SeaSucker Mini Bomber roof rack review£350.00

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Roof racks are usually specific to your model of car, and often not transferable. SeaSucker’s innovative racks can be fitted to almost any car, and will carry bikes weighing up to 20kg.

Key to the system is the SeaSucker vacuum cup – simply wet the underside of the rubber lip, press on to the car, and repeatedly operate the pump until it seals. The vacuum pad visibly sucks on to the surface, and a clear indicator on the pump barrel shows when maximum suction is reached.

There’s the Talon, the Mini Bomber and and the Bomber (shaped like a B2 bomber) for one, two or three bikes, which use three, four and five SeaSuckers respectively. Bikes attach to Delta Bike Hitch Pro fork mounts, and all come with independent rear wheel supports, consisting of another SeaSucker plus a lengthy Velcro strap.

We tested the Mini Bomber. Its 700mm wide, 20mm thick base plus all fittings and rear wheel mounts weigh 4.06kg, and is simple to position, taking around five minutes to fit.

The vacuum pads visibly suck onto the surface of your car:
The vacuum pads visibly suck onto the surface of your car:

The vacuum pads visibly suck onto the surface of your car

Two road bikes fit easily, but for wider handlebars, the sturdy fork mounts can be angled to offset the bars. The quick release lever opens by 180 degrees to allow fork fitting and removal without unscrewing the skewer, but this and a confusing lever shape mean it’s not immediately obvious which way is closed.

Trusting your bikes to a vacuum seal takes a leap of faith, but once we did it proved perfectly secure. In extreme weather, mounting needs more care due to heat drying the lip before sealing, or cold making the rubber too inflexible. It’s important to visually check the vacuum indicators regularly too, adding extra pumps if needed.

Observe SeaSucker’s recommended driving speed limit of 75mph, and all should be well. We carried a pair of time trial bikes at 70mph comfortably, and over a hot day’s use, only needed to add one extra pump to one vacuum cup. The racks are easy to store, taking up far less space than usual.

Their main drawback is on-car security. The racks have a hole in the plastic base that a cable can be passed through, and there are optional steel cable anchors that hook over the top of a closed window, or within door or boot closures. Since the rack can be removed in under 10 seconds, neither inspire great confidence, and unless you have something solid to lock your bikes to, we’d suggest this isn’t suitable for unattended storage.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK, Procycling Magazine
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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