If you have an e-bike with fenders, you’ll want to make sure that the bike rack you choose won’t harm your fenders. Instead, find one whose holding hooks do not come into contact with the fenders. You could try shoving the rack hooks under your fenders, or using foam to pad the fenders, but it’s just not practical. We found that a bike rack that holds your bike by the frame instead of by the wheels is the best option.
So, when it comes to transporting your ebike with fenders, you’ve got a few options. We considered plenty of racks and our standout pick is the Thule Easyfold XT 2 hitch bike rack. There’s a lot to love about this bike rack, from its solid construction, ease of use to its overall design and features. Other picks include the less expensive Swagman CURRENT, the Saris Freedom, and the Yakima OnRamp.
- How bike racks for electric bikes with fenders works
- Comparison Table for Top Bike Racks For e Bikes With Fenders
How bike racks for electric bikes with fenders works
This type of ebike rack uses an adjustable hook system to secure the frame of the bike in place. Then the wheel ratchet straps securely hold the lower part of the wheels of the bike to the rack. This way, contact with your fenders is entirely avoided, meaning you can transport your electric bike without worrying about damage to its fenders or other body components.
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This premium electric bike rack uses adjustable and moveable locking arms to hold your bike by the frame rather than by the wheels—which works great if your bike has fenders. It also has straps to tie down the wheels to the rack tray.
Though expensive, this bike rack boasts a couple of luxury features that make it our number one pick for the best bike rack for electric bikes with fenders. First, the Thule rack weighs just 45lbs – lighter than other heavy-duty models – and can carry two ebikes of up 65 pounds each. The rack has rolling wheels for easier transport, and a collapsible bike ramp lets you roll bikes onto the rack.
Once installed, the hitch bike rack opens up to 48 inches long and tilts to allow you to open your car trunk with the bikes loaded. Mounting is on 1¼-inch or 2-inch hitch receivers and included is an integrated cable lock that secures your ebikes to the rack. However, the space between the bikes can be a bit tight. And while the foldable ramp works fine with lower-mounted hitches, it won’t work well if yours is higher off the ground. Can be used as bike rack for step through ebikes – no adapter needed.
This rack’s clamp system grabs onto your bike frame, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your fender. Wheel ratcheting straps offer a stronger hold, while the integrated cable locks ensure your ebikes don’t get stolen. This hitch b rack that can haul two ebikes with fenders accommodates two bikes weighing up to 60 pounds each. And if you have a 20-29″ wheeled bike or fat tire bike, this rack will fit those as well.
We found Saris to be one of the best value bike racks for e-bikes with fenders (below $300) while still offering excellent features and durability. Despite its lightweight (35lb) build, we found it to be sturdy and stable, easy to install, and will quickly fold nearly flat when not in use. And if you need to access your trunk, simply tilt the rack back using the integrated quick-release lever.
The Yakima OnRamp bike rack is compatible with ebikes that have fenders – thanks to its adjustable frame clamping system that lets it carry just about any kind of bike—from e-bikes to town bikes to mountain bikes. And with the integrated ramp, you can easily roll heavy bikes onto the rack. The Yakima can carry two bikes up to 66-lbs each and accommodates tires up to 29×3.25, (for wider tires, you’ll need to buy a FatStrap Kit). Plus, it tilts forward so you can access your trunk without having to unload the bikes, and when not in use it folds away neatly. It even has adjustable bike trays that minimize bike-to-bike interference. The OnRamp works with both 11/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers.
This bike rack’s locking mechanisms will not interfere with your bike’s fenders – it uses a ratcheting hook and adjustable straps to hold the frame, front and rear wheels securely in place. With a weight capacity is 60 pounds per bike and the ability to fit tires up to 5 inches wide, the Current is a good fit for all types of ebikes including fat bike bikes and e-bikes with fenders. The ratchet hooks are padded to protect your frame’s finish.
Swagman CURRENT takes just a few minutes to assemble and doesn’t require extra tools for the job. If you need access to your trunk, just tilt the rack down. It folds up against the rear of the vehicle while not in use. Mounts on 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers and has built-in fat tire trays.
This two-bike tray rack holds ebikes of up to 80 pounds each by the frames – making it one of the sturdiest e-bike racks to transport heavy e-bikes and fat bikes with tires up to five inches wide.
This rack only fits into a two-inch hitch receiver, so you’ll need adapters if you have a 1 1/4″ receiver. Batteries on electric bikes, must be removed before mounting and transporting bikes on this ebike rack. With a 60″ wheelbase, you can be sure your bike will fit nicely on the rack.
The ebike hitch rack folds flat against the vehicle when not in use and the tilt function provides easy access to the trunk. To install the Sport Rider, simply slide it into place behind the cab of your vehicle, tighten down the anti-wobble hitch system until it feels snug against your vehicle’s frame, and then use the included eight-foot cable lock to secure everything together
Comparison Table for Top Bike Racks For e Bikes With Fenders
|Ebike Rack Brand||Weight Capacity||Bike rack weight||Hitch Reciever||Wheel Base|
|Saris Freedom two bike tray rack||120lbs or two 60lbs ebikes||35lbs||1 1/4 inch, adaptor for 2 inch receivers||20″- 29″|
|Thule EasyFold XT 2 Hitch Bike Rack||130lbs or two 65lbs ebikes||45lbs||1¼-inch and 2-inch||Max 29×3.25|
|Yakima OnRamp||130lbs or two 65lbs ebikes||42lbs||1¼-inch and 2-inch||29×3.25″ and up to 27.5x 4.5”|
|Swagman CURRENT bike racks for ebikes with fenders||120lbs or two 60lbs ebikes||45lbs||1¼-inch and 2-inch||20″-29″|
|Hollywood Racks Sport Rider||160lbs or two 60lbs ebikes||36.6 lbs.||2-inch hitch receiver||36- to 60-inch|