Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame or Wheel Mount

Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame or Wheel Mount

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Platform-style rack holds bikes by the wheels with ratcheting hooks and sliding cradles - no frame contact. Tilts with bikes loaded for cargo access and folds up for storage. Converts to a 4-bike carrier with expansion (MPG2115 - sold separately). Call 800-298-8924 to order Malone hitch bike racks part number MPG2112 or order online at Free expert support on all Malone products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame or Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Malone Hitch Bike Racks - MPG2112

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Malone
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Platform-style rack holds bikes by the wheels with ratcheting hooks and sliding cradles - no frame contact. Tilts with bikes loaded for cargo access and folds up for storage. Converts to a 4-bike carrier with expansion (MPG2115 - sold separately).


  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style rack carries up to 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Versatile design fits most bikes regardless of size, weight, frame design, suspension, or brake style
  • Ratcheting hooks on pivoting upright arms hold your bikes securely by the front wheels - no frame contact
  • Large front- and rear-wheel cradles make it easy to load bikes
    • Sliding rear-wheel cradles with ratcheting straps adjust to fit bikes of most lengths
    • Deep wheel cradles and extra-long wheel straps accommodate fat bike tires up to 5" wide
  • Convenient tilting and folding design lets you tilt the rack down or fold it up
    • Tilt the rack down with or without bikes loaded for rear cargo area access
    • Lay the mast flat against the tray and fold the rack up when not in use
  • Anti-wobble hitch bolt reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
  • Lock system deters theft of the rack and your bikes
    • Locking hitch pin secures rack to your vehicle
    • Integrated cable lock secures your bikes to the rack
  • Co-Pilot 2 expansion accessory (MPG2115 - sold separately) converts the rack to a 4-bike carrier
  • Aluminum and steel construction is sturdy and durable
    • Aluminum trays are lightweight and corrosion resistant
    • Steel arms and hook with black powder coat are tough


  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 33 lbs per bike
  • Maximum tire width: 4-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 30 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Approved for use on cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, travel trailers, or flat-towed vehicles

MPG2112 Malone Pilot HM2 2-Bike Carrier - Expandable - 2" Hitches - Platform Style - Tilting

MPG2112 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details MPG2112 Installation instructions

Video of Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame or Wheel Mount

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Malone Pilot 2 bike platform rack for two inch hitches. Part number MPG2112. The Malone Pilot is a 2 bike platform rack, and since it grips your bike by either the frame or the wheel it can carry a wide variety of bikes. Ranging from fat bikes, to your mountain bikes, to road bikes, to kids bikes, and to alternate frame bikes as well.One of the best features about this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached so we can gain rear hatch access. To do that we'll remove the pin at the base here, by removing that snap there. Come around to the front and hold onto the bike rack.

Lift up just a little bit so we can remove the pin. Like so.As it stands right now, it's not falling or anything like that because what we have to do, is pull out and that is what enables it to tilt. With it tilted away, now we have that hatch access that we talk about and plenty of space on either side to get what you need.To put it back into position, simply lift up on the bike rack. And then push it in. Line up the holes, and reinsert that pin.And we stated earlier, you do have two choices when it comes to actually putting the frame hook or wheel hook in place.

These are padded to ensure there's not going to be any scratches or abrasions on your bikes frame, or at your forks when you attach them.But, you also have options with the wheel straps as well. For example, with our mountain bike here, we've gone with the interior strap set up. With the fat bike on the outside here, use the larger set up. As far as what tire sizes you can use with this bike rack, they can fit up to 20 - 29 inch tires. Or up to 4.5 inch wide tires for your fat bikes.

As far as security is concerned, we have two locks, we have the integrated cable lock, which will hold the two bikes together to the bike rack. We also have a locking anti-rattle bolt at the base, which will secure your bike rack to the vehicle.Now, these are not feed alike. And as far as the wheel or frame hooks are concerned, these dual ratchets down in the place, they do lock down once you have them pushed in place. To unlock them, you simply come to the inside, go to this now here. Turn it inside, and that will release the hook.Then you push it back into the lock position and that's how it ratchets.

Once you remove the bikes, you can put the cradles in all the way. Then, you actually use your wheel straps to secure your hooks.The wheel cradles are adjustable by loosening and tightening the bolts on the inside here, with the included Allen tool. This is to accommodate different size bikes. Right now we have it in the loading position, but you can fold this up against the vehicle for those close quarter situations such as parking, or putting it in your garage.Just like we did with the tilting feature, again you come to this pin in the center here. Remove it and just push up, realign the hole, and reinsert the pin. This bike rack has a load capacity of 60 pounds per bike, and it also has a limited lifetime warranty.When comparing the Malone Pilot two bike platform rack to others, two that come up are going to be the Kuat Transfer two bike rack, part number TS02G. And the Yakima HoldUp two bike rack, part number Y02443. When it comes to price points, the Malone Pilot and Kuat Transfer are the most economical with the hold up tube being the more premium choice. When it comes to the tilt function, the Kuat is more user friendly in the sense that it's foot activated as opposed to the pin style with the Malone Pilot, and with the Yakima HoldUp as well.The Malone Pilot and the Yakima HoldUp also have the ability to convert with a four bike with a purchased add on. With the Malone Pilot, you're already able to use a fat bike, while with the Kuat you have to buy an adapter to use one. While the Pilot grips by either the frame or the wheels, both the Kuat and Yakima grip by the wheels only.Now that we've gone over some features of the bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We'll first line it up with our trailer hitch. Slide it in, and you see you have two options here on which pin hole to line it up with. We'll go with this one here. That's going to give us a little bit more space for when we tilt it down, or fold it up so it's not too close to the vehicle.With our pin holes lined up, we'll take our included anti-rattle bolt. We'll threat that in through the side here. Getting it finger tight first, then taking our ratchet, and tighten it down the rest of the way. If you don't have a ratchet, a wrench will do. You need to get it nice and tight, so there's no shake in play once it's completely tightened down.Then, we'll take our locking end, and put that on the other end of our bolt. Shut that cover. Now, it's secure to our vehicle.With it in this position now, we'll fold it down to it's loading position so we can start loading up our bikes. To do that, there's this snap pin here at the base, just pop the one end off. Like so. Remove the pin. Then, you want to line up the hole here, with the hole here. There we go. All right. Now we're in the loading position.Next, I'm going to unlock our cable lock here, have that open. We'll also open up our straps here. Since we're going to be putting a fat bike on here, I'm going to switch them to our outer portions. We'll also move these portions here on our frame hooks, turn them to the inside to unlock them. That will enable you to pull them all the way out. At this point, you also want to make sure that your wheel cradles are actually lose so you can adjust them as necessary for each bike.Now, we can grab our first bike with everything folded flat. Set it in a place, get where our cradles need to be, and then tighten those down, and then put the bike on and strap it down. I think that looks good. Now, we can tighten them down.Now, I can load up our bike, lift it in place. Since it's going to have issues of clearance around the wheel, you may let it tilt forward just a little bit. Then, at this point, you also have to make a decision on where you're actually going to clamp the hook around.You can go around the tire, or you can go around the frame. In this particular case, we're going to go around the frame. So, we'll come back to that spot on our hook where we unlocked it to be able to have it move freely. We'll turn it to the lock position, and we'll ratchet that down.Now, we can install our wheel straps, being sure to go between the spokes. Now, we'll repeat this process for the bike in the front. Place our second bike on now. This time, we're going to clamp it around our tire. Now we can strap our wheels down.Now, we can attach our integrated cable lock. It does have slack to it, so just pull out as much as you need. And be sure to wrap it around the frames. All right. Now, our bikes are secured to our rack. Now, we'll take it out on our test course, and show you how it looks.Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through this inaudible 00:08:13. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners, or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps, where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot garage or drive way.There you have it for the Malone Pilot 2 bike platform rack for 2 inches hitches, part number MPG2112.

Customer Reviews

Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Frame or Wheel Mount - MPG2112

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (13 Customer Reviews)

Platform-style rack holds bikes by the wheels with ratcheting hooks and sliding cradles - no frame contact. Tilts with bikes loaded for cargo access and folds up for storage. Converts to a 4-bike carrier with expansion (MPG2115 - sold separately).

- MPG2112

As usual etrailer's service was superb. The Malone Pilot bike rack was less expensive, in some cases a lot less expensive than other similar hitch mount bike carriers. I don''t know what you might get for the higher price (more prestigious name?) I would just as soon not have the fold down away from the tailgate feature, can't see myself using it and the hinge joint adds some looseness and rattle movement. I would have bought a solid frame mount from another manufacturer and about 20 Lb heavier. The Malone Pilot bike rack seems quite well built, came well packed, all the pieces were there, everything fit together exactly right, lock nuts on all the fasteners, Felt like the anti-rattle bolt for attaching the rack to the hitch was a bit short in the threaded portion not nearly as many threads engaged as would have made me feel more confident in it not coming loose. Quite a bit of assembly and the instructions were rather rudimentary but it was not that difficult to figure out. 479697


I dont have any changes to make to my original review. I think is is very good rack for the price, someone would have to show me why more expensive ones are better. I would buy it again, although being a great believer in KISS Keep It Simple Stupid I would first look for something simpler and more rigid.

Roy - 02/28/2019


- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

The Malone Pilot bike rack is exactly what I was looking for, and has served our needs well over the past year. I wanted a rack that would easily fit both mine and my wife’s vehicle, and the Malone Pilot does just that. Another desire was for a carrier that would transport two bikes without having to remove wheels, or have to lift the bikes on top of the vehicle. Lastly, I wanted a carrier that would keep the bikes separated and from swaying back and forth the way most of the top tube carriers do. This was also necessary due to the fact that my full suspension mountain bike doesn’t have a standard top tube. If you are looking for a bike rack that meets the above requirements, but is also heavy duty and very easy to use, then look no further. One other feature I failed to mention is that the Malone Pilot also has locks in the top tube clamps, making it possible to be away from your vehicle and know your bikes will be there when you get back. 666512

- MPG2112-2115

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Nice & Sturdy, we love it 651861

- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Very happy with this bike rack mounts on to my car with relative ease and is vary easy to load the bikes on and off, simple and fast. I have used other peoples bike racks before and this one is by far superior. No clanking and scratching bikes together. the tire platform is very strong and straps the tires in securely and the crossbar clamp is a great design, simple strong and keeps the bikes separated. When not in use the platform folds up out of the way. I am glad I spent a little more money on this one, Great Bike Rack!!! Thank You. 412687

- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

While it states no retractable on checkout, the description was accurate and it does retract. The video was very helpful and we viewed several before selecting this product and would recommend it. 516041

- MPG2112-2115

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

This is a unique bike rack that pretty much has it all, with 3 minor exceptions. It is platform-style that's easy to load, holds 2 OR 4 bikes apart so they don't bump (it comes as 2-bike unit plus a 2-bike extension, use only what you need), it fits long wheelbases and bikes with tires up to 5 inches, it tilts down for trunk access, folds up and out of way, it comes with cable and hitch locks, and unlike any other rack it can hold down by the frame top tube (e.g. for those with fenders) *OR* by the wheel like a no-frame-contact rack for carbon composite bikes - the hold-down bars swivel a full 180. It can hold them either direction, too, allowing more options to fit things on. ALSO, incorrect in the listing, the rack is good for 60 pounds PER BIKE (I confirmed in the manuf. catalog and directly with manuf.), well above most. So it holds pretty much any bike any way any direction. And it actually looks better than most due to the more minimal design and materials (aluminum rails), which also make it quite a bit lighter than all its competitors (31 lbs for 2 bike rack, +22=53 for 4-bike setup). A very easy rack to live with and use. The minor negatives, none deal-breakers: 1) It looks a little more wobbly than some of the best racks, though is totally secure and not a problem driving. In part it's due to the flexibility of the design and added features (tilt down & up), as well as the simplicity of the design (=less to break). Bikes stay firmly apart from one another regardless, farther apart than most racks. 2) The wheel cups are adjusted by a supplied hex key in the bottom of the cup. Simple & secure, but the wheel must be lifted to loosen & tighten - great for always doing the same bikes in "assigned" slots (like me), slightly inconvenient if you're changing among more than 4 bikes. Again, simple design, less to break, and looks better too. 3) The ratcheting arms are plenty to clamp top tube or tire, but not necessarily long enough to go OVER the tire and seat to get to the top tube, which would be convenient. Tilting the bike to allow this is easy, especially due to the wheel-cup design. A longer ratchet or swiveling hooks would make this easier, but then would also stick out the sides when folded down. Once the cups are set, this is super-fast and easy to load and work with, which was part of my goal - get out easily to ride, so it's not a barrier! I had a problem with one bolt binding due to their being high-quality stainless, which can "gall" if you don't wax or lube them before assembly. The company had extra new bolts in my hands within 3 days (I used a bolt from the +2-bike extension while waiting). Great service indeed. 414967

- MPG2112-2115

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

My requirements for a new bike rack were for a platform style rack that clamped on the tires (not the frame), expandable from 2 to 4 bikes, and relatively light. I started with the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 that my buddy just bought. A very nice deluxe 2 bike rack which is fairly light at 32 pounds due to extensive use of aluminum. Unfortunately, Kuat doesn't make the Sherpa in a 4 bike version, instead requiring an NV 2.0 4 bike rack. Also a very nice rack, but heavier at 82 pounds and above my affordability at over $1,000. The Yakima Hold-up 4 and the Thule T2 4 were more affordable in the mid $700s, but both too heavy with the Thule being 85 pounds and the Yakima a whopping 104 pounds. Not sure how you could even lift that to get it aligned with the receiver hitch. While poking around the etrailer site, I stumbled upon the Malone Pilot 4 which I purchased. The Malone also utilizes a lot of aluminum and plastic to keep the weight down and weighs the same as the more expensive Kuat Sherpa 2.0 in 2 bike format. It is expandable to 4 bikes and weighs 52 pounds in this configuration, the lightest platform tire-clamp rack I could find. And a real bargain. This rack requires quite a bit of assembly and took me a couple hours to assemble it for all 4 bikes. Assembly was straightforward with only one tricky part getting some screws aligned to attached the cross members to the central spine. So, how does it work? As advertised. A really nice rack for the money. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because it is lacking some of the niceties of the more expensive (and heavy) racks. First, you can't have a bike sitting in the tire cradles when adjusting the width for your bike because the set screw that has to be loosened is in the bottom of the cradle. More expensive bikes utilize a knob or lever on the side or bottom of the cradle for adjustment. This isn't problem if you use the same bikes all the time except for the initial adjustment. For me, I switch between a mountain bike and road bike, so I simply marked the location of the cradles with a sharpie on the aluminum cross bars for each bike making it easy to adjust before loading the bike. The arms that pivot up with the tire clamps are just held in place with friction. My buddy's Kuat has a ratcheting action that holds them in place. I fixed this by tightening the bolts at the bottom of the arms so they would stay in place when I positioned them out of the way for loading the bikes. Also, the clamps that slide down on top of the tire to hold the bike in place has an awkward ratcheting system. Flip a lever and the clamps slide up and down the arm at will. Flip the lever the other way and they ratchet down. Problem is, when you release the ratchet, they just slide all the way to the bottom of the arm. Again, comparing with the 2 bike Kuat, their tire clamps stay in place and are released by a button on top. Last thing, to release the rack to fold up, you pull a pin. More expensive racks have a release lever that holds the rack securely. There's some vertical play in the Malone at the release pin, but not really a problem when it's weighted down with bikes. Sounds like a lot of things wrong. But really it's a very nice bike rack. I couldn't find anything on the market in this configuration that is lighter, and again a real bargain price. Plus, it looks cool with the curved aluminum cross bars. I would strongly recommend this bike rack if it's shortcomings aren't showstoppers for you. 475783


I have used this bike rack for over a year now in both a 2 bike and 4 bike configuration. I have nothing to add to the original review. A good bike rack with some missing niceties as noted in my first review, but overall its functional, lighter than equivalent bike racks and a great value.

Chris D - 03/02/2019


- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Great product, 90% assembled and the remaining is very very easy. Mounted to vehicle without issue, very well design product. Only reason I did not give 5 stars is because the pads where the front and back tires mount were too narrow for the wide tires on my mountain bike. This meant the ratcheting straps that go over the tires to secure the bike to the carrier were not long enough. Would be nice if they offered either the regular size tire rack/holders thingy, a wider mounting pad, or longer straps. Outside of that a great product and worth the money. 554196


The Malone Pilot Trunk Mounted Bike Rack is designed for bikes with tires up to 2-1/2 inches wide. Unfortunately, Malone doesnt offer a larger wheel cradle or a longer strap.

-- Mike L - 08/16/2018


- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Perfect in every way and a breeze to setup, thanks guys! 505084

- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Rack mounted easy enough on a 2010 Ford Escape. You do have to open the hatch slightly to get the side and bottom clips on, which is a bit tricky. Pair of bikes load easy and traveled issue free. Rack is expensive compared to many others but would recommend for a vehicle without a trailer hitch. 692486

- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Carries the bikes great. Easy to install and easy to take bikes on and off. Can easily be used on multiple vehicles. Great product 682232

- MPG2112-2115

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

Good rack for the money, holds all different types of bikes without changing parts and straps. I really like that, with all four trays it is a touch on the heavy side making it a challenge to get in and out of the receiver. All in all a nice rack for the price, very versatile! 653922

- MPG2133

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks

I've had this bike rack for over a year and I still love it! It's so easy to use, and easy take on and off my SUV (I have a Nissan Cube). It's very well made and the bikes always feel secure. I also like that the bikes never rub or scratch on anything. This was the perfect solution for me without having to get a trailer hitch installed. 586297


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