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BUZZ RACK Buffalo 4 bike tilting tow ball carrier no. BRH404

RRP: 205.00
Code: BRH404

The Buffalo is an exceptionally well designed and smart carrier for 4 bikes which

  • fits all tow balls
  • tilts via a foot operated pedal
  • includes an integrated cable lock
  • has well padded bike cradles

Highly recommended!

Buffalo, a big strong animal, solid and reliable, just what you need from a tow bar bike carrier. Maybe "Good looking" is pushing this metaphor a bit far but the bike carrier Buffalo really is smart looking, as well as being the best designed and most user friendly bike carrier of its type at any price.

We've been using one of these in our test pool since last autumn and, having established that it's in a completely different league from its competitors, have now discontinued all of these except the MaxxRaxx carriers; these are also superb but are fundamentally very different.

Please note that if your vehicle has a rear mounted spare wheel this Buffalo rack is not suitable; you'll need a MaxxRaxx carrier.

So what's the big deal about Buffalo? It's down to better design, better quality, better safety, overall ease of use. Consider the following:

  • These carriers are supplied ready to go; no assembly work is required.
  • The patented conical tow ball clamp fits onto all 50mm diameter tow balls, even the ones which don't meet BS standards because they have rough casting around the tow ball neck.
  • Fitting is a matter of spinning a hand-turning wheel, a really quick, easy and ergonomically satisfactory thing to do. Turn the key in the tightening wheel and the carrier is then locked to the tow ball. Give a Nyloc nut a tweak (spanner supplied) and then the carrier is held really firmly.
  • It's fine engineering, and strong - the Buffalo has been TV approved for 4 bikes to the proposed ISO standard R18-904-4, a standard some way tougher than current requirements.
  • Tilting is a safe single-handed operation, even with the bikes fitted; the carrier tilts far enough for use even on vehicles with vertical tailgates. Push the tilt lever with your foot while supporting the bikes and lower them down - this is safe and easy.
  • The bike frame holders usually need to be adjusted on the support arms first time out - distances between bikes may vary - before being tightened in place (tool supplied). They have properly padded cradles and easily adjusted rubber straps.
  • There's a really neat integrated locking cable; the cable slides into the tubular upright when not in use.
  • The support arms are 34.2cm apart, outer edge to edge, a distance which will suit the majority of modern frames; we supply a telescopic cross bar for use with non standard frames - see 'frame adapter' below.
  • There's a Velcro-fastened sleeve on the upright to protect the first bike, incorporating a tough closed-cell foam pad.
  • Two top quality 300cm safety straps are also provided (buckles sewn not crimped). One of these should be threaded through all the bike wheels to prevent swaying and friction damage - it's up to you to provide any extra protection required - and the other should be passed through all the bike frames and then looped around the carrier.
  • The bike holder arms are easily moved from the horizontal to the vertical - ideal for storage or when the vehicle is parked up.
  • Dimensions = 84.5cm high from the centre of the ball and 67.0cm deep from ball centre.
  • Weight = 12.4kg.
  • A lighting board will be needed - see below - there's even one designed specifically for the Buffalo. We also list an electrical adapter which will be needed if you buy any of our standard 7 pin lighting boards and have a 13 pin electrical system.
  • The build quality - tube bending, welding, rust proofing, painting, component quality - is exemplary.

Exchange scheme: Tow bar carriers are part of our 90 day exchange scheme - click on the link below for details - so you can order without financial risk. All current tow bar carriers from all the brands we stock are available for exchange, including Pendle and Thule, even if they are no longer part of our standard stock range.

BUZZ RACK is manufactured by King Rack of Taiwan, a specialist bike sector engineering company since 1996. Their factory is state of the art, with much of their production being tube bending, specialist welding and finishing for well known brands.

Technical specifications at a glance:

Max number of bikes: 4

Fits bolt on tow ball: yes

Fits swan neck / detachable tow ball: yes

Dimensions: 84.5cm (height) x 67cm (depth), from centre of tow ball

Dimensions when folded: 86 x 34 x 30 cm

Weight: 12.4kg

Max load capacity: 60kg

Max weight per bike: 15kg

Tilting: yes

Integral lighting board: no (available separately; shown below)

Bike carrier to tow ball lock: yes

Bike carrier to bike lock: yes

Possible to tow when in use: no

Fits with a spare wheel: no

Guarantee: 3 years

Useful information:

The maximum permitted load you can carry is also determined by your nose weight; you will need to check you dont exceed this before using any tow ball mounted bike carrier.

Requires 65mm clearance from centre of tow ball to rear of vehicle.

We offer our existing customers a full "Next Day if possible" spares service, and will cannibalise new stock as required to find you the parts you need.

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.

BUZZ RACK Buffalo rack spare parts

Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 118-00033-00 - conical clamp single segment only £4.95
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 118-00093-58 - Screw Cap for Button head screw M6 x 82mm for Buffalo £1.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00159-01 - rubber pad £0.80
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00443-01 - end cap £0.40
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00473-05 - Knob cable for Buffalo bike carrier £0.25
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00474-01 - Ratchet Cradle Left £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00475-01 - Ratchet Cradle Right £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00476-01 - Cradle Pad £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00478-01 - Pedal £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00513-01 - Wrench cover £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00702-01 - Clip £1.00
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 130-00706-01 - Ratchet Strap (311mm) £1.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 134-00021-01 - PE foam pad £3.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-0112-007-58 - carriage bolt M12 x 70 £3.10
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1106-005-58 - button head screw M6 x 25 £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1106-022-58 - Button head screw M6x82mm £0.45
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1106-023-58 - Button head screw M6x90mm £1.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1106-024-58 - Button head screw M6x30mm £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1106-028-58 - Button head screw M6x70mm £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1205-001-58 - Button head screw M5x8mm £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-1680-001-58 - screw £0.20
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 140-2699-001-58 - Screw £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 141-0106-001-58 - nylock nut M6 £0.55
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 141-0108-001-58 - M8 nylock £0.35
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 142-1042-001-58 - Washer 4.280.8t £0.25
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 142-1053-001-58 - Washer 5.3x12.8 £0.25
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 144-00009-56 - allen key £1.15
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 145-00041-50 - Spring 5cm £1.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 145-00048-50 - new conical spring £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 145-00049-50 - Spring 21cm £4.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 147-00004-50 - key KH01~KH13 £7.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 3501-00024-96-01C - Ratchet Cradle Completed left £5.00
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 3501-00024-97-01C - Ratchet Cradle Completed right £5.00
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-011-01 - Safety Strap £4.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-021-01 - retainer £1.75
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-022-01 - locking knob for conical clamp £5.25
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-023-01 - washer 10.5 x 32 £1.75
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-028-01 - M10 x 50 bolt £2.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-029-01 - nylock nut M12 £1.00
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-030-01 - wrench (not including cover) £1.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-031-01 - hand wheel £5.95
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-032-01 - hand wheel £5.55
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-035-01 - Locking Cable £5.00
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-036-01 - Roller Base £0.50
BUZZ RACK spares (small): 47-0113-038-01 - Rod 8.0x17mm £0.50

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.

For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is 5.50 (9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is 8.50 (12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged 3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), 4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or 5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).

There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.

Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 2.00pm.

There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.

We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. 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.

No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. 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.

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".

PayPal accepted

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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.

Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Special offer:

Special Offer Deal

Offer Price:

Has been used - still in good condition with a few scuffs and scratches.

Tow bar bike carrier: £174.95 (rrp. £205.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £14.95 (rrp. £18.00)
Lighting board: £14.95 (rrp. )
Lighting board: £39.95 (rrp. £47.00)
Bike storage and maintenance:
Wall storage rack: £29.95 (rrp. £40.00)
Bike servicing stand: £49.95 (rrp. £65.00)
Wall storage rack: £53.95 (rrp. £59.00)
Lighting adapter: £14.95 (rrp. )

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £174.95

We will notify you by email when we have an estimated despatch date. You will not be charged until your order is ready for despatch.

 Spare parts 
 Our 90 day Exchange Scheme 
 Delivery charges and Payment options 
 7 pin or 13 pin tow bar electrics? 
 Fitting Instructions