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Yakima Frontloader Bike Mount


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    31 Reviews


    Leave the wheels where the wheels are supposed to be.

    One of the biggest hassles with bike racks has always been taking off the front wheel, putting the bike on the rack, and then stashing the front wheel somewhere. Not only that—with a bunch of different front axle standards, you have to carry all kinds of adapters around. The Yakima Frontloader Bike Rack eliminates the hassle by allowing you to load the bike directly onto the car, wheels and all.

    The Frontloader works with all wheels sizes from 20-inch to full-size adult road bike wheels. The only places where the rack touches your bike are at the tires, so you don’t have to worry about it scratching your frame. It’s also compatible with any brake system and any frame configuration, so you don’t have to carry adapters around with you.

    • Wheels-on design
    • Only contact at tires
    • Compatible with any brake system or frame configuration
    • Item #YAK0282

    Tech Specs

    Bike Capacity
    round bars, square bars, aero bars, most factory bars
    Locks Included
    no, 2 SKS lock cores sold separately
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Fantastic Rack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The install on the Yakima Frontloader Bike mount / rack literally takes 5 minutes out of the box which is utterly brilliant!

    This fits 20" to 29" wheels with tire widths up to 3" so it is super versatile and can definitely meet your demands and needs if you have a couple of different rides!

    Lastly worth noting and reiterating that the SKS locks are sold separately. Thanks!

    So convenient

      I got this rack for my brother and this is exactly what he wanted.

      He got it for the top of his Honda Element and it fits next to his cargo box he has on top. Its nice because you do not need to take off the front tire He uses this all the time and has traveled long distances at high speeds with no problems what so ever.

      Frontload to Freedom

        Yakima makes great products through and through. This is a great rack and will make a great upgrade to an existing system or as a new purchase.

        I would however recommend the Highroller rack over this one though. The Highroller is easier to load and unload your bike into.

        Overall good rack!

        Nice rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been happy with this rack from day one. It's nice not to worry about front wheel removal, throwing your bike on the car is fast so you have more time to ride. The rack is sturdy, it kept everything Locked down on a cross country road trip where wind was gusting strong enough to move my vehicle. Set up is easily done with no tools, and takes on person about 7 minutes. After having a front loader for a season I've purchased another one so friends can come out too.

        Nice rack!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have two of these bad boys on my Subaru, and they definitely get the job done. The front wheel holder adjusts to accommodate everything from 26-29" mountain bikes and even the tiny tires on my road bike. The racks are very secure and I had no issues with them on a 5 hour road trip at highway speeds. This rack is definitely the way to go if you don't want to get a hitch mount. 2 years in and both racks are still working as good as new, even after leaving them on for this winter season.

        If you have any questions about bike racks, please contact me directly.

        Nice rack!

        Functional Adaptability

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This rack has been on my car for almost three years and I couldn't be happier with it. It securely holds the front wheel and folds down to a super low-profile when not in use. It is also very quick to install and to switch from car to car should the need ever arise.

        Works great on my sedan

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        This is the feedback I received from my friend:

        This rack works great on a sedan, and is a great pick for those of us without a hitch installed on our cars. The mounts are sturdy, and the installation was a breeze. Overall very happy with how this went on.

        Everything looks good, and taking my bike out with it was great. I didn't worry anything was going to fall off, and loading and unloading my bike was fairly easy. The only down side is that now I need to get some locks as you can't really securely leave your bike on the rack while you run into a store or sit down to eat.

        Overall very happy.

        Works great on my sedan

        Great for my 2012 Nissan Frontier!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        When I made the switch over to my Full-suspension bike that no longer fit into my truck bed with as much ease as my dad's hand-me-down hardtail... I started my hunt for a stand-up rack system.

        I couldn't go hitch mounted because I am constantly in and out of my truck bed for my job and didn't have a factory roof rack. Most of the ladder racks require pulling out the utili-trac system from the bed (which I also frequently use...).

        So I found a bed rail adaptor kit that really met all of my criteria (cpracks makes it). And found out that the yakima front loader makes a great fit into an unorthodox method of carrying the bike.

        Bikes lock in nicely with minimal movement while in transport. The red knob that you tighten down over the wheel mount will spin pretty quick before it starts to engage any resistance so it can actually be tightened down pretty quick with a good ole flick of the wrist.

        All in all, Very happy with it. Setup one side for my bike and bought the other side when the girlfriend wanted to hit the trails with me.

        Great for my 2012 Nissan Frontier!

        Great rack, 650b works on 26 mode

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have 26 inch mountain bikes and a new 650b hardtail and I initially bought this so I didn't have to keep taking my wheel off like my other yakima rack, and because I didn't want to buy another 40 dollar fork adapter for a 15mm axle. Works well in 26" mode for the 650b bike, but you do have to push it down really quick before heading on the road. I have taken this on 150 mile trips on windy 60mph roads and everything. I use it every week and it works just great. It is really easy for me because I am tall but if I was shorter it would be a tad tough to load the bike. Great, secure rack

        Works Great! With some quirks.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have this on my 2006 wrx and was glad to see that my tailgate spoiler would clear the rack (flipped it to have the rear wheel towards the front of the car). Adjusting for wheel size is easy. For a shorter dude like me it can be a little challenging sometime to get the rear wheel lined up with the narrow ratchet strap. One thing that is odd is that the ratchet strap is not long. I have 26x2.2 tire on regular rims and i can only ratchet it on one or two teeth, I imagine someone with a wider tire or rim would run into an issue here.

        I also am not a huge fan of the knob to secure the front wheel gate. it probably doesnt take that long in reality but you have to try and spin this knob quite a bit to get the front gate to lay down flat. Seems like yakima could improve on this system.

        Works Great! With some quirks.

        Solid, Versatile Rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've got two of these and use them around twice a week. I take them on everything from CA freeways to potholed trail access roads. I feel my bikes sway on uneven terrain, but I'm never concerned that they'll fall off. It takes a little practice to get used to loading and unloading, but it's intuitive and trustworthy once you get used to it.

        While there is not a 27.5" wheel setting, I've found no trouble loading this size at the 26" setting. The High Roller 2.5's on my DH Rig fit no problem.

        The rear wheel cam straps are short for the modern wide rims found on some AM/Enduro bikes. Easy fix with a longer strap, or just using your own cam strap.

        Overall a solid build that has held up for me over time with no need for maintenance.

        Easy and quick to use

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Installing to the car is quick and easy. Putting the bike on is easy since no wheel removal required, though do be aware it is on the roof and thus you have to lift the bike up there. Shorter people, cars with high roofs, or if you are just tired from your bike ride. Holds the bike securely, have driven with the bike on the roof for 300+ miles, even in serious cross winds. Wind noise is ok with it installed but no bike in place.

        That said, durability of two key moving parts are questionable. First is the clamp for the front cross bar. Second is the tightening red knob to lock the front wheel in place. Both are screws and I've had both wear down over time and become very difficult to turn. The clamp one necessitated a replacement. The red knob can be ordered from Yakima (SKU: 8880226, $10) or possibly someone local.

        Even with the durability issues, I'd buy again.

        No Wheel Removal Required

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Probably the best part of this bike rack is the fact that you don't need to take your front wheel off to load it. Loading isn't difficult, but shorter people be aware that it takes a lot of height to stand a bike up on your roof. You may need a stool. Bike is held secure with just two simple clamps, and the locking cable works, but I wouldn't trust it to deter persistent thieves as it's very thin and could be cut easily.

        Installation is easy, 2 minutes tops for reinstalls if you take them on and off a lot. Wind noise isn't bad, but gas mileage definitely takes a hit. I average about 28 mpg in my Subaru Impreza with two racks on (car is rated 27 city 36 highway), and closer to 30-32 without.

        Overall great simple rack that holds bikes secure. Never have I been worried about anything coming off my roof. Price is a bit much, but they're on sale often.

        Simplicity is best

        • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

        This thing was incredibly easy to set up and use. I gave this to my brother for his birthday for his Santa Cruz Blur and he absolutely loves it. It adjusts to fit different wheel sizes, doesn't rub or damage the bike at all, and is simple to install. Overall, I would say this is one of the most functional bike racks I have seen and would highly recommend for someone looking for ease of use in a bike rack. It also has SKS locks that it can be used with but must be bought separately to keep your ride safe while you aren't around!

        Keeps your bike secure!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is a great rack that is easy and simple to use. Just fold out the front wheel support and then insert your wheel and then tighten the red knob. Throw the ratchet strap over the back wheel and you are ready to go.

        It has adjustment clips so it fits all your different wheel options. Also with a twist of a couple levers, it comes off in second if you need to make room for something else on your bars. On one of the levers, there is a place to insert a SKS core lock so the rack can be secured to your car. And it has a wire attached to the rack that can loop around your down tube and lock with another SKS core lock so you know your bikes not going anywhere. The rear wheel strap has the opinion to open left or right so its easy to use on either side of your car. Only bad thing I can say is the red knob and clips will fade quickly in the sun but that doesn't effect function in any way. The suns bright and it can do that to things.

        Yes it seems expensive but when it is holding your bike that cost a whole lot more, it is an easy choice to go with a nice rack.

        Also just a reminder, with any rooftop bike racks, hide your garage door opener from yourself when you have a bike up top. Just that extra second of thinking can save you a lot of money!

        Keeps your bike secure!

        Sweet roof rack

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        If you prefer to put your bikes on your roof, this rack is a no brainer. Sweet not having to deal with taking wheels off. Plus it's considerably cheaper that going with a hitch mount if you already have roof racks. Lock isn't fort knox but works as a pretty good deterrent.

        2500 miles with no issues

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Attached with no hassle at all to the dealer equipped Yakima low profile roof bars that came on my 2009 Subaru Impreza. Drove from Virginia to Montana with my Kona Stinky in the rack and had no problems at all. Rock Solid!

        Liked it but replaced with the holdup

          I only used this a couple times and then replaced it with the Yakima Holdup hitch mount carrier. It worked fine but I was a little nervous about having the bike on the roof and it was a little challenging to get it loaded/unloaded on an SUV (see pic).

          Liked it but replaced with the holdup

          will this rack work for 27.5 inch wheels?

          Unanswered Question

          what is length of this front loader and...

          what is length of this front loader and what is maximum width of tires this will take, what is the difference between this front loader and the high loader, looking for this to carry a DH mountain bike (Morewood)