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Softride 26249 Access Versa 2-Bike Rack (Gray)

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Item Weight22 Kg
Product Dimensions91.4 x 43.2 x 17.8 cm
Item model number26249
Height10.40 inches
Length34.60 inches
Weight26.1 kilograms
Width22.50 inches
Number of Items1
Brand NameSoftride
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Best Sellers Rank #512,975 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight26 Kg
Date First AvailableOct. 14 2011
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef4de58) out of 5 stars Softride Access Versa - A sturdy hitch-mount bike rack April 19 2010
By Brent Proulx - Published on
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The Access Versa Softride rack is by far and away one of the sturdiest racks I have ever owned (and it shows in it's weight). The construction is rock solid and when driving, whether there are 1, 2, or 0 bikes on the rack, there is no wobble, bouncing, or rattling. The rack also comes with a locking hitch-pin and a cable lock for locking your bikes to the rack to prevent theft.

Loading bikes is easy; just set them on the rack and secure the tires using the rubber straps. The rack also has an incredibly easy-to-use folding mechanism that allows you to put the rack up in 2 seconds. However, setting the rack up for loading your bike the first time (or for a different bike) is not so easy. Adjusting the bike cradle section involves significant strength to extend or compress it, though once it is in place it is very secure. Also, I would not recommend this rack to road cyclists; the wheel chocks are far to big (wide) to secure a thin road bike tire securely and as I will explain below, even my Gary Fisher mountain big with it's wide, nobby tires does not feel entirely secure while driving at interstate highway speeds.

The bikes sit in the cradle with only the wheels touching the rack, which is good to protect the paint on the frame but is also the source of my biggest concern about the rack. When driving above 50mph, which I do frequently, I have found that my bike leans back significantly and in a heavy wind it actually look like it will fall off the back of the rack (imagine loading your bike then pushing on the upper part of the frame until it slowly falls over). To counteract this, I have been using the provided cable lock and the extra rubber strap to secure the frame of my bike to my car (I wrap the rubber strap around the upper part of my frame and then use a padlock to connect the strap to the cable which I thread through my hitch). This keeps the bike more upright and secure when driving, but I do wish that Softride could provide a solution to this issue.

That being said, this rack is still one of the best made, highest quality racks on the market and I am satisfied with my purchase. Loading bikes for a quick drive on city streets to a trail shouldn't give anyone an issue and if you have an SUV the vehicle should actually block a lot of the wind that causes this issue for me (I have a Subaru Legacy sedan).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef946e4) out of 5 stars Softride Access Versa 2-Back Rack Jan. 7 2012
By G. Smith - Published on
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This rack fit my criteria for holding the bike via the tires and not the frame expecially for long drives. (I have carbon fiber frames with unique shapes) Plus holding the wheels this way will still work even if the tire flats. I have read of situations where the swing up arm top-ratchet have losened with a flatted tire thus opening the possibility of the bike coming out of the rack. The adjustment for the length of bike can be tough at times, but it is doable and better tight than loose, but once adjusted so the tires must snap into place holds the bike securely. The rubber wheel straps rotted in a few months and are nearly worthless. I now use a long nylon cam strap for each bike that threads through the bike's frame and securely holds the bike down to the adjustment tubes below. By taking the strap around both sets of the rack's lower adjustment tubes you form a triangular strap shape that additionally stabalizes the bikes. And for long rides, I will put 12" cam straps on each wheel (instead of the rubber straps). Because these racks cantilever out so far, road clearance can be a problem. On our Toyota RAV-4 the hitch is so low that I bought the Softride's "Gooseneck Adaptor" which extends out and 4" up raising the rack higher providing the much needed ground clearance. (works for any 2" receiver hitch and any 2" rack system) The $60 price is fair when you consider it comes with the anti-rattle insert and an additional lock pin and lock. Overall this is a great rack.

Now for a few drawbacks. One is the weight (50 lbs). It is not a rack that you easily put on and take off and it needs a wrench to to this. The next is the rubber straps that didn't last long, but I wouldn't use them anyway. And last, both plastic slide sleaves that stabalize the end of one tube to the other tube have cracked. Concerning the weight, to augment this rack we have just bought a "Kuat" "Beta-2" hanging rack. Why? it easily attaches with no tools to our 2" reciver hitch (also using the Gooseneck Adaptor), and for two bikes it weights 11 lbs and fits a full suspension bike frame. This is so light that my wife can use it and it is easy to put on and take off. But for long trips, I will still use the Softride because it will protect our bikes better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f0176a8) out of 5 stars Carries bikes securely Jan. 19 2011
By Peter Burant - Published on
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I'm very glad I bought this rack. It does exactly what I need it to do without hassles.

I have been using it on a 2011 Chevy Equinox with a 2" receiver (I chose a 2" receiver over a 1.25" because of this rack - more on that later).

First off, the rack holds bikes very securely no matter what the driving conditions. When I first mounted up my bike I was a little skeptical because I was able to wiggle the bike around somewhat in the rack, however, on the road it wiggled far less than I was making it do parked in the driveway (on the road, all forces enter the bike via the tires whereas I was pushing on the handlebars where I had far more leverage over the bike). As another reviewer pointed out, you need to get the arms adjusted as far inward as possible so that the tires snap into the hoops - it should take a little bit of a downward push to get them to snap in - if your rear wheel just falls down into the rack after the front is in, the arms are too far apart). The bikes should NOT lean at all regardless of the vehicle speed. The hoops do all the work of holding the bike in the rack: the rubber straps are only a safety measure.

Whether loaded or unloaded, I never even notice this rack is on my car while driving. No rattles, no wobbles, and no scraping while loaded, despite the steep approach to my driveway.

The arms are a little tough to extend sometimes. I have not attempted to lubricate these yet, but I'm confident a dab of silicone paste on each arm will get them sliding smoothly. Do note that if you ever have trouble pushing the arms inward, you can sit on the ground and push with the arm your foot.

The only negative things I can list are fairly minor. My Versa shipped with two locking bolts for the 1.25" receiver and none for the 2" receiver. Fortunately, if you don't require locking, you can pick up a bolt at any hardware outlet. One call to Softride was all it took to get them to send me the correct size locking bolt at no charge, which arrived in a few business days (and they didn't make me send the extra one back to them).

The only other minor problem was the way the tilt lever attaches to the rack. Assembled with the factory parts, the lever was loose and would rattle between the two tabs that the pivot bolt fits through. I simply took a 1/8" thick piece of rubber and made a washer out of it to sandwich the lever between the tabs - no more rattle and the lever functions perfectly. Since this appears to be a minor design issue and not a missing part as with the locking bolt, I wish I could rate in half star increments and give this 4.5, but even with this flaw I feel the rating should be higher than 4. Without this minor design flaw, which may even be fixed in later versions, this rack is a solid 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ee419d8) out of 5 stars Very sturdy, compact, full-time hitch rack July 20 2010
By Chasseur - Published on
1. This rack seems very well built. The pieces are extremely stout and very well finished. Beyond that, this rack is aesthetically much more pleasing than other "deck" style hitch racks.
2. The mounting system is secure and versatile. I have used this rack at highway speeds with a standard racing bike (700x23 wheels) and encountered very little lean or wobble from the bike. I wonder whether those who report wobble and lean from road bikes have the arms set sufficiently narrow-- the bike should "snap" down into place. One unfortunate aspect of this design is that it is not compatible with bikes that have full rear fenders/mudguards. I haul my commuter with sks full fenders daily with this rack, and have had to modify (shorten) the rear fender to accomodate the rack mechanism. The rack did work with the full fender for a couple of trips, but the fender was obviously highly stressed while the bike was mounted.
3. The Versa folds up beautifully when not in use. If you need to use your rack on a daily basis and therefore will not be taking the rack off of your vehicle regularly, I recommend this rack. It's not only unobtrusive when actually looks sorta cool.
4. The rack does not afford a great amount of ground clearance if you are using it with a car, as opposed to a crossover or truck. If you use the 1.25" adapter, you will get a bit of "lift" out of that. However, with the 1.25" tongue adapter, the rack was a rather large distance from the car when folded, and a ridiculous distance away when in use-- it was like pulling a freaking trailer. I modified the tongue to shorten it. My rack is now 4" away from the car folded, and a reasonable distance back when open.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef94684) out of 5 stars Most solid hitch rack I've owned June 26 2010
By E F. Varisco - Published on
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I like this rack!! It's very solid and well-made. It's also 'prettier' than the typical black metal carriers that seems common with these conveyances. Its build quality is better than the racks that I've owned from Saris, Thule and Yakima.

I didn't give it 5 stars for a couple of reasons (1) As with the other reviewer I lack some confidence that the only the wheels are secured. This design works fine for bikes with thicker tires such as mountain bikes. It does take some finagling with a thinner road bike tire. (2) For folks who own a 'Hidden Hitch' it was a challenge to get this rack on. It works better with hitches that are flush with the bumper. Hidden Hitches sit a few inches from the bumper.

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