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c72k

Go Kart Champion
Location
IA
Was into mtb in high school, but hadn’t really done any riding until now. Just ordered a DB Sync’r this morning, and cannot wait to get back into it!
 

sijray21

Ready to race!
Location
northern va
Bouncing this back up, but i ride local roads in my area (Northern VA - Reston/Herndon/Sterling/Ashburn area). Part of a local team, but i'm one of the few roadies. I have my commuter and MTB, but i don't ride them nearly as much. I used to compete up to cat3 in local/regional races, but have since stopped since the birth of my daughter.

Rides: 2011 Ridley Noah w/Mixed SRAM 10-spd Group, 2012 Trek Ion CX Pro (old cx bike turned commuter bike), 2012 Trek Superfly AL w/old 3x9 hardware

I may look for a roof rack for my new-to-me mk7.5 r, but i'm not sure yet as i rarely haul the bike places anymore. I won't be getting a hitch rack as i've had in the past.
 

bentin

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
Bouncing this back up, but i ride local roads in my area (Northern VA - Reston/Herndon/Sterling/Ashburn area). Part of a local team, but i'm one of the few roadies. I have my commuter and MTB, but i don't ride them nearly as much. I used to compete up to cat3 in local/regional races, but have since stopped since the birth of my daughter.

Rides: 2011 Ridley Noah w/Mixed SRAM 10-spd Group, 2012 Trek Ion CX Pro (old cx bike turned commuter bike), 2012 Trek Superfly AL w/old 3x9 hardware

I may look for a roof rack for my new-to-me mk7.5 r, but i'm not sure yet as i rarely haul the bike places anymore. I won't be getting a hitch rack as i've had in the past.

Just curious, why would you want a roof rack? Especially one that requires clips to bare paint and through the door seals? I had a direct mount on my M Coupe, but that's a whole other game. Hitch only for me, and that's without discussing a little problem with hydraulic fluid and the roof of previously mentioned M Coupe.

I ride both road and mountain, got a single speed Schwinn Madison, WI freewheel, not fixed, my knees are too jacked from 30 years of soccer. Also have a 12 year old ti road bike with Campy. For mountain, been on a 29er single speed for 11 years, but will likely add an Evil, ibis or Alchemy in the next few months.
 

sijray21

Ready to race!
Location
northern va
Just curious, why would you want a roof rack? Especially one that requires clips to bare paint and through the door seals?
I'm still debating at the moment, but install is much simpler for a roof rack. I'll check the hitch mount applications, but any cutting of the diffuser/valence would rule one out for me. I did that on my wife's GSW and i won't be doing that on the R; i think it looks awful. My other concern would be for the rear parking sensor effectively being unusable if i left my oneUp rack on the hitch.

i actually had both types of applications on my mk6 gti, but i just prefer the use of the roof rack. When i uninstalled the roof rack on the mk6 after about 7 years of use i noticed no fading, no chipping, and if i didn't mention it to the buyer he wouldn't have known i had a roof rack on the car for so many years. that makes me feel a bit better about the longevity of having a roof rack installed. if i did more MTB or CX where it would get muddy/dirty i definitely would use a hitch, but with road it doesn't get the roof too dirty; the tray from the bike carrier usually catches any debris from the bike, but if not i clean the car pretty frequently.
 

bentin

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
I'm still debating at the moment, but install is much simpler for a roof rack. I'll check the hitch mount applications, but any cutting of the diffuser/valence would rule one out for me. I did that on my wife's GSW and i won't be doing that on the R; i think it looks awful. My other concern would be for the rear parking sensor effectively being unusable if i left my oneUp rack on the hitch.

i actually had both types of applications on my mk6 gti, but i just prefer the use of the roof rack. When i uninstalled the roof rack on the mk6 after about 7 years of use i noticed no fading, no chipping, and if i didn't mention it to the buyer he wouldn't have known i had a roof rack on the car for so many years. that makes me feel a bit better about the longevity of having a roof rack installed. if i did more MTB or CX where it would get muddy/dirty i definitely would use a hitch, but with road it doesn't get the roof too dirty; the tray from the bike carrier usually catches any debris from the bike, but if not i clean the car pretty frequently.
I suppose I should have looked at your avatar. Missed the R part. Yeah, on a GTI, the Curt is four bolts and a few minutes to install or remove, I've done it twice now. Looks like you'd have to deal with the Torklift and bumper removal, so yeah, probably easier to go roof rack at that point. Part of my dislike is just the noise and mileage impact, my M Coupe had a 13g tank and wasn't that efficient with a bare roof and got around 18 mpg on the highway with two bikes on the roof, making long trips exceedingly long and stopping at every gas station you saw was pretty much a necessity.

Yeah, for sure you'd lose the functionality of the rear parking sensors, but I do find that with my 1UP, the rear camera gets a clear view through the main triangle, even with bottles in the cages. Of course I ride a 58.5cm frame, probably a bit compromised if you ride a significantly smaller frame or had a really strong top tube drop like modern mountain bikes.
 

The Butcher

Drag Race Newbie
Location
United States
Made my day seeing this post! I've been riding road for the past 10 years. Criterium racing for 5 years, but I have since retired from competitive racing due to a 40mph crash/concussion last year. Still riding a "casual pace" of 22mph avg training rides to keep fitness up.

My main steed is a 2015 Felt AR. DA 9100 groupset, 3T cockpit, dual sided stages power meter, EE lightweight brakes, Fizik Ares TT saddle, alto velo 60mm wheels, Chris King hubs and God knows what else. 15.4lbs with pedals.

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swcrow

Drag Racing Champion
Location
Virginia
road cycling, no, but MTB heck yeah!

Lived in Colorado Springs, CO for years and would MTB all over the single tracks on Cheyenne mountain (Capt Jacks Trail, etc). Live in VA now, so different type (waaaaay less elevation) of terrain where I live, but still fun. Currently run a '29er, GT Karakoam hardtail, but looking to sell and upgrade to full suspension.
 

csumt76

Drag Racing Champion
Location
TX
I had a carbon Motobecane road bike. Never rode it so I gave it to my brother... He doesn't take care of it at all. Sad last time I saw it big ole scratch on the frame and dirty as hell.
 

sijray21

Ready to race!
Location
northern va
Made my day seeing this post! I've been riding road for the past 10 years. Criterium racing for 5 years, but I have since retired from competitive racing due to a 40mph crash/concussion last year. Still riding a "casual pace" of 22mph avg training rides to keep fitness up.

My main steed is a 2015 Felt AR. DA 9100 groupset, 3T cockpit, dual sided stages power meter, EE lightweight brakes, Fizik Ares TT saddle, alto velo 60mm wheels, Chris King hubs and God knows what else. 15.4lbs with pedals.

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Very nice! I raced on a 2012 Felt FA frameset i built up for a while; so stiff. I've had a soft spot for the AR-series since my team shop used to sell Felt. I came close to buying a 2014 AR2, but decided on a custom build instead. While I do miss the competition of Crits i don't miss the crashing part (usually getting caught up in issues in front with no where to go). I never had a bad crash per se, but i've seen my friends go down hard enough to get wheeled out in a meat wagon more times than i'd like. It definitely started to get more stable with the cat3 races.

Still riding my race bike since i'm saving funds for the new Emonda (hoping it'll have the T47 BB). 2011 Ridley Noah pieced together with various stuff from my build in 2014.

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I suppose I should have looked at your avatar. Missed the R part. Yeah, on a GTI, the Curt is four bolts and a few minutes to install or remove, I've done it twice now. Looks like you'd have to deal with the Torklift and bumper removal, so yeah, probably easier to go roof rack at that point. Part of my dislike is just the noise and mileage impact, my M Coupe had a 13g tank and wasn't that efficient with a bare roof and got around 18 mpg on the highway with two bikes on the roof, making long trips exceedingly long and stopping at every gas station you saw was pretty much a necessity.

Yeah, for sure you'd lose the functionality of the rear parking sensors, but I do find that with my 1UP, the rear camera gets a clear view through the main triangle, even with bottles in the cages. Of course I ride a 58.5cm frame, probably a bit compromised if you ride a significantly smaller frame or had a really strong top tube drop like modern mountain bikes.
The mileage issue was something i saw on my MKVI as i lost about 1-2mpg on the highway. Noise wasn't as much of an issue as i thought, but i had a fairing at the time. i'd definitely get a more aerodynamic bar set-up this time around. I agree with you on the camera visibility as long as it's a one-bike OneUp rack. Anything more than that and it gets difficult. I think i'll wait to get any sort of rack and use the interior as best i can with the car seat in-place. I usually ride my MTB to my local park and trails, but if i find myself travelling more with it i'll definitely get a rack of some kind since i don't want that mess in the car.

Is that M Coupe the clownshoe? I love that car so much. I have a '99 Z3 2.8l 5-spd that was given to me that I've been refurbishing and lightly modding.
 
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Chogokin

Drag Race Newbie
Location
So Cal
Ride
GTI Sport | Audi A3
I have the Curt on my GTI and 8P A3. The GTI was pretty easy. Only tricky part was fishing the bolts through the body. It took just under an hour. The A3 was a huge pain. Took a friend an me about 6 hours to install.

I seem to lose about 3 to 4 MPG with my bikes on the back of the car.

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bentin

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Austin, TX
Ride
2018 GTI SE
Is that M Coupe the clownshoe? I love that car so much. I have a '99 Z3 2.8l 5-spd that was given to me that I've been refurbishing and lightly modding.
Yeah, E36/8. Awesome car, held a keg like it was designed around it. Blast at the track, but that trailing arm rear suspension could bite you if you weren't paying attention. I really wish BMW made anything even half as raw as that thing was. Or anyone, I don't really have any brand loyalty.
 

avenali312

Drag Race Newbie
Location
Smyrna, GA
Ride
2015 VW GTI
Finally got out for the first time this year yesterday. Between the fluctuating temperatures, allergies kicking in, and the recent flooding around here, it's be tricky. Torklift Ecohitch, Thule T1, and 2012 Trek Fuel EX8 at Blankets Creek in Woodstock, GA.

It was a nice reminder that I need to address my rear brakes again. Super groan-y and embarrassing; at least I hope it's my brakes and not something in my linkage.

 

2.06thgen

Ready to race!
Location
turboland
I have the Curt on my GTI and 8P A3. The GTI was pretty easy. Only tricky part was fishing the bolts through the body. It took just under an hour. The A3 was a huge pain. Took a friend an me about 6 hours to install.

I seem to lose about 3 to 4 MPG with my bikes on the back of the car.

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How does it handle the hitch set up? I have the saris rack but I would like that clean look back. And does it weight the car down in the back? Also what did you lower the car on? I have bilstein struts and eibach pro kit springs (1” drop) I have installed yet because I want to do a hitch but I was worried about ground clearance.
 

tommyalanson

New member
Where the cyclist at?
I do about 3K a year, about 10% MTB, 30% Gravel, and the rest on tarmac. I have a Canyon Grail that I have two wheel sets for - one with larger 45s w/small knobs for gravel, and another set with Continental GP5000s in 28mm for the road.

I have a hitch installed, and use it for my bike rack.
 

Chogokin

Drag Race Newbie
Location
So Cal
Ride
GTI Sport | Audi A3
How does it handle the hitch set up? I have the saris rack but I would like that clean look back. And does it weight the car down in the back? Also what did you lower the car on? I have bilstein struts and eibach pro kit springs (1” drop) I have installed yet because I want to do a hitch but I was worried about ground clearance.
I'm on Bilstein B14 coilovers. With one bike on the back it's fine. Two on the back and you can feel the difference. The stiffer springs might make the front end not feel as light as it did with stock springs.

The Saris rack does sit kind of low. If you have a steep driveway... you might have to angle in and out of the driveway.
 
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