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Recommended Bike Rack for Carbon Fiber Bike on 2012 Mazda 3 Hatchback

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Platform bike rack for a 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback - Need help deciding between the Swagman Semi 2.0, the Rocky Mount Monorail or the Kuat Transfer for for 2 bikes. I just bought a new carbon fiber bike and dont want any scratches! Having a lower profile is important as is ease of use taking the rack on or off. Also, do all of these types of bike racks obstruct the taillights? Thank you for your help

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All three bike racks you mentioned are quality racks but the best option for your 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback is the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 2 Bike Platform Rack # RKY10003; it will give you the best combination of ease of use and compatibility with your Mazda.

The MonoRail is a wheel-mount bike rack so your brand new carbon fiber bike will be totally protected from any scratches - none of the rack is going to touch the frame. It is only 37 lbs which is lighter than the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 and Kuat Transfer # KU74FR.

One of the most important differences between the MonoRail and the Transfer is that the MonoRail will allow you to use the folding feature while the Transfer may not.

Both racks will fit the Class I hitches available for your Mazda hatchback - the Curt # C11383 or Draw-Tite # 24843 - but the MonoRail measures 6-3/4" from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack when it is folded up while the Transfer measures 5". This matters because while either bike rack will be able to fold if you have the Curt hitch you would not be able to use the Transfer's folding feature if you have the Draw-Tite because it would be too close to your bumper.

The MonoRail # RKY10003 also comes with both a hitch lock to secure the rack to your Mazda and a cable lock to secure your bike to the rack.

As for obstructing your taillights there may be a bit of interference but it won't completely obstruct them - I have added a photo of this rack on a Ford hatchback for reference although of course the view won't be exactly the same. When your bikes are loaded there is going to be some interference with the view of the taillights as well, though of course that would be true no matter which rack you decide on.

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All three bike racks you mentioned are quality racks but the best option for your 2012 Mazda 3 hatchback is the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 2 Bike Platform Rack # RKY10003; it will give you the best combination of ease of use and compatibility with your Mazda. The MonoRail is a wheel-mount bike rack so your brand new carbon fiber bike will be totally protected from any scratches - none of the rack is going to touch the frame. It is only 37 lbs which is lighter than the Swagman Semi 2.0 # S64686 and Kuat Transfer # KU74FR. One of the most important differences between the MonoRail and the Transfer is that the MonoRail will allow you to use the folding feature while the Transfer may not. Both racks will fit the Class I hitches available for your Mazda hatchback - the Curt # C11383 or Draw-Tite # 24843 - but the MonoRail measures 6-3/4" from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack when it is folded up while the Transfer measures 5". This matters because while either bike rack will be able to fold if you have the Curt hitch you would not be able to use the Transfer's folding feature if you have the Draw-Tite because it would be too close to your bumper. The MonoRail # RKY10003 also comes with both a hitch lock to secure the rack to your Mazda and a cable lock to secure your bike to the rack. As for obstructing your taillights there may be a bit of interference but it won't completely obstruct them - I have added a photo of this rack on a Ford hatchback for reference although of course the view won't be exactly the same. When your bikes are loaded there is going to be some interference with the view of the taillights as well, though of course that would be true no matter which rack you decide on.

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For a receiver for your 2012 Mazda 3 I recommend going with the Draw-Tite # 24843. Both it and the Curt are very similar and good options but the Draw-Tite doesn't require stabilizing straps # 18050 to maintain the warranty when using accessories like the Curt does, though using the straps is never a bad idea for added stability.

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