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.

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Joenomad
Joenomad
3 years ago

I think I would leave the 911 in the garage and load the bike up on the back of the Cayman using the hitch mounted Kuat NV rack.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
3 years ago

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.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago

But 911’s look great with roof rack cross bats

Jon
Jon
3 years ago

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.

Record11Carbon
Record11Carbon
3 years ago
Reply to  Jon

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)

Record11Carbon
Record11Carbon
3 years ago

I stand corrected. I should know better…as the (former) owner of a 997 Turbo S I should have seen the “notch” on the inboard side of the headlights. Upgraded to an E63S Saloon….so, bikes can fit in the back, and I can still race about any car on the planet (and win)

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago
Reply to  Record11Carbon

But it doesn’t matter as you always be lame compared to the person that chose the e63 wagon 😉

Bob Log
Bob Log
3 years ago
Reply to  Record11Carbon

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.

Morten Reippuert
Morten Reippuert
3 years ago

silly way of increasing polution and and C02 footprint.

Record11Carbon
Record11Carbon
3 years ago

EIther way, I dont care. No idiot enviro-hippie can complain as long as they are on Chinese made bits…period.

JG750
JG750
3 years ago

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?!”

LargeD
LargeD
3 years ago

Will the crank arm hit the window?

Rob
Rob
3 years ago

@Joenomad – what kind of hitch mount are you planning on using on a Cayman really?
Did you really mean a Cayenne suv?

Ettore
Ettore
3 years ago

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!

Dick Tchairdjian
Dick Tchairdjian
3 years ago

I agree about the need to just buy whatever thru-axle model initially without having to first buy the QR mount.

John A
John A
3 years ago

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.