Our bikes are getting more integrated, hiding cables, hoses and buttons. Meanwhile, Avid Essentials has been hiding recovery points and tire mounts inside their aerodynamic yet ruggedly awesome looking bumpers for the Jeep Renegade. Now, being bike enthusiasts themselves, they’ve turned their attention to the unsightly bike rack.

avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper

No matter how sleek the racks get, they still stick out from the car. This leaves them vulnerable to theft, or just in the way when you need to access your rear hatch. Or tow something. The Avid Lexicon rear bumper bike rack system solves all of those problems.

avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper

The design uses the same pivot hardware they use for their lifted rear tire carrier, which is designed to support more weight than most of our bikes will ever add up to. It’s shown here holding an Adroit Cycleworks Tailwind 29er e-MTB, which is heavier than most of our conventional bikes, too. Total rated load is up to 50lb per bike.

avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper

The system works by raising an arm holding two bike “trays”. Rather than resting the wheels inside the tray, these are inverted and instead clamp to the handlebar and seatpost to hang the bike from the top down. As shown in the Low mount position, the clamps are under the top bars. While it looks like the bike is hanging low in the pics with tall grass, they say it’s sitting a good 6″ above the lowest part of the transmission. Need more ground clearance? Pivot the clamps up to hold the bike in the High position with the handlebar above the top bars, and then clamp lower on the seatpost.

avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper

avid essentials lexicon rear bumper with integrated hidden rear bicycle rack that folds into the bumper

The articulating arm is made of 4130 chromoly, and the high strength steel bumper replaces the stock bumper on a Jeep Renegade to improve departure angle and integrate recovery hooks. The whole thing is made in Texas. Pricing starts at $899 for the bumper with integrated bike rack, and an additional 2-bike extension (to carry four total bikes, up to 200lbs combined total weight) will be available separately. A rear view camera relocation kit will come in Q2 2018.

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28 COMMENTS

  1. I would enjoy having a bike rack permanently mounted to the car, but the way that thing holds the bike looks… just stupid. Sure, clamping my carbon bar and dropper stanchion every time I put my bike on the car… sounds like a great idea.

    My understanding is that one-up’s patent has expired, so why not just use the best design out there?

  2. No way am I clamping anything to my dropper slider. combine that with road grit and muck that rear mounted carriers invariably suck up and its a recipe for a knackered seatpost in possibly a single journey!

  3. how funny that you have jacked up jeep liberty looking thing and then a bike rack that holds the bike so low you would destroy your bike’s wheels on the first parking lot you pull out of. what a joke.

  4. Yeah…..no… Küat makes a more Attractive option that doesn’t look sketchy as hell and sea sucker is far easier to hide. During the road season I just take the hitch rack off and use my sea sucker. If you really don’t want a rack on your car all the time that is the way to go on and off in less than a minute and can easily store in the trunk without taking more space than a small bag still prefer the functionality, security, and wheel on design of the hitch rack but For quick trips with a light road bike The sea sucker is awesome and has given me my trunk back.

  5. I think it’s great except I don’t own a jeep liberty nor would I ever pay 900 to avoid putting racks on and taking them off

    • not everyone has a hard on for anything stamped “made in the USA” there are other options that are cheaper and offer much more value and versatility. Kuat and Thule come to mind

      • It has nothing to do with being made in the USA, not there’s anything wrong with that, imo. It’s just a damn good bike rack, the best even, if that’s that’s all you’re looking for. The value in a 1up is no plastic parts to degrade or break in a simple design that just works for all bikes (additional parts required for fat bikes though).

        • Agreed. I had a Kuat and although it looked nice, after a few years it developed a ton of slop, the wheel hook stopped clicking into place, and the arm by design makes contact with the front brake on a road bike and rubbed the paint off on my mountain forks. My 1up has been on my car for 3 years, year around in Michigan winters and it still works great.

    • “I’m surprised anyone bothers with anything other than 1up USA racks.”

      I’d say the same thing about North Shore. No modifications needed for a fatty.

      • Well I just google them as I didn’t know that name and right on there site, it says road bikes do not work on their rack. 1up >> North Shore.

  6. Looks… terrible. In my experience, racks are either easy to install/manage on your car, or easy to mount/manage the bikes on. They are rarely both. And this one appears to be neither.

  7. No thanks. My dropper post would suffer and the carbon rims would be heated up or melted by the exhaust. It will depend on the bike and the vehicle for appropriate fitment. In the meantime, I’ll stick with my Küat 2.0.

  8. The rack bumper replaces your stock bumper for $899. You also have to replace your stock vehicle for the Jeep Renegade for $18445 (base model).

  9. Well there went the advantage of hitch racks that they don’t cost anything (assuming you need a hitch for other reasons) when you get a new car.

  10. I have a small SUV – Honda CR-V. It is not too hard to toss the bike in the back – and with the “small” side of the rear seat removed (less than 5 minute job) and the wheels off, I can fit three people, three bikes and duffel bags INSIDE the vehicle. More secure when you park to get something to eat after the ride, or are on the road for a longer trip, etc…. While a rear-mount rack is nice for when the bike is all mucky at certain times of year, it just seems to me that most people don’t use the space that is inside their vehicles… Had a few friends get their bikes mashed when they were rear-ended with bikes on the back too. Again, rare occurence, but it was a huge insurance hassle.

  11. Looks like the handlebar is resting against the back window. To remedy, they hav only attached 1 of the 2 brackets to the handlebar. Also what keeps the bicycle wheels from spinning due to wind going down the road?

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