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.
http://www.seasucker.com/ 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.