Fat bikes are perfect for thrill riding on a variety of terrains. However, rarely are such terrains available right beside an urban center.
In most circumstances, fat bikes need to be carried on 4-wheeled vehicles over a considerable distance before they can be ridden in their designated environments. This is where fat-tire bicycle racks come in.
Such racks allow multiple fat bikes to be carried on vehicles over long distances with minimum work and damage to both the vehicle and the bike. Just fasten the fat bike to the rack and you can take it anywhere the vehicle can go.
Fat-tire bicycle racks come in different shapes and forms. There are roof racks for carrying bikes on car roofs and hitch racks for carrying bikes through the support of a tow hitch.
Trunk-mounted racks also exist that carry bikes on structures fastened to the boot of a car.
Here’s a review of some of the bestselling fat-tire bike racks currently available. While there are a lot of options to choose from, the bike racks below not only provide great value for money but are also bound to make the process of transporting any fat bike a lot easier.
- At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Fat Tire Bike Racks
- Top 8 Best Fat Tire Bike Racks – Our Reviews:
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Best Fat Tire Bike Racks
If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the fat tire bike racks that most people buy).
- Hollywood Racks Sport Rider Top Pick
- Swagman G10 Runner-up
- Thule T2 Pro XT + Fat Tire Kit Runner-up
Top 8 Best Fat Tire Bike Racks – Our Reviews:
1. Hollywood Racks Sport Rider
Costing just under $280, the Sport Rider is the most convenient hitch rack there is. Boasting a sporty design, this bike carrier makes the stress-inducing process of transporting a fat bike hassle-free.
Two bikes can easily fit on this rack, with each bike being under a weight limit of 50 pounds. Both 1.25-inch and 2-inch hitch receivers are supported by the Sport Rider.
A hitch pin is also included to prevent the rack from moving when the vehicle is in motion. A hitch lock is included as well to prevent opportunist thieves from taking the whole rack with them.
A great feature of this rack is that it folds towards the car when not in use. The rack tilts downwards as well when access is required to the trunk of the vehicle.
- Great design combined with a competitive price
- Access to the boot isn’t restricted
- None so to speak
2. Swagman G10
The Swagman G10 is a functional and elegant hitch-mounted rack that can carry up to two bikes easily. The high-quality construction involved means that the G10 is something that will last a long time under repeated use.
Built for use on either a 1.25-inch or a 2-inch hitch receiver, the G10 comes with its own locking hitch pin as well. When not in use, the G10 can tilt down to enable access to the rear of a vehicle without obstruction.
Wheel straps are also included to prevent the tires from moving once the bike has been placed on the rack. There’s a weight limit of 45 pounds for each bike as well.
Bike frames can even be locked to the rack to prevent stealing.
Costing a little over $300, the G10 is a capable and advanced heavy-duty hitch rack that makes transporting fat bikes anywhere a breeze.
- Great security mechanism to prevent bike theft
- Built to last a long time
- Assembly is somewhat difficult due to its cumbersome design
3. Thule T2 Pro XT + Fat Tire Kit
The Thule T2 is a tray-style hitch rack that can carry up to two bikes at the back of a vehicle. The T2’s adaptive nature makes it perfect for road bikes, mountain bikes, and fat bikes.
As far as platform racks are concerned, both the build quality and the sheer number of features make the Thule T2 a worthy contender for the best fat bike rack there is.
The rack is easily attached and removed through the AutoAttach mechanism and folds away from the rear end of the vehicle when access to the boot is required. A cable lock is also integrated with the rack to prevent theft when the bikes are left unattended.
The 2-bike support space can also be increased to a 4-bike support space through an add-on that is purchased separately. The standard 2 bike support model comes with a weight capacity of 120 pounds.
The T2, along with its fat tire kit, costs a whopping $670.
Is this a lot of money for a fat tire rack? Yes. Is the product amazing? Yes.
Will one find another similar quality product for much less? The answer to this is also yes.
- Supports additional racks that can carry up to 4 bikes
- Supports fat bike tires of all thicknesses
- Would be the best bike carrier there is if it wasn’t for its insanely high cost
4. INNO Velo Truck Bed Bike Mount
The Velo is the perfect rack for bikers who also own a truck. Made up of two clamps that are fastened to the side of the truck body, the Velo is easy to set up.
The mount is made up of two parts, both of which include frame hooks that attach to the front and rear areas of the bike frame. As a result, fat bikes of any wheel size can be easily fastened to the mount and carried anywhere.
Since the bike is stored upright, the truck bed can still be used to house other items. Minimal obstruction to the driver’s back view is also insured due to the low frontal cross-sectional area of the bike.
Costing only $80, the Velo is a simple rack for fat bikes. However, it only attaches to trucks, so if a biker has another vehicle, he or she is sadly out of luck.
- Among the cheapest bike racks currently available
- No obstruction to the driver’s back view
- Only for those who own a truck, won’t work on any other vehicle
5. RockyMounts Tomahawk
The Tomahawk from RockyMounts is an easy to use roof rack that easily mounts to all types of crossbars found on car roofs.
The rack can easily accommodate fat tires up to 5 inches in thickness and wheel sizes of up to 29 inches. However, the Tomahawk can only hold a single bike.
There is no bike frame contact as well.
The front wheel of the bike simply fits into the hook provided while the rear wheel is fastened with a strap. This ensures no paint damage occurs to the frame.
With a retail price of $170, the Tomahawk is a superior fat bike rack designed to make the process of transporting a fat bike fairly easy. Just make sure that you know the height of your car before you attempt to go into an underpass.
- No side mirror obstruction due to bike being on the roof
- Easy to set up
- Loading and unloading a fat bike is a chore on roof racks
6. Yakima TwoTimer Fat Tire Hitch Bike Rack
One of the simplest hitch racks currently available, The Yakima TwoTimer makes the process of carrying fat bikes fun and easy.
The silver-colored rack hitch can accommodate fat bike wheels of up to 5″ wide. The product also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Fat-tire bikes are fastened to the TwoTimer through both wheel straps and rubber supports. A 1.25-inch or a 2-inch hitch receiver is supported by the rack.
A maximum fat bike wheel diameter of 48 inches is also ensured.
Costing around $320, the TwoTimer comes with a combined weight limit of 90 pounds for the two bikes that it supports.
- Simple to set up and simple to use
- Can support tires of diameters up to 48 inches
- A little expensive at $320
7. Saris MTR 2
The MTR 2 is a heavy-duty bike hitch rack built to brave the harsh outdoors. Made from a combination of aluminum and steel, the rack will easily transport fat-tire bikes anywhere.
The two-wheel trays can accommodate fat-tire bikes of a variety of wheel thicknesses with no problem whatsoever. Every other type of bike, including a road bike or a mountain bike, can be easily carried on the tray as well.
A comprehensive locking mechanism is also provided, which secures both the bikes to the hitch and the hitch to the vehicle. When not loaded with bikes, it neatly folds into itself to reduce space and to enable the opening of the rear hatch.
The 2-bike hitch can be expanded to securely transport up to four bikes as well through add-ons that can be purchased separately.
Overall, the MTR 2 costs around $380 and will be loved by those who want a rough and tough hitch mounted rack designed to stand the test of time.
- Can carry up to 4 bikes
- Superior locking mechanism prevents theft of bikes carried
- Will only work with 2-inch receivers only
8. Kuat Sherpa 2.0
Drenched in a shiny black coating, the Sherpa 2.0 redefines how a bike carrier looks through its aerodynamic design. Available in three vibrant colors, this aluminum based fat bike rack is a breeze to use.
Two fat-tire bikes, each with a maximum weight 50 pounds, can easily fit on the rack. Unfortunately, no add-on support is provided for increasing the number of bikes carried.
Mounting and dismounting are easy as fat-tire bikes only have to be held to the hitch height. The rack also tilts downwards if the use of the trunk is required.
A variety of sizes of bike tires are supported and it’s fairly easy to assemble and disassemble the whole setup after use. The front wheel is supported by a hooked arm while the rear wheel is fastened through a strap.
While its cool features and ease of use will undoubtedly impress many, the only questionable aspect of the Sherpa 2.0 is its eye-watering retail price of $550. This means this bike rack is out of range for many prospective customers who want a cheap, dependable bike rack for everyday use.
- Easy mounting and dismounting
- Easy to assemble
- Number of bikes carried can’t be increased since no add on support included
A fat bike, owing to its wide tires, has a comparably low ground pressure that enables it to roll over every challenging surface with relative ease. However, the wide bike tires require special fat bike trays to transport them over long distances.
Hitch racks, when compared to the other types of racks currently available (such as platform racks), are more popular among consumers due both to their easy installation and the hassle-free mounting and dismounting of heavy fat bikes.
For those looking for a cheap and dependable bike rack, I recommend the RockyMounts Tomahawk. Although this is a roof rack, its competitive pricing and good durability mean that it will last a long time.
For those looking for the best overall rack for fat bikes without price limitations, there’s nothing better than the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider. The Sport Rider is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to use, and jam-packed with a plethora of features to make sure that a fat bike of any tire size is transported hassle-free.