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Best 2 Bike Rack for Full Suspension Mountain Bikes on a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Hello, Im looking for a full suspension mountain bike rear carrier for a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a portable one as Ill be using it for a trip to BC in October, could you let me know which of your carriers will mount to a Jeep Grand Cherokee and lock to bike and car and hold two full suspension mountain bikes? Thanks so much!

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A lot of this depends on if your 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with a trailer hitch receiver or not.

If you don't have a trailer hitch, your best pick for a portable rack will be the Yakima FullBack Trunk Mount Rack, part # Y02634. This rack has integrated bike and rack locks, giving it a lot of security. It can be easily installed and removed, allowing you maximum flexibility. Additionally, the ZipStrip mounting mechanisms help reduce vibration and sway as your bikes ride.

If you go this route, you'll need Swagman Frame Adapter bars, part # 64005 . Their easy on and off hooks swing out rather than up like other adpaters, letting them clip onto more frames than other adapter bars. This adapter will allow your bikes to ride level with the ground, lowering the risk that the bike will sway into the vehicle or ground on a particularly nasty bump.

To use the integrated cable lock of the FullBack with the adapter bar, you'll need to run it through the wheels and frames all together to keep it secure.

If you have a hitch, I recommend the Saris Freedom SuperClamp, part # SA4025F, a wheel mount platform rack. This rack uses its wheel arms with integrated locks to avoid touching the frame of the bike and staying away from any braking mechanisms on the bike. Additionally, the wheel cradles make it easy to load and unload your bikes as needed. At a light 30lbs and 60lbs capacity per bike, this rack gives you a wide range of options for carrying.

A final option that is extremely light but requires both bikes to have removable front tires, is the SeaSucker MiniBomber, part # 298-BM2006 . This innovative rack mounts to a naked roof or rear window with vacuum cups, and allows you to flexibly mount the bikes as you need them, and store the rack in an included carry bag.

Available for it are the SeaSucker Hogg, part # 298-BA1580 , which allows you to carry the wheels with the bikes on the roof of the car, and the trunk mounted cable point, part # 298-BA0020 , a point for attaching a cable lock for added security of the rack.

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