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Greater than a Bike Rack: Railias Tailgate Rack System Doubles as Tailgate Hangout, Storage & Extra

Within the mountain bike world, should you personal a pickup truck, there’s likelihood you additionally personal a tailgate pad as an alternative of a pickup bike rack. The thought is fairly easy – put a padded cowl in your tailgate that you would be able to relaxation the downtube of the bike on, whereas the entrance wheel hangs over the again. 

Nevertheless, the founders of Railias noticed extra potential than a easy mat once they checked out their truck earlier than a experience. They envisioned a complete ecosystem of equipment that had been easy so as to add or take away – each to your truck, your storage wall, or elsewhere. 

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There’s a motorbike rack inside that Thule bag plus all my gear for using & tenting for 5 days in Moab (All photographs c. Bikerumor except specified)

What initially drew me to their Tailgate Rack System was the truth that the bike’s body and fork didn’t need to relaxation on the tailgate. Coupled with the potential of the entire system being simply transported in a checked bag, it appeared like an intriguing method to transport a motorbike on a using journey: land on the vacation spot, hire a truck, throw on the Railias pickup bike rack, and go. 

Railias Tailgate Rack System review truck bed bike rack

That’s precisely what I did, and it labored out nice, however there’s extra to the design which makes it much more attention-grabbing. Admittedly, I’m not a truck man, however the thought of getting one thing able to off-roading whereas in Moab was tempting. My rental was additionally imagined to be a Toyota Tacoma, not the large Ram I ended up with (which was sufficiently big to place the EVOC bike bag contained in the cab, however that’s one other story…). 

Find out how to set up

We’ll begin with the Tailgate Rack System which facilities across the Railias Sportrail. That is an aluminum plate that attaches to the tailgate with the Strap Pad. There are two straps constructed into the Sportrail, and as soon as they’re looped across the tailgate, a big cam lock tightens the entire system down. There’s additionally a shackle for a padlock if you wish to lock it in place. 

The Sportrail has a sequence of holes on the aspect of it that enable the Modular Fork Mount to snap into place. Relying on the bike and the truck mattress, the Sportrail gives about 12” of vertical adjustment for the positioning of the Fork Mount to place the bike within the truck mattress. 

Rolling Out


One of many extra attention-grabbing elements of the Tailgate Rack System is how straightforward it’s to load and unload the bikes. To load, open the tailgate, mount the fork to the Fork Mount, after which place the bike within the truck mattress. Connect the Fork Mount to the Sportrail by pulling the spring-loaded latch aside, and the bike is now hooked up to the rack. 

To push it again into the mattress, merely shut the tailgate. The bike rolls backward into place. Eradicating it’s simply as easy. Open the tailgate, and the bike rolls ahead to you. Pop off the Fork Mount, or simply take away the thru-axle from the mount and reinstall the entrance wheel and also you’re good to go. 

There’s positively extra concerned than tossing a motorbike on a tailgate pad, however then once more you don’t have the carry the bike as excessive on the Railias system. The Railias additionally ensures your body and fork gained’t see any harm throughout transport – you’ll have to determine one thing to do together with your entrance wheel although. 

Over the course of testing on some pretty tough roads, the bike by no means moved round a lot apart from a little bit of wobble. The wobble appears to be associated to the slight play within the axle adapter and the Modular Fork Mount, and wasn’t sufficient to fret about. Within the Ram, the ribbed mattress floor appeared to maintain the rear tire in place fairly effectively, although it seems Railias may be engaged on some extra merchandise to behave as a rear wheel assist.

The Tailgate Rack System is available in two sizes, Brief and Lengthy, to suit different-sized vans. I used to be despatched out the Brief since my rental was imagined to be a brand new Tacoma, which I assumed may be an issue once I ended up with a 2022 Ram 1500. Thankfully, the Brief straps had been nonetheless lengthy sufficient to suit the truck although it is best to nonetheless go along with the sizing chart on the Railias website on your truck. 

The Fork Mount additionally comes with inserts to suit 5 totally different fork sizes together with 9 x 100 QR, 12 x 100 TA, 15 x 100 TA, 15 x 110 Enhance TA, and 20 x 110 Enhance. The adapters are simply swapped out with the push of a button on the Fork Mount. The Tailgate Rack System consists of all the pieces wanted to mount the rack to your truck tailgate, plus two Bricks for storage at residence (or in different automobiles).

Pickup Bike Rack Tailgate Social gathering

On this photograph, two of the Fastened Mounts are put in on the truck mattress to hold two bikes dealing with ahead, and a 3rd with the Tailgate mount dealing with backward. (Picture/Railias)

If that was the tip of it, the Railias would nonetheless be a fairly cool system – however there’s extra. In the event you order the Professional Tailgate Rack System, it features a Parasol or a flowery umbrella that mounts to the Sportrail for pre & post-ride hangs on the tailgate. Admittedly, the $325 (when bought individually) umbrella is an expensive choice, however should you stay someplace with intense solar it may very well be value it. 

Prototypes proven (Picture/Railias)

Extra importantly, Railias has plans to supply a motorbike restore stand that might additionally mount to your Sportrail and make bike repairs a lot simpler. We’re instructed that Railias is uncertain when the restore stand will probably be made accessible, however the footage on their web site make it look like it’s greater than an idea. Notably, because of the size of the Sportrail it looks like it will be attainable to have the bike mount, parasol, and restore stand all mounted to the identical Sportrail.



Going additional, the Tailgate Rack System makes it from the truckbed to your storage (or bike storage space) with its extra Bricks. Constituted of the identical materials because the Sportrail, the bricks could be mounted wherever, which lets you mount your bike nearly wherever. Bricks could be put in on the wall, so you’d take away the Modular Fork Mount from the Sportrail on the truck after which snap the Modular Fork Mount to the Brick on the wall for storage till the following experience. 

Extra than simply vans: Nice for Vans, Parts & extra


Or, the Bricks may very well be used as an alternative of the Sportrail and completely mounted to locations like the within of a van. You continue to get a shortly detachable fork mount and a steady method to carry your bike contained in the van. Railias sells the system because the Fastened Mount for $150 which incorporates an adapter to make use of with L-track for a no-drill set up. Alternatively, you possibly can purchase this model of the system and mount the Bricks on absolutely anything to have a flexible bike mount system for the within of your Honda Factor, minivan, on high of a camper, you title it.

Last Ideas

The $300 Tailgate system is an expensive pickup bike rack for a single bike, however the system does embody two Bricks for storage in your storage. The System can also be extremely well-built, with high quality {hardware} and soft-touch supplies wherever it will contact the end of your truck. After every week in Moab, the Railias system didn’t go away a mark on the Ram regardless of some moist and muddy adventures. In the event you’re the sort to child your truck as a lot as your bike, that may be definitely worth the worth alone. 


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