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When you'd rather roll solo.
Yakima designed the SingleSpeed Hitch Rack for cyclists regularly carrying only a single bike, whether they're moving across the country or simply driving to the trail head to crush miles of technical singletrack. Inspired by the larger HoldUp in design, the SingleSpeed features a StrongArm hook that clamps securely over your front wheel and tire—all without contacting your carbon frame or scratching precious paint on your frame. The rear strap ratchets in place to hold down the rear wheel, so it doesn't have the ability to shift or migrate around during transport.
Making versatility a key selling point, the SingleSpeed carries a large range of bikes, from 20-inch kids bikes all the way to gargantuan 29ers intended for cross-country racing. Another cool feature is the ability to carry bikes with tires up to 5 inches wide, meaning it'll secure everything from skinny road tires up to monstrous fat bike tires. It only weights 20 pounds, making it incredibly easy to take on and off, plus the wheel cup folds up when it's not in use to minimize the overall footprint on the back of your vehicle while parking and driving around the city.
- Streamlined bike carrier for a single bike
- Attaches to both 1.25 and 2-inch hitch receivers
- Works with 20 to 29 in wheels, tires up to 5 in wide
- StrongArm hook secures front wheel down without movement
- Won't contact frame, making it suitable for carbon bikes
- SKS bike lock for security, SpeedKnob locks rack itself
- Wheel cup compactly folds up when it's not being used
- Only weighs 20 lb for easy removal and installation
- Item #YAK003W
- Q & A
Serious Defect - Not Recommended
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I purchased this rack about a month ago, and conceptually it's great idea/product. The problem is with the pin that attaches the wheel cup to the rack. The pin is flimsy and can easily become dislodged. If that happens the wheel cup falls off the rack which, in turn, will eject the bike from the rack.
Yakima issued a recall and promptly sent out a replacement pin. After following their instructions and installing it, I have found that the pin STILL becomes dislodged quite easily. Certainly it would come loose from the vibrations generated on the back of a car. I have absolutely no confidence in this rack and am quite certain that my bike will eject from the rack if I use it. I am currently working with Yakima to see what they can do to remedy the situation. Yakima is a quality company and I have every reason to believe they will somehow fix the situation for me.
In the meantime I cannot recommend this rack. Once they adequately sort out the issue with the pin it will be a great product. Until then I suggest you spend your money on a different rack.