5 bike version reviewed
Review by Randy Posted on August 29, 2019The rack works great and it very easy to use until you try to put more than three bikes on it. The main issue with it is that it cannot hold 5 bikes at all and even with 4 its pushing it. I just took a vacation to Maine with 4 bikes, both of my kids had brand new specialized bikes, I had a santa cru...read morez and a trek on as well. They were scratched beyond belief upon arrival because even 4 bikes on the 5 bike model is too many and they are all scraping up against each other. I wrapped towels on the bikes because I knew the tolerances were too close before I left, but it didn't help at all. It was really upsetting to see a new bikes paint just get destroyed with gouges down to the metal of the frame showing. We all know quality bikes are not cheap, so to see that is just devastating. I feel comfortable saying the 5 bike model could fit 3 bikes, but with 4 you have to spend a huge amount of time planning how to fit them on. Then once they are on they are all susceptible to damage because they are too close. I personally would never recommend this rack if you have 4-5 bikes in mind, 3 is good. Even though I spent so much on this rack for our family vacation I have to find another solution for the next season that does not damage the bikes in transit.
Review by colby Posted on April 28, 2019Like many others commenting on here, I like the rack but two of my bikes will not fit on this due to the Zip Straps being too short. Please make longer straps available, and I'll change my value rating. As is having to buy two more bikes to keep the same brand after car got hit is a pretty low value...read more.
Review by tyfighter Posted on February 9, 2018Needed a hitch mounted bike rack for my Honda Pilot because the roof is a little too high. Read a lot of reviews on the Ridgeback and liked what I was seeing so I took the plunge and bought the 5 bike version. Very easy to setup and load bikes if you have a 2" hitch. It has a lot of useful feat...read moreures including the ability to tilt (no bikes), add a lock for added security and a built in bottle opener. The rack itself feels solid but not too heavy when compared to other hitch mounted bike racks. I did a test drive in my neighborhood observing the bike rack through my rear mirror and there is little movement and sway. Need to test it with a full load of 5 bikes but I'm optimistic. For the price I think you get a really solid product that is backed by a lifetime warranty from Yakima. Only complaint is the Yakima logo is stickers and not painted on so I know it will come off eventually. Also wish they had a version just for 2" hitches but it feels solid so can't really knock that.
Takes mc iver but like him success!
Review by Factory Pilot Posted on August 8, 2017I have had a cradle mount hitch rack for years and it was time to see what improvements have been made to bike transportation....what a surprise! I put two Electra townie's ,men/women's on the arms and had stuff looking very strange as the bikes were not hanging level. Long and short of it I had to ...read moreuse a rail on both bikes and get them exactly where I wanted them on the arms,facing different directions,and I am very pleased,650 miles no mars,scratching or a worry of bikes blowing off ( crossed the Mackinaw Bridge) should have done this sooner!
Review by Carl Posted on July 10, 2017I have generally been very happy with this rack - overall it is quite sturdy, easy to use, and very flexible. I am not aware of many other vendors producing a 5 bike rack for hitch receiver install. The "weak link" is the hitch receiver part. I have had my rack for about 3 years now and...read more every year a bend in this solid steel piece becomes a bit more pronounced. Instead of the solid steel part that is adapted to fit the larger receiver, this would be better as a tubular steel part for only the larger receiver; and my assumption is the 5 bike version should not be available if you only have the 1.25" smaller receiver.
24 inch MTB doesn't fit
Review by Mark Posted on July 3, 2017It seems like a rack built for 4 bikes would take kids' bike frames into consideration. The Ridgeback 4, even using a TubeTop, I could not get a 24" mountain bike onto the rack because the cradles are so bulky there is not enough space where the angled top tube meets the down tube. Because the ...read morestem is short, even using a TubeTop there is the same problem. I gave 3 stars to the "quality" rating because this is kind of a big oversight for a family bike rack that is not addressed in the product description.
Review by Fisch Posted on May 25, 2017Tube tops or bike beams for womens' bikes do not work for Trek 7.3 on the Ridgeback 2.
The rear zip strip is not large enough or rather high enough to accommodate the seat and beam.
Great hitch-mounted rack
Review by Spinner Posted on March 30, 2017Got into biking again after a long hiatus. Hitch racks have evolved nicely, especially the Ridgeback. Great features in the fold-out mast and arms. Easy to use, and keeps a low profile when not in use. Really like the "Zip Strips" as they are quick, easy, and very reliable. They are a...read more bit stiff, if you have to work around a low seat, but still a much quicker alternative to other methods. The seat post clamps fold out of the way when mounting the bikes to the rack, too. The rack is sturdy and feels strong, though heavy to remove from the receiver hitch, so we leave it on the hitch most of the time. It is easy to fold down to access the hatchback on our Honda CRV. The only drawback we've found is that the "YAKIMA" lettering on the mast has loosened, apparently due to the failure of the adhesive. This has become an issue in less than six months of use. Otherwise, very functional, very efficient, and very easy to use!