If you have a tow ball, and you don't need the rack to swing down, then this rack will do just fine. It seems pretty sturdy for a basic rack with no extras. However, I bought this because the description says the mount is universal. When I revieved it, however, I was disappointed to find out tha additional parts were required in my case. I even called Overstock before making my purchase. They assured me it would fit my hitch. What Overstock fails to put in their description was found on the manufacturers web page...*For receiver style hitches a drawbar;(stinger), and tow ball are required. If I had Known this in the first place, I would not have ordered. Fortunately, the CSR at O was very undserstanding and made the return process very pleasant.
This is a very nice bike carrier for someone with one or two bikes. It is very inexpensive and easy to use. Does not take long to put on your vehicle and is strong and constructed of heavy duty steel. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a bike carrier. Easy twist off holder and easy locking system to secure your bike(s).
This bike mount works for its intended purpose and for the money I am willing to accept a few design flaws. 1. The keyed fastening knob seems to be slipping, making it difficult to undo... this may have to be replaced within 2 weeks of use 2. at highway speeds with only one bike on the rack the force of the wind can twist your bike out of the mount. Luckily I saw this and removed the wheels and added some tie downs before I lost my bike.
- How accurate was the sizing? accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It is built well, a bit heavy, it does sway a bit but nothing to worry about
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? The fastening knob may need to be replaced
We didn't open for a while and should have returned it. The key to lock down the bikes was missing. The price was good though.
- How accurate was the sizing? make sure you have all the parts
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Worked except the key to lock it down was missing.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? no defects
I think the product is great. I received excellent customer support when purchasing the bike rack. It was easy to assemble, and looks great. It supports my bike well. I am very pleased with the product. I showed some my friends, and they also liked the product. I told them I bought it from Overstock.com. I'm sure I will enjoy the product for years to come. One thing I like about the product is you can lock the tightening device.
This was a good choice for me because I do not have a hitch. Since I did have a ball opening, I just purchased the tow ball, and the rack works fine. It may be wobbling a bit more than others (this is my first), but not enough to worry me. Although it does not swing down, it leaves enough clearance to open my rear window. The one bad aspect is that it is difficult to lock the rack to anything (including the bike even though there is an opening). You will need a bumber with open space, or something that you can wrap a chain around, if you want to leave the bike on the rack while you leave.