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Whispbar 3 bike tow bar carrier no. WBT31

£494.95
RRP: £550.00
Code: PRWBT31

This rack was designed by cycling enthusiasts to be the best, to take tow bar bike carriers to a whole new level. They succeeded (!) - it really is the quickest to fit and, generally and overall, the easiest to live with. It's strong enough for one eBike, with smart styling and top quality materials that we expect to stand the test of time. Unique features:

  • Vertical fitting: You place it, still folded, onto the tow ball
  • 'Just click' - you push down on the bike support tray until you hear the 'click' and see the indicator go green
  • The bike-holder arms are easy to reposition, which makes fitting the bikes relatively fast and easy

No wonder it won a prestigious international Red Dot design award!


This bike carrier is also known as the Cykell T31; Yakima purchased the Cykell business in February 2016, and have now rebadged the Cykell tow bar carriers with their premium Whispbar brand name.

There are so many innovations in this carrier, and it is relatively so easy and satisfying to use, that it’s no surprise that it won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award.

Most of our customers have never used a tow bar bike rack before, so won’t know what to expect, or be in a position to try out different racks. We therefore want you to take our word for it that this carrier really is different, really special, and if you can afford it, it will over time prove to be very good value for money.

In our opinion there are two stand-out features:

  • Ergonomics: Carrying and fitting the T31 is so easy because when folded it’s basically vertical, not basically horizontal. Stand above it - no back strain - lift it, place it on the tow ball and push down on the outer wheel tray. It automatically adjusts and self-tensions for your particular tow ball. Fitting couldn’t really be faster, and we're sure it couldn’t be easier.
  • Design competence = low stress: When you come to remove the carrier, there’s no bike holder frame that needs releasing and lowering, no jumble of bike holder arms that will then keep getting in the way – you just lift the wheel tray frame to the vertical, sandwiching all other parts out of the way, and lift the carrier, straight up, off the tow ball.

There are many additional touches that have been borne out of experience of using other carriers, for example:

  • The outer bike wheel holder is higher than the inner ones, reducing the potential for bikes bumping against each other, and making it easier to find optimal positions for the bike holder arms.
  • The bike holder arms are very easy to remove, when unlocked. This makes bike fitting much quicker, much easier, with no need to remove all the bikes and start again if you can’t get a good grip on the outer bike, or have forgotten to position a bike holder in the correct place during fitting. (Most of our customers who’ve used tow bar carriers before will know what we mean!) A good tip is to take off the second bike holder before fitting the first bike, and aim to hold the bikes by their seat posts.

Other features:

  • These carriers have a ‘Just click’ fitting system; when you hear a reassuring 'click' and see a green indicator then you know that a fitting process is complete, and you're good to go.
  • The T31 is a 3 bike carrier but a 4th bike adapter is available. This also has a 'just click' fitting so you can install and remove it in seconds - without the need for tools.
  • The maximum loading weight is 60kg; it would be possible to carry one eBike, loaded nearest the car.
  • The carrier tilts, with the bikes fitted, to allow easy access to the car boot – this is controlled by a foot-operated pedal below the number-plate.
  • The rack can be folded into an upright position, out of harm's way, when it's on the towball, e.g. in a car park.
  • The wheel trays pull out to accommodate almost all bikes - from kids bikes to 29" MTBs.
  • The light bars also slide out, to keep you legal; slide them back again to make the carrier compact enough to store in the car boot, out of harm’s way when parking on the street or in car parks.
  • The lights are ‘5 function’, including fog lights and a reversing light; they come with both a 7 pin and a 13 pin lighting socket.
  • Everything is lockable; the rack is locked to the car and each bike is locked to the rack, all using the same key (3 keys are provided).
  • The extra bike adapter and loading ramp are listed below, as well as a wall hanging bracket for smart storage, and a storage cover.
  • There's a 5 year guarantee. All components are of top quality, including a 300 hour salt-proofed steel frame, and epoxy-coated aluminium wheel holders.
  • The carrier fits all tow balls, but please note that it does not fit the Land Rover Discovery 4 (2009 onwards) unless an additional electric socket is mounted below the bumper; the Discovery’s in-bumper electrical sockets are blocked by the tubes of the bike holder ‘upright’.

This rack tilts far enough to open the tailgate on vehicles with all but the most vertical tailgates. Owners of larger vehicles with vertical tailgates (such as vans and bigger MPVs) report that the rack doesn't tilt far enough back to open the tailgate. If you have a vehicle with a vertical tailgate you may not be able to open it with this rack. We would recommend taking a look at the Atera Strada DL.

Important information if you have a bolt-on tow ball. These racks only work with 'extended neck' bolt on / flange tow balls. If you have a standard ball you will need to purchase an extended neck version instead - listed below. It's very easy to change your ball over.

In summary, we've been selling tow ball carriers for 20 years now; it's a market we know well. The T31 and T21 include innovations that put them at the very front of it.

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Technical specifications at a glance:

Max number of bikes: 3 (4 with adapter, shown below)

Fits bolt on tow ball: yes

Fits swan neck / detachable tow ball: yes

Dimensions: 100cm (width) x 77cm (depth)

Weights: 20.3kg (+ 2.5kg with 4th bike adapter)

Load capacity: 60kg

Distance between bikes: 20cm

Maximum wheelbase: 128cm

Tilting: yes

Integral lighting board: yes

Lighting board plug type: 13 pin (7 pin adapter included)

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: 5 years

Useful information:

The maximum permitted load you can carry is also determined by your nose weight; you will need to check you don’t exceed this before using any tow ball mounted bike carrier.

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 4.00pm.

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".

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Tow bar bike carrier: £494.95 (rrp. £550.00)
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Bike carrier adapter: £80.00 (rrp. £90.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £9.95 (rrp. )
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