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How can I carry a bike with a carbon frame?
Posted by Charlotte @ The Roof Box Company on 27 September 2012 10:17 AM

It's certainly possible to carry your carbon frame bike in a rack but you will need to be careful you go for a rack that you can be sure won't cause any damage to your bikes. Carbon frames are be designed to withstand the type of forces you get whilst riding the bike but not where the downtube is clamped into a standard roof mounting bike carrier. You will need to go for a bike rack that does not clamp your carbon frame. If you need a rack to carry carbon frame bikes (usually very expensive) it's certainly not worth taking any risks. The good news is that we will have a few different options: 

Roof mounting bike carriers

Fork mounted bike carriers are recommended for bikes with carbon frames but they are not suitable for bikes with full carbon forks. If you have carbon forks with a steel dropout a fork mounted rack will be suitable. Some fork mounting racks are not suitable for bikes with disc brakes so it's important to check this before you buy a particular rack.

The Yakima FrontLoader or Inno’s Tyre Hold rack are a completely new style of bike rack. Your bike is held in place using two ratchet arms that secure the wheels. The rack never touches the bike frame or cables – making this rack the ideal, and often only, option for bikes with carbon frames or non-standard shaped frames that don’t fit a standard bike carrier.

Tow ball mounted bike carriers

Wheel support style bike carriers have an arm that attached to the cross bar. This is not recommended if you have a carbon frame but you can usually attach this arm to a non-carbon part of the bike instead, e.g. the seat post. Alternatively you can use an 'artificial cross bar' that this arm can attach onto instead. We have a range of artificial cross bars available.

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