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 Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Malone
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 3
  • Bike and Hitch Lock
  • Frame Mount
  • Heavy Bikes
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 etrailer.com. 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-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).


Features:

  • 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


Specs:

  • 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


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 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Chevrolet Traverse

Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Traverse we're going to be test fitting the Malone Pilot 2-bike platform rack for 2" hitches, part number MPG2112. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. One of the more prominent features of this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached to gain rear hatch access. To do that, we come to the base of the rack here where's this snap pin. Lift up slightly on the rack. That will release it.

You'll notice, with the pin removed, the bike rack still won't tilt down. To tilt it down you pull out and away, let it come down, and now we have rear hatch access. It is awfully close to our bike rack here, so if you have longer handlebars, you may have a fit issue. To put it back in position, you simply lift back up and push in, then line up the holes to reinstall that pin. How the bike is held into place, we'll have three points of contact. We'll have this padded hook which can either be attached to the wheel or to your frame depending on your situation.

It is padded, as I said earlier. That's to protect your bike's frame or forks from any scratches or abrasions. We also have two wheel straps on either tire. You have two options there as to how you tie them down. Now for this larger option here, that's going to be for when you have your fat bikes installed on this.

These can support fat bikes up to 4-1/2" wide. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it off to the side. We'll start with our wheel straps, remove those first and come to our hook here. On the inside you see this switch here. You turn it towards inaudible 00:02:22 bike, push up, away, and then we can grab our bike. Within this position I want to show you a couple other quick features here. These cradles are adjustable by using the included Allen tool and loosening or tightening the bolt here.

You can tighten it up when you're ready to go. Go ahead and cinch those back down as well. Also, when the bikes are taken off, you can have decent storage here for your hook and actually use your strap here to keep your hook in place. With the bike rack in this position, I want to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outermost edge, we've added about 24" to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance is going to be about 26". The closest point to the bumper is going to be about 4" to this edge here. Now this does fold up against your vehicle for those close quarters situations such as parking. To do that, again you come to this pin here, remove it, and then just simply push up. Realign the holes at the top, snap it into place. With it in this position, now we've only added about 8-1/2" to the rear of the vehicle. Our closest point to the bumper is going to be this edge here. That's going to be about 3-1/2". Our new ground clearance is going to be about 15-1/2". Now this is held in place to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt which will take out the shake and play in the shank and make for a smoother ride. We also have a locking end to it so it's actually secured to the vehicle once it's installed. This does have a dust cover to it to prevent the lock from getting any road debris or dirt in it. There you have it for the Malone Pilot 2-bike platform rack on our 2017 Chevrolet Traverse.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (10 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
by:

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


Comments

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

49961

- MPG2133
by:

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks


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



- MPG2112-2115
by:

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


Comments

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

50047

- MPG2133
by:

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



- MPG2112-2115
by:

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
by:

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



- MPG2112-2115
by:

Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Hitch Bike Racks


Nice & Sturdy, we love it 651861



- MPG2133
by:

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



- MPG2133
by:

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


Comments

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

42437

- MPG2133
by:

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


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