I looked at this product a year ago and thought of getting it, but we opted to keep the bikes stored in another area through the winter. We recently got it with my 20% off coupon and put it together. And, the price at REI is 30 dollars cheaper than the competing cycling store (before the discount). I would be crazy not to get it here at REI. Anyways, My wife looked at me after it was up and said "and, why didn't we get this last year?" A double score!! Two happy people with one purchase.
Some of the reviews read that it is flimsy, poor construction, not easy to assemble, not good looking, etc... and, I cannot for the life of me, understand any of that.
From opening the box to propping it against the wall and hanging a bike on it ~ 8 minutes total. I am mechanically inclined, and this required none of that inclination...
My cycles are pretty light weight, all are under 20 pounds. In my opinion this will have zero problem holding two cycles whose combined weight is far over twice that. If anything, that heavier weight makes it more sturdy and grounded (less likely to tip). And, if that is an issue, it comes with a method for attaching the top end to the wall. They used decent tubing to make it, all of which are screwed together to provide for more durability/reliability. It is sturdy.
The two rubber feet are made of a "super bouncy ball" rubber and they grip well, and I am confident no paint or drywall will be stuck to the support at the top (made of the same rubber - different color).
The rungs to hang cycles/stuff on are durable steel and coated very well in a decent rubber, there are no issues expected there.
Looks. I don't really stare at it like or as "art." It is what it is, a contemporary looking steel structure holding my sweet bikes up out of the way so they don't get scratched up or tipped over.
Honestly, a great purchase. I regret not getting it sooner.
Easy setup, does what it's supposed to
When I became the owner of two bikes, I needed a better way to store them other than leaning them against the wall by the door to my one-bedroom condo. This cleans up the area well and leaves space for welcoming guests, saying goodbye, etc.
-VERY easy and quick to put together. I put it together in less time than it took a pot of rice to cook.
-Looks clean. Other than the red color of the hooks themselves, nothing about the rack really stands out or intrudes into the "vibe" of your room (which is awesome, since it's right in my living room).
-Extra smaller hooks are great for storing helmet, lock, etc.
-It works (mostly, see cons).
-Really, I've only found one so far: My 1980s steel-framed Ross road bike weighs about 31 pounds, so I put it on the bottom hooks. My brand-new 20-pound Scott road bike went up top. The Scott is hanging neat and tight, but the Ross has inched toward the ground, to the point where the back wheel basically rests on the ground. It doesn't bother me too much, though, because I didn't necessarily buy the rack to get them completely off the ground, just to organize them. If the bike on top sunk down, that would be a big problem, but it doesn't.
I guess my bottom line is this: If you want to store two 30-pound (or more) bikes, be careful about putting one up top. It might not hold. You could easily work up something to keep the red hooks from sliding down, but it's a bummer that it doesn't just WORK as-is.
Fortunately, this rack does work for me and the bikes I have right now.
knew what i was paying for
I store x2 mountain bikes and a road bike in my garage. This rack stores the mountain bikes while also freeing up a lot of space for my other outdoor items. The only issue I have is with the arms that hold the bicycles by the frame and this is only because of the type of frames I have. If you know the shape of a YETI AS-R and a YETI 575 then you know that the frames dip in the center and have a triangle under the seat that the suspension linkage utilizes. You have to mount the bike on the rack through this triangle and up near the head tube which makes for an akward fit because of the slightly lopsided resting position that is the result of said geometry. Because the arms that hold the bike do not lock onto the actual rack this causes the arms to move when lifting the bike out of the arms. The arms are also coated in rubber so they tend to stick to the frame, which also contributes to the arms moving and thus not freeing from the frame. If you have a standard bicyle frame with a bend- free tob tube you should have no issues. Other than that, the rack works great and the issues identified have not driven me to consider a different product.
Have had it for a year, and works great!
When I got the rack a year ago, I had many of the same concerns as others - would it fall down, would the hooks slip, would it be sturdy enough, etc. but went ahead because it was so much lower price than other types of racks.
After having it a year, I'm thrilled with this purchase! 365 days, removing bikes and putting them back up probably at least 100 times, having my dog crash into it dozens of times, and it has never fallen! The hooks have not slipped down the posts at any time.
I recommend that you store your heavier bike on the bottom. When I had my mountain bike on top and then would remove the road bike, such that the mountain bike in the top spot was the only bike on the rack, it never actually fell but it made me nervous.
The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is that the bikes sit really close to the wall, so the handlebars and front tires leave a lot of marks on the wall.
This is a great rack and I would definitely choose this one again!!
It really works! Amazing.
I was really skeptical of whether this would work - using gravity and not really being secured to the wall. I read a lot of reviews and spoke with a store employee who has this rack, and everyone seemed to say that it works. (Note: there is a strap you can use to secure it to the wall, and I may do that eventually.)
The rack works! It holds my mountain bike and my road bike with no problems. I felt that it is definitely sturdy enough, the metal tubing seems of good quality, and the rubber hooks are great. I had no issues with the hooks slipping. (Use the O-rings correctly to make it more secure.)
The only reason this didn't get a 5 star was that the screws holding the metal tubes together stripped out, so it will be almost impossible to disassemble this when I move. It definitely doesn't hurt the rack or make it any less sturdy, but it will just be an issue for disassembly. Higher quality screws would probably fix this problem.
Other than that, everything is great and I love having my bikes stored this way!
Contemporary design for minimalists
After reading some of the reviews on this product, I wasn't really sure if I was going to get this. I decided to take the plunge with the 100% satisfaction guarantee that REI would take it back if I was dissatisfied.
When I got home, I was eager to get this item assembled and put it to the test. Upon opening the box, I realized immediately that those reviewers who stated that the construct was flimsy and/or questionable at best were absolutely wrong.
The install/assembly was easy - only a few screws with the provided wrench and I was ready to put my new 2012 Novara Forza bike on it. Reading another review that mentioned the necessity for good placement of the O-rings, I made sure to check that...and everything worked out. So, that was yet another "issue" debunked.
I look forward to seeing how this works for me through the long run, as I will be commuting daily to work - so the stand is sure to get daily use putting up and taking down my bike. If anything changes, I will definintely update this review.
This is actually a nice, inexpensive and stylish way to display your bikes. There is a recommendation in the instructions to secure the rack to the wall with a screw, and I probably would have done that but...
My 29er and my road bike would not fit vertically very well. If I wanted to remove the lower bike, it seemed I always had to remove my upper bike.
I think it's just that the 29er is a bit big... the handle bars also rub the wall if not careful. The rubbing is not an issue with my road bike.
None of this is a complaint and what I can't tell you for sure is if another 84" tall rack would have the same issue. The curve at the top of this one probably restricts the true useable height from 84" to 80".
If you don't have a 29er and a 56.5" or taller road bike, this may work fine. Someone else may say they don't have an issue, just giving you a heads-up.
Great for small spaces
I am a renter in a small apartment, and personally own 3 bikes. I got this rack when I went from a one bike household to a two bike household, and after an incident where my two road bikes got knocked over and broke an expensive headlight. It went together in about 15-20 minutes, with no special tools required. I have never used the anchor that came with the rack, and though I've had a couple of near misses with people not paying attention to where they're going (it's right inside the doorway on a 2nd story apartment), it's never fallen over. Other reviewers have said the hooks slide down, but I have never personally had this problem with any of my bikes. I am now up to a 4 bike household, and considering getting another one of these, though I'm not sure where I'd find the wall space...
Great rack. Can fit anywhere!
I use the rack to store my road bike and my mountain bike. It was easy to put together and stands up very well, even on a slightly sloping floor surface. I like that it doesn't need to be bolted into the wall, but has a small chain at the top if you choose to do so. Now, I know I did say that a "con" for me was that it had an ugly design and what I mean is that I simply don't like the way it looks, but it is completely functional and easy to use. I'm willing to get over the way it looks to have a great way to store my bikes inside.
I've only had it up for two days, but so far, so good. I was able to get this thing assembled and ready to go in 20 minutes. I hang one small road bike on the bottom hooks, my helmet and keys on the accessory hooks, and my two panniers on the top hooks. Keeps it all up off the floor so nobody trips over my things.
Sure, it's kinda ugly, but so was every other bike rack I looked at. I love that I don't have to permanently mount anything to the wall and the rubber feet don't scratch my floors. Wish I'd bought it years ago!