Well, I finally made a choice on a new bike rack. The choices have been between a tray rack like the Saris or a North Shore Rack. I was leaning more toward the tray as I wanted something reliable and really easy to put the bike in and out. Since I sold my pickup and bought a newer 4Runner I have been using a crappy swagman rack, you know the one. I call it the dirty finger as it looks like a bent one and I feel it push my buttons every time I go to load a bike on it. Not to mention it takes about 30 mins to load 4 bikes on it by the time you put the adapter bars on(seat tube to stem) because that rack is not made for downhill bikes.
A couple of weeks ago I looked at the options and decided on the North Shore Rack, the only draw back I could see was the J bolts that hold your back tire in as it reminded me of the top of the finger as you had to thread it together to get the bike of and on but it was a couple hundy cheaper than a 4 bike tray rack. I sent them an e-mail saying I was interested and the next day I had a response. I made an appointment for that night that included a demo before purchase. I laid eyes onto the rack and the first thing I noticed was no J bolts and in their place was a marine cleat and rope system, fast, easy and proven on boats for decades. The second was the head tube, fork hooks as before you really had to work to fit a 1.5″ headtube but not anymore. So I could see by the changes that they listen to peoples complaints and improve their rack, also they made it 1″ shorter.
So after the demo I put the rack on my hitch, payed and was off. So far I have used the rack to go to the Sunshine Coast and Sunpeaks, it works great after you figure out how to place your pedals and now I don’t even need any pads in between the bikes. Another plus is that when folded in I can still see out the back window.