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SeaSucker Talon to solve my transport needs

So recently I acquired a new car, a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT to be exact. With my old Toyota Camry I used a combination of hitch based systems or simply shoving the bike in the back seat (with the resulting grease stains).

That wasn’t going to work as well with the new car so started to look into options. I had a few criteria.

1- I did not want it to be fixed to a particular vehicle

2- Could it be small enough to take on the road with me?

3- Wanted it to be inexpensive

With that in mind I looked at some of the traditional ones that attached to the rear window or rear hatch but there were all either too cheap and prone to breakage or too expensive and complex!

The search let me to www.seasucker.com. I had seen a prototype news up on bikerumour about a really small kit but I wanted something a bit bigger. I did the usual exhaustive internet review search and 95% of the feedback was great, so took the plunge and about $300 lighter I had the Talon version on the way. On word of note, this thing was shipped as far as I can tell within 10 minutes of my order going in and crossed the US-Canada border in record time. Awesome stuff!

There is the front suckers, the rear sucker, a spare sucker, sucker caps and some minimal instructions. I would recommend playing with the sucking engagement process a bit before you try it out on your car.

So there isn’t a lot in the box but a spare was a nice touch and there doesn’t need to be more.

Time to test them out.

I was with my son at a Hockey Tournament and had these in the back. So I brought it into our hotel room, stuck it to the table and engaged the suckers. Anybody who could remove it without touching the cups would get $5, I still had $5 by the end of the tournament. Once you learn the pumping task (push down on the pad, then pump it up until the White disappears, not the orange as it says in the guide) it attaches with super powers it seems.

Front Suckers

 

This is the main connection with three big suckers to attach to. It is nice to see three here as I think 99% of the holding down of the bike is done here.

Position the pads in a way so that the overall orientation is straight (doesn’t have to be exact) and close to the side of the vehicle that you will raise you bike onto. Pump each down until the white goes away on each one. Then attach the front fork to the QR. I found this a bit tricky but once you figure out the length that works for your bike it works well. When I shifted to different bikes I did find it a bit tricky.

The connection is nice that you can lock it up with the loops, and believe me it is really hard to remove the front forks as long as it is engaged, however you can just pop off the pads and work on it at home.

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Rear Suckers

 

At the back it is really just about keeping the rear wheel connected. Its bone dead simple, pump up the pad then attach the very generous velcro strap.

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Driving with it

Once its on the top its fairly traditional looking! I have used this a number of times, mostly in sub zero C temps, and it has been rock solid. First time I stopped every 15 mins, but then just gave up, it won’t move. I had the car up to 120 kph on the highway with no problems at all. You can stop thinking about it. When I am done I just pop it off and throw it into the back.

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And then after you take the bike off the roof you use if for the reason you put it up there for the first place!!

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Looking forward to many years of use from this and I hope it holds up well over time, seems to be pretty robust so I have high hopes! I haven’t travelled with this yet but seems like it would just pop into my bike box. If that happens I will let folks know!

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  1. January 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Place the shields in a way so that the overall alignment is directly (doesn’t have to be exact) and near to the part of the automobile that you will increase you bicycle onto. Push each down until the white-colored goes away on each one.

  2. ducatifiend
    January 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks! Good advice! Have found it to be a bit more prone to loosing its grip in the recent really cold weather (-15 C) so may wait for warmer weather that will eventually come out way!

  3. Phil
    April 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Just wondering how it has held up over a few months – still go the suction? Any parts get loose on you? Looking into getting either the smaller Hornet or Talon.

    • April 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      So far yes, have found a few issues with it working right away, suction seems to be hard to get going if the roof is wet or if its at a weird angle. Have not had to resort to the back up sucker yet. I would say that it’s not an unqualified success as suction for some reason I just can’t seem to get going for 2-5 minutes sometimes versus when it works it almost instant and that can be frustrating.

  4. May 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    ducatifiend :
    So far yes, have found a few issues with it working right away, suction seems to be hard to get going if the roof is wet or if its at a weird angle. Have not had to resort to the back up sucker yet. I would say that it’s not an unqualified success as suction for some reason I just can’t seem to get going for 2-5 minutes sometimes versus when it works it almost instant and that can be frustrating.

    Make sure that you do the maintenance it asks for specially if you use it alot, since the pumps only sucks in there is a chance that debris can go in there but its very easy to clean & lube. You should have gotten a manual for maintenance & trouble shooting. if you dont have it, shoot me an email i can send it to you.

  5. Douglas Brill
    October 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Hi, I would be interested in another update from you. How is it working? Any other problems? Any problems or marks where it attaches to the car? I am concerned that after time it will lose suction and also concerned that the sheet metal on the car may bend with extended use.
    Any information would be helpful and thanks for posting!

    • October 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Still pretty good. I have a bit of problem sometimes when one or more of the suction cups doesn’t seem to want to attach and I have to move it around. I have not seen any problem with sheet metal but I have minor scratching on the roof in either putting up or taking down bike simply as it can be awkward. I don’t use this as an everyday mount but when I need it it has worked. I have not yet used the spare sucker which I think is pretty good after almost a year.

  6. Leon
    January 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I have use seasucker for a year on my CRZ, every was fine until my bike fell off the roof of my car while I was looking for parking. The rear wheel vacuum loose suction. 2 weeks later my cycling buddy almost lost his new Pivot MK6 when the bike fell off his car at the expressway.

    • March 25, 2015 at 1:50 am

      What is your status now? Are you still using the Sea Sucker? Did you identify why you had failure? Perhaps missing maintenance?

      • March 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

        Yes it is still being used. What I found is that you have to moisten the cups before you use them and once I make sure I always do that it has been working more or less perfectly. Just used them to transport my mountain bike to some early season forest riding.

  7. john agresti
    July 7, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe you could back up the suction cups by running a strap across them -over and under the car roof.

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