Works well for me
Review by MichaelA
I have 2 bikes, both fit perfectly. I will say it takes a little getting to know the rack but ANY good tool requires learning how to use it.
The bikes I have are a Cannondale Synapse (2016) and an older Schwinn Searcher hybrid completely converted to trail riding with 40mm wide knobbies and a slammed stem. Both fit perfectly. I setup the outer trays for the Schwinn and the inner for the Cannondale. Set it and forget it. Now if you are constantly hauling different bikes I would do what the commenter above says and mark the positions with paint or something so its easier to setup. Yakima could incorporate some type of position markings and that may help but not a big deal overall.
I drove from Philadelphia to an hour north of Montreal Quebec to pick up friends and their two Trek mountain bikes and brought them back. The bikes didn't budge in almost 9 hours. They were set securely on there and stayed right where we put them. I didn't even remember to bring the safety strap and I wasn't concerned at all. I knew they would be fine.
Hint: The hooks do have a little bit of play so you need to make sure all the slack is out when clicking them down by tilting them to the lower part of the top tube. If you are in-between clicks and the hook isn't tight down, let a dash of air out of the tire to let it click in place. 5psi usually will give enough slack on a road bike (25mm tires), less on wider tires.
I have no rust on mine but I ride from home most of the time and the rack is off unless I need it. I also wash it if the weather is foul and the roads have been treated with salt or something. To me though, that is just proper maintenance.
I only gave 4 stars on price because the LBS jacked the price by $70(US). Not a Yakima issue but it stings a little.
Review by Hans
I have had the bike rack a few weeks now and love it. The setup was pretty easy and once that was done loading the bikes just takes seconds. Solid mount and the bikes ride nice a smooth down the road.
Review by Ben
The Twotimer has a lot going for it :
1. Very adaptable. I frequently take off the outer trays and hook to make a single rack. This allows me to open the hatch even when folded up.
2. Cheap. MSRP of $299 that can often had for less.
3. Solid. This holds my bikes with very little wiggle. Actually see less than my friend's Holdup but it could be because he's not detail oriented.
4. Quick. Once set up for a bike its pretty fast.
1. Askew. Not sure if it's the hitch or rack but it looks tilted. I kinda fixed this with a washer.
2. Hard to adjust. This thing may be frustrating if you regularly have to fit it to a lot of different bikes. If you got your normal rig and partner it's fine though.
3. Missing pin. I'm also missing the safety pin others mentioned. Customer service says it's necessary too.
I love this rack. It takes a few times loading to get to where everything is adjusted, but once things are set it's easy, breezy, beautiful. Some people complain that it's hard to adjust, but I think it's the fact that it adjusts at all is a plus. Everything rides solid, no bike bobble. The best feature is that it's low profile, whether it's loaded, or empty and folded up. Even when it's empty folded up I can still access my hatch without having to move a thing, no bulky awkward thing to move around it. Also - bottle opener.
Not great, but it is the only rack that can carry my bikes
Review by Sean
Not many hitch mount racks can carry our bikes: a touring bike and a mixte, both with fenders. In fact this was the only solution we could find that could work with a fendered mixte.
It has it's good points: You can carry pretty much any bike: from a kids bike with 16-inch wheels to adult bikes of pretty much any type and configuration. Bikes can be loaded and unloaded quickly. It holds the bikes securely, especially if you use the included strap for extra stability and security.
Bad points: Readjusting wheel trays for different size bikes isn't super easy. It's not hard, but takes trial and error. I keep meaning to paint some marks for different bikes so it will be easier in the future. The hooks on the center mast don't always hold securely. It's unlikely they would go up during transport, but use the strap just in case. Other times it can be hard to get them to release when you want. I found that if the hooks get rotated slightly it can cause these problems. The worst point is that overall quality is kind of poor. After one year it has a lot of rust spots at joints, and one of my wheel trays loosed up and fell off while driving around without a bike loaded. Now I have to buy another for $35. The rust had caused all the releases to be a bit sticky to use.
i suppose you get what you pay for, and this is less expensive than the other two bike hitch solutions from Yakima. It's a good value if you can put up with the downsides, and it's actually a great solution for odd bikes like mixtes, bikes with fenders and different sized bikes. I just wish they made it a little less prone to rust and made the hook and mast assembly more reliable.
Review by Bham IPA
I purchased the 2 timer when it first came onto the market. On the first one the teeth on the hold down arms were stripped. so I promptly returned it. waited 2 weeks and installed the second. It was worked for a awhile about 2 months riding twice a week. The teeth stripped again. The entire Arm, Teeth, mechanism seems really cheap and light weight compared to other products that do the same job. I returned this on and went with the tried and true Hold Up.
Does not contain everything you need in the box
Review by Don J.
The quality is good like all yakima products i have but I don't understand not including the fat straps with a rack intended for fat bikes. I guess I can use a rope untill I can get some straps.
Great except one piece
Review by Nic
Great rack with a lot of flexibility. The plastic teeth on the hooks that slide on that arm to attach to the frame wear out quickly and then do not hold firm.
Review by Hump
The rack is very stable, the bikes barely show any sign of wiggle as you drive. I am very pleased with how fast it is to load and unload, and the position adjustment (stowed/operatiting) is also fast and easy. It has worked well with both my fatbike and road bike, as well as my kid's small BMX bikes. It clears the hatch on my VW wagon, even with a roadbike on the outboard side. The only thing I have changed is adding star washers to the slider bolts for the wheel trays as the bolts can loosen, and adding fat straps. I'm very glad I purchased this instead of the competitor's version.
Okay but not as advertised
Review by Mick
Very well constructed and rides very stable .Takes a few minutes to get on and off but not to bad. We WERE very pleased with this rack until we tried to tilt the rack down to access the tailgate on our new van. It repeatedly says in all the literature and pictures that you can tilt the rack down to access the tailgate!!! THIS IS NOT TRUE!! It tilts about 2 inches. There is NO way it even comes close to doing what is stated and shown in the pictures. If you need access to your tailgate do not purchase the Two Timer. Looked at the Holdup 1.25 and it was the same way. If Yakima engineers an adapter to put on my unit and sends me one I would then be pleased, but this false advertising has turned me away from giving this unit 5 stars. Again, well built and stable ride but does not do what we initially purchased it for.