New bike carrier... perfect for the JK - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 03-01-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
Ape
Jeeper
 
Ape's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 268
New bike carrier... perfect for the JK

I previously owned a 4-bike Küat NV. I absolutely loved the rack. However, I ended up selling for two reasons. One, it does not hold my Fat bike (4" wide tires) in a secure manner. Two, I had to use a hitch extension... and I was not a big fan of this.
I stumbled upon this rack from the folks at MTBR forum. Small Canadian company called North Shore Racks. It solved all the issues that I had with my previous rack. Notice how it straddles the spare? Bingo! Bikes all fit? Check.
They make a 2, 4 or 6 bike variant.
The racks are pricey, but I've noticed if you want good engineering and build quality, you have to spend the money.
If you suffered the same woes as me, this may be a good choice.



Visibility out the rear window...

Ape is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
Matador's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,569
Looks nice, but for $550 this would bother me


Matador is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
Jeeper
 
ThePalmBeachYeti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 333
Images: 4
Thats awesome

I was acctually looking at getting a Kuat, do you still have yours? Ill take it off your hands to clear some space in your garage. Im running close to 2.75" tires, those 4" look super cool and fun to ride.

That rack looks like nothing Ive ever seen before, nice find.
__________________
Wrangler Unlimited Winter Chill Pearl 6 speed Arctic

Andy
Its like a 4 door stallion
ThePalmBeachYeti is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 11:14 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
ThePalmBeachYeti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 333
Images: 4
Rope are you kidding, it looks like a middle school science project
__________________
Wrangler Unlimited Winter Chill Pearl 6 speed Arctic

Andy
Its like a 4 door stallion
ThePalmBeachYeti is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
Ape
Jeeper
 
Ape's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 268
Sold the Küat.
RE: Rope. Yeah, that's what I thought at first. But it does seem to be an effective tie down. In my research, I did not see any negative write-ups regarding this.
I do know that for extended road trips, I will likely add a secondary strap... just for peace of mind. (Surly Junk Straps are the business!)
Ape is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
Jeeper

WF Supporting Member
 
tampaukfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 58
I am an avid Cyclist/Racer, best rack I have found is this one..
1up USA Ultra Rack

I have used the Thule and Yakimas and the 1up is by far the best.
tampaukfan is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 12:09 PM   #7
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Macomb, MI
Posts: 232
These look so cool to me....

1up USA Ultra Rack
rs87277 is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-01-2012, 12:45 PM   #8
Ape
Jeeper
 
Ape's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 268
Looked at 1up when I bought my Küat and it was, literally, down to the two of them. North Shore Racks are the ONLY rack company I've seen that claims some off-road ability (not the Rubicon Trail, but mild off-road use). And the 1Up and Küat both require and hitch extension for proper use. I wanted to get away from that.
Here's a nice compare and contrast for a four-bike carrier...

Ape is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-03-2012, 12:50 AM   #9
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
Posts: 33
I have had a Northshore Rack for almost a year. No problems at all and I have driven on two trips to Colorado. The ropes are fine, you just have to knot the rope and pull it into the notch and it doesn't move. Make sure you tie down your front wheels with a velcro strap (or similar) to keep the wheels from turning for 15 hours straight on long trips...

The only drawback I could find is that you can't put road / cyclocross / bikes on this rack since the forks are not wide enough. Kids bikes fit depending upon the model. They mention that when buying it. I have a Thule T2 for those bikes.

Now if we could only dry the trails!
YetiPags is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 03-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #10
Ape
Jeeper
 
Ape's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 268
Good feedback... thanks Yeti.
Ape is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 05-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #11
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NYC New York
Posts: 234
I do not like the hitch extenders too..

JeezAJeep is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Great Shop Just Over the Border O3jeep Illinois Jeep Forum 5 07-29-2013 02:28 AM
New guy in Bama Yoshiltz WF New Member Check In 13 03-09-2012 10:28 PM
New Wheels on My '11 Sahara DaveatNNS JK General Discussion Forum 12 03-04-2012 11:11 PM
New owner/ tire question Thorshammer7 JK General Discussion Forum 9 03-02-2012 02:21 PM
I really hate the For Sale ads Kevbz General Jeep Discussion 5 03-02-2012 08:42 AM


logo carid shop wrangler parts carid fender flares custom wheels store avs deflectors at carid
» Rates
Get low rates on auto insurance in Canada!

» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:53 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC