Fox Tailgate Cover Review | Truck Bed | BikesRacks
Do you want to purchase a bike rack for your pick-up truck? Fox truck bike rack might be a suitable choice. The Fox tailgate truck bike rack is a tailgate pad that can be used for almost all types of vehicles with a truck bed and tailgate. Here we will rate the features, security, aesthetics, and other aspects based on our rating system. By the end of this article, you can decide whether this rack is for you or not.
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Fox Tailgate Pad Summary
Premium Tailgate Pad Bike Rack
Pros of Fox Tailgate Pad
- No need to buy a hitch receiver
- No need to remove the front wheel
- Accommodates multiple bikes
- Saves the bikes and vehicles from scratches
- High compatibility with trucks
- No drilling or tools required
- Easy to install and remove
- Allows access to the back camera
- Allow the tonneau cover to be closed
Cons of Fox Tailgate Pad
- Not suitable for road bikes
- Velcro straps are not reliable
- No way to lock the bike rack or bikes
- The padding wears out after some months
The Rack score is a rating system that we have devised to make it easier for you to buy a bike rack. With this rating system, we score different aspects such as brand value, capacity, value for money, security, aesthetics, customer satisfaction, and other features. For each aspect, we give a score out of 10 and then present the final score of a bike rack.
Features of the Fox truck bike rack
The Fox truck bike rack comes in two sizes, small and large. The small version measures 33.5″ L x 54″ W x 16 “H and can accommodate 5 bikes. While the large size holds 6 bikes and measures 34″ L x 62″ W x 19” H. you can get small if you have a mid-sized truck. In the case of a full-sized truck, you can buy a large tailgate pad.
This pad bike rack covers the tailgate from top to bottom from the outside but only covers half of the tailgate from the inside. It has three straps that are used to fasten it to the tailgate. Once the pad is installed you can place the bikes one by one, on the truck bed with their front wheels rested on the tailgate. After that, you can fasten the bikes with Velcro straps.
There is no need to remove the tailgate during the installation of the Fox truck bike rack. The three nylon straps go around the tailgate through the base crack. The bike rack does not affect towing a trailer or making sharp turns. This is because the tailgate pad does not increase the length of the truck and there is enough space between the trailer and the bike rim.
This bike rack is waterproof so rainfall or washing would not damage it. The underside is made of the same material as the top surface. Since the underside is not made of soft material, you must clean the tailgate before installation otherwise the tailgate pad will act as a sanding block and ruin the tailgate. For these features, we give the Fox truck bike rack an R score of 8.
|Fox tailgate truck bike rack|
|Type||Truck Bed Bike Rack|
|Bike rack weight||2.2 lb|
|Load Capacity||No limit|
|Hitch required||No Hitch|
|Price||Around $100- 140|
|Rack Score (Overall)||8|
Brand value of Fox
Fox Racing has been working since 1974 to produce high-quality products for bike riders. It is an American company with partners and distributors in many countries. The company sells motocross and mountain biking gear across the world. For the brand value, we give it an R score of 8.
The security system of the Fox truck bike rack
Fox truck bike rack does not have a built-in security system. It does not come with a lock for the bike rack or bikes. However, you can get a separate locking system and lock the gear to the truck bed. Without the locking system, there is a high risk of theft. Due to this limitation, we give it an R score of 6.
Bike Accommodation and Compatibility
The Fox tailgate truck bike rack holds a maximum of 6 bikes. The small or large versions are compatible with different types of pick-up trucks such as:
- 2016 chevy Colorado (small)
- Silverado f150 (large)
- 2016 GMC Canyon
- First-gen Tacoma 2002
- 2017 Toyota Tacoma
- 2019 Tacoma (small)
- 2022 Tacoma(small)
- 1999 ford ranger (small)
- Tundra Crewmax (large)
- 2005 chevy 1500 (large)
- Dodge Ram1500 (small)
- Chevy Avalanche (large)
- 2017 F250 (large)
- 2017 Tundra
- 2019 Ram
- Nissan Frontier (small)
- Nissan Titan (large)
While the above-mentioned vehicles are only a few compatible trucks, the Fox truck bike rack can be used with many other trucks as well. You should check the dimensions of your tailgate and the small and large size tailgate pad to find the best fit.
Fox truck bike rack also has compatibility with several bike types such as mountain bikes, e-bikes, fat-tire bikes, beach cruisers, and kids’ and women’s bikes. Unfortunately, it is not good for carrying a road bike because the bike would not hang over the tailgate very well.
Moreover, the middle strap is a bit short, you can check the dimensions of the bike and the strap. And although the rack has some area cut out for the rear camera, it is a bit small and is not compatible with some vehicles. That being said we give the Fox tailgate truck bike rack an R score of 7.
From 1,704 ratings, 91 percent of users like the product and have given it either 4 or 5 stars. Fox truck bike rack has a total rating of 4.6 out of 5. With this, it gets an R score of 8.
Appearance of Fox truck bike rack
This tailgate pad is black and has a very smart design. The overall appearance of vehicles carrying the bikes with this bike rack is better than other bike racks. This is because it does not make the vehicle longer or higher. Only the front tires of bikes hang out of the tailgate.
The tailgate pad is made of polyester outside as well as inside. The material in contact with the tailgate is the same, there is no fleece. You have to be careful with this bike rack. We recommend you clean the tailgate before installing the pad.
A problem with the Fox truck bike rack is the way it is stitched. The sewing is poor and stitches come out after a few uses. Also, the three straps for fastening the pad are stitched to the outside edge of the pad. This is a major design flaw because it makes installation very difficult. (R score 8)
Value for money
The small version of the Fox tailgate truck bike rack is around $100 whereas the large version is around $140. The pad holds 5-6 bikes which means the cost per bike is around $20. This is very economical if you have multiple bikes. For the impressive price, we give it an R score of 10.
The overall rack score of the Fox truck bike rack is 8. It is a suitable bike rack if you own multiple bikes and want an affordable solution for carrying them while traveling on a pickup truck. Before buying it just make sure it is compatible with your truck and bike. You will have to find out a way to secure the bikes on your Fox tailgate truck bike rack but that is not a big issue considering the price you’ll pay for the bike rack.
Rack score summary: Fox Racing has been bringing valuable products to the market. The Fox tailgate truck bike rack is convenient because of its features, for this, it gets an R score of 8. On the compatibility front, the bike rack is satisfactory and gets an R score of 7 whereas the security system is not present earning it a score of 6. The best thing about the Fox truck bike rack is its price (R score: 10). It is quite economical and gets an overall R score of 8.