Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack

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Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack
You have a lot of bikes! The Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack is ready to exceed your expectations. Easily mounts 4 bikes for your next getaway. Features a durable powder coat finish and a hitch sleeve to fit a 2" hitch. Smoothly adjusts to the height of your top tube or the length of your wheel base.
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  • Powdercoat Black Finish
  • Holds up to 4 bikes
  • Adjusts to accomodate wheel base (17-58") and top tube height
  • Fits 2" hitch
Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack
  • MFPARTNUMBER XR204
  • NUMBER OF BIKES 4
  • HITCH COMPATIBILITY 2"
  • NOTES
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack
 
4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (15)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (10)
  • Road biking (9)
  • Commuting/city (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (10), Casual/ recreational (7)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (8), Comfort oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

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4.0

Awesome rack for a great price

By fc2se

from Ohio

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      This bike rack is exactly what I wanted for a great price. It is easy to get the bikes in and out, and it can hold a wide variety of bikes via simple adjustments of the wheel holders and hooks. I recently used this bike rack for a trip to the beach (over 12 hours of driving each way), and it had no issues. We had two hybrids (on men's and one women's), a kid bike, and a tag-a-long bike on the rack.

      Okay, so why 4 stars instead of 5? Honestly, for this price maybe it should be 5 stars. But it is heavy, and it doesn't allow good access to the liftgate/tailgate of the vehicle. However, it does fold reasonably for storage, and I don't doubt its strength. And its design is spot on.

      If you want a 5 star bike rack, then prepare to spend $600 or more on one that is only slightly better. The only way it would be better would be to have reduced weight and a different folding strategy that would allow either liftgate access or reduced length for parking after bikes have been removed.

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

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Nice Rack

      By Salmonburger

      from MI

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

          Impressed with this wheel tray rack. Seems well made and works with all frame styles. In my opinion this type of rack is the best way to securely carry most bikes from cruisers to high end carbon bikes.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          great hitch rack

          By Rev Dave

          from Clinton, MO

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Mountain Biking
          • Road Biking

          Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

          Just got back from a 2000 mile trip with this rack. Worked Wonderful!! Only reason didn't give a 5 star is because of flimsy cables that hold pins.

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

          Comment on this review

           
          3.0

          awaiting replacement part

          By JR

          from New York

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

            We had a part that was drilled incorrectly, we sent it back and are currently waiting on the replacement.

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

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I wanted.

            By electricelm

            from Indiana

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Heavy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Extreme Sports
              • Mountain Biking
              • Road Biking

              Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

              I've had this for about 3 weeks and it's exactly what I wanted at a great price. (Got it during a 25% off sale.)
              Assembly:
              This was very easy to assemble, it took me about 45 minutes to put together by myself. I would suggest putting the hitch post into your hitch and assembling it that way. This great idea dawned on me half-way through putting it together. I would suggest getting some silicone spray or something similar to help with putting the hook mounts on. If I remember correctly I only used 2 tools to put it together.
              Use:
              It's very heavy, but that's a good thing for me. I could have spent $700 on a nice, light weight, adjustable trailer hitch mounted bike rack... wait, no I couldn't, cause that's too much money for me to spend on a bike rack. I already spent too much money on my carbon frame mountain bike, so I need the cheapest and safest way to transport it, and the rest of my families bikes around to all the places we go without worrying if my bike rack is going to fall apart. And, this is what I got out of this rack. No, I can't open the back door on my Saturn Vue while it's on, but that's where the $500 savings comes in to play.

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

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              4.0

              Great for what it is

              By Nate

              from Providence, RI

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy To Loadunload Bikes

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

                  As long as you know what you are getting into, this is a great rack. I have a 5-bike rack that tries to put 5 bikes within 26 inches (bike frame centerline to centerline). It is generally impossible without major work on the bikes like taking off pedals or other things. This rack puts 4 bikes in about 30 inches of space . It is easy and quick with no changes needed on the bikes, only minor adjustments on the rack.

                  There are some cons:
                  Heavy (~70Lbs!)
                  Does not fold up close to the car. The arms fold up so it is 'narrow', but it will always stick out 3 feet or so from the back of the car. It is not something you can leave on the car long-term like other racks. It also takes a sizable place to store in the garage. It is about a foot wide and 3.5 feet long
                  Only holds 4 bikes. I sometimes need to carry 6.

                  Pros:
                  So much easier to load and unload 4 bikes than other racks I have seen.
                  Holds bike securely. No worries of a wheel coming off if the quick release on the wheel is loose :-)

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

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent, just buy it!

                  By Bullet

                  from Phoenix

                  About Me Commuter

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Solid
                  • Versatile
                  • Well built

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Road Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

                  So I researched a lot, and possibly too much. Have had a use out of this rack and it is awesome. It handles your bikes super great. Holds them in rock solid, and is easy to use. You do need to think about how you put bikes in biggest with the top bar holder on top. But other than that it is super simple.

                  Here is the bottom line, if you are loaded and love to throw your cash around then there are plenty of more expensive racks that are less versatile. But me being a poor dad of 2 boys and wife who rides just needed lots of space cheap so I could buy more bikes!!! And I am glad I got this rack.

                  Just remember it is as solid as a rock, so heavy, but it means everything is well held into place!!!

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

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Gets the Job Done!

                  By Dino

                  from Cullman, AL

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Great for carbon frames

                  Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

                  This rack was recommended as the best one to carry a Carbon-framed bike so that no damages would occur.

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

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very nice rack would realy easy to use.

                  By Chief

                  from Augres MI

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to install
                  • Easy to use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Biking
                    • Road Biking

                    Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

                    very easy to put together my 14 year twin girls put it together in about 40 min. took it on a 1200 mile trip with no problems.

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

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                    5.0

                    Nice bike rack

                    By orange jello

                    from omaha

                    About Me Avid Cyclist

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nashbar Shadow 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

                      Very nice rack. Well built and sturdy. The moveable arms are all secured with a keyed pin. Lots of adjustability. Some sliding parts just need a little silicon spray. I transported 4 bikes very securely with no scratches. Highly recommended.

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

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