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The Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D will show off your pride and joy – no matter how weird your tubes may be.
Twenty years ago, hanging a bike on a wall was easy. Most bikes had horizontal top tubes, and they were all an inch or so round, making the wall rack designer's job an easy one. How times have changed.
Nowadays your average road bike (in fact, pretty much any bike) is a flowing, curvaceous mix of hydroformed aluminium, carbon swoops and all manner of aero and flex-enabling or restricting cross-sections. We, the people, have cast off the lumbar-straining shackles of faux-pro-level geometries and embraced the upright – while also demanding cossetted botties. Top tubes and seatstays have merged into continuous forms to accommodate longer, more compliant seatposts and ever-more-innovative seat tube junctions.
Ergo, when designing a product to hang a modern bike on a wall without painting yourself into a corner dictated by specific tube arrangements, you need to do something rather special. That's the Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D then. The rack is rated for 22kg, so will support even the heftiest downhill rig, but possibly not your new German e-KommuturMotoWagën. It's available in black or silver.
To cater for all these weird angles, shapes and sizes you need infinite adjustment vertically. To accommodate a mix of narrow road bike and wide mountain bike/hybrid handlebars you need the ability to shift the mounting arms relative to each other to angle the bike out from the wall. The 2D rack allows this up/down, in/out adjustment (2D – geddit?) by simple tweaking of a 3mm Allen key (provided) in one of six boltheads on the side and arms. The setup process takes just a minute to get more or less spot on, depending on whether you have a partner to give the 'up a bit, down a bit' guidance.
The rack backplate mounts using two supplied screws suited for wood – if you're going into masonry you'll need your own plug fittings good for the weight of your bike. It's advisable to set the rack up on your frame, balanced, adjusted to hold it level, then lift the whole lot up against the wall to make sure you have vertical and fore-aft clearances right. What you don't want to do is drill holes only to find you can't open a door, cupboard or lift the bike on without whanging a wheel or shifter. This positioning is definitely easier with a pencil-wielding friend to mark the final resting place, then it's a case of drilling the two holes and job done. The construction of the rack is solid – once done up there's not a bit of slop and only the smallest amount of springy flex in the steel arms.
The arms end in rubber-coated V-shaped cups, stepped to provide even the strangest of profiles a snug fit. A bonus of the V-profile is that if you have under-tube cabling it will pass through without being held against the tube underside – even down to traditional steel tube diameters around the 25-26mm mark. At their full extension the centreline of the cups sit 305mm out from the wall, meaning they will accommodate a handlebar width of 610mm before the bike needs shifting from parallel to the wall with the bar straight. The minimum distance is 203mm, allowing you to pull the rear wheel back into the wall if space is at a real premium.
There's something very pleasing to the eye having your clean and gleaming machine at head height. It facilitates a passing twirl of the pedals, click of the levers or squeeze of the brakes in a casual yet life-affirming way. Indeed, if you are pushed for space the 2D can be used for drivetrain tune-ups or on-bike wheel truing; just don't expect to be doing bottom bracket swaps on it, and make sure you've allowed pedal clearance.
The 2D rack comes with a three-year warranty, but it's hard to imagine what could possibly go wrong with it, the engineering is so solid.
Feedback Sports has come up with a high-quality future-proof solution to bike storage, for whatever's in your fleet or on your wishlist. Your bike deserves nothing less.
A high-quality future-proof solution to bike storage, for whatever's in your fleet
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Make and model: Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D
Size tested: Black
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?
The Feedback Sports Velo Wall Rack 2D is for anyone who needs to store a bike – any bike – off the floor, as close to the wall as possible.
Feedback Sports says: "Introducing the 2015 standard; adjust the angle of the bike from the wall to maximize space. Reduces the bulk of your bike by getting it closer to the wall.
Independent arms adjust in 2 dimensions
Soft rubber cradles protect frame's finish
Screw into any standard wall stud
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Mount area: 11.2' x 2.3' (283mm x 58mm)
Cradle distance to wall: 8' – 12' (203mm – 305mm)
Load capacity: 50lbs (22kg)
Weight 2.9 lbs
Dimensions 15 x 3.25 x 3 in
Nothing's fallen off, ergo 100% success.
It will probably outlast you.
You could probably find something cheaper. But it probably wouldn't be anywhere near as good.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The soft rubber V-cups held complex tube shapes with zero concern for marking or movement.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
It's really hard to think what could be improved – possibly adding a hook for wheels... er... Okay, maybe if the arms could fold back when not in use – but that would necessitate a folding/locking mechanism, adding cost.
Age: 42 Height: 183cm Weight: 71kg
I usually ride: Charge Juicer My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: A few times a week I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, and Dutch bike pootling
Living in the Highlands, Mike is constantly finding innovative and usually cold/wet ways to accelerate the degradation of cycling kit. At his happiest in a warm workshop holding an anodised tool of high repute, Mike's been taking bikes apart and (mostly) putting them back together for forty years. With a day job in global IT (he's not completely sure what that means either) and having run a boutique cycle service business on the side for a decade, bikes are his escape into the practical and life-changing for his customers.