Is Hanging by the wheels safe?
Mountain bike wheels, axles and suspension forks are strong. And although the wheel is not designed to be loaded from the inner rim, folks have been hanging bikes in this manner for ages. A typical bike weighs 30 lbs and that load is quite small compared to the 200 lb. rider who is dropping from a jump. So yes, we think the bike can take being hung from the wheel.
But we may take a couple of exceptions, one is if you have a carbon aero road wheel. These wheels are pricey and not the strongest between on the inside diameter between the spokes. The other exception is if you’re driving to the trailhead through a rocky fire road. We think the wheel is better off not subjected to this type of constant impacts.
We think the key disadvantage is that the bikes are touching each other. If you have a precious $10,000 road bike, look somewhere else. If you have a color-matched, fancy mountain bike and a long, bumpy ride to the trailhead, then this may not be the best for you. The bikes will inevitably touch each other and wrassle a little bit.
If you have a family and have to mount a lot of odd shaped bikes in the fastest way possible, this may be a good solution for you. Loading and unloading six bikes while the kids get restless in a minivan is a painful job so hanging them quickly may make you the family hero of the day.
If you have a bunch of burly bikes and like to transport your crew up and down the mountain, this may be a good solution for you.
We’ll continue to update this review as we use it in more situations.