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The Allen Sports brand is quite well known world-wide, which is not bad for a company that was started in a garage in 1967. The bike rack that I checked out is their deluxe 2-bike trunk mount rack, which is designed to fit sedans, hatchbacks, SUV’s and minivans. Thanks to its price and ease of use this is quite a popular bike rack, so let’s find out of it can be trusted with your precious cargo
Although affordably price this bike rack appears to be made from decent quality materials. It is quite a compact rack, but the carry arms are compatible with a wide range of frames and sizes, so you can carry anything from adult bikes to children’s bikes. The carrying capacity of the rack is about 70 lbs. and it can accommodate up to two bikes.
Since the rack comes shipped fully assembled it is actually very easy to set up. All you have to do is unfold the rack and lock in the pins. Position the top rubber pads so that they rest on the flat part of your truck and then install the top, bottom and side straps. With everything tightened and secured you are ready to load the bikes. The whole process only takes a couple of minutes to set up and the included instructions are easy to follow.
I like the fact that the straps are nice and long and if properly secured that there are no movement while you are in motion. The additional side straps are an improvement over the previous version of this bike rack and definitely adds to the stability. While the small size of the rack has me a little worried it does mean that it is compact enough to store inside your trunk when the rack is not in use. Since there is no way to secure the rack to the care this is also the safest option.
The Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack features a lightweight design and has individual tie-downs to secure the bikes in place. Thanks to the side straps the rack also provides better lateral stability which is essential for longer trips. Because the rack features a fully assembled design you spend less time setting up the rack than with some other brands which is handy. I like the nylon straps that are incorporated into the design as they are a little more durable than plastic or rubber.
The rack uses foam bumpers to protect your car from scratches while the rack is mounted, but I do have a concern that these will become brittle if exposed to the elements too much.
I would have liked to see the ability to secure the rack to the car or the bikes to the rack in order to provide better security. The small construction of the frame is handy for keeping the weight down, but this also means that the frame and wheels are a little closer to the trunk and bumper than what I would have liked. Personally I prefer bigger frames which gives a little more clearance. This can become an issue if you load two heavy bikes on the rack, so be careful that you don’t end up scratching your paint when you go over bumps or potholes in the road.
For added security I would recommend covering the pedals with cloth and securing the bike wheels in place to ensure better protection for your car. Thanks to the size of the rack it means that the trunk can be opened without taking it off, but obviously some of the hooks will come undone. This is still more convenient than the racks that have to be completely disassembled in order to open the trunk.
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack Pros & Cons
Thanks to its straightforward design and ease of use, this rack is a good option for people who have never owned a bike rack before. It doesn’t have a lot of frills, but it gets the job done.
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack Pros
- Very competitively priced.
- Ships already assembled and is easy to attach.
- The brand is well known and trusted.
- The rack is very lightweight and compact.
- The trunk can be opened with the rack attached if required.
- Made from quality materials.
- Improved lateral stability thanks to side straps.
- Compact enough to store in the car trunk.
- Compatible with a range of bicycle sizes and styles.
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack Cons
- No way to securely lock the frame to the car or the bikes to the frame.
- The size of the frame doesn’t provide much clearance.
- There is a risk of scratching your car if the rack is not properly set up.
The Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack is an affordable and easy to set up product that is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much money or waste time setting it up. Thanks to its small size I would be hesitant to use it on long trips, but for short trips it is a good option. There are plenty of bigger, sturdier options available, but obviously these are a lot pricier. Its price and user friendliness make it easy to recommend this bike rack to anyone on a tight budget. Just be sure to consult the fit list on the official Allen Sports website to ensure that the rack is compatible with your particular vehicle.