According to smartUSA and scBloomfield, the bike rack, or should I say the basic rack and the bike kit since there are 2 seperate accesories, are still not available, and just a limited few should arrive in the next month or two. I couldn't wait, because by then, if lucky enough to get one even, summer will be half over. So I ventured out to several places trying to find a bike rack that might work with our smarts. And I have suceeded.
DISCLAIMER: I'm sure smartUSA wouldn't like me suggesting products to get around theirs, but hey, let's face it, they are way behind on making them available to us. So I'm making my suggestion based on availability, not price, quality, or compatibility.
The rack I found was at Dick's sporting goods for $40. (The smart rack, I'm told, is roughly 14 times that.... you do the math as, again, I'm not trying to take sales away from sUSA). It has seemed to work just fine on my car with one bike (Being single, I'm not sure how it is with 2). On a normal car, the upper hooks would attach at the top of the trunk and the lowers under the bumper. As you know, this isn't feasible on the smart, so I spent a great deal of time figuring out how it could securely work. With the tailgate lowered, I ran the upper hooks over and under the tailgate, and secured them underneath, the lowers I ran directly underneath where the uppers came out when the gate was closed. The foam padding on this particular rack seemed to work just great, with the upper rack resting on the lip above the license plate, and the lower foam-padded bar tucking securely under the tailgate, above the bumper. (You do want to secure the front tire or handlebars however, so the tire doesnt swing into the car. I have a backup camera installed, so I drove around at lower speeds at first to keep an eye on it and make sure everything was alright, and it was. Then I strapped a bike to it and off I went. I cruised to the park, getting up to 50mph and all was good. I'm not sure at expressway speeds so far, for long trips I would probably suggest getting the smart brand rack for peace of mind, but for short city trips to the nearby park, I believe this rack may be a solution to those who want something before the smart rack is available.