Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack

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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

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Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (15)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (16)
  • Road biking (14)
  • Commuting/city (6)
  • Extreme sports (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (15), Casual/ recreational (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (9), Comfort oriented (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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5.0

Very heavy, but does the job.

By Andy B

from Boston, MA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Mountain Biking
    • Road Biking

    Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

    First of all, be prepared for how heavy this is. Moving the box around was a bit of a challenge, but once it was in place, assembly was pretty straight forward with the instructions not hard to follow.
    I've found that I can put bikes off all sizes, from my 29er to my youngest son's 12" bike, on it with ease.

    I haven't had to take it off yet, so I'm not sure how that's going to go, but raising and lowering it isn't too bad (though I keep a deadhead mallet in my truck to knock the pin in and out as its a challenge to do with bare hands.

    Make sure you verify the maximum tongue weight of your hitch, since this thing can get pretty heavy with four full sized mountain bikes on it. Mine is installed on a Honda Pilot which is rated for 450lbs and can handle it fine. On the pilot, with the rack in the raised position, I am able to open the glass portion of the hatch and reach through to items that way. If I need to open the hatch, I need to remove the pin and lower the hatch.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Almost perfect...

    By EV92618

    from Irvine, CA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Complete package
    • Durable
    • Easy to assemble
    • Quality construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Not burglar proof

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

    Shipping was prompt and on-time. Unbeatable price and value. Due to the weight, the package was a bit banged up but Nashbar always package their products so well that this item was shipped with an outer carton that is about twice the guage of the actual box. However, when I got the parts out of the carton, I found that some of the zip ties inside were not fastened properly, so some parts got scratched from bumping at each other in transit. Contrary to some reviews, I did not have a hard time in assembly. I just sorted the parts and checked if complete, then I just figured the assembly based on the photo. I even did some "modifications" to suit my preference. For example, there are 4 bars that hold the wheel trays, 2 with Nashbar decals and 2 are blank. So, I figured that those with decals should be at the outside to be seen in both 2x or 4x rack assembly (this is actually a 2-bike rack with a 2-bike extension). I placed those with the decals inside and attached reflective stickers on the blank ones facing the rear for added visibility (I did not want to cover or mess up the bars with Nashbar decals). Another mod I did is I installed the frame holder hooks in alternate positions - 1 folding down to the left and the other to the right. This way, the rack is balanced when folded up. The only thing is, one bar has the lock facing the other way, which doesn't really matter to me. I did take into account what one reviewer said about the security of the rack, where a thief with an adjustable wrench can easily take it apart and steal the bikes or even the whole thing (although due to the weight I doubt a single thief can run away with it). A cordless electric drill/driver with the right size socket can even do this in a couple of minutes! Having built-in locks on the frame hooks and the hitch lock are great but I don't believe these are enough to stop a determined thief from running away with the bikes, so buy additional cable locks for added security.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Very bulky, very heavy, difficult to manage.

    By Brandon

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Shadow DLX4 4-Bike Hitch Rack:

      Very very heavy rack. Hard to manage by yourself. Would recommend if you have a large SUV or truck not a car.

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

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