We use ‘The Bike Rack Test‘ to allocate each roof bike rack with a meaningful grade that helps us to rate each one and compare them against each other. You can check out how many of the market’s leading roof mount racks are rated by referring to the list at the bottom of this page!

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But first of all let’s look at what a roof mount bike rack offers you.

To begin with loading your bike on the roof get’s it out of the way when you are traveling. It isn’t in your line of site and neither does it hamper you from getting into the back of your vehicle when the bikes are loaded on board. This saves you the time and hassle of unloading to get at your luggage in the back when you make any stops while you’re on the road.

The bike rack itself does not touch your vehicle’s bodywork, in fact it is attached to a roof rack which prevents any chance of the rack rubbing and scratching the paintwork.

Each loaded bike on top should have sufficient distance apart and whilst you are driving the bikes won’t sway around and bang into one another, therefore uneven roads and road vibrations aren’t an issue.

There are a few styles of roof mount systems which secure the bike to the rack differently:

  • Fork mount – this requires the front wheel to be removed and stored separately which can be an inconvenience. The front forks are screwed to a skewer and the back wheel is strapped down into a tray. The good news is the bike frame is not gripped which is good for carbon rigs plus it is usually a bit easier to load your bike onto a fork mount because there isn’t quite as much lifting.
  • Upright wheel mount – the bike is completely secured by the wheels, they are strapped down into wheel trays. Again this is good for carbon rigs because the frame isn’t touched so there is no chance of marking the carbon fiber frame.
  • Upright wheel + frame mount – this stands upright and ties both the front and rear wheel in the shallow bike tray and then a grip clamps onto the bike frame to hold it safe. This keeps the bike safe and secure on top.

There is however a few things to think about before deciding on a roof mount bike rack.

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It is more awkward to load and unload your bike onto this type of rack because you need to haul the bicycle above your head, and if you are loading a few bikes it’s even more awkward, any careless slip ups could cause a lot of damage to your car! Getting a tire step up or carrying a small step ladder may be necessary.

When you’re driving, your vehicle has a good few feet of extra height on top so it’s important you don’t forget and try to enter any height restricted car parks, or any height restricted fast food drive thrus. This potential disaster happens more often than you would anticipate!

Of course you need a roof rack or roof crossbars to attach the roof mount bike rack onto the roof which adds to the cost plus if you intend to carry a few bicycles you need a bike rack for each one and therefore the cost can mount up quite a bit.

Some people do like the thought of getting the bikes up and out of the way, and there is no problem parking in a short garage (without the bikes on top of course!) because there isn’t a bike rack at the rear of the car extending its length.

As long as you can lock the rack onto your car roof it is often left onboard even when it’s not being used.

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All of the roof mount rack’s pros and cons, plus the bike rack test ratings and tons of customer user feedback are examined in detail for each roof mount bike rack listed below and we continue to add more roof bike rack reviews on an ongoing basis.

The main objective of our best bike rack review site is to give you enough information for each bike rack to make an informed decision about each one.

And because of The Bike Rack Test you are able to grade and compare any bike racks you want to consider in an objective way which is going to help you to make the best choice for your needs.

Our roof mount bike rack reviews are always unbiased and full of information and our list of reviews continue to grow, so keep this page bookmarked.

Roof Bike Rack Reviews
 
Thule 594XT Sidearm Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   *Top Pick*
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The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 60/70
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Inno INA382 Upright Lock Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Inno INA382 Upright Lock Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
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SportRack ABR611 Nomad Universal Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   SportRack ABR611 Nomad Universal Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 46/70
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Thule 558P Tandem Bicycle Pivoting Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Thule 558P Tandem Bicycle Pivoting Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 54/70
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Thule 599XTR Big Mouth Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Thule 599XTR Big Mouth Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 58/70
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Yakima Copperhead Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Yakima Copperhead Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 54/70
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Yakima Frontloader Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Yakima Frontloader Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 59/70
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Yakima HighRoller Roof Bike Rack Review   Yakima HighRoller Roof Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total Grade: 55/70
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Yakima Raptor Aero Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review   Yakima Raptor Aero Upright Roof Mount Bike Rack Review
The Bike Rack Test – Total grade: 50/70
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