Apex 3 RL

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Apex 3 Rl

We designed the Apex 3 RL for customers who want the superior features of the standard Apex 3 rack in a slightly more compact package. The Apex 3 RL offers all the market leading features of the Apex family of racks including: compatibility with the widest range of bicycle types and wheel sizes, full compatibility with kneeling buses, and the highest durability and lowest cost of ownership over the life of the vehicle.

Compared with the standard Apex 3, the Apex 3 RL uses more compact spacing between bicycles, which slightly decreases the ease of loading and unloading and increases the potential for bike to bike interference.

We recommend the Apex 3 RL for the following specific situations:

  1. Vehicles that have very low driver seat positions or low windshields, which need increased forward visibility
  2. Additional reduction in vehicle turning radius
  3. Installations that cannot extend more than 40" beyond the front of the vehicle body

For all other situations we recommend our standard Apex 3.

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All Sportworks bumper-mounted bike racks require a Pivot Plate, Brackets and Bolt Kit for proper installation.

Apex Pivot Plate
Apex Pivot Plate

The Apex Pivot Plate measures 20” wide, and provides the mounting and pivot point exclusively for Sportworks Apex Series bike racks. The pivot plate is connected to bumper brackets, and enables the bike rack to move between the stowed and deployed positions. The Apex Pivot Plate includes a single torsion spring to reduce the racks lifting weight (optional second spring available) and is powdercoated black.

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Sportworks offers two primary types of Brackets that secure the Pivot Plate and Bike Rack to a vehicle bumper.

Stand-Off
Stand-Off

The Stand-Off is the most common bracket type, and attaches through holes drilled into the front of the vehicle bumper. Stand-Off brackets are available in a variety of lengths, and do not require removal of the bumper for installation. The following information may be required to determine the proper fit for your vehicle: vehicle make and model, vehicle year, bumper manufacturer and type.

C-Bracket
C-Bracket

The C-Bracket fits around the bumper by attaching to the frame, and alleviates the need to drill holes through the front of the vehicle bumper. C-Brackets come in a variety of sizes, and require removal of the bumper for installation. The following information may be required to determine the proper fit for your vehicle: vehicle make and model, vehicle year, bumper manufacturer and type.

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Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Deployment
Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Deployment
  • Dashboard mounted light notifies driver when rack is deployed
  • Safety enhancement feature
  • Required in California
Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Torsion Spring Kit
Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Torsion Spring Kit
  • Reduces the lifting weight when stowing and deploying the rack
  • Corrosion resistant design with stainless steel spring
  • Easily attaches to most Sportworks pivot plates
Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Quick Release Hardware
Apex 3 Pivot Plate With Quick Release Hardware
  • Quick-release hand knob allows tool-less removal of bike rack from pivot plate
  • Provides fast and easy access to bus-front for maintenance and towing
  • Highly corrosion resistant stainless steel, zinc and copper construction
Apex 3 On A Demonstration Stand
Apex 3 On A Demonstration Stand
  • Easily demonstrate bike rack loading/unloading without a vehicle present, for education or training purposes
  • Heavy-duty construction can support a rack fully loaded with 3 bikes
  • Fast and easy to assemble, disassemble, and transport
  • More information here: Demonstration Stand
Apex 3 With Ad Panel
Apex 3 With Ad Panel
  • Maximize advertising space and create a new stream of revenue
  • Heavy-duty construction is bus washer safe
  • Quickly and easily attaches to most Sportworks racks
  • Will require Torsion Spring Kit

How to Use return to top

Sportworks Transit Racks - Quick, Easy and Intuitive!


Load Bike
Load Bike

After lowering the rack, the rider places the bike into one of the rack’s open wheel trays. All bike positions are completely independent of each other, making it easy to load or unload bikes with others already loaded in the rack.

Lower Rack
Lower Rack

Approaching from the curbside, the rider lowers the rack with one hand while supporting the bike with the other hand. This durable rack is as easy to raise as it is to lower.

Secure Wheel
Secure Wheel

To secure the bike, simply pull the unique self-storing support arm out and over the front tire. The handle should be placed as close to the front brake and head tube as possible to ensure safety and security of the bike, and in all cases the handle must be closer to the head tube than the highest point of the tire.


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Prices may vary according to configuration.


Why Add Transit Racks?

While every city and municipality is unique, as the inventors of the most popular Transit Racks, we've learned that there are common threads.