After more than a decade of not making a roof rack available for any of its sedans, GM’s Cadillac luxury arm is now somewhat easing the situation for its more active customers by offering two SeaSucker roof-mounted bicycle carriers in its accessory store.
The SeaSucker Talon carrier is suitable for one bike, and has an MSRP of $299, while the SeaSucker Mini Bomber can carry two bikes and is priced at $489. Each of them can handle a load of 45 pounds per bike.
The key to both is the use of vacuum cups (three and four respectively) which are placed on the roof and can then be emptied of air with the built-in pump. The fact that there is no mechanical connection between the carrier and the roof may seem disconcerting, but the effect of the Earth’s atmosphere pressing down on a cup with almost no air inside it should not be underestimated.
For now, Cadillac is offering only these two items as accessories, but the SeaSucker range is much wider than that. It also includes carriers for skis, snow boards, paddle boards and even pieces of tech equipment such as tablets, GoPros or phones. All of these can be purchased without Cadillac’s involvement.
The advantage of the SeaSucker carriers is that they can be fitted without drilling into the car’s bodywork (an undesirable outcome for any car, but especially a luxury sedan) in order to fit an aftermarket roof rack. This would be unavoidable with a Cadillac, due to the marque’s mysterious policy of not offering a roof rack system or roof rack of its own, or even mounting points for an aftermarket one. Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla – four of the most obvious rival manufacturers – all offer roof racks and convenient ways to mount them.
It seems to us that Cadillac would be well advised to catch up with the competition and offer its own roof rack and mounting points, but until that happens the SeaSucker carriers will remain a very acceptable alternative.
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