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Sea Sucker Talon Review

Last post 05-08-2013 10:47 PM by Ptrkgmz. 10 replies.
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  • 05-04-2013 3:06 PM

    • Ptrkgmz
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    Sea Sucker Talon Review

    After searching for a few weeks and reading every review I could find. I ultimately decided on the Sea Sucker Talon mount for those times when the Bike absolutely must go on the car instead of in it. (Meaning the wife insists on going on the road trip!) I actually have a better bike rack when solo, my 2013 Toyota Prius! The bike fits nicely inside with no issues. But, its hard to fit 2 kids, wife and all the luggage with the Cervelo, so the search began.

     I really didn't want to buy a separate rack for my wife's X5 and another for the Prius.  Not to mention my main car an M6, the idea of putting any mounted rack on it really does/did not appeal to me at all. The SeaSucker Talon solved all the issues. Recently I was in Redlands to pick up my new R5 and had my RS with me, so what better opportunity to test it on the old RS! :)

    The mount is super easy to attach, literally from start to end is less than 2 minutes. The Talon consists of 3 vacuum cups on the front mount bracket and a single vacuum cup for the rear tire. The front attaches via the drops and is very secure. The back, I was a little concerned as it simply uses Velcro to secure to the cup. But no issues at all.  Each Vacuum cup has a pump and each pump has a color indicator to let you know if its losing pressure. I won't go into the technical specs, but each cup is rated at an insanely high weight capacity. 

     

    Made the trip from Redlands to Vegas to drop the RS off at a buddy's house who is buying it. The R5 made the entire trip in the back :)  Once home today, I started playing around with testing it on the M6 and X5.  The M6 had me initially concerned as it has a Carbon roof. I called SeaSucker and they actually had an engineer call me back and we discussed it and there are absolutely no issues mounting it on the M6

     

     

    Once again 2 minutes worth of effort and the bike is mounted on the M6

     

     

     SeaSucker also makes a product called "Flight Deck" which converts the rear wheel holder using another Vacuum cup to add a Front Wheel bracket to hold your front wheel. I think I'll simply just toss it inside for now.  They also make a locking mechanism to secure bike, something I doubt I'll use as this will only ever be used when going from Point A to B and never leaving the Bike unattended.

     Next week a road trip to San Diego with the X5 and Family.  I'll update how it does over the 2 weeks! So far very impressed. I think its a "situational" carrier at best. If I had to do this daily I would have opted for a hard mounted Thule or something along that line with locks and security.  But for those rare occasions when you want to take the bike and there is no room inside, this seems to be a great solution!

     

    Carbon meet Carbon! :)

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    2012 SRAM Red
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  • 05-05-2013 4:25 PM In reply to

    • Johno
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    Thanks heaps for doing your Sea Sucker review.  I saw them for the first time last week and have wondered if they were more gimmick than actually useful - your 'situational carrier' description looks about perfect.

    PS - can't decide if I like the M6 or the R5 more :)

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  • 05-05-2013 7:01 PM In reply to

    • Ptrkgmz
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

     Go for the M6, it has a better motor!

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  • 05-05-2013 7:30 PM In reply to

    • rmerka
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    Ptrkgmz:

     Go for the M6, it has a better motor!



    The more miles you put on the R5 the better the motor gets, opposite for the M6 ;). Nice ride(s) Ptrkgmz!
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  • 05-05-2013 10:19 PM In reply to

    • levi
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    Good review. However, you didn't look at your paint. Unless you like having circles on the paint, then this is for you.
  • 05-06-2013 9:19 AM In reply to

    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    Looks great! My only concern would be to ensure the racks are placed so that the bike is parallel to the centreline of the car.

     If not, I could only imagine the kind of forces the bike may be subject to when driving down the freeway at 120 km/h.

  • 05-06-2013 4:40 PM In reply to

    • Ptrkgmz
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    levi:
    Good review. However, you didn't look at your paint. Unless you like having circles on the paint, then this is for you.
     

     

    No issues there, as its not on the car for but a few hours at a time, plus I have a generous coat of wax on the car as well.

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  • 05-06-2013 4:40 PM In reply to

    • Ptrkgmz
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    simonaway427:

    Looks great! My only concern would be to ensure the racks are placed so that the bike is parallel to the centreline of the car.

     If not, I could only imagine the kind of forces the bike may be subject to when driving down the freeway at 120 km/h.

     

     

    True, but very, and I mean very rarely will it go on the M6...mainly inside the prius or on top of the x5 :)

    2012 R5 VWD
    2012 SRAM Red
    Zipp Contour SL
    Zipp 404 Firecrest
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  • 05-07-2013 3:41 PM In reply to

    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    I have a Seasucker as well, it's the Bomber - holds three bikes and it has not scratched any of my paint after 2 years worth of use. The company recommends that you moisten the the suction cups before drawing the vacuum. I would also recommend that the area of the car that you typicaclly mount the rack to be cleaned before you mount the rack. The suction cups are incredibly strong and durable. Make sure to store them in the plastic covers provided when you are not using the rack as this allows them to retain their shape and give the best possible adhesion.

    My girlfriend in front of the car with the bikes mounted.

    Bomber Model Seasucker

     

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  • 05-07-2013 11:12 PM In reply to

    • levi
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

    I would assume they are easy to take off and steal. Any locks to secure the bike or the Sea Sucker?
    RB Ellis:

    I have a Seasucker as well, it's the Bomber - holds three bikes and it has not scratched any of my paint after 2 years worth of use. The company recommends that you moisten the the suction cups before drawing the vacuum. I would also recommend that the area of the car that you typicaclly mount the rack to be cleaned before you mount the rack. The suction cups are incredibly strong and durable. Make sure to store them in the plastic covers provided when you are not using the rack as this allows them to retain their shape and give the best possible adhesion.

    My girlfriend in front of the car with the bikes mounted.

    Bomber Model Seasucker

     

  • 05-08-2013 10:47 PM In reply to

    • Ptrkgmz
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    Re: Sea Sucker Talon Review

     They have an attachment you can purchase that secures via the window and a cable. Not attractive to me. As I said in my initial post, if you need something secure I would definitely go with a Thule or some sort of lockable hard mounted rack.  These are great for portability and a quick transport solution. Not a daily type rack at all in my opinion.

    2012 R5 VWD
    2012 SRAM Red
    Zipp Contour SL
    Zipp 404 Firecrest
    Specialized Toupe Pro
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