New bike racks - Interbike 2013

Bike racks from Kuat, Softride, Swagman, Whisbar and Yakima

There were a number of new and updated bike racks on display at Interbike 2013. Kuat added a new color scheme to its NV hitch rack and Yakima gave the Fullswing 4 a makeover.

Some of the more notable standouts from this year’s show are the small but growing number of hitch racks that hold bikes in a vertical orientation, rather than in trays.

The benefit of this arrangement is that the bikes take up less room behind the vehicle, though the rack itself is taller and a better match for SUVs and hatchbacks than sedans.

Softride and Swagman both had vertical hitch racks on display. Softride’s new Hang 5 and Hang 2 racks hold bicycles by the handlebars, rather than by the wheels, as is common with vertical racks such as North Shore Racks' design.

Swagman’s Jackknife design uses cradles to hold the front wheels. Unlike the Softride Hang series or North Shore Rack’s design, the Jackknife 2 and 4 position the bikes opposite each other, with the tires facing inwards.

Swagman has a different take on the vertical hitch rack. the new jackknife comes in two and four bikes versions; it cradles the front wheel and positions the bikes opposite each other  : swagman has a different take on the vertical hitch rack. the new jackknife comes in two and four bikes versions; it cradles the front wheel and positions the bikes opposite each other
Swagman has a different take on the vertical hitch rack. the new jackknife comes in two and four bikes versions; it cradles the front wheel and positions the bikes opposite each other : swagman has a different take on the vertical hitch rack. the new jackknife comes in two and four bikes versions; it cradles the front wheel and positions the bikes opposite each other
Swagman's Jackknife series comes in two and four bike versions

It’s an interesting layout. We look forward to testing the Swagman Jackknife 4 in the near future.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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