I have to admit, when I first heard about the SeaSucker Bike Rack, I was pretty skeptical. The idea of using suction cups to hold your bike to your car seemed a bit dodgy. My introduction to the company and their rack came from an email I received from someone interested in having Mtbr list the product so they could write a user review.
It seems that SeaSucker started with marine/boating related products and expanded from there. They stress that their mounts are not actually suction cups, but rather vacuum cups. They are promoted as “easy to use, strong and versatile”.
(note: the SeaSucker Talon was mounted on the side windows for display purposes ONLY. SeaSucker does NOT recommend driving on the road with your bike mounted to the side windows. The mounts work on the top of the car also.)
I got a closer look at the rack at the SeaSucker booth at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. The system uses three
suction cups vacuum cups to hold the front of the bike and one cup with a wheel strap for the rear. The system retails for $262.99 and the cups allow for a variety of mounting options (see the sample images on the SeaSucker website>>)
We haven’t personally used the system, but after pulling on it at the Sea Otter, the mount seems to be quite sturdy. They also now make a 3 bike model (which uses 5 vacuum cups) called the Bomber which retails for $524.99. SeaSucker bike racks are available directly from the manufacturer via their website.
For more info: www.seasucker.com