Softride Access Element Bike Rack Customer Reviews
20 Customer Reviews
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Pedal your favorite two-wheeled transporters anywhere. The Softride Access Element Bike Rack makes bringing up to four bikes on your next adventure a breeze. Its powder-coated steel construction packs the strength to haul up to 120lbs of cycling power to all of your destinations.
The Softride Access Element Bike Rack does more than just get your bikes there, it does so with exclusive QuietRide technology that reduces that annoying towing rattle common to other hitch-mount racks. Safety reflectors keep other drivers aware of your rack even in nighttime driving conditions while the Velcro straps keep your bikes from swaying. Accessing the back of your vehicle is never a problem with the Softride Access Element Bike Rack; its patented parallelogram design easily slides out of your way – even when it’s fully loaded!
When you’re not using your Softride Access Element Bike Rack, the adjustable width arms fold down and out of the way. Its compact and lightweight design weighs just 30 lbs, so taking it on and off your vehicle is never a problem. Plus, it’s backed by limited Lifetime Warranty.
20 Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Douglas B (CLEARWATER, FL) Reviewed for a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe — Dec 21, 2013 7:10 AM
Installed it in a snap. Put my wife's bike with the optional cross bar support on easily. I really ilke the idea of being able to open the rear hatch with bikes in place. The bolt retainer in the hitch is no big deal. It will require a small cable or chain to secure the unit to hitch if you park somewhere. That's the trade off of a tight mount vs. a pin attachment to the hitch. I think this is better. A bit of a lift with the rack down and a bunch of bikes to get it back in place.
Reviewed by Janice W (ROCK HALL, MD) Reviewed for a 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander — Oct 17, 2013 6:41 AM
I have owned this bike rack for just over 2 months and have used it several times. It's easy to pull down (my nine year old daughter can do it). The more I've used it the easier it is getting (it was a little stiff at first) I have only used it with two bikes, but they were easy to lift on the rack. My one complaint would be the rubber that holds the bikes down is pretty hard to put on. I'm not sure how it could be changed. Probably using it more, they will loosen and become easier to latch.
Reviewed by dennis o (Anaheim, CA) Reviewed for a 2008 Chevy Tahoe — Sep 03, 2013 3:29 PM
Being able to leave the bikes on the rack was even better than I expected, it gave me easy access to the back of my Tahoe. An added bonus was that I was able to sit in the back of the suv and get ready for my ride and the bike can hang on the rack instead of leaning against the curb or the side of the truck.
Reviewed by Bob B (WORCESTER, MA) Reviewed for a 2013 Jeep Wrangler — Apr 13, 2013 5:06 PM
I have this attached to the back of my Jeep Wrangler which has a large spare tire on the back... works great. They are right about the quiet ride. The rack is attached firmly to the hitch(screwed in tightly) otherwise it would be giggling back and forth and noisy on every bump. It would be "easier" with a cotter pin type connector, but this way bette for noise reduction. It only take a minute to screw it in. i just keep the wrench in the car. We don't worry about the bikes this way.
Reviewed by Tommy T (Brooklyn, NY) — Mar 30, 2011 8:32 AM
great for the price and quality. easy to assemble but you will need to purchase 2" hitch lock depending on your hitch size for the bike rack. with this bike rack you are able to get access to your SUV trunk without removing the bike hitch.
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. C (Elizabethtown, NC) Reviewed for a 2009 Chevy Traverse — Oct 03, 2010 4:53 AM
This bike rack is a very sturdy and solid rack and is reasonably priced compared to others I looked at. Putting it together was easy as well with simple directions. Two complaints though...1) It is a fairly heavy rack to manipulate on and off the vehicle and 2) I don't like the fact that it bolts onto the trailer hitch-a slide through pin would be easier. I'm 60 years old so getting down on the ground to bolt the rack on and off the vehicle and then carrying it to storage is getting more difficult each year! Other than thes two issues I'm very pleased with the rack and look forward to many years of use!
Reviewed by Wataru I (Providence, RI) Reviewed for a 2005 Toyota Highlander — Jun 26, 2010 4:56 AM
This bike rack is exactly what I was looking for, and the tilting feature is very nice, but lifting can be a little heavy with bikes on, but it does not bother me too much. I also like the fact that the two arms that supporting the bikes can be easily removed and stored inside the car when they are not used. Overall, I am pleased with the purchase.
Reviewed by Ira J (Glenwood Springs, CO) Reviewed for a 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser — Jan 13, 2010 10:44 AM
This is asuperbly engineered piece of equipment, Very easy to assemble. Sturdyly built. Allows easy access to rear of car while protecting bikes. Soft restraints are secure and do not damage carbon fiber tubes. Dr. J.