Review by Lovinradar
I have owned this model for 8 years and still use it. The model has minimal changes over time from my 4 bike swing away rack. It works with road bikes, many kid bikes (not the really small though), mountain bikes and even my relatively heavy beach cruiser with a basket although I use an add on Saris bar to connect my beach cruiser. This bike rack in my opinion is easy to handle because it attaches simply and I can use the swing bar as a handle to balance it. I really like the lock features on this rack too.
Great Bike Rack
Review by Shawn
I'm a father of four small children and we love to bike as a family. Additionally, I'm an avid mountain biker who likes to go after work and away for the weekend. This bike rack is great for hooking the bike up in the morning and still being able to handle the "cargo" of life. It is easy to load up the kids backpacks or do some shopping over my lunch break and not have to unhook my bike to access my rear lift gate.
The bike rack is very sturdy and while they don't recommend hanging from it, I'm sure it could hold a large cow. Is it heavy? Yes, but look what it is engineered to do. Hit the gym and bend with your knees! Installation was a breeze, but I did over tighten the large bolts at first which makes the swing feature hard to do. After loosening the bolts, the rack swung out very easily.
The bikes are very secure once they are mounted on the rack and I would have no trouble bringing it over a bumpy back-country road.
Now stop reading reviews and go buy one!
Very Heavy Duty, and very heavy!
Review by jnossoff
The "speed knob" for tightening the rack into the hitch receiver gets VERY difficult to turn as the anti-rattle wedge approaches desired fit to avoid rack rattle and "play". I use (and recommend) a "Strap Wrench" (get it at Sears) to further tighten and loosen the speed knob, and I simultaneously rock the rack up and down for the anti-rattle wedge to seat fully. Another reviewer stated "Once it is on there is some play in the connection to the hitch left to right but will not endanger anything just is a little un-nerving while watching in the rear view mirror." Use of the strap wrench will eliminate the play, which is otherwise unacceptable.
Also, the rack is VERY heavy and installing and removing it can be very difficult. I took a wooden "furniture dolly" with casters, and modified it to act as a "cart" to receive and store the rack in my garage.
My Toyota Tacoma is heavy duty, but I expect installing this very heavy rack on a much lighter vehicle might weigh the back end of the car down, causing the front end of the car to rise, which can affect steering and handling.
love the full swing
Review by SurfMomma
This is a great bike rack for travelling with Windsurfing gear as you can get at gear in the back of the Honda very easily. Wish the instructions were better written as well as it need longer clips to hold mountain style bikes on. Other wise we felt our bikes were safe though not fully secured for our trip.
Solid, well designed, simple to use
Review by Tom
I needed a rack for the family which we could take cross country. While it's pricey and heavy it is the simplest to use, rock solid, feature rich and stylish. I do wish we didn't have to buy top tube converters for our mountain and child bikes but that seems to be something that is systemic for this bike rack type.
Review by Jenna
Like this product very much, very rugged and super stable. Works well although it takes a little muscle to swing it open.
The only negative I have is that it is heavy and probably not something my wife would be comfortable setting up on the truck. Just a bit too heavy and awkward for her to handle solo.
Otherwise, its a great item.
Review by Scott
This was the best solution for our needs. We had a trailer hitch installed on our van at a moving company. We liked the idea of the tilt racks, but you had to unload the bikes, tilt the rack down, then open the rear hatch. With the Full Swing, we're able to swing the rack out, with the bikes loaded, and open the rear hatch. This bike rack is heavy, but very sturdy, even at highway speeds. My wife has no problems loading the bikes on the rack, but I don't want her installing the rack itself. It only takes a couple minutes to install it. There are videos out there to watch. The one suggestion I have, if you have back-up sensors, turn them off while the rack is installed.
Review by Ami
We recently purchased the Full Swing in preparation for a road trip to Colorado. This rack was purchased after a great deal of time was spent weighing the pros and cons between it and the Holdup. My partner and I finally settled on the Full Swing because it seemed to best accommodate the vehicle we were putting it on (a Rav 4 with a sideways swing door) and would allow us to carry up to 4 bikes at a time, which would be useful as my partner uses several bikes during training.
We found that the assembly of the rack was quite easy and quick. Our issues with this rack became apparent when we tried to load a couple of our bikes onto the rack. The cradles on this rack were designed to move in order to best accommodate the distance required between each bike that is mounted, which is a great idea. However, one of the cradles that holds the back of the bike frame on our rack moved freely without locking in place and another slid relatively easily while in the locked position. We were informed by the place that we purchased the from that this was a manufacturer's defect and not what should be happening. They offered to replace the cradles but we had lost confidence in the durability of the system based on the fact that more than one of our rear cradles was not working well.
In addition to this, when we mounted the bike on the rack using a set of cradles that did work, we found that the bike did not sit tightly against the cradle because the angling of the mounting slots on the rack arms is higher than the ones on the cradles. This left space between the hard plastic ties /brackets used to cinch the bike to the rack, which allowed for the bikes to swing approximately 6-8" when secured in place. We did not feel that this was a reasonable amount of swing given that our road trip would be extensive and the bikes are quite expensive.
Overall, we felt that the swing system on this rack is very well designed and allowed great clearance for our awkward vehicle with the added bonus that we could access the back of our vehicle without removing bikes from the rack (another reason why we settled on this model) but the cradles that hold the bikes in place seem to need work to ensure durability (ours may have been the 1 in a million miss) and the angling and placement of the cradles in conjunction with the rack arms and brackets needs to be reconsidered in order to secure the bikes in a manner that limits the swing more.
In the end, we replaced this rack with the Holdup. It is more awkward to access the back of the vehicle as the door clearance is less than an inch with the rack tilted down and bikes off the rack but we are more confident that our bikes will be stable and secure throughout our trip.
Review by Steve
The carrier is heavy but the installation into the trailer hitch is still easy. Once it is on there is some play in the connection to the hitch left to right but will not endanger anything just is a little un-nerving while watching in the rear view mirror. Also in reverse it sets off the proximity alarm no big deal. Four bikes a breeze, and access to the back storage super easy. Yakima got it right.