I haven’t used it myself. But I am fascinated by a roof rack system I stumbled across a few days ago that, potentially, renders the argument of roof versus rear-mounted systems obsolete.
It’s called the Seasucker Talon, and at first glance it seems pretty ludicrous. Entrust your $3000+ steed to a few suction cups? You’ve got to be kidding. My suction cup soap holder in the bathroom can’t even take the weight of a bar of Palmolive, and keeps falling on the floor at 3am. And you want me to attach my bike to the car using the same principle?
At over $400 the system isn’t exactly cheap, suggesting there must be more to it. So I persevered and looked into things a bit further. Turns out the suction used is of the vacuum variety, which the makers say makes it much stronger than normal suction cups. There are also some pretty curious photos floating about to prove it.
If we accept the suction will hold (and yes it’s a big if – psychologically, at least) it does bring some very real advantages. There’s no need for roof rails, mounting points or even straps like conventional systems. You can also stick the bloody things pretty much anywhere and in any configuration you like. Roof. Rear. Side. Anywhere.
Despite all this, I’m just not sure I could ever bring myself to trust it. We cyclists love our bikes too much, almost like family. Maybe if they offered a 100% bike replacement guarantee should it ever be jettisoned from the car at 100km/h on the freeway. Even then I’m still not sure….