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Inno Velo Gripper Truck Bed Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Inno Velo Gripper Truck Bed Bike Rack


Today we'll be taking a look at Inno Velo Gripper. This is a single bike rack for the bed of your truck, part number INRT201, also available for truck beds with c-channels, part number INRT202. The Inno Velo Gripper is a great solution to have for carrying your bike in the bed of your truck. It's going to free up 90% of your bed for carrying additional cargo. Rather than just having a bike laid loose in the bed of your truck, this actually allows you to clamp it to your side rails, keeping it up and out of the way. The system itself is adjustable to accommodate just about any size and style of bike.

There are no tools required, and the Gripper features a d-ring that's going to allow you to loop straps through for additional security. An arm extends off of the clamp and features a ratcheting strap that will go around the front forks and the downtube of your bike. Another great feature about this is you don't have to remove the front tire of your bike. Now that we've gone over some features of the Velo Gripper I'm going to go ahead and show you how to get it installed in your truck bed. The bike rack comes with two rubber-coated plates. These are going to go here on the rail.

That's going to help protect your truck. We're going to want to space them at appropriate length for the bike that you will be carrying. The bike we're working with is 21" from the downtube to the front forks, and that's where we're going to be gripping it with the Velo Gripper. I'm going to go ahead and place these 21" apart center on center. Then I'm going to take our clamps. Our clamps come with two pieces: the actual clamp itself that grips to the bed of your truck, as well as this portion here which features the strap that is going to grab onto your bike.

What we'll want to do is turn the plastic knob to loosen up our clamp. That gives us enough room to fit it underneath the bed, underneath the side rail of the bed, and up over top of our protector. As you can see, as we turn the knob here, the plastic lever, that's going to raise this portion up underneath our bed, creating a firm grip on our side rail. Once we feel like we've got it pretty tight we'll actually use this thumb hole here just to get it a little tighter. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process with our second clamp. A real nice thing to know about this system is that once you've got it installed for the first time, it's easily adjustable for other bike sizes and you don't have to take it back off.

You can simply loosen up these levers here and then slide it back and forth along your bed rail to fit different size bikes. Whether you're hauling a child's bike or a larger mountain bike, or maybe a woman's frame bike, this is going to work great for all of those. Now let's go ahead and load up our bike. To do that we'll simply undo our straps here, bring our bike in. We'll take the strap, wrap it around our downtube, and just tighten it up. Here at the front we're actually going to go around our forks. Go around and through. Just like that, our bike is in place and we're ready to hit the road. With our bike all loaded up, let's go ahead and take it out on our test course to show you how it performed. First we'll enter our slalom, that's going to show you the side to side movement of the bike just as if you we're making evasive maneuvers or cornering. Next we'll go into our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show you the twisting motion of the bike as if we we're going over potholes or uneven pavement. Finally we'll hit our solid bumps. This is going to show you the up and down movement of the bike as if we we're going in and out of driveways or hitting speed bumps. That's going to do it for today's look at the Inno Velo Gripper, part number INRT201 standard bed, and part number INRT202 for beds with c-channels. .


Questions and Comments about this Video


Michael L.
Hi Team, What is the weight limit that my bike should not exceed? Michael L
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Reply from Kef G.

The weight capacity of the Velo Gripper is 33 pounds for the bike.

Denise S.
Is this a set of 2 clamps?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Chris R.

The Inno Velo Gripper # INRT201 includes two clamps, which is what's needed to secure 1 bike in your truck bed.

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