Right now, Whispbar referred to the svelte, low-profile Yakima roof rack, one that produced significantly less noise than the bulkier alternatives on the market. But this fall, Whispbar steps into its own, becoming a subsidiary brand within Yakima, with different gear mounts that follow the streamlined design seen in the Whispbar racks. 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 15-mm through-axle forks without adapters. It’ll also have a Quickdock feature, which enables you to easily remove the mount from the bars by the simple manipulation of a few levers, making it a breeze to remove the rack if you’re not using it. This feature will be part of the other roof racks slated for the Whispbar line, including snow racks (also slated for this fall) and two paddling mounts (spring 2013).
We’re currently testing the Whispbar racks, and will have reviews of the new lines this fall.