Rhino-Rack Announces 'Jack of All Trades' X-Tray Pro Rooftop Carrier

Mar 1, 2020
by demelzamaw  
Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro mounted with 2 mountain bikes
Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro mounted with 2 mountain bikes


PRESS RELEASE: Rhino-Rack

2020 has seen the release of a new addition to our world-class bike carrying line up, dubbed the X-Tray Pro. Combining the winning versatility of a rooftop tray with our handy Thru Axle Bike mount, this is a bike transport workhorse that can handle almost anything else you might need to haul.

After years of amazing feedback on our rooftop X-Tray series, we decided to create a solution for bikers who are frustrated with removing their hitch or rooftop bike carrying system when they need to transport something other than bikes. Hence, the X-Tray Pro was born and it has fast developed a reputation as the ‘jack of all’ rooftop carriers for adventurers with lots of toys.

The X-Tray Pro is a powder-coated 2 piece steel construction that comes with a universal attachment system to fit Rhino-Rack Vortex and Euro bars, along with most other crossbar brands. It also has a sleek, aerodynamic wind deflector positioned at the front to make your travels quieter, deflect bugs, dirt and grime from your cargo.

The tray has a load rating of 165lbs and comes complete with 2 Thru Axle Bike mounts and rear tire straps, but you can add more mounts if you need. The high rails on the tray also provide a secure roof system for everyday luggage and adventure toys, which packed around the bikes gives you much more space for gear than your average rooftop bike carrying setup.

Pricing:
MSRP $455.00

To check out the Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro visit our website.

Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro mounted on a Jeep with two mountain bikes on top.
Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro mounted on a Jeep with two mountain bikes on top.

Rhino-Rack X-Tray Pro mounted on a Jeep with two mountain bikes on top.



106 Comments

  • 180 2
 Who the hell took the photos of this? I want to see the important bits like the bits that hold my bloody bike to the car. Cam strap quality, through axle design, not a bloody shot of a 4x4 from 30m away.
  • 13 0
 Was thinking the exact same thing.
  • 38 45
flag vemegen (Mar 1, 2020 at 1:46) (Below Threshold)
 have you considered clicking the link at the bottom of description and checking out detailed photos at the product page instead of bitching at the promotional ones here?
  • 47 0
 It's not about holding your bike - this is a rack for people who want to feel like they're about to traverse the Serengeti at any moment.
  • 2 0
 Not very wide. I guess you just have to hope the handlbars of the two bikes don't hit each other.
  • 15 8
 Do yourself a favor and never consider a rooftop rack. There are soo many reasons I don't feel like typing that much. Feel free to try one out Hahahaha.
  • 8 10
 @jorgeposada: odd...I would never ever put a bike on a hitch mount. Seen more than one $10k bike destroyed in minor fender benders...easier to steal as well.
  • 2 0
 Couldn’t agree more
Where are the pics of the rack we don’t need to see their vehicle or the scenery
  • 3 5
 @jorgeposada: Just remembered, few weeks ago on one day, two people....hitch mounts. One melted a tire to a carbon rim with exhaust gas. Another had a bike bounce out and dragged it for miles and miles....or so it looked with the twisted wheel and ground down frame....(all I do is look up through the sunroof(s) and I can see all is well).

Oh, and I can make it through drive thru as I am not in an SUV. garage, not so much. I simply put a cone in front when I pull out.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, WTF? I thought what this ^ guy typed....
  • 10 0
 @smithcreek: FYI, Found this review....

Fail on the bike mounts
I purchased this basket primarily to use it as a bike rack, with a secondary purpose of hauling extra gear in the basket. Unfortunately, after purchasing it (and paying $110 in shipping!!!), I have found the center-to-center of the thru-axle mounts is too narrow to actually mount two mountain bikes without the handlebars interfering with each other. This is a massive design oversight by Rhino Rack. How do you design a thru-axle specific mount (which comes with 15x100 mountain bike adapters by default) not actually be able to mount two mountain bikes? Sure, you could mount a mountain bike and a road bike, but that's a massive restriction.
  • 3 0
 @smithcreek: Also, on their website, they only show 2 road bikes mounted... Kinda weak.
  • 3 0
 @bishops-mike: hahahahaha
  • 5 0
 @RoadStain: they start to make more sense with families. A road trip with mine means 5 bikes and a full roof top cargo box.
  • 5 0
 @bishopsmike: #broverlanding
  • 3 0
 @smithcreek: Looks like they had to use a long travel fork next to a short travel fork to prevent the handle bars from totally interfering with each other.
  • 1 0
 @bishopsmike: I assume that is all Jeep owners yeah?
  • 8 1
 @RoadStain: typical American driver... no idea that their rear view mirror exists Wink
  • 1 0
 The reason I'm saving up for a Discovery is so that I don't need to use a roof rack. I'm sick of the bloody thing, but I also want a car big enough that I can put my bike in the back with both wheels in.
Does anyone have experience of a discovery 4 or 5 with a large size enduro bike inside?
  • 6 0
 @jaame: You need a minivan. The cargo area of the Discovery is a joke, unfortunately.
  • 5 3
 @vemegen: have you ever considered that when doing a press release you should show your product off and not expect everyone to just go to your website? If your press release doesn't intrigue me I'm going to move right along.
  • 1 1
 @toop182 Didn't you know? Everybody is a professional photographer nowadays...
  • 8 0
 @RoadStain: Trying to dead lift my 35 pound bike onto the roof of an suv or car without a front wheel just ain’t worth it. Hitch mount racks are SO much faster and easier to load and unload. Plus you don’t have to worry about parking garages or reducing your gas mileage on the highway.
  • 3 2
 @jorgeposada: bought a hitch rack, installed it on the hitch with no bike on it yet and got rear ended on the drive home (highway 580). Bought a roof rack and have had zero problems.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: That sucks, must be making them cheap now. My last hitch mount lasted over 10 years all over the Northeast DH scene. Now I just throw it in the back of my Jeep. Like showing up with a nice warm bike.
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: mine did last long because a car rear endd my car. Car didnt stop and smashed the back of our car and the brand new hitch mount bike rack on the way home from buying it.
Thankfully none of my bikes were on it!!
  • 2 4
 @lifeofloon: and they didn't show the product? did they use some half naked instagram models to distract you from it? i'd argue you will check the details when in market for such thing, no matter how shitty the press release. you won't otherwise, not matter how cool the pics.
also, i don't really see anyone arguing about in-action pictures with nothing but flying rocks and dust instead of clear detailed photos when doing new bike releases.
and just to clarify, i'm not related to this company in any way.
  • 4 1
 @vemegen: there wasn't a single close up picture of the actual rack and how a bike/bikes actually attach to it. This is what we are asking for not some staged "adventure" shots taken from a distance. Perhaps they did this because they know how impractical their product is to the majority of mountain bikers and were trying to disguise that fact. I can't remember the last time I saw a Pinkbike press release for a new bike that didn't have at least one stand alone picture of the bike or frame.
  • 5 1
 @vemegen: Shut up we wanna see the product details here not have to click 600 links to see some simple detail.
  • 2 0
 @Layman: damn right. Family of four, we road tripped to texas for bmx and spider mountain. Tons of gear, six bikes, thousands of miles.
Regular trips to Arkansas with four guys and four bikes.
Toyota Sienna. No roof rack.
Hell if it isn't muddy I can get three in the back, no rack at all. No worries about stolen bikes when they are inside.
  • 2 0
 @Layman: When we test drove a mini van I tried so hard to hate it, but besides massive amounts of cargo space it drove better and was more comfortable than the big SUVs we tried out. 10 years later with the kids grown up I keep the rear seats out most of the time and it's all mine. Pretty sweet to show up at the trail head, pull out your bike and be riding in about 15 seconds...
  • 2 1
 @plyawn: I had a Ford Escort car-derived van as my first car. It was great for bike and sleeping in the back.
I wouldn’t get another though, or people carrier which I think is what you guys mean by mini van. Just not cool enough. It’s got to be a Land Rover.
  • 2 0
 It is a classic our product sucks, but look how cool you can loo too if you buy them! Oh and do not look to close it is the ugly sister.
  • 1 0
 @afrauenglass: I guess you could release the air from one fork to achieve the same effect.
  • 2 0
 @Layman: Minivan FTW! Been my vehicle of choice for almost 2 decades. Stow-n-go seats means stealth pickup, full bikes, and multiple seating configurations. Car-like handling, super comfortable, and not a cop attention grabber at all. Full winter rubber makes them unstoppable in the snow too. Oh yea, and cheap!
  • 1 0
 @brncr6: I put on about 75k miles per year. Ton of that in NYC too. Had one rear fender bender in my life. And then, since they are automatically at fault, their insurance paid nicely. I know, I'm an N of One, but still, it's pretty darn rare and if it happens, bam, new bike!
  • 2 0
 @Chuckolicious: Quick story: Im in my 40's and had my first rear ender last year. It scared the crap out of me. My Rocky Mount monorail hitch rack, which was in the folded position, literally stopped a 17 year old (who was texting while driving) from going right through the rear hatch of my mini van. I had my 2 year old and 5 year old in the back seats at the time. The police officer on scene confirmed that the rack stopped the jeep from plowing right through the rear hatch into my kids. My minivan was totaled but theoretically the rear rack acted like an additional metal bumper and distributed the impact from the hit. I ended ordering the same exact heavy rack and consider it added protection for our car now. Cars and bikes can be replaced, that's what insurance is for. But, your kids cannot be replaced.
  • 2 0
 buddy of mine pointed out that only 3 small bolts how the factory Jeep roof rack to the vehicle --- I assume they're aware of this? Jeep hard tops are not designed for storage. My father had a Rubi and I don't recall the roof being worthy of a cargo rack ---- well, not at least the factory the version. I helped them install the roof only once but, remember saying ---- that's it, that's all that holds this in?
  • 1 0
 @TW80: are the fork mounts movable? I had a huge Thule rack and even then, I still had to move the mounts around sometimes when I had bikes up there... sometimes, I did one facing FWD, one facing BkWrd. I had enough room for 4 fork mounted bike plus 3 to 4 just laying in the cargo rack which was much larger than that Rhino (it was the standard Thule with two 2 foot add-on's covering the entire roof line of my Jeep Cherokee
  • 24 0
 I don’t like any bike rack that requires you to remove front wheel because I can just put it inside the car for free.
  • 2 0
 RockyMounts
  • 4 0
 Exactly. Who makes a rack these days that requires you to take a wheel off?! Especially when so many new bikes are shipping without a QR lever on their thru axles.
  • 4 3
 have you tried going like 90mph+ with a bike on your roof? if you did, you'd never consider anything else than bolting the fork directly to the rack.
  • 1 4
 @vemegen: 90? You mean wasting fossil fuels??? Poor Earth..

But 90? No problem. 110 gets abit loud. I do not put bikes on the 'fun' cars.
  • 2 0
 @vemegen: I've done 100mph with my $30 rack from Amazon that just holds the bike by the frame. With my 40+pound dh bike with no issues
  • 11 0
 @ghetto3: username checks out
  • 1 0
 @vemegen: On my initial shake down of my yakima highroad I took it 130+ through some back road twisties to make sure I could trust it anywhere. Bike was solid as a rock.
  • 1 0
 @ghetto3: LIAR!!!!!! (dont you know all the cool guys have Kuat or what ever?)
  • 11 0
 That looks like a royal PITA to fit bikes to. First, you've got to lift the bike over the extra height of the side rails. Then somehow you've got to be double jointed enough to reach over the side rails to do up the fork clamp and rear wheel tie down. Add in really tall SUVs and 32lbs down country bikes and you've got a recipe for a sore back or scratched paintwork.
  • 9 25
flag veero (Mar 1, 2020 at 3:53) (Below Threshold)
 Open a side door and stand on the sill. If you're compensating for something and own an SUV then you probably have to do this to fit the roof rack to the car in the first place.
  • 20 4
 @veero: Oh eat my ass with this “Compensating for something” shit. My Tacoma can seat five, and can carry as many bikes. Sorry my owning a utility vehicle is so intimidating.
  • 5 13
flag veero (Mar 1, 2020 at 7:51) (Below Threshold)
 @ClaytonMarkin: Ooh touched a nerve. Sorry Mr Sensitive. Where you have the terrain and have ample road space they can serve a purpose. If you venture more than 5 yards from some of your roads you probably do need them, genuinely. Here they're for taking the children on the school run and most sold in this country don't come with tyres suitable for muddy car parks.
  • 7 0
 It would be a real nightmare. I’ve had an 180cm SUV with Thule 951s and it Is a real PITA, especially after a ride. Standing on the sills is ok for tightening things but difficult to balance when lifting. I’ve dropped a bike and the pedals have gouged the paintwork down to bare metal!

@veero, just remember not everyone lives in Blighty and gets the day off when there’s 2cm of snow.
  • 2 9
flag veero (Mar 1, 2020 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 @KiwiXC: Sadly most people give up when there's a dusting, and the country does grind to a halt. My work however has no sympathy and I don't get a day off. Luckily I have an AWD car which gets through all but blocked mountain passes, and when it does snow work is quiet and like a half day anyway.

Don't be offended, I've driven Vancouver to Sun Peaks in several inches of snow in some heffing great Ford, Explorer? Edge? It got through, but I'm glad it had tinted windows so noone could see me...
  • 3 0
 @veero: for a normal rack, that's fine. Because this thing has sides, the tracks are actually below them. Nightmare even on a normal car
  • 5 3
 @veero: tell me how your little 4cylinder car is going to pull my cargo trailer that I need for work most days? Should I have to buy a second vehicle just for going to the trails? Your gatekeeping is just your own insecurities being reflected back to you by others.
  • 1 1
 @mountainsofsussex: They do a wheel step:
www.rhinorack.com/en-us/products/trade-work-solutions/ladders-steps/wheel-step/rhino-rack-wheel-step_rws
but yeah I can see the sides could make it awkward at best to get to the axle clamp even on a regular height car. On a typical estate a Thule Proride rack is at a manageable height but if it had a bar all the way round it would be a pain.
  • 1 4
 @lifeofloon: Of course, I guess that it's a mobile psychological therapy booth you have to tow raching that diagnosis? I had to look up gatekeeping and am still slightly at a loss as what you mean, I've seen it mentioned on Reddit before so assume it's a specific American idiom.

Look if you need it fine, I'm really not judging, it was a flippant comment which a number have taken way too seriously and as I said above where you have the terrain and the need then it's a genuine need not a choice. In the UK 3 of the top selling SUVs are the Q5, X3 and F-Pace. I'm sure they can go off road but I bet 95%+ never will, and that's what I mean. Over here that sort of vehicle is generally up your arse at 80+ on the motorway taking the kids to school, not ploughing their way to some far flung hard to reach place in the wilds.

My poxy 4 pot is perfectly adequate for my needs, if a little thirsty for commuting. Spacious and fast and has yet to not get me where I need to go to ride. I was wondering how long it would be before the cylinder count or engine size would come into it...
  • 8 1
 Roof racks are for the birds. They kill your gas mileage and can hit stuff on the road. You can fit a hitch to any vechicle these days, I’ve seen hitch mounted bikes on a bmw M5 before.
  • 3 3
 Not everyone wants to spend $700+ to mount a hitch on their bmw, in addition to getting a $600+ rack.
  • 5 5
 @ClaytonMarkin some hitch racks completely obsure/hide your license plate and turn signals and brake lights, which is enough to get you pulled over in many places.
  • 4 0
 @pdxkid: For that reason, in europe hitch racks have to have all rear lighting and a copy of your plate. Everythings basically standardized, all racks use the same twelveteenorsumthing-pin cable to connect to the standardized electrical socket of the hitch.
In addition to that, my hitch cost me about 250 USD with everything included. Installed it myself, was easier than changing the timing or brakes.
Though I have to admit, it seems to be more PITA on new cars where you need to reprogram the ECU to allow for rack lighting (which, in my opinion, is just the car makers f*cking over the customers).
  • 4 1
 @sosburn: where are you shopping?
My hitch and 2 bike rack combined are under 400 American dollars.
  • 1 1
 @sosburn: $700?!?!? You can buy a hitch receiver and do it yourself for about $!50. places like etrailer sell hitches that fit just about any vehicle. And even 1up racks, the 2 biker version, don't cost that much.
  • 3 1
 @Arepiscopo: Lmfao, maybe its $150 for whatever 2006 Kia youre driving but not everyone wants to self install a hitch on their car, especially when it requires bumper removal and rewiring. And 1up racks cost at least 600 after tax and shipping.
  • 1 1
 @sosburn: Yeah, not so much. You sound like an a**hole. I'm not a fan of a**holes. Most Hitch kits don't require much more than dropping down your exhaust and cleaning out existing bolt holes. But I get the feeling that you think that work is beneath you. Just my $.02.
I'll give you the cost on a 2 bike rack. But keep in mind, as long as you care for one, you'll never need another rack again.
Also, it's you're**
  • 1 1
 @Arepiscopo: i actually do all my own mechanic work, within reason. Not going to risk f*cking up a $70k car just to mount a hitch myself when i can have someone else (who makes a living doing it) do it. Really not that difficult to understand.
  • 1 0
 @sosburn: And really not that difficult to install a hitch. I've done it numerous times. Literally, remove existing bolts, lift hitch into place, install existing bolts. Done.And as for having someone else do it, no thanks. Every time I take one of my vehicles to the dealer, something gets f*cked up. The monkeys in the shop don't give a rats ass about your rig. They are paid to pump vehicles out as fast as they can to maximize the shop's time.
  • 1 0
 @sosburn: no I agree. But you still sound like a complete tool.
  • 1 0
 @Arepiscopo: ah, because me stating the truth and you insulting me and attempting to correct my grammar makes ME the tool.
  • 3 0
 @sosburn: 70k for the car and you're going on about 700 dollar hitch and rack?
That math doesn't add up.
  • 1 1
 @sosburn: No, you trying to brag about your $70k car but being too cheap to get a hitch receiver installed is what make you sound like a tool. Lighten up dude.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: Dont have a 70k car, just stating that someone with one doesnt want to do that.
  • 7 0
 $455 for a two-bike carrier, which takes the whole roof... For that money, you could easily buy 4 THULE racks and get all four guys to ride.
  • 1 0
 Ha haa. Right! There's still a bike on the back of the Chrysler
  • 1 0
 i got innov8 for the same price as thule and they are much better.
  • 5 0
 "After years of amazing feedback on our rooftop X-Tray series"
What exactly constitutes "amazing feedback" vs. regular feedback? Is it written on cotton rag paper with the finest India ink from a quill pen, and delivered via carrier pigeon?
  • 4 0
 I done he roof rack thing and for short ppl roof racks suck. I dropped one of my bike through the sunroof as i was trying to put it on my car. All i use now is a hitch rack and i have never had a problem with even getting close to losing a bike. If someone rear ends me that's a new 10k bike on them.
  • 2 0
 "If someone rear-ends me that's a new 10k bike on them"

That is the thing. Over the years I have seem many issues where the other car is not around (parking lot damage). Or, you get hit by an un, or underinsured driver. From there, this is not an auto insurance claim at all, this is a Homeowners / Renters insurance claim.
  • 1 0
 @RoadStain: Either way, it is what insurance is for...
  • 1 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: Sure, my auto has a $500 deduct (does not pay a claim for my bike on a rack - period), my homeowners has a $5000 deduct, then you pay more for premiums. You also do not get replacement cost....rather not have to file a claim at all.

I had a guy hit my road bike some years ago...turned into a $25k claim before we were done. Had I sent it to my insurance I may as well have also set up an appt at a gastroenterologist to be sure I was getting it anally.
  • 3 0
 Glad this one supports thru-axle. There’s a certain range of off-roading where a roof rack is superior because of departure angle clearances. I think y’all are missing that.
  • 2 0
 When I was looking to get a roof rack I looked at once like these, that attach you your existing vehicle roof braces. It didn’t make sense because these racks take up most of the roof braces maximum weight load. So once you put the rack on you can load it up. The bikes would probably max it out.
  • 4 0
 Yay drag your bikes through low hanging trees in yer forby, genius!
  • 2 0
 Stats on their website say 15mm x 100mm for a fork mount. So not great for boost spacing or for my 150mm Mastodon fat bike fork.
  • 1 0
 They sell boost, 20x110, your 150 and the good old qr sizes separately.
  • 5 1
 GOOD GOD DOES THAT BIKE HAVE A FRONT DERAILLUER?!?!
  • 3 0
 Does it tell you that you are about to drive into the garage or carport?
  • 3 0
 Done it. Twice. Went to hitch mount for bikes now! Just plain ol' forgot and/or got side tracked...
  • 2 0
 @TW80: I did it with a mattress strapped to my roof rack. Luckily it was just a mattress that squished instead of damaging anything.
  • 3 0
 Yup, looks like a Mall Crawler accessory.
  • 2 0
 Another reason to OneUp! Roof racks were cool in the 80’s and if you drive a Tesla. What a POS.
  • 2 0
 Van life!! I can put 4 bikes with the wheels on in my van. Seat belts for all!
  • 2 0
 I’ve seen enough evidence of people driving in their garage with bikes still mounted on top of their roof rack! Hahahahaha
  • 1 0
 Probably good for road bikes, but 29ers and 27.5 are in the 30+ pound range!! And let’s not even go to Ebikes on your rooftop!
  • 4 1
 doesn't look pro.
  • 1 3
 This clearly isn't for people looking for a bike rack, it's for people who were going to buy a roof tray for others reasons (carrying food, water, tents, shovels, extra fuel, spare tire, etc.) that also serves as a roof bike rack when you're not using it to carry extra supplies for off-roading. It's obvious from the pictures and marketed that way in the words. So everyone stop complaining about the side rails and lifting your bike, this product is for a very specific market and it's not you.
  • 6 0
 #broverlanding
  • 2 0
 $455 for what? It doesn’t look impressive at all
  • 1 1
 If you can get a Pro deal or military deal, I saw it for 45% off... $250 USD. Just sayin . They probably will revoke my abilities after they see this. I like Rhino Rack, cause I've gotten a discount in the past. Its funny though, their trays are exactly the same as Rockymounts... must be a conspiracy or something??
  • 2 0
 Wow who cares about what the details are it’s just so Overlandy!!
  • 2 0
 Absolute shame it wasn't named the "jack of all trays" Frown
  • 1 0
 It certainly is master of none.
  • 1 0
 Nice Jeep
  • 18 0
 It's actually broken. The bikes are there to pedal to a mechanic.
  • 1 1
 @indianJoe: My god!!!!! At least put them on a hybrid!!!!!

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