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The 6 Best Hitch Bike Racks of 2023

By: Colin Edwards: Bike Buyer | June 7, 2023

 

Trailer hitches aren’t just for trailers. Dedicated cyclists know they’re the perfect way to mount a bike rack to your car. Sure, roof racks, strap-on racks, and tailgate pads exist, but it's hard to beat a hitch rack for maximum ease of use, security, and durability. They’re easier to load than roof racks, hold bikes more securely than a strap-on rack, and, well, if you don’t have a truck bed, tailgate pads won’t get you anywhere. Of course, there are still plenty of options among hitch bike racks. Folks looking for the most capacity should consider vertical hanging racks. Riders with a wide variety of wheel sizes might do best with a prong-style rack, and those who aren’t really sure will probably be happy with a tray rack. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it on this list of the best hitch bike racks out there.

New This Year:

This year, hitch-style racks continue to gain popularity while trunk-style racks take a backseat. Vertical hanging-style racks like the Yakima HangTight 4/6 are gaining traction thanks to their ability to carry 4+ bikes with ease. However, platform/tray-style racks still reign supreme, offering unmatched durability and user-friendliness. Compatibility is the buzzword this year, with more racks accommodating a diverse range of bikes, frames, and tire sizes. Furthermore, ease of access to the back of your vehicle has become a key design consideration. So, explore our carefully curated list, choose a car bike rack, load up your bikes, and hit the road for an epic ride!

Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical

Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical

The whole family can always come on adventures with the Yakima HangTight 4 Vertical Hitch Bike Rack. The upright position maximizes space and can carry anything from kids bikes to fat bikes. Head up to Bellingham with the entire family or shuttle the crew on the Wasatch Crest Trail - the four bike capacity will always save the day.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hanging Shuttle Rack4$848.95

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Yakima StageTwo

Yakima StageTwo

The Yakima StageTwo Bike Hitch Tray is just as versatile as it is easy to use and fast to load/unload. Designed to accommodate wheel sizes ranging from 16" all the way up to 29" (and tires up to 3.25" wide), the StageTwo is compatible with virtually every bike you throw at it — fat-tire, mountain, road, hybrid, e-bikes, BMX, kids'. What's more, the offset trays provide extra clearance that makes loading/unloading easier than ever. Finally, Yakima's integrated SKS lock system paired with their remote tilt lever makes those quick stops less cumbersome and offers great peace of mind.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch Tray2$748.95

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Thule T2 Pro XTR - 2

Thule T2 Pro XTR - 2

The Thule T2 Pro XTR - 2 Bike Rack features everything you need in a lifelong bike rack. This transport solution safely secures your rig without dinging the frame, and offers complete locking convenience with an integrated cable lock and lock knob. Top it off with the tool-free AutoAttach system for easy installation and you're trail bound in minutes!

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch Tray2$799.95

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K√ľat NV 2.0 - 2

Küat NV 2.0 - 2"

It's time to join the league of grown ups -- no more jerry-rigging you and your partner's bikes to the roof of your car in a rat's nest of bungee cords... Throw the refined Küat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack on the back of your rig and travel with peace of mind and sophisticated style. With enough room to host 2-bikes and adjustable trays to accommodate fat bikes, mountain bikes, and the like, the Küat NV 2.0 fits into a 2" hitch receiver and comes with fully integrated cable locks, a hitch lock, and the famed Trail Doc built-in bike stand.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch Tray2$849.00

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Thule Camber 4

Thule Camber 4

The Thule Camber 4 Bike Rack fits easily in most receivers and holds up to four bikes at a time. This transporter of two-wheeled toys is friendly to carbon frames and has ample room to keep abrasion to a minimum. A foldable and swingable design makes real world usage easy and means you can actually use the back of your car with the rack on it. The Thule Camber 4 Bike Rack can live on your rig to help you always be ready for the next ride.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Prong Rack4$379.95

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Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT

Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT

A smart hitch rack user-friendly features, the Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT Rack instantly becomes an item you can't imagine living without. Its trays are adjustable and the padded arms hold your bike frames in place with no wiggles, scratches, or clanging (trust us: clanging is the worst). When all you have to do is lift your bike to knee height, slide a smooth arm down onto the frame, and drive to the meeting spot, you'll find yourself riding a whole lot more.

StyleBike CapacityOriginal Price
Hitch Tray2$499.95

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The Selection Process:

Our bike buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things bike stemming from years of experience in the bike industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the dirt, gravel, and tarmac. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Colin Edwards

Meet Colin Edwards, evo's in-house Bike Buyer and mountain biking aficionado. With 15+ years of e-commerce buying experience under his belt, Colin is the go-to guy for all things related to "Riding Dirt." He's worked across various categories, including bike, snowboard, travel, climbing, and surfing, giving him the know-how to recognize and select top-notch mountain biking products for evo's customers.

Colin's been shredding trails since he was a kid, starting on his trusty hardtail Trek 800 Sport. Born and raised in Utah, he recently made the move to Bellingham, WA with his partner, Kenz. Colin's real-world biking experience, combined with his background in product trends, relationship building, and sales analysis, makes him an invaluable asset to the evo team.

When he's not busy handpicking the raddest gear, you'll find Colin ripping through PNW trails or hunting for the world's best dirt. And when the snow falls, he's all about snowboarding. Colin also loves trail running and exploring the PNW's stunning landscape with his two dogs and Kenz.

With Colin's expertise and passion fueling evo's mountain biking selection, you can trust that his recommendations are spot-on and tailored to the evo community's adventurous spirit.