Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack

Item # BN-SHDLX4

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Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack
Transporting up to a quartet of bikes to the next road, mountain, or greenway adventure is a simple endeavor with the Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack. The wide range of adjustability regarding wheelbase length and the height of each bike's top tube means the rack can accommodate most any bike out there. Attachment of each bike to the rack is super-simple as it requires just securing the rack arm to the top tube plus fastening the ratcheting strap to each wheel. The upright rack arms can be folded down for access to the rear of the vehicle (bikes must be removed from the rack) and when the rack isn't in use it folds upright for a more compact rear profile on your vehicle.
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  • Holds up to 4 bikes
  • Each bike secures via rack arm on top tube plus ratcheting strap to each wheel
  • Vertical arm tilts down to allow access to rear of vehicle (bikes must be removed)
  • Rack folds upright for compact profile when not in use
  • Compatible with 2" receiver hitch
  • Bikes lock to rack, rack locks to hitch
  • Maximum load limit: 180 lbs. (45 lbs. per bike maximum)
  • Not compatible with recumbents or tandems
  • Powder coat black finish
  • Dimensions when mounted are 52" wide x 52" deep, 39" high
Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack
  • NUMBER OF BIKES 4
  • HITCH COMPATIBILITY 2" receiver hitch
  • NOTES Maximum weight: 180 pounds (45 pounds per bike maximum)
  • Rating 4.5

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Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (11)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (14)
  • Road biking (12)
  • Commuting/city (4)
  • Extreme sports (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (13), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort oriented (7), Speed oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

Great product, especially for the price

By Kevin

from Richmond, VA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Secure: rack locks to hitch, bikes lock to rack
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking

Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

I've installed this on the car a half-dozen times; with a socket wrench it takes two mins. I like that the rack arm locks the bike in place for security.
The rack is stupid heavy, but most of the time I leave off the extension and just use it as a two-bike rack. That flexibility is nice. Great product so far.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Comfort Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Sturdy and Worry Free

By Cubs

from Chicago,IL

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Road Biking

Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

Heavy yes! Worry free, Yes! This is just what I wanted, put my bikes on it and don't have to look back again to see if things are stable. Lock on hitch connection and stable bar are huge pluses. Assembly a snap, buy this product, its great!

  • Cycling Style:
  • Comfort Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
1.0

Too Heavy

By Keith4ski

from White plains, ny

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      Website does not list weight of this rack which should have made me do more searching but I ordered it.
      When it was delivered, package weight was 66 lbs.
      Too heavy to hang off my car for constant use.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great rack, works well for 2 or 4 bikes

      By David

      from CA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      Well built rack. Comes at the expense of being on the heavy side. One downside is needing a socket/wrench every time you place or remove the rack from the hitch. Not as polished as a more expensive rack but rugged and well built.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Yes

      By Rock Pile

      from Mount Ida Arkansas

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cost effective
      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Not totally secure without some modification

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      I love this rack for the price point. I think the people reviewing this and saying it is too heavy must be roadies. The only problem is that it is not really secure as in locking it because you can just unbolt the rack and take the bikes off. Luckily I have a welder and I just talked all the pieces together to resolve the issue.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Easy to use very functional incredible value

      By Nate

      from North Ridgeville, Oh

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      Main use to transport 2 bike to trailhead or other bike trails. Easy assembly took about 30 minutes.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      nashbar shadow 4 bike rack

      By JD

      from sandy utah

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Put Together And R
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      I use to carry 1 to 4 bikes. The rack is solid and heavy, not for cars, need SUV or truck. You cant beat the price compared to major brands. I have used this rack for a few weeks and am satisfied. If you have carbon wheels the straps will need to be modified to go around rims

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Worth the money

      By Roadrunner

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      So far a solid performer. Bought this for use almost exclusively as a 2-bike rack, with the potential for 4 bikes when needed. Easy bike loading/unloading. Rides with very little sway, though here I do supplement with nylon straps splayed out to each side of the bumper. It is, as others have mentioned, on the heavy side: the 2-bike setup alone weighs 45 lbs. One problematic area is security. While the hitch end locks securely to the vehicle, and each bike is separately locked to the vertical arm, there is a joint in the middle that is simply bolted. An enterprising thief with a socket wrench can unbolt the outboard section of the rack, bikes and all, and toss them in their truck bed. To counter this vulnerability I use a long cable lock to string the bikes to the truck. Were it not for the security hiccup I'd give this a 5-star rating.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very sturdy, easy to use

      By hokkoda

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy Assembly
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Bolt Can Be Sticky
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Road Biking

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      We picked this up on sale after about 5-6 years of a four-bike Thule slide-on rack. The Thule was practically unbearable because of the kids' bikes...getting them on and off was like a jigsaw puzzle.

      Anyway, saw this on sale, and decided to try it having seen many similar racks (different brands) up in the mountains on weekends. For 1/2 the price of a Thule, I definitely feel like I got my money's worth.

      My son and I put the rack together in about 30 minutes. You just have to pay close attention to which way the labels and fittings are supposed to fit together. We had to strip it down and start over after about 10 minutes because the diagram was a little tough to read. Other than that, piece of cake.

      It is quite heavy, but folded up, there's a lot of room to hold onto, and my wife and I easily attached it to the truck. The hitch pin is both a screw AND a lock, which I like a lot. Keeps the rack from swaying as much, and also adds a little peace of mind. Storage wise, it's a big rectangle about 3'x4', so be sure you have the wall space to hang it, and mount it to the wall studs (weight!). It's low profile, so it only sticks out about 6-8" from the wall.

      It's a champ for carrying four different sized bikes. Easy on/off, and the braces individually lock too. Took about 2 minutes per bike to get the wheel supports spaced correctly. The zip ties for the wheels work like a snowboard binding, and release easily.

      I have not taken it on any rougher roads yet, but as far as driving around the county and hitting various trails, no noticeable problems. I was surprised that it actually sticks out no further when folded than my old Thule rack. It's very low profile considering its size.

      Perhaps because it is new, the bolt which secures the rack hinge is quite sticky. I'm sure as the finish wears off, it'll slide more easily. I just gave it a good kick to pop it in/out. lol Like I said, very sturdy.

      Enjoy!

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      awesome rack

      By beast from the east

      from Jacksonville, Florida

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Extreme Sports
        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

        This is an excellent rack. Very sturdy and easy to use. It was extremely easy to assemble, I didn't even look at the instructions to assemble. It's common sense on what part goes where as well as the bolts. It is nice since you don't have to use all 4 trays and just use 2 trays. The locking feature to secure the bikes from being stolen is nice also.

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

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