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Best Bike Rack for Tesla Model 3 in 2021 (Buying Guide)

There’s only one thing more exciting than a ride in your Tesla: carrying your bike with you to enjoy the fresh air outside town.

But with many less-than-ideal options to carry your bike — roof racks that impact your range; trailer hitch racks that interfere with your rear sensors; trunk bike racks that damage your paint — how do you know what’s the best bike rack for Tesla Model 3?

After reviewing more than a dozen options, a handful of winners emerged.

I’ve outlined the best bike rack for Tesla Model 3 for each category below:

Best Overall
SeaSucker Talon 1-Bike
SeaSucker Talon 1-Bike
  • Held through suction. No metal clips or screws.
  • Less prone to glass damage than conventional roof racks.
  • Universal fit.
  • Easy to install or remove.
  • Available in 1- and 2-bike variants. Click here for the 2-bike variant.
Most Efficient
EcoHitch™ Stealth Design
EcoHitch™ Stealth Design
  • Less impact in range when bikes are mounted compared to roof alternatives.
  • No risk of paint or glass damage.
  • Designed for Teslas. Perfect fit.
  • “Stealth” hitch not visible when installed.
  • Compatible with cargo carriers, trailers, and hitch bike racks.
Best Budget
Allen Sports 102DN-R (2-Bike)
Allen Sports 102DN-R (2-Bike)

Choosing the Best Bike Rack for Tesla Model 3: Trunk vs. Hitch vs. Roof

Multiple factors need to be considered when picking a bike rack that fits your needs:

Bike capacity and weight

Is biking a hobby you enjoy by yourself, or do your family members and close friends share this hobby with you?

Do you have conventional mountain bikes, or have you electrified your hobby with an e-bike?

Most products reviewed and suggested in this article will have capacity for 2, 3, and even 5 bikes.

However, bike weight varies wildly from conventional to electric bikes — the latter is often 2-3 times heavier.

As such, if you carry many heavy bikes, a tow-hitched bike rack will almost certainly be the safest option for you and your family.

The fewer and lighter the bikes you carry with you, however, the more your ideal option shifts to a roof or trunk-mounted bike rack (each with its own benefits).

Aerodynamics, efficiency, and range

Racks in and of themselves have minimal impact in range and efficiency (±1-5%).

But let’s be clear:

There’s no way to completely eliminate the impact on efficiency when bikes are mounted in any of the alternatives discussed.

Generally speaking, the least efficient alternative system is a roof rack with a bike carrier.

Although apples-to-apples tests aren’t available (e.g. 2 bikes in the roof vs. 2 bikes in the rear under similar circumstances),

Data suggests hitch- and trunk-mounted bike racks have less impact in range — likely due to lower airspeeds in the rear area.

To avoid frequent charging during long road trips, consider hitch- or trunk-mounted bike racks.

Safety

A locking system is advisable for road safety — and the safety of your bike.

Unless stated otherwise, our recommendations come with a locking option to avoid cargo theft — or to avoid people confusing your bike with E.T. if your bike flies off the roof. 😬

Versatility and convenience

Each option has a degree of versatility and convenience.

For easy loading and unloading, hitch racks tend to be the most convenient choice.

Trunk-mounted versions are versatile in that they can be used universally with other vehicles.

Conventional roof racks are more widely known, can carry bikes, cargo boxes, ski racks, and more, but are often uniquely designed for one vehicle.

While suction-based roof racks can be easily mounted and used with any car.

Consider your use cases and whether you intend to change your vehicle soon — so you can opt for flexible alternatives and reduce expenses later on.

Best Bike Rack for Tesla Model 3 Overall: Tesla’s (w/ Yakima’s Carrier)

Best bike rack for tesla model 3, including Yakima's High Road carrier.
Tesla’s roof rack system with Yakima’s High-Speed rooftop bike mount. Credit to eokie.

The best bike rack for Tesla Model 3 overall comes from the original manufacturer, but it doesn’t come without its downsides.

To start off, you’ll need a rooftop bike mount. Possibly more than one if you want to carry multiple bikes.

In forum discussions, the Thule Circuit and Yakima Forklift are commonly recommended.

Yakima users have had a better experience overall as Thule, a long-established brand, appears to be on a quality declining trend over the last few years.

According to some bike mount shoppers, Yakima dealers may not be aware that their products fit the Tesla Model 3.

Nonetheless, many users have found a great fit with Yakima’s Forklift, High Speed and High Road bike mount models. (See image above.)

The roof rack itself has proven to be very efficient:

EVfamily’s channel testing a mere 2% impact in range with Tesla’s roof rack by itself.

But as discussed, with bikes, you’re likely to experience a lower range with roof racks than with rear-mounted racks.

For instance, What Drive You channels tested his Tesla Model 3 for efficiency with 4 bikes mounted on a hitch rack:

Model 3 Results? ~15% increase from 230 to 266 Wh/mi with 4 bikes @ 60mph.

266 Wh/mi is still efficient, resulting in 190 miles vs. 220 miles of range in a Model 3 with 50 kWh of usable energy.

Some non-Tesla EVs consume more energy without racks or bikes!

On the flip side, Tesla Motors Club user house9 tested a 47% energy consumption increase (236 Wh/mi to 348 Wh/mi) with Tesla’s roof rack, Yakima’s High Road bike carrier, and 2 bikes @ up to 77mph.

This setup would translate into a whopping 145 miles (!) vs. 220 miles in a 5o-kWh Model 3.

Although temperature conditions and average speeds may differ, 15% higher consumption with four bikes in the rear vs. 47% higher consumption with two bikes on the roof is clearly a big difference.

And the final punch in the gut? Risk of cracked glass.

Jump to 1:18 to see Bjorn’s glass cracks while testing Tesla’s roof rack.

This happens more often with non-Tesla conventional roof racks, of which I suggested none because reviews are filled with reports of cracked glass.

Whether due to poor installation or glass imperfections, there’s still risk & your glass may experience cracks with Tesla’s rack.

Finally, the maximum weight according to Model 3’s Roof Rack manual is 150 pounds.

With the 18 pounds the rack weighs, I’d be careful going even close to 100 pounds — or the equivalent of 3 adult-size mountain bikes — just to be safe.

If you need to carry 3 bikes or more, everything points to the next option on this list as the best bike rack for Tesla Model 3.

Pros:

Fits: All Model 3 years & trims.

✅ Engineered by Tesla.

✅ Efficient design.

✅ Compatible with ski racks, cargo boxes, and bike carriers.

Cons:

❌ Expensive.

❌ Greater range decrease than rear-mounted bike racks.

❌ Risk of cracked glass.

❌ Involved installation and loading/unloading.

❌ Requires a bike carrier to work properly.

Best Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack: EcoHitch (w/ Yakima’s Rack)

Best bike rack for tesla model 3 mounted on a tow hitch.

Many owners can’t stand the idea of risking paint or glass damage… Their Tesla is their baby.

In such a case, a hitch bike rack may be the most suitable option.

With 300 pounds in rated tongue weight and 2,000 pounds in rated towing weight, you’ll be able to carry more (and heavier) bikes.

For e-bike owners, this is the way to go.

The installation, although doable, will certainly intimidate non-DIYers.

Make sure to order a 2″ receiver, as this is the standard for most accessories — and consider professional help if you’re not up for the challenge of installing the receiver yourself.

Similar to Tesla’s, you’ll need an additional hitch bike rack. Thule and Yakima top the list of recommended brands again.

With Thule’s declining reputation and higher prices, however, I’d look into Yakima first. (It offers a reasonably-priced hitch rack in 2-, 4- and 5-bike variants.)

Loading and unloading your bike(s) will be super convenient. For shorter and older Model 3 owners, this may be an important factor.

Keep in mind that, in reverse, you won’t be able to summon your vehicle as it will think it’s about to hit something.

The rack may also cover the license plate, which might be a big deal in some cities, (though this isn’t an issue if you have a front license plate).

Regarding efficiency,

As shown above, What Drive You tested 266 Wh/mi with a 4-bike loaded hitch (a 15% increase in energy consumption over a 230 Wh/mi bare test).

In another test, the data came in at 291 Wh/mi (or 27% increase). This would imply 170 to 190 vs. 220 miles for a 50 kWh Model 3.

Although more efficient than roof bike racks (with data suggesting increases in energy consumption as much as 45% with 2 bikes),

At high speeds and/or lower temperatures, 300+ Wh/mi is to be expected with this hitch setup.

Plan for the worst and assume 25-30% lower range for road trips.

Pros:

Fits: All Model 3 years and trim. Available for Model Y, too.

✅ Easiest loading and unloading.

✅ No risk of paint or glass damage.

✅ Higher weight capacity (3oo pounds). Ideal for e-bikes.

✅ “Stealth” hitch not visible when installed.

✅ Less impact in range compared to roof alternatives.

Cons:

❌ Expensive.

❌ May interfere with rear sensors and license plate.

❌ Requires a hitch bike rack to work properly.

❌ Involved installation.

Best Bike Rack for Tesla Model 3 (Roof): 1-Bike SeaSucker

 SeaSucker

SeaSucker set out to counter the downsides of conventional roof racks.

And with the exception of the lack of a locking system and limited bike quantity, they invented a creative solution.

Rather than attaching the rack to the roof, SeaSucker’s bike rack is “sucked into” it.

This suction mechanism is the same Tesla uses in its production to install the glass in the first place!

Model 3’s production line using suction to transport the glass.

The risk of cracking is far, far lower due to the softer material in contact with the glass.

No metal clips or screws. No additional bike carrier. No risk of paint damage. It’s truly a great solution.

“What about the high impact on efficiency?” you ask.

That’s the ultimate kicker:

This bike rack doesn’t have to be placed in the front section of the roof.

Forum users are able to use the product by positioning one end in the trunk and another in the roof, as follows:

Seasucker's best bike rack for Tesla Model 3, placed closer to the rear area.
SeaSucker’s bike rack placed closer to the rear area of a Model 3. Credit to voip-ninja.

The further back you place your bike, the lower the airspeed and the fewer the miles you lose in range.

Users report satisfaction over many years of ownership, and many YouTubers have positive reviews of the product:

The rack is priced similarly to Tesla’s roof rack, but consider you can use SeaSucker for multiple vehicles (either those you own today or those you purchase in the future).

As such, the total cost over the long run will be lower.

It might take some time to create confidence in the product, but customers report 80MPH, multi-day trips without issues.

Elon Musk itself admits the safety of the suction mechanism at high speeds.

You may also consider the 1-bike version of this brand if you’ll only carry one bike at all times.

SeaSucker would certainly earn the best overall spot if there weren’t any Tesla-made racks.

Should you opt for this rack, follow the instructions extremely carefully.

Keep the vacuum cups protected with their plastic shells when not in use, clean the surfaces in contact thoroughly, and double-check the suction status of the cup every time you stop to charge during a trip.

Pros:

Fits: Universally

✅ Substantially less prone to glass damage than conventional roof racks.

✅ Easy to install or remove to use in multiple vehicles.

✅ Available in 1- and 2-bike variants. Click here for 1-bike variant.

✅ Held through suction. No metal clips or screws.

✅ Can be placed closer to the rear area for less wind drag and range loss.

✅ No interference with rear sensors or license plate.

Cons:

❌ Limited bike quantity.

❌ Not lockable.

❌ Somewhat expensive for many.

Best Tesla Model 3 Trunk Bike Rack: Allen Sports’ 2-Bike

Best Tesla Model 3 Trunk Bike Rack: Allen Sports' 2-Bike

Trunk-mounted bike racks offer the best of both worlds: lower range impact than roof racks and lower cost than hitch racks…

While also having the multi-bike capacity and universal fit.

Among the many different brands that exist, Allen Sports comes out as the overall winner in terms of ease of installation, proven product quality, and value for money.

The manufacturer lists the compatible car models here.

While Tesla as a brand isn’t on their compatibility list, customers have taken the risk and report that the 102DN model does fit the Tesla Model 3 well.

Allen Sports' best bike rack for Tesla Model 3 with 2 bikes mounted.
Allen Sports’ trunk bike rack on Silver Model 3. Credit to Bend.

Enough convincing evidence of compatibility with Model S, Model Y, or other Tesla models wasn’t found, however.

Consider that a small number of customers reported pain damage on their trunk lids.

Be especially cautious if your car is equipped with a power liftgate or pneumatic struts. You may even end up damaging your rear glass by opening the trunk with the bikes on.

To counter the damage, I suggest you add some scratch protectors to your shopping list.

After budgeting for both products, this option still costs 8 – 10 times less than the recommendations above.

Multiple users say it took them less than 15 minutes to install the rack.

And in case you share your biking hobby with the people you have trips with, there’s a 3-bike version bike rack from the same brand (103DN-R) with identical mounting and attachment structure — that way, you’re confident it’ll fit your Model 3, too.

I can’t confidently point to any 4-bike variant that fits the Model 3 from this brand. If you happen to know one, please comment down below.

With nearly 15,000 ratings and a 4.5-star average, this may be the best bike rack for Tesla Model 3 price-conscious owners.

Pros:

Fits: Universally.

✅ Easy to install.

✅ 1/10th the cost of alternatives.

✅ Easy to install or remove to use in multiple vehicles.

✅ Available in 2- and 3-bike variants. Click here for 3-bike variant.

Cons:

❌ Prone to trunk paint damage unless installed with scratch protectors.

❌ May interfere with rear sensors and license plate.

❌ Limited weight capacity (70 – 100 pounds).

Frequent Buyer Concerns:

  • Is it possible to fit the car in a Supercharger with bikes loaded on the rack?

Yes.

Even 5-bike variants should allow you to plug Superchargers’ cable.

As such, for bike racks, I wouldn’t be concerned about having to unload your cargo to supercharge.

Only in the unusual case of a large trailer such a maneuver may be necessary.

  • Does Autopilot & Full-Self Driving (FSD) still work with the bike rack on?

As discussed, rear racks will interfere with your rear sensors. Your Model 3 will think it’s about to hit an object in reverse.

Autopilot and FSD can still be turned on, though — although I would suggest you’re more cautious than usual.

For roof racks, interference with Tesla’s sensor suite isn’t a concern.

Our Bike Rack System of Choice:

Under normal circumstances, I’d suggest the original manufacturer’s alternative in a heartbeat (and I did give Tesla the benefit of the doubt by positioning them as the best overall choice)…

However, considering most people use cases, SeaSucker 1-Bike Mini Bomber will fit most people’s needs while being versatile enough to be used in multiple cars.

It won’t interfere with sensors and license plates — and impact in range can be minimized by placing the rack closer to the rear area.

I’m not a fan of Tesla’s roof rack attachment to the glass. It presents a risk of glass damage I’d rather avoid.

So if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, AllenSports is definitely the way to go.

By Zac Ludicrous

Mechanical engineer by profession. TSLA shareholder before the hype. EV enthusiast all day long. Zac enjoys learning about the future of battery technology, autonomy, and EVs. He considers Tesla Model 3 the most important vehicle of the 21st century -- and is in a quest to improve the ownership experience of every Model 3 owner he possibly can.

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