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Bike Rack Recommendation for Single E-Bike on 2017 Buick Encore

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Recommended bike rack for Buick Encore 2017 to accommodate an ebike in a 1in and 1/4 inch receiver. Does this rack come for a single bike? I will be unable to lift a bike up and over to get it near the vehicle as recommended. Or, is it okay to use to put my bike on the outside rack when it is a heavy ebike? This rack needs to go on a Buick Encore 1in 1/4 inch receiver hitch.

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You should place your E-Bike as close to your 2017 Buick Encore as possible when using the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B, which means on the inside of the rack. The reason for this is so the rack and your bike remain as stable as possible and does not put added stress on either. The Freedom does not have a 1-bike rack option though the center mast does fold down like in the accompanying photo to help ease the loading process.

The better option that I strongly recommend instead is to use a 1-bike rack compatible with the Class I, 1-1/4 inch Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # C11527 that fits your '17 Encore.

The best single-bike rack for your E-bike that will work with this class I hitch, is the Inno Tire Hold Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting Item # INH110 because it will be the easiest rack for you to use. It weighs only 43 lbs but has a 60 lb capacity. Check out the video of this great rack.

The MonoRail Solo also has a lever that allows you to fold the bike rack up or tilt it down which is very convenient compared to racks that only do this with the use of pins, and offers you security with its included cable lock and hitch lock to help protect your investments.

This rack is highly durable and even comes with a lifetime warranty so it could very well be the last bike rack you'll ever need. I have added links to video reviews of both the Inno 1-Bike Rack # INH110 and Saris Freedom 2-Bike Rack # SA4412B for you to take a look at.

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You should place your E-Bike as close to your 2017 Buick Encore as possible when using the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B, which means on the inside of the rack. The reason for this is so the rack and your bike remain as stable as possible and does not put added stress on either. The Freedom does not have a 1-bike rack option though the center mast does fold down like in the accompanying photo to help ease the loading process. The better option that I strongly recommend instead is to use a 1-bike rack compatible with the Class I, 1-1/4 inch Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # C11527 that fits your '17 Encore. The best single-bike rack for your E-bike that will work with this class I hitch, is the Inno Tire Hold Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting Item # INH110 because it will be the easiest rack for you to use. It weighs only 43 lbs but has a 60 lb capacity. Check out the video of this great rack. The MonoRail Solo also has a lever that allows you to fold the bike rack up or tilt it down which is very convenient compared to racks that only do this with the use of pins, and offers you security with its included cable lock and hitch lock to help protect your investments. This rack is highly durable and even comes with a lifetime warranty so it could very well be the last bike rack you'll ever need. I have added links to video reviews of both the Inno 1-Bike Rack # INH110 and Saris Freedom 2-Bike Rack # SA4412B for you to take a look at.

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You are more than welcome to ask as many specific questions as you like to try and find the best option for a bike rack and I'll do my best to help you find the right solution.

The Thule T1 # TH9041 your friend has is a great bike rack and very similar to the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10007 but the Thule is a few pounds heavier. Otherwise they install the same and you have to tighten the rack in the hitch with a tool (which is included) and is a lot like a wrench.

All things considered I do believe with your specific situation that the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10007 is the best option overall to carry your E-Bike.

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