Review: The Upside Bike Carrier is Odd But Effective

Aug 27, 2019
by Dave Rome  
UpSide bike rack


Growing up in Australia often meant endless hours cruising highways on the way to a holiday spot that somehow still looked like home. I remember counting cars, caravans and motorbikes, and occasionally, we’d pass a car, typically a flogged Holden Commodore or banged-up Volvo, with an upside-down bicycle tied against the roof, wheels spinning faster than they likely ever had with the bike upright.

Australian company Upside has taken that very concept and made it easy, secure and safe for the bike, the car and you. This is the Upside rack, and simply put, it flips the roof-mounted bike rack on its head. I’ve had one on test for a number of months, and while it’s not without its issues, on the upside (sorry), there’s a surprising amount to like.


UpSide Details
• Key features: Fits most bikes and car crossbars, only installed when needed, folds for easy storage
• Weight: 1.96kg
• Colors: Anodised blue
• MSRP: From $200 AUD (Approx $155 USD / $200 CAD + shipping)
www.upsideracks.com


Starting at the saddle the Upside s arms then lock the handlebars into a straight plane. This is what makes it so easy to put onto a car roof.
Starting at the saddle, the Upside’s arms then lock the handlebars into a straight plane. This is what makes it so easy to put onto a car roof.
Most bike types will fit the Upside without having to adjust or change anything. And unlike most racks the Upside only contacts the bike at the points designed to be held and weighted.
Most bike types will fit the Upside without having to adjust or change anything. And unlike most racks, the Upside only contacts the bike at the points designed to be held and weighted.


How It Works

Typically for roof-based bike carriers, you first attach the carrier to the roof rack crossbars (always sold separately), often with bolts, special straps or crossbar-specific tracks. From there, you mount the bike, sometimes without a front wheel in place; other times you clamp the frame, or clamp down onto the front wheel.

While most of these traditional bike carriers can be removed from the car without too much fuss, they’re typically left on. That’s handy if you use them regularly, but if not, they’re left to create drag, and cost you fuel, every time you drive.

Launched on Kickstarter, the Upside rack is different. It still requires the same roof rack crossbars (almost any crossbars work) to be fitted to your car, but the bike carrier is first attached to your bike. Specifically at the saddle and the handlebars. From there you flip the bike upside-down and clip the rack onto the crossbars.

And this is where the Upside holds its most obvious benefit - it’s only installed when you need it. When not needed, it simply folds down to just 62cm long and weighs 1.96kg (4.3lb). By contrast, most roof-mounted bike carriers weight between 6-9kg.

It’s simple to use, too. The Upside holds the handlebars in a rigid straight line to the rear wheel, and it solves the usual faff of keeping the front wheel from tipping while holding the bike above your head.

Not unlike the Thule UpRide (US$220 / AU$369) or Yakima HighRoad (US$229 / AU$349), the Upside fits almost any bike, too. It doesn’t matter what axle type, wheel size or frame shape the bike has, rather the rack touches the same surfaces of your bike that you do when riding the thing. The only limit is the 17kg carrying capacity, meaning heavier downhill rigs are out.

Like other bike racks, the Upside is a per-bike purchase. And you’ll probably only have a use for a single one, too. For example, I found my 760mm wide trail bars took up most of the crossbar length on my Subaru, and the rack requires you to run the bike in a perfectly straight line, so if your crossbars are narrow like mine, then you'll likely be limited to a single mountain bike when using the Upside. Wide crossbars with an overhang or larger cars with more crossbars could probably handle more bikes, but the UpSide is simply not as space-efficient as regular right-side-up racks.



To attach the rack, start by placing the saddle holder on top of the saddle and use the industrial-strength rubber strap to wrap beneath and behind the saddle (I’ll come back to this). Fold out the anodised aluminium arms toward the handlebar (these articulate evenly together) and spread the elasticated handlebar clamps to place them at a wider section of the bars. These clamping surfaces are made from a soft, non-scratch elastomer, but if it’s an option, place them onto the bike’s grips.

Putting the bike on the roof is fairly simple, too, and I was quite surprised to find it easier than any other roof-mounted rack I’ve used to date. Simply place it so the hooks at the handlebar catch one of the crossbars, and then push the rear hook along its threaded rod. From there, there is a torque limiter knob (works like a petrol/gas cap) to secure the rack in place.




It s the crossbars that provide the Upside with clearance for brake levers and similar.
Unlike just tying a bike upside-down to the roof, the UpSide means there's no risk of your brake levers, bars or similar getting damaged.
Once hooked onto the car crossbar the handlebar hooks are wedged closed.
Once hooked onto the car crossbar, the handlebar hooks are wedged closed.


Optional Extras

The Upside can be purchased either with or without a lock that secures it to the crossbars for anti-theft purposes. In its simplest, lock-less form, the regular Upside retails for AU$220 (Approx US$155 / CAD$200 + shipping) and comes packaged in a reusable cardboard box.

For AU$275 (Approx US$193 / CAD$250 + shipping), the Upside comes equipped with a surprisingly smart electronic lock that uses a fob system, just like modern building security systems. The lock simply disengages the pawls that allow the rear hook to be tightened/loosened. Once the rack is installed and locked, there’s no easy way to remove it.


The lock s keys are not what you expect of a bike rack.
The lock’s keys are not what you expect of a bike rack.
The lock-equipped version hides a smart electronic lock inside the clutch tightening handle.
The lock-equipped version hides a smart electronic lock inside the clutch tightening handle.


I initially had issues with the lock not working, but as the Upside’s lead engineer, Stefan Wrobel, pointed out, there is some smart tech going on that causes a small learning curve. “I have found the lock is not as easy to use at first as I hoped but this is because we dialled back the sensitivity in order to achieve lifetime battery power," Wrobel said. "After getting the hang of it all customers have had no issues with the lock and it’s had 100% reliability in the field.

“To 'wake up' the lock you need to touch [the marked area] with a bare hand as it uses the moisture/sweat of your hand to "wake up", similar to the technology in mobile phone screens. The tricky part here is that the sensitivity is dialled right back so for some people with dry skin, as well as dry and cold climates, it doesn't work as easily. Some have found the need to really squeeze the centre palm of their hands (sweatiest part) against this lobe to get it to wake up the first time. Once it is awake then the key fob will work.”

Following Wrobel’s instructions, it took just a few seconds to hear a quiet motor whir, followed by a beep from the lock – and from there it was working nicely. However, it’s just not as simple as it should be, and I regularly found myself trying to get my ear close to the locking unit to hear if it was working. Thankfully the finicky lock is only needed when you’ll be leaving the bike, and so I didn’t need to fuss with it too much.

With the rack locked to the crossbars, the handlebars are effectively locked in place too. However, running a separate cable lock or similar through your wheels would be a good move if planning to leave the bike unattended for any amount of time.

The plastic case is an optional extra.
The plastic case is an optional extra.

Finally, there’s an optional blow-moulded plastic case for the rack, something that adds AU$33 (Approx US23 / CAD$30). Beyond the carry handle, I didn’t love the case: it adds significant storage bulk and can be a little confusing to put the rack in.

A soft bag seems like a better option to me, but as Wrobel candidly explained, “our neoprene [bag] prototype wore a hole in six months of use so I changed the design to Cordura, but this became very expensive ... A soft case is definitely one for the future.”


Legitimate Issues

The Upside is clever, and despite my initial hesitation, I no longer fear for the safety of my bikes or car – this thing holds securely. However, there are some downsides to flipping a bike upside-down – and I’m not talking about the stigma of doing so amongst other riders. It’s time to dig into the things you’re currently screaming at the screen.

The most obvious criticism, and perhaps the dorkiest element of this rack, is one of spinning wheels. At higher speeds, in theory at least, the wind forces hitting both the top and bottom of the wheels should keep them relatively stable. And at lower speeds, the wheels aren’t likely to spin any more than if you were riding the bike – the bearings are under extremely little load at this point, too.

Still, Upside now supplies two durable elastic bands (effectively rubber wristbands) for you to lock the brake levers in place if you’re worried about spinning wheels.

Which brings me to the next point – brakes. The simplicity of mechanical brakes leave nothing to worry about, but hydraulic brakes present a potential issue for the Upside.

There is a long-standing myth that hydraulic brakes will introduce air if turned upside-down, but it’s simply not true with modern systems. What is true, though, is that if your brakes already have air in them, then turning the bike upside-down will see that air travel from the master cylinder (the lever) to the caliper, where it can be easily compressed – in turn making your brakes go spongy or worse.

If your brakes are properly bled then the Upside will not cause any issues. However, if you do have air in the system, then it’s likely you’ll get to your ride with less-than-ideal brakes and, of course, that’s not the time to do a bleed. Thankfully a few quick pulls of the brake lever should correct it until you can get it fixed properly, or otherwise, locking those brake levers down during travel with the supplied elastic bands will also keep the air trapped at the master cylinder.

No worries for suspension forks -- turning the fork upside-down once in a while is good practice to get the lower lubrication oil into the upper bushings.

Dropper seatposts are the one thing that still feels a little iffy to me. The rack itself doesn’t put any side loading on the bike, and the upward and downward loads are far less than what would occur from you riding the bike – so that’s all good, too. But so many droppers don’t react well to being pulled up when in a lowered position (it sucks air past the floating piston), and the Upside certainly introduces the risk of accidentally doing this.

The saddle mount has potential to cause issues with some accessories but as you can see here it s fine with accessories that attach to the rear of the saddle.
The saddle mount has the potential to cause issues with some accessories, but as you can see here, it’s fine with accessories that attach to the rear of the saddle.

Thankfully I didn’t get any issues with my droppers (BikeYoke Revive and PNW Pine), and the Upside team swear they’ve experienced zero issues with this in the years since prototyping the rack. They go as far as to say it’s simply a non-issue. Still, there are no guarantees in life.

For those on uber-soft grips, then just be warned you’ll be gripping directly onto them. I personally experienced no noticeable wear at these usual contact points, but it’s worth noting in case your grips of the same consistency of a half-chewed gummy bear.

Finally, there’s also the nuisance of accessories. Of course, you’ll want to remove anything from your bottle cage, but some saddle-mounted accessories could prove problematic, too. Specifically, accessories that use the rail area of your seatpost, such as traditional saddlebags, will need to be removed to ensure a proper fit of the saddle strap. However, accessories mounted toward the rear of the saddle and away from the post proved fine, such as Backcountry Research or similar straps.


The Drive

Hooking an entire bike to your car with three plastic hooks seems scary, and I was more than sceptical at first. Add in those simple handlebar hooks, and sheesh, I procrastinated plenty before testing this thing.

However, as is often the case, simple design is good design. Those handlebar hooks physically lock into place once installed on the car, and as long as the rack is tight, they’re wedged closed. Similarly, the plastic contact points are built strong, and so many other premium roof racks use similar materials at the mounting points.


The Upside may look basic but it s obviously had a great deal of thought put into it.
The Upside may look basic, but it’s obviously had a great deal of thought put into it.
You needn t worry about the materials used I could hang off this strap.
You needn’t worry about the materials used — I could hang off this strap.

The strap that holds the saddle is super beefy, enough to hold my weight, and while it’s a brief fuss to hook into place, it’s better than the alternative of having it accidentally come undone (I still vividly remember an old Thule rack strap on the back of the car coming undone and dropping my beloved first hardtail onto the highway).

Once mounted, squared up to the crossbars, and torqued into place, the rack holds the bike with impressive rigidity – more so than many upright bike racks. You will want to give the bike a good shake to ensure it's tight, and I’ve often found I can get another half-turn or so out of the tightening knob after doing this. Upside goes as far as recommending you check the tightness during your drive.

However, no matter how tight it is, there is still some side-to-side movement at the rear hook, a result of flex from the rack. It’s certainly exaggerated on the ProRack Whispbar racks I’m using, where the thin trailing edge gives extremely little surface area for the Upside’s hook. But while it was concerning at first, I’ve since gotten over it.

That flex is something Wrobel is well aware of. “A small amount of movement around 10-15mm at the sliding hook end is normal and completely OK," he said. "When installed, try moving the bike side to side by holding the bike frame [and] pushing side to side. This is the centre of gravity of the bike and where driving forces will apply as you drive. Pushing/pulling at the rack itself is an impossible force to apply by driving alone. I always do this each time to make sure everything is tight before I drive.

"I have had a few customers who apply double-sided tape to their racks to protect as well as reduce the movement but it is not necessary for security.”

As for potential wear from that movement, Wrobel admits “it will over time make some marks on the roof racks but the roof racks are extruded aluminium which is very hard so I’ve never seen damage – only some cosmetic marking. No need to worry about wearing the Upside parts as I have 1000s of kilometres on the very original rack components.”



Driving around with the Upside got some weird looks. I think everyone is so used to seeing bikes on roofs, but it’s rare to see them upside-down. Beyond the weird looks, I simply didn’t notice the Upside when driving -- it didn’t add any weird wind noise nor a change to handling.

What I did notice though, was the clean aesthetic and lack of wind noise without a bike mounted. All semi-permanent roof racks add a little noise to your car at speeds, and the Upside did none of that while it sat in the trunk.


Pros

+ Simple to fit to bike and car
+ Easy to store when not needed
+ Quality materials used
+ Competitively priced

Cons

- Requires crossbars
- Greedy on roof space
- Fiddly lock
- Needs to be checked for tightness
- You’ll be driving around with your bike upside down



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesI honestly didn’t start this review thinking it would end so positively. Yes, it’s not perfect, it has a few fitment limitations, the optional lock version is a little too smart for its own good, and the rack demands far more crossbar width than an upright rack. That latter point means I can’t just add this rack to my current carriers when I need to carry more bikes. It also doesn’t solve the blatant issue of all roof-mounted racks – the need to own crossbars, having to hoist a bike unnaturally above your head, and don’t get me started on those pesky garage ceilings, shopping mall car parks and low-hanging bridges!

Still, for those who want to keep a relatively clean aesthetic to their car (although not as clean as what SeaSucker provides), or who rarely use their roof-mounted carriers, the Upside is a well-designed product with an obvious point of difference at a competitive asking price.
Dave Rome







A version of this review was originally published on CyclingTips.


97 Comments

  • 215 1
 Technically speaking, Australians drive upside down so the bikes are the right way up really.
  • 1 0
 "I simply didn’t notice the Upside when driving -- it didn’t add any weird wind noise nor a change to handling."

Isn't the lack of any weird wind noise or handling changes the upside? lol
  • 63 0
 "Upside down bike carrier", hmm, ok, cool
"Growing up in Australia ", ha
  • 1 0
 This was too perfect.
  • 1 0
 Its from downunda! The way I drive this would not work and don't like my fluid filled bike upside down for hours.
  • 4 1
 @jorgeposada: your fork seal sure do tho!
  • 1 0
 Rare seal issues the real problem is me drifting on mountain roads doing 60mph. Plenty room in my truck , the bike arrives warm and ready to rock while listening to some acid rock.
  • 42 1
 I don't see any upside at all.
  • 7 1
 It doesn't suck though.
  • 2 1
 Right! Because it's down!
  • 33 1
 Will this work in Europe too?
  • 82 2
 Only during the night.
  • 13 1
 As a matter of fact, we do have this kind of rack in EU and it was long before - like 1-3 years ago (it is coming for Bulgarian inventor). I think it was re-marked with different name for western countries as people seems to underestimate what's coming from eastern EU.

ivtec.bike/produkt/автомобилен-багажник-за-велосипеди-ivtec
  • 6 0
 @Sartor: Eurobike award and 40 Euros approx...damn
  • 3 1
 @Sartor: яко изглежда само не ми е много ясно как ще стане номерът с товаренето на четири колела
  • 2 0
 @DuelingBanjos: And driving in reverse
  • 1 0
 @AtanasDimitrov: I've only seen this with 2 enduro bikes, but I guess it is possible if you have them arranged alternating. There's such a config on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/ivtecbike but I guess it depends on the rails width and handlebars. 3 should be no problem, though.

Honestly, it is much more stable than the clumsy cheap ones with fixing arms in the "normal" upside position of the bikes, since it has 3-point contact with the roof rails.
  • 25 0
 Upside: when you roll the car, you can continue on the bike!
  • 21 1
 Why brake maintenance regime is nowhere near good enough for this at the moment
  • 10 0
 Don't do this if you own an Ohlins coil fork. The damping fluid will come out the needle valve on the LSC nob.
  • 30 1
 Best thing to do with ohlins forks is throw them straight in the bin
  • 8 0
 @wellbastardfast: But be gentle. They have a tendency to shoot their parts at you
  • 10 0
 Standard carry method in the 1980s. Often wondered why you don't see this anymore. Hydraulics probably don't like it though.
  • 3 2
 It is old fashion cos in the roof the bike is exposed to the wind (resistance,not gas friendly) and I think more dangerous to drive around with. Other thing is lifting the bike to the roof,your back would not be happy. The upside down thing IMO is not a big problem,maybe your brakes go crazy and your forks need a few cycles to work fine.
  • 1 0
 @homerjm: on the other hand, you might have cars stuck in traffic and carbon bikes on trail rack - warm vapour been blown to it - not such a great thing too
  • 7 0
 has been done before..... www.pinkbike.com/photo/16957421

the first time i had to put the bike on the rack i realized the coil was in front of it - took the front wheel and brought it in the boot

that night, the braincells responsible for storing AutoCAD experience couldn't go to sleep and I figured all I had to do was to rotate the axles twice - 3 points of contact ( twice at the handlebar and the rear wheel ) and voila !

... by the way.... intellectual property.... you'll be hearing from my lawyer Big Grin
  • 6 0
 The fucking description lmaoo
  • 10 4
 yep, they may say its a myth about upside down ruining your brakes, but most brakes will im sure have some air in the reservoir which will end up near the caliper. plus all the oil in shocks n forks, upside down for a bit of lube ok but not for a journey, ill stick with my rear towbar rack thanks
  • 7 3
 LOL yeah with zero evidence to back that up, keep on thinking that.
  • 2 0
 Always store my bikes upside down, particularly for fork lower bath lube to get back near the bushings where it can do some good. Even with less than ideally bled brakes it takes days to get a spongy lever. It's encouragement to actually bleed your brakes properly. Oil in a shock upside down? That's a bit laughable when you look at how many different ways they're mounted on various bikes..
  • 1 0
 Dunno if that's your case but towbar + carbon bike + stuck in traffic isn't such a great thing
  • 2 0
 It does make me laugh when people talk about evidence on a forum. From my experience, I'd agree with @Crestofawave on this. If I don't need to put my bike upside down I won't.
  • 1 0
 @stupegg:
You should put your bike upside down right before you set off on every ride for a minute or 5 to get the lowers oil where it should be.
  • 1 0
 @stupegg: That's why I won't do backflips.
  • 3 0
 Simpler, cheaper and all around better option with award from EuroBike - en.ivtec.bike/product/ivtec-w-grip-car-roof-bicycle-carrier - which can hold the wheel, so that you don't put forces on the seatpost and you can put 4 bikes on the roof of the car with 120cm cross bars.
  • 3 1
 DO NOT BUY! I bought this rack about a year and a half ago because it got my bike on the roof without leaving an ugly rack on the roof once the bike came off. The whole system feels very cheap; ie: not a system to be trusted to hold your $3k-$10k bike on the roof of your car. The tolerances are very low and the rack will even flex quite a bit at its main joint.

I really wanted this rack to be awesome, but in the end it is an awesome idea executed very poorly.
  • 2 0
 My Dad had a pair of Halfrods (I think) upside down racks 30 years ago!

The saddle slid into an oversized sleeve and then the bars dropped into two clamps just inboard of the grips.

Can't find the exact thing but this poor photo gives some idea:http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/download/file.php?id=116367

This looks in concept to be a great idea, widen the base of the where you clamp the bike to make it more stable compared to normal racks which support the bike in a single narrow line. That said I have just picked up a Thule 852 (?) and it looks like a solid piece of engineering!
  • 6 5
 And Shimano say..."The disc brake is not designed to work when the bicycle is upside down. If the bicycle is turned upside down or on its side, the brake may not work correctly, and a serious accident could occur."............." Before riding the bicycle, be sure to operate the brake lever a few times to check that the brakes operate normally. If the brakes do not operate normally, stop using the brakes and consult a dealer or an agency"
  • 42 0
 If you are riding your bicycle upside down I'd say braking is the least of your worries
  • 4 1
 If there is air in the system the brake will not work properly when upside down. The easiest way to avoid all potential issues is to pull and tighten the brake levers while the bike is still rubber side down. Once the lever is pulled and the master cylinder closed off nothing more can happen, no matter which orientation the bike is in.
  • 6 0
 @johnnyboy11000: I think Shimano have not changed this advice in over 15 years, first saw it when reading through some tech books that came with a Specialized Epic, in the same pack the Fox manual said to periodically turn the bike upside down to lube the wipers. I've been confused ever since.
  • 1 0
 @johnnyboy11000: This is how Matt Macduff carries his bike.
  • 1 0
 There is a difference between between turning a brake upside down and operating it upside down
  • 2 0
 And so this bike rack makes you faster!
  • 1 0
 Neat idea, certainly would be nerve racking at first. All the people worrying about stress on dropper and bars think about how much force you put on these sitting and pedaling and just riding in general is 10 fold of what this rack does.
  • 1 0
 Sounds like a good product and cool idea but I could never see myself using it. Takes up to much room and I don’t trust the little hooks. Sure they might hold tightly but I’d be using a couple bungees or tie down straps to hold it on as well
  • 2 0
 Did this for years- college style. Just used strips of old tube to tie the bikes to the factory cross bars since we didn’t have money for bike trays. Worked great and we could get 3 bikes on a Subaru.

Cool design.
  • 1 0
 I see too many Downsides to this Upside. So now I have to lift my entire bike AND rack onto my roof and secure it? How is this better exactly? Sure, lifting a bike onto the roof always requires some effort and balance, but this cannot be the better way.
  • 2 0
 Has anyone ever measured the additional cw value for those kind of racks? Isn't it total nonsense in terms of fuel consumption to carry your bike on the top of your car? And what's the advantage of it, anyways?
  • 1 0
 Doing 50-60 mph on A roads through Wales I reckon its about 10% less mpg, get it up to 70-80 mph and its more like 15-20% less mpg.
I've got a central exhaust so cant run a tow bar, I've got a couple of Yakima Highroad racks for the roof bars
  • 1 0
 I’ve used an upside down roof rack for years with zero issues. They hold the bike way more stable than an upright carrier! Not a single problem with brakes/dropper posts/suspension in hundreds of car journeys. If you’re worried about spinning wheels just put an elastic band over the brake.
  • 3 0
 Shoudn't be "You’ll be driving around with your bike upside down" a pro? I mean you lubricate the Fork all the way
  • 1 0
 I've seen worse on Italian motorways.
However the support of the saddle as well as causing damage to the accessories does not inspire me particularly confidence at 130-140 Km/h
  • 4 0
 I now understand the upside to just buying a truck instead.
  • 1 0
 I used to carry bikes this way in the late eighties. Roof bar rack, toe strap the grips and saddle to the bars. You need bikes to be close to the same reach to carry multiple bikes but it worked really well.
  • 5 2
 That looks a good way of destroying your dropper post.
  • 3 1
 What’s nice about that way to carry your bike. Your pogostick reverb will a act as a suspension for your bike.
  • 2 0
 I would think it would wear out seat droppers faster. That side to side force and vibration.
  • 4 0
 Is it 1990 again?
  • 1 0
 I wish. I would buy so many bikes.
  • 1 0
 Make sense to me, but I am concerned about air in the break lines. Maybe be better for bikes that don't use hydraulic systems.
  • 5 5
 Take of your hydraulic brakes then and get mechanical they work so much better and last longer.
  • 3 0
 @Jake75: that’s a lie
  • 3 0
 The official bike rack for finding air bubbles in your brake line.
  • 2 0
 I did something fun...I read this review in Steve Irwin's voice (in my head, of course).
  • 1 0
 Gonna win races with this and and my upside down deores. On a serious note, I think they really should include warnings on the possibility of compromised brake performance.
  • 1 0
 Hey, Pinkbike, here’s a bright idea: why don’t you test the better and simpler alternative called Ivtek? Comes from Bulgaria and is award-winning. Smile
  • 4 1
 NO
  • 5 2
 Different != Better
  • 2 1
 Yeah as said. Having your bike upside down is stupid! if air is in your system it will go to the worst position!
  • 2 0
 If air is able to reach the caliper when upside down, what makes you think it can't go back close to the lever after a few minutes of riding? Do you parachute your car at a mountaintop ? I don't.
  • 2 1
 @opignonlibre: it can get stuck in the caliper or in the hose. in our workshop we hang our bikes upside down (rearwheel top) on the wall. since i hang front wheel up, i never had issues with braking point, brakes beeing bad
  • 2 0
 Thought this was a gag article at first...
  • 2 0
 How is this better than three Voile straps?
  • 1 0
 Seems very awkward to load a bike upside down considering the cg is down towards the cranks
  • 2 1
 They should call this "the Euro backpacker"... always on her back. HiOhhh! Haha
  • 1 0
 Don't need a rack for this! This is standard bike hauling technique! Just add bungees!
  • 2 1
 I'll stick with my Sea Sucker, love that bloody thing.
  • 7 0
 You leave my mother out of this, Mr. Shreddington.
  • 3 2
 Clamping carbon bars every time you ride, yeah sounds like a great upside
  • 5 2
 Vs clamping a carbon frame or rim? Carbon handle bars are designed to deal with clamping forces
  • 1 4
 @hobbnobs: absolutely correct, to a required torque setting - I doubt this will come with a torque wrench
  • 2 1
 Just clamp the grips (assuming sewer rats use grips and haven't chewed through them yet).
  • 2 0
 @Ttimer: I'm always hungry!!
  • 2 2
 @sewer-rat: "required"? "setting"?? I've never used any of these words when putting a carbon bar, or any other component on my bike, and up until a handful of years ago no mechanic I ever knew used a torque wrench(and most I know still don't), and my bikes keep together just fine and no issues with any carbon bars...I bet the bars will be just fine with the clamping to the rack
  • 3 0
 It will be totally fine. The amount of force that a brake clamp puts on the bar it loads more than this clamp. The load is spread out on what looks like 10x times the surface area, and it's a softer plastic clamp vs an alloy one.
  • 1 0
 If it can't handle being held, it can't handle being smashed down a mountain at 20+mph by a 13 stone pilot that makes mistakes. Jesus christ, get real, it's not like it's a strong enough clamp to pick the car up, it's plastic ffs, with a torque limiting knob for tightening.
  • 1 0
 @butters1996: It's not only the force from the tightened clamp on the bar. Think about how much force is applied to the clamp when you squeeze a brake lever hard. Unless going autobahn fast with this setup it will be fine indeed. Handlebars gonna handle.
  • 1 0
 I'd name it "flip side", but whatever...
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 looks like an accident between a car and a drunk cyclist
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 Does it come with bleed kit for your hydraulics brakes?
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 ʞɔɐɹ ʇɐǝu
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 Keeps the fork seals well lubed.
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 Another genius idea.
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 They should sponsor Loris Verbier....lubrification

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