Taking your Ford S Max on an adventure is a great way of enjoying the outdoors. We all enjoy the spaciousness, the ability to haul bikes, and the room for many passengers. In addition, you can bike in remote areas with the high clearance and 4 wheel drive.
Your needs for a bike rack will differ, however, depending on the type of Ford S Max you have, the size of your family, and the number of bikes you need to transport. Eight different models and styles of bike racks were compared so you can choose the right one.
With a hitch on the Ford S Max, attaching the bike rack is extremely fast and simple. You will want to make sure that the bike rack fits the hitch size since not all hitches are alike. In general, 2 inches is the standard, but occasionally you see a 1 1/4 inch hitch on a vehicle.
We look at two different styles of hitch bike racks. The first style is just referred to as a standard hitch bike rack. The second style is the platform hitch bike rack. The standard style attaches your bike at the top frame and the platform style secures your bike with braces for the bike tires along with a padded hook.
In addition to the hitch style bike racks for an Ford S Max, you can also get a trunk-mount style, which does not require a hitch at all. Instead, the trunk-mount uses several nylon straps and brackets to secure the rack to your vehicle. You then secure your bike to the rack using the upper frame of the bike.
Each style is recommended, no matter what it is. Your biking adventures can be so much more exciting with the best bike rack for Ford S Max. Keep your helmet close by, and have a great time!
KAC OVERDRIVE SPORTS K2 2-INCH 2-BIKE HITCH MOUNTED RACK
It makes hauling your bikes more manageable and easier, whether you’re towing downhill rigs or mountain bikes. You can load and unload your bikes more easily and safely, because it’s a platform-style mount. As a result, the bike does not have as much contact with the rack – so it will not get abraded or damaged.
Easy adjustability and a quick release are the primary features of this bike carrier. You can tilt the frame up with one hand, making it easy to access the trunk when in use or easy to store when not.
What makes this model unique is that it comes with a rear reflector so that the rack is visible to other vehicles on the road, especially when driving at night.
The two bike rack for your Ford S Max has a strong 2 inch hitch, so it’s very stable. Furthermore, the device can be easily adjusted and released. With its heavy-duty construction, it is immediately apparent that it is durable. The rear cargo can be easily accessed without removing the rack due to its tilting capability.
These platform bike racks are highly favored by many, and many believe they are superior to other designs. The disadvantage of the rack is that the arms are not fully extendable like those of standard hitch-mount racks.
ALLEN SPORTS 2-BIKE RACK FOR 1 1/4-INCH AND 2-INCH HITCH
A seriously solid bike rack, the ALLEN SPORTS 2-BIKE RACK FOR 1 1/4-INCH AND 2-INCH HITCH can carry up to two bikes at a time. This product is built with solid steel, which not only adds durability but also prevents corrosion and rust. Years of tough weather conditions are no match for this bike rack. A Ford S Max bike rack should not be replaced every year or two, since you do not want to be paying for one.
Like the other bike racks from the Allen Sports brand, this bike rack also features the same features. In addition to fitting both 1-1/2-inch and 2-inch carriers, the main difference is its size. You can now haul your bike more easily.
The hitch on many smaller vehicles is 1 1/4 inches. There is no bike rack
To ensure stability during transport, No-wobble bolts are used on the hitch attachment. Each bike is individually secured on the rack by the tie-down system. There are two tie-downs for each bike and they attach on the upper frame.
Because it attaches to the trailer hitch, the only contact point between your vehicle and the rack is at the hitch receiver. This means that there are fewer chances of scratching and paint damage to your bike or your Ford S Max.
We appreciate the design for easy removal and storage of the bike rack. Being a bike rack designed for two bikes, it is more compact and lighter than the ones designed for 4 or 5 bikes. The carrier arms are foldable which is great when it comes time to store it.
The Allen Sports unit is designed to tilt away, giving easy access to the liftgate on your Ford S Max with the need of removing the rack. This is a huge plus.
IKURAM 4 BIKE RACK BICYCLE CARRIER RACKS HITCH MOUNT DOUBLE FOLDABLE RACK FOR CARS, TRUCKS, SUV’S AND MINIVANS WITH A 2″ HITCH RECEIVER
When hitch mount racks are used on Ford S Max vehicles, one of the common complaints is that they limit access to the upper portion of the rear compartment. With the IKURAM 4-BIKE RACK BICYCLE CARRIER, this problem is solved by a unique double-down design that swings downward so that users can easily open the rear gates without having to remove the rack from the wall. It is so convenient to have access to back items while on a trip.
In my opinion, what immediately caught my eye about this rack is the fully padded cradles that provide extra padding to protect your bike frame during transport. There is nothing worse than having the paint chipped off your bike frame due to your bike rack.
These UV-resistant rubber straps are designed to keep the bike rack secure and tight while working with a variety of tube sizes. The rack can support up to four bikes. It is ideal for families who like to ride together since it can carry four bikes.
We like the fact that the IKURAM rack comes with a free hitch stabilizer to prevent wobbling. It is also easy to set up, which is always a great feature as far as I am concerned.
Other benefits of this carrier are having fully padded cradles for protection along with heavy-duty construction. In total, the bike rack is designed to support up to 140 pounds. One thing to note is the straps are a little bit difficult to adjust, but the nice thing is they stay in place well once adjusted.
BV Bike Bicycle Hitch Mount Rack Carrier
With a good look and effective space-saving capabilities, the BV bicycle rack looks great. While the rack is not in use, it folds completely flat, reducing your vehicle’s length. While using the bike rack, you can reach the rear with the tilt-back feature without having to disassemble it from your Ford S Max. You and your vehicle will be more visible in poor visibility conditions, such as fog, mist, hail, or nighttime driving, when multiple safety reflectors are installed on your vehicle.
This not only makes you safer but also makes other drivers, the roads and your bikers safer, too. This bike rack has been designed to have anti-wobble technology 2 ways preventing any movement from occurring between the hitch and the rack when bikes are in situ, preventing scratches, dents, and damage from happening to your bike in transit. Protect your bikes further with the tray-style loop and padded arms, holding bikes securely and preventing damage.
Aesthetically pleasing, space-saving design
Folds flat, tilt-back design
Safety reflectors increasing visibility
2-way anti-wobble technology
Tray-style loop, padding, secure
This bicycle hitch mount rack carrier by BV Bike is our pick because of its safety-conscious nature, making it possible to travel on the road with bikes in a safe manner.
Swagman XC2 Hitch Mount Bike Rack
A number of unique features are offered by Swagman XC2. Like some previous models, it’s easy to assemble and lightweight, but it also has adjustable arms, which allows the rack to fit almost any frame size, while the lower rack provides excellent support even for fat tires.
This bike hitch features an anti-wobble feature which keeps the bike firmly in place. Especially when you take an off-road bike with this rack, we know how unpredictable the surfaces can be when you’re driving around out of town. No matter where you ride, you won’t fall off your bike with this one!
Stainless steel frame
Accessory options available
Stability at its highest level
There is a maximum weight capacity of 35lbs per bike
Up to 29″ Tires
We liked it because it is one of the most secure items available. No matter how bumpy the road may be, you will never have to think about the bike again!
You have a lot of options when searching for a Ford S Max bike rack. It is important to think about how often you will transport your bikes, how many bikes you wish to transport, and the design of your vehicle. A trunk rack or spare tire bike rack will do if you and your partner plan to go cycling occasionally. You will probably need a hitch bike rack with adapters if you and your family ride bikes all the time, often to faraway places.
For people who do not need to carry bikes very often but enjoy other outdoor sports such as kayaking, surfing, or skiing, a roof rack is the perfect solution. If you choose a specific product, be sure to read reviews and do thorough research.
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