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
  • 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
 
4.3

(based on 55 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (34)
  • Versatile (28)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Easy assembly (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Road biking (25)
  • Mountain biking (24)
  • Commuting/city (13)
  • Extreme sports (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (26), Casual/ recreational (25), Competitive cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (31), Speed oriented (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50)

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2.0

had to return

By cycler

from Birmingham , Al

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Customer Service Dept

Cons

  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

    Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

    I bought this rack after reading reviews. I think that I received a returned or damaged item as it was not secure in the box and it had scratch marks of it. It was very poor craftsmanship. The holes for the pins to secure the arms were not drilled appropriately to fit the pins. The plastic knobs were of poor quality. It had velcro straps to secure the tires as opposed to the other brand name racks that have racket straps. I bought this because of the price and that is exactly what I got, a cheap product.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    2.0

    very disappointed

    By Cyclist

    from Birmingham, Al

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Refund

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

      This rack was very poorly constructed. The holes for the locking pens were not drilled out for the right size. The locking pens would not even insert into the holes. I bought this rack based on prior experiences with Nashbar and their products. I also relied on previous reviews which were good. After receiving this rack I was throughly disappointed. I had it shipped back within 24 hours.

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      4.0

      Works well so far

      By It's All Your Fault, Ted

      from Central NH

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fits Low-entry Bikes
      • Lightweight
      • Threaded Anti-wobble Pin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bike transport

        Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

        Needed local transport over steep routes to flat trails. Easy-on, easy-off, durable finish, lightweight. Lets you carry bikes with weight on tires, so low-entry cruisers ("women's bikes") can be secured without additional parts.

        Simple assembly, though instructions out of date. Hint: assemble top hook clamps on bike, not before. Remove rubber end stops before sliding wheel hoops over them.

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

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        4.0

        Better than expected

        By Tony

        from Addison, Il

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Versatile
        • Well made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

          The rack is very well made and strong. I particularly like the bolt which is used instead of a hitch pin to attach the rack securely to the car hitch receiver. This prevents any loose wobble on the rack.

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

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          4.0

          Solid Value

          By Blue Heron

          from Annapolis, Md

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Solid And Stable
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Bulky To Store
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

            This style of rack keeps the bikes very secure, they don't swing and hit each other or the vehicle. This rack is solid but heavy and bulky. Assembly was easy, took about 20 minutes. There is a bolt that replaces the hitch pin in the receiver, that screws into a threaded hole through the rack. When you tighten it, the rack is rock solid to the vehicle. I found a spare 3/4 inch box wrench to keep with the rack so I wont have to to run for one each time.
            The vertical post tips away from the vehicle (when there are no bike loaded), allowing me to open the tailgate on my PU truck. I think it would work with a lift gate on an SUV.
            Adjustable for a wide range of bike sizes, and once set up, it is very quick to load and unload the bikes.
            Off the vehicle it is quite bulky and awkward to store which could be a drawback if you are tight on space.
            The nashbar price is great.

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

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            5.0

            Transport Value

            By Duke

            from Columbia, MO

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to assemble
            • Handles Men Women Bikes
            • Stows Away
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Hitch Pin Needs Modified

            Best Uses

            • Casual Trail Rider

            Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

            Hitch pin should be modified to fit a standard hitch so it could locked.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Comfort Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            I have already recommended this product to others!

            By TBLehmeier

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Easy To Use Secure

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

              This bike rack was easy to install; it's very easy to load and unload bike(s), and I feel secure while the bike(s) are being transported.

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

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              4.0

              For the money....outstanding value

              By Jim

              from Mattawan, MI

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to load
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Needs Longer Velcro Strap

              Best Uses

              • Commuting/City
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

              Just bought this rack to replace an old 4-bike hitch rack. I needed something my wife could load without me being around. So far, so good. It is low enough to the ground that she can easily load and unload the bikes. Bikes are more easily protected and they don't swing or move much during transport. I can't speak to durability, as I just got it. The velcro strap design could be a bit better, but still functional.

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

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              4.0

              Good Bike Rack

              By Tom

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Protects The Bike

              Cons

              • Adjusters Are "sticky"

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                Good bike rack that is easy to use and protects my bikes. The bikes don't move and will NOT get scratched. The adjusters tend to stick which means that you have to "jiggle" them a little bit to un-load the bikes. Rack also needs an eyelet to attach a cable to properly lock your bike. I've had one added but it should be standard. Overall - I would buy this rack again. It's a good value. If the above mentioned problems were modified this bike rack would be great not just good.

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

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                3.0

                A couple of design issues, but still a good value.

                By A guy who appreciates a nice rack.

                from California

                About Me Competitive Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Inexpensive
                • Light

                Cons

                • Can't Lock To The Car
                • Very Loose In A 2" Hitch

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments about Nashbar Shadow 2-Bike Hitch Rack:

                Two issues to be aware of: The pin to secure the rack to the hitch receiver is threaded so you can't use a hitch pin to lock the rack onto the vehicle unless you drill out the threads. As designed, all someone has to do is unscrew the pin from the hitch and walk away with the rack (maybe with your bikes attached to it). The threaded plate is hardened steel and it took a drill press and a couple of drill bits to get the opening wide enough to accept a standard hitch pin lock. It's a bad design but not a deal breaker. The second small issue is that the adapter to up-size to a two inch receiver is slightly undersized, so I had to add spacers (shims) to keep the rack from tipping back and forth with the bikes on it. Those two issues are not insurmountable if you have tools and time. At 1/3 the price of other racks it's a great deal. If it breaks, someone steals it, or backs into it, I'l just get a new one and still be ahead of the game. I

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

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