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Tilt-Away Hitch Bike Rack

SKU: #8002459

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Here's a hitch rack that goes long on features. Starring the UpperHand™control lever that tilts the rack to make access to your vehicle a cinch. Also includes zero-hassle ZipStrips™to secure your bike, folds flat for easy storage and to top it off is fully assembled out of the box.

Holds up to five bikes. 

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Product Details

RidgeBack 5 Bike

Product Details
  • No garage required. Comes fully assembled with no bits and pieces.
  • New UpperHand™ lever tilts rack down for vehicle access and folds it flat for storage.
  • New ZipStrips™ secure bikes to the rack and are fully removable.
  • Tool-free SpeedKnob™ quickly tightens and lock the rack to your car.
  • Anti-sway cradles eliminate bike-to-bike contact.
  • Enjoy a cold one with the Yakima signature bottle opener.
  • Available TubeTop™ (sold separately) is required for non-conventional, step-through, BMX, and kid’s bikes as well as some full suspension bikes.
  • Fits 1.25” and 2” hitch receiver.
  • NOT compatible with trailers, campers, or RVs.
  • Carries up to 5 bikes. Also available in a 2 or 4 bike capacity.
  • Lock your bikes to the rack with the HandCuff locking cable (sold separately).
Product Specs

RidgeBack 5 Bike

Installation Details
  • No Assembly Required
  • 5 Minute Install
  • 1 1/4" Hitch Receiver Required
  • 2" Hitch Receiver Required

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    Spare Parts

    Don't Worry, We Have A Spare

      Customer Reviews

      Based on 52 reviews
      Evan Baileys
      NPS score:
      0 (Not at all likely)
      10 (Extremely likely)
      Likes: Solid rack, easy to use
      Improvements: Decal started peeling off after first use.
      Good Bike Rack

      Great bike rack. Solidly built, easy to use. Only problem I've had is the decal started peeling off almost immediately.

      Eric Maurer
      Substantial Rack, Ripped box

      Seems like this rack will be perfect for my family of 5, I can't wait to use it, however the 12 zip strips are missing. Finally have a rack capable or transporting all or our bikes but no way to tie them down. I did open a ticket. Left the 5 stars as the rack seems awesome, and the box was torn in transit. Hoping this gets my ticket some traction in hopes we can use the rack without me figuring out another way to secure them...

      Perform well but can be better

      I use this product for six years, not perfect but the best for what I need. 1. The tilting function is basically useless if you care for your bikes finish. It does help me from having to access the boot from inside.
      2. Be prepared for frame adapter, especially if you have carbon frame.

      Other than that, you cannot find anything better to install behind your MPV. It doesn't scratch my car and easy to put in and take off (my wife will beg the differ due to its weight)


      Solid rack but does not fit two hybrid bikes well (Specialized Vita and Globe).Arms are too short and the 4 1/2" spacing is inadequate. I have a number of Yakima products and have come to expect better. The design engineers should have gone out to the parking lot with the prototype and tested loading a variety of bikes. Now I get to go to a tool and die shop to have new holes drilled in the underside of the arms to increase the spacing and adapt some other end caps. C'mon Yakima...

      Jaime Borrego
      Great for families

      This rack is fantastic for families with different size bikes. Not good for bikes that are similar in size. If you plan is to ride with friends with the same size bikes, keep looking. If you want a bike rack for your family with different size bikes, this is a great affordable option.

      Speedknow and wedge assembly not good quality and diifcult to fit 4 Mountain Bikes

      I bought a Ridgeback 5 with the plan to transport 5 mountain bikes. It´s difficult to get them mounted correct without damaging each other
      Also the locking mechanism inside the wedge is not very strong, so it broke when we were tightening it and now I have been waiting 1 month from the local supplier in Colombia to get me a spare part under warranty. It costs $22 and it has taken more than a month now to get a reply. Please could you make sure Yakima that your national importers are required to carry spare parts, so we dont have to wait this long to get it fixed.
      Apart from above two issues am very happy with the product

      Excellent Bike Rack

      Great bike rack. Easy to put on the hitch, easy to put bikes on, and easy to secure. Bikes always feel secure, even at highway speeds. I will say that its difficult to get 5 bikes on the rack. I don't see this as much of draw back, as it is doable and I wouldn't want the rack to extend much further. Unfortunately, my rack was destroyed when my truck was rear ended. But I intend to buy another one.

      Longer Strips

      Like many others commenting on here, I like the rack but two of my bikes will not fit on this due to the Zip Straps being too short. Please make longer straps available, and I'll change my value rating. As is having to buy two more bikes to keep the same brand after car got hit is a pretty low value.

      Lever broke after less than 20 uses

      Bought this product in the last year or two. Have used it less than 20 times. The lever that lowers the device is made of cheap plastic and it broke off making the entire device unusable. Very disappointing. A better design would have made such a critical component out of metal or some other design that would prevent such a catastrophic failure. Yakima can do better. If you are a serious biker, I would advise you to avoid this product.

      Quality product

      Needed a hitch mounted bike rack for my Honda Pilot because the roof is a little too high. Read a lot of reviews on the Ridgeback and liked what I was seeing so I took the plunge and bought the 5 bike version. Very easy to setup and load bikes if you have a 2" hitch. It has a lot of useful features including the ability to tilt (no bikes), add a lock for added security and a built in bottle opener. The rack itself feels solid but not too heavy when compared to other hitch mounted bike racks. I did a test drive in my neighborhood observing the bike rack through my rear mirror and there is little movement and sway. Need to test it with a full load of 5 bikes but I'm optimistic. For the price I think you get a really solid product that is backed by a lifetime warranty from Yakima. Only complaint is the Yakima logo is stickers and not painted on so I know it will come off eventually. Also wish they had a version just for 2" hitches but it feels solid so can't really knock that.