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by atomkowafromstraps break easilyBought this for my move from Denver to Portland, OR. Had to take the bikes off and on several times to get into the trunk of my Jeep Compass and one of the straps holding the bike on broke! We ended up using a STICK to hold the bike on along with bungee cords. In Montana, I noticed another strap had broke. I am wondering if they were on too tight...? Somehow both bikes made it here without falling off. It does fit a mountain bike and road bike nicely.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 2out of5
by fraijofromPoor flexibilityThis rack has a major issue: it is not adjustable, meaning that works for a limited range of bike models. Also, the straps are made of a way too hard rubber, and this makes fastening the bike a hard task. Try to put two bikes in there, it is NOT easy.
The build quality is ok, but be check if your bike fits before buying it. I didn´t and paid the price.
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 4out of5
by DihedralfromFeels like a solid productI'd say it was my best option given my car and what I needed at the time. I wasn't ready to dish out $400 + for a roof system, don't have a hitch available, but would still like to carry a couple bikes around on weekend trips.
I've used the rack 3 or 4 times in the last 2 months. It's feels very solid even with two heavy bikes. I've never worried that it would come loose, shake around, or have a bike contact my car in any way. It's a nice design and folds down fairly small for how sturdy it is.
I do worry that over time, the rubber-coated hooks will degrade and begin damaging my car. That might be an easy fix with a rubber dipping product. I also worry that the nylon straps will damage my paint, but my car is old enough that it's not likely to be noticeable.
I would only recommend the rack for people who can't get a roof, or hitch rack first.
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated 4out of5
by working ChuckfromEasy & VersatileI use this every weekend to carry my 29" mountain bike. The trip is 25 miles through neighborhoods, on an interstate up to 70 mph, and winding roads. Both the rack and bike stay secure the whole trip. My frame prevents the anti-sway holder from touching the seat tube, but works just as well on the down tube. Installation is easy. The first time takes a bit longer to position the straps. However, if you use it on the same vehicle subsequent installs including rack & bike only take 5 minutes. The rack works on my wagon and sedan.
There is no way to secure the rack to the car, so if you are afraid of theft of your rack during your ride just remove it and lock it in your vehicle. Also, the strap to hold the front tire from spinning and wheel from turning needs improvement. I use a bungee cord for that.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated 4out of5
by couchjoefromSturdy & SafeUsed it to move from WI to Seattle, sturdy the whole way. Even through the mountains & the grouge it held steady. Thought I wouldn't use the bottle opener or the fold down arms but both came in handy.
The fit guide did not work for my year, but its simple enough to install if you know how a bike rack should fit on a car. Wish there was a way to lock the bikes to the car but thats what a hitch is for.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 4out of5
by Willet CooksfromWorks great!The King Joe Pro 2 works great on my 2011 Subaru Outback. After using it a few times, I can get it on in under 2 minutes and get it off in about 30 seconds.
The rubber straps that secure your bike are very stiff ... hard to strap in at times. While a nuisance (especially when the weather is cold), they feel exceptionally durable and secure.
The biggest con is I don't feel safe leaving my bikes on the rack unattended for any length of time. Unlike trailer hitch racks, it can't really lock onto your car, so someone could realistically remove your bike along with the rack. Even if they can't get the bottom hook off, they could simply cut the straps. This is just the inherent flaw of strapped on racks in my opinion...
Overall it works great and is simple to operate. I even took 2 bikes from Houston to Fredericksburg without any problems (200+ miles). I would highly recommend the King Joe Pro 2 to anyone seeking a strapped on rack.
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 5out of5
by Dave ViensfromEasy, secure, and practical.Having had a previous (bad) experience with this type of strap-on bicycle rack, I was quite skeptical it would perform to my satisfaction. This model carrier has exceeded all my expectations, and I rate it a solid five-star performer.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated 5out of5
by BCriderfromGreat Bike RackThis was easy to install and use. Very secure on my Honda Fit which does not accept many bike racks
Date published: 2013-01-09
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