The trouble with hike-a-bike sections is that you actually have to hike your bike alongside you, making tricky traverses all the trickier. And forget about stairs and rock faces where there’s little more than a cable to grab onto. The PeakRider solves that by hanging your bike from your hydration pack, letting you go hands free to hold onto the terrain.

peak rider kickstarter for hike-a-bike mountain bike backpack holster

peakrider

The product is the brainchild of 28-year old Marvin Kiesel, a mountain biker from the rugged and steep Allgäu region in South Germany. After having to dismantle his bike to summit too many times, and not seeing anything coming from the industry, he decided to make a solution himself.

Peakrider mountain bike carrier attachment for backpacks to hold your bicycle on your back

peak rider kickstarter for hike-a-bike mountain bike backpack holster

The PeakRider works by slotting into your pack’s central pocket, poking through the middle (hose) hole on top. It’s adjustable in height, so it collapses completely into the pack while riding. The leather pocket straps to your downtube, fitting most any frame. Just rest it over the pole and your bike hangs securely behind you, swiveling as needed to work around obstacles.

Check it out on Kickstarter here. You can still snag one for an early bird deal, but the best of them has already been claimed as they’re more than 2/3 of the way to being fully funded as of this post.

9 comments

  1. myke2241 on

    Cool concept but here in the states I would think the decent would probably be on the dangerous side of things. But perfect if your bike was no longer rideable

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    • gringo on

      @myke Why would ‘the decent’ be any different in the states? If you are climbing through terrain that necessitates the use of both hands, I think its safe to say the decent is perhaps of more consequence than most people ride on a regular basis, regardless of where in the world you are.

      I think the idea here is certainly better than removing one or both wheels and strapping everything to your pack with Voile straps, but I don’t like that the whole thing is just hanging there, unsecured. It’s not hard to imagine that when you are in tight and steep terrain that you could catch a wheel on a branch or rock, it hangs up and is pulled off of the tip of the carrying rod. Then you watch as your bike plummets to it’s doom.

      This needs a tether.

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  2. Eric E. Strava on

    Very cool concept, I have thought of rigging up something similar many times. I would use this often in the summer for, ahem, “epic” rides.

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  3. Doug on

    Cool idea… but only if you live somewhere with wide open climbs. If I used that here in the Southern Appalachians I would be stuck on bushes and trees every two feet. Cool product for out West or in the mtns. of Europe where its more open.

    Also, its not that hard to hang your bike from your shoulder on the top tube. Still gives you one hand to climb with. If you need to rock scramble with your bike then Hell Yeah!!

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    • i on

      what modern mountain bike can you hang from your shoulder on the top tube? I assume you mean cyclocross-style. That’s possible with pretty much no suspension bike.

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      • Doug on

        No suspension bike? Cool your jets man… I can do it with my norco sight and my wife’s Trance no problem… there may be some frames (Rocky Mtns for example) where its harder but its definitely doable on a ton of frames…

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  4. Just some gibroni on

    Also, not to sound like a grumpy curmudgeon, but perhaps some trails are simply better left for walking/skiing?

    Hiking up something that isn’t rideable, you lose your footing and slip, catching a chainring in the back of the neck….epic….

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