Not all that universal...
Review by Shane Posted on June 4, 2019Be advised that these trays do not fit bikes with front fenders. Something I learned after installing one. I've now also learned that the tray is too short for my trail bike, a Trek Slash, size large. Yakima is a cool company with great products and people but their product descriptions might need a...read more little less gloss.
The N+1 Roof Rack of Your Dreams!
Review by Kaile Posted on April 25, 2019If you're the kind of person who follows the formula n+1 for bikes, then this is the roof rack for you! From dirt jumper to fixie commuter to enduro full suspension, this rack can haul them all safely!
Best of all, you don't have to take a wheel off to haul your bike. It sounds lazy, but if ...read moreyou're riding after work and using a rack that requires the front wheel off, that's four times of taking your wheel off and on throughout the day and this racks totally eliminates that!
Yakima has great customer service, if you ever have any issues or questions about the rack, just reach out. Top notch company, products and I'm super stoked with my bike racks.
Review by Karl Posted on December 28, 2018We own 5 Frontloaders. They're on our teardrop trailer, Outback and my daughter's Outback. Love that the Frontloader holds the bike in place by the tire, securely!! We've driven from Montana to Michigan, Colorado, Moab, Idaho with our bikes on top.
best bike rack
Review by Lookupdummy Posted on November 28, 2017best rack I have ever owned-- 6 years old and still works great- for those needing a roof reminder remember the best rack reminder system lookupdummy.com simple and easy to use.
Good. Could be better.
Review by Bike-N-Paddle Posted on October 2, 2017I actually own 2 of these. One is about 5.5 years old. It is rusting apart (every time I use it, it leaves rust flakes on the roof of my car). I actually took it off my car, for fear of the rack failing. I live down south, no salt on the roads. It has lasted a few years, but I feel with better ...read morequality it could easily last 10 years. These racks are not cheap (price wise)... so I'd like to not have to replace it every few years.
Review by vassa Posted on August 19, 2017Good build quality and super easy to use.
So easy to install
Review by John of Spokane Posted on August 18, 2017Way easy to put on and off. Like way easy. So fast. I went and bought another. Now thinking about switching out all my kayak J-hooks for Yakima.
Would be even better if there was some kind of flag that reached out in front of the windshield so you remembered there's a bike up ther...read moree -- I got lucky twice at the drive through :-)
Review by AK2AZ Posted on October 14, 2016Great OOBIE...great out-of-box install experience. No tools required. Measured the bikes wheelbase, positioned the square cross-bars that far apart, placed the Frontloader on passenger's side with rear attaching location over the back crossbar, and the front attaching location positioned over the ...read morefront crossbar. Then it was a matter of tightening the two 'T-Nuts' snug. All that remained was to lift bike onto track with front wheel in forward 'loop' (it does stay standing at this point of its own. A step ladder or tall curb would help most folks for most vehicles. I'm 6-3 and had just enough strength and height to put bike in place on our 2010 Subaru Forester. I'll have to take fender off of bike, for transport, as it gets in the way of snugging up lower 'loop'. It fit well enough to get the bike home from the bike shop. I have no problem recommending it anybody with Thule, Yakima square crossbars, and a host of aerobars. Quality product! I know it's a guy thing, but instructions weren't necessary. Piece of cake.
Best bike carrier on the market hands down
Review by bhdon Posted on October 4, 2016I've had the privilege (or curse as some might say) of being in the bike industry for well over a decade now. I bought one of these carriers when they first replaced the king cobra. I then bought a second. I honestly can't say which one I'm on now, but I've bought a LOT of them. I use them for a yea...read morer, then sell them to all the people I ride with who have also come to really like them, then I buy myself new ones. That way, mine stay nice and new and pretty looking. (Too bad the car doesn't)
Installation is super easy as they quite literally fit *anything* out there. I've even attached them vertically to ladders on RV's (probably not a good long term solution, but worked just fine for the weekend) and hitch mounted cargo racks. When a group shows up to carpool for a ride, I can have these off my roof and onto ANY OTHER ROOF THERE in less than 3 minutes each. No hassle with removing wheels, turning handlebars, any of that nonsense.
The only drawback to these carriers is that now bike tires are starting to exceed 3" in width and won't fit, but that most definitely wasn't a concern when they were designed, so I cannot find any fault in that. I couldn't be happier with these carriers and neither could the many people whom I have recommended them to.
There is one review here which states the rack won't fit their car due to how far it sticks out, but you simply turn the rack the other direction, and it's not an issue at all. There really is no reason to run the carrier "forwards" other than your own personal taste in how it looks. I actually run mine "backwards" and I have a sedan. Also, if you lubricate the threads with some triflow every month or two, the red knob spins down effortlessly and requires very little time or effort to secure the bike.
All in all, there really is no better carrier on the market, and unless you have a fatbike, the Frontloader should be the last carrier you ever buy, until you buy your second Frontloader... and your third...
One of the best roof bike racks I have ever tried
Review by Onadler Posted on July 19, 2016We did a review of this rack on our blog.
Very nice quality and stability.
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