Ok I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews. Yes, if you are installing in Drywall do not use the cheap plastic wall anchors they provide with the hanger (anyone that has hung anything with weight should know that), get a #1/8" * 2" toggle bolt, (or similar that's what I had laying around, could go shorter) I just hung two side by side my bike which is a 29'er by 2.1" and my girlfriends a 26" by 2" Took about 5 min to hang both and the come in and out pretty easy. The 29'er you have to lift the rear just a bit and angle it. NOT that big of a deal. IMHO. Quick, Easy, and looks good, definitely a better alternative than the red hooks that will tear out of drywall and you need to twist the handle bars to make it hold.
We've got a 2 bedroom condo with no garage and have struggled with storing all of the gear that we've accumulated over the years. We're in a 3rd floor unit with high ceilings, which allowed us to put these racks up higher on the wall to prevent our bikes from taking up too much living space in the 2nd bedroom where we placed them. They are easy to install, and make placing/removing the bikes quick and effortless. I'd recommend these to anyone looking to use limited space more efficiently. Plus, the bikes just look cool hanging on the wall!
After shopping around and looking at alternatives I bought 3 sets of these in July '09 to hang two mt. bikes and one road bike on a wall in my basement. The product is easy to install, although you need to have an available wall stud. They work and look great and the top hook had plenty of room for knobby mt. bike tires, just make sure you lift the bike high enough and angle it in if you need to.
I have two of these one for my road bike one for my mountain bike. The mountain bike has 26 X 2.0 tires and fits fine. As JMike posted it does take a little more maneuvering to get into place. The only other problem (with both road and mountain bikes) is you have to be very careful or you can easily get rubber marks on the drywall.
I don't know why this has bad review. First thing you can't hang a 30 pound bike on a hollow wall. You have to find a stud. That's common knowledge. Second I have a large 29 inch mountain bike tire that's 2.2 inches wide. I have no problem putting this on the rack. Just make sure you can lift your bike. Wonderful rack. Saves me from storing my bike in the kitchen.
I use this for my mountain bike with a 26" x 2" tire with no fit issues. I do have to maneuver it a bit to get it in, but I have never had a problem with it fitting. It may just depend on ther wheel/tire combo. That being said, it's a great solid product that saves a lot of space. Great!
I have a dual suspension mountain bike with panaracers 26 x 2.1 and it fits just fine. Just lift and it will go through the hook. I really don't know why others say it does not work for fat tires. If you are using 26 x 2.1 you will be fine.
At first you'll think -- Wow, what a clever idea. Then you'll buy it and install it. No problems so far (even into cinder block or concrete). But then you'll actually try to use it and this is where the trouble begins. I have a comfort bike with a fairly fat tire. Trying to jimmy the wheel so that it clears the hook and the thin bar that obstructs the wheel from seating in the correct position, is nearly impossible. On the face of it, this thing looks like it would work beautifully, but the sadistic designers have made it nearly impossible to use with a fatter tire. On the package it says "for use with all bike sizes" but that is NOT the issue. They should disclose that it is NOT FOR USE with anything but the thinnest of tires! What a collosal waste of time. And by the way, don't waste your extra $5 on the version with the adhesive-backed pad for the rear tire (so it doesn't mark the wall), because the adhesive is useless and does not even contact the wall!
I set this hook system up in a hollow wall using the included wall anchors and screws. I -slowly- added the bike and -slowly- released the weight, and the top screw immediately stripped out of its respective wall anchor. I re-secured using my own, slightly larger screw (in order to fit more snugly into the wall anchor), and then after I released the weight of the bike the bottom wall anchor tore out of the wall.
I am sure this system works find when secured to a wooden stud in the wall, but DO NOT USE ON A HOLLOW WALL! They should really warn against this and not advertise the product for this purpose.
I've got a mountain bike with standard 26 X 2.0 tires and its impossible to get the tire around the hook. The depth of the hook won't allow the tire to bypass the hook or the arched bars below. This may work with a road bike but forget trying it on a mountain bike. Don't trust the picture or the instructions.
Not intended for use with thick tires. My 26 X 2 tire only makes it into the holder with lots and lots of jimmying. VERY HARD to get in and out. It may be intended for "bikes of all sizes", but it it is most assuredly NOT intended for thicker tires.
I got this for a comfort bike (trek 7300) with moderate size tires. It is very hard to maneuver the tire into the holder because of the steel bracket on the side. Its possible, just very frustrating. I returned it. I will try the topeak oneup next.