Check out LoloRack. No affiliation, just a thrilled customer. No comment on the crossbars, just the rack for the hitch to keep a bike off the crossbars.I recently posted about going camping for the weekend. I had my Yakima Skybox 18 on the roof and 4 bikes on the hitch carrier. I realize this is going to get expensive but with as much fun as the kids had having their bikes with us its worth it. I'd like to be able to bring mine and my wife's bike as well. The littlest one will have her own soon enough too for a total of 7! I'll still need the cargo box of course.
Unless I hear some better ideas I'm leaning toward upgrading the 4 bike hitch carrier to a 5 bike hitch carrier. Suggestions?
I have OEM aero crossbars now. They're a bit limited with how they only allow mounting things between the side rails. I'm going to need more space to add 2 bike carriers to the roof with the cargo box!
2 roof rack options I've found so far are:
- Yakima TimberLine system with JetStream crossbars. The JetStream are slightly more expensive than CoreBars, but also a little more versatile and weigh less. They come in 60" or 70" length. I feel like 70" is pretty wide but I'd love to see a pic for reference.
- Thule WingBar Evo system which is only available 60" crossbars
I'm going with black crossbars and you cant change my mind! But I'm open to other ideas too. Talking my wife into buying a Suburban isn't going to happen anytime soon...
I also understand the Ascent's weight limits on the hitch, roof, and cargo overall; I can keep it close but within limits.
Does anyone have any pictures of their Ascent with either the Yakima Timberline or Thule Wingbar Evo system and with 60"+ crossbars. Extra credit if you have multiple accessories mounted on them! Also, is it possible to mount a bike carrier such as a Yakima FrontLoader (I have 1 already) directly on top of the mounting towers or would it need to be completely inside or outside the rails?
Thanks in advance!
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Hitch rack…6 bikes upright. Can fit road bikes, MTB. Kids bikes, whatever. Bikes hang from the handlebars. We have used ours for 2 years and cannot give it enough praise. Mostly we haul 4 MTB, but have had 6 in multiple occasions with no issues. Even had a couple beach cruisers with the 4 MTB up there at one point.
Not many products meet my expectations…this has far exceeded them. Be prepared for people to ask you about it. Friends and strangers. At least 2 friends have purchased in my recommendations.
You’ll still need a single bike on the roof, but should easily be able to fit a box and single bike on the roof fairly easily.