Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Review
Out of the various high capacity, hitch mount style bike racks in the market, the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack has been one of the best rated by consumer in recent years. With its steel construction and ability to haul up to 5 bikes at a time, this rack is well geared for large families who need to haul plenty of bikes. Allen Bike Racks tend to get a lot of praise put their way, so we’re generally confident about recommending them.
In this review, Bike Rack Reviews will examine the key features and also look for any durability issues that have occurred over lengthy ownership of this rack.
Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Features
- Quick assembly
- Steel construction
- Black powder coat finish
- Compatible with a 2-inch trailer hitch
- Hauls up to five bikes
- 28-inch carry arms
- Individual bike cradles
- Patented single key release system
- Tie-down strap
One of the hallmarks of Allen Bike Racks is their high build quality. This rack has a steel construction and is finished with black powder, making it able to handle the heavy load of fives bikes and also be resistant to rusting. Allen backs the bike rack with a lifetime warranty, which highlights just how confident they are in its long term durability.
When it comes to installation, the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack can be installed to your vehicle in about five minutes. The rack attaches to a 2-inch hitch and uses a secure bolt system that provides a snug fit and ensures no side-to-side wobble.
28-inch Carry Arms
The 28-inch carry arms allow you to carry up to five bikes on the rack. Allen has developed their own patented system to keep the bikes tied down, which uses high quality rubber straps to secure your bikes to the rack.
The carry arms can also be folded down whilst the rack is not in use, to give you easy access to the back of your vehicle without uninstalling the rack from your hitch. If you think you’ll need access to the back of your vehicle frequently then we recommend you get the Premium model instead as that features quick release levers which makes it that much easier to raise and lower the carrier arms.
Security locking features aren’t included with this rack, so if you intend to leave your bikes on the rack unattended then we recommend you purchase Allen’s Stainless Steel Locking Hitch Pin as a security measure to keep the rack secured to your vehicle.
The Premium model of this rack features a locking loop which is built onto the rack base, allowing you to secure your bikes to the rack.
Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack Pros and Cons
Solid construction, easy assembly, versatile (accommodates all frames) and great value, the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack gets top marks from us. The lifetime warranty is also very reassuring and Allen’s customer service is second to none.
Getting rear vehicle access can be awkward whilst bikes are loaded, so the Premium model (544 RR) would be a better choice if you need this.
Final Thoughts on the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
Like we’ve come to expect from Allen Sports, the Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack is another fine addition to their range of bike racks and matches up to their usual standards. In terms of value for money, this is the best 5-bike hitch mount bike rack we’ve seen yet.
If you’re going to be opening the rear of your vehicle often or bike security is important to you then we’d recommend opting for the Premium model for its extra features.
Allen Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack as reviewed by Bike Racks Reviews