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Recommended Hitch and Platform Bike Carrier to Use on 2014 Land Rover Evoque

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I would like to get a bike rack for my ebike Mountainbike that will fit the Range Rover Evoque 2014. I only need space for this one bike. The rack should be in a way that I can easily lift the ebike on. I have never had a bike rack and hence don’t know what requirement the car has to have. Would the Rocky mounts mono rail solo 1 work? As I also have dogs, it would be best if they can jump in the back despite the bike rack if there is no bike on. Ideally, I would not want to take the rack on and off all the time. Thanks

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I'll start off by saying that the first thing you need is a hitch receiver on your vehicle in order to carry the bike rack. I recommend using the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C13128 which will provide you with a durable hitch to carry any potential bike rack. This hitch has a 2" receiver on it which will provide you with a greater variety of hitch mounted accessories that can be used.

When it comes to a bike rack, your choice of going with a platform rack is a good start considering that you're going to be carrying a heavy e-bike. A platform rack makes loading and unloading bikes much easier than hanging bike racks, but considering that your e-bike has fenders over the wheels, I don't believe that a wheel mounting rack like the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Carrier # RKY10007 is the best choice since the clamps that hold the front tire in place would likely damage the fender on the front wheel.

Instead of the MonoRail Solo, I recommend going with the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4412B since it holds the bikes by the frame and not the wheels; this will allow you to carry bikes without worrying about damaging the fender on your e-bike. In addition to mounting in a more friendly way for your bike, the Saris Freedom 2 is lighter than the MonoRail by approximately 8-lbs, so it will be easier to take on and off of your vehicle as needed. While I understand that you'd like to be able to leave the rack on as much as possible, it might be a tight squeeze for your dogs to try to jump around any platform bike rack (with or without bikes loaded-this obviously depends on the age of the dogs and the breed). In addition to the dogs getting in and out, leaving the rack on the vehicle full time is going to make the components more susceptible to corrosion over time. Taking the rack off when you can will help prolong the life of your rack and protect your investment; since the Freedom is a bit more lightweight than the MonoRail it will be easier to take on and off.

The bonus of going with the Saris Freedom is that it will allow you to carry up to 2 bikes if you want to bring a friend along and it'll also be a bit more pocketbook friendly. Saris is the pioneer of bike racks in North America, so you're definitely getting a high quality bike rack in addition to the savings.

If you wanted to add some items to help secure your bike and rack, I recommend adding the Saris Cable Lock # SA981 and the Hitch Tite Anti-Rattle Hitch Lock # SA3022. The Anti-Rattle hitch lock will add security and reduce hitch noise when you've got the rack installed and since the Freedom doesn't come with any locks integrated, the cable lock will keep your bikes from wandering off if you need to stop anywhere on your adventures.

I've included an installation video of the Curt hitch as well as some review and informational videos of the rest of the products I've mentioned here that you might want to have a look at.

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