Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack

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Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack
The Nashbar Shadow 2-bike hitch rack is the perfect means to conveniently transport your bikes for your next road, mountain, or greenway adventure. The wide range of adjustability regarding wheelbase length and the height of your top tube means the rack can accommodate most any bike out there. The easy-to-use clamping mechanism enables you to mount and remove bikes in a snap and for further convenience the race tilts to enable access to the rear of your vehicle. Compatible with both 1 ¼" or a 2" receiver hitches for maximum vehicle versatility.
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  • Holds up to 2 bikes
  • Tilts down to allow access to rear of vehicle
  • Adjusts to accommodate wheel base (17-58") and top tube height
  • Wheel supports fold upright for compact profile when rack isn't in use
  • Fits 1 ¼" or a 2" receiver hitch
  • Maximum load limit: 90 lbs.
  • Powdercoat black finish
* Non-locking carrier
Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack
  • MFPARTNUMBER XR200
  • NUMBER OF BIKES 2
  • HITCH COMPATIBILITY 1 ¼" or 2" receiver hitch
  • NOTES
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack
 
4.4

(based on 41 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (29)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good price / value (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (18)
    • Road biking (18)
    • Commuting/city (10)
    • Extreme sports (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (20), Casual/ recreational (19)
      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort oriented (24), Speed oriented (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)

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    2.0

    Nice rack but poor design

    By Bruce

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Heavy Duty

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Large
    • Poor design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

      Overall this rack is solidly constructed but a poor design. The rack is heavy and very bulky. It takes up a lot of room when off of the car and not easily stored. A simple fix would be to make the vertical mast slide into the horizontal tongue piece and secured with a quick release pin. This would make the rack capable of being mounted in two separate pieces and more easily stashed in a trunk, I ended up returning this item. Very unusual for me for Nashbar branded products.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Very well constructed!

      By Mattski

      from Chicagoland

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

          I have been looking for a hitch-mounted 2 bike rack for a while. I wanted to stay in the $150-$175 price range. After a lot of online research I decided on this one. I believe it was the right choice. The construction is very heavy duty, including a powder-coated finish. If you are not familiar with that term it is paint that is basically baked on and very durable with a textured finish. I have not used it yet (it's below freezing here in Chicago right now) but I have no reason to believe that it won't work great. ONE TIP: DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS WORD FOR WORD! The instructions tell you to assemble the wheel hoops and then slide them onto the bar. Good luck with that. The fit is very snug. That coupled with the fact that a small plastic cap potrudes out from the top of the bar makes it all but IMPOSSIBLE to slide them on after assembly. Fortunately there is an easy work around. Just assemble the two inner plastic halves on the bar and then slip on the u-shaped steel component, drop in the hoop and slide thru the carraige bolt. Voila! By the way, my box arrived all crushed and taped together with a hole in it the size of my open hand! I thought for sure there would be damage or missing parts, but luckily all seems to be well. Bottom line: buy this hitch! You won't be disappointed

          • Cycling Style:
          • Comfort Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          works fine

          By jimmy of the north

          from state college, pa

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                This rack works just fine, is relatively fast and secure.

                I bought some 1" fastex clips and made my own wheel straps for faster / gloved finger use.

                The rack doesn't really fold down with bikes on it....the pin comes out, but because the bikes are attached to the articulating mast (wheels on the fixed part) it just flexes down a bit. Better than nothing, but it's not truly a fold-down type and you won't be able to drop your tailgate with bikes on this rack. Without bikes, it folds down just fine. It takes me about 30 seconds to take 2 bikes off....so...it mostly works ok.

                Also - helpful tip - When you walk around the vehicle in the dark, just remember that you installed this large black thing made of steel, or you just may receive credit for inventing some new four letter words.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great Product, Great Price!

                By Roadie

                from Troy, MI

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Transporting Bikes

                Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                I bought this when I sold my Suburban and could not fit my bike inside my Explorer with other gear I haul around. I use it to take my road bike up north on weekends (250mi each way) and it has worked out great. Bike fits firmly in rack and I don't worry about it on the long drive.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Much better than I expected!

                By KG Solarman

                from Murrieta, Ca

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                  I was getting tired of throwing my bike in the back of the truck so I was looking to try a hitch mounted bike rack. I bought this rack because of the low price, About half the price of comparable racks. Was surprised at the quality and how good the rack is. The welds on the unit are well done. I expected the rack to be made of much lighter gauge steel-but I was again surprised to see that they used the more durable heavier gauge steel- which means I'll be using this rack for years- not months.
                  My only negative comment is: They should not pre-install the rubber end caps - you need to take these off anyway temporarilly to slide the components on the square tubes.
                  With that being said- Been using the rack for a while now and love it! Well worth the money!

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Speed Oriented
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  worked great

                  By bikers wife

                  from Grand Rapids, MI

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                      We changed vehicles recently and therefore had to change bike carriers. Saw the great reviews for this product and decided to give it a try. It lived up to our expectations. We traveled 2200 mile with this rack carrying our bikes and loved the ease of use, portability, and secure feeling of the carrier. Glad we made the purchase.

                      • Cycling Style:
                      • Comfort Oriented
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      A First-Rate Rack

                      By CapnSnuff

                      from Houston Texas

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Extreme Sports
                        • Mountain Biking
                        • Road Biking

                        Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                        Rack arrived quickly, but (through a hole in the box) a part was missing. A call to Bike Nashbar's service department quickly remedied the problem, with a replacement part in my hands in about 4 days' time.
                        Assembly is straightforward and relatively easy. The carrier is completely adjustable to frame height and wheelbase, and the clamps hold the bikes securely. A major plus (and the main reason I bought this model) is the wheel cages, which hold the wheels (especially the front) from thrashing about when driving.
                        The only Minus I have found is the 2inch hitch receiver adaptor. The pin is sized to be universal for either 1 1/4 or 2 inch receivers, and is small for the pin opening in the 2in receiver. This will let the carrier move around while driving, which makes for some annoying noise and the potential to shear the pin. Also, you can't use a locking receiver pin with the setup as it comes. My solution was to ream out the hole with a 1/2 inch diameter drill bit; now I can lock the carrier to the car with a locking hitch pin. Run a cable through the safety chain slots and lock it around the bike frames, and your bikes are secure from opportunistic thieves. I would have given five stars except for the issue with the pin....
                        A good value for the money- I'm satisfied.

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Comfort Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        VALUE, VALUE, perfect for the need

                        By Hans the biker

                        from Williston, VT

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable
                        • Durable
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Tricky To Adjust

                        Best Uses

                        • Mountain Biking
                        • Quick Outings

                        Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                        I bought this for my Jeep Wrangler - leave it on all the time. I mountain biking 2 or 3x weekly. (This is NOT my main family rack... need to carry 5 bikes for whole family!)

                        For my fatbike (5" tires) I installed the wheel holder upside down and use bungie cords to hold wheels down and not slip off as they sit on TOP of the wheel holders instead of down in side

                        For my FS mountain bike this works great (tire holders mounted regularly). I don't think you even need to cinch down the wheels with the flimsy velcro

                        For the price it was a no brainer to stop using my fork mount roof rack and switch to this. No more removing the wheel, no more lifting. I get to the trail, bike comes off in seconds, I jump on and away I go.

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Speed Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        everthing i expected

                        By dobie

                        from Waupun WI

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                            I am very pleased with the quick service from Nashbar and the quality of the Bike Rack

                            • Cycling Style:
                            • Comfort Oriented
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Quality Product and Price!

                            By Joseph

                            from Oregon

                            About Me Avid Cyclist

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                                Bike Nashbar does it again! I ordered this two-bicycle hitch rack for my 2013 Toyota Sienna van. It has a standard Class IV two inch receiver, and this hitch fits it perfectly—no play or rattling whatsoever. It also functions perfectly as well, being very sturdy and solid. Maybe there are similar, better known brand-name bicycle hitches available—but not of this quality and at this price (I paid $119.98 on sale).

                                As usual, my Nashbar order arrived within a few days, complete and undamaged. Despite a few reviews of this rack where the purchasers had minor issues with its' assembly, I experienced none. The included instructions were clearly written and illustrated, thus expediting the assembly. I had it completely assembled and installed on my vehicle's rear hitch within 45 minutes.

                                This bicycle rack is constructed of excellent quality materials with equally impressive welds. The very heavy duty powder coated finish looks great, and should enhance its' durability.

                                I suppose one could purchase a Thule or Yakima hitch-style bicycle rack, and pay two to four times the cost of this one, and in the end, would probably not be getting a better rack (other than bragging rights due to the name). I suggest you save your money, and purchase this rack.

                                • Cycling Style:
                                • Comfort Oriented
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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