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The Delta Bike Hitch Pro is a simple universal bike mount that works incredibly well, although the claim that it's lockable is debatable – sure, you can put a padlock on one end, but there's a nut you can undo at the other...
This is a simple product – it basically acts as a wheel hub that you screw down and then stick a quick release through to keep it in place.
It has no single use – it can be used for a number of different things. For instance, I found that the bolts for my roof bars fit through the Delta's holes so I could use it to attach a bike to my car. I also screwed it to the top of a workbench, which allowed me to work on a bike without putting up a workstand. I also screwed it to a wall and used it to hang a bike. It can be used for virtually any situation where you might want to mount a bike on something.
It works in exactly the same way as a quick-release skewer: push it through the thru-axle if you run disc brakes, or just align the fork to the skewer if you're using rim brakes. You then hand-tighten the nut on the left and use the lever on the right to secure it. We all know how quick releases work, and that's all this is.
It holds the bike in position very well. I used it while working on a couple of different bikes and could feel that it was secure. And I've used it for hanging my wife's bike up for the last two weeks with no sign of it loosening.
In terms of security, going back to the claim that it's lockable – although this is technically true, I wouldn't ever say it's a safe way to store your pride and joy by itself. That's because locking it is basically sticking a padlock through the lever so you can't open it. It might deter an opportunist thief, but if you had any kind of grips you could probably unscrew the nut and get the skewer out without too much fuss.
That said, the construction is solid, 6061 T6 aluminium throughout. I could run this over in a tank and wouldn't be surprised if it survived.
I think its price of £26.99 is pretty good for something that can be used in so many situations. That said, the MTB Vans mount does basically the same thing for £25, and it comes with an adaptor (well, four actually) so you can fit bikes with both 100mm and 110mm fork spacing (the Delta is 100mm only); you do rely on the bike's QR axle for that, though, while Delta supplies its special 'locking' one with the Bike Hitch Pro.
Alternatively, if you wanted something with a thumbscrew instead of permanent mounts you could pay five times more for the Loaded Bikes Fork Mount.
Overall, I was very impressed with this product. It's the kind of thing I really like because it won't break and it won't ever lose its usefulness – it's the kind of thing you will still be using in 30 years. It isn't flashy but it does exactly what you need it to – securely attaching your bike to things.
Really simple but just works really well
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Delta Bike Hitch Pro
Size tested: One size
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
It acts as a wheel hub that you can basically screw down and then stick a quick release through to keep it in place.
From Extra, Delta's UK distributor: "Use with Stable Loader or other devices to mount front forks."
Mounts to any flat surface, including truck bed or van
Patented cam lever design allows you to lock your bike with any standard padlock
Pre-aligned gasket positioning provide quick and easy fork alignment, while 9mm quick release skewer provides easy in/out access
Securely holds all 100mm bicycle fork dropouts
Heat Treated Aluminum construction for durability without the risk of rust
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Quick and easy mounting
Pre-aligned for easier fork installation
Patented locking lever protects from theft
Rigid 6061 T6 aluminium body
Ultra rigid 9mm skewer
Solid and easy to use. After 50 years in your garage this would probably still be working the same way it did the day you bought it.
So simple at what it needs to do and incredibly effective at doing it.
Comes with a limited lifetime warranty. No reason to think it won't last a lifetime.
It's about what I would expect and with another at around the same price it seems fair
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It does what it needs to very well: it keeps bikes in place securely, is easy to fit to things, and feels like it'll last a lifetime.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Its sturdiness – it feels secure with a bike in it, and it isn't going to break any time soon (or ever!).
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
It might make it hard to get a bike out, but it's not lockable as claimed.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
The MTB Vans mount does basically the exact same thing for £25, but if you wanted something with a thumbscrew instead of permanent mounts you could pay five times more for the Loaded Bikes For Mount.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – I have already.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A thing of simplicity that does exactly what it needs to effectively, it lets you mount your bike where you want it mounted - simple as that.
About the tester
I usually ride: CAAD13 My best bike is: Cannondale Supersix Evo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed,
George is the host of the road.cc podcast and has been writing for road.cc since 2014. He has reviewed everything from a saddle with a shark fin through to a set of glasses with a HUD and everything in between.
Although, ironically, spending more time writing and talking about cycling than on the bike nowadays, he still manages to do a couple of decent rides every week on his ever changing number of bikes.