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Delta Bike Hitch Pro

8
£26.99

VERDICT:

8
10
Really simple but just works really well
Easy to mount and use
Firm grip on forks
Lockable claim is debatable
Weight: 
338g

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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.

2023 Delta Bike Hitch Pro in use.jpeg

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.

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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.

2023 Delta Bike Hitch Pro - 4.jpg

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.

Value

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.

Conclusion

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.

Verdict

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."

From Delta:

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?

From Extra:

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

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

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.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

So simple at what it needs to do and incredibly effective at doing it.

Rate the product for durability:
 
10/10

Comes with a limited lifetime warranty. No reason to think it won't last a lifetime.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

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

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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.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

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.

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armb | 1 week ago
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"Alternatively, if you wanted something with a thumbscrew instead of permanent mounts you could pay five times more for the Loaded Bikes Fork Mount"

I could buy a 3D printer and print my own custom knobs for that price.
(Or, more practically, buy some knobs from Amazon for much less).
Admittedly machining an aluminium knob would be more.

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EK Spinner | 2 weeks ago
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I used to drive a caddy van, 3 of these on a lenght of timber jammed between the wheel arches worked perfectly for carting my bikes around.

the one for my TT bike did need to be angled slightly as the extensions seemed to make the bike longer when dropped to this level, strangely the bike fitted in the van fine with both wheels on

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youngoldbloke replied to EK Spinner | 2 weeks ago
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Worth adding there is also a through-axle version available. Been using these for years in the back of my people carrier, bolted to a long length of 6" x 1". Very useful but a  bit expensive IMO, (Chinese knock-offs also available)

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mark1a replied to EK Spinner | 1 week ago
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I also have a Caddy, and originally tried a couple of Delta hitches screwed to some timber, unfortunately my DIY woodworking skills are useless, so it looked like some Delta hitches screwed to a ceiling joist, I was never really happy with it so got a Minoura Vergo TF2 & Vergo TF1 (they were much cheaper when I got them 6 years ago), works the same, but neater & more adjustable.

 

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