Not my first choice
Review by Mike Posted on September 12, 2019This rack needs some design modifications.
It's very hard to figure out bike positioning on this rack and the adjustability isn't great. Unless you put the same bike on the same rack, facing the same direction, every time, it's a hassle. The hooks do not slide freely up and down the columns...read more unless they are perfectly aligned. The plastic piece that holds the little cable on to t he pin broke the first day we used it.
Don't get me wrong, Yakima makes good stuff. This just isn't one of their best designs.
For 3+bikes, choose a different model.
A solid well-built bike carrier
Review by Leovinik Posted on October 25, 2017I was in search of a bike rack/carrier. I initially, got the Yakima DoubleDown 4-bike hitch carrier. But had to return it to the seller when I realized that its double arms (with all the rubber straps on them) make it difficult to hang our 3 bikes without the need to buy the accessory top tubes!
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I replaced it with the Yakima Fourtimer bike carrier which I just got today. And I am very happy with my purchase. The Fourtimer is well-built; very solid construction. It is quite heavy (the package weighed about 80lbs!). I had no problem installing the Fourtimer carrier behind my CRV with the easy to follow Instruction Manual. The tire trays cradled my mountain bike (with 3” wide tires) pretty securely. I am very happy with my new Yakima Fourtimer bike carrier. Will test drive it to the bike trails this weekend, if weather permits.
2013 Ford Fusion Titanium with the Yakima Fourtimer
Review by Fusion-150 Titanium Posted on July 8, 2016The bike rack was pretty simple to put together and install. The stabilizing bolt comes with a lock on the end which is awesome. As far as bike locations per size on the rack it's gonna be by your judgement, we tried the big bike, smaller bike, big bike smaller bike and it didn't work in our case wi...read moreth Bmx 20in race bikes and cruisers. We had to do 20in, 24in, junior 20in, then the junior 24in due to top tubes. I love the bike rack and it's on a 2013 Ford Fusion. Easy on and off with the bikes.
Four and more...
Review by Lbloom Posted on June 24, 2016We were struggling to carry five bikes for our family since they are a variety of sizes and configurations, the five bike racks wouldn't quite fit. Raul was fantastic to work with and we settled on trying a Fourtimer. The ease and stability this rack has in loading, unloading and transporting secu...read morerely is phenomenal. It's no longer an exercise in engineering and futility every time we want to go for a ride. We can load four bikes in just a few minutes and when you've got three kids ages 8-10, that can make life a lot better! The fifth one could either go on the roof or in back of our SUV. For our application, I actually built a single rack atop a hitch extender so that goes in the receiver first then the Fourtimer into it. (Ensure you check the weight ratings of your receiver and extension first) Now, five bikes travel with ease. Once again, the products and the customer service remind me why I've been buying Yakima for years.
Thanks Yakima team!
good for the money
Review by jrod Posted on May 31, 2016We have had fourtimer now for almost 1 year. For the price, it is great and once you know to put the bigger bikes on 1st and 3rd, then they all go on pretty easy.. It is not as durable as the holdup but almost 1/3 the weight. Yakima service is great if parts are ever needed so it is no brainer an...read mored we have been very pleased. I have had thule t2 which was too heavy for our hitch and then had a north shore which did not work out for our vehicle plus you have to tie down the front wheels to keep them from spinning..
Well engineered rack
Review by Jim B Posted on May 12, 2016Really enjoying the quality and versatility of this rack. It's pretty easy to change from a two bike rack and add the other section to carry four bikes. Occasionally I will take my mountain bike or road bike along with grandchildren's bikes (all different sizes) and the rack is flexible enough to ...read moreaccommodate just about any configuration. The rack seems really well built and well designed. I recently lost the hitch lock, probably because I may not have pushed it on until it clicked, and I called to order a new one expecting to pay for it and they are sending it free. I was really pleased with the service.
Review by Black Pearl Posted on September 27, 2015Absolutely great. Period. From 29er to kid's bike to fat bike and 27.5 fattie. Flawless.
Excellent, Easy to Use, Ergonomic
Review by JohnR Posted on August 5, 2015I purchased my Yakima FourTimer to haul bikes, and it does a great job at that task. I love how easy it is to load bikes on this rack, how they are kept from rubbing against each other (or anything else) during transit, how securely they are held, and how affordable this rack is for all the features...read more it has. Did I mention how easy it is to load the bikes???
The rack can tilt up and provide a little bit more clearance when driving without bikes, and it can tilt slightly lower to give clearance to open up your rear hatch even with bikes loaded (depending on vehicle - this works on my Lexus RX 350 but my wife's Chevy Traverse still won't clear).
In all, I really like this rack and it has adapted well to carrying little bikes with training wheels for my kids, to road and mountain bikes for myself and my friends. The optional Fat Straps for my fat bike are a must for getting to the trail head with my Salsa Beargrease. I usually have it in 2-bike configuration, but the extra 2-bike capacity is simple and quick to put on and has been great when needed.
Super solid, easy to use and holds it all and then some
Review by Cascadia gear junkie Posted on August 4, 2015Just ventured off on my first family road trip with my new rack with 4 very different bikes/frame geometries. No bounce in the hitch and easy on/off if I need just 1 of the 4 bikes for a solo mission without having to touch the other bikes. I almost went with the tried and true Holdup, but the pri...read morece was right for the Fourtimer. I'm hoping for a few more missions this fall before winter arrives where I'll convert it down to the 2 bike version and give that a try.
One thing to keep in mind when placing the bikes on the racks....put the higher top tube bikes on the first tray closest to the car and on the third one from there. That allows you to fully compress the toptube holder on sloping top tube bikes or lower top tube bikes. It might sound confusing, but you'll see what I mean when you get one.