When it comes to hitch mount racks it is very easy to make a sizeable dent in your bank balance when opting for a top of the range model. However, Allen Sports has a very affordable solution in the form of their Deluxe 4-bike hitch mount rack. This is one of the more affordable hitch mount racks on the market and is aimed squarely at the budget conscious cyclist.
The rack that I am looking at today is designed for vehicles with a 2” trailer hitch and is capable of hauling a total of four bikes. Let’s see what I discovered when I put this rack through its paces.
The first thing that impressed me about this rack is how easy it is to set up and install. I’ve seen racks that almost require you to be an engineer in order to figure out how they work, but the Allen Sports Deluxe comes basically fully assembled. I think in total I only needed to tighten about three bolts and I was ready to go. The rack is quite heavy, but is made of steel which makes it feel pretty durable. Allen Sports claim that the rack has a capacity of up to 140 lbs which leads me to believe that it is aimed at families with two adult and two children’s bikes.
I haven’t tried attaching four full sized adult bikes to the rack, but it would definitely be a bit of a squeeze. I tested the rack with two bikes and found it to be very stable and sturdy.
This rack features a 22” carry arm and allows you to secure the bicycles individually. When the rack is not in use you can also fold the carry arm out of the way which is handy. In addition, the rack can be tilted back in order to provide easy access to the lift gate without the need to detach the rack. Since the only contact point between your vehicle and the rack is the trailer hitch there is very little chance of paint damage or scratches like with an improperly mounted trunk rack.
The rack also comes with a no wobble bolt which keeps it stable during transport and prevents movement inside the hitch. I’ve seen other buyers claim that they had to drill a bigger hole for the hitch bolt to go through, which is something that I definitely do not recommend. Doing so will cause the rack to be very wobbly because the original design is meant to keep everything stable and eliminate play. Just stick to the easy to follow instructions and you will be fine.
The bolt which attaches the rack to the hitch receiver requires some effort to remove, but determined thieves with the right tools will be able to do so. If you are hauling very expensive bicycles I would definitely recommend investing in additional security features to keep your cargo safe.
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Pros & Cons
This rack definitely covers all the basics and despite its low price tag it actually performs very well. I personally didn’t experience a lot of issues with the rack and everything from assembly to installation and transporting bikes went fairly smooth. Apart from the fact that attaching four bikes to the rack being a tight fit there is very little else to fault. Take a look at my list of pros and cons for the Allen Sports Deluxe-4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack to see what I mean.
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Pros
- One of the more affordable 4-bike hitch mount racks on the market.
- The rack features a durable steel construction.
- There is less chance of scratching your car using this rack than with trunk mount racks.
- The carry arm of this rack can be folded out of the way when it is not in use.
- Bicycles are secured individually on the rack.
- The rack can be tilted backwards to allow easy access to the lift gate.
- The rack features a no wobble bolt which eliminates any rack movement inside the hitch.
- The rack is very easy to assemble and install.
- The rack is made in the USA.
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Cons
- Attaching four full size bikes to the rack would be a tight squeeze.
- It requires effort and tools to remove the rack.
- The steel construction of the rack makes it quite heavy.
This rack obviously doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that you would find on a high end model, but considering the price tag it definitely offers value for money. If you are in the market for a no-frills rack that won’t cost you a wad of cash then the Allen Sports Deluxe 4 Bike Hitch Mount Rack is a good choice.
This rack is great for families who enjoy biking together and it is also a safer for your vehicle compared to the cheaper trunk mount bike racks. The construction of the rack is also very sturdy and unless you are looking for a luxury rack this rack will provide everything you need to transport your bikes.