As e-bikes with more power and greater carrying capacity have hit the market, transporting these rides has grown more difficult. As weight goes up, the number of hitch racks that can support e-bikes weighing upwards of 65, 70 or even 75 lbs. shrinks. Fortunately, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider we’re reviewing is a goliath of a rack that can not only handle weight, but it can deal with long cargo bikes as well. In our Hollywood Racks Sport Rider review we will take a look at what makes this an e-bike hitch rack that few others can match.
The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider’s biggest recommendations are its abilities. It can carry an e-bike that weighs up to 80 lbs. and is up to 60 inches long. That captures the great majority of all e-bikes on the market. This rack is so capable that for anyone considering an e-bike that this e-bike hitch rack can’t handle would do well to ask themselves why they are considering that e-bike.
This is easily one of the more versatile bike racks that the team at EBR as reviewed. It’s is a straightforward, no-nonsense bike hauler that has all the essential features you’d hope for, while also being more affordable than most bike racks on the market right now.
Can carry e-bikes weighing up to 80 lbs. each, making it one of the highest weight-rated racks on the market
Max bike wheelbase length of 60 in. accommodates most cargo bikes
10-in. space between bikes minimizes interference between handlebars and saddles, making mounting easier
Accommodates tires as large as 29 x 5 in. without needing an extra adapter
Includes lock for hitch pin, 8-ft. locking cable and locking frame hooks that use one key
Requires an adapter for most step-thru frames
We wish that a loading ramp was an option considering its excellent weight rating
The Sport Rider’s excellent features don’t end with its weight and length abilities. This rack can also handle e-bikes with tires as large as 29 x 5 in., which is about as large as anything commercially available for e-bikes. It also includes locks for the hitch pin and frame hooks as well as an 8-ft.-long security cable to keep the bikes and rack securely attached to the vehicle. When not in use, the rack folds flat against the car.
The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider is stout enough to carry some of the heaviest e-bikes on the market.
The Sport Rider folds flat against the back of the vehicle when not in use.
Once the clamping arm is in place, two straps help secure each wheel.
The locking hitch pin keeps the rack secured to the vehicle.
As if those reasons weren’t enough to recommend this e-bike hitch rack, the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider lists for a very reasonable price. Given its many features it is competitive against hitch racks that cost hundreds more.
Shoppers should be aware that despite the fact that this rack can carry an 80 lb. e-bike, it does not offer a ramp to be able to roll the e-bike into position; this is the only feature we missed, but recognize that the design does not lend itself to a rack.
Overall, it’s a dynamite hitch rack for a terrific cost.
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