Mont Blanc Barracuda TWIN PACK Roof cycle bike carrier £86.43 @ Towequipe with 5% code - HotUKDeals
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Available as single or three or four packs too. Twin pack was best value for me.

You obviously need to have a roof rails on your car to use these!

529 - Barracuda x 2
This is a twin pack two are included in this price
The main feature is that the wheels locate in a moulded profile, which holds the bicycle in an upright position. This means that you can use both hands when securing the wheels and the frame. When the bicycle is attached to the frame holder, the bicycle holder is secured to the load carrier.

" The bicycle is secured in the frame holder
" Chromium-plated frame holder tube in special steel
" Base unit made of UV-resistant composite material
" Takes frame diameters from 20 up to 80 mm
" Max tyre width 2.2 inches
" Manufactured in accordance with DIN 75302

Reviews
"Best Buy" - What Car
"Innovative Functions" - MOT Magazine
"Best In Test" - Teknikens World
Best Buy - Which magazine

Which reviewed these at £70 each!
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#1
Sorry, forgot discount code!

REPCUST for the 5% discount.
#2
These are good, however a recent binking trip showed me that they don't fit my new bike! I have an XL sized Santa Cruz Nomad. Just make sure you check your frame geometry first...
#3
Whilst this is definately a good deal the Thule Freeride 530 from Skidrive is (IMHO) better value.

http://www.skidrive.co.uk/cycle/product_detail.php?partno=530000

But then I would say that as I have 3 of them!

The spec seems pretty much identical, but I suppose it depends what one you prefer the look of.
#4
graemeakajimmy
Whilst this is definately a good deal the Thule Freeride 530 from Skidrive is (IMHO) better value.

http://www.skidrive.co.uk/cycle/product_detail.php?partno=530000

But then I would say that as I have 3 of them!

The spec seems pretty much identical, but I suppose it depends what one you prefer the look of.


The Barracudas are more like the Thule 591s which are much more expensive. The 530s are similar to the Mont Blanc Scott which are also available from Towequipe for a great price.

The big plus of the barracuda is that once on the rack the bike stays upright whilst you put the frame lock and straps on. The only downside is the max tyre width of 2.2 inches which rules out fat tyres. Good post op.
#5
hurdy
The Barracudas are more like the Thule 591s which are much more expensive. The 530s are similar to the Mont Blanc Scott which are also available from Towequipe for a great price.


Not really. It looks more like the Thule 591s, but the metal sections of the 591s are aluminium not steel. The 591 also takes wider tubed bikes and has a side grip clamp so you can effectively position the arm at 45 degrees and then slot the bike in. If you could get a 591 for this price it would be a major bargain. The MB Scott (which is also much cheaper delivered on Skidrive at £30.99!) only takes bikes up to 15kg whereas the Thule530s take 17kg. If the main advatage of the barracudas is that the bike stays upright I don't really rate that much - I assume you still need to hold on to it as I wouldn't be balancing a bike on top of my car with a couple of tyre slots to hold it in place whilst I positioned the clamp! Looking at the barracudas I'm also not sure how adjustable they would be for a wider wheelbase bike or a tagalong, but that's just an observation from the picture.

As I correctly said spec wise the Barracudas and the 530 are very similar.
#6
graemeakajimmy;8123279
[QUOTE=hurdy]The Barracudas are more like the Thule 591s which are much more expensive. The 530s are similar to the Mont Blanc Scott which are also available from Towequipe for a great price.QUOTE]

Not really. It looks more like the Thule 591s, but the metal sections of the 591s are aluminium not steel. The 591 also takes wider tubed bikes and has a side grip clamp so you can effectively position the arm at 45 degrees and then slot the bike in. If you could get a 591 for this price it would be a major bargain. The MB Scott (which is also much cheaper delivered on Skidrive at £30.99!) only takes bikes up to 15kg whereas the Thule530s take 17kg. If the main advatage of the barracudas is that the bike stays upright I don't really rate that much - I assume you still need to hold on to it as I wouldn't be balancing a bike on top of my car with a couple of tyre slots to hold it in place whilst I positioned the clamp! Looking at the barracudas I'm also not sure how adjustable they would be for a wider wheelbase bike or a tagalong, but that's just an observation from the picture.

As I correctly said spec wise the Barracudas and the 530 are very similar.


Yeah, yeah! My neighbour's got these, I've got the Thules. These look a lot cooler!
#7
inicholson;8124732
[QUOTE=graemeakajimmy]

Yeah, yeah! My neighbour's got these, I've got the Thules. These look a lot cooler!


Anybody can pay more money for something that does the same job, but looks shinier, if they so wish - its a free country! And for the record I was only making a suggestion that the Thules were better value. Its just a bit irritating to have someone then claim the Barracudas are better when they're not (performance wise) and clearly without actually taking the time to research their claim.

I'm sure your neighbour's chrome and plastic racks get lots of admiring stares whereas you most likely get several disdainful sneers as you drive buy with your unfashionable Thules.

I'll let you in to a secret though - for this season black is the new chrome plated steel so your neighbour will soon be jealous of your trend setting ebony Thules.

I got my Thules a week ago and I've just noticed that skidrive have now put the price up. I got three for £98.37 which is only about twelve quid more than two of these barracudas. I think I can live without the Barracuda's "wow factor" for that!
#8
I take it your irritability is aimed at me. Seeing as my "research" only went as far as owning both a 530 and a Barracuda (the latter being bought after comparing it to a 591, the former because one of my bikes won't fit in a Barracuda) then I clearly have no idea what I am talking about.

Performance? It's a bike rack, not a combustion engine. They may be made of different materials, but the design of the racks are their defining features. The Scott and the 530/575 are similar in that they require you to hold the bike in place whilst securing the frame arm/straps. The Barracuda and the 591 are comparable in that their design allows you to release the bike from your hands whilst you strap it down. Its also interesting that you "assume" you still need to hold onto the bike whilst using a Barracuda - you might want to consider taking more time with your own research, because that is exactly what you don't have to do, making this very different from the 530.

And "for the record" I was only pointing out the main design function of the Barracuda which won it a Which? award is not shared by a 530 and therefore it is not a fair comparison.
#9
hurdy
I take it your irritability is aimed at me. Seeing as my "research" only went as far as owning both a 530 and a Barracuda (the latter being bought after comparing it to a 591, the former because one of my bikes won't fit in a Barracuda) then I clearly have no idea what I am talking about.


So I assume you don’t own the Scott or the 591 you were comparing with the 530 and the Barracuda?
Its annoying to be quoted then have someone try to correct you with a statement that is fundamentally wrong. The fundamental issue is you were comparing the 530s to the inferior Scott and the inferior Barracuda to the 591s.

hurdy
Performance? It's a bike rack, not a combustion engine.


A relevant definition of performance is the manner in which or the efficiency with which something fulfils its intended purpose.

hurdy
They may be made of different materials, but the design of the racks are their defining features. The Scott and the 530/575 are similar in that they require you to hold the bike in place whilst securing the frame arm/straps. The Barracuda and the 591 are comparable in that their design allows you to release the bike from your hands whilst you strap it down.


There are a raft of differences between the carriers. You were also claiming the Scott was at a great price when it was about £39 delivered.

hurdy
Its also interesting that you "assume" you still need to hold onto the bike whilst using a Barracuda - you might want to consider taking more time with your own research, because that is exactly what you don't have to do, making this very different from the 530.


I don’t think you can criticise me for making an observation from a photograph and owning up to it in the same sentence. I was actually inviting comment. The 591 clamps from the side whereas the photo of the Barracuda looks like it clamps underneath the down tube. That being the case the mechanism on the 591 is far superior as you can position the arm at 45 degrees before slotting the bike on and straight in to the self adjusting jaws of the clamp. The comment I made about the Barracudas was that if the plastic gutter is the only thing holding it upright I wouldn’t be releasing it from my hands whilst I clamped it or fastened any straps. I would if using the 591s.

hurdy
And "for the record" I was only pointing out the main design function of the Barracuda which won it a Which? award is not shared by a 530 and therefore it is not a fair comparison.


As well as remarking on this feature you were comparing the 530s to the inferior Scott and the inferior Barracuda to the 591s and for some reason quoting me. I was comparing the main description features of the racks (namely the width and weight of bikes they take) and pointing out that the 530s were better value as they coped with the same, but cost less. You've also pointed out the the 530s are more versatile as you got one because your bike didn't fit on the barracuda!
#10
Calm down dears, it's only a bike rack!

I'd love some of these but I'm only a shortarse and don't think I could lift our bikes onto the roof.

Can anyone recommend a towbar rack that will carry 2 adult and 2 childrens bikes please?
#11
neilc
Calm down dears, it's only a bike rack!


In true playground tradition............................. he started it!
#12
Cool - just got myself some
#13
We've had a pair of these for a few years, and they've been great. I really wanted something i could definitely use with the 'T' groove on my roofbars, and was drawn by the looks too.
Two very valid points made above though - you have to be able to reach your bikes down without any roof-trashing mishap..., and when we put on our fat Maxxis tyres we had to deflate them slightly to wedge them in the groove. Itwould have been nice to have proper locks on them as well.

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