Back when I had my hardtail, hanging bikes was easy. Frames were fairly simple shapes and you could stick any old hook into your wall and hang a bike up.
Now, with many full suspension mountain bikes being carbon and featuring swoopy top tubes and suspension linkages everywhere, hanging your bike up for display or storage can be a little trickier. Luckily Feedback Sports has you covered. Not only do they design and produce our favorite bike work stand, they also have a number of bicycle wall mount options.
We’re currently using two of them in different locations for two types of bikes. The first, the Velo Hinge, is pretty universal for most bikes and the other, the Velo Wall Rack 2D, can be customized to fit a number of frame shapes and sizes.
Feedback Sports Velo Hinge
The Velo Hinge is small in size and almost feels like its dimensions are not much bigger than an iPhone plus. Pick it up though and you’ll feel it has a bit more heft due to its steel construction.
The Velo Hinge’s hook is tucked away inside, so when not in use there are no pieces of the mount sticking out, ready to snag a passerby. To use it, pop the Hinge mount open, swing the hook out, close it back up, and hang your bike. The Hinge uses the mount itself to support the bike hook so you can load it up with bikes of varying sizes.
The Velo Hinge only allows for bikes to be mounted vertically, but the party trick of the Hinge is that once the bike is hung, it can be moved out of the way. The whole top assembly pivots open (like opening a book) so this same pivot motion can be used to swing the bike closer to the wall. This allows for a bike that would normally stick out a few feet to take up way less space.
To help keep the bike in place, the Velo Hinge comes with a small rear wheel bumper to help stabilize and prevent swaying.
If the standard hook is too small, Feedback offers a Long Hook which is made for deep profile road rims or wider mountain bike tires. Our Hinge racks are used for storing our commuter bikes and we have no issues with the standard hook.
Mounting the Velo Hinge is a pretty straightforward affair. The kit comes with the necessary hardware and there are mounting holes in the rack itself that can be used as a template for drilling holes. The rack needs to be mounted to a proper stud so it can hold the 50 lbs it is rated for.
Once the upper hook mount is bolted to the wall, you can mount the rear wheel bumper. It pretty much goes straight down from the main mount, but to help with location I mounted the upper hook, hung the bike, and used the tire scuff on the wall as a guide for where to bolt it in.
Velo Wall Rack 2D
Larger than the diminutive Velo Hinge, the Wall Rack 2D is still fairly compact in size relative to other options on the market. Depending on the size and type of your bike, you may not even need to utilize its full dimensions and can keep its support arms at a retracted length.
The Wall Rack 2D has two dimensions of movement, hence the 2D in its name. You can adjust each arm independently in a vertical or horizontal direction. This allows you to hang a bike that has a sloping top tube or one with wide handlebars.
Each arm is adjusted with small allen screws so it will take some fiddling to get everything where it needs to be. Once you’ve got it where you want it, snug everything down and it’s good to go.
I’m using mine to hang a Yeti SB5.5c on the bedroom wall. The 5.5c has a curved top tube and tight packaging near the shock mount. Luckily the wall racks arms are shorter in height so they’ll slip in between the small amount of space between the shock and the frame. The handlebars are also 780mm wide, so the front arm is extended further than the rear, giving me more space up front to move the bars away from the wall. On the Feedback website they do mention that if your handlebars are wider than 780mm you’ll likely need their Rakk or Rakk XL floor racks.
Similar to the Velo Hinge, the Wall Rack 2D needs to be mounted to a wall stud. The mount itself can be used as the template for pre-drilling the holes, then once those are lined up you’re good to go.
There is a cover for the mounting screws, but that can be put on after you have the arms vertical position set.
The Wall Rack 2D is also rated for 50 lbs, which is quite impressive given that you can extend each arm up to 12” away from the wall. That’s a lot of leverage this rack needs to support and after 5 months of using it, it seems to be doing just fine with a heavy trail bike hanging from it.
Feedback Mount Comparison Grid
Most of Feedback Sport’s wall mounts are relatively close in price, but they will provide different features and be better for different usage scenarios.
Out of their four models below, the Wall Post is the most versatile – letting you hang not only your bikes, but also wheels, bags, helmets and whatever else you can think of.
For the most customizable, the Wall Rack 2D takes the win. With the adjustable arms it can be fitted to mount almost any bike.
|Hinge||Wall Post||Wall Rack 2D||Wall Rack|
|Max Weight||50 lbs (22.7 kg)||50 lbs (22.7 kg)||50 lbs (22.7 kg)||70 lbs (31.8 kg)|
You can’t really go wrong with either of Feedback’s wall mount offerings. Both keep your bikes out of the way and they’ve done an amazing job of adding the simple feature of a pivot to turn a classic mount into something super useful with the Velo Hinge. I’m a fan of both, so I got both and each has been used in a different manner, in different places. The Hinge is great for road bikes and commuters and the Wall Rack 2D is great for full suspension mountain bikes or oddly shaped frames.