- 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 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.
I've been using the rack for almost 3 years - it's expensive compared to some alternatives, but for me I'll pay for a good product. The rack does handle a wide variety of bikes. I've used it for 26", 27'5" and 29" tires ranging in size from 1.75" to 2.35" and never had a problem. Goes on and off super easy and I've hit speeds well north of 130km/hr in wind and never had a problem (usually when passing someone). As this is a roof rack you will need some strength and coordination to get the bike on to the rack, but it's pretty easy to slide it in and clamp it down.
My one complaint is the absence of a lock - and it takes 2 locks, not one. The first secures the bike rack itself to the roof rack, the second helps lock the bike in place. Ideally it's one key for both locks. I also have a Yakima cargo box - had that for over 10 years. Yakima makes really good products - seems that with a bit of extra effort they could make the ideal product.
First. LOVE how easy the install is. Right out of the box and onto the rails is 100% as advertised. Really a solid design. My issue comes with how we represent ourselves when delivering products. Why the locks are sold separately is a mystery and just says; "I don't want to be great - average is good enough". I have a useless cable installed to somehow lure me to buying what should have been included. I think today we need to find ways to be better than average and Yakima has the opportunity but has accepted being average. Consumers like me aren't ignorant so please consider being your best and delivering products that simply demand people like me to say; it's Yakima or it's nothing. I really like the product but feel you could do so much better and... I'll pay for it.
I currently own two HighRoad carriers, but needed one that supports bikes that are 20-24"... This was a solid choice I must say... Very simple to use with built in security lock. Note that you'll need 2 SKS locks to secure the carrier and cable lock. The only knock is that I couldn't use the T-Slot kit since I have them on the HighRoad, but overall, this is a very solid carrier. Never had any issues with it and it's nice to have a 20-24"carrier around. Thanks.
Worked as advertised until the red knob (or the nut inside it) strips. Luckily this happened in my driveway and I was able to get the bike out.
Be advised that these trays do not fit bikes with front fenders. Something I learned after installing one. I've now also learned that the tray is too short for my trail bike, a Trek Slash, size large. Yakima is a cool company with great products and people but their product descriptions might need a little less gloss.
If you're the kind of person who follows the formula n+1 for bikes, then this is the roof rack for you! From dirt jumper to fixie commuter to enduro full suspension, this rack can haul them all safely! Best of all, you don't have to take a wheel off to haul your bike. It sounds lazy, but if you're riding after work and using a rack that requires the front wheel off, that's four times of taking your wheel off and on throughout the day and this racks totally eliminates that! Yakima has great customer service, if you ever have any issues or questions about the rack, just reach out. Top notch company, products and I'm super stoked with my bike racks. Happy trails!
We own 5 Frontloaders. They're on our teardrop trailer, Outback and my daughter's Outback. Love that the Frontloader holds the bike in place by the tire, securely!! We've driven from Montana to Michigan, Colorado, Moab, Idaho with our bikes on top.
best rack I have ever owned-- 6 years old and still works great- for those needing a roof reminder remember the best rack reminder system lookupdummy.com simple and easy to use.