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Why we canceled the Fortis Bike Rack Project:

We spent two weeks researching vacuum seal suction cup bike rack patents.  We actually found numerous patents dating back to the 1940s.  This one was our favorite, btw.  But no patents had been granted with identical aspects to ours... until 10 day ago.  So we have canceled this project until further notice.  

Meanwhile, Urban Cycling will continue to offer innovative cycling gear and cycling apparel at UrbanCycling.com.  Our backers and Kickstarter supporters can use DISCOUNT CODE "KICKSTARTER5" for 5% off on UrbanCycling.com.

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It's time we rethink the bike rack.

They are too big, too heavy, and too expensive. They often require a hitch and even worse, ding up your vehicle.

Introducing the Fortis Bike Rack.  What makes it different?  The Fortis Bike Rack attaches to virtually ANY vehicle's roof, trunk, or back glass with super-strong vacuum-sealed suction cups. The Fortis will be the most versatile bike rack on the market and the easiest to install, remove, and store. All without marking your car. No need for a hitch, expensive bike rack systems, nor bungees or cords.  And it's travel friendly... store it in your trunk or stow in your carry-on bag when traveling.  Prices start at $170 for early backers!

Models Available

Color Options

Super Strong Vacuum Seal Suction Cups

 
Over 200lb pull-strength rated per suction cup
Over 200lb pull-strength rated per suction cup

Accessories Included 

Product Specifications

The 1-Bike Fortis Bike Rack includes: 

  • 1 Main Body Rack with three suction cups
  • 1 Rear Wheel Mount suction cup
  • 1 bottle of Maintenance Oil
  • 1 Magic Band Velcro Strap
  • 4 Suction Cup Covers
  • Wheel Axle Conversion set (15mm and 20mm)
  • 1 Bike Lock Anchor
  • Size: 18.5 x 5.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs

The 2-Bike Fortis Bike Rack includes:

  • 1 Main Body Rack with four suction cups
  • 2 Rear Wheel Mount suction cups
  • 1 bottle of Maintenance Oil
  • 1 Magic Band Velcro strap
  • 6 Suction Cup Covers
  • Wheel Axle Conversion set (15mm and 20mm)
  • 1 Bike Lock Anchor
  • Size: 32.3 x 5.1 inches
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs

The 3-Bike Fortis Bike Rack include:

  • 1 Main Body Rack with five suction cups
  • 3 Rear Wheel Mount suction cups
  • 1 bottle of Maintenance Oil
  • 1 Magic Band Velcro strap
  • 8 Suction Cup Covers
  • Wheel Axle Conversion set (15mm and 20mm)
  • 1  Bike Lock Anchor
  • Size: 18.5 x 36.6 inches
  • Weight: 9.7 lbs

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Instructions

How to Install your Fortis Bike Rack:

1. Prepare car surface and suction cups - Before installing your Fortis unit, the car surface and suction cups must be cleaned. Wet the car surface with water, and dry it with a towel. Wet each suction cup with water, and dry them with a towel.

 

2. Install the Main Body Rack - First, apply a little water to each suction cup on the Main Body Rack. This will improve the strength of the seal. Next, place the Main Body Rack at the desired car surface. DO NOT place the Main Body Rack on an uneven or seamed surface. After the Main Body Rack is placed, press the suction cups into the car surface with one hand, and use the other hand to push the Pump Rod. Repeat this for each suction cup.

The Pump Rod extracts air from the suction cups. It features a White Security Ring to help indicate when the Pump Rod has been sufficiently pumped. Ensure the White Security Ring is no longer visible on any of the suction cups before continuing.

Make sure every Pump Rod is facing toward the back of the car. This will keep wind and dust from entering the Pump Rod while you are driving. Ensure no White Security Rings are visible, and that every Pump Rod is facing the back of the car

3. Attach your bicycle’s front fork - Your bicycle’s front fork will attach to the Quick Release Stand on the Main Body Rack. Remove the front wheel of the bicycle, place the front fork onto the Quick Release stand, and lock it with the quick release lever and gasket.

If your front fork does not fit, then the wheel axle is not the right size. Refer to the “How to Convert your Wheel Axle” section below before continuing.

4. Install the Rear Wheel Mount - First, apply a little water to the suction cup of the Rear Wheel Mount. This will improve the strength of the seal. Then, put the Rear Wheel Mount in the desired location. DO NOT place the Rear Wheel Mount on an uneven or seamed surface. See Figure 4 to ensure the Main Body Rack and Rear Wheel Mounts are in appropriate positions.

After the Rear Wheel Mount is placed, press the suction cup into the car surface with one hand, and use the other hand to push the Pump Rod. Ensure the White Security Ring is no longer visible before continuing.

Make sure the Pump Rod is facing toward the back of the car. This will keep wind and dust from entering the Pump Rod while you are driving.

Finally, place your bicycle’s rear wheel on the groove of the Rear Wheel Mount. Secure it to the Rear Wheel Mount with the attached elastic band. 

5. Secure your bicycle’s crankshaft - Use the supplied Magic Band to secure your bicycle’s crankshaft to your bicycle’s frame. This will keep the crankshaft from moving or bumping into the car surface while you drive. 

6. Ensure your Fortis Bike Rack is properly installed

Before you begin driving, double-check to make sure your Fortis Bike Rack is attached to your bicycle and your car correctly. Check each suction cup on the Main Body Rack and the Rear Wheel Mount to ensure that it is firmly stuck to a flat car surface. Check to make sure no White Security Rings are visible. Check to make sure every Pump Rod is facing toward the back of the car. Check that your bicycle’s front fork and rear wheel are firmly secured to the Main Body Rack and the Rear Wheel Mount Check that your bicycle’s crankshaft is firmly secured to your bicycle’s frame.

How to Remove your Fortis Bike Rack

After your bicycle is detached from your Fortis Bike rack, remove the Rear Wheel Mount. Use one hand to dig under the edge of the suction cup and break the seal, and use your other hand to pull up on the suction cup.

Then, remove the Main Body Rack one suction cup at a time. Use one hand to dig under the edge of the suction cup and break the seal, and use your other hand to pull up on the suction cup. Repeat this until the Main Body Rack is resting on top of the car surface. Then, remove the Main Body Rack carefully. Finally, place a Suction Cup Cover over every suction cup.

How to Maintain your Fortis Bike Rack

Each Fortis Bike Rack comes with Suction Cup Covers. Whenever your Fortis Bike Rack is not attached to your car, the suction cup covers must be placed over every suction cup. This will protect the seal from being damaged over time.

Each Fortis Bike Rack also comes with Maintenance Oil for the Pump Rod. Once a month, you should detach your Fortis Bike Rack and oil the Pump Rods. Remove each Pump Rod from its suction cup, and apply the Maintenance Oil. Then, apply the Maintenance Oil to the tube where the Pump Rod sits during use. Place each Pump Rod back into their respective tubes, and reattach your Fortis Bike Rack for use.

How to Convert your Wheel Axle

Your Fortis Bike Rack supports three wheel axle sizes: 9mm, 15mm, and 20mm. To convert the wheel axle size, first remove the quick release lever and the gasket that is attached to the Main Body Rack. Next, transfer the desired wheel axle size onto the Main Body Rack. Then, reattach the quick release lever and the gasket to the Main Body Rack. Finally, return to Step 3 and continue installing your Fortis Bike Rack.

How to Lock your bicycle

If you leave your bicycle attached to your Fortis Bike Rack, we recommend you lock it with the supplied Bike Lock Anchor. First, place a cable lock through your bicycle and the Bike Lock Anchor’s outer loop. Next, place the Bike Lock Anchor in a windowpane of your car. Finally, roll your windowpane up completely before you leave your car.

Disclaimer: Fortis Bike Rack is not responsible for any stolen bicycles or damaged vehicles.

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

At Fortis Bike Racks, we value keeping our promises above all else.

We’ve assembled a team of experts in both product development and manufacturing, and we also have a world-class manufacturing partner who has brought hundreds of products to market for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Still, while we are committed to delivering our products as soon as possible, things like weather, political instability, etc., are outside of our control.

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    - 25% discount to our retail price of $225
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    Early Bird Special: 3-Bike Fortis

    - One 3-Bike Carrier Unit
    - 32% discount to our retail price of $395
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