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Description

Swing away.

Loading, unloading, loading, unloading--getting into the hatch can be a serious pain if you have a whole mess of bikes stacked up on the back, but Yakima's Swingdaddy 4-Bike Rack has a killer swing-away design that lets you easily access snacks, drinks, and gear even when you're fully loaded. Just use the lever to move the rack away from the tailgate, and bingo! You're in.

Don't let the swinging design trick you into thinking the Swingdaddy's not bombproof, though. It's two-inch hitch receiver locks down solidly to keep four bikes safe, and the included SKS security cable means you can stop for a post-ride burger without keeping a paranoid eye on your bikes while you try and eat. When you're on the road, the rock-solid arms prevent your whips from swinging around and slamming into each other, and the durable straps won't damage your frames.

  • Folding arms
  • Swing-away design
  • 2-inch receivers only
  • SKS security cable
  • Integrated bottle opener

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3 5

Backcountry Carried Yakima on This One

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the Swingdaddy a few days before roadtripping down to Moab from Bozeman, Montana. It worked great and was a nice rack for any road driving, or smooth dirt road conditions. However, we took the rack (usually only loaded with 1 or 2 light bikes) around the white rim road in Canyonlands National Park and it barely survived. The 2in tubing that mounted the rack to the hitch of the car bent downwards at about a 10 degree angle. The tubing that the large bolt connected to (to prevent the swinging motion the rack is named for) was completely bent in and barely usable. 3 of the mounts were ripped off (which may be understandable due to the condition of the road). The two arms that swing up and down to hold the bikes bent down as well over time by a few inches. The locking mechanism at the very bottom of the rack, which seemed sweet at first, was obviously the first thing to go, and we had to break that to get the rack off. Why would Yakima put that in the first place the rack is going hit when you drive through a wash or over rocky terrain?

I have driven the white rim several times with other Yakima racks and never seen or experienced the issues that we did with the Swingdaddy. By the end of the trip we had lost probably 1.5ft in the height that the bikes rode off the ground (had to remove wheels to prevent damage).

Luckily Backcountry is great. We were able to exchange the rack for a new one as we passed through SLC. Backcountry was even nice enough to allow us to attach a tow strap to the foundation of their light post so that we could pull the damn rack out of the hitch (the bend in the tubing had it stuck in there pretty good).

Overall, if you're just doing paved or relatively smooth dirt roads, the swing daddy is great. Perfect rack and exactly what you'll need. However, if you plan on doing any sort of road that requires speeds less than 20mph, you'll want to find a different rack. The lock mechanism and the mounts will surely be quick to go.

Again, a huge thanks to Backcountry for a great return policy and sturdy light poles!

Backcountry Carried Yakima on This One
3 5

Picture of older Swingdaddy 4

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Caution you are not getting what you see in this picture. Yakima has updated the swing daddy 4 big time and in my option I liked the older version better. New version has lots of plastic If interested look at the Yakima website to see what you're going to get. 1) With the standard hitch height at 14-16" the tip of the rails are around 66" high, not so easy if you're short. 2) They did away with the rubber straps for a harder plastic U-shape. 3) No longer comes with the cable lock, the HandCuff locking cable (sold separately) for an additional $39.00 and not available at B/C yet. 4) on the old version you were able to move the frame saddles around on the rails, this version they are screwed in place. 5) on the sway part the bike frame does not align being the new angle of the rails.

Picture of older Swingdaddy 4
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I just bought a swing daddy, and lucked out because it's the older version with all the better stuff that they've done away with to save money (no doubt). It's late in the season but I know I'm gonna love it!