North Shore Racks Debuts 2023 Lineup of Racks

Jul 22, 2022 at 16:01
by NorthShoreRacks  

PRESS RELEASE: North Shore Racks

Introducing our 2023 lineup of North Shore Racks. To their core, our latest generation stays true to what has made North Shore Racks beloved by mountain bikers worldwide: quick to load, light weight, burly in construction and sleek in design. The 2023 racks are now optimized to carry a wider array of mountain bikes. E-bikes? Yes. Downhill bikes? Yes. You and the whole crew’s bikes? Yes.


Bringing back the classic black, the 2023 lineup uses a new 3 stage finishing process for a more durable and lasting powder coat while keeping up with the highest environmental standards in North America.



Available in 2, 4 and 6 bike models, the proven patented crown cradle system is the most stable design with bikes supported through their center of gravity. Wheel diameter? Tire thickness? Direct mount handlebars? North Shore Racks has you covered.


North Shore Racks is rider owned and operated since 2004 and manufactured locally in North Vancouver, with North American sourced materials. No cheap plastic components, no need to purchase add-ons for different wheel sizes. Perfect for everyday family use or the epic road trip. We manufacture our racks with pride to handle all your adventures to come.


The complete 2023 lineup is available now at http://www.northshoreracks.com
Photo Credit: Kelsey Toevs


134 Comments

  • 127 9
 Does it still wear the finish off of your fork crown? That was a great feature.
  • 16 6
 heck yeah it does!

im about as buy america/north america as you will find. after looking at all of the rack options out there i got a Velocirack. I can put everything from my 29" bike to my kids 20" bike. Its doest touch the frame or fork, holds well on rough shuttles, and carries 7 bikes.

as much as i want one of those cool aluminum oneup racks it is hard to beat the velocirack.
  • 12 6
 Would you rather use rack that holds the handlebars or wheel? You'll have wayyyy more issues than some crown rub...
  • 12 3
 @Jazziceman: Yeah I am ok with having some crown rub. Much better than worn out bushings from driving up rough roads and hanging from wheel.
  • 9 2
 More importantly... watch out for those pinch points, they mean it. #NorthshoreNailclipper
  • 4 0
 @meathooker: Well, 1Up bought Recon, which as best I can tell Velocirax copied, so there is a made in the USA option for that.
  • 3 5
 Yeah that's what killed my interest. Got a fully ride wrapped carbon bike and I didn't wanna rub away the wrap or wear on the carbon. Went with a Lolo Rack instead.
  • 7 1
 @Maxhax: so now it rubs on your carbon bars??? and isn't the wrap there for "rub"
  • 1 0
 @arandomJohn: I haven’t heard anything good about the one 1UP recon rack yet. Unfortunately.
  • 2 0
 @Kamperk87: worn out bushings from being on the rack?
  • 1 2
 @stormracing: Yeah with the bike hanging from the front tire the loads get transferred to the fork bushings. I do a lot of shutting on some rough roads so I didn't want to take the risk with my forks. I have had bushings wear out before and just bought a new fork on sale.
  • 2 0
 @meathooker: Looks like a fun way to make sure you need to true your wheels all the time
  • 9 1
 @Kamperk87: If the weight of the bike hanging on a rack is destroying your bushings, then I probably wouldn't ride the bike, because the force of your body weight crashing over roots and rocks at speed will be doing much, much more damage.
  • 1 0
 @arandomJohn: they're a great option but i looked at them closely but they only have a 6 bike holder option.
  • 8 2
 This is actually my favorite feature about these racks. I love watching kooky riders cry about some scratches on their fork crowns. It's a fucking mountain bike, my guy
  • 2 1
 @DizzyNinja: riiiiiiight
  • 1 0
 @mbudgen: I think they created a new label for you
  • 1 0
 @jschaab: ... I hope so.
  • 5 0
 @Dethphist: Yes but those forces are inline with the fork travel not at 30 degrees to the bushings.
Forks obviously take a beating when riding and braking but side loads are more damaging.
The shuttling is way longer than the riding distance.
NS Racks still the best option
  • 1 0
 @Dethphist: Yea, this sounds wacky to me too. But I'd welcome an actual expert analysis, or some science. Hey PB, there's a content idea for ya, free of charge!
  • 16 1
 Where is the road bike/drop bar adapter already? I understand COVID delays but it's been years. NSR is still a great value (especially for Canadians).
  • 3 0
 Yep, still waiting…
  • 3 0
 I've never used a North Shore and was looking at the design and wondering if a road bike would fit, I guess "no" is the answer.
  • 19 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: how am I supposed to run shuttle laps on my down gravel bike then???
  • 14 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: You can fit a road bike backwards. I've carried mine with the handle bars in the cradle.
  • 1 0
 Been waiting for 2 years for said adapter....
  • 9 0
 Reverse it, bar straddling two hooks. Use small strap to cinch it into the hooks so it can't bounce out. Three road bikes on my 6-bike NS, on the regular. Solid as can be.
  • 1 0
 @rollingdip: I’ve also had luck with approach on my NRS-6 when I’ve offered to carry gravel bikes for lost souls.
  • 1 0
 its a road bike who cares?
  • 2 0
 @deknarp: I have friends that ride ‘em
  • 12 0
 Have the hooks been changed to fit modern oversized frames and forks better? My friend has an older one of these and my carbon frame and Lyrik fork struggle to fit in in due to their size.
  • 19 11
 Same and it wrecks the ridewrap on the fork too. And they're all rusted. Not a fan of NSR. Much better locally made stuff out there thats burlier and more efficient.
  • 4 0
 @Kango: can you give some recommendations for alternatives that are in the same price range? All others I have seen cost a load more...
  • 9 2
 @Paco77: And I've still seen the alternatives rusty. I think it's just the name of the game for steel racks in BC, the competition just hasn't been around long enough to see as many rusty racks.
  • 14 0
 @Kango: Rust is a given for the NSR rack but what rack doesn’t rust or weather or generally look like hell after a few seasons. Anything with plastic parts turns gray.

Also a rusty NSR still retains its structural integrity.
  • 5 0
 I would love to see an aluminum option for a few hundred $$ more, if only for the rust issue. And an anti-wobble cam in the hitch. Then it would be perfect.
  • 13 0
 Cradle spacing is a major change with our latest racks. The Norco Sight VLT featured has a massive headtube and was one of the bikes we focused on when adjusting the cradle width and shape.
  • 4 0
 @NorthShoreRacks: Thanks for the reply - that's good to hear.
  • 3 0
 Yep, mine has the updated cradles, and they fit all my friends DH bikes. One of their bikes used to need "special bends" in the cradle to fit, but fits mine fine now.
  • 5 0
 @kingbike2: What rack doesn't rust after a few seasons? Are you only comparing NSR to Yakima/Thule? I've seen plenty old Velocirack, Recon, etc with no rust. I've seen super old One Up racks that looks new. So like, any aluminum rack.
  • 2 0
 @Paco77: Mammoth Mounts out of Calgary or River City Racks out of Edmonton.
  • 1 0
 @NorthShoreRacks: Can we buy just the upper part of the new 4 bike rack? Removing an ebike from my NSR 4 is pretty terrible.
  • 11 2
 After trying a much more expensive Alta rack that has way too many steps and ways it can fail, I think this is the best hanging design. I've had some luck adapting to different head tubes by bending out the prongs, but what I don't have a great solution for is the way that squared off fork crowns like a 40 cut through the rubber tube and start grinding themselves away on the steel below. I wrap them in tape but it cuts through the tape pretty quick too. Need some kind of hard PVC crown guard
  • 1 0
 Yep I’m having that issue with the Zeb too
  • 12 3
 Recon racks (now owned by 1UP I believe) has a way better system of holding the bike in my opinion. I don't see the benefit of using the crown instead of the tire and it only creates fitting and wear issues.
  • 10 1
 Pick your hanging rack ... and be a dick about it. (lolo for the win).
  • 6 1
 Having owned both I cant disagree more. I much prefer the Alta rack.
  • 6 0
 Key feature with our new cradles is how the tines now sweep upwards which is specific for DH bikes. Our original design forced DH bikes to load with their handlebars turned to the right reducing the space between the headtube and stancion which lead to fit issues. DH bikes now can load with their handlebars is an neutral position allowing for maximum spacing on the right hand side of the headtube which greatly helps loading Fox 40s and Manitou Dorados.
  • 3 0
 Agreed. Any rack that touches anything but the tires is going to cause some wear and tear (unnecessarily imo). I've been happy with my Velocirax.
  • 9 3
 @SmashiusJones: If it hangs from the tire, it puts a lot of stress on the fork bushings, and huge leverage on the headsets and crown/steerers, compared to NSR cradles.
  • 11 2
 @mammal: what's 'a lot of stress'? More than a standard day at the DH Park?

I've seen tons of wear from people that transport bikes with an NSR (see this thread for more examples), and no issues from Velocirax, Recon, Khyber, Alta.

I understand you want to defend your purchase, but...
  • 7 0
 @SmashiusJones: If you want to add the wear of "standard days at the park" to your whip before you hit the trail, that's cool. I'm just pointing out that each design has it's downsides. I have no issues with my purchase.
  • 3 3
 @NorthShoreRacks: Still a no for me dog.
  • 4 0
 @mammal: Out of curiosity, what do you mean by extra stress, can you quantify that somehow?
  • 1 0
 Curious,
You mentioned way too many steps, and says it can fall.
What are you referring to?
I’ve owned both, and find the Alta rack much easier to load, and quicker. The ability to adjust the basket placement, and the fact that it doesn’t touch my bike is great.
Way prefer the elastic straps to the ridged cord, only wish it folded in half, but in reality I could cut and weld on plates to do just that if I wanted, might still.
Or use a slightly smaller square tube, that could slide into the the other, to make for adjustable height.
  • 3 0
 @mammal: No even close to the stress riding generates in your equipment.
  • 3 0
 @JuanFco: this reminds of the old myth/worry people use to have that hanging bikes from the wheel in the their garage would take the wheels out of round “due to the stress”.
  • 2 0
 @mammal: the extra 'stress' is insignificant as its only the self weight of the bike on generally low force impacts (highways, fireroads, etc), not bike + 180 lb rider on a rough af mtb trail. Burning out wheel bearings with your bike on a NSR is a thing though.
  • 2 0
 @unfknblvbl: Recon (which is my preferred rack) is REALLY similar to Alta Racks (family members have that system). Both are superior to Northshore in my experience, but if someone wants to hang their bike by the fork crown rather than only having the tire contact the rack that is fine with me.
  • 1 0
 @Wistlerskid: your wheel bearing should burn out just because its spinning and no 180lbs rider, if your that concerned you can use a piece of string to hold your wheel
  • 1 0
 @arandomJohn: I was wondering how much do those alta racks stick out from the back of your vehicle??
  • 1 0
 @Kato604:they have dimensions at the bottom of this page: www.altaracks.com/questions-answers
  • 1 0
 @arandomJohn: what generation recon?
  • 1 0
 @onawalk:
for a simple load and unload with the same bikes every time, the only extra step is having a second strap for the front wheel. Doesn't sound too bad, but the cost of screwing it up is much higher. If you forget the single rope on a north shore the bike will swing around until you notice, maybe scratching the bike next to it. If you forget the top strap on the Alta it will dump your front wheel out of the basked, and you will drag the bike behind the car by the rear tire (ask me how I know). If you forget both straps on the Alta, the bike is gone.

For more complicated scenarios with the Alta you are sliding baskets around, re-threading straps, moving those little wheel size adapter bars, and even if you just want to fold it down to access the tailgate there id a latch and a pin instead of just a pin.

I see the appeal of the alta - I bought one after all. It is easier to load because the basket is a bigger target. If you get all the steps right, the bikes are more secure. It has cool add-on gadgets. But my experience is that I appreciated the simplicity and reliability of the NSR more.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: I really wanted to like the lolo. It seems like a cool company, and I like that they sell the hooks separately for people trying to do their own thing, for example use a ladder on the back of a van to carry a bike or two.

I got into an email exchange with someone in customer service there trying to clarify whether it could carry DH bikes and they said, yeah maybe with the special DH hanger, but it also depends what kind of handlebars they run and how many stem spacers. I think if I was only ever moving my own bikes, and I confirmed they would fit, I would give the lolo a try, but the idea of showing up for shuttles and telling someone they are out of luck because they have the wrong handlebars turned me off, so it's just not for me.
  • 2 0
 @notsosikmik: Luckily for us, both are for sale
  • 1 0
 @tttyyler: interesting,
I found the NSR required much more faffing around to get bikes loaded happily, always trying to skip a spot so I had more additional room.
I find the locking pin, the one that stays attached to the rack a great way of securing the bikes without having to hold the rack to get the additional pin in place. In reality you could use one or the other, and not both.
I had a buddy forget to strap in his front tire, on a 30+ minute shuttle on rough FSR and bike didn’t move at all, sorry to hear you lost a bike!
I often think that the vehicle the rack is being used on makes a huge difference as well. I have fairly high truck, and use the offset Alta rack, so it sits quite high, loading the NSR is a pain, while the Alta (bigger target as you pointed out) makes it easier to load.
I have the 4 bike Alta rack, so I haven’t had to slide anything around, but I do appreciate that its an option. Seems prettty simple, just a knob and a jam nut.
Racks seem like such a personal use item for some reason, we all have different priorities that make each racks strengths and weaknesses so polarizing. In the end, like everything in life, there is no “best” just what works best for me, which is prolly different than what works best for you.
Appreciate your thoughtful input
  • 13 1
 Congrats on moving away from BBQ paint NSR. Innovation
  • 7 0
 I use bbq paint to cover the rust on my NSR! Perfect match!
  • 4 1
 @kingbike2: Thats because they literally use BBQ paint. Its funny cause its true
  • 11 0
 How many watts can it carry?
  • 8 0
 would be nice to have a 5 rack option with the width of a current 6 rack. More space between bikes would be welcomed.
  • 4 0
 Velocirax does this. 5x
  • 4 0
 As does Alta racks,
You can even get the 6 rack, remove the 2 extra when you don’t need em….
  • 6 0
 After 10 years with a NS that did really hold its own, I moved to a Khyber for many reasons: Khyber will hold DH rigs where my NS wouldn't, it doesn't wear paint off the crowns, the bikes cinch in better and it won't rust.
  • 4 0
 Twice as heavy, twice as expensive. But yeah, they do look nice.
  • 1 0
 Wow, never heard of Khyber until now. That makes Recon (now 1Up) look inexpensive, but they look like a solid rack.
  • 1 0
 its also over $1400 for a 2 bike rack
  • 4 0
 I had an NS rack for years and they work well with 650b. This all changed when my family started buying 29ers. We drive a Toyota Highlander and the back wheels on a 29er hit even the smallest curb or speed bump. Other racks like Recon, Velocirax, Shuttle etc... keep the bike a lot higher and never give you this problem. A Highlander is a pretty standard family vehicle so I'm guessing I'm not the only one who's run into this.
  • 1 0
 the article does say it has adjustable height for more ground clearance...
  • 2 0
 @Kato604: Mine was too and it was at the max height. I bought an elevated hitch extender which solved the clearance issue but made it impossible for someone under 6ft tall to put the bikes on. I live in Whistler and 10 years ago you only saw NS racks and now it's maybe 10-20% and a lot of those are old. Unfortunately they've stood still and everyone else has passed them.
  • 5 2
 Stop bitching everyone! NSR work great for dedicated MTB trips and shuttle days. For over 10 years all my bikes have been hung on these racks, mostly on friend's rigs and totaling hundreds of miles up and down the PNW. Because of my long term positive user experience with them, I recently bought one for my own. The design works F'ing great! For trail, enduro, and DH, there areno issues. The design is rock-solid by holding at the crown/headtube, and the entire system folds down to a small footprint when not in use. Best part is...NSR is like $200 less than other options. The overall simplicity is a noticeable bonus as well (IMO)...
  • 3 0
 I've had a 4 bike NSR rack for about 6 years and I love it. Yes it rubs the crown but I don't care. The rack is solid and simple and cheaper than the competition. I remove the rack from the vehicle in the off season and it has no rust.
  • 8 2
 I guess if all you want to carry is mountain bikes...
  • 33 0
 No way, you can carry your groceries back there too, just slip the bag handles over the patented hooks!!
  • 5 0
 You could get the road bike adapter that’s been ‘coming soon’ for the past two years Big Grin
  • 6 0
 I've carried BMX and road bikes by hanging them backwards from the handlebar
  • 3 0
 @tttyyler: That's how Lolo racks are designed. I built my own version, but they will also sell you just the hanger if you want to design something up for yourself. Seems like a cool company.
  • 1 0
 @Bomadics: you might need the grocery bag adapter first.
  • 1 0
 @yogriffman: if it can't be fixed with duct tape, it can't be fixed!
  • 4 0
 @Bomadics: I hang my stinky jersey and pads on them after the ride.
  • 2 0
 Without a doubt the most sturdy hanging rack I've ever used, never had an issue with any of my family's bikes and loading our 4 rack is always a breeze (Even for my much shorter wife). Definetly looking forward to upgrading to a new 6!

P.s. Good call on the black colour coming back!
  • 3 0
 I sold my NSR because It doesn't fit road/gravel bikes and the rear wheel would hit water bar ditches sometimes. So I got a Thule XTR, which I find better in many ways
  • 1 0
 I'm glad they updated the paint. Mine was new last year and rusted in less than a season. It now has a lovely coat of Tremclad and I expect I'll probably have to do the same thing every year. I also had to add a shim to my towbar to snug things up. I would crank it down and even with the anti-sway thing it would come loose with even just driving around town with no bikes on it. It does a great job of holding 6 bikes for our family but had hoped it would have been a bit better for what it cost.
  • 3 0
 Quick tip,
Powder coating in matte black is cheap, most powder places do black on the daily, so the down time is minimal.
Had my NSR rack blasted, and powdered for $125. Lasted for years like that.
Had it done in Calgary, Falcon coatings I believe
  • 3 0
 As a mechanic on the north shore I have noticed that all bike racks stand up to the rust better than the undercarriage of Toyota or Subaru
  • 1 0
 All these punters who've never used an NSR rack weighing in on why they don't like them: what a load of drivel.

I bought my NSR-4 used from pinkbike 10 years ago and have used it hundreds of times and have only had two minor incidents that were both due to user error, not the rack.

NSR racks are solidly made for a great price and the staff are stoked and helpful.

I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
  • 4 0
 @NorthShoreRacks can you confirm these will fit Evil's head tubes?
Thanks!
  • 2 0
 That’s what I was wondering
  • 2 0
 my friends Evil Following fits on a NSR
  • 3 0
 Yes, Evil bikes were definetly on our radar for updating our cradles.
  • 1 1
 @jaydawg69: unfortunately I can confirm the opposite, my evil doesn’t fit my buddies nsr
  • 2 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: how old is your buddy's rack? Their updated cradle is relatively recent.
  • 2 0
 @mammal: it’s pretty old but the reason why I haven’t considered a NSR. My evil wasn’t the only fitment issue. Honestly even within redesign I’d prob go with VelociRAX or Recon over nsr
  • 1 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: Good to have choice, but if fitment is the issue, NSR have address that to a large extent. I picked mine up within the month, and everything has fit great, including bikes that didn't fit well with the old design.
  • 1 1
 My gripe is that with the 6-up rack you have to play 'where should I put this bike' to fit them all on there...some are slightly sideways and others are straight...when I called NSR to see if maybe my hooks weren't welded on straight, they said, 'nope that is the way they are'...overall I like the simplicity of the rack, but the non-alignment thing can be really frustrating at times
  • 1 0
 @northshoreracks I'm 75% down to get one of those since you posted them on instagram, bit can yet pull the trigger out to het one because I also need to carry gravel bike. Does it work with road/gravel bikes?
  • 1 0
 @xandr I put road bikes on my NSR-4 all the time:
-straddle the bars over two cradles, with the bike facing backwards (away from the vehicle)
-strap the rear wheal down with the NSR tie down
-cinch the bike to the rack with a bungee cord over the head tube

-I've driven hundreds of kms with bikes mounted this way and have had zero issues
  • 1 0
 I love my North Shore...but I'm a bit disappointed in this announcement. There's so many vertical racks on the market now with better features. Their "update" for 2023 didn't go far enough...
  • 3 1
 So, erm, what is different? Did you fix the fork wear issue? How about the large headtube issue? If so how?
  • 1 0
 I'll be driving behind these northshores on dirt roads and My butt clenches for the bikes when the rear wheels juuuuust misses the road going into large potholes
  • 2 0
 @NorthShoreRacks please come up with an EU version!
  • 1 0
 "No cheap plastic components"
But do they still use bits of rope or have they upgraded to Canadian Tire Bungies?
  • 1 1
 My bike flew off a nsr while night riding. Lucky got it back a few days later. Recon is strapped in secure an has the best hinge imo
  • 2 1
 That's the same rack my dentist uses on 'his' 3500XD Mercedes
  • 4 0
 $2750 USD?? To lift bikes slightly less?
  • 1 0
 @mammal: Why not?
  • 4 0
 @REZEN: 1750 reasons why not, at least for me.
  • 2 1
 New for 2023…. Another coat of black paint!
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