hitch to it.

  • andrew falk says:

    I have a Talon and love it even 2 years later I have never had an issue.. For me it was the only rack I considered when I got my BMW 3 series convertible as I was really up tight about scratching the paint and I wanted a roof rack so if I got rear ended even at 1 mph by Time bike would not get crushed but i also park in an underground lot with only 7′ of clearance so my rack is attached to the rear window and the tire mount at the edge of the trunk so the rear tire hangs off the back of the vehicle and the seat is still low enough to let me drive in and out of the garage! My local bike shop that sold me the mount modified the rear mount by removing that clumsy velcro strap and cutting groove in the plastic piece where your tire would usually sit and in my case my big chain ring sit in this groove and a leather old time toe strap feeds through the chain ring to hold it all together. SOunds goofy but is simple and fast and elegant once you see it but I cant post photos here so email me and I can send some if anyones interested..
    I think this rack is awesome and I bet I have talked 10 people into getting one..

  • dude says:

    Claiming it won’t scratch is absurd. No different than a trunk mount in that regard. Your method of defense is far different than giving additional info. Handle yourself better, its better for your brand.

  • Playdeep says:

    This is compatible w through axle, maxle forks ?

  • Tri-Guy says:

    I love the concept…but one “failure” review has me scared to put $12K in bikes on this bad boy…let alone several.

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