Discovery Sport will appeal to families who love the outdoors. Generally, these vehicles provide ample room for the entire family and their luggage, especially when hitch cargo carriers are used, but bicycles may present an issue. When you use your Discovery Sport for biking adventures that extend more than a few blocks from your home, it might be time to start looking for a bike rack.
There are a variety of Discovery Sport bike racks in all kinds of shapes, capacities, and designs. Even those that are compatible with Discovery Sport might not fit your particular model. It’s vital to weigh all of your options before you decide to purchase a Discovery Sport bike rack. Understand each model’s advantages and disadvantages.
Manufacturers of Discovery Sport bike racks that we love include Thule, Allen, Yakima, and Swagman.
Swagman XC 2-Bike Hitch Mount
You’ll simply need to purchase an additional tray to use this stylish rack with fat tires. The rack is exceptionally easy to install. Tires that are between 20′ and 29′ can be mounted on the standard rack. If you have two Discovery sports to use it with or if you need to borrow it from a friend, the rack fits onto a hitch receiver or a 2″. An additional locking pin that measures 1 2 inches ensures the rack can’t slip out of place once it’s in place. This is also sold separately with a 10mm cable.
It is rated for a maximum weight of 70 pounds; that is 35 pounds per bike, which should be plenty for most people. One of the most important features is its built-in, anti-wobble device. As you drive, the vehicle will handle properly and your bikes will remain balanced. There is an additional feature of this rack that allows you to access your boot while it is in place: the center arm can be collapsed.
Besides the tire size, this rack needs to accommodate the frame size. Fortunately, it comes with upright arms that have built-in ratchets. This allows you to adjust them to fit the frame of your bike. The maximum height of the frame of your bike is 59cm.
It is made of steel and weighs 32 pounds. When not in use, it can be folded up vertically to take up as little space as possible at home or on your vehicle. Just make sure you don’t forget it’s there when you reverse!
In addition, since each bike is secured by its wheels and the ratchet is closed over the top, they will not move while you are driving. You can also slide the wheel plates to maintain a customized fit no matter what the bike type might be.
Yakima ForkLift Fork Mount
Yakima Forklift Rooftop Bike Mount is our top pick for roof-mounted bike racks for Discovery Sport. The quality of the design and construction combined with the versatility of the design strongly influenced our choice. In addition to fitting Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box, the Forklift also fits almost any brand name car rack system with round or square bars, and most factory crossbars that come with your Discovery Sport. It is easy to install the bike mount on the roof rack system of your car without the use of tools.
Wheel positioning is simplified with an easy-to-adjust wheel tray on the rack. In addition to mountain bikes with 29” wheels, the Forklift can also accommodate long wheelbase bikes. This bike is held firmly in place with a secure and lockable skewer that is easily adjustable with one hand. You will need an adapter for your bike’s thru-axle that can be purchased from Yakima or online. Yakima Forklift’s front mount will fit most any disk brake, though some configurations may feel a little tight.
Even when compared to similar racks like the Thule, you’ll realize that they’ve minimized the number of parts (for example, there’s only one bolt per clamp, compared to four on the Thule) which makes mounting and dismounting a breeze.
Finally, as expected the Yakima Forklift is designed to not touch the painted surfaces of your bike and makes for a great bike mount even for modern carbon bikes.
Allen Sports 4-Bike Hitch Racks – Editors Choice
There are few racks in its category that are as large as this one. With this bike, not only can you take your own bike on a road trip, but also your friend or family’s bike so you can have a group road trip. The setup is quick and easy as long as you have a professional class III or IV 2 inch hitch installed.This rack tilts back for easy liftgate access and can also be folded completely when not in use, so you don’t have to remove your bicycles from your truck or Discovery Sport to access the back.
- Cradles for individual tie-downs
- Installation of no-wobble hitches
- Easily transportable folding armrests
- The steel body
Our favorite feature is the fact that it comes with movable bikes, which separates it from most multi bike racks.
Ikuram 4-bike Rack – Premium Choice
The Ikuram rack is one of the most durable available on the market because it is made of steel alloy and steel construction. Several professional consulting services and a lifetime warranty are provided by the vendor, which you can check on their website after looking up the item.
A bike rack with a tie-down cradle is suitable for using with almost any bike, as it is fully adjustable. Moreover, the durable powder coat finish on it makes it rust-proof, so it can also be used for off-road rides. You can use it for group rides, family bikes, and any other activity you enjoy. Choosing a location is all there is to it!
- Simple to attach
- Max Weight: 140 lbs
- Cradles that adjust
- Dual-layer design that doubles as a desk
- Easy Fold-Down Design
It is large enough to hold four bikes, but it doesn’t seem real! We were most impressed by the design and lightness of this product!
Maxx Haul (70210) 4-Bike Deluxe Hitch Mount Rack
In terms of financial appeal, the Maxx Haul bike rack is an excellent way to transport a family of bikes during family days out or vacations, or even as part of a new way of commuting. Four bikes can be transported at once in this sturdy, durable vehicle. As it swings down, it allows access to the rear of the vehicle, particularly useful on long family road trips when the car is already quite full but something has been forgotten in the trunk.
This 4-bike hitch rack is made of steel, is easily adjustable and includes hook and loop straps so that you can transport your bikes safely. Purchasing this bike rack for your family has very few limitations apart from the fact that it is not suitable for RVs or bikes with slanted handlebars.
- Has four bike racks – family size
- Made of steel, sturdy, durable
- Features an easy swing down mechanism
- Easy to adjust and fast
- Straps with hooks and loops
Our favorite aspect of the Maxx Haul (70210) 4-Bike Deluxe Hitch Mount Rack is that it allows a family of four to travel with their full car and bikes.
Choosing a Discovery Sport bike rack can be a tough task. The choice you make will depend on the design of your vehicle, the number of bikes you intend to transport, and how often you plan to transport them. A trunk rack or Discovery Sport bike rack will do if you and your partner only plan to go cycling occasionally. Those who always bike to faraway places, often with their families, should consider a hitch bike rack with adapters for bikes with different frames.
A roof rack is the perfect accessory if you enjoy kayaking, surfing, or skiing in addition to biking. Regardless of the product you choose, you should conduct some research and read reviews for it.
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