Availability of Trunk Mount Platform Rack for Carbon Fiber Bike on a 2016 Audi A3

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Hello I have a full carbon frame road bike and am looking for a non-hitch platform style bike rack as I dont have a trailer hitch. Do you carry what Im looking for? Thanks.

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The only platform mount option for carrying your carbon fiber road bike on your 2016 Audi A3 (based off of the vehicle info you input) that doesn't utilize a trailer hitch or a roof rack is the SeaSucker Komodo. This comes in Black # 298-BK1910-BK, Silver # 298-BK1910-SV, and Gold # 298-BK1910-GO and is compatible if you have a Sedan or Convertible. If you have a Sportback then there are no platform racks available without a trailer hitch or roof rack.

I know at first the vacuumcups look a little questionable but each suction cup actually has a pull strength rating of 210 lbs. I am linking a demonstration video on how strong they are for you to check out.

To deter theft of your bike rack and your bike you would also need the trunk anchor # 298-BA0020 and a cable lock like part # CAB-10. Another accessory you may be interested in is the SeaSucker Hogg # 298-BA1580 which allows you to carry your front wheel on your rear-wheel axle if you have a 9mm quick-release skewer.

If you are looking for something more cost-effective then I recommend installing the Curt Trailer Hitch # C11399 and then using a wheel mount carrier like the Yakima SingleSpeed # Y02481. The Curt trailer hitch warranty does require that a stabilizer strap # 18050 be used for all non-trailer loads.

I have attached a review video for this bike rack that you can reference.

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