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Best cycle carriers for my Tahoe?
If you look on Google for “Bike Rack Tahoe” you get over a million hits.
I firmly believe that there are one or two people out there who have the patience of a saint, the stubbornness, and lack of anything better to do, to plow right on through each and every one of those items on the 2M+ list in order to hunt down the rack that’s right for their Chevy and them.
Possibly you might be a little more like me though? You’ve got a couple, somewhat different, slightly more interesting things you’d like to accomplish today. Watch some paint dry, wait for a pan of water to boil, things like that.
If that’s the situation, then what YOU may be after is an alternative: a shortlist of the best bike racks for your Chevy Tahoe.
Once we’ve got that best-of-the-best shortlist locked and loaded, you’ll then be able to grab yourself an awesome cycle carrier. Fit it to your Chevrolet, hook on the bicycles, and take off for an amazing bike experience…`
…and you’ll be doing all of that whilst those other folks are plodding slowly and methodically through the list of 1,000,000 pages on Google…
So, because I’m a nice guy, I’d done all of that researching for you and I’ve tracked down the top cycle carriers for your Tahoe. I’ve chosen the following racks on the basis of the two most important factors. These are:
- Does it have the features you actually require for your Chevy?
- Does it get a ton of positive feedback from happy purchasers?
If you’re ready, let’s jump on in and take a look at the details.
Before that (if you’re in a rush), here’s the quick answer. My top recommended rack for your Tahoe is the Kuat NV Base 2.0 2-Bike Hitch Rack.
Where can you fit a bike carrier on your Chevy Tahoe?
At first glance, there are three places where you can fit bikes in/on a Tahoe. Either:
- In the trunk or
- On the roof or
- On the hitch
Now, I’m going to be ruthless here and instantly discard two of these. It’s called Tough Love.
Which ones? The roof mount and inside the trunk. Hey, it’s Tough on roof bars and trunks, but I Love hitch mounts.
Let’s back up and give a little more detail on this.
In the trunk:
I just don’t like this option because you end up damaging the car, or the bikes. Or you end up taking all the space available and have no room left in the trunk for your luggage.
On the roof:
At around 75 inches we know that a Tahoe is tall already. With a roof-mounted rack, you need to lift a bike weighing 30+ lbs above that…hold it steady and secure it to the fixings. All without dropping it on the car, or on your head. It’s a task that also requires at least two pairs of hands.
I’ve got more reasons for not loving roof mounts and we’ll come onto those in a moment.
All of this goes to say that I believe the best bike carrying option for your car is a hitch mount. Read on and we’ll take a look at the hitch-mounted racks that I recommend.
2-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
Kuat NV Base 2.0 2-Bike Hitch Rack for 1 1/4 in. and 2 in. Hitch
This is my recommended bike rack for your Tahoe. It’s from highly-regarded rack manufacturer, Kuat, and is designed to fit to your vehicle’s hitch. The rack takes two bikes and has a ton of great features. Looking to carry more bikes? No problem. Get the Kuat rack add-on and you can carry up to four bikes total. Details here for the Kuat NV Base 2.0 2-Bike Hitch Rack Add-On. These racks come in two varieties – dependent on whether your hitch receiver is 1.25in or 2in. Just pick the size you need at checkout.
The rack carries bikes of up to 60 lbs each and the bikes are held securely with the arms locking them down onto the platform. The bikes are locked to the frame with the integrated locks and the entire rack is further locked to your vehicle hitch.
The rack’s low ground height gives a huge benefit. Hoisting heavy objects (bikes or anything else) above your head and attempting to tie them onto the roof of your Tahoe is dangerous. Not only for you, but also your car and bikes. It’s safer and easier to lift them just up to a couple feet off the ground and secure them to a rack like this one from Kuat…Read more+
3-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
This is the 3-bike version of the 2-bike rack above. The only difference being that the arms are slightly longer to accommodate the third bike.
Other than that it’s the same great cycle carrier. It’s good for bikes up to a total combined weight of 105 lbs (i.e. 35 lbs per bike) and can be mounted to hitches of either 1 1/4in or 2in. Again, I’d recommend the Deluxe Locking edition for the extra peace of mind from having the rack secured to the hitch. Looking at the buyer feedback on this rack, many talk about how easy it is to assemble and install. As one said, “I had it for several years and it worked like a champ”…Read more+
4-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
This rack takes 4 bikes supported on the horizontal arms. It’s worth knowing the arms can be swung downwards when they’re not holding bikes – that’s useful as it keeps them tucked out of the way.
The rack fits onto 2in hitch mounts and can be used for bikes to a combined weight of 140 lbs. The Deluxe Locking rack is my go-to version of this carrier as it comes with 2 keys and a lock securing it to the hitch mount for peace-of-mind when you’re away from the car.
In common with all of these racks, you can pivot the mast down when needed to get easy access to the trunk.
A quick aside. Because I’m a “Belt ‘n’ braces” kinda guy, I also wrap a couple of ratchet straps around the bikes once I’ve got them secured onto the rack. This wraps the whole parcel together and stops any shifting of the bikes against each other. My wife tells me that I worry too much about these things. But, hey ho, I don’t think you can ever be too careful…Read more+
5-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
The big daddy. This is the rack for those people who, like me, have too many bikes.
Good for securing 5 bikes, with a combined weight of 175 lbs, to your Tahoe. My recommended variation is the Deluxe+ Locking – 2 keys, 1 lock, total peace-of-mind.
If you’re wondering how easy it is to install these racks, take a look at this video from Allen Sports. Whilst I don’t think wearing an Allen Sports baseball cap is an essential for fitting the rack on, it does like pretty good. If Allen Sports are reading this article, I would love to have a cap in a one-size-fits-all size and I’ll post photos of me wearing it on my Insta.
Shameless, I know. Apologies…
The rack fits 2-inch hitch receivers and can be pivoted down to access the trunk hatch. The arms can also be swung down and out of the way when they’re not being used, which is a very handy feature…Read more+