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HangOver 4 Bike
- Transports up to 4 or 6 bikes using minimal space— 37.5 lbs max per bike
- Foot-operated tilt mechanism changes rack position for easy loading and unloading
- Tilts down and out of the way for easy rear-of-vehicle access
- Securely supports bikes by the fork crown
- Fits suspension-fork bikes only
- Fits fat bikes with suspension forks
- Soft padding protects the fork’s finish
- Rotating wheel cup accommodates bikes with various wheelbases
- Available in 4-bike (HangOver 4) or 6-bike (HangOver 6) sizes
- 2 mast height positions for improved ground clearance and ease of loading
- 2 mast angles to avoid bike-tire contact with your vehicle
- HitchLock included
- Built-in bottle opener—cheers!
- Compatible with the Yakima BackSwing (HangOver 4 only)
- Fits 2" hitch receivers only
- Add your own bike lock to the integrated lock loop for greater bike security
- Weight: 65.00 lbs.
- Dimensions: L 22.00 in x W 46.00 in x H 60.00 in
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
HangOver 4 Bike
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This is a decent rack for low speeds on back roads. Unfortunately, its flaws become apparent when operating at highway speeds on a planet with an atmosphere. The leverage on the bikes from cross winds causes them to shift in the rack. Pedal clearance to the center post requires strapping the cranks so they can’t rotate backwards and contact the post.
I have the first generation rack. I add a couple of webbing straps to each bike for wind stability on longer trips. It’s not clear if upgrading to the re-designed cradle would overcome the leverage from cross winds. I’ll stick with webbing straps for now.
I just recently bought a hangover 4 new from Yakima and I really like the adjustable mast feature and the new straps that really secure the fork to the rack. At the tallest position of the mast, I can keep it completely vertical with my Jeep Grand Cherokee with an XL 29inch bike that has a 160mm of suspension without being nervous of getting any contact between the bike and my car.
The complaint: When the mast is in the tallest position, there is some play where it telescopes with our without a bike on it which makes a bit of noise. I'm going to try to put an old bike tube around the mast to make it a bit quieter but that was a minor oversight.
Also the footswitch is great, but there is also a bit of play there and it being metal on metal, also creates some noise. I even bought a hitch clamp because I thought the hitch tightener was loose (it wasn't and it's very well made.)
One more thing that could improve this rack would be switching the bolt used to adjust the height of the mast from a bolt that you need tools for to a pin of some kind so that it would be easy to lower when you don't have bikes on it. But if it was too easy, a thief could easily take the whole upper part of the mast (which is what the bikes lock onto) so I suppose that would be out of the question. All in all, the rack does what it should and I have had no problems with bike movement at high speed, just remember to lock your front wheel in place on long trips so you don't put a couple hundred miles on your wheel bearings from the wind spinning it!
For Xl frames with 29 2.5 wheels: Rack is too snug and top bar is too short for bigger bikes. If top bar could raise 2” it’d be in the sweet spot. To accommodate added a lift/extender.
Pro- more space between rack and trunk so trunk can open with bikes on the rack.
Con- weight is further from vehicle creating some dragging. Other considerations - need to shore up suspension now that we can accommodate a bike for each passenger. For use: Shore up with bungie chords for piece of mind as fork tie downs are stretched on last notch. Ingenuity will help accomodate other bike/ fork types. Pro tip: use the frame, bungie the front tire, keep the turn angle. All said it still beats multiple vehicles for same outcome.
Cutting right to the chase...
+ Holds the significant weight of 4 or 6 bikes close to the hitch, instead of multiplying the weight by leveraging it way out behind the vehicle. This is better on the vehicle's shocks, the hitch itself, and results in better handling.
+ Easy to install and set up.
+ The tilt-away mechanism works great.
+ Bikes seem very secure, even at highway speeds and on rough roads.
+ The hangover 4 holds the bikes narrowly enough that most vehicles' brake lights are not obscured.
+ A small plastic cap piece got broke during shipping, and a couple of the Y-straps broke because I stretched them too hard, but Yakima's customer service is stellar and they readily mailed me the replacement parts I needed at no cost.
+ Handles a mix of bike sizes, from adult 29ers to my daughters little 20" mountain bike.
- Only handles bikes with suspension forks.
- Not that easy to heft bikes onto, especially for shorter people.
- While the newer Y-straps do hold the bikes very securely, they are a bit difficult to 'thread' between the fork's arch and crown when loading and they can break if stretched too far.
- Depending on bike and handlebar dimensions, there is a slight possibility of one bike's handlebar/brake lever rubbing and scratching the neighboring bike's top tube. Just watch for this after you've loaded the bikes and rearrange as needed.
- With the rack full of heavy bikes, tilting the rack (away or towards the vehicle) can be a struggle.
- I wish they offered an optional cradle accessory that would accept the bike's handlebars (instead of fork crown) so that road bikes could be carried.
So first off, I’m not a hater. This rack does have some things to watch for though. The fork cradles are not very secure. In a high cross wind the bikes turn sideways. I’m also hauling bikes that it was designed for. (Long travel enduro bikes) I nearly lost a bike on a recent trip. Longevity seems to be another issue. I’ve had the rack maybe 2 years and broken the rubber straps at the top. The hinge and how it tightens in the hitch work flawlessly though. I would give four stars but I have to use a bunch of extra gear ties to secure the bikes.
First, this rack is incredibly stout. It holds 6 not-so-light enduro bikes with ease. The first version had a bit of an issue with the bikes rotating at high speed but the new fork interface has fixed that issue. Yakima got me upgraded to the new mounting interface at no cost. Since then it's been smooth sailing. 100% worth the money.
I've had my hangover 6 since July of 2019 and traveled many miles with it and it has been flawless. Easy on and off with the bikes. The foot release allows the rack to be angles back giving easy access to the box of my truck. This feature also makes it easier for my 5'5" wife to load bikes. The treaded lockable hitch pin keeps the rack from having and movement. I have never had a bike shift or turn sideways like others have stated. I'd buy another hangover without a question. Yakima wasn't the first on the market with this hangover rack but in my eyes it's definitely the best.
love the rack but I ride mountain and gravel bikes. does not really work with wide or narrow forks
I wish That Yakima would build an adapter hook for (maybe 2 to 3) road bikes spaced on a HangOver 6.
This could be sold as an accessory. We mountain bike 75% of time (long trips). The other 25% of the time we need to haul 2 carbon road bike, while keeping them from rubbing on other bikes or the rack.
I like this rack, but my bikes are not secure. The fork attachments don't really keep the bikes down. Wind over the vehicle is causing the front wheels to rotate and the fork rotates. The rubber strap only holds one side down, so the other side lifts up. Alternatively, the strap side lifts up, stretching the rubber. Two of those rubber straps have snapped. My other complaint is when the bike closest to the vertical back pedals is pedal onto the vertical strut; on a bumpy road it will keep ratcheting, pushing the bike away/off the rack.