Hi. I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra sedan. I currently use an older Rhode Gear 2 bike rack on my Hidden Hitch 1 1/4 receiver. Id like to upgrade to something with less sway and more stability. I was going with the Yakima Double Down Ace but have learned its a little too much rack for my car. Assuming I dont want a platform type rack, whats my best option? Thank you!! Ps your website is very helpful!!!
asked by: Laurie T
Helpful Expert Reply:
The Hidden Hitch 1-1/4-Inch trailer hitch receiver that we offer for your 2012 Hyundai Elantra Sedan, like all other hitches available for your vehicle, is a Class I receiver rated for a maximum tongue weight of 200 lbs. This means that the weight of your carrier and your bikes together must remain within this tongue weight limit. You will need to choose a Class I bike carrier intended specifically to fit your hitch.
The link provided will take you to our product page for all available Class I-rated 2-bike 1-1/4-inch hitch-mount hanging carriers. At the left-hand side of the page you will find filters you can use to focus on the type of carrier you prefer, such as fixed, folding and tilt-away types. Some include locks for either or both the carrier itself and the bikes while others do not.
I have also included a link to an article concerning how to choose a hitch-mount carrier best suited to your bikes and vehicle. Review of this article may help you fine-tune your preferences.
Your options range from the budget-priced tilting steel Pro Series # 63120, which does not include locks and offers a 62-lb capacity, to the outstanding American-made Thule Helium Aero # TH9042 which offers lightweight (18-1/4-lb) aluminum construction, integrated locks to secure both the carrier and your bikes, and a limited lifetime warranty. Videos are provided for both racks. We also offer choices that are in between, such as the Swagman # S63360, which includes a threaded anti-rattle pin and a shank with 3-inch rise for better ground clearance.
The type of bikes you carry may also help determine your best options. I have linked a second article that includes a table (on the right) showing the clearance in inches between the hitch pin hole and the carrier itself for many 1-1/4-inch bike carriers. If you happen to have bikes with very wide handlebars, for example, this table might help you identify carriers that will work best with your bikes.
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