SeaSucker Talon and Bomber Vacuum Cup Mounted Bike Racks

Gear Sea Otter Classic

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.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • jay says:

    I have a mini bomber. You definitely have to make sure your car is clean. I have had one suction cup lose air, because my car was a bit dirty!! Also, when driving from sea level to about 8000 ft, I noticed a loss of air in one cup, but barely enough for the orange ring to show. Overall this is a great alternative for people that don’t like to have a permanent rack. Much better for gas mileage than a permanent rack, too. Because you can take off the rack when you aren’t riding. The longest I have gone with the rack on was about 225 miles and up to about 80mph. Disadvantage, easy to steal the bike and rack!! (They do sell a metal piece that allows a cable to be locked to a door window) As far as durability, I use mine a few times a year, so I can’t really comment on this. (I usually put my bike in my hatchback)

  • Brian Osburn says:

    I have a talon 1 in use on my 2010 Honda Accord and it has been of the best bike related purchases I have made. Highly recommend to anyone that doesn’t want a rack that kills your gas mileage, scratches your paint and is easy to take on and off your vehicle. I lock mine to my car by way of a coated six foot cable, two padlocks and a good sized door hinge that I drilled out one of the existing screw holes to accomadate one padlock, shut in the track around my trunk, wind the cable through the rear wheel and frame and use the other padlock on the qr on the front piece. If I’m going to be gone for awhile I will take off the rear cup and reattach when I return , take all of ten seconds to do. Love this thing.


    These are truly great mounts, the Talon is our best seller.

  • Tony Suess says:

    I’ve been looking for some alternative to a permanently mounted rack for some time. Even tried making my own with limited results. Does anybody know if these are available in Australia?

  • H Cee says:

    I mounted the mini bomber on my BMW X5, I didn’t want a trailer hitch. I was a little worried with 10 grand of bikes on top being held on with “vaccum cups” but with the delta set-up no issue no orange even driving more than the recommended max speed. Plus when we use my friend SUV we can carry more bikes

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