The Seasucker is a roof-mounted rack, but uniquely, it doesn’t require expensive roof bars. Instead, large suction cups fix it to the roof.
Once the roof is cleaned without soap, the suckers are quick to install and hold fast. Pushing the bike hard from side to side revealed a surprisingly solid feel and firm anchoring to the car’s roof.
The suction cups are a lot stronger than you might think
After plenty of driving with a hefty bike, our confidence in the system has grown. The cups didn’t lose any vacuum over a week, but if this does start happening, a handy indicator will reveal it.
The Seasucker requires the removal of the front wheel, but at least this keeps the bars lower than other roof carriers. Adaptors can be easily swapped to suit QR, 15mm and 20mm axles, and our 15mm one worked a treat.
With no way of locking the rack down, there is a danger of theft if left unattended, but at least the front wheel should be locked inside the car, so any prospective thieves will need impeccable wheelie-ing skills to make off with your ride.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.