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Old 05-16-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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Arvika tongue mount bike rack

After not many options available, I finally ordered the Arvika tongue mount bike rack out of Quebec. I purchased the DFX rack and brackets to use on a hybrid. I had their poptop rails on our pup and really liked them, so I should like this one too....

I was really surprised how fast the dealer got it in, I ordered it Monday and it came in Tuesday evening. I picked it up today and installed it in about an hour. It was not very difficult at all, only needed a 1/2" and 9/16' wrench, rubber mallet (for end caps on rails) and my hands. Very simple indeed.

I ordered the 3 rail unit with a fourth added to the rear of rack. This rear one works out really well for smaller bikes! I also needed the front stabilizer bar that attaches to the jack. All in all I am impressed so far. You do need a step ladder still as the rails are about 56" off the ground. Set up and take down is relatively simple. I uploaded pics to an album on my profile and am going to attempt links to my you tube videos....

The unit complete was $1016 CDN including tax.


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Old 05-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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That is a nice bike rack for sure. Ideal for a hybrid and does not stress the little rear bumper... and I keep seeing them on the highway bouncing up and down.

Expensive yes, but then all quality bike racks are, Thule, Yakima and so on.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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hey doug, this is exactly what i am looking for, 3 full size bikes and 1 smaller....
in the event that the handle bars of the smaller bike are an obstruction with the trailer i assume the goose neck of this bike could be loosened and the bars turned to give more space.
all that said, can you give me the part numbers for what you ordered.
this will great on our 17' roo
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #4
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Hey mml, I have the DFX-300-A (anodized) also comes in black or white, DFX rack brackets, extra gutter for rear bike and front support. I ordered this through a local dealer. Unfortunately the parts listing on their website isn't cooperating! They are about 2.5 hours from you, south of Montreal if you wanted to get it direct... Check their site at Arvika.ca
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That is a nice bike rack for sure. Ideal for a hybrid and does not stress the little rear bumper... and I keep seeing them on the highway bouncing up and down.

Expensive yes, but then all quality bike racks are, Thule, Yakima and so on.

Thanks for sharing.
I read those posts regarding lost bikes, broken bumpers and massive weld jobs to mount.... I think this was well worth the initial cost!
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Hey mml, I have the DFX-300-A (anodized) also comes in black or white, DFX rack brackets, extra gutter for rear bike and front support. I ordered this through a local dealer. Unfortunately the parts listing on their website isn't cooperating! They are about 2.5 hours from you, south of Montreal if you wanted to get it direct... Check their site at Arvika.ca
so i emailed arvika and they suggested the 7000 series because it folds up and suggested it would be for quicker setup not sure if she was correct since the website suggests that the dfx series is meant for hybrids. i've got another email in to them to clarify...
btw she mentioned that they have 4 space racks for either series, were you aware of this or did you choose your system specifically.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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Arvika bike rack

Doug,

Thanks for the post and for all of the pics in the album. After much research, I ordered my DFX this morning.

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i've always wondered why Yakima or Thule haven't come up with something similar.
especially Thule, since they've had a line of RV-related items.

having a single manufacturer makes the price really high, since there's nothing similar out there.

maybe i'll ask some of the factory reps at the Sea Otter Bike festival.
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I can say after this past weekend, May 2-4 long weekend here in Canada, the bike rack worked out great. I had a few peeps come by to check it out. First run was only an hour and a half away to Rockpoint Provincial Park, but all went smoothly.

After loading everything up Friday, I weighed the tongue and was astonished that my 183 only weighed in at 360 pounds! Considering the factory specs say that it is supposed to be 374 pounds dry, I highly doubt the accuracy of that as I didn't have much for weight beyond the trailer axles except for the black tank at less than a quarter full, no grey or fresh on board.... hmmm....
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #10
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Doug,


I also purchased the same rack for my Rockwood Roo 19. However, I have not install it yet and did not purchase the support bar? Was the additional support bar something that the dealer recommended? Did you ever try the rack without the support bar?
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