The roof rack industry is dominated by a couple of large companies, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t have other options.  Let’s take a look at the various participants in the market along with their offerings.

 

Towers / Stays Manufacturers

The mechanism that mounts directly to your roof or to your factory rails is call a tower or stay.  These “base” systems are manufactured by a wide variety of firms.  While few manufacturers provide every potential solution, this chart should jump-start your search for alternatives that apply to your needs.

 

Competitor

Towers

Rain Gutter

Fixed Point

Factory Adapter

Door Clips

Roof Rails

Hollywood Bike Racks

 

 

 

 

 

Saris Cycling Group

 

 

 

 

 

Surco Products

 

 

Swagman

 

 

 

 

 

SportRack (Thule)

 

 

 

Topline

 

 

 

 

ProRac Systems

 

 

 

 

INNO Advanced Car Racks

 

Mont Blanc

 

 

Malone Racks

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mounts

 

 

 

 

 

Rhino-Rack
SmartCrossbars

 

Thule

 

Yakima Products

 

 

 

Crossbar Manufacturers

After decades of limited choices between square or round crossbars made from steel, there has been a proliferation of new options as-of-late.  Several companies began building more aerodynamic options from extruded aluminum.  In particular, Yakima® recently purchased Whispbar®, Thule® began manufacturing their Aeroblade crossbar, and SmartCrossbars™ introduced their revolutionary quick-release SwitchBlade™ Rack crossbars.

 

Competitor

Crossbars

Coated Steel

Aluminum

Hollywood Bike Racks

 

 

Saris Cycling Group

 

 

Surco Products
Swagman

 

 

SportRack Group

 

Topline

 

ProRac Systems

 

INNO Advanced Car Racks

 

Mont Blanc

 

Malone Racks

 

Rocky Mounts

 

 

Rhino-Rack

 

SmartCrossbars

Thule
Yakima Products

 

 

Attachment Manufacturers

As you can see from the following tables, many companies offer up alternatives for attachments, and many of them specialize in certain activities.  Malone Racks, for example, is known for their focus on watersports, and Rocky Mounts exclusively builds bike rack attachments.

 

Competitor

Attachment

Bike Fork Mount

Bike Stand Up

Skis / Board

Snow-board

Cargo Box

Hollywood Bike Racks

 

 

 

Saris Cycling Group

 

 

 

 

 

Surco Products

 

 

 

 

Swagman

 

SportRack Group

 

Topline

 

 

 

 

 

ProRac Systems

 

 

INNO Advanced Car Racks

 

Mont Blanc

 

Malone Racks

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mounts

 

 

 

 

Rhino-Rack

 

 

SmartCrossbars

Thule
Yakima Products

 

 

Competitor

Attachment

Cargo Bag

Cargo Basket

Kayak / Canoe

Surf Board

Hollywood Bike Racks

 

 

 

 

Saris Cycling Group

 

 

 

 

Surco Products

 

 

 

Swagman

 

 

 

SportRack Group

 

Topline

 

 

 

 

ProRac Systems

 

 

INNO Advanced Car Racks

 

Mont Blanc

 

Malone Racks

 

Rocky Mounts

 

 

 

 

Rhino-Rack

 

SmartCrossbars

Thule
Yakima Products

 

 

 

Conclusions

Many companies today manufacture a variety of components for your roof rack, and while some of them try to be all things to all people, others have specialized in ways that add value for individual activities.  Take a look at their various websites to determine if one of them is right for you.