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Inno Tire Hold 4 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Inno Tire Hold 4 Bike Platform Rack


Randy: Hey guys, Randy here at etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the Inno Tire Hold. Now this is a four-bike rack, it's been designed for use in two inch by two inch hitches. This is a great way to get a four-bike rack anyway, a lighter weight rack, with one of the most popular methods of holding a bike in place that's out there currently.Basically as you can see here, we've set this up kind of like a family, but whether it's a family or just a group of four trying to get out and hit the trail, this is gonna be a really good solution. Not only are we holding the bikes with just the tires, so we don't have to worry about our frames, with our bikes not making contact, we're not gonna have to worry about any damage when we get there.Another nice feature is the tilt away that it offers. That allows us easier access into the rear hatch.

At this point with our Caravan . see, that's about as far as we could open this door. We're not getting much in or out of there. We come back here to the rear, we just come in here, we wanna pull our handle, might have to lift up slightly, just allow that to rest down. And at that point, we'll come up ...

as you can see, while this won't open up all the way, that's pretty common, we still have plenty of room, we'll be able to get in here, get our gear out that we might need, or something we forgot.Once we're done, we just wanna come back to that handle . we just wanna lift up on the outside handle here until the red disappears. At that point, we're ready to travel.Now something I really appreciate about this rack is the way it tilts up as we come back. You can see the forward bike here, it's lower than the rear bike. That gives us better ground clearance, especially on vans the hitches tend to be pretty close to the ground.

You can see as we come back, even on angled driveways going in and out of parking lots and stuff, there's really no danger of this making contact.Now the rack itself has been designed to work with a wide variety of different bike tires. It goes anywhere from 20 inches like what we have here on our kids' bike, all the way up to 29 inches. It's also gonna work with really narrow tires. As you can see here, we've got a center groove for our road bike tire. If we come over to our mountain bike here, little bit wider area for it to fit in.

So that narrow groove, that can go all the way down to an 18C, and with that wider groove, it can go all the way out to three inches.Also with the design of the arms, we can bring these out further and closer, so this is gonna work with a lot of different wheelbases. We can go anywhere from 34 all the way up to 48.Now to load up your rack, we need to feed the shank into our hitch, of course. And that's where that stop comes in really handy. As we slide this in, we can guarantee each time our pinhole's gonna line up, so that means we don't have to slide it in. Go check, move it out a little bit, check, move it in a little bit. It gets us to the exact point we need each time. That's a really nice feature. So we'll just slide it in 'til we make contact with that. At that point, just gonna slide our pin through, and be good to thread it in. We can see that washer on there, you want that to be up against your hitch, and they're fine threads, so it takes a little minute to get them in through there. And once that makes contact, wanna snug it up, and then we're gonna take the provided clip, we'll slide it in the hole on the other end.Now we're ready to use our anti-rattle knob here on the back. That's gonna tighten everything up for us. That's gonna give us a much better ride from our bike compared to a rack that didn't have it. You can see it helps to stabilize. As I do this, I always like to move the rack around, left and right, up and down, make sure we get plenty of torque on it there. And that knob's removable so we can rotate it, get our lock aligned, and then we can lock it up. Now if you're gonna be using the cable lock, you probably wanna wait on locking this 'cause our cable is gonna fit in behind there.Now let's go over a few measurements. This is gonna help us determine if the rack's gonna fit on your vehicle appropriately. The first one I'd like to talk about is gonna be the closest point of the rack to the center of your hitch pinhole. In this case, we've got seven and a quarter inches, so as long as your hitch pinhole isn't further under your bumper than that, this should work out really well. The next one, the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the rack is gonna be on our anti-rattle knob here on the back. That's 16 and a half inches. Now that's pretty short for a four-bike rack, so this should help you to maybe park in the garage or tighter parking spaces without having to remove the rack, and then finally, our fully extended position here. Now, that from the center of our hitch pinhole to the outermost edge is gonna be 58 inches.Now another nice feature this rack incorporates that we don't see on a lot of other four-bike racks is kind of a middle position. So we'll pull the same release handle, bring it down 'til it clicks in that first spot. Now of course on our van having this very large door that sits very low, it's gonna buy it some extra space to get stuff in and out then if it we're in its stored position, but on a lot of SUVs and also sedans that might have a back hatch, although it'd have be a pretty big sedan for this rack, it can really help you gain a lot of access.Now one thing I'd like to point out, and it's not something uncommon with large bike racks like this, but you'll notice as high as this comes, it kinda gives us some visibility issues coming through the back. Again, any large bike rack like this is gonna take up some space on the rear of the vehicle, we just wanted to give you some insight into that.Now, once we've got everything tightened down properly, we're ready to load up our bikes. So we're gonna pull our handle here, allow that to come all the way down until its locked, road-ready position, and then we'll just move our wheel hoops up.Now with both of those out, we're ready to load up our bike. Something to keep in mind when loading multiple bikes: the heaviest one should always be closest to the vehicle. So place it up and in. Nice thing about this rack also is we can choose whether we want our bike further that way, or back further this way. That's so we don't have that interference issue that we have with other ones. Just gonna bring that up. We want that to make contact with our wheel there. Come over to the other side, do the same thing. At that point, be nice and secure. Load up the rest of your bikes, you'll be ready to hit the road.Now with bike racks like this, weight capacity is always something you wanna keep in mind. The first two slots are gonna hold up to 60 pounds. That's gonna take care of just about all the bikes out there, even e-bikes, especially if you remove the battery off of them. The last two slots, these can hold up to 40 pounds. One thing to keep in mind, you don't wanna exceed the total capacity of 160 pounds.To help accommodate a wide variety of tires, we have these adjustable hoops. Now these are easier than a lot of them that I've seen. You see we push that down, pull that out, we can select any of the slots here that we want for that to go in so we get the proper position for all kinds of different applications. Just slide that back in, lift up on it. It's gonna lock into place for us.Now you see in the stored position, our hoops are gonna be held down until we hit the silver button. That allows us to extend all the way out. We get our bikes put in place, then you can hear each of those little clicks. That's gonna be a position in which this is gonna lock in. I think that's why this is such a popular style of hoop, 'cause it's just so easy to use.Now the rack is also constructed out of aluminum. That helps to save a lot of weight. When you compare this one to other full steel four-bike racks out there, this one's a lot easier to manage and get installed. That also, that aluminum construction with the black powder coat finish on it, really not gonna have to worry about rust and corrosion, and that powder coat's gonna ensure that our rack looks good for a very long time.Now included with your bike rack we have a cable. This is to help secure our bikes. If I'm being honest, this isn't my favorite part of this bike rack. Basically what we'll do, insert it through here and we're gonna put it through our rearmost bike, feed it up through the rest of our bikes and down. Now I'm not showing you with all the bikes loaded, it's just a little easier to see this way. We'll do this as an example; just go around this bike here, running our cable through all the other bikes, and we need to get this down to our knob. So that means we gotta kinda squeeze in between here to remove this. If you don't have the appropriate space between your vehicle and your rack though here, you may have to pay on the ground. That's why I'm not as big a fan of it. You can see this is gonna slide in right through here, lock, and then we're just gonna have one key which is a benefit to lock both the rack to our vehicle and lock our bikes to our rack.Now overall in my opinion this is gonna be a good, solid rack. I like that it's a little bit lighter weight than some of its steel counterparts, and it's gonna get the job done for you. All in all, not a big problem anywhere in here. Now if you asked me if I would buy this rack over some of the other ones out there I think the only thing that would hold me back a little bit from it would be that cable lock system, the way it goes in. Outside of that, I like everything this rack has to offer.Now that we've got all of our bikes loaded up, let's take it out through our test course so we can see what it's gonna look like in a real-world scenario. We'll start by going through the slaloms. This is gonna show us the side-to-side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This'll be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.


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