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Greater than a Bike Rack: Railias Tailgate Rack System Doubles as Tailgate Hangout, Storage & Extra


Within the mountain bike world, in the event you personal a pickup truck, there’s a great probability you additionally personal a tailgate pad as an alternative of a pickup bike rack. The thought is fairly easy – put a padded cowl in your tailgate that you would be able to relaxation the downtube of the bike on, whereas the entrance wheel hangs over the again. 

Nevertheless, the founders of Railias noticed extra potential than a easy mat once they checked out their truck earlier than a experience. They envisioned a whole ecosystem of equipment that have been easy so as to add or take away – each to your truck, your storage wall, or elsewhere. 

thule luggage with bike rack inside
There’s a motorbike rack inside that Thule bag plus all my gear for using & tenting for 5 days in Moab (All pictures c. Bikerumor until specified)

What initially drew me to their Tailgate Rack System was the truth that the bike’s body and fork didn’t should relaxation on the tailgate. Coupled with the opportunity of the entire system being simply transported in a checked bag, it appeared like an intriguing option to transport a motorbike on a using journey: land on the vacation spot, lease a truck, throw on the Railias pickup bike rack, and go. 

Railias Tailgate Rack System review truck bed bike rack

That’s precisely what I did, and it labored out nice, however there’s extra to the design which makes it much more fascinating. Admittedly, I’m not a truck man, however the concept of getting one thing able to off-roading whereas in Moab was tempting. My rental was additionally alleged to be a Toyota Tacoma, not the large Ram I ended up with (which was sufficiently big to place the EVOC bike bag contained in the cab, however that’s one other story…). 

Easy methods to set up

We’ll begin with the Tailgate Rack System which facilities across the Railias Sportrail. That is an aluminum plate that attaches to the tailgate with the Strap Pad. There are two straps constructed into the Sportrail, and as soon as they’re looped across the tailgate, a big cam lock tightens the entire system down. There’s additionally a shackle for a padlock if you wish to lock it in place. 

The Sportrail has a collection of holes on the aspect of it that permit the Modular Fork Mount to snap into place. Relying on the bike and the truck mattress, the Sportrail gives about 12” of vertical adjustment for the positioning of the Fork Mount to place the bike within the truck mattress. 

Rolling Out

(Photograph/Railias)

One of many extra fascinating features of the Tailgate Rack System is how simple it’s to load and unload the bikes. To load, open the tailgate, mount the fork to the Fork Mount, after which place the bike within the truck mattress. Connect the Fork Mount to the Sportrail by pulling the spring-loaded latch aside, and the bike is now hooked up to the rack. 

To push it again into the mattress, merely shut the tailgate. The bike rolls backward into place. Eradicating it’s simply as easy. Open the tailgate, and the bike rolls ahead to you. Pop off the Fork Mount, or simply take away the thru-axle from the mount and reinstall the entrance wheel and also you’re good to go. 

There’s positively extra concerned than tossing a motorbike on a tailgate pad, however then once more you don’t have the carry the bike as excessive on the Railias system. The Railias additionally ensures your body and fork received’t see any harm throughout transport – you’ll have to determine one thing to do along with your entrance wheel although. 

Over the course of testing on some pretty tough roads, the bike by no means moved round a lot apart from a little bit of wobble. The wobble appears to be associated to the slight play within the axle adapter and the Modular Fork Mount, and wasn’t sufficient to fret about. Within the Ram, the ribbed mattress floor appeared to maintain the rear tire in place fairly properly, although it seems Railias could be engaged on some extra merchandise to behave as a rear wheel help.

The Tailgate Rack System is available in two sizes, Brief and Lengthy, to suit different-sized vehicles. I used to be despatched out the Brief since my rental was alleged to be a brand new Tacoma, which I believed could be an issue once I ended up with a 2022 Ram 1500. Thankfully, the Brief straps have been nonetheless lengthy sufficient to suit the truck although it is best to nonetheless go along with the sizing chart on the Railias website to your truck. 

The Fork Mount additionally comes with inserts to suit 5 completely different fork sizes together with 9 x 100 QR, 12 x 100 TA, 15 x 100 TA, 15 x 110 Increase TA, and 20 x 110 Increase. The adapters are simply swapped out with the push of a button on the Fork Mount. The Tailgate Rack System contains every thing wanted to mount the rack to your truck tailgate, plus two Bricks for storage at dwelling (or in different autos).

Pickup Bike Rack Tailgate Celebration

On this picture, two of the Mounted Mounts are put in on the truck mattress to hold two bikes going through ahead, and a 3rd with the Tailgate mount going through backward. (Photograph/Railias)

If that was the top of it, the Railias would nonetheless be a reasonably cool system – however there’s extra. Should you order the Professional Tailgate Rack System, it features a Parasol or a elaborate umbrella that mounts to the Sportrail for pre & post-ride hangs on the tailgate. Admittedly, the $325 (when offered individually) umbrella is a dear choice, however in the event you dwell someplace with intense solar it may very well be value it. 

Prototypes proven (Photograph/Railias)

Extra importantly, Railias has plans to supply a motorbike restore stand that might additionally mount to your Sportrail and make bike repairs a lot simpler. We’re informed that Railias is uncertain when the restore stand can be made obtainable, however the footage on their web site make it seem to be it’s greater than an idea. Notably, because of the size of the Sportrail it looks like it could be doable to have the bike mount, parasol, and restore stand all mounted to the identical Sportrail.

Storage

(Photograph/Railias)

Going additional, the Tailgate Rack System makes it from the truckbed to your storage (or bike storage space) with its extra Bricks. Constituted of the identical materials because the Sportrail, the bricks may be mounted anyplace, which lets you mount your bike nearly anyplace. Bricks may be put in on the wall, so you’d take away the Modular Fork Mount from the Sportrail on the truck after which snap the Modular Fork Mount to the Brick on the wall for storage till the following experience. 

Extra than simply vehicles: Nice for Vans, Components & extra

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Or, the Bricks may very well be used as an alternative of the Sportrail and completely mounted to locations like the within of a van. You continue to get a shortly detachable fork mount and a steady option to carry your bike contained in the van. Railias sells the system because the Mounted Mount for $150 which incorporates an adapter to make use of with L-track for a no-drill set up. Alternatively, you might purchase this model of the system and mount the Bricks on absolutely anything to have a flexible bike mount system for the within of your Honda Component, minivan, on prime of a camper, you title it.

Remaining Ideas

The $300 Tailgate system is a dear pickup bike rack for a single bike, however the system does embody two Bricks for storage in your storage. The System can also be extremely well-built, with high quality {hardware} and soft-touch supplies anyplace it could contact the end of your truck. After every week in Moab, the Railias system didn’t go away a mark on the Ram regardless of some moist and muddy adventures. Should you’re the sort to child your truck as a lot as your bike, that could be well worth the value alone. 

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