- Product Details
- Spare Parts
- Fits Yakima round, square, factory or aerodynamic crossbars
- Zero contact with frame; carbon fiber and custom paint jobs are protected
- Accommodates disc brakes, thru axles, and full suspension bikes
- Holds bike upright while you secure the bike to the mount
- Leave your front wheel on for easy loading (some fenders may need to be removed to transport bike)
- No tools or assembly required
- Fits 20” to 27.5” wheels with tire widths up to 3” and 29" wheels with tires widths up to 2.7"
- SKS Locks sold separately
- 1 bike, up to 40 lbs at min of 18” crossbar spread; or up to 30 lbs at min of 16” crossbar spread
- Accommodates bike wheelbases up to 48”
- Weight: 13.00 lbs.
- Dimensions: L 56.00 in x W 7.00 in x H 7.50 in
- Minimum Crossbar Spread 16.00in
- Maximum Crossbar Spread 42.00in
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Some Assembly Required
- 10 Minute Install
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I have owned two of these Frontloader racks for about 5 and 7 years. They are easy to use and fit on a variety of different configurations of rooftop crossbars. Last month, one of the adjustments on the rack ceased working, and made it exceedingly difficult to secure my front wheel. I honestly don't know if it was the rack I bought 5 years ago, or the one I bought 7 years ago. At any rate, I consulted with David M. in customer service, explained the problem, sent him a video showing how the rack failed, and he shipped me a brand new unit!! That's awesome customer service, and product support!! I was hoping for a deal on the knob system that needed to be replaced, maybe even a free knob assembly. Never did I think I'd get a brand new replacement unit! Way to go Yakima, and David M.!! I also own a Skybox, and a rear hitch receiver 4 bike rack, all from Yakima, and they now have an even more loyal customer!!
Someone tried to yank the entire bike mount off my car last night. My dog woke me up mid theft and they bolted.. The mount is a bit bent out of shape but I still have my ride!
I love my yakima bike racks definitely needing two more, I like that it locks down, on my yakima cross bars, and also locks the bike down when needed.
I have a pair of FrontLoader racks mounted bed-rail-height in my Tacoma for 3 years. As MTB coach, these racks are used + 50 times per season and 100 times off season. They have worn well. Longer and heavier bikes with extended wheel base show a little bounce but cross rails can be adjusted to reduce the spring in the tails. sun fatigue of the plastic is not evident yet. Almost no color bleaching over the years. I appreciate the easy loading and unloading. Cross-wind flex is less than average at 75 mph. Headwind is not a concern as they hare half-sheltered by the cab. The bike mount point is ~ 3" closer to the rear compared to the other upright Yakima model. This was VERY important for my setup with a short truck bed. I recommend these racks.
I've used this rack now for at least 5 years. I've used it with small kiddo 24" Mtn bikes to my M29 DH bike from Intense. I'm tall, but I do struggle putting a bike on top of my Suburban, so I've mastered the lift & placing of the front wheel by pointing my car downhill a little. This helps roll the bike into the front wheel catch. It's then easy to adjust the tension by spinning the red knob...come on people...don't force things & use common sense and things last a long time. As for the back wheel...I usually let it go wherever when I'm adjusting the front. I then lift and put it on the back catch. I did have to purchase the longer straps to accommodate my M29 DH wheels...but here too requires some common sense...I first discovered this the first time I used it with my larger DH wheels, but quickly overcame it with a handy simple strap to tie down the back wheel. Made it without any problems driving 3 hours each way from interstate to dirt roads. One recommendation: if you don't want to or can't lift your bike, then buy a different rack that goes on the back. I also have the Hold-up and it works great on the hitch.
I'm giving this a neutral 3 star review because there was nothing wrong with the rack per se but with my 5' 10" height and my Mazda CX-5 SUV I cannot get my mountain bike onto the rack. Yakima says that it is compatible with this vehicle and that's technically true but the way you have to get the bike 100% vertical to get the front wheel into the larger hoop and until you do that the rear wheel of my bike was longer than the tray I could not get this to work for me. Perhaps if I had a step stool it would work but that's not an acceptable solution for me when I'm trying to get the bike back in the rack after a ride.
Great product!! I’ve driven many miles with my Giant Trance Mountain Bike loaded and have never once been concerned. Fits my 29” tires no problem
When I first got the rack it was awesome. Easy loading and unloading compared to my raptor racks. But no more than 2 months with it and the tabs that hold the front wheel down broke. I’ll probably still buy Yakima products after this since they’ve usually always been great just got to get the warranty information to them.
I really like these so far (have had them for a few weeks and used ~10 times), but I have some complaints about design that I've seen echoed in other reviews. In terms of pros--these are really easy to install and subsequently easy to use with the bikes. I bought these because I wanted racks to hold bikes without having to take off the front wheel, but for that reason the bikes wobble when driving which is anxiety inducing, even though I've read they're very secure and have faith the bikes won't fall. I also have a compact SUV and haven't experienced major trouble getting the bikes on/off (I'm 6'1")--any higher car though would make it challenging as others have said.
I give these 3 stars because of some design drawbacks--as others have noted the red knob to tighten the racks is based on a big screw, and you have to turn the knobs A LOT to tighten/loosen. I've read many reviews that these screws strip pretty quickly (some after a few uses, and many within a couple of years)--and I've noticed one already starting to act wonky so I'm certainly worried about that. Couldn't Yakima design it with some kind of more shallow threaded screw and with a tightening handle, akin to a quick release bike wheel? The second issue is with the locking cables. Like others I'll note that I obviously think it's lame that Yakima doesn't provide SKS lock cores with the racks themselves, but that's not the battle I'm fighting. I think the cable lock on these could be compromised as easily as a normal cable/coil lock. It would be more secure to lock the actual racks that hold the front wheel in place. I know the Thule racks like these have this kind of locking feature , so surely Yakima could have figured that out?
This will be my third frontloader. The first one had a recall, the second one I owned for about 5 years but then the red knob stripped and would not hold the front wheel tight. Customer support were fabulous, they sent me a replacement. I'm hoping this one lasts longer. Mounting different bike sizes is very easy. Just keep in mind that the rack is spec'd for up to 35 lbs bikes. The other observation is that it comes with the locking cable but no locks, you have to buy them separate.