- 4.5 / 5 Bee's Knees -
Winters always prove to be unbearably long but none seemed longer than the winter leading up to the review of the Seasucker Talon. Without question this has been my most anticipated product review for several years. It's here, it's better than I expected it could be in construction and as I used the product it became evident that it was packed full of thoughtful design. We've got ourselves a winner folks! (Read full article for Sept. 2018 update)
Tested at speeds of 75-80 mph and 50-55 mph over rough terrain, the talon showed no indications of losing air within the suction cups after hours of driving. Both road and mountain bikes were used for testing.
Positioning of the main body is quite flexible with only a handful of orientations prohibited including having the bike sideways or backwards. I felt best having the mount attached to two surfaces, in this example, the sunscreen and roof were used.
As stock, the Seasucker lacks universal fitment with all styles and sizes of axles. The included mount (pictured below) supports a 9mm standard axle for bikes with QR skewers. If you have a bike with a thru axle you'll need to purchase a separate mount such as the universal HUSKE mount pictured above. This mount adapts to all style of axles (well...most, with a few more on the way) through the use of insert plugs. Both the HUSKE mount and the adapter plugs are optional purchases and they do quickly add up in cost. I'd like to see the HUSKE mount included with only a set of QR plugs as standard and the option to purchase additional plugs as needed. Both the stock mount and HUSKE mount were equally solid in testing.
Seasuckers unique suction cup based bike rack systems appeal to a largely unchallenged market of riders whose vehicles lack the ability to--or simply lack of desire to--fit traditional rack systems to. The Talon is the perfect solo bike rack for riders such as myself with limited trunk space and a severe aversion to minivans. Upon completion of testing, I have all the confidence in the world that these systems are capable of safely transporting any common bike under even the most challenging of conditions and would recommend them to anyone...really, go buy one, these things are so cool! Watch the video below for additional thoughts and installation tips!
Update September 30th 2018
Seasucker now offers the Universal Huske mount as standard with all rack systems! Owners still must purchase their appropriate inserts/plug when running thru axles. Regardless, this is a big upgrade for the product line. Also check out my thoughts on the Hogg and GoPro flex mount in my follow up review below.