Don't let your bikes keep you out of your car
Even when it's loaded with bikes, the Yakima Swingdaddy 4 Bike Rack moves out of the way to allow access to the back of your car or SUV. Unlike other hitch racks that have to be unloaded and folded down to let you open the back of your rig, the Swingdaddy Bike Rack folds to the side much like a spare-tire rack. Thanks to this Yakima rack, you don't have to unload all of your bikes at a gas station when you realize two-hours into your trip that you left your iPod in the pack that's under everything else.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Easy to install and so convenient to be able to swing the bikes to get into the back of the SUV. The only bummer is compatibility with non-traditional frames (more-so that I called backcountry to see if I needed an adapter for my bike and was told no, when in fact I did need it).
I have a 2013 Subaru Outback and a 2010...
I have a 2013 Subaru Outback and a 2010 Trek/Gary Fisher HiFi Deluxe. I think that I'll have to use a a Yakima TubeTop bike frame adapter due to the non-standard top tube of my 29er mountain bike. With the big 29" wheels and the additional loss of height from the adapter bar my question is whether my tires will hang too low to the ground? Thoughts?
So it very well might be too close to the ground. Yakima makes these cool things I call a "cheater bar". It goes on the seat post to handle bars and makes it sit way higher. Take a look http://www.backcountry.com/yakima-tube-top-frame-adapter?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6ZnJhbWUgYWRhcHRlcjowOjA
Thanks for a response Bill. The "cheater bar" you reference is precisely what I was referring to in my original question. ie: Yakima Tube Top. Its been 8 months since my original question. Since this time I did end up purchasing a KS dropper seat post and then this Yakima Swingdaddy. I'm worried that hanging the seat via the Yakima Tube Top ("cheater bar") would hurt the dropper post in some way so I decided not to use the Tube Top. Instead, I just place my Trek HiFi 29er onto the Swingdaddy so that the rear shock and the down tube sit on the rack. The rack's bands fit around them just fine. The bike does sit up a bit higher, but it works. The downside is that even when the Swingdaddy arm is extended my 2013 Subaru Outback's back hatch door does not have 100% clearance. Its close, but my 29er tire and handlebars do catch a bit. I'm not sure if this would still occur if I did use the Yakima Tube Top (so the bike sat lower) and/or if it had 26" wheels?
One advantage of this one vs roof and tray style racks is that you can use it to hang your bike up for quick trail side drive train adjustments, cleaning the chain, etc.
Works as advertised and I like that it has it's own cable to lock your bikes in place. Good product and built solid.
Really torn on the Swingdaddy
Okay, first off, let me say that, in concept, this is a really cool rack. With three kids and two dogs, access to the back of the SUV is critical. And it does work really well at swinging out of the way when you need access to something. The swing up arms and cable lock are also really slick.
However, it's the execution where the Swingdaddy really suffers. On our first one, the cable lock stopped retracting shortly after we got it, and then, about a year after owning it, the swing arm stopped swinging. Wouldn't go up, which makes it pretty dang useless as a bike rack. Yakima was extremely nice on the phone, and it was replaced with no issues under their generous lifetime warranty.
I've now had the second one for going on two years, and this one is now starting to have issues with the swingarm - they don't stay locked down, but are starting to swing back and forth. In addition, it's becoming almost impossible to screw the locking screw into the part that swings out. It was always difficult, but now it appears to be stripping out. There are always little specks of metal after I unscrew it (the first one didn't have this issue - it was really easy to screw and unscrew - it appears to be an alignment issue). It took me the better part of 10 minutes to screw it in yesterday, with my wife pushing on rack itself (I know, it sounds like a personal problem ;-) ). VERY frustrating.Long story short, I'll be calling Yakima tomorrow to see if they'll replace this one. I'm sure they'll be cool about it, but considering how much this product costs, I'm just really disappointed that it doesn't work better.
Mom in Elmhurst Il
Have had this rack for 4 years. Love the ease of use. And durability. Well worth the price. I did have to by the adaptor bar for three of our bikes. We have two kids bikes and a womens bike. These run anywhere from $29-$35 + tax. Great investment.
works exactly as advertised. Holds the bikes well and swings out easily for trunk access. Some bikes with a smaller frame may require a little creativity to secure it well.
I use this whenever I'm going on a long trip. Very sturdy and the swinging capacity makes it well worth the additional money over other racks without. Like the other review says, there is an additional adapter required for bikes without traditional frames. It is possible to safely use the rack without them, they just make it easier. I definitely recommend this rack to anyone with a hitch and loves to bike. It will last for years to come.
Don B. - Medford, OR
This is a great hitch mounted bicycle rack. I use it on a Land Rover LR4 and it easily carries three bikes though four might be tough to get on. I like the way it swings out of the way of the rear hatch so getting stuff out of the back is never an issue.
Will this work for a 2009 Jeep wrangler...
Will this work for a 2009 Jeep wrangler sahara unlimited with the spare tire on the back?
Found this on a competitors site for you:
"I own a 2007 Jeep Wrangler and it does not fit with the swing away spare tire. Not only is the hitch insert too short, it is recommended not to be used with a hitch extender. Even if you decide to use a hitch extender, you still would not be able to open the swing away tailgate as the spare tire will also hit the top of the rack when extended. Thule fits fine and exchanged for the Thule Swing Away. Be careful with any swing away spare tire or tailgate."
(the '07 body is the same as yours)I hope that helps!
This is a great bike rack! Easy to mount, bikes are steady and the swinging feature is fabulous! So very glad we spent the extra money! We also ordered the deadlock and hitchlock which later we found out the rack already came with. Yipee! So those items we returned which, by the way, was a breeze! Thanks Backcountry!
Not Exactly Women Bike Friendly
For those who have a wife and daughter(s) with Bikes, you will need an adapter ($40 each). It would have been nice if Yakima mentions this in any of its brochures or ads.
Not Women Bike Friendly
The SwingDaddy does not accommodate women bikes and bikes that do not have the straight frame that goes from the handle bar to the seat. Women bikes do not have gaps in between frames that most Men bikes have that will hang on to the SwingDaddy. You need to buy a $35 worth accessorry (SORRY) and I find that unfriendly at all. I had to buy 3 of those for my wife and 2 girls and you just can imagine the shock I had when upon purchasing the 4 bikes from a local bike store, the 3 women bikes wouldn't mount. The accessory should come free or at least built-in to the price or discounted when you buy the SwingDaddy.
Will this bike rack work with a bike with...
Will this bike rack work with a bike with a top tube that angles w/out a tube top. Such as a Yeti ASR?
I can't say for sure that it won't work, but wouldn't recommend it. You may have enough room to hang your bike, it would be tilted like a traditional woman's bike would be when on the rack. The major downside for you if there is even enough clearance, your bike would be resting on the suspension, and that could cause you more problems down the road.
I recommend spending the extra money and going with something like the Thule T2 or Yakima Hold Up. Personally, I prefer (and own) the T2.
I have a Toyota 4-runner, 1999. In the...
I have a Toyota 4-runner, 1999. In the Yakima website it says that the Swingdaddy won't work. I have a tow package and don't see how it wouldn't work any ideas on why or why not. I have a 2" receiver and it sticks out past my bumper.
apparently, the toyota 4-runner has the spare tire mounted underneath the rear cargo space and thus near the hitch. unfortunately this doesn't allow enough clearance for the yakima swingdaddy to line-up true and lock into place.
Hi:Does this Yakima Swingdaddy 4 Bike Rack...
Hi:Does this Yakima Swingdaddy 4 Bike Rack swing out horizonaly to the right,like movement of a human arm from front center to far right sid of your body and stick out like a airplane wing from the bumper?Will it swing clear of the back bumper like a swing arm tire carrier?
If I understood your question right, then yes. The pivot point is at the far right side of the black bar at the bottom of the photo. The silver bar (with Yakima written on it) stays vertical and the bar with the bikes hanging on it stays horizontal, but it all pivots out to the side of the car.
Great idea for getting the bikes out of the way, but not great for carrying unusual frames. If they made a Hold Up rack that swung out, that's the rack I'd get. Figure out how you're going to keep the tires from rotating on long trips (scrunchies on brake levers). Should come with a bag of bungies so you can keep the oversized frame tubes from walking out of the holders. Needed to remove the straps from the rack in order to get the inside bike on and off. Much more time consuming effort than the Hold Up. Worked well once I overcame these issues.
Swing Daddy Baby!
The rack is great exactly what I wanted. The only issue I have had is the chain straps somehow stained my Pearl paint on our road bikes. Maybe use a rag or towel in between if you have expensive paint! Otherwise it is awesome!!!!
I have a 2007 Rav4, will the rack swing...
I have a 2007 Rav4, will the rack swing far enough out of the way to allow for me to open the rear door all the way? I'm concerned about the spare tire coming into contact with the rack. Thanks!
My parents bought themselves the same car, and I've stolen a shop rack to put on it when I take my dad out riding. You won't be able to open the door all the way since it's a swinging instead of raising door, but there's enough room to work around with to grab your gear in the back.
this rack rocks
I decided on the swingdaddy over the others because of its larger size and features. It was super easy to install and use. The rack does not sway on the road and moves out of the way when you need to get in the truck for your gear. I LOVE this rack and do recommend it to all the world. If you can get your hands one one of these baby's