A relative newcomer to the U.S. market, Australian-based Rhino-Rack has been making cargo racks for close to 20 years. They offer a wide range of bike and gear transport options and plan on expanding the line soon. With products such as its integrated tent and canopy systems, internally reinforced roof rack system, and a focus on aggressive price points, this is a company to keep your eye on.
Springfield, Missouri-based Küat has enjoyed great success since their launch about eight years ago. Increasingly, you can see their bike racks, especially the popular NV, at races and group rides throughout the Midwest. Sharp design and functional features have allowed Küat to gain ground rapidly in the industry. This year, they have added to their lineup with the
CargoGlide has been manufacturing slide-out trays for trucks, vans, and SUVs for years. They are now expanding their line to include cycling-specific options. This year, they were at InterBike showcasing their brand-new cycling-specific products. Their slide-out trays are installed directly into the bed or back of vehicles and provide easy access to bikes and equipment. Options include fork mounts or stand-up-style racks. Their trays can also be used in pick-up trucks in combination with Rhino-Rack’s bed cover bike rack so that you can mount your bikes on the cover and still have access to equipment stored in the truck’s bed.
Thule is best known for its racks, but the company has expanded to include commuting and touring accessories for cyclists. Their new lines of racks and bags are easy to use, stylish, and very functional. With Thule, you can carry your gear on your bikes and transport your bikes on your vehicles.
SeaSucker is a product that receives a lot of stares, mostly of disbelief. People can’t seem to believe that these racks could secure a bike reliably to a car. SeaSucker uses vacuum cups (not suction cups) to create a strong bond with the surface it is attached to. The racks are lightweight, easily installed or removed, and easy to operate. They easily fit on a wide variety of vehicles and, according to the company, can withstand a lot of abuse without failing.