Availability of a Bike Rack to Fit a 2002 Mercedes Benz CLK Convertible

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I have not attempted to buy a bike carrier for this car and have concerns because of the shape of the trunk. I did not read anything about any Mercedes cars.

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I have a couple of options that will allow you the ability to carry a bike on your 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class.

One option would be to use one of the SeaSucker Fork Mounted Bike Racks, like # 298-BK1910-BK. This rack connects to the trunk area of your CLK by using 6 inch vacuum cups to mount to the car. This rack can carry one bike that weighs a maximum of 45 lbs. The bike rack is light weight only weighing 13 lbs, but because of this bike rack's unique design, the price point is higher than most bike racks.

The best option for your 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK is to have the Curt Class I Receiver Hitch, # C11815, installed and use a hanging bike rack. The Curt hitch is custom built to fit your vehicle and designed to bolt to the frame of your car. No welding will be necessary during installation.

Once the hitch is installed you will be able to mount a two bike hanging rack. I recommend the Saris Bones, # SA882. The Bones bike rack will allow to carry two bikes(Class I hitches are limited to carrying only two bikes) with a total weight capacity of 70 lbs. The bike rack only weighs 16 lbs and tilts away unloaded to allow access to the trunk of your vehicle.

I recommend the hitch and rack option because this option is more cost efficient and has less contact to your vehicle's painted surface than the SeaSucker bike rack.

Curt does require the use of a stabilization strap, like # 18050, when using non-towing accessories on this Class I hitch.

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