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Forty Winks Bike Station 1 (thru-axle) review

Transport your bike neatly and securely

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £100.00 RRP
In van bike stowage system

Our review

A simple yet secure in-van bike stowage solution
Pros: A neat solution for transporting your bike, with solid attachment
Cons: It’d be good if it came with a range of alternative securing bolts
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The Bike Station 1 is a simple but effective in-van bike rack, designed to keep your bike stable while navigating twisty turns on the way to the trails.


With an adjustable fork-axle hitch and various adaptors (which come with it), the system is able to accommodate 15mm and 12mm axles from 100mm to 150mm wide. There’s also a QR (quick release) version.

While the supplied M10 thumb-screw bolt is designed for VW Transporter hitch points, I was able to secure the rack in the back of my VW Caddy with a different bolt plus a washer.

The bolt slots meant positioning wasn’t an issue, and I’ve set it up so that a bungee pulls the bars to the van’s inner wall, adding yet more security and stability.

I like the tidy-looking aluminium construction, with what so far has been a scratchproof finish. Even with no bike attached, I haven’t found it interferes with load space too much, although it’s easily removable.

I’ve fitted it towards the rear of the vehicle, although it could be placed closer to the front, with the axle accessed via the side doors.


A two-plus-bike, full van-width option is also available (£149.99), designed for a Transporter’s load space, although Forty Winks should be able to provide information and measurements if you have a different van.

Product Specifications


Price GBP £100.00
Brand Forty winks


Features Axle Sizes: 12x100mm, 15x100mm, 15x110mm, 15x132mm, 15x145mm, 15x150mm