Velocirax Releases No Lift Vertical Bike Racks

Feb 7, 2020 at 21:20
by Bryce Owen  

PRESS RELEASE: VelociRAX

A new player in the vertical bike rack market offers fully loaded hydraulic hinging so no lifting is required to load bikes. Simply wheelie your bike so it's vertical and roll the bike into or out of the rack. No more lifting and difficult alignment to get bikes loaded.

This lower position gives easy access to secure all tires with thick rubber straps leaving the bike frame untouched. Bikes won’t bump or rub other bikes on the rack, leaving all bikes in pristine condition.


Not only do these racks haul up to 7 bikes, but the rack also acts as a storage unit with the included garage mount to keep your bikes organized off the vehicle as well! All VelociRAX’s include an anti-rattle mechanism, all-metal construction and are engineered for strength. This rack is ready for your next epic ride! Expect more from a bike rack - VelociRAX!


Additional Info:
• Models available to hold 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 bikes
• All racks require a two-inch Class III hitch
• Total bike weight capacity of 230 pounds
• Each bike position can take up to 57 lbs
• One size tire hoops fit: Mountain, Gravel, Road, BMX, eBikes and more
• Fat tire hoops available



Come check out our racks at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival or Sea Otter Classic
Learn more and Pre-order your rack today at https://www.velocirax.com/shop
Shipping March 1, 2020

Available in North America (please allow slightly longer ship times in Canada)



113 Comments

  • 145 13
 If the physical challenge of lifting your mtb on to your rack is too much work, mountain biking is probably not the right sport for you.

I do see niche some market potential though - #audi #starbucks #tigermountain #issaquah
  • 28 0
 #duthie might be more appropriately offensive for this niche
  • 10 2
 The specificity of this makes me so happy.
  • 27 5
 To be fair i ride with quite a few females who struggle to get bikes onto northshores racks due to height and usually the truck is lifted for the rough shuttle roads so that doesnt help
  • 79 9
 @endurogan:

* “The truck is lifted for compensating for a small penis.”

You don’t need a lifted truck for rough roads. Deactivated roads, maybe.
  • 1 3
 @crsimmons: haha yas
  • 12 5
 Its for all the old people that buy those damn eBikes that can not lift them on to the rack.

This is what our trails will look like soon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqNmrpLHDQk
  • 7 0
 I've ruled out vertical carry racks in the past as I've assumed that my wife would have trouble loading her bike onto something likely above head height for her. She's not that tall or that strong and I can just imagine her somehow missing the basket and cracking the rear window with a fork stanchion as she heaves he bike up. This looks like it would help lower that danger.
  • 4 1
 @BrianColes: Yah probably dont need it when you live in Golden the roads are a little less maintained up north though
  • 11 4
 @BrianColes: if you have a truck why have a rack !!! . I don’t understand this
  • 10 0
 @endurogan: to be faaaaaaiiiirrrr
  • 4 2
 If masking the bolt heads is too much work maybe manufacturing is probably the wrong thing for you.
  • 4 2
 @BrianColes: I've driven up some bombed out shuttle roads in a fiesta st
  • 3 5
 @Fat-Thor:
Explain to me how pedelecs chew up trails more than regular mountain bikes please
  • 13 0
 I have a back, shoulder and wrist injury from a car accident. healed now but I'm stuck with the pain for life. For about 3 years I could not lift my bike on to racks or even chair lifts. I always had the lift attendant help me or my friends would throw my bike on the tail gate or rack for me. There are people that need it.
  • 3 0
 @mxmtb: for my use I have a recon 6 rack, then carry 6-8 additional bikes on the tailgate, and stack the cab/bed with the riders. Works great for shuttle days.
  • 1 0
 Tell that to someone like Paul Basagoitia
  • 7 3
 So then a 4’8”-5’ tall woman ( or man ) shouldn’t be allowed to mountain bike if they have trouble lifting there 40lb downhill bike onto their rack? Well we’ve taken MTB elitism to a new level here haven’t we.
  • 3 1
 @gozerthegozarian: Welcome to Pinkbike: Where people are only allowed to say/do/ride exactly how the person posting says/does/rides.
  • 2 0
 @YoKev: They don't..
  • 3 0
 @justinyami: total attempt to copy Cody's recon racks.
  • 3 3
 Spoken like a true neanderthal who has no consideration for others who may be short and /or small in stature (esp children and petite women) or have physical limitations (temporary or permanent) that make lifting a bike above head-height difficult. And consider this: A 35lb mtb is just 19% of a 180# man's weight, whereas it is a whopping 35% of a child or small woman's weight of 100lbs.
  • 2 0
 @mxmtb: I thought the same thing for ages, until my Van died and I bought a truck to better suit my occupation.

Canopy/Topper, and bed size and usage. My Tacoma has a small bed and a canopy. Dry, secure storage for things other than bikes makes the topper necessary so I use a rack.

Also the tailgate on the early Tacos is small enough that my 29er fork lower sits on the bumper when using the shuttle pad.
  • 4 0
 I'll stick with the original, first-to-market Recon Rack made in Ferndale, WA USA.
recon-racks.com
  • 1 0
 @connerg: Glad to see that LK has made its way to the pink bike comment section!
  • 1 0
 6 E-bike x 44lbs each.....will that work?
  • 2 0
 How are those disabled, old people suppose handle 44lbs Ebikes?
  • 1 0
 What if it's not a physical challenge, but you're just lazy?
  • 37 2
 Kinda looks like a rip off of recon racks design
  • 71 0
 Nope totally different. The baskets are red.
  • 8 0
 Shame on these copy cats. You can load a Recon the same way, but will find its actually more pain in the ass than just picking bike up to load it. Lifting full rack when loaded as in video takes at least 2 and is super awkward. (I've had every iteration of Recon over last few years)
Moreover I'll throw a few bucks down that the cages will have failures due to size and design when real world mobbing up gravel roads happens.
  • 1 0
 Looks really like a recon knock-off. But this one does come with a garage mount. I made my own garage mount for my recon. Curious what the anti rattle mechanism is.
  • 15 2
 @jgainey: pushing up my Recon with 5 bikes is doable for me - but I'm 230# and reasonably strong. However, rigging a pulley system or even just a cam strap to the roof rack or tailgate is easy and would allow a more reasonably sized person to do that as well, without the grunting.

The pivot looks likely to be a failure spot, the baskets strike me as undersized, and I really resent the blatant ripoff. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, it's funny to me that these guys ripped off Cody's design without learning from him - there a reason he went to the uber-beefy pivots. Then again, they probably won't be around to deal with the fallout from their corner cutting...
  • 3 0
 @jgainey: It seems like what they're doing here is adding a hydraulic assist to make lifting the bikes back up easier. I'm not sure how well it works, but that seems to be the claimed improvement over something like Recon Racks.
  • 3 3
 It’s not rocket science, hanging a bike vertically only allows for three options:
Fork, Wheel, Bars.

We all love the guy who builds something by himself in a little shop, but saying it’s a rip off is like claiming anything is unique; where dud Cody get his idea?

So I bought a rack from Cody, it took three months to arrive, it worked well until I lost a bike off the rack when I crossed a cattle guard. Bike was trashed.

I could say that the oversized hoop design played a part or that the failure of the bungee cord design was the issue or that I should have had a safety cable securing the wheels.

Once you lose a bike off a rack, security takes on a different meaning.

Still appreciate what Cody is doing, super nice guy, working hard at what he loves.

But yeah, no more a rip off than anything else in this world.

Don’t forget that the majority of us are riding bikes designed and built in Asia, just saying, don’t be the kettle.
  • 3 0
 @nurseben: This sounds a bit fishy. I've blasted up and down roads much rougher than a cattle guard with my recon. Sure you didn't forget to strap the front wheel?
  • 7 0
 @jubilee55: agreed, I have a Recon Rack on a side-by-side and rally the piss out of it, never had a problem.
  • 1 9
flag nurseben (Feb 9, 2020 at 7:47) (Below Threshold)
 @jubilee55: yeah, fishy, uhhuh.

Look, here’s reality:

Hanging a bike by it’s wheels vertically means the suspension is “active”, which means the bike moves dynamically on the rack.

All the folks with the wheel mounted hanging racks know this because they watch their bikes dancing on the rack every time they hit a bump.

Cody makes a good rack, but because his hoops are designed to accommodate fat bike tires, they allow too much tire movement, add in his bungee cord retention and it’s a recipe for bike loss.

So now you know.
  • 9 0
 @nurseben: Thanks for setting me straight. I was worried my personal experience over several years and multiple iterations of the rack weren't reality based. Thank goodness for the internet and you, nurseben, for correcting my false impressions based on empirical evidence. See you on the flat Earth and antivax forums good sir!
  • 1 5
flag Gregorysmithj1 (Feb 9, 2020 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 Recon is a knockoff of Alta racks
  • 1 2
 @jubilee55: just cuz you don’t want to admit it doesn’t make it so.

So I’ve had all three hanging bike mounting styles. If I had to do it again I’d just get a Northshore, fork mount is the most secure.

Never liked bar mount, wore the finish of my bars and hard to load.

All these folks talking about rallying with a wheel mount hanging rack are FOS, the bikes go friggin crazy on the rack, wish I could post video.

Best rack ever for clearance and security: One Up. Only a realist option for a couple bikes, maybe three. Sold mine to my brother, regret it ever since.
  • 1 0
 Yes, except this one looks like it will ravage the sidewall.
  • 24 2
 Nice. Copy a first generation Recon rack, add a useless gimmick, make it offshore, and try and profit off of someone else’s hard work. I will (and have) gladly pay the slightly higher price for a recon with its far better pivot, baskets and the warm fuzzy part that it is made in Washington by a guy that loves bikes and takes care of his customers.

Interesting that there is no address or telephone number to be found on Velocirax website. I guess you have tohope they reply to your email if there is a problem.
  • 7 3
 I just got my Recon Rack at the end of last season after looking at many other 6 bike racks. Quite happy with my decision. Cody was awesome to work with. His responses were always prompt, and he hooked me up with a longer stinger to provide better clearance with rear mounted spare tire. Any other rack manufacturer would have told me to pound sand. Recon Racks for the win!!!
  • 5 0
 Cody is the shit, recon racks are the shit. Don't buy this shit....buy a recon rack
  • 2 0
 I believe that these guys are based out the salt lake city (UT) area if I recall. I talked to them a bit last fall at a race. I was quite impressed with it in person
  • 1 0
 It’s the Chinese way man. Things I’ve designed were copied after we released them at a show and put to market before we could get them out. We had trouble getting our stuff UL certified and well, the Chinese don’t need certifications!
  • 2 0
 @Duderz7: yeah, Cody sold ne a longer stinger too, nice guy
  • 23 1
 So the rack looks like a 100+lbs beast, and the big selling point is you don't need to lift your 30lb bike?
  • 24 0
 You're not the kind of monkey that gets his hand stuck in the coconut.
  • 10 0
 Nice rack
  • 14 0
 My eyes are up here
  • 11 5
 Seems like it'd need more he 230lb capacity for 7 bike option requiring about 32lbs average. That is, unless you have 1 or 2 brave souls using XC bikes for DH shuttling to support the Friday fails content Wink
  • 11 6
 Uh, 7x32=224.
  • 4 3
 Or you're a dentist who is riding with 6 of your friends who are also dentists !
  • 4 1
 @QuebecPoulin:

C'mon, so self respecting dentist would ride with another dentist.

....If they did, how could they emit their "self-superior, I ride a Yeti" persona?
  • 5 0
 @QuebecPoulin: first dentist comment. what's a pinkbike comment section without mentioning dentists.
  • 1 0
 @jamesbrant: complaining about each other bikes since day one Wink
  • 9 0
 Recon I have seen something similar!
  • 4 0
 Back with the original NorthShore rack the mast was lower, and so the bikes were low to the ground like that. Because of the low riding height I lost a couple Size L 29rs off the back after hitting potholes off-roading, or backing up a gentle grade slope. Not sure the low height is a selling feature for me, although my back wants to like it.
  • 3 0
 Recon has a number of mounting positions so you can move the mast up or down a fair bit. Does the new NSR do that as well these days?
  • 1 0
 @g-42: Actually even the original NS rack you could adjust a bit, but even all the way high, with a lifted Tacoma, I lost a few bikes at low speeds on hills. Always with my super long 29er bikes. The new NS rack has a much taller mast, so I have not even been close to contact with the ground. The Recon rack looked awesome, but a bit bulky and heavy for me as I take the rack off for work frequently.
  • 3 0
 How does the “no lift” feature take all wheelbase lengths into account? My large 29r is quite a bit longer than my better half’s small 27.5... I’m no engineer, but how does that work? And what about all those kiddos?
  • 1 0
 The longest bike in the picture is (I’m petty sure) a 2017 Reign SX... not exactly a long bike! You would need a big riser for the hitch.
  • 4 0
 ....You're really going to admit that you're not an engineer? What type of modesty are you trying to exude? This is Pinkbike. No place for modesty and intelligent, well thought out comments. Jeepers, people these days.
  • 2 1
 @DHhack: yup, I use a Kuat riser, works great on my van.

I think design wise, Alta makes the best wheel hung vertical rack, best for quality, best for security, best for ground clearance.

This is a good rack for the price and it’s more readily available than Recon.
  • 4 1
 I have a Guerilla Gravity size 3 Megatrail, WB is 1246, no issues with ground clearance as the rear wheel is well above the receiver. I also use a 2” riser.

Honestly, these big racks don’t belong on anything other than a truck, full sized SUV, or commercial van. You need a 2” receiver with 400# load rating.

All these folks trying to carry five bikes on the back of a Subaru are pushing their luck.
  • 2 0
 @nurseben:

Ill second that simply to just say that anyone driving a subaru at all is pushing their luck.
regardless of said bike rack system
  • 2 0
 We met Bryce at Moab's fall outerbike and I was impressed with the design and the build, though I couldn't get one delivered to Hawaii so I held off on buying one until I could solve the shipping issues. Finally, got that resolved (checked baggage after trip to Utah).

My kids have started riding so I need something that would hold all of our bikes without a lot of hassle and would be easy for them to load as well. Here's a shot of it on our SUV ...

ep1.pinkbike.org/p3pb18264225/p3pb18264225.jpg

5 bikes ... one 20", one 24", two 27.5" and one 29'er. Even my son can load it and we even experimented with a tiny kids bike which still fits since you can hook the wheel tray trough the front wheel (something you can't do with the recon).

I shuttle weekly with a crew here and there are at least 3 others that have vertical racks (recon, NS) and this is easily the best design in terms of how it holds the bikes and it's ability to handle just about any kind of bike without issue. The rubber straps are a little more difficult to put on, but are also more secure. Can't speak to durability yet but so far we love this and everybody that's seen it loves it as well. It's the best design I've seen and the price is really hard to beat.

Bryce was also super accommodating and even provided touch up paint for the rack with the purchase. I hope they are successful because this really is a great product.
  • 2 1
 @enis: yeah, Subaru’s are a total yupster mobile, great for the soccer mom who won’t drive a minivan
  • 1 0
 @enis: We have two Subaru’s. Both have had blown motors under 100k. But they are great up our steep driveway and in sh** weather, and haven’t cost us anything extra. Yet... I’ll roll the dice again tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 @iduckett:
Im just poking fun, mainly at my wife. She wont get rid of her outback, definitely reliable.

I just cant fit in the thing for more than a trip to the store before my back goes spastic
  • 1 0
 @enis: Hah! At least we’ve got both ends of the spectrum covered!
  • 1 0
 @enis: Well come to think of it, I do have a PHD in PBP. Pink Bike Pontificating.
  • 8 1
 Now we can start the; "looks like a Recon"
  • 6 1
 This will be a big hit with the E- bike folks.
  • 4 1
 Wow...i have seen a few DIY Recon's ripoff (and that's cool). But that's the first commercial one i see with the basket, cut throat retail price and all (not so cool).
  • 1 0
 I have to say, vertical racks are sweet. I have an Alta rack on my suburban that carries 8 bikes, 20” BMX bikes up to xl enduro bikes at the same time. I cannot say how incredibly impressed I have been with my Alta rack, absolutely bomber and incredibly stable with 8 bikes on it.
  • 1 0
 The garage feature seems cool, but I feel like I'd end up just pulling all my family's bikes off all the time to take the one bike I'm riding that day (and potentially meeting friends). It seems like it would work best if everyone in the house owned one bike and rode together a lot. Or for the off season I guess.
  • 2 1
 No i didnt know either owner before buying it. Seriously. Just was looking up bike racks in the SLC area since my only local option was to buy an Alta rack which are wayyy too expensive for how flimsy they look. Now I can't attest to an Alta racks actual quality since I haven't used one, so obviously Im not going to. But with that being said I paid the guys the full amount $850 for the rack and got a prototype with the promise that I would get a new rack as soon as their patents went through. Used it all summer long. and then the guys gave me a brand new rack in the fall when the patent went through as promised. I ride every single day, not a bragging point just want you guys to understand a bit. With that being said the rack gets used EVERY day. It lives on my truck all summer, its been used on some of the shittiest roads imaginable. I have nothing but good things to say about the company. Just really impressed with how well Bryce and his brothers have treated me, and very pleased with the quality of the rack after smashing it into the ground numerous times. Also guys, its a competitive market and racks are getting way too expensive. Trust me I even think that these racks are too expensive, but recon racks are hundreds more .
  • 1 0
 **prepares for a ride**
walks into garage,
unloads the one bike he wants to use
unloads the other 6 bikes
puts rack on car
wonders what to do with the remaining 6 bikes he's not using that day
rides
repeats process in reverse
facepalm
  • 4 4
 I actually have one of these racks, bought it from the vendor at Moab Outerbike.

It replaced a Recon rack that didn’t work as well as I’d hoped.

I wrote a review on MTBR: forums.mtbr.com/cars-bike-racks/review-velocirax-hanging-hitch-mounted-bike-rack-1124251.html

The drop down mechanism is really cool, the “shock” eases the rack down even when fully loaded and putting the rack back up is easy even when fully loaded, easy enough that my wife can do it.

The quality is good, made overseas but for the price it’s a good deal.

Only comparable racks are Recon and Altai.
  • 2 0
 tire loop doesnt look reinforced enough for bumpy roads, i see cracked welds happening here
  • 1 0
 I had to custom build a rack for my family. No rack on the market will carry from run bike to 29er at the same time.
  • 3 0
 @wolfe1027: Lolo rack?
  • 6 0
 You honestly need to put a run bike on a rack? It'll nearly fit in the glove box
  • 1 0
 @babymorox: Lolo Rack.
  • 2 0
 I have a 29er ,26er and a runbike on my Recon...the Velocirax should work with runbike to ?
  • 4 6
 I've seen these racks up close and personal and talk about tough. The construction is top shelf. Plus I like the fact that you can use it to keep the bikes organized off the car. Good stuff!! Hardtail Party/ DustyBetty have a video review on youtube. Here www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgxlPPa0UbI
  • 2 2
 So low it'll surely be hitting the ground on any incline while driving. Can't wait for the recon guy to bad mouth them on his Instagram.
  • 3 0
 Recon Rack.
  • 1 0
 Anyone have any experience with a Lolo rack? I like to hear what you have to say???
  • 1 0
 @49thbiker: sorry just saw this. Nothing but good things to say about mine. It’s solid, does what it advertises and I haven’t had to think about it once after installing it...not sure what what else to say. Easy to load bikes once you get the hang of it.
  • 1 3
 I've been using a pre-production rack for the past year and it hasn't left my truck. I've been very pleased with it. Incredibly stout, and the new gas strut really helps when you have 5+ bikes loaded up.
  • 3 1
 Gotta say, I'm impressed with the youtube review. Looks legit. Don't know what all the haters are hating on, There are only so many way to rack a bike. And so what if it's an oversea company; how about all the other parts on our bikes...
  • 3 1
 @TW80: they’re hating because they feel bad that Recon racks (Cody) will lose some business to a knock off competitor.

They got a point, but they aren’t considering that they are guilty of the same as they ride their foreign made bike down the trail..

pot = kettle
  • 1 0
 So because large conglomerates have bought up or out competed all our beloved American bike companies thus reducing competition and shipped production overseas, we should just allow that to happen with racks?
  • 1 0
 You know who else has a couple of mounting options????
  • 2 0
 why red though?
  • 1 0
 Love my Lolo Rack. Plenty of ground chance and American made!
  • 3 4
 These kind of racks set my cars balance waaaaaayy off. Trays for me, please
  • 2 0
 If you ever take more than two bikes trays keep the load closer, so yes that's a better deal. Four bikes, and you all of a sudden have a lot of leverage bobbing the tail up and down. 1Up are a little closer to the hatch than most tray racks as they allow the bikes to be closer to each other thanks to being able to position bikes laterally to allow less interference.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: I only have room for 2 people, so I max at 2 bikes. If I needed to carry more, stick a 3 tray in the back and a 2 in the front. +1 for 1up, my favourite design by far.
  • 1 0
 Weighs ton, no thanks!
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