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    Hi All

    I need to carry to full suspension mountain bikes on a real mounted carrier on my 06 Vectra hatch. Does anyone have a recommendation of which type of carrier works and fits well without damaging the tailgate?

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    Hi Martin

    I carry two bikes, on a towar mounted bike carrier, it seemed to be the only way of keeping the bikes away from my paintwork, Towbar and fitted was about £70 from Towsure, (Sheffield) and the bike carrier was around £30. Its one of the upright pole carrriers and you can remove the pole when not carrying. Failing that I used to put the back seats down, take fron wheels off bikes and they would fit in nicely, put a big piece of plastic in to protect from mud etc.


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    I Rocco is on the look out for a carrier for his Estate too.. keep an eye on this thread

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73689

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    As C@arlos said a towbar mouted one would be a good idea, I also have to carry full suspension bikes on mine and have just swapped from a towbat mouted rack to roof mounted ones.

    The only problem I found is getting a roof mouted rack that will carry my bike (Kona Stinky).

    To be honest I don't trust the ones which strap to the tailgate, I have damaged cars using these before and they are not the most secure. Also with the bikes being full suspension, weight is an issue. Bike racks aren't usually designed to carry the extra weight of a full sus bike. My bike weighs 20kg and most bike racks are only rated to 17kg (roof mouted) and about 13kg per bike on a towbar mounted one. with the towbar mouted racks, if you are wanting to carry two bikes, get a three bike carrier and not just beacause of the weight, they also dont take into account the wider frame of full suspension bikes and so you can only really fit two bikes on comfortably.

    HTH

    I have a Pendle towbar mouted 3 bike rack which I have only used twice, if you are interested PM me.

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    I use a high-mount cylce carrier on my vec hatch. It doesn't obscure the lights/number plate and will carry up-to 3 bikes I think (only ever carry 2 at most).

    For my full suspension mountain bike it does fit the carrier, but at an odd angle and slightly off-centre. I now have a false crossbar that I fit to the bike between the handle-bars and saddle so i can put the bike on the carrier like a rigid bike.

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    Thumbs up Thanks guys

    Useful comments all, thanks. I'm needing the back seats for the son and the roof for the top box (kitchen sink included) so looks like a toss up between the tow bar version and high level rear carrier. I'm a little put off the costs of the tow bar option and the potential damage to the tailgate on the high mount rear one. The initial journey is 120 miles each way to the holiday cottage. Any final comments before the purchase this weekend appreciated.
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    Martin - is security an issue or will you never leave the bikes on the car unattended?

    The high level rear carriers IIRC are attached by straps and easily cut in seconds. The tow bar one gives you more security as you can at least secure the bikes to the towbar mounts.

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    From your reply I would say that the towbar mounted one is your best bet, more secure IMO.

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    witter does a good cycle carrier that fits on to the towbar & can carry 3 mountain bikes (hardtails) or 2 (full sus) mtbs and does not scratch paintwork also thule aero bars (roof mounted) with thule cycle carriers 1-4 max

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