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