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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by buildyourown, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    Who makes them besides Northshore.
    I've used the NS but I don't love them and I don't feel they are worth almost $800.
    For that kind of money, I need to love it.
     
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  2. ridiculous

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    build your own?
     
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    kickstand Turbo Monkey

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    win. Thread over.
     
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    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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    II've heard good things about the toyota tundra.
     
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    How do you feel that a sturdy $800 rack is not appropriate for carrying $30,000 worth of bikes?
     
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  6. buildyourown

    buildyourown Turbo Monkey

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    I have no problem spending $800, I just see things I don't like about the NS so I'm looking for other options.

    I might build my own. I did a 2 bike swing out for my van and it puts every other rack to shame. Just need to come up with a better design for a 6 up.
     
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  7. kickstand

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    what kind of vehicle do you have?

    I thought about taking my over the bed rack and turning it into a hitch rack of sorts, but never felt like doing all the work, plus my over the bed rack works nice and is completely adjustable.

    I can do 6 bikes across pretty easily I am sure, i've done 5 but ran out of racks and had to put the hitch rack in.

    3 and 3 here, but you get the idea.

     
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  8. buildyourown

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    I guess that would be good info to include. It's going on my Tacoma with a canopy. So anything 2" received will work.
    I don't like the NS because it takes 2 people to drop it down and get in the canopy. My dog lives back there so that's a lot of in and out on road trips.
    So something with a swing out pivot would be great.
     
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    if you have 6 bikes on the rack, having 2 people around to drop it down really isn't a problem, now is it?
     
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    6 bikes hanging on a pivoting arm seems kinda wack too.
     
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    qft nga
     
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    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    Ya, you should be able to rotate it alone if it is empty or only has 1-2 bikes.

    Not really. It is SUPER solid. Tons of miles on mine with my Tundra and still working great. I've had 6 bikes on it and just tried to hang all my weight on it, it doesn't budge at all. I'd imagine it has the strength to hold 10+ bikes if there were room.

    I had some reservations dropping the money at first, but it looks like it will basically last a lifetime, so I think it's worth it. Definitely makes road trips and shuttling a lot easier.
     
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    SCARY Not long enough

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    Thread over?
    Nah,He just killed the internet.
    Greatest,ironic comeback of all time.
     
  16. Kntr

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    I'm not a fan of the North Shore either. I've used them a few times, but not my favorite. I like the http://arbutusracks.com/ rack but they sold out.
     
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    Strahan is switching Manufacturers so he can do more racks...

    The rack will almost definitely need to stand, a tray style rack would be all kinds of sketchy with that much weight on it. That leaves

    North shore
    Arbutus
    Rat Racks
     
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    ^^ $1000+ for a 5 bike is a ton. that custom 8-bike one must be ludicrous
     
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    My dream would be a new Tundra.
    We have an '03 Access cab, but the new crew cabs look sweet, although they only have the 5.5' box.

    Add this on top:

    http://diamondbackcovers.com/diamondback-x.php

    And then either tufrack or custom rack on top of that. It would give you the whole bed for lockable, watertight storage, with 6ish bikes on top.

    ....one day.
     
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    Did this over the top of a Rollin-lock on my Tacoma in 04. No longer have, but great system.
     
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    I know they sponsor the NW Cup series and I highly suggest supporting them for doing so, however...

    To the OP: You could easily replicate they hitch rack version they are working on for personal use. Check it out on their site.
     
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    around $2000
     
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    They ARE sick. Crewmax with a rack is the way to go. I'm SO glad I didn't go double cab. Hacktastic and I argued about this a lot. But at the end of the day, whether its shuttling, road trips, or putting 3 motos in the bed, my truck always seem to be the better choice.



     
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    Why do you guys put bike racks on pick ups?
     
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    So you can pack the bed with people or additional gear. I'm using a hitch rack on my truck so I can carry my bikes plus a motox bike
     
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    Rat racks are nice.
     
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    How else are you gonna fit 6 bikes, 4-5 people, and a weekend's worth of gear for 4-5 people in the truck?
     
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    I'm in the same boat with needing a rack that holds 6. I need one that'll hold 12" to 26" wheels tho.

    Anyone ever put smaller bikes on the NS rack?
     
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    With 6 bikes ever though of a small open trailer and building a rail on one side?
     
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    Too much work. You'd have to get it registered, takes up lots of garage space, and will kill your mileage unless you have a diesel.

    Also, a word about mileage with the northshore rack

    With bikes and rack on at 75-80mph: ~14.5-15.5mpg
    No rack at 75-80mpg: 17.5 mpg
    Rack and bikes with camper shell: 16.5-17 mpg
     
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    I already have a 26ft holiday trailer I tow with my Tundra and put the bikes in the trailer or box. I want the rack for family trips in the minivan.

    I might have to fab up a bastard version on the Arbutus or NS rack that'll fit a wider range of bike sizes. Can anyone who has an NS rack try and put a 12" kids bike on it for me and take a pic?
     
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    24 inch wheels fit.. anything less though and you are going to do something outside of what the rack is intended I have seen smaller bikes done but...
     
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    Ever considered a trailer?
     
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    My truck, empty doing the speed limit 18-20 mpg.
    Roof rack set up over the bed 17-19 mpg
    Roof rack + hitch rack 15mpg.

    The hitch rack kills my truck for whatever reason.

    I am running a diesel.

    Trailer kills my mileage worse, depending of course on the trailer, but even a small enclosed that could house 6 bikes would probably drop me down to 13-15 mpg due to the wind resistance. Towing a jeep I am down close to 10 mpg.
     
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    I have an NSR-4 and my two kids' 20" MTBs fit fine. I slightly bent the rack cradle forks for a little more clearance with their bikes. And they do mount at a slight angle, but dont interfere with the other bike positions.
     
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    Geeze. Slow down.
     
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    I-5 man, you're getting passed by semi's if you're doing 80. Also, California is more spread out than the east, I have no choice.