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post #1 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Need help deciding: Mount bike behind, or on top of Compass?

My wife and I are considering taking our mountain bikes on our trip to Calgary later on in August. I need help deciding on getting either:

1) Roof racks and whatever is needed to attach bikes to them

2) A hitch (I didn't get the package, although I wish I did...) with the bike mount attachment.

So far, putting the bikes on the rear would interfere with opening the hatch. But if they're on the roof, I'm paranoid they could bounce around while on the highway and break my sunroof or something. I've never done either, so I don't know which is better, or if it's just up to the person.

Opinions? Anyone know the cost difference? (Roof racks, plus bike holders, vs. hitch and attachment.)


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post #2 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 03:29 PM
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My wife and I are considering taking our mountain bikes on our trip to Calgary later on in August. I need help deciding on getting either:

1) Roof racks and whatever is needed to attach bikes to them

2) A hitch (I didn't get the package, although I wish I did...) with the bike mount attachment.

So far, putting the bikes on the rear would interfere with opening the hatch. But if they're on the roof, I'm paranoid they could bounce around while on the highway and break my sunroof or something. I've never done either, so I don't know which is better, or if it's just up to the person.

Opinions? Anyone know the cost difference? (Roof racks, plus bike holders, vs. hitch and attachment.)
Just a note. The Tow package does NOT come with the hitch, only the engine oil cooler and the wiring harness thrown in the back that YOU get to install.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 06:45 PM
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Hmm, I am not sure that one is better then the other. In both cases, you are likely to suffer some damage to the car from mounting/unmounting and from the bounce around. I have seen a lot of bikes mounted to the back of cars whacking the car as they go down the road. I have also seen a bike launch off of the roof. (Only once thank god...)

I would think that the factory roof mount would be preferred simply because the lift is not impaired. You just want to make damn sure that you put a blanket on top of the Jeep when you are putting the bikes on and taking them off. That should minimize the damage if you "slip"....

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 08:21 PM
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I went with the hitch mount. Bought a Hidden Hitch ($150.00) installed it myself in about 20 minutes. Theres only 4 bolts to install. then bought a Swagman hitch mounted carrier. It swings down to give you access to the hatch. Now I hardly leave home with out my mountain bike attached.
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I'm in the same boat, i'm looking at the roof mount becouse i own a rallye and i dont think the rear mount will work without cutting the body kit.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-03-2008, 09:38 PM
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I went with the hitch mount route for three main reasons:

1. The Compass requires the use of the factory bars since the way they mount is a special arrangement. The factory bars also use a special attachment for the carriers.

2. I am getting older and have tired of lifting the bikes onto the roof.

3. Cost- my cost for the hitch and hitch rack for two bikes was $253 US delivered. The cost for just the factory bars is about $200 US and the carriers are about $130 US each.

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-04-2008, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input so far!

Who makes the bike carriers that attaches to a hitch? I'm having bad luck in Google trying to find a brand and price for one. Is Swagman the only one? (The one "Howdy246" mentioned.)

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Try here: http://www.etrailer.com/c-hitch-racks.htm

This is where I got my hitch and rack.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-06-2008, 10:46 AM
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It's a pain in the @$$ to load and unload bikes on the roof. And you feel STUPID trying to pull into your garage with bikes still on the roof. But you can load, unload, and park in the garage with a hitch mount, and you don't have to take the front wheel off the bike. Also, get some velcro or bungi to go from the bike's front wheel to the frame. It keeps the wheel and bars from turning, beating, and fighting with other bikes and the back of your truck.
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I went with the hitch mount. Bought a Hidden Hitch ($150.00) installed it myself in about 20 minutes. Theres only 4 bolts to install. then bought a Swagman hitch mounted carrier. It swings down to give you access to the hatch. Now I hardly leave home with out my mountain bike attached.
Do you have any pictures of the hitch mount installed? I'm curious just how hidden the hidden hitch really is.

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