Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Bike Rack

Last updated date: May 19, 2021

DWYM Score

9.0

Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Bike Rack

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We looked at the top Truck Bed Bike Racks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Truck Bed Bike Rack you should buy.

Update as May 19, 2021:
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Overall Take

This sturdy truck bed bike rack is secured to your truck bed by tie-downs in the hinge of the tailgate and locks on your bicycle’s rear wheel. Mountain downhill e-bikes and fat bikes are no challenge for this rack, which can hold up to 50 pounds and a 5-inch-wide wheel.


In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Bike Rack placed 5th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Fully-adjustable upright bike carrier for the inside of a truck bed. Holds 1 bike up to 50 lbs. Quickly attach the bike with the ratcheting arm. Securely holds the bike in place without frame contact. Ideal for carbon frames mountain downhill ebikes and fat bikes. Fits 20-29" wheels up to 5" wide tires. Lock bike to the rack with Thule's One-Key system (lock included). Fits all pickup tailgates. No bolting or drilling required. Load capacity 50 lbs.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

9.1
95 user reviews

What experts liked

Simple, elegant design and function, excellent build quality, tool-free installation, lockable security.
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What experts didn't like

Security is limited to trucks with locking tailgates, a little pricey compared to other options, especially for multiple bikes.
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An Overview On Truck Bed Bike Racks

Every bike rack has a limit to how much force it can handle, and a heavier bike will exert more force on the rack during turns, as well as during sudden starts and stops. While the ideal goal is to drive carefully when hauling a bike, unexpected situations can demand unexpected action.

After all, electric bikes can range from 30 to 80 pounds, due to the battery and motor. While street bikes are designed to be as light as possible, mountain bikes are heavier, to not only endure the impact from jumps and rocky terrain but also to absorb some of it, reducing how much force is transmitted to the rider. Based on these weights, you can shop for a bike rack that would be best suited to the bicycle you have.

Not all bike racks can hold larger tire sizes, such as 29-inch diameter tires, or anything wider than 2.5 inches. Most mountain bikes have wider tires, and specialized “fat” bikes have oversized tires. Consider the sizes of your bike tires when shopping for a rack.

If you are having trouble determining whether a bike rack will fit in your truck’s bed, you can contact the company’s customer service line. They will be able to provide more concrete answers about edge cases where you aren’t sure about the compatibility of your truck bed or your particular bike with the rack.

When in doubt, measure your truck bed carefully. Compare those measurements to the manufacturer specifications for any bike rack you’re considering.

The Truck Bed Bike Rack Buying Guide

  • It’s standard practice to choose bike racks based on how they secure your ride.
    • Racks that hold bikes by the wheel are faster to use and don’t damage the paint on the frame, but they have less holding power.
    • Frame-holding racks will hold heavier bikes more securely, but they risk damaging the frame’s paint. Paint is important for preventing rust and reducing drag.
    • Fork-securing racks are best for street bikes, but they require removing the front wheel each time you use them, and they generally have lower weight limits than other types.
  • Before driving but after securing your rack and your bike(s), test the stability of your set-up.
    • Be sure that any rubber pads aren’t shifting against your truck nor against the bikes, which can damage the paint.
    • Check for dirt or debris between any securing pads and the surface where they are in contact.
  • Most bicycle thefts are spur-of-the-moment things when the thief spots an opportunity. If you are driving a long way and expect to leave your vehicle and bikes unattended for any length of time (bathroom breaks, souvenir shopping, ordering food and so on), lock your bikes through their frames, not the wheels, to prevent an opportunistic snatch-and-run.