The WB200 can be switched to accept a 15mm thru-axle as easily as flipping a switch. At $250, the WB200 tray is no bargain, but it will look better on an Audi then most roof racks, which often disgrace the natural lines of a vehicle.
Chosen from 4,662 entries from 54 countries, Whispbar, the ultra-premium roof rack system, was awarded a red dot design 2013 award for its new WB200 Fork Mount Bicycle Carrier. Whispbar WB200 product designer James Buckroyd, "We know that style-savvy cyclists will appreciate the WB200 for both its beautiful form and exception function."
GearJunkie editor Stephen Regenold said “The fork mount connects to a Whispbar rack bar in seconds via adapters that cam into a T-slot on the bar. It’s tray is solid swoop of aluminum, and the front adapter is so refined it looks like sculpture art.”
Its tray is a solid swoop of aluminum, and the front adapter is so refined it looks like sculpture art. A bonus, this bike mount works with standard 9mm forks as well as 15mm through-axle forks without adapters.
What was cool about the new Whispbar was the way it cleverly locked and unlocked the bike, allowing for easy conversion of 9 or 15mm axles. Everything about the new Whispbar is about noise reduction and ease of use.
The beauty goes beyond skin-deep, however, with slick design that can easily converted between 9mm quick-release and 15mm thru-axle fitments with no additional parts or tools required. Simply flip a switch underneath the main lever and axle spacers automatically pop out — brilliant.
Sleek and minimalistic in appearance, the fork-mount WB200 sports a mostly-aluminum construction and mounts effortlessly to the Whisbar base bar via a cam system that allows the WB200 to be mounted – or removed – within seconds.
And we think the new WB200 may be the sexiest bike rack mount we’ve ever seen (for the record, we never thought we’d ever call any roof rack mount sexy). This mount will be the only one on the market that accommodates both nine and 15mm through-axle forks without adapters.
What really makes Whispbar products great, however, is that they’re incredibly simple to install and use.
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