I seriously wanted to love this rack, so so much. While Yakima isn't an underdog by any stretch of the word, their hitch bike racks really are. Brands like Kuat and even Rocky Mounts have a better market share for high-end racks. So when I saw this Fourtimer, which holds twice the number of bikes at the same cost? I thought, why not? Sign me up, I can root for the 'underdog'!
I was wrong. On paper, this rack looks great. Its capacity of four bikes is amazing for the price, and it even has locks included (which is rare for Yakima). However, in practice, this is one of the more annoying racks I have ever had to deal with. First of all, lowering and using the rack. The rack has a "safety pin" at the bottom near the hitch mount that has to be inserted and removed to lower or raise the rack itself. While this doesn't sound like an issue, it's just plain annoying compared to most of the other options on the market. Let's say I want to put groceries in my trunk. Well, I will then have to remove the pin, lower the rack, put groceries in the trunk, raise the track, and put back in the pin. Repeat when I get home to take them out. Never mind groceries, you are going in the backseat instead! Combine that with the fact the pin is incredibly hard to remove, and its hard to justify over the simple handle systems that other companies have.
Second, the towers that hold the bike's frame. In short, they are really badly designed. Not only are they not that secure even after tightening (they make the bikes sway forward and back on the rack itself) but the design on how they hold onto the frame is bonkers. Lets say you have two mountain bikes that are similarly sized. If you look at the picture, you would think that the hook would be long enough to still hold the front bike in place, right? Well, that's what I thought too until I tried it. What ends up happening is that the bike in the second position is perfectly secured in place, while the bike in the front position is not at all. That hook just simply too far up on the post (and blocked by the bottom hook to go down any further) to actually secure the bike. Like, did they test this thing with real bikes? No idea.
Third, the overall quality. I'm just gonna say it, it's really bad. I've had this bike for three months, and its already falling apart. One day I was commuting to work, and I noticed the ladder ratchet had fallen off the wheel tray. I didn't hit anything, I wasn't even using it. It just popped off. Shenanigans.
So, in conclusion, go another route. It may suck putting $800 bucks into a rack, but if you are putting $10k+ work of bikes on the back, its more than worth it. I am only three months into owning this thing, and I am already trying to find a replacement.