Draftmasted has little brackets that fit on the cross bars to hold the wheels on.need4spd said:
The drawback to DraftMaster is that you have to take the front wheels off and store them separately; I assume inside the cargo compartment. The other brands put the whole bike on the rack sideways (DraftMaster is vertically b/c you don't have the front wheel), but this seems to limit them to max. of 4 bikes. The DraftMaster is also very expensive; about $550 for the 5 bike model, but the 4 bike model is $450.
The Thule does have a bit gap where the hitch and rack connect so it is not air tight, but it is easier to work with. I do not hear any bike noise during my regular driving on the street. The solid integrated frame on Yakima should be stronger, but I just like the "flip down" feature of the THule rack arm. I can fold it down when I drop off my bikers and the 'x with the rack also fit nicely in the garage.JR8 said:.. ended up buying the Yakima Terrafirma. It had good bike mounts and the reviews said it was a more-solid fit in the hitch.