This is one of the Roofbox Companys five "Hall of
Fame" all time outstanding products, representing as it does a quantum
leap in bike carrier design. The bike platform slides away from the tow
ball to allow good access to the tailgate, taking the weight of the
bikes. It has an innovative self-adjusting tow ball fixing system which
also holds the carrier horizontal as soon as it's placed on the tow
ball, a triangular frame shape that allows you to come right in close to
the tow ball (so you don't have to lean across the bike carrier to
access the boot space, with consequent risk to your back), and even UK
And it's small enough to put into the boot when not in use. And also
The Roofbox Company reckon that the Atera STRADA DL tilting bike carriers are
the best designed and best engineered tow ball carriers on the market,
What's so special about the STRADA DL 2?
Fundamentally, it slides away from the vehicle, rather than tilting,
i.e. the bike carrier takes the weight of the bikes, rather than you,
and there's tailgate clearance even for vehicles with vertical
tailgates. It's by far and away the easiest tilting carrier to use.
It fits to 'bolt on' or 'swan neck' tow balls Just place it on the tow ball and
push down the handle - no spanners or Allen keys are required.
It's very easy to carry - it won't bump your shins if carried
properly - and as soon as you place it on the tow ball the weight is
taken, so you can straighten up and rest your back. Other carriers
require you to support the platform with one hand while fiddling with
the fixing system with the other.
It's much the lightest of the 2 or 3 bike tilting wheel support
racks on the market.
It's the most compact 2 to 3 bike carrier available. At
only 1 metre wide it should fit into most if not all car boots
The bike frame holders are the best available,
incorporating a ratchet tightening mechanism. They fit oval and other
outsize frames as well as round ones, wrapping a strap right around the
frame for safety and security.
The frame is triangular which allows you, when the bikes have been
slid out of the way, to stand almost right up against the tow ball. This
means you can lift items into and out of the boot both safely and
The fog lights are UK legal, i.e. the fog light is on the right / offside of the car. Other bike carriers with
fog lights have these on the left / nearside of the car, which is illegal
It makes sense when using this carrier to place a safety strap around
all the bikes and the bike holder support frame. The Roofbox Company therefore
provide a free strap with each carrier!
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Where can I get one From?
The Atera STRADA DL 2 Tilting Bike Carrier has an RRP of just £457.50, however is currently on offer from The Roof Box Company at £349.95.
Note you can save a further 5% by clicking on the discount link below first! To buy online
direct from The Roof Box Company click here. (prices correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice)
They are, undoubtedly, great at what they do .... though pricey ... the only drawback, for some, will be that you cannot tow and carry bikes at the same time. Roof Box also rave about, and sell, the MaxxRaxx bike carrier, which allows towing ... and is a lot cheaper.
... but for those not towing, this type of carrier are the bee's knee's!
Can't comment on this particular make/model, as I have a Thule equivalent (although I have had excellent dealings with The RoofboxCo).
I can tilt mine (with 2 bikes still in place, of course), and get all my gear... including a big/bulky/heavy tent... in and out of my boot via the tailgate (Was Kia Sedona, now VW Sharan... both MPV's).
My previous non-tilting carrier had to be removed from the towbar (after first removing each bike, of course!) to get at the tailgate... and then secured to a tree or similar, for the duration of any camping trip!
With a tilter, there's no need to remove, and as the carrier is locked to the towball, and the bikes locked to the carrier, all remains secure, on or off site.
I'd highly recommend at least "this type" of cycle carrier to anyone who takes bikes (but doesn't tow!). A fabulous bit of kit.
I don't need one... but there's no harm in entering the competition!!
Great stuff... and a big thanks to both UKCS and Roofboxco!
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