Say what you want, but there is something attractive about bicycles carried on the roof of a car. On the other hand, the roof rack does not always have to suit us. Especially when it comes to annoying whistling sounds or increased consumption. This may also be a sufficient reason for someone to choose another alternative. So, what do we do about it? And, of course, there are those among us for whom the installation of towing equipment due to the transport of bicycles is not a sufficiently advantageous investment. Florida’s SeaSucker has come up with an answer, and their latest solution, called the Mini-Bomber, can be mounted virtually anywhere on the body using unconventional vacuum suction cups.
Yes, we are not wrong. It’s really about suction cups. The company started with this idea first in the shipbuilding industry, where the use of “industrial quality” vacuum technology made it possible to attach to the ship’s walls everything from portable chairs, seats to various diving equipment. Subsequent expansion with the use of technology also in the segment of car carriers has brought with it considerable skepticism as to whether the suction cups are really reliable enough to keep the bicycles on the roof of the car. So to put an end to all worries, it was decided to attach a pair of bicycles to the NASCAR series special and drive them around the oval at 230km / h.
It is clear that this has convinced us too. The Mini-Bomber seemed like an interesting solution at first glance, as we needed a carrier that didn’t require a towing device and that kept the bikes safe without scratches on the carbon frames. The name, as usual, borrowed the name from the legendary B – 2 bomber (if this is not true, then it could easily be the official version), as the carrier ‘s support bracket is quite reminiscent of the shape of the wings. There are 4 suction cups with a diameter of 15 cm mounted on the console, each with a tensile strength of 95 Kg! After “pumping” all 4 suction cups and a subsequent force test of suction resistance, we were sure that the carrier would not get anything out of the car unless all 4 suction cups were released or completely lost at once. From the top of the support bracket, there are 3 pairs of mounting holes ready for the fork holders.
The package includes 2 of these holders for holding the fork, which means that it is necessary to remove the front wheels, but also allows you to lock the quick-release levers and prevent theft of bicycles. The fork holders are adjustable similarly to the classic quick-release levers, ie. with a screw on one side and a lever on the other. We didn’t have a problem attaching more types of forks, and if you have a mountain bike, you’ll probably need a 15mm or 20mm fixed axle holder. Seasucker also allows you to choose this option if necessary in the ordering process.
Each of the rear wheels is attached to the surface of the body with one equally sized suction cup with Velcro tape. Although we didn’t have the slightest problem with the 4cm wide straps during the tests, Seasucker offers the option to purchase a better-looking bracket with a latching strap system. These are also a bit thinner, which will be appreciated by owners of thicker rear wheels. Suction cups are similar to the front “wing” resistant to tension up to 95 Kg! So no matter which locking option you choose, your rear wheel will stay where you left it.
Compared to a simple towball carrier installation system, the Mini-Bomber is almost the same. Although it is necessary to remember a few things with Bomber, which are not quite obvious at the beginning. The fact that a clean and smooth surface is required for the installation and functionality of the suction cups will be quite clear to everyone. However, what we would not have thought at the beginning is that in order to achieve a truly durable suction, it is necessary to moisten before each use of the suction cup. Ideally with a damp cloth or spray water. The water molecules in the suction cup will help create a more durable vacuum and your bikes will stay on the roof. There is also the order in which you should pump each suction cup. After pumping the suction cups, it is good to return to them and check the mini pumps. It will only take an extra 30 seconds, but we were surprised when there were 1-2 pump strokes left in the suction cup that we would not have noticed otherwise. And when it comes to our bikes, we definitely want to be all careful.
When disassembling the carrier, the vacuum control system in the suction cups turns out to be just as intuitive as at the beginning when “pumping”. The vacuum in the suction cups is released by gently lifting the edge of the suction cup upwards and allowing the carrier to be released immediately. We also noticed that the force of the vacuum in the remaining unreleased suction cups is so great that the released suction cup seemed to come back to the surface of the car with the help of their pressure. Which, in the end, came to us quite amusingly, guessing which suction cup prevents the complete release of the carrier from the surface of the car. So we also perceive this fact positively – you will not lose the Mini Bomber from the car. And of course the same goes for your bikes. Let’s just say that those few extra seconds when disassembling the carrier gave us that extra feeling about the reliability of the product.
We enjoy our time with the Mini-Bomber, and this system has really proven to be an excellent way to transport bicycles, whether or not your vehicle has an integrated towing device. We like the fact that the carrier is mounted in less than 1 minute, leaves no marks on the body, and there is no need to make any modifications to the cars. We borrowed a carrier from each other in the newsroom, and none of us addressed the issue of temporary storage – the Mini-Bomber is compact enough to fit in the trunk of even the smallest car when not in use. To date, we have not seen a more capable bike carrier, and SeaSucker has really pushed the bar high with this system.
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