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Save the pedaling for your destination.
You could just take the sort of family vacation where you pedal 100 miles a day for five days straight and end up right where you started, or you could load the family's bikes onto the Yakima FullTilt 5 Bike Rack, drive somewhere cool, and actually spend your time having fun. If you opt for the latter, the fully-assembled FullTilt 5 is ready to go out of the box. All you have to do is slide it into your hitch receiver (it fits both 1.25in and 2in versions) lock it in with the AutoPin, and give the tool-free SpeedKnob a spin to lock it down. Fully padded arms and Yakima's anti-sway cradles and removable Zip Strips keep your bikes from banging into each other while you're on the move, and an integrated Same Key Lock System locks everything to everything else, so you can stop for nature breaks and milkshakes without leaving Jimmy outside to play sentry.
If you need to get into the trunk, just pull the UpperHand lever to tilt the rack back, even when it's fully loaded, or fold it away into an unobtrusive package when you're leaving the bikes at home. Last but not least, Yakima included an integrated bottle opener, so you can enjoy a cold one when you finally leave the road behind and get camp all set up.
- AutoPin automatic rack positioning
- UpperHand tilting and storage lever
- Removable ZipStrips secure bikes to rack (extras included)
- Tool-free SpeedKnob tightens and locks rack to car
- Fully padded arms and anti-sway cradles
- Integrated Same Key Lock System security
- Bottle opener
- Fits 1.25in and 2in hitch receivers
- Item #YAK0328
- Q & A
Not a fan
I have been a loyal Yakima customer for 20 years. I have always gone first to Yakima before looking at other brands, and have used Yakima racks on 4 different vehicles. They have always worked well and have been of the highest quality. However, this rack was a complete let down.
I bought it about 2 years ago and loaded the rack with 4 bikes (it is rated for 5 bikes) for a Memorial Day trip. Everything was locked down and solid when we left. Half way from Portland, OR to Utah I noticed the bike rack was really loose in the hitch. I called Yakima and all they did was tell me to not travel using the rack because it wasnât safe. Last thing you want to hear in the middle of a trip youâve been planning and looking forward to. I found a great bike shop in Nampa, ID (Rolling H - I highly recommend them) who helped me get the hitch lock mechanism to tighten up better. Made it to Utah, was afraid to take it out of the hitch the whole time. Rode bikes a lot in UT and then headed home, rack rattling loose in the hitch the whole way. Once back in Portland, I called Yakima and asked for a refund. They wouldnât refund, but sent me a new tightening mechanism that I installed in the rack and it was just like new.
BTW, I consider myself very mechanically inclined and this was not a user error, I intimately understood the mechanism for tightening the rack in the hitch. I had studied it in detail on the side of the road trying to find a solution to save my trip. When I got the new mechanism, I had taken apart the old one completely to troubleshoot why it came loose. I could see where the steel teeth were stripped that made it come loose. I assumed that if I just tightened until it was barely snug then the teeth would stay strong. That worked for a couple local rides in Portland over the next year.
Fast forward to the next summer when I again loaded up 4 bikes for a long awaited family trip to NE Oregon and Hells Canyon. Rack locked into hitch solid when we left but by the time we arrived it was rattling loose again. That same tightening mechanism had loosened and the whole rack was rattling in the hitch. I was so mad it ruined the first day of the trip completely. Luckily, I had planned ahead and bought a âhitch titanâ that worked great as a patch job for the loose rack. Had a great time riding and the âhitch titanâ saved my bacon on that trip.
For the over $500.00 that I paid for this rack I expect a much higher level of quality and service from Yakima. I have since sold this rack and purchased a Kuat. KUAT IS THE BEST RACK I HAVE EVER OWNED HANDS DOWN. Yakima lost a 20 year loyal customer due to the poor quality and terrible customer service I experienced with this rack.
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- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I did a lot of research before buying the Yakima. This rack is great and convenient for hauling 5 bikes. It's the second rack I've owned, and it's a clear improvement over my old one. I love the easy tilt feature and the fact that it locks to the vehicle. Bikes are easy to mount, although I wish the zip tabs were a bit easier to use and attached to the rack. I'll be surprised if I don't lose a couple before the end of the season. The bike cable lock is a nice "psychological deterrent", but it's a tad short with 5 bikes.
I totally recommend the Yakima fullTilt
Yakima FullTilt install video