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Softride Access Element Hitch Bike Rack fits 1.25" or 2" Receiver
[ 26248 ]

List Price: $229.99
Our Price: $223.09
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5.0 Star Rating: Recommended  (5 customer reviews)

***All our Softride Hitch Bike Racks include FREE SHIPPING to the lower 48 states!***


In true Softride fashion the Access Element Hitch Bike Rack's parallelogram design differentiates it from the rest of the industry and allows for easy access to the rear of the vehicle, while keeping your bikes level at all times. Holding 4 bikes, the Softride Element will easily meet the ground clearance requirements of small cars or SUV's ensuring your bikes don't scrape the ground as you exit your driveway. The bike rack's arms fold down and out of the way or are easily removed. The rubber straps are extremely durable and easy to use. The Softride Element hitch bike rack includes a universal mount that fits both 1.25" and 2" receivers and equipped with an anti-rattle hitch bolt that secures the rack to the receiver on your vehicle.

Key Features

  • Powder-coated steel construction for strength & corrosion resistance
  • Includes universal mount that is compatible with BOTH 1.25" AND 2" receivers! No adapters are required.
  • Patented parallelogram design for easy rear vehicle access
  • Spring loaded pull pin release for easy maneuverability up & down
  • QuietRide tightening anti-rattle technology
  • Holds four bikes or 120 lbs
  • Accommodates children & adult bicycles
  • Includes anti-sway straps
  • End-of-arm safety reflectors for nighttime visibility
  • Adjustable width arms
  • Arms fold down when not in use
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Weighs 25 lbs


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Universal Mount

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Manufacturer: SoftRide
Part Number: 26248
Current Reviews: 5

Customer Reviews


Michael Varron - 08/12/2013        Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
I bought this for a minivan and 4runner. I have only used it a couple of times so far but I am really pleased with this item. I did buy the adapter gooseneck for the minivan to provide a little more clearance and it too worked perfectly. I carry 3 bikes - adult and two kids. Even with the three bikes it is easy to lift and lock in place. Just got back from a 300 mile round trip and it worked flawlessly. I highly recommend this item and the tilt mechanism works great by keeping the bikes in an upright position.
william flamm - 04/12/2009        Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
I received the softride access bike rack very fast. I installed it on my Trailblazer and drove 350 miles. Hitch was solid and did not move . It folded out with no problem, and I could get into the rear hatch with ease. It was interesting watching everyone else trying to get into trucks and suvs.This is a great bike rack. thanks. Bill
Luis Alvarez - 08/13/2008        Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
The Softride Element bike rack is awesome!!
We really liked it and the price was very reasonable
Britt Singleton - 08/06/2008        Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
This rack is perfect for us. We bought this rack to fit on our Honda minivan so we could take our kids' bikes with us on vacations. It works great. One person can easily lower and raise it. The bikes fit on there just fine, even with training wheels. Also, it was easy to take on and off the car when not in use. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the Dura has, but for our use it was just want we needed...well-constructed, easy to use, access to liftgate with ease, easily removed and installed.
Daniel Ciecko - 06/25/2008        Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!
The Softride Element rack was perfect for me. I can easily lower the bikes and get in my back door. HitchSource got it to as planned and it took just a few minutes to install. I recommend this rack to anyone. I have a spare tire and just have two bikes. I just use the last two racks and it works perfectly.
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