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It may have a short tray, but its versatility is enormous.
The Yakima Boa Bike Mount fits a wider range of crossbar spreads(32"-50") with a roataing wheel tray. The Boa provides great stability with it's sleek fork design, and attaches quickly with a locking Long Throw Skewer. Mounts equally well to round or square crossbars. Lockable with SKS cores-sold seperately.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Works great and does its job. I have gone up to 80 mph for 1 - 3 hours. i would suggest buying the lock for the extra money. Use it on my Rhino Rack that i switch from my Nissan Murano to my Acura TL.
Simple and Sturdy
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This mount has served me well for a few years. It's easy to get your bike on and off, and it's extremely stable. Have driven through 60 mph winds and many storms without any problems. I've found that adjusting the front mount can be difficult when switching out bikes with different fork sizes, but if you ride the same bike it's a non-issue.
Very simple bike mount.
Simply the Best!!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love these Yakima Boa, they have a very low profile, very discrete on the car and very secure. I have two of these and they hold the bikes very secure. I thought at first they were less secure than the others but have been prove wrong.
Got it, slapped in on my cross bars, LOVE the size vs. my sprocket rocket. Easy enough to put on. One problem. Smallish car (recommends) 28" spread between the crossbars, needed about 38" for my 29er to fit the boa = no go. Plus my Kenda Nevegals are too fat for the tray. Soo back to the warehouse it goes.
This is a great rack, but probably better suited for a long vehicle (wagon, suv, etc) and/or a smaller bike. Maybe ad a note up top on what width tires the tray can accommodate?
4 stars instead of 5 just cause of slight lack of versatility.
If the shoe fits, wear it!
I have this rack rack for a fews months now and I am impressed. I had a $400 hitch rack on my last car and the Boa is just as stable and secure. I have 2 bike mounts and I will probably trade out my other for the Boa. Of course my car fits my bikes wheel base perfectly, so I haven't had a problem with that fit. It is a great rack at a good price. If your car will fit your bikes wheel base. I would also recommend a front tire mount for easy transportation.
Used for a long-time
If you can get your cross bars far enough apart on your car to use these, I think they are a great fork mount for the price. I've used them for years, with no problems. Long lasting. I like their simplicity.
Cheap, but make sure the rack is right for you!
The main problem with this rack is that is is not very adjustable. If you have a smaller car, or one with minimally adjustable crossbars, then you may not be able to have the rear piece far enough back to carry a full sized bike. With a tray rack, your tire can be behind the back bar, as it will sit in the tray.
This is pretty much the same rack as the Copperhead, except with the 2-part tray. For only $39 more, I think the Copperhead is a better deal... unless you want to be able to take your rack off without taking the tray off! The tray racks seem more stable to me.
Starcraft Spacestar Yakima rack
Good for long trips
I used these on trips from Jersey to Maine and also from San Diego to Yosemite with nary a mishap except outside of Bishop when I forgot the bikes were on top and drove under a low thing in a parking lot and whoosh the whole rack came off the roof... but the BOA still held the bikes.
Boa "squeezes" other mounts to death!
I likey the Boa. It is small, simple to use, more versatile, more aerodynamic, less ugly than trays, and oodles cheaper too. If you trust your face to the front wheel cam locks when you are riding around on your bike, no reason not to trust the same concept when it is attached to your roof. I have not used on any extended long distances yet, and actually have not even broke 60 mph yet(have not needed to yet), but so far has held up real nice. It is also a lot quieter sans bike than a tray as well. Installed on 07 GMC Envoy. Muy bueno!
I utilize Yakima Q-bars on a luxury car with Malone saddles for my Hobie Kayak. I recently purchased a Specialized Roubaix carbon fiber bike and I needed a way to transport it in a secure manner. Up to the point of the bike purchase I liked the idea of being able to install or remove the bars from my car in just a few seconds and I wanted to keep it that way. After careful research I was able to determine that the Boa's were the only solution in keeping my current configuration intact and it works great. I am now looking to install a second unobtrusive Boa for my wife's bike. I will then be able to have a Kayak and two bikes on the car completely secure with the Yakima locks and if I wish I can go back to the luxury mode in just a matter of a minute or two with no tools or hassle.
Great rack for the price
Installation was easy on my VW Passat wagon. Is just as secure as other "normal" racks with trays, and I think this looks less messy on the car, also makes it easy to take off the rear wheel mount when I'm not using it to help gas mileage a bit. Everything about it feels very solid and even the little design details seem very well thought out. I think I'll be getting another one soon.
good, but not the best for small cars
A rack with a tray mount may be better for small cars. I have a Honda Civic and my 15.5" bike is about all this rack can handle without resting the rear tire on the roof of the car. I've found tray mounts to be easier when I'm loading bikes by myself.
Otherwise, rack works great!
Tight, small, and convenient
Aptly named, the Boa stays tight. I have had both my mountain bike and my road bike on at speeds in excess of 80mph on the highway with heavy side winds and the bikes stay solid (although I would recommend strapping them down as tight as you can). I have also used the Thule Velo Vise Tray, but this rack system is way tighter!!! Works equally well on my Thule square crossbar. The only inconvenience I have come across is that you have to move your crossbars to adjust for different bike lengths so I would recommend this rack only if you are carrying the same bike(s) all the times...although the rear strap does adjust slightly if you need to carry bikes with varying wheel spacing (for me, a mountain bike and a road bike). Good rack, easy to use, and not bulky like a tray.
Very satisfied with product, pricing, and good selection.
This is a great mount for smaller cars and adapts very well to switching on the fly to a longer car. Gets the front tire off the bike for great stability and security. You can be completely confident with your bike on this rack which was something I really worried about. If you dont have enough space to put your bike tire in your trunk or in the car with you I suggest buying a wheel fork tire mount to store your tire up on top of your car (keeps the inside cleaner)
would this work with aeroblades?
Hi, is it possible to use Yakima Boa Bike Mount in my MegaWarrior Basket ? I want to get two of them. Based on the image we can clearly see a bike over the basket so despite It doesn't has bars I guess is possible to be attached to the basket front bar and some of the bars in the rear (My Basket is attached to a Jeep Patriot original bars and I guess are not compatible with)
Hope to have a quick response, Thanks in advance,,, and lets go Biking
The Yakima Boa will work great with your MegaWarrior Basket!
Here's a link to the Yakima site confirming that:
Will this fit on a HOnda Odyssey factory...
Will this fit on a HOnda Odyssey factory rack?
Probably, though you can double check compatibility here: http://www.yakima.com/shop/bike/roof/boa
No, this will not fit. The factory rack is an aero crossbar and too wide. Yakima also states the factory racks can't handle the stress of a fork rack.
Has anyone come up with way to mount on...
Has anyone come up with way to mount on factory cross bars? I have 09 Pathfinder. Thanks
Nah it has issues with the factory/aero type shaped bars. Square or round, you're good to go.
i have an '02 chevy blazer with the factory...
i have an '02 chevy blazer with the factory roof rack. it is neither round or square it is more flat( kid of rectangular) will this fit with out having to buy a yakima cross bar? ( not wanting to spend that much)
Write your question here...Is the Boa meant...
Write your question here...Is the Boa meant for mountain bikes only or will it work with road/tri bikes? Is it as secure as the other fork mounts Yakima makes?
I put my road and tri bikes on it without a problem. The fork lock will hold your roadie well.
I have a Yakima rack on the top of my...
I have a Yakima rack on the top of my Starcraft Spacestar pop-up. It has 5 mounting locations attached to a bar running across the front of the camper. There is another solid bar running across the back end of the roof. It must be close to 12 feet away from the front bar. Have any of you seen anything like it? I'm not the original owner, and I don't know much more than what I see.
Sounds like maybe the back bar should be moveable? Can you or have you tried sliding it forward so the back bar could be used to support that back end of the bikes mounted on the front part?
Will this mount fit the crossbars of a...
Will this mount fit the crossbars of a jeep grand cherokee?
Will this rack fit on a 1999 Dodge Minivan...
Will this rack fit on a 1999 Dodge Minivan factory roof rack? Do I need any other tools to use this item or do I just buy the rack?
Most fork mount roof racks aren't compatible with factory rack crossbars (the aero/wing shape). If you have round or square crossbars, you're golden.Check the Yakima 'Fit My Car' page to show you exactly what you need:http://yakima.com/dealer.aspx
Would this fit my 08 Jeep Patriot with...
Would this fit my 08 Jeep Patriot with factory racks and cross bars
By itself, no. Use Yakima's Car Rack Configurator to find out what you'd need. Most likely you'd need the Universal MightyMount. But there are better options in my opinion, like the Forklift, for using factory bars.