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Thule Hangon 4-Bike
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- A strong and flexible carrier for carrying four bikes
- Equipped with a strong coupling, easily mounted with the included tool
- No pre-adjustment needed on ISO-approved towballs
- Tiltable with bikes in place for easy access to the boot
- Folds flat for easy storage
- Strap and reflexes included for extra safety
- Carries four bikes
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Flexible, tiltable bike carrier for 4 bikes Features Folds flat for easy storage, compact enough to be kept in the trunk of the car. Relfexes on the endcaps provide extra safety in traffic. Smart coupling, fits most towbars. Straps for securing of the bikes are included. Rubber coated frame holders keep the bikes firmly in place while protecting the frames from scratches and marks. The bike carrier tilts back, giving trunk access without off-loading the bikes. Click here to check the compatibility to your car
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If you're like me, you'll have read the reviews and perhaps have some doubts about whether it can take "modern" bikes without a crossbar, whether its secure and whether its robust. Let me put those to rest for you...
It easily takes four bikes and they don't need a standard cross bar. We have two adult bikes (1 typical "male" frame and 1 typical "female" frame) and two kids mountain bikes, both without cross bars and a modern sloping/diagonal frame. So, that's 3 bikes out of four without a crossbar - they all fitted with no hassles or problems and are rock solid on the carrier. My advice would be to not constrain yourself to the rubber fittings being upright, turn them 45 degrees or whatever they need to be to accomodate the bike frame, and twist the bike slightly - don't force yourself to put the bike on horizontal. They will go on!
Secure? Its absolutely rock solid! Its a really clever piece of engineering to hang everything off the towbar, on one simple fitting and I am truely amazed at how secure it is. It keeps your bikes well clear of the rear of the car and in the slipstream of the vehicle - so no wind noise at all and no noticeable difference to fuel consumption.
Robust? Yep, again, its rock solid and really well made. Easy to assemble, folding storage feature does what it says, quality rubber mounts and straps. I won't pretend that the bikes don't move about a little in the rear view mirror - they do, but that's just what you'd expect of anything on a trailer.Read more ›
So I bought this carrier having read both the good and bad reviews on Amazon. The bad reviews seem to focus on the risk of the tilt mechanism coming loose during use and depositing the bikes onto the road. There are also a few mentions of bikes being difficult to fit or having to buy frame adaptors at (£20 each). I found none of this to be an issue.
RISK OF TILT? - First and most importantly the alleged issue (on some posts) with the clamps for the tilt mechanism coming undone and allowing the bikes to tilt while driving - I'm really unable to see how this can happen, the bolt heads have a square section beneath the head and this retains the clamp in place in the bracket even if they come slightly loose. They still can't slide-up and allow the bikes to fall (see picture). Also they need to be unscrewed a considerable way to allow the tubes to spring-out of their recess in the bracket before they can actually tilt. All I did was what I always do when carrying bikes on a car, drive a few miles and re-check the tightness of all fastenings/straps as things do bed-in a little and loosen when you first go over bumps. I've been carrying bikes for over 20 years on all kinds of racks and always do this - things always need an adjustment on any carrier, the security of the load is the responsibility of the driver. I also check the load every-time I stop for breaks etc. On my test drive with this rack and four bikes there were no issues. I suspect anyone having the bikes fall would have not tightened the fastenings in the first place, and certainly not having safety checked the load after a few miles.Read more ›
It is a shame that the Amazon description doesn't explain this.
So for me, it's a 2 star review.
However, if you have racing bikes or very large mountain bikes (they need to be at least 20" frames) you will love this rack.
the 2 knobs which screw tight to stop the rack unhinging come loose during driving - VERY DANGEROUS. Fault with my item or just the design? Having studied the design, it is most definitely flawed, and missing a more secure locking mechanism.
Thule are meant to be leaders in this field, but this fails because of their including the ability to hinge the rack without removing it off the tow bar. Sounds handy but in reality it means the rack is likely to hinge down whilst driving, due to poor locking mechanism.
Despite turning the knobs as tight as they would go, i was able to rattle the rack manually and see them starting to come loose. A short drive (3 miles) on normal road, and then a quarter mile down a rough farm track and one knob had come completely free.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product. Very easy to install and load on and off bikes. Feels sturdy.Published 11 days ago by Enda Treacy
A very sturdy bit of kit. We have 2 adult mountain bike and 2 child bike, all shapes of frame. We had a few practices to see which way they fitted best ie the child bike hang on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by truck driver
This is really substantial and sturdy. It pops onto the ball-hitch quickly and, once tightened, the locking bolt keeps it all secure. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Howard
I have done some milage with 4 mountain bikes (2 adult, 2 children's) on this rack and it has not moved an inch with all that weight just on the tow bar ball connector. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. A. Davis
Great piece of kit if you have a towbar, really easy to fit. BUT.. the 'drop down' function is a worry as the handwheels ride up no matter how tight you tighten them. Read morePublished 12 months ago by paul
We've had this item for 4 years and its still going strong. Would highly recommend! Its never let us down.Published 12 months ago by Dr Emma V Morris