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Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - Trunk Mount

Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - Trunk Mount

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  • 2 Bikes
  • Malone
  • Non-Adjustable
  • Bike Lock
  • Platform Rack
  • Wheel and Frame Mount
  • 4 Straps
  • Non-Retractable
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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan - Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - Trunk Mount


  • Malone Pilot 2-bike trunk-mounted rack
  • Platform design eliminates bike to bike contact
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Adjustable padded frame cradles with keyed lock
  • Ratchet style wheel holders accommodate tires up to 2-1/2" wide
  • Powder coated steel construction
  • Includes:
    • Main frame with adjustable webbing straps
    • 2 Wheel trays
    • 4 Wheel cradles with wheel straps
    • 6 Hook and loop containment straps
    • Hardware kit
    • Combination Allen wrench and Phillips screwdriver
    • T-nut wrench
    • 2 Foam padding
    • 2 Keys
    • Webbing cam strap
    • Instruction manual
  • Dimensions: 45" wide x 35" tall x 22" long
  • Rack weight: 17 lbs
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Load capacity: 33 lbs per bike
  • Limited lifetime warranty


MPG2133 Pilot BC2 - Back of Car Platform 2 Bike Carrier



MPG2133 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details MPG2133 Installation instructions

Video of Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - Trunk 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 gonna be taking a look at the Trunk Mount, Malone Pilot 2-Bike Platform Rack, part number MPG2133. The Malone Pilot Platform Trunk Mount Rack is great for pairing up to two bikes of varying types and sizes. It can carry mountain bikes to road bikes, to alternate frame bikes, as well as kids bikes, although some may require the use of a bike adapter bar, which is sold separately and can be found on etrailer.com.Since this is a platform style bike rack, you're gonna have less bike to bike contact to worry about. Another assurance to make sure that doesn't happen is, we do have cradles that are adjustable, so you can shift the bikes to the right or to the left to make sure there's no contact as well. As opposed to most trunk mount bike racks, which are hanging style, these grip your bike by the frame up at the top. And then we have two wheel straps at the base to hold your tires in place.Once you have your bikes installed, there is a locking in cap here that, once turned, it'll just free spin and not loosen up or tighten.

It also comes with a stabilization strap to ensure the bikes will stay in place, and not move around so much while driving. For those situations where the trunk is pretty close to the bike rack, or if your bike is pretty close to the actual bike rack itself, we do have these foam pads as well to supply a little bit of cushioning in that area.We've gone ahead and removed the bikes to show off some additional features. For example, now that the bike is removed, we can see the padding on the inside of our clamps here and how it has these grooves to accommodate your wires or cables on the bike as well. With the ratcheting wheel straps at the base here, we're able to accommodate bike tires up to two and a half inches wide, same as the cradles. I'd also like to point out that our clamps here are adjustable side to side, and can be clamped from up top or from underneath.

The bike rack itself is made from a powder coated steel construction, which is corrosion resistant.And to connect it to the vehicle, we're gonna have 6 points of contact. At the top, we're gonna have two hooks, which are rubber coated to help protect your vehicle from scratches and abrasions. We're also gonna have two hooks to either side, which has this protective piece here to protect from scratches and abrasions on both your trunk or your light. And then, at the base, we're gonna have two hooks as well. And to tie up the slack, it also comes with hook and loop straps to make sure these stay in place while you drive as well.

This has max load capacity of 33 pounds per bike, and a limited lifetime warranty. And when everything's finished, you can actually have it in this nice folded position here for easy storage.When comparing this with other bike racks, one that does come up is gonna be the Thule Raceway Pro 2 Bike Platform Rack, part number TH9003PRO. And the biggest difference is, between these two racks, the Thule only has four points of contact with the trunk, while the Malone has six. Also, the Thule straps are retractable and use turn knobs to tighten them down, as opposed to the cam buckle straps with Malone as well.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the Malone Truck Mount, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. Right now, we have it in it's folded up position.

And we'll take the bottom two pads here, and set 'em at where the trunk meets the bumper. Then you come to the inside with these two knobs here. You turn 'em to the left to loosen 'em up, until these separate from each other. And then, you can lift that up and adjust accordingly to your trunk. Then, we'll tighten it down, get that situated. Then, we'll come to the base here where you can see these pins. We'll pop those loose, remove them on both sides. And then, we can fold out arms. We'll reinsert the pins once it's in its lowered position.Then, we'll take our top hooks . and these are rubber coated. Place them at the top portion of our trunk, and pull tight to our cam buckles here. We'll do this on the other side as well. You wanna pull nice and tight. Next, we move on to our side straps. And to do that, we'll pop open the trunk. Now, it should be noted that if your lights extend out to the trunk area here, you wanna make sure you put 'em below or just above them, because you don't want the hook to make contact with your light.We'll get it snug. And we'll do this on the other side as well. These are going to get pinched in between the trunk and the light, as you can see here. But that's okay because that is exactly what they're intended to do. We'll do this with our lower hooks as well. And then, we'll finish tightening down our straps. Our bike rack is nice and sturdy. Next, we'll take up the slack of our straps. Then, this comes with hook and loop straps to wrap around and hold those in place. Now that we have our bike rack installed, we get ready to take our bikes in, we'll just move our arms up and out of the way. We're gonna make sure that they're in their open position, so we'll loosen up the knobs at the top, get 'em as open as they can be, because the first bike we're gonna install is gonna be the closest one to the vehicle. You always wanna make sure that's the first one you install. And you also wanna make sure the first one that you install closest to the vehicle is the heaviest bike, and then work your way out.Now we can start loading up our bikes. But the first thing we need to do is test fit and make sure our cradles are where they need to be, which, in this case you can see they're a little too close together. So I'm gonna take the bike back off and make some adjustments. To adjust our cradles here, we'll loosen up the knob on this side here all the way. And then, we'll slide this forward. And you can see an indicator here on the side you wanted lining up with that arrow when you get to your destination. So pull it out to this section first, retighten it down, check it, and then make another adjustment if necessary. You have three points of adjustment you can do on this bike rack. And this goes for both sides.All right. Let's grab our first bike. Bring our clamp . you can bring it up underneath like so, or over the top as well. Turn the knob to the right to tighten it down. All right. Our next step is we're gonna strap our wheels down. We'll be sure to go through or in between our spokes here. Bring our wheel protector back up. We'll do the same with the other side. Right. Now we'll load up our second bike as well. Something to know with this bike rack is how close the bikes are actually together. We did spread 'em apart enough 'cause we don't want these two connection points here to be rubbing up or possibly hitting each other while traveling.One of our final steps is to place our foam pads on these bars here, on either side, between the vehicle and the bike rack. It doesn't necessarily apply in this case, but if this was particularly closer to either your trunk or hatch. These simply slide around like so, and just give you that a little bit of extra cushioning should it bump into it or make any contact at all. Now, our final step before being whisked away to our magical bike trip . we're gonna have our stabilization strap to go between the two bikes and the bike rack itself.So what we'll first do is we'll go to the other side here. Kind of drape this over so our buckles hanging down. Then we'll actually wrap around our first bar here. And then, the top bar of our first bike. Then, with our buckle in, we're gonna wrap that around the top two of our outer bike. This around the bottom just gives a little bit of extra leverage here. So when we pull this tight, we pull nice and tight. Now, we'll take our excess and tie that off. And now, we're ready to hit the road. We're gonna go ahead and take it out on our test course, and show you how it looks.First, we'll take it on to our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now, we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. And there you have it for the Trunk Mount, Malone Pilot 2-Bike Platform Rack, part number MPG2133.


Customer Reviews

Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack - Trunk Mount - MPG2133

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)


- MPG2133
by:
2015 Subaru Forester

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



- MPG2133
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2002 Subaru Legacy

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
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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
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2004 Cadillac DeVille

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
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2014 Subaru Outback Wagon

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
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Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Trunk Bike Racks


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

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- MPG2112-2115
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Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Trunk 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

- MPG2112-2115
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Review from a similar Malone Pilot in Trunk 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


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