In a market crowded with options to carry one’s bicycle to and fro behind or on top of a vehicle, the SeaSucker Talon single-bike rack does things a little differently. Rather than relying on clunky, unsightly hardware or the need for a hitch, the Talon uses the power of suction to hold itself to your vehicle of choice… in a multitude of positions.

Arguably the quickest and easiest to use, the Talon relies on three high strength vacuum suction cups to hold the front of the bike, and a single vacuum suction cup to hold the rear wheel in place. The Talon is a fork-mount rack, so you will need to remove your front wheel – which isn’t ideal for everyone.

Because the Talon is a fork-mount rack, you’ll need to select the appropriate mount for your bicycle of choice.

In my case for this review, SeaSucker kindly provided me with fork mounts for regular quick release, 12mm and 15mm thru-axle. In the comprehensive video review above, I’m seen with three bikes on three cars – Porsche 911, Toyota Prius and a Honda Element.

Swapping fork adapters is a relatively simple task, but if you find yourself needing to tote around two bikes on a regular basis, SeaSucker’s Mini Bomber two-bike rack may be better a better choice. Either way, all of SeaSucker’s racks rely on their well-proven vacuum suction technology.

Above, one of the three vacuum suction pumps of the Talon’s main body. To use the rack, simply plop down onto a suitable panel on your vehicle, push down to ensure a seal against the paint, and begin pushing that orange and black button (you’ll need to repeat this process for each suction pump). The button is pushed back and forth, creating a tight vacuum seal as it goes. Eventually, the button will almost bottom out, indicating maximum suction, with a clamping force of 210lbs per cup.

This process is best demonstrated in my review video… which you should totally view… see what I did there.

Above, the SeaSucker Talon with protectors removed. This rack is super handy if you travel with a bike. Weighing about 4.2lbs ready to go, the Talon can be carried in your luggage, and save precious room in your rental car, especially if you’re renting an econobox jammed to the gills with equipment and your bike case. Not so squeezy.

A close-up of the vacuum cup from beneath.

SeaSucker’s racks are proudly manufactured in the US of A, backed up with excellent customer service and plenty of spare parts.

The Talon works well with a Porsche 911… or a Toyota Prius… or anything really!

To see the SeaSucker in action, including a driving demonstration, I recommend you check out my comprehensive video review at the top of this article. There, you can see what’s inside the box, fitting and removing the rack, loading bikes and a bit of driving around.

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Article and video by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.

21 COMMENTS

  1. 4 years later some of the best money I’ve spent. I don’t use this as my main rack any more (I have a Kuat NV 2 Hitch rack) but it has paid for itself in savings on rental cars (instead of SUV’s) and the ability to always take another bike even in when not planned (it lives in the trunk). If I were still a single guy who only rode road bikes I’d probably be still using it as my daily rack.

  2. 911s have had, for quite some time and up through the current 991, factory roof racks. 😛 The mounts are just well-hidden in the rain gutters or behind the rubber weatherstrip. If you’ve never seen the 991 roof mount system, it’s hella clever and well-engineered.

    • Exactly, including that particular 997 Turbo in the picture. No matter what, you mess up your paint (and not too many US shops shoot Glasurit paint)

      • I hate to be a jerk and correct you. It’s a 996 generation 911, which isn’t loved by a lot of the Porsche crowd… the headlights and being the first water-cooled car. But when I last drove it, I reminded myself it still drove like a 911 and not a garbage truck haha!

      • On that particular car, you really don’t mess up your paint if you use the factory racks (pretty sure 997’s are the same too, not sure about later models). Hidden in the roof are little covers that flip open & reveal some built-in foundations for the mounting feet to attach to. There are little foam gaskets that fill the gap between the roof & the covers of the mounting feet, but they don’t compress very much & so nothing is really touching the paint. Rack goes on & off so easy that I just put it on when needed & pulled it off when I got back home. Absolutely zero paint damage the entire time I had the car, even though it was the only bike hauler we had.

  3. Have been using the SeaSucker for a while not and it has worked flawlessly to date. Cruising at 80 – 85 mph down the highway it never misses a beat. Been late for a few rides and got a tick over a 100, still with no issues. Looks cool as well, with folks occasionally asking, “What kind of rack is that and where can I get one?!”

  4. I just wish Seasucker would develop a Hogg front wheel holder for thru-axle bikes, as well as give customers the option to choose their fork mount body and axle plugs. For example, most of my road bikes even are thru-axle. Why can’t I select the thru-axle fork mount body and thru-axle plugs instead QR-ones? This shouldn’t be a separate purchase..

    And please, Seasucker, hurry with that thru-axle-compatible Komodo!

  5. FWIW, I just saw a video on another channel of a ski box mounted to SeaSuckers on top of a Lamborghini Huracan that stayed put at 165mph.

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