May 22, 2013
Rüsselsheim. Opel’s fully integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier system makes taking your own bike with you on vacation a breeze. Families and active vacationers can transport up to four bicycles on their trip – with FlexFix it’s easy, space-saving and safe. Opel offers the patented system for nearly all models ranging from the Astra, Corsa, Antara and Meriva all the way to the “Lounge on Wheels” Zafira Tourer. The newest members of the FlexFix club are the sub-compact Mokka SUV and the urban lifestyle car ADAM.
Opel is the only automaker to offer this user-friendly transport system that is fully integrated in the rear of the vehicle and so is always on board. The bicycle carrier can be effortlessly pulled out and disappears invisibly back into the rear bumper when not in use. It is always ready to use everywhere, for instance to pick up the children and their bikes when they get caught in an unexpected rainstorm. Another major advantage of the second-generation FlexFix system is that even when fully loaded, it can be tilted so that the tailgate of the vehicle can be opened easily. So the luggage compartment remains easily accessible, even with four bikes mounted on the rear of the car.
The second-generation Opel FlexFix system for the versatile compact Astra Sports Tourer station wagon and the compact Zafira Tourer van can carry up to four bikes, while for the sub-compact Mokka SUV it can transport up to three bicycles. The enhanced Opel FlexFix system offers increased load capacity: the first and second bikes can now weigh up to 30 kilograms each (previously 20 kilograms max.), which is also practical for transporting most e-bikes. Even the chic urban car ADAM can carry a bicycle weighing up to 30 kg, and with an additional adapter a second bike for the ADAM co-driver.
On larger Opel models, the second-generation FlexFix is available with an extension kit including a clip-on adaptor so that a further two bicycles up to 20 kilograms each can be transported. The entire loading capacity is 80 kilograms (Mokka: 60 kg). Special holders with rubber inlays ensure that the bikes are held securely in place.
With FlexFix Opel remains the only car maker to offer a bicycle carrier system that is fully integrated and always on board. The user-friendly bicycle carrier is very easy to operate as it can be adjusted by hand without the need to use tools, and offers a host of practical functions. When not in use it disappears invisibly into the rear bumper like a drawer. This is another example of typical onboard flexibility á la Opel.
Another big plus point of the Opel FlexFix system is its outstanding ergonomics. In contrast to other systems such as roof racks where you have to twist and lift the bicycle high over your head, the FlexFix carrier is located close to the ground, making cumbersome lifting superfluous and mounting bicycles on your car nearly effortless and back-friendly. The back experts at Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR – Campaign for Healthy Backs) praised this when they awarded their highly coveted seal of approval to the Meriva for its overall ergonomic concept including the FlexFix carrier. The Meriva was the first production car in the world to receive this distinction.
Studies have shown that additional fuel consumption with bicycles mounted on the rear is around 20 percent lower than when they are mounted on the vehicle’s roof. So the integrated Opel FlexFix system saves fuel costs while it reduces impact on the environment. In contrast to those with roof rack systems, the vehicle is not subject to a 120 km/h speed limit, as the bikes are stored at the rear. This stable arrangement is particularly secure during a sharp braking maneuver or an impact. If a park pilot is on board and the gearbox in reverse, an acoustic signal warns the driver that the bicycle carrier is still fully extended.
The prices for the FlexFix carrier start at 420 euros in the five-door Astra, at 590 euros in the Corsa and Meriva and 650 euros in the Antara. The newly enhanced FlexFix system can be purchased for 570 euros for the Astra Sports Tourer, for 590 euros for the ADAM and Mokka and for 790 euros for the Zafira Tourer. The adaptor kit which provides space for a third and fourth bicycle with the new system is available from 106.50 euros (all prices RRP in Germany including VAT). The integrated FlexFix system often costs less than other rear bike carriers that also need a trailer hitch as a base.