Best Hitch Bike Rack?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by TomasV, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. TomasV

    TomasV Junior Member

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    I'm looking to get a bike rack for the Prius. I'm mostly looking for a hitch mountable one since I had a bad experience with the roof racks (drove it into scaffolding because I forgot I had bikes on the roof :))

    Is there a difference in the receivers that mount under the rear bumper? They all seem to be the same price, but maybe I don't know something about them..

    I'm thinking a two bike rack would be enough for me. I'm looking for one that could swing back so I could access the trunk while the bikes are on.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. d_alpine_m

    d_alpine_m Junior Member

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    What year is you Prius? You can always get a Curt hitch and also a Thule hitch bike rack
     
  3. TomasV

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    It's a 2010 Gen3.
     
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    d_alpine_m Junior Member

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    Yeah I'd recommend a curt hitch and also a Thule hitch rack
     
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    Just installed my curt hitch and carried 2 bikes. Works perfectly
     
  6. TomasV

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    What'd you guys recommend Thule T2 Classic or yakima holdup? I know you all said to get Thule', but I'd like to know why is it better.
     
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    I have a Torklift (expensive, but local to my community and less intrusive than other models) and Thule Helium 3 rack.

    The Prius has plenty of clearance to open its hatch without striking this rack, so a non-tilting rack could be lighter, stronger, and pulled in closer to the hitch to shorten the lever arm of that overhanging weight.

    The very same rack on my Subaru Forester requires the rack to be tilted back to open the hatch. The door angles are vastly different -- Prius opening almost straight up, while Forester needs to swing back quite a distance.
     
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    I have a cheap allen rack, and went 80+mph for 30miles and no problems
     
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    Got the Curt Class 1 tow mount and the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Rack. Both are flawless. Took a minute to figure out how the exhaust hanger works but after that it went smooth.

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    I agreed. The exhaust hanger what took most of the time. Otherwise, it like 15min. install.
     
  11. William Redoubt

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    I have the Curt 18084 two bike tray style rack. Love it.
     
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    Curt hitch Allen bike rack.
     
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