Compatibility of Draw-Tite Class I Hitch Receiver with Bike Carrier for Carbon Fiber Frame Bike

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Hello, I am trying to figure out the distance from the mounting bolt hole to the opening of the Draw-Tite 24866 hitch? I am looking at installing this hitch on my 2014 VW JettaSportwagon TDI. Bike Rack Compatibility Concern: The Yakima SingleSpeed is the only tray system thy have that is compatible a Class1 1 1/4 hitch carbon fiber bike, so need this sort of rack. According to the attached chart in Section 5 of Hitch Fit Guide, the distance must be greater than or equal to 2 inches from the bolt hole to the opening of the hitch receiver......please check my interpretation of this chart. Please let me know if this rack will work with the 24866 hitch. Thank you

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The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" # 24866 is 3-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of the bumper which is the most important measurement to ensure a bike rack fits to give you adequate clearance so your rack and vehicle don't make contact. This hitch is a confirmed fit for your 2014 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDI.

The weldstop you pointed out is 1-5/8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole so it will not work with the 2 inch measurement of the Yakima Singlespeed you mentioned, and your interpretation of that chart was correct, so that rack will not work with this hitch receiver. Yakima purposefully states their bike racks are compatible only on Class II and higher hitches.

There are actually many racks that are compatible with Class I hitches that have the integrated weldstop and carbon fiber bike frames. The bike carriers are most commonly platform style and hold the bikes by the wheels versus the frame. I have attached a link to all your options. If you want the single bike carrier, I recommend the Thule T1 1-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount # TH9041. This bike rack will fit your vehicle clearances whether folded down or folded up.

The most popular option is the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack # TS02B. This rack allows you to step through the rack to easily install the closest bike to the vehicle. It will also meet your clearance needs but will require an additional lock # PTSCLK12 for security.

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