Thule Insta-Gator Truck Mount

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Thule Insta-Gator Truck Mount and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: N/A (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars 
Expert Rating: N/A stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 142

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Quick and easy to set up.
  • Sturdy and stable while holding your bikes.
  • Keeps the bikes upright and secure.
  • Good fit for carbon frames.
  • Holds bike securely by the wheel to minimize frame contact.

Expert Reviews

  • It uses a padded hook to secure the front wheel of your bike so it won’t move.
  • The method to secure the wheel prevents any damage to the frame.
  • Thule mounts to your truck bed without needing any tools.
  • Able to use two Insta-Gators with tailgates greater than 34” for functionality.
  • High-quality materials and construction.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • It might contact more points than just the wheel, so could rub and cause damage to some bikes.
  • Doesn’t come with locks for extra safety.
  • Some reports of the main foot bars being a little off center and uneven.

Expert Reviews

  • You will have to purchase a one-key lock separately for the racks.
  • One of the most expensive truck bed racks on the market.


The Thule Insta-Gator Truck Mount is a functional, well-constructed, and easy to set up truck bed rack. Despite being expensive and some reports of the rack scratching the frame of some bikes, this is a good choice for those who care more about a secure hold, stability, and an efficient setup.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1.