Does the job!
Review by Mtnbikr63
I've owned a number of Yakima racks over the years and this one is the best as far as ease of use. It pops on and off the roof easily. It holds the bike steady. Durability has not been an issue at all. I have a 2008 Outback and the rack fits on the roof without any issues, even with the hatch open (front wheel facing rear on passenger side). If I ever bust this one up by mindlessly riding into the garage with the bike on it or something, I'll buy another to replace it.
Review by Greg MTBNY
I love this rack. I have had two of them for several years now.
When I purchased the Frontloader the thing that drew me toward them was the fact that they would fit on any crossbar system. At the time I had a Saturn Vue and nothing else would fit. I did have to keep a little folding stool in the vehicle once I started riding a 29'r and things were getting a little difficult to get on the car. No big deal. Since then I have changed to a standard sedan with round crossbars and again they fit great.
I have had to deal with Yakima a few times regarding a product recall, replacement parts etc., and they have been a fantastic company to do business with.
I have recommended the Frontloader to several of my riding buddys and will continue to do so.
The only tweek or improvement I would love to see on this rack is some sort of ratcheting engagement/disengagement of the front wheel instead of the screw knob. Like other reviewers have pointed out this can get tiring after a while.
Review by RGWeidman
I like the rack...it holds the bike rock solid and I can't even tell it is up there.
HOWEVER----the fitment guide says that it will fit my 2012 Outback, it does KINDA...the rail extends too far and I can't open the lift back door all the way to the stops!! Have to take of the removable plastic end plug/bumper to make it short enough. Another HOWEVER...will the end plug off the rack the rear tire tiedown easily just slide of the rack!! Yakima if YOU claim it will fit for a 4 year old car...it would appear that you are just getting this complain now OR you are just blowing your customers off!!
HOWEVER ---- the front wheel tightening turn nob requires A LOT of turns for lock down the front wheel. A LOT of very firm turns, tedious and tiring...couldn't you use a better system? A sliding lock nut or a wider screw pattern on the threaded spindle. I am not an engineer and can at least offer that!
These are nagging and somewhat easy fixes...do them and you've got a slick & solid bike rack!!
Review by Greg
I carry mountain bikes on the roof of mu 4 wheel drive dodge duelly . being so high in the air it was a concern about durability . These things are really rugged and take all the punishment we can dish out.
Best Rack for Low-roof Vehicles
Review by Fritz
I have used this rack on my BMW 3 series wagon for several seasons, and it works great here. The low roof height of the vehicle allows me to easily load it. However, if you drive a taller vehicle, such as a fullsize SUV or pickup, remember that with this rack, while you load and unload your bike, you need to hold it by the fork and frame, and the fork has a tire on it, creating quite a reach unless you are tall enough. For my taller vehicles I find fork mount racks are much easier to use.
All that being said, the Frontloader is the best-engineered solution I have found for the right (low mounting height) vehicle. There's negligible wind noise, it will clamp to almost any roof crossbar without any adapters, all bikes including road, MTB and kids bikes, are very secure, are a snap to put on and take off the vehicle, and I don't need to find a place in the car for a muddy front wheel.
Many of this rack's structural parts are made from steel, which makes them susceptible to corrosion. In my part of the Midwest we ride year around; the rack stays on the roof even during blizzards, and is getting rusty.
Subaru Outback Wagon
Review by Tom
Careful.. The site says it fits. But when you install it and then try to open your hatch, it hits. Called, was told to just turn it around. I'm not happy with that answer.
Review by Davis
I've owned Yakima bike mount systems for the past 20years and they are by far the leader in the industry. Top quality and customer service. I just bought two FrontLoader mounts for my Subaru Forester and I can't tell you how confident it makes me feel to know I have $7K worth of bikes on my roof and that they are safe and secure! I live in Kansas and drive to Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas frequently and have never had a issue what's so ever. They are secure at triple digit speeds as well but I don't recommend it. Super simple to install on top of vehicle and super easy secure bike in the mount and to remove it. My bikes are off and on the ground in three minutes early. Don't hesitate to buy these! You'll be happy you did!
Thank you Yakima!! You make a fantastic product and I trust them completely.
One of the most convenient roof racks
Review by Jenny
The Frontloader is one of the easiest bike racks to use. Not having to remove the front wheel and store it somewhere before a drive is convenient, and for bikes without a quick release it's essential.
That said, this rack needs a serious security upgrade. The tiny little cable lock it comes with is worthless, it looks like it could be cut in half with a butter knife. When I'm on my way back from the mountain and I want to stop into town for a minute to grab coffee, I'm terrified someone is going to cut the cable and make off with my bike the second my back is turned. There needs to be a built in U-lock or something that could withstand a petty thief with some wire cutters.
Simple, sturdy, & fast
Review by Chris
It was time to get a rack fitted to my current car (Subaru Legacy w/ a factory RR) and none of my existing Yakima or Thule gear would fit. I'll have to say I was a little apprehensive to go through getting set-up on a new rack system because they have always been so fiddly. I was shocked with how simple and sensible the FrontLoader was. I was able to pop it from the box (shipped fully assembled) and without a single screwdriver or allen wrench just drop it right onto the Subaru rack and lock it down. Wow. The only even slightly unusual aspect of the rack was that to accommodate the lift gate on my wagon we had to mount them "backwards" but I don't think that's any issue really.
Loading a bike is ridiculously easy and I love not having to fiddle with removing the front wheel. One tightened down it feels super-solid. The integrated cable locks with matching keys are a nice detail too.
I'm very satisfied with the frontloader. It mounts simply to the factory rack on my Lexus GX and supports both my 29R and my cyclocross bike, as well as my daughters little mtb.
Review by KasOnTheGo
I have three Frontloaders that I have owned for over 2 years. I use them for road bikes, a triathlon bike, and a comfort bike. It's not unusal for me to drive 4 hours in a weekend with bikes loaded. My only suggestion is there should be a replacement part for the triangular piece where the front tire goes..by the screw.