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The bike rack for big shuttles.
You'll be the shuttle hero with the massive Yakima DoubleDown 5 Bike Rack attached to the back of your rig. No more train of cars to the trailhead. Just load up this rack and go. This stout rack holds five bikes ranging from lightweight cross country rides to big downhill rigs. Need to get gear out of the back of your SUV? Just fold the DoubleDown 5 Bike Rack away from the hatch to access your helmets, gloves, and pads. Yakima also designed the support bars to fold out of the way when you don't have them loaded with bikes.
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This rack is great. It takes a bit of time to get all the bikes loaded and secured tightly but its all good to get five bikes on the back rather than on top of the ride. Love being able to still be able to open the rear hatch and grab some gear with the one pull of a pin to lower the rack out of the way. When now bikes are on you can lower the support bars to make room in the garage. Best part is the red tips on the support rack are a good bottle opener for a brew at the end of the ride.
We used this to haul two adult crossovers, two kids bikes, and a tagalong on a 4 1/2 hour drive. We fit all five bikes on with some maneuvering. The kids bikes were difficult due to the small frames and the width of the rack. This problem will go away as the kids get bigger bikes. We didn't experience any swaying and LOVED that we can lower the rack to access the tailgate. We used this on a Ford Flex.
Double Down 5
I did load 5 bikes on it. As I expected, I loosened and turned some headsets to get all five on it.
I like using the rack for short trips, one hour or less, with the mini-van.
I have used it for 5-hour plus trips with five bikes. At times, I held my breath or felt my stomach in my throat when I encountered dips in the Interstate, like you see at bridges. At those times, the rack would swing up.
My bikes were held secure and not scratched or rubbed. I did think the rack sagged in the hitch when five bikes were loaded.
I used to borrow the previous generation Double Down 5 from a friend. To me, it was a better hitch rack: it did not sag or swing up on dips.
swings like crazy
I bought this rack for my Tundra.
Possitive: easy installations, fits 5 bikes ( i tried 4 thus far) I have to removed the seats to make it right.
Tilt down for truck bed access.
Negative: expensive, swings like crazy, I felt like it will break apart on a bump. It survived my 5 hr round trip to a lake. I thought it not supposed to swing that much. I expect it to rattle a bit but not this bad.
I am lazy to pack and return it. I don't feel safe nor satisfied with the purchase. I reccommend buying it at a local store and try it and return if you don't like. Others said that the older model is better.
I need something that will fit two...
I need something that will fit two children's bikes, a women's bike and a man's bike. Can you recommend one? I have read reviews, researched it, watched youtube videos and am still confused. I was thinking of the Softride Dura or the Yakima DoubleDown 5 Bike Rack. I will not hold you to this. I am merely asking for suggestions since I aparently do not know what I am doing. Javier
Is it true that the arms are only 26" long...
Is it true that the arms are only 26" long compared to the Yakima Kingpin5 which is 31" long, according to another review I saw? My sister has the kingpin5 and it is hard to fit 5 on that. I don't want a smaller one. Thanks
Yakima Double Down 5
Great purchase. This holds 5 bikes and is easy to install and use. Strong recommendation to get a brand name you can count on.
This product says it holds 5 bikes but the...
This product says it holds 5 bikes but the Spec sections says it holds a maximum of 2 bikes. Which is it?