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Atera STRADA Trail bike carrier (2 to 3 bikes) no. 022790

RRP: £552.50
Code: AR2790

A superb new rack from Atera, intuitive in use, top quality and specifications.

  • It includes Atera's new 'Plug & Drive' fitting system - put the rack on the tow bar (it holds itself horiziontal) and press down the lever. The rack will automatically centre on your tow bar.
  • It takes heavy bikes (up to 30kg each) so is great for e-bikes (up to a 120cm wheelbase) and MTBs with chunky frames, but equally suitable for small children's bikes. The larger than standard spacing between the bikes makes them easier to load, and minimises rubbing damage. There's an optional loading ramp.

We think it's among the best looking tow bar racks, with its matt black finish and aluminium details, and lights that integrate well into the rack.

A superb new rack from Atera. The STRADA Trail includes Atera's 'Plug & Drive' fitting system, which makes it particularly easy and simple to fit to to the tow bar. This intuitive quick-release fitting features the most sophisticated, one-hand mounting ever for a bike carrier. You just push the lever down to secure the rack to the tow bar. This lever automatically centres the rack to the correct position on the tow bar, allowing for one-handed mounting.

This rack has a particularly large spacing between the bikes, making it much easier to load your bikes. It takes heavy e-bikes (up to a 120cm wheelbase) but is equally suited to children's bikes.

It tilts to allow access to the tailgate, using a foot-operated bar at the front of the rack (very easy to use). It has a very good tilt range, allowing you to open the tailgate on cars and SUVs. If you have a van or a more traditional MPV with a vertical tailgate you may wish to consider the Atera GENIO PRO or STRADA DL3, both of which tilt or slide to allow access to the boot, even for vehicles with vertical tailgates.

The STRADA Trail will carry bikes up to 30kg and had a particularly large (23cm) spacing between the first two bikes, making it a great option for e-bikes (up to a 120cm wheelbase). The wheel straps take anything from skinny road bike tyres to 3" wheels (longer straps are available separately for tyres up to 4").

The bike holder arms fit oval and other outsize frames, as well as round ones. Cushioning on the straps protects your bike frame. The lockable wrap-around strap provides a much safer grip on the bike frame than just a ‘jaws’ type holder; Atera’s strap has a sprung steel core to it, giving very good theft protection as well as extra safety – it’s not just a plastic strap! A longer strap is also available separately for even larger frames - ideal for some more chunky e-bike frames.

The rack is constructed from a mixture of steel and aluminum, resulting in a strong, robust rack that's also relatively lightweight. The matt aluminium wheel trays with a matt black upright make for a very smart look. The upright folds down with a flick of two cam levers, so it fits into most car boots, and minimises the home storage space required.

A 3rd bike adapter is available – extremely easy and quick to fit and remove (it takes seconds) compared to the other systems on the market. There's also a loading rail, useful for e-bikes in particular (see below).

Other specifications:

  • Maximum load capacity: 60kg, or 65kg with the 3rd bike adapter (tow bar nose-weight-limit permitting)
  • Maximum weight per bike: 30kg
  • Weight: 17.7kg
  • Fits frames from 25mm to 80mm (a longer frameholder strap is available separately)
  • Fits tyres up to 3" wheels (a longer strap is available separately for tyres up to 4")
  • Maximum wheelbase: 120cm
  • Lockable: the rack locks to the tow ball and the bikes are locked to the rack
  • Supplied fully assembled
  • Comes with a 13 pin plug for 13 pin continental type electric sockets. We also provide a 7 to 13 pin adapter, free of charge, for use on vehicles with 7 pin sockets.

Deciding which bike carriers to buy is not always easy, especially as you may not have had experience of using bike carriers before. We hope that our buying guides provide useful guidance about which bike carrier 'strategy' will be most appropriate for your circumstances, as well as highlighting the best features of particular models. We also have troubleshooting FAQs - for example, some customers struggle at first to fit four bikes onto a tow ball carrier, and wonder whether a different carrier would allow the bikes to be spaced wider apart. (It won't, but we have some good tips which make bike fitting much easier.)

Our bike carriers Exchange Scheme covers roof mounting and tow ball mounting bike carriers only. Rear door mounting / strap on carriers are not included, and nor are roof bars. It allows you to exchange within 90 days of invoice date. Most exchanges are for roof mounting upgrades, or are tow ball carriers with very basic tilting systems being exchanged for easy to use sliding / tilting carriers.

These are the rules of the bike carriers Exchange Scheme:

  • You are allowed one exchange only.
  • The original equipment must be in "as new" condition, subject only to fair wear and tear.
  • The replacement items must be different models from the originals.
  • The replacement items must not be part of a package deal or be from our Bargains section.
  • Roof bars are never part of the Exchange Scheme.

This is how the exchange scheme works:

  • We charge in full for the replacement items, including the appropriate carriage charge and a charge for any packaging needed for the return of the originals.
  • We pay the return carriage costs.
  • When the originals arrive back here we refund you for their invoice value, but you won't get back more than the invoice value of the replacements. In other words, if the replacements are cheaper than the originals we won't be giving you "extra cash back".

Please note: we can only collect items from mainland UK.

Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

These are our standard charges; there are usually surcharges for all offshore destinations and some remote postcodes - for details please see our delivery information page.

This Item
Express Delivery £ 9.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 6.50 3 to 4 working days

Delivery of other items

Small items & Spare parts
Express delivery £ 6.95 1 to 2 working days
Standard delivery £ 4.95 3 to 4 working days
Roof boxes
Express Delivery £ 19.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 14.50 3 to 4 working days
Dropracks and Roof tents
Express Delivery £ 19.50 2 working days

Delivery times

Delivery times are calculated in working days (Monday to Friday, excluding Bank holidays).

Cut-off times for Express Delivery orders
Express Delivery orders placed before before the cut-off times shown below will usually be desptached on the date of order. Express Delivery orders placed after these cut-off times will be despatched the next working day.

Small and Standard Sized Items Order by 4pm for same day despatch
Roof Boxes, Dropracks and Roof Tents Order by 1pm for same day despatch

Delivery FAQs

When will my order arrive?
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Express Delivery orders placed on a Friday (before 1pm) should be delivered on the Monday or Tuesday, Express Delivery orders placed on a Saturday or Sunday should be delivered on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The arrangements for Very Heavy Items are different and are shown above.

What about Next Working Day delivery?
Most Express delivery orders will arrive on the next working day, if the order is placed before the cut-off time (see above). Some will arrive on the second working day if there has been a "split-delivery". So-called “split deliveries” happen when the couriers do not have enough trailer space for everything that should be moved around the UK, so they will load what they can and leave the rest for the next trailer.

Is my delivery day guaranteed?
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. As well as split deliveries, all courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Do I need to be at home?
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver to an address which suits you – this does not need to be your home address. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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Bike carriers with 7 pin plugs

Wheel support bike carriers which are supplied with 7 pin plugs usually only include rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights, which is why they are often called ‘3 function lights’.

Unusually, Thule bike carriers with 7 pin plugs also include a fog light; this works when plugged into 7 pin electrics, but it does not work when plugged into 13 pin electrics via an adapter.

Bike carriers with 13 pin plugs

Bike carriers which are supplied with 13 pin plugs include a fog light and reversing light, as well as rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights – which is why they are often called ‘5 function lights’.

If these are plugged into 13 pin electrics then all 5 functions will work.

If they are plugged into 7 pin electrics via an adapter then the fog light should work, but the reversing light on the bike carrier will not work.

Please note

These notes assume that your tow bar electrics have been wired correctly!

Tow bar wiring in the digital age is much more complicated than it used to be when everything was analogue. Our experience is that if you are having lighting problems, e.g. a fog light does not work in 7 pin tow bar electrics, the problem is much more likely to be caused by the wiring, not by a dud bulb in the bike carrier.

To find the spare parts you need, please see the diagram below, identify the product codes, then choose them from the list below. If you need more than 1 of any item, change the quantities in the Shopping Basket.

spare parts illustration

Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Atera spares: 022 630 / 0969922630 - Atera Strada new style 1st bike arm, NO LOCK, (shortest, 30mm alu tube) £23.00
Atera spares: 022 634 / 0969922634 - Atera STRADA Sport/E-bike/Trail 2nd bike arm, NO LOCK, (225mm alu tube) £24.95
Atera spares (small): 087 573 / 9923700008 - M6 cylindrical nut £0.85
Atera spares (small): 092 296 / 9919700038 - Atera Linea/Strada, rubber cushion for ratchet strap £1.30
Atera spares (small): 094 300 / 9918700868 - Atera STRADA/GIRO 350mm (XL size) wheel strap / arm ratchet strap (x 1) for fat tyres up to 4" £7.95
Atera spares (small): 094 314 / 9918700936 - Atera Strada 300mm (plus size) wheel ratchet strap £5.50
Atera spares (small): 097 584 / 9908700400 - Atera Hex For Light Surround £0.85
Atera spares (small): 097214 / 9901700130 - Atera STRADA Trail aluminium bar from below number plate holder £22.95
Atera spares (small): Atera GIRO/STRADA/NOVA - single lock barrel £4.95
Spares Spare keys - charge for 1 key (brand & barrel number TBA) £7.50

Bike compatibility

Maximum number of bikes2 (3 with adapter AR2792)

Maximum number of e-bikes2

Maximum bike weight30kg

Maximum load capacity60kg. (65kg with the 3rd bike adapter)

Fits tyre widths up to3 inches (4 inches with adapter QAR094300-2)

Maximum wheelbase1200mm

Maximum wheel size29 inches

Tow Bar information

Lighting board plug type13 pin. (7 pin adapter included)

Integrated lighting boardYes

Fits bolt on tow ballYes

Fits swan neck / detachable tow ballYes

Possible to tow when in useNo

Fits with a spare wheelNo

Tilting mechanism

Tilting MechanismTilts


Tow Bar to carrier lockYes

Carrier to bike lockYes

General information


Guarantee3 years


Height720mm. (225mm when folded)



Distance between bikes230mm

Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Tow bar bike carrier: £474.95 (rrp. £530.00)
Special offers:
Free lighting adapter: £0.00 (rrp. £20.00)
Free FASTY strap: £0.00 (rrp. £2.50)
Bike carrier adapter: £100.00 (rrp. £130.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £57.50 (rrp. £70.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £14.95 (rrp. £15.50)
Bike carrier accessory: £15.90 (rrp. )
Bike carrier accessory: £7.95 (rrp. £9.00)
Bike storage and maintenance:
Wall storage rack: £24.95 (rrp. £40.00)
Bike servicing stand: £44.95 (rrp. £65.00)

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £474.95
 Our 90 day Exchange Scheme 
 Delivery charges and Payment options 
 7 pin or 13 pin tow bar electrics? 
 Spare parts 
 Fitting instructions and videos