The INNO Tire Hold Hitch Bike Rack showed up today and I wasted no time diving in to get it setup and ready to transport my bikes. Unboxing was easy as the contents were organized well and spaced out making the parts easy to access and remove.
From opening the box to completely ready to use was about 40 minutes. If I would have put all the pieces together in the right order, the first time, it would have only taken around 25 minutes.
2” or 1 ¼” Option
Right away I was impressed; the INNO UNH12o Rack comes out of the box supporting both 2” and the smaller 1 ¼” hitch receivers. Not only that it comes with a built in Anti-Rattle hitch and a cable lock.
The instructions were easy to follow but take heed, “read” the cartoon instructions in full before assembly or you will be like me and have to undo stupid mistakes to put this rack together correctly.
All bolts come pre-treated with a Locite type compound, and the tools needed to assemble the rack were all included.
The tire holders adjust to different size tires from 20” to 29” and different bike lengths easily. There is a locking mechanism on the tire holders that easily adjust and let the rack hold the bike without any frame mounting points; pretty cool.
My 27.5 mountain bikes fit in easily and securely into the Inno Tire Hold Rack. The tray can handle 2 bikes up to 60 lbs. each and there are grooves in the tray to handle MTB and road bike tires. But when trying to transport a true fat tire bike, that did not fit at all; the tire holders were just too narrow.
In addition to that the Tire Hold rack does not work well with fenders; I had a town e-bike that had inexpensive full fenders. It seemed like the fenders would be crushed by the Tire Hold portion of the bike rack. This situation made the town bike not as secure in the rack as my mountain bike fit.
The cable lock that is integrated into the anti-rattle knob, and which I thought was such a nice touch, is impractical to use.
In the manual INNO suggest Girth Hitching the cable around your bikes and then putting the cable into the anti-rattle knob. The only problem with this is when the bike rack is loaded with bikes it is impossible to access the anti-rattle knob without completely rolling under the rack.
When not in uses, the INNO Rack easily lifts out of the way up against your vehicle. You squeeze the handle built into the end of the bike rack and lift. You can use this to lower your bikes a little out the way as well.
Overall, I liked the idea of the INNO Tire Hold 2 Bike Hitch Rack ($599.99) for transporting standard mountain bikes, road bikes and bikes without cheap fenders. But will have to pass for transporting heavier e-bikes if riding solo since there is no ramp system to help load the bikes up or the ability to widen the trays to secure fat tires to this INNO Racks model.