Doubledown Ace 4 Hitch Bike Rack
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2/26/2014 - $129.99 (Woot Plus)
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I hate to be “that guy” but this bike rack is illegal. It obscures the license plate of your car. ANY obstruction to the license plate is illegal, like the mobility scooter hitches, or the metal shelves that people attach to their trailer hitches to haul extra stuff. I’m not saying you’ll get a ticket for using this, I’m just saying you could. Another violation ( where I work) is that it nullifies the rear bumper, and (possibly) obscures the driver’s view. But other than that, it looks like a great product!
Does anyone know if this will fit smaller vehicles like a Toyota Prius, Corolla, Camry, or a Subaru Outback?
You need a vehicle frame mounted trailer hitch for this bike rack. Some vehicles come with these, and many are available aftermarket at local hitch dealers for all size cars and trucks.
In my state of Massachusetts the statute use the word ‘obstruct’. In my opinion this would not be an obstruction of the license plate. One can still read the plate. An officer would have to be a total jerk to cite someone for a violation.
Hey Woot, let’s do the Ace 5 again!
I got the Ace 5 (from Woot) and it is a really great product at a really good price. This one looks practically identical. Not sure if the Ace 4 has longer arms for holding the bikes or just an extra set of holddowns. Two bicycling thumbs up either way.
Anyone know if you can swing this down with bikes loaded to access the back of a hatchback or minivan?
Wow, I just started looking for hitch bike racks this week! I only need (and can only use) a 2-bike hitch rack, though
Woot, please get some 2 hitch bike racks, I would be all over one!
I am wondering the exact same thing. I would put this on my Sienna minivan. If so…I am buying right now
Unless you have a specific reason for limiting to two, get this. I have the 2-bike version, and those two bikes are very cramped and often touch in a few places. Get the 4-bike rack so you can space your 2 bikes out more.
Yes, you just pull up on the red knob and it all tilts out. Works great.
There isn’t much difference, just the number of holders on the horizontal pipes. Take 2 off, and you have a 2 bike holder! In addition, you won’t find it cheaper than this.
go to u-haul .com, etrailer good too. enter vehicle model info and they’ll show you what hitch fits and even pdf instructions. That being said, other than the doubledown 2, these racks require class II hitches. My car, Pontiac Vibe, is class 1 only
ALSO, agreed, if/when woot offers the Ace 2 hitch in this price range, I’ll be all over it
I have either this exact hitch or one very similar. I’ve had it for over 5 years with no issues. It was originally on an Accord. You won’t have a problem with it on a small car. Uhaul installs hitches fairly cheap. It has mechanisms for bending out of the way of your trunk and hatch. It’s a bit difficult to move when loaded down, but it can be done.
I would buy it again.
There are a couple other better hitch racks, but they are a lot more expensive and have some trade-offs. This rack will fit more bikes easier. I’ve never had a problem with the legality of this hitch. People transporting racing bikes aren’t who police are looking to ticket. If you were being a jerk to the officer, I could see you getting another ticket for it.
The nice advantage over a roof rack is the ability to move this among vehicles. It’s also less expensive, and you should get better mileage (YMMV). You don’t have to worry about forgetting bikes on the top of your car and running into the garage, which happens.
I can attest to the fact that when a bike on a roof rack and a garage opening meet, the bike loses every time. I also partially scratched a kayak in the same way.
I shouldn’t inhale!