If you think along the same lines as the founders of Tiltshift, then you’re tired of boring bike racks. To Tiltshift, a bike rack shouldn’t be just something you pick up out of need, but something you are excited to put on top of your car. Wanting to create exactly that, the team from Sheffield, UK has been working on the Rail – a premium fork mount bike carrier…
Starting with a 316 stainless steel tube, the Rail will be manufactured in Sheffield, aka Steel City. The tubular racks will be fitted to existing roof racks with the included clamps. Due to the nature of the design, your vehicle must have t-slots in the roof rack cross beams for the rack to be compatible. Mounting with two security bolts, the clamps will fit flat or curved cross bars.
Using a standard fork mount, the Rail will fit quick release, 15mm, or 20mm thru axles using different end caps. Held in place with the fork’s own quick release or skewer, the bike can then be locked to the rack with a locking mechanism that prevents the skewer from opening.
Each Rail is slotted on the bottom to interface with a keyway built into the clamps that will keep the rack from rotating in the clamp.
Rear wheels will sit in two suspended cradles and held in place with a ratcheting buckle. Of course, positioning of the rack on the roof and wheel cradles are adjustable to accommodate different bikes.
Just launched on Kickstarter, Tiltshift Rails start at £169 ($268) for a raw model, or £289 ($458) for a Rail in any color you want.