Seasucker Makes “World’s Smallest Bike Rack”, Fits in Your Messenger Bag

Seasucker Hornet suction cup smallest bike rack in the world

Seasucker Bike Racks have been sticking around the tradeshows and outdoor events for a while with their already small vehicle bike racks. Now, they’ve made what they dub the world’s smallest bike rack.

The Seasucker Hornet comes in a small, zippered carrying case and will literally fit in your man purse.

Why would you want something this small? Travel comes to mind, particularly if you’re flying your bike in and renting a car (or renting a bike and car). Or if you just need to keep a rack handy, this one could just about fit in your glove box for those unexpected yard sale finds.

More pics and video after the break…

Seasucker Hornet suction cup smallest bike rack in the world

Seasucker Hornet suction cup smallest bike rack in the world

Comments

user2489 - 10/16/12 - 9:23am

What prevents the seat from bouncing up and down or rubbing and destroying the paint?

Truly Spokin - 10/16/12 - 9:31am

My thoughts exactly, train track crossings?

Ben - 10/16/12 - 9:44am

Yeah, it needs some sort of seat cover with a strap going into the trunk, similar to the upper strap. Could have a foam end on it, like Saris/yakima upper glass hook adapters. I would be concerned for both my car’s paint, but more importantly a nicer saddle. It’s amazing how quickly road vibration can destroy things, especially a soft leather seat’s outer layer.
[In the example above, the seat is sitting on the Audi logo, which I would imagine would increase its likelihood of damaging the seat.]

Quinn - 10/16/12 - 9:51am

in a way User and Truly are right, although the padding on the seatpost would minimize the damage, I think i would be better if the strap went from the bumper to the seatpost

bbb - 10/16/12 - 10:03am

I am sure that these vacuum mount are not strong enough and wouldnt work well i reality.

joe - 10/16/12 - 10:08am

the vacuum mounts are actually insanely strong. I bought a few of these a couple years ago and they work prefect. I am surprised they haven’t caught on even more. That said, this type of set up is kind of weird to me as only the front end is attached.

CARBONCHRIS - 10/16/12 - 10:12am

A STRAP TO THE BUMPER MAY HELP KEEP IT FROM BOUNCING BUT THE STARP IT HAS NOW IS A SECONDARY SAFTEY KEEP IN MIND THIS IS A SPARE RACK OR TRAVEL RACK SO IT WOULD NOT BE USED DAILY SO SADDLE WEAR IS NOT AN ISSUE

Paul - 10/16/12 - 10:16am

@bbb They are actually pretty awesome, just show up to your next local tradeshow. They always have them there. I don’t have any, but I regularly see them around town.

reuben - 10/16/12 - 10:17am

I think this is brilliant… agree the seat should be secured. A second safety strap secured through the bottom of the door and a $10 full Gel seat cover from Walmart would pretty much cover it.

Robb - 10/16/12 - 10:20am

They offer a wheel holder strap that could be used as a tether for the saddle. Not sure why it isn’t included…

bbb: Your surety is absolutely incorrect. I have been personally using these for 2 years and they have been rock solid. I was part of a commissioned independent consumer usage study with them and the results were overwhelmingly positive across the board.

Moose - 10/16/12 - 10:22am

I like the idea, and it looks like it could be convenient for occasional use, but for 184 bucks Im not so sure. Other racks are cheaper, about as easy to use and install, and can carry more than one bike.

Blake - 10/16/12 - 10:29am

I have been using a sea sucker rack for about two years now myself and the vacuum mounts are plenty strong. I’ve left them on over night (without a bike attached) to find them not needing to be pumped tighter the following day.

My only issues have been with the rubber cups themselves and my laziness in attaching the protective covers while not in use. You can’t lay them on an uneven surface for long without it causing a little indentation on the lip of the seal, basically rendering that suction cup useless.

Replacements are only like $12 though, and I’ve learned to keep a spare just in case.

I’d buy it again.

Jon - 10/16/12 - 10:31am

What a great idea. The suckers are easily strong enough as they use things like that to pick huge great pains of glass up.

I agree it could do with another sucker or cover for the seat as I would think and material rubbing on paint would mark it on a long drive, especially if you throw in some dirt

Yeahaaa!!!_ - 10/16/12 - 12:14pm

I wouldnt want my suspension fork, shock and disc brakes to hang upside down for very long. Do they make a way for it to fit right side up?

RUSTYDOGG - 10/16/12 - 1:20pm

I think I rather fold the seat down in that Audi and put the bike in the back.

SteezyD - 10/16/12 - 3:19pm

Even if it’s just used occasionally, I could see it causing major damage within one trip. like someone said.. Railroad crossing… Hit a good bump and the bike could jump up and come back down with enough force (especially with a trail bike) to pop the seat off the rails.. then you have some bare seat rails scratching the hell out of your car.

I could also see the clamps tearing apart my grips.

Mindless - 10/16/12 - 3:55pm

I am not sure about my carbon handlebars.

Robert - 10/16/12 - 4:01pm

get to the trail and pump all of the air out of your brake lines… except for the bubbles that made it all the way to your caliper… screwed….. happy trails!!!

PROEDGEBIKER.COM - 10/16/12 - 4:07pm

Lots of good points/concerns made on the comments here (Other than the suckers not holding up) but IMO, it looks like SeaSucker’s intention for this rack is more of a travel friendly rack rather than an everyday use rack..

Ajax - 10/16/12 - 4:44pm

I wouldn’t trust other people with these things. Sme people are stupid and just install stuff incorrectly. You’re gonna be driving down the highway behind someone and marveling at this stuff, then BOOM! You die.

SeaSucker Tester - 10/16/12 - 8:28pm

I did all the original testing on this rack for months at SeaSucker.
I went into it thinking the same thing that there would need to be a cover or extra strap to hold seat in place. It is definitely not needed though even though we can sell a cover or an extra cup or another strap easily. I went over every bump and crevice (railroad tracks and light offroading) I could and turned the wheels at the same time and the most radical movement I could get was maybe a foot in one direction and it would come right back…who cares. We have racks for up to 5 bikes but this is meant to be the smallest possible rack for one and it is now my go to favorite rack and the seat does not get worn (long trip I might wrap a towel or seat cover on though but most trips are less than an hour so no big deal) and I ride 180-250 miles a week and have never had a brake line issue. It looks weird but the balance of the bike is awesome like this, you can even let the bike sit in the handlebar mounts open, the bike wants to stay in that down and in position.

Jose Martinez - 10/16/12 - 9:35pm

I have been using seasucker racks for the last year and I have never experience any problems. This is not your typical rack, is a different animal that really works.
By the way, I would not trust any rack to carry my $ 7,000. Cervelo

Lev - 10/17/12 - 1:33am

I thought that was pretty quick to set up a bike rack. Then I watched it at 2x speed and it was even quicker!

Jay.T. - 10/17/12 - 10:39am

looks pretty dangerous

Nick - 10/17/12 - 1:52pm

@CARBONCHRIS – why are you yelling?

This rack looks like it would be perfect for the urban/suburban rider. I have little doubt that it would last on a longer trip, but in reality it looks best suited for those of us who do not want to mount our hitch rack for a quick local ride. Basically, this rack is an enabler – it could very well mitigate that daunting feeling when you realize your hitch rack is not installed and you want to just get out the door!

Very Cool.

Al - 10/18/12 - 5:27pm

This isn’t too smart if you have hydro brakes… resevoir way lower than the caliper “being jarred’ during transportation

Tinny - 10/27/12 - 4:00am

Looks like a damn nice piece of work and ingenuity……

I’m sure there are naysayers about the kitty hawk when she first took off….. Ride on seasucker!!!

jason - 12/19/12 - 2:51pm

you shouldn’t have air in your brake lines for any reason… nor should there be any way for air to get in them. hydro brakes are a closed system. i travel with my bikes upside down on the roof all the time with no issues. if you have air in the line, you have installed them wrong!
(I sinply put my bike upside down on the roof and secure it with bunjie cords… which is an even simpler, even more compact bike rack!!!!)
also, when working for a window company, i used to carry $10,000 pieces of glass that weighed 300-500 lbs with vacuum cups. they are designed to hold and not let go. (at least on straight/ flat glass, maybe not so much on curved car window glass) .
how about if you use defroster? any problems?

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