ALTA Racks Vs. Recon Racks.
After using the basket mount vertical racks, most people quickly identify the ease and convenient of such systems. The racks do not, contact the frame of the bike, it is a tire interface carry system. The upright also helps with keeping some the road grime off of your expensive toys. We design our racks and other products using engineering, and years of experience in off road industry.
Here are key differences between the racks, starting at the baskets. ALTA Racks vs. Recon Racks
BASKETS- in the one of the most important part of the rack, for Alta Racks Vs. Recon Racks.
Recon Rack uses a single general size basket. In many cases we carry bikes with different tire widths. Picture a fat bike next to a road bike, the lean of the bike can be varied with general size baskets based on the width of the tire, creating interference with handle bars, and forcing the user to skip a basket. To counter this, the rack must be made wider to accommodate those multi width tire cases. Even then, fat bikes will always be a problem. They stand close to erect due to the general basket design.
ALTA uses three different baskets widths to create the best carry experience, we take out the wobble, and the jerks out of your bikes while vertical. The videos on our site will prove that. The lean is controlled, this creates a comfortable ride for the bike removing any unnecessary forces on the hub and the wheel.
ALTA uses the Voile straps that are world famous for their toughness and long-lasting characteristics. Our approach is not save cost, but to provide the best product possible.
There is no option for adjustability with the recon rack. ALTA covers that like champ, sliding baskets allow for infinite adjustability. Combined with size specific baskets, we have the narrowest six carrier on the market. The sliding baskets are removable, converting the rack to other sport carrier as well. There is so much more to come. The lower horizontal bar also has infinite adjustment allowing the operator to create custom fits and avoid pedal strikes.
RISE- Recon extends out horizontally from the hitch without any rise. ALTA immediately rises once exiting the hitch receiver, creating instant rise for the bike putting an XL frame bike in line with the bottom of your bumper. That means if you bumper clears it, the bikes will too. Without that rise, the bikes need to be carried even higher to clear the bumper. This is key in clearing dips in the roads, and obstacles while off roading.
Extending away from the vehicle- ALTA Racks has the ability to adjust up to 20 inches from your vehicle, creating the distance needed to clear truck tail gates, van doors, flip up doors with bikes on.
PIVOT- both rack pivot back to allow for flip up back doors to clear and fully allow access to the vehicle. Where they differ is the safety system, or the lack of one. There are no secondary stoppage or safety for the recon rack, once the pivot is released there is no secondary stopping point. ALTA system has a triple safety, using military design principals, and rugged off-road engineering experience. Start with the locking latch. It is a 20,000 PSI cold rolled steel latch, spring loaded and with a grease zirg for life time operations. Secondary, is hard steel 5/8-inch removable safety pin, it sandwiches the vertical beam perfectly for best fit. The third stop is our OSP or the Outer Safety Pin. This is the rack stopping point when it drops back. Three safety points to ensure that your precious cargo running upwards of $60 K will arrival safely and without damage.
LOWER BAR- Our interface is a laser cut and formed with a flat surface; we use the softest and the toughest straps I n the market made by Voile. Infinite adjustment is available by adjusting the location of the straps for full pedal clearance. The flat surface creates no friction with the side walls, and the voile straps do an amazing job holding the rear wheel in place. Recon uses laser cut formed wheels cut out, with bungee ropes. The recon cutout, create an aggravated friction point due to vibration and harmonic frequencies that travel thru the rack on the rear tire side walls.
OFFROADING- Check our site for ton of video all over Utah. It passed the grueling test of the Black Sage festival for over 6 hours of continuous off-road service for top rides in the world. We build this rack to off-road, and have specific system and features such as the retractable straps to lock in the rack and sync it with the frame of the vehicle.
Multi carrier racks- ALTA does not build specific four, five, or six carriers, That allows the operator to start with a 3 or four carrier and upgrade the rack as the capacity needs grows. with Recon, the racks can not be upgraded or converted to carry higher capacity. Our three carrier(ALTA Lefty) uses the same main body of the GPR (General purpose rack)
Then the whole life rack approach creates that comprehensive solution that so many are looking for. Our rack ability to convert to Ski and snowboard carrier, the storage system that allows using the rack as its own storage and its mobility, tactical camping features such as the hammock stand and the table system, makes it a unique system that grows with the operator. ALTA RACKS chasing perfection and bringing joy.
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