SeaSucker vacuum carriers are manufactured by a Florida-based company of the same name. The name itself is synonymous with sea squid, or more precisely for its sucker-covered shoulders. And it is this system of vacuum suction cups that creates a surprisingly simple, intuitive and at the same time incredibly durable attachment directly to the car body. Here it is important to note, as the manufacturer explains, that the system uses vacuum (non-vacuum) rather than suction cups. And that there is a fundamental difference, we are convinced even after our own search on the web.
According to www.deltakits.com, Vacuum Cup Lesson 101, suction cups are round objects made of rubber, silicone and similar soft substances that can be used on non-porous surfaces. Water or air creates a vacuum in the suction cup and the so-called partial vacuum. Vacuum suction cups are also typically made of rubber, silicone, or soft materials, but unlike suction suction cups, they include a lever, button, or pump that separates the center of the suction cup from the surface by creating a vacuum that securely holds the outer edges of the suction cup surface. Vacuum suction cups are generally more flat, i.e. that they are more in contact with the surface of the material. The result is a safer and more durable “suction” with minimal pressure build-up, regardless of the size of the suction cups. So as my lay brain sees, vacuum suction cups create a much more durable grip.
SeaSucker carriers bring many opportunities to cyclists. Installation is so simple and the individual parts compact and easy that driving with these carriers is a real pleasure. The decision whether to leave the carrier in the car or to store it in the trunk within seconds is up to you. If, in spite of everything, you are skeptical about the Seasucker carriers (believe me, we were also in the first few hours …), the fact that such names from professional peloton as Zdeněk Štybar, Fabian Cancellara, Tony Martin or Tom Boonen, who use this bike carrier system.
A limitation of these carriers is the fact that the carriers are not lockable to the car. However, based on their compactness and super fast disassembly option (actually one slight push to release the suction cup …) this should not have a major negative effect on the functionality of the product. It is also necessary to know that the vacuum in the suction cups must be “pumped out” from time to time. But again, this is not a real limitation, as the indicator on the pump will show you when it is needed (in real operation, I replenished the vacuum every other day).
In any case, SeaSucker is a very unique and useful carrier. I use the Talon carrier, which I now have stored in the car and at hand when I need it. It is exceptional in its simplicity and timelessness, but also in its low price. However, if you deduct the price of the car accessories you need to install standard roof racks (including the racks themselves) from the purchase price of the Seasucker, the final price for this unconventional solution may not be so dire. So Seasucker should definitely be at the top of your list when choosing a bike carrier.