Seasucker Hornet Bike Rack First Impressions


We got a chance to try the Seasucker Hornet portable bike rack and made a little show and tell video. This is our first experience with this emerging category of vacuum pump bike racks. It is a little bit of a stretch to start using these racks that don’t bolt on to your car and start trusting them to carry your precious bike on the freeway. But it is a new level of convenience and ease of installation for casual/intermediate riders. We’ll give a long term update on these racks as we continue to use them.

Description from Manufacturer:
Our new Hornet 1-bike rack is a small-scale revolution. Billed as the “Smallest Bike Rack in the World”, the Hornet is so compact that it fits into an included 9.5”x7”x2.5” zippered carrying case for easy storage and travel. The Hornet is far and away the most travel-friendly rack on the market, but it works equally well for everyday use.

The Hornet is our first “leave-the-front-wheel-on” bike rack. It is designed to mount to the back window of any hatchback, SUV or minivan using two of SeaSucker’s powerful 4 ½” vacuum cups (120 lb. rated pull-strength each) to hold the handlebars and hang the bike from the rear glass. The HDPE donut-shaped handlebar mounts clamp onto both road and mtb bars. The hinged mounts open wide so that handlebars easily drop in, and are secured closed with locking pins when in use.

MSRP: $184 for more information.

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Up next, we are reviewing a rack that we used for a recent trip and is about 10 times bigger and heavier! Stay tuned.

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  • liquidSpin says:

    Sorry, I don’t trust it. I don’t care if they tested it out….I would imagine the window cracking or breaking in sudden stops or quick turns at high speeds on the highway.

  • Todd says:

    Good luck with that.

  • Gunshow says:


  • skiahh says:

    I’m interested to see that Shimano rack; it looks like the 1upUSA rack. Did Shimano buy them?

  • Francis says:

    >>I’m interested to see that Shimano rack; it looks like the 1upUSA rack. Did Shimano buy them?

    That is indeed a 1upusa rack. It just has a Shimano sticker.

  • Cody says:

    Granted I was quite skeptical of these racks at first, I’ve used them several times. They are very secure. I borrowed one for a move and put multiple bikes on it on a 7 hour interstate trip. Didn’t even loosen up at all.

    Comments about “suction cups and strap, way over priced” is like saying “some bent aluminum and plastic shoved into a hitch, way over priced” Its way better than a strapped on trunk rack, doesn’t move around at all.

    This is the end all of bike racks. If you have a hitch rack (thats the way to go in my opinion) but if you travel or are using a friends car (I know all your friends already have racks) this is a good solution.

    I do not like that it used the saddle as a resting point. I will say that is a weak design. I don’t want a $150 saddle rubbing all over my car.

    However their other products work really well and until you’ve used them you have no idea what your talking about…

  • Cody says:

    “this ISN’T the end of all bike racks” :)

  • duder says:

    wow, while i believe the suction cups will hold…that is a terrible idea for anything but smooth, slow pavement when transporting. A third hold down point that also keeps the saddle from swaying/rubbing/scratching all over the tailgate is necessary imo.

  • ginsu says:

    Unfortunately, I just don’t think that Auto manufacturers will really support the windshield being loaded that way. I can see it failing in a number of ways, and that little strap isn’t going to do anything about it. The bike is also so loose in the rack I can see the bike or the car getting damaged just from it walking around on the back of the car.

    And not to mention, overpriced!

  • Wmac says:

    Nice, simple design! Agree that using the saddle isn’t ideal. I am curious to know how much the saddle slides/bangs the rear during transport. If you’re worried about a cup coming off, don’t – it’s an irrational fear. People were saying the same thing about drive by wire in cars a few years ago. The technology is proven effective and has double redundancy.

  • Mike says:

    So it’s only for intermediate riders? How does skillset or fitness have anything to do with a rack?

  • Francis says:

    >>So it’s only for intermediate riders? How does skillset or fitness have anything to do with a rack?

    Words we meant were “It’s more targeted towards casual or occasional riders” Riders who ride many times a week will want a more permanent and robust rack.

  • Graham wiltshire says:

    I have one of these systems. It is convenient and I like that I can move it from car to car easily and I won’t have to buy a new rack when I buy a different car. It is also great that I dont have to shove my mudddy bike into my SUV.
    I don’t like the price for what you get. It should be under $100. The other problem is that you need to secure the rear wheel (nothing is included to do this) because otherwise the bike moves and pivots around the headtube. It is definitely not something I would trust for a long trip but short trips it works fine .

  • Michael9218 says:

    For a traveling application, this vacuum cup rack looks very good.

    For home use, the 1upUSA is awesome. It’s got to be the best engineered product in bike racks ever. I bought a two-bike rack a couple of years ago and have been very impressed with this system. It’s ingeniously simple.

  • Andre Neves says:

    Wow. Some of you folks here are so ignorant and close-minded, it’s actually pretty funny to read your comments. Worse than a bunch of little girls.
    I’m familiar with large suction cup mounts like these as I’ve used similar systems(Manfrotto) in the photographic field on several vehicles. I’ve stuck single suction cups to the top of desks that weigh over 50lbs and have picked them up and shook them around with no problem or signs of it ever letting go. And those were rated at 40lbs each. The ones for this system are at 120lb.

  • JA says:

    I totally trust the technology/suction cups. They sure look like they can support the claimed weight. But, as said by others, I’d be worried about the window. If I used it, I’d take the wheels off and put them inside the car. This would reduce weight on the rack and also the wind resistance the wheels produce, especially that front. I’d also be worried banging that rear wheel on the street going in and out of driveways. Also, I’d rig another strap lower on the frame to keep the seat from bouncing off the sheet metal and maybe denting the car or even damaging that spendy, titanium/kevar saddle.

  • Rain says:

    Tell me you’d drive that beautiful bike up I-5, then up Mt A to race DH at Thaw. .

  • John says:

    No way I’m putting my 5k bike on that and getting on a L.A. FWY!

    • RidingPastor says:

      this looks like this would be a great way to transport a friends bike once in a while. but i do not like the way to secure the rack to the car and the bike to car should you decide to eat dinner. I like my trailer hitch mount on my car better.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve been using this for over a month now in the Seattle area. Been up to 60 mph in pouring rain without the strap. Works like a charm and the bike doesn’t move around, (the front tire gets spinning pretty fast). I can easily recommend the product as extremely reliable and convenient. I even had an issue with the strap not being long enough for my SUV and they made and sent me a new one free of charge. Only ways you can complain about this item are 1) correct – not cheap. for a $3k bike, I prefer reliable to cheap. 2) it does extend the bike quite a bit behind SUVs in particular – so i’d worry about using this in the dark without some kind of reflectors, and I would be worried about freeway driving and some wanker changing lanes behind me & clipping the bike. Otherwise – this thing is awesome and I love it. Takes 30 seconds to install and remove and I use it every week. I’m 150 lbs and I can do pull ups on the suction cups.

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