There’s no set time limit on our vacuum mounts. It depends in part on the surface you attach to, the condition of the vacuum mount, the load you put on it, and other factors. As for surfaces to attach to, vacuum mounts in general were designed to carry big sheets of glass and other solid surface materials, so smoother, flatter surfaces are ideal. Clean surfaces and clean SeaSuckers go a long way to maximizing the hold time. In any event, if the vacuum mount begins to lose some vacuum, it will warn you so you can get it back to full power before it comes off. As you probably already know, the vacuum pump’s plunger will reverse itself and extend from the pump cylinder when it starts to lose power. Once you see the orange indicator band, that’s your cue to repump your SeaSucker. For car racks, the general rule of thumb is to check the rack before you get in your vehicle, and check it each time you stop for gas, food or the bathroom.
If you purchased your SeaSucker from one of our resellers and want to return it for a refund, return it to the store where you bought it. If you want us to repair or replace a SeaSucker due to damage or defects, our warranty and return process can be found here.
Clean off any surface dirt from the mounting surface before attaching your SeaSucker. While you’re at it, make sure the sealing edge of the vacuum pad is clean too. You don’t have to clean the mounting surface with alcohol wipes, as one overly-enthusiastic customer told us they do, but a quick wipe with a wet paper towel or napkin wouldn’t hurt.
All SeaSucker vacuum mounts have UV inhibitors built right in, so they’re made to last. However, UV rays eventually break down almost any sort of rubber or plastic, so store your SeaSuckers out of the sun when not in use.
Using your finger, lift the edge of the vacuum cup away from the mounting surface by pulling the t-shaped tab on the top of the vacuum pad up and towards the center of the
vacuum mount. Once the edge of the vacuum pad is lifted, the vacuum seal breaks and you can remove your SeaSucker.
The factory is in sunny Sarasota, Florida. They manufacture, assemble, and package our products here. Some parts are made outside of our plant, but we source almost everything we don’t make ourselves from manufacturers in the USA. Our products are MADE IN THE USA!
If it’s rain or fresh water, no big deal. Dry it off if you get a chance. If it’s saltwater, rinse it with fresh water when you get off your boat, maybe hit it with a little soap and water, like you’d do with your rods and reels, for instance. Make sure you drain the water out of the pumps when you’re done.
Every SeaSucker vacuum mount comes with a protective cover. Put the cover back on the vacuum pad when you’re not using it. Make sure to press the edge of the vacuum pad all the way into the cover; if it’s not fully seated in the cover, the edge of the cup could deform and make it difficult to attach your SeaSucker the next time you use it. If that does happen, let your SeaSucker sit on a flat surface like a countertop for a few hours until the deformation works itself out. Even though we put a UV inhibitor in the rubber and plastic we use, it’s a good idea to store your SeaSucker inside or in the shade because eventually the sun kills everything.
Absolutely. Sometimes we say “wetter is better” around here, but don’t take that in a weird way. SeaSuckers will typically hold better when wet, so the rain is no problem.
You're not trying hard enough. We don't sell non-bendable Flex Arms. In fact, that's why we call them Flex Arms - because they flex. Put some muscle into it. You won't break it. Toughen up, buttercup!
Yes, but be aware that once you remove your rack after using it in the cold, you will have to warm it up again to near room temperature before the rubber is pliable enough to make a solid seal to the mounting surface. Also, we recommend that, in warm weather, you wet the
sealing edge of your rack before attaching. DO NOT DO THIS IN FREEZING OR NEAR-FREEZING TEMPERATURES. The vacuum cup will freeze to the surface of your car, which will prevent the vacuum pump and check valve from functioning properly. Additionally, if you wipe you car clean in the cold, make sure to dry it before attaching your rack.
The Komodo is only made for road bikes. Mountain bikes have a somewhat longer wheel base than road bikes and are typically too long for the Komodo. The longest fork-to-wheel distance that will fit on a Komodo is 30". Fork-to-wheel distance is calculated by measuring from the middle of your bike’s front hub to the point on you back tire (on the side nearest your crank/chainrings), 6 inches up from the ground. Komodos come with 9mm QR and 12x100mm for mount options only, so most modern mountain bikes aren't compatible with the mounting options much less the length restrictions.
The Paddle Board Rack is really a set of roof bars that can be attached to just about any car, so whatever you can strap to those bars is generally okay. In addition to paddle boards and surfboards, people use our racks to carry kayaks, canoes, ladder, and lumber, among other things.
Maybe. Attaching your rack to the back window is a great way to hold your bikes, but only if your back hatch is mostly straight up and down. If the back window is angled, your bike’s chain ring may touch the hatch, which would mess up your hatch and maybe ruin your chain ring.
No problem. You have a couple of options. If you are using your SeaSucker rack for a bike with a 15mm or 20mm fork mount exclusively, then you should purchase one of our bolt-on replacement fork mounts for through axles. If you’re going to be switching back an forth between transporting bikes with through axles and bikes with standard quick-release hubs, then we recommend using a Fork Up adapter, which we and many other on-line retailers sell.
We don’t recommend it. Our testing shows that our vacuum cups will pull a bubble in the wrap when attached, which screws up the wrap and is not a safe attachment point for a SeaSucker.
Forward. Always forward. We see pictures of people mounting their bike backwards or sideways. This voids your warranty and isn’t a safe way to carry your bike. Please don’t do this.
You’ll need to get a Fork Up Lefty adapter. Click Here
Nope. That’s not allowed. We make the Falcon for use on the back window of a pickup truck only.
If you have a convertible, we recommend the excellent, beautiful, and pricey Komodo. The Komodo holds the entire bike off the car, so unlike the Talon/Mini Bomber/Bomber, your rear wheel doesn’t need to land somewhere on the vehicle.
Bike-stealing jerks are everywhere, so get one of our Cable Anchors to lock your bike to your car. Link
1. Yes, because someone might steal it. It’s happened - we get calls and emails from poor souls hoping for a theft-replacement discount.
2. Any rack on your car without a bike in it will still negatively affect your gas mileage (as much as 8,5 Km/L !)
3. It’s so easy to remove and remount, just take it off when you’re done using it.
4. It’s always nice to let your vacuum pads have a rest and go back to their original concave shape.
No. But, don’t attach SeaSucker to a freshly-waxed surface until it’s had time to cure, and definitely don’t attach a SeaSucker on vehicle wrap.
You have two options - you can get shorter handle bars, or you can simply angle your rack’s fork mounts to give your handle bars more rom. If you unbolt your fork mount from the deck of the rack, you’ll notice a series of holes. These holes allow you to change the position
of your fork mount, to angle it in such a way that give you more space in between your bikes’ bars.
One easy way is to align your crank arm with your chain stay and velcro your crank arm to the chain stay. Currently, racks come with this strap standard. If you bought a rack before the strap was included, you can get one here.
The Talon is our most versatile rack by far. It’s small enough to fit in a carry on bag, weighs only about 2,7 Kg , and will fit on just about any rental car they give you the airport.
First things first - never mount your rack so that your bike will be sideways or backwards on your vehicle. That’s just not allowed in the SeaSucker universe. Deciding where to mount you rack depends in part on what kind of car you have and in part on what rack you have. If you have a Hornet rack, that can only be mounted on the back window of a hatchback or SUV. If you have a Falcon rack, that can only be mounted on the back window of a pickup truck. If you drive a sedan and you have a Talon, Mini Bomber or Bomber, you should mount your rack either right behind the front windshield or right in front of the rear window. We do this because there’s more structure and strength in most cars’ roofs at the edges, giving the rack the most stable possible mounting place. If you drive a hatchback or SUV with a mostly straight up-and-down back side, you can also mount your Talon, Mini Bomber or Bomber to the back window and let your bikes hang off the back of the car.
Our general advice is to position the rack so that the vacuum mounts on the front and back bars are as close to the corners of your car’s roof as possible. We do this because there’s more structure and strength in most cars’ roofs at the edges, giving the rack the most stable possible mounting place.
The Paddle Board Rack is really a set of roof bars that you can strap just about anything to, including kayaks, canoes, ladders, lumber, alligators (when sufficiently sedated) and, of course, paddle boards and surfboards.
Try to find a clear spot to mount your rack. The thickness of the paint may actually mean that there will be a teeny tiny gap when you mount a SeaSucker across paint/no paint sections. That gap will eventually let air seep in under the vacuum pad, weakening and ultimately breaking the vacuum seal.
Easy - you just need a set of our MTB plugs, which come with the aforementioned plugs and a quick release skewer to temporarily convert your wheel to a quick release for use in the Flight Deck.
Even though SeaSucker racks are incredibly powerful and fork-mount racks are extremely secure, we don't want to find out. We’ve speed tested our racks on a NASCAR track up to about 225 km/h , but that’s obviously extreme. Our recommendation is that you observe all posted speed limits.
Yes, but it won’t be cheap. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you don’t want to stuff your front wheel in the trunk or the back seat, you should get one of our Flight Deck front wheel mounts. It converts the Rear Wheel Strap that comes with the Talon, Mini Bomber and Bomber into a platform the secures the rear wheel next to an inverted-fork style front wheel holder.
Absolutely - glass roofs are great surfaces to attach SeaSuckers to. In fact, the vacuum cup technology was originally invented to carry big sheets of glass and other solid-surface materials, so they work great on glass.
You sure can. You will, however, need to acquire a Fork Up adapter suitable for your bike’s particular hub size.
Absolutely not. The Hornet is designed for use on hatchbacks and SUVs only. On sedans and coupes, there is not way to secure the safety strap. Additionally, the handlebars mounts we use on the Hornet were not made to hold a bike on the roof of a car in the full force of the wind.
Maintenance and Warranty
Clean the vacuum pad with dish soap and a soft cloth or sponge. Make sure there is no dirt or debris on the sealing edge (the bottom outside edge of the vacuum pad) of the pad. Inspect the sealing edge for nicks or cuts – a nick or cut will allow air to leak under the cup and your SeaSucker won’t hold vacuum. A vacuum pad with a nick or cut should be replaced. The vacuum pump should be cleaned regularly, especially if it is regularly exposed to salt water or used in a dusty environment. To clean the pump, pull the plunger straight out of the pump cylinder. Clean the inside of the cylinder with dish soap and a soft cloth or paper towel. Make sure you dry out the cylinder – any water left in there can cause the pump to make a popping noise when pumped and may interfere with the check-valve function of the pump. The plunger should be wiped clean and the black rubber seal at the tip of the plunger should be re-lubed with a thin layer of silicone-based gel lubricant. We use LubeTube brand lube for this. Push the plunger back into the cylinder and pump it a few times to seat it properly and distribute the lubricant
Our basic warranty is one year and covers defects in materials and workmanship.