Performance XPORT™ Passage 4-Bike Hitch Rack Bike Rack

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Performance XPORT™ Passage 4-Bike Hitch Rack

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[Apr 21, 2010]
tomlam
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Seems to be as strong and stable as the Thule and Yakima racks at the same price point. Actually is a bit prettier than the Thule. Don't know if this true or not, but was told that Thule makes this rack as well. Was very easy to assemble and install. It seems to be stable and quiet with and without bikes. My truck has a swing out tail gate and no rack I could find gave enough clearance for the gate to open. This rack has a removable bolt that is used when lowering it, so when the bolt is removed the rack it will fold down to the ground.

Weakness:

No locking pin available. I will see if the Thule pin works, but if not, will have to drill out the threads ad get a regular locking pin.

Seems to be as good as any other 200.00 4 bike rack, and if you need a rack to fold down completely this is the only option I found. On sale the price was unbeatable.

[Aug 06, 2007]
Itascaman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

In my opinion, none. Some people will like it because it's easy to load.

Weakness:

The main vertical main tube. I put my aluminum frame Trek ZX-6000 and my wife & son's old cro-moly Trek 820s on it, as well as a "trail-a-bike" attachment for our youngest. The rack was mounted in the 2" receiver hitch on our motorhome. Off we went, heading north to Yosemite.

Apparently, the somewhat bouncy ride up Highway 99 didn't agree with the rack. Two-thirds of the way to our destination, our son noticed that the rack looked "closer to the ground." A quick inspection revealed that the vertical main tube had partly collapsed at the bottom, just above where it mounted to the tube that fits in the receiver hitch. Thank goodness we pulled over to eat, or we would probably have lost the bikes in another 25-50 miles. The rack was leaning away from the RV at about a 35 degree angle!

Wish I'd kept the Hollywood Racks unit -- it was rock solid even though it only held 3 bikes. Gave it away because I thought the XPORT would stand up to the challenge.

Did I overload the rack? I don't think so. What does "4 bike rack" mean, if you can't put four bikes on it? Highway 99 is an old concrete slab road, but I still can't understand why freeway bumping would make the post collapse.

My bottom line: I wouldn't trust this rack with more than one or two bikes, and I CERTAINLY wouldn't mount it anywhere that I couldn't keep a constant eye on it [i.e., the back of a motorhome.] If you are looking for a heavy-duty 4-bike hitch-mounted rack, DON'T BUY THIS RACK!

Similar Products Used:

Hollywood Racks 3-bike 2" receiver hitch rack; Bell 4-bike 2" receiver hitch rack

[Jul 04, 2000]
smack
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Velcro bike wraps

Weakness:

plastic stabilizers are useless

This was one of the best purchases I've made so far. The way the hitch was installed on my car (Chevy Cavalier), I had to buy a hitch extension to make it possible to attach the rack to the hitch. This worked out better in the long run, as I now am able to quickly disconnect the entire rack/extension tube from the hitch via a hitch locking pin. I had the hitch shop spot weld all the bolts on the hitch as well as the bolt that attached the hitch to the extension. Thus securing the entire contraption from an eager thief who might happen along with the correct tools for dismantling.

The nicest feature of the bike rack has got to be the velcro frame wraps. It takes about 5 seconds to secure a bike to this rack. I've seen similar styled racks that require screwing something down over the top frame tube. Like I said, the velcro is quick and easy.

For long drives, I do recommend securing the bike with a second line of defense (bungie or strap), if only to keep the bike from pitching when you brake or accelerate.

The plastic stabilizers -- I haven't figured out what purpose those serve yet. All they do, in my estimation, is get in the way when trying to load a bike (I'm going to remove them)

My only real complaint is that I've permanently dinged up the finish on my frame from not being very careful when loading the bike. I have a small size Mongoose Newman frame which has a rather small triangular opening that I always seem to ding when loading the bike (unless I'm really careful). I take full responsibility for this as my eagerness to ride overcomes me and I tend to rush into things anyway. ;-) This problem does not occur with more traditional shaped frames.

[Jun 10, 2000]
Josh
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I like this rack for many reasons but maily because it is one unit that seems to be very strong. It doesnt shake around when Im driving at highway speeds, and I dont worry about 4500 dollars worh of bikes ( and sometimes more) falling off. The straps that secure the bikes and the cradles are well made and strong, and the velcro straps are double stitched.

Weakness:

The only weakness I would say this rack has, is the way it attaches in the hitch. there is a large bolt that screws in to a hole on the side of the reciever which prevents it from shaking while driving and secures it in the hitch. This bolt is large but you cant tighten it with your fingers so you need to cary some vice grips all the time. I recomend drilling the screwe hole out and useing a standard hitch pin to secure it, like youwould any other hitch application.

this rack serves the purpose of being able to cary 1-4 bikes and all its owners in one car. the rack is durable and well made and I look forward to years of use. You can buy this rack refurbished from performance for under 120 bucks as well!

Similar Products Used:

none, first and the best. compared to the rohde gear which was more flimsy and 2x as expencive

[Jun 12, 1999]
CRMatt
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Being able to throw 4 bikes on the back is fantastic. For places to ride where parking is at a premium, you can't beat being able to take 4 bike and people in one vehicle.

Weakness:

The stabilizer arms get in the way a lot, and the elastic straps broke off within a couple of months.

I can't compare it to other racks, but this one will be carrying bikes for us for years to come.

Similar Products Used:

None.

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