One of the best roof bike racks I have ever tried
Review by Onadler
We did a review of this rack on our blog.
Very nice quality and stability.
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Great rack though when it breaks you throw everything out
Review by Nate
Overall this is a great rack: out of the box easy to install, easy to use, holds all bikes sizes tightly and secure, locking cable good for security. However, when the big red screw handle strips its threads you have to throw the entire unit away! Apparently there is no way to fix it. ??? Seems to me this is a $1-$10 part. Would like to see this fixed on future models.
Review by SouthernCycleSpouse
We have three Frontloaders, purchased together in 2011. They fit both our twenty year old Volvo and our two year old Mazda. Two of them have spent the last eighteen months sitting on a car through all the vagaries of a southeastern summer and winter and are holding up well - no corrosion or undue wear. Easy to install, easy to use, they hold all manner of cycles firmly on anything from dirt tracks to winding mountain roads to interstates at *cough* high speeds.
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.