We’re talking about umpteen dollars of precious cargo in your skis and snowboards, might as well invest to make sure they’re not ending up on the road. And it also keeps unnecessary snow and slush outside of the car, which is a good thing.
Roof racks usually look pretty chunky. That’s why we’re excited about Whispbar—the sleek profile and streamlined design looks better than just about any other rack on the market. Better still, Whispbar claims its aerodynamic design reduces the drag by as much as 70 percent when compared to other bar racks, which means a quieter ride and more gas in the tank. They’ve already launched a fork-mounted bike as well as racks for snow sports and kayaks, and later this year Whispbar will introduce the WB201, a frame-mount cycle carrier that doesn’t require any wheel removal. The bike mounting system uses a single lever that automatically adjusts to all downtube shapes and sizes, applying pressure to hold the bike but not enough to damage the frame. Watch out Yakima and Thule—you’ve got some competition.
A rack that works well with your car and bike can be hard to find. Releasing this November, the WB201 uses a clever single-lever design that self adjusts to all frame downtube sizes and shapes. Mounting or removing your bike is simple and fast, and because the lever holds the frame instead of the fork, you can leave both wheels on the bike. And to keep your bike safe when you aren’t around, the rack secures the bike to the carrier, and the carrier to the vehicle, with a single lock.
Choosing a rack system is like choosing sides in the Auburn–Alabama rivalry: both choices have a solid heritage and a proven track record, but once you’ve made your choice, there’s no going back. We have over 50 years (collectively) of rooting for Team Yakima. For fervent car and adventure aficionados, there’s no better way to carry a bike than their Whispbar WB200 Fork Mount Bicycle Carrier.
Acquired by Yakima in 2009 with the New Zealand company Hubco, Whispbar was introduced in North America the following year. Initially sold as an option for Yakima, Whispbar was launched in 2012 as a separate premium line marketed to consumers focused on style and aesthetics. According to Garrett Barnum, Whispbar’s Global Brand Manager, if Yakima is for the outdoor enthusiast focused on the destination, Whispbar targets the rugged stylist interested in the journey, uncompromised. For the man who appreciates luxury, this rack features clean lines and a high degree of finish that marry seamlessly to any expensive sports sedan.
Whispbar’s new WB201 frame mount bike carrier adds an option for putting your steed on their roof racks. Like the fork mount models, it uses their QuickDock mounts for super fast on/off on their cross bars (video here). The arm raises to clamp the downtube, but unlike competing models, there’s no dial to clamp it down around the downtube. Instead, push the lever on the tray down and it automatically applies the right amount of pressure around the frame while simultaneously securing everything to the rack and crossbars…
New WB700 and WB701 cargo boxes use a streamlined design with no belt line. What does “no belt line” mean? It means the top clamshell sits flush with the bottom rather than overlap and create a slight bulge. The result is a very sleek, premium appearance…
Whispbar’s new WB201 frame mount bike carrier adds an option for putting your steed on their roof racks. Like the fork mount models, it uses their QuickDock mounts for super fast on/off on their cross bars. The arm raises to clamp the downtube, but unlike competing models, there’s no dial to clamp it down around the downtube.
New WB700 and WB701 cargo boxes use a streamlined design with no belt line. What does “no belt line” mean? It means the top clamshell sits flush with the bottom rather than overlap and create a slight bulge. The result is a very sleek, premium appearance. Quick release levers inside allow for quick mounting…and a quick release lever on the bottom makes it easy to slide the mounts fore/aft.
Casper from Whispbar shows us their flush bar roof rack system. The Whispbar is the only wind tunnel tested and designed cross bar system that is aerodynamic and quiet. Whispbar also pays a lot of attention to the style and design of their rack systems. Whispbar claims that the Flush Bar has an “aerodynamic profile that leads the way in noise reduction by reducing drag up to 70%.”