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Delta's Bike Hook does what it says on the tin (well, powder-coated steel); it's a hook to hang your bike on. The hook itself is well made, with solid welds and no obvious points of failure, though the rubber sleeve is a weak point. £19.99 is about what I'd expect to pay for something that I'd trust to hold my bike up.
For £20 this comes with a tray to keep the rear wheel off the wall, which is a welcome feature if the wall you install it on is one of your favourites. I put this one up in my garage, and it's probably obvious from the pictures that I'm not that bothered about how clean the wall is. After all, it's haunted by the ghost of a socket and possibly derelict.
Unlike the hinged version Matt reviewed recently, this unhinged (so to speak) hook only allows the bike to swing about a foot either way. I have a few bikes hanging in my garage, and a hinged hook would not really be all that helpful, so this one is perfect for me. Your setup might favour one or the other; both are solid options.
The hook is around 280mm long and attaches with two supplied screws. Obviously you'll want to make sure you screw into something solid that will take the weight, such as the skeletons clearly walled up in my garage, but other than that it's as easy as pie.
The tray attaches with double-sided tape. One potential downside of this is that its vertical placement might need to be different for different bikes... and the tape might damage your paint. Or your mould. Look, it's shabby chic, okay?
It's easy enough to use, about the same as any other design I've used. Heavier bikes are harder to hook on – I use my knee or thigh to help – but with a maximum limit of 40lbs (18kg), there isn't much beyond e-bikes or full-on downhill mountain bikes that will bother it. It's ideal for road, gravel or typical mountain bikes.
There is a minimum amount of space you need above the hook for the front wheel to fit; it pays to be a bit generous with it, too, as it makes mounting and unmounting easier.
The metalwork looks solid, and unlike the Tortec Wall Mount Storage Hook I reviewed in 2015, doesn't have any obvious weak points... or weak-looking points, anyway. The Tortec is actually still in daily use, and hasn't failed yet.
It's a shame the Delta's rubber protector is not so durable. The end soon broke off ours, which allows the sleeve to slide around and expose the metal. Still, a bit of gaffer tape is a simple solution, if not exactly pretty, and it's kind of disappointing.
I think £19.99 is reasonable for something you'll entrust your expensive bike to. Tortec's Universal Storage Hook is still available, and now costs the same as the Delta, but doesn't come with a tray. BBB's ParkingLot is cheaper at £14.95 (up a £1 over three years ago), but doesn't come with a tray either.
However, you can spend a lot less – ten times less. Planet X sells its Jobsworth wall mount, which features a folding steel hook, for £1.99.
That said, if 2021 is not the time to go for the Delta variant, I don't know when is.
Despite the issues with the rubber protector sleeve, I think the Delta bike hook is a solid way to store a bike. Bar the rubber sleeve it's well made, and I trust it to keep my bike on the wall for many years.
Solid bike hook, though the rubber protector sleeve is suboptimal (okay, it's rubbish)
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Delta Bike Hook - 1 Bike with Wheel Tray
Size tested: Fits tyres up to 2.5in
Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Delta has this to say: "With a vertical footprint and a proprietary bike hook design, your bike is stored safely up off the floor against any wall. Ideal for your apartment, home or garage, the Single Bike Wall Mount Rack mounts into any wall joint or stud with included hardware for an easy bike storage solution."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
40 lb / 18 kg
11" x 3.5" x 5" / 280 x 84 x 131 mm
The hook itself looks really well made; the welds are solid. The rubber protector over the hook is not so good.
The metalwork looks like it'll last. The rubber protector has already failed, though.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Works well, but it's a shame the rubber protector is so poor.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Secure, easy to use.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The rubber protector.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
Tortec's universal storage hook costs the same and doesn't come with a tray. BBB's ParkingLot Storage Hook is cheaper at £13.95, but also doesn't come with a tray. However, Planet X sell a similar hook for under £2...
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
Despite the issues with the rubber protector, I think the Delta is a solid way to store a bike. The hook itself is well made and I trust it to keep my bike on the wall, and expect it to last many years – the rubber issue is disappointing, but it's at least easily solved. It's still good.
About the tester
I usually ride: All of them! My best bike is: Ribble Endurance SL disc
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, club rides, mtb, Zwift