Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack $219.00
There when you need it—tucks away when you don't.
Not only does the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack carry four rigs to the trailhead, it also folds out of the way so you can get into the back of your car without going over the back seat. When you're not hauling around a bunch of cross country bikes or big downhill rides, the DoubleDown's support bars fold down to and say out of the way. Yakima used their SwitchBlade anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes from bumping into each other like kids fighting in the back seat.
Reviews & Community
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
this is a solid bike rack system. The switchblade frame holds well preventing bikes from swaying while driving, and the rubber straps keep bikes very secure. Also sturdy enough to hold onto 4 adult bikes.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Love this rack. Easy to install easy to use. Strong and durable. It doesn't wobble around like my old rack. It is tight on four bikes two 29ers and two 26ers but cant complain.
Is this type of rack recommended for carbon...
Is this type of rack recommended for carbon bikes? Does the hold down on the top tube of the bike have the potential to damage a carbon fiber frame?
To answer your question directly: is this type of rack _recommended_ for carbon bikes? ... the answer is emphatically no.
That said, the real question of whether carbon bikes should go on racks like these is more of a religious debate. See here:
Personally I would not put my carbon bike on a rack like this... which, I know well, makes transporting my bike a huge pain.
The recommended rack for a carbon bike is one that supports the bike by the wheels or fork.
Sorry... wish I had better news for you!
I'm not sure that I have this exact model...
I'm not sure that I have this exact model as we bought the rack in 2007 but I suspect it hooks up to the hitch on your vehicle the same way--with a pin that has a keyed lock on it. I think I have a standard hitch which is what we bought the rack for. My husband has a heavy duty hitch on his truck and we discovered that the pin isn't long enough to go through his hitch and lock the other day. Is there a longer pin available or some kind of adapter kit for different sized hitches?
Product great! Backcountry Rocks!!!!
I have to first say that I am not one to post reviews very often. With that said, I felt compelled to review not only this product, but Backcountry as well.
The Yakima Double Down rack is great. It is exactly as described and was easy to install (I am a woman 5'3") and installed it myself. It's a solid rack. Smaller bike frames (child's) were a bit more challenging to load on rack, but worked great. Again, I did it by myself! The straps to lock the bikes in place take some effort, but I was able to load the bikes on in just a few minutes. For the price, this is an excellent product!
Backcountry is a gem as an online retailer! A piece came broken on my rack. Backcountry was willing to ship me a new one, but I had already installed the rack when I noticed the damage. I was too lazy to pack the rack back up. Backcountry does not sell replacement parts, but agreed to reimburse me the cost of getting this part elsewhere. I ordered the replacement part from another retailer and Backcountry refunded me the money with no questions asked. They have the BEST customer service and would definitely order from them again!!!
This is a great rack if you have standard bike frames. If you have certain full suspension frames, you might have fit issues and need an adapter. Tray style racks might be easier, but cost a bit more and weight a bit more too.
Will this rack clear a gate mounted spare...
Will this rack clear a gate mounted spare tire? How much clearance is between the rack and tail gate?
Got this after doing some tossing and turning between Yakima and Thule. This rack was great right outta the box, easy to install and though at first I questioned whether it would not wobble while riding, I made it from Georgia to Washington with two bikes on and no issues. It actually has a threaded bolt for putting through your hitch, that allows the mount to snug up to the side of the hitch wall with a 1/2" ratchet and becomes very sturdy, then a safety cotter pin to hold it on. I own a Ridgeline and it would drop far enough to let the tailgate go down, but not to open like a door (only on Ridgeline). I even dropped the rack to get in my tailgate with two bikes on (manufacture says not to) and it held the bikes fine. Super sturdy and who doesnt love the convenient red bottle openers on the tips of the bike bar.
Great SUV Rack
Bought one of these for my outback since the rack folds down from the base to allow rear door access. Great quality Yakima product that looks and feels durable. Super easy to put on and take off in less than 5 min. I purchased the Deadlock locking kit with it and it does the job of keeping things buttoned up and really securing the rack to the hitch. The anti sway cradles are a nice touch to keep things from bumping into each other. Bottom line, this is the best rack for the money to haul 4 bikes and still get access to my rear cargo area.
I've had this bike rack for 5 years. I've had 4 bikes on it many times...no problem. The one I have does come with a lock (for locking it in the hitch - maybe the newer ones don't?). I leave the rack on my 4Runner from spring to fall and it's weathered all sorts of storms. It doesn't rattle (with or without bikes on it). The bikes are very secure while on it. I can't think of anything Yakima has missed with this.
Very nice rack
I would give the rack itself 5 stars but not being able use a standard hitch bolt so that it can be locked on is a biggie to me since I feel like I have to take it off when I am not using it so no one will come along and take it leaving me with an empty pocket and no rack.
The rack rattles a great deal even when everything is tightened. I had to use paperclips and rubberbands to tighten things up. Yakima sent me an extra piece which didnt help. The rubber pieces, that hold the bike, slide around as well which can put pressure on the rubber ties. I had to use duct tape to prevent them from moving. it is very difficult to carry 4 bikes on this rack. This rack is easy to put together and take off although it does not come with a lock.
That's what...he said?
4 stars because I did think it was odd that the hitch is held on with a bolt, meaning you can't lock it to your car. The bolt does keep the entire rack solidly mounted on my 2" hitch though (remove insert for 1-1/4"). Other than that, form and function is exactly what you would expect from Yakima. Straps aren't exactly effortless after a few hours on the bike, but they keep the bikes completely secure. I usually use a bungie for each bike to keep the wheels from spinning, but probably not necessary. The mounts keep the bikes from swaying and if you're over 8 years old, you can lower the rack with all four bikes on it to access your tailgate. A little tricky to get my full suspension Giant with the shock inside the big triangle on but still works.
Be careful as I've seen the swingdaddy on chainlove for $199.
Terrific rack. Easy to install and easy to use although I have not tried it with 4 bikes. The rack moves easily to allow you to open cars hatch.
Exactly what I was looking for
Best balance of cost and features out there. Everything works perfectly, fold-down arms are easy to operate, construction is solid. The hitch connection is a tiny bit wobbly in my receiver (that's what she said!) but it can be remedied with a couple strips of duct tape. Holds 4 bikes easily and the hold-down and anti-sway work great (especially compared top the 5-year-old model I had previously).
I'd have to say that this is the sturdiest bike rack I've used. I'm using a 2 inch hitch for this with my Prius.
The only thing is that since it's a low car, you'd have to be careful around entering and exiting parking lots because the hitch may scrape.
The product itself is phenomenally awesome. 5 stars
I recommend getting the Yakima bar too for your fem cruisers! Fits on perfectly. A weakling like me can do it!
I like all the features it has, which makes it really different from other bike racks.
Stable and secure.
The fact that this rack comes from the factory compatible with both an 1.25" and 2" receiver is great. Sharing between two cars with different sized receivers is a non-issue, just use or remove the provided adapter and install.
I have had three bikes back there cruising down the interstate around 80 and they did just fine. Rough roads were not a problem either, this rack is very solid.
The added deadlock gives me piece of mind that the rack and bikes are safe from nasty thieves. Sure, part of the rack could be jacked, but what good would that do anyone? I am not worried.
The forks drop down when not in use and the entire racks folds down for simple access to truck, hatch, etc.
In summary, this rack is safe, solid, and looks darn fine on the back of any vehicle.
Exellent customer service and support
After a few weeks I discovered I was missing a few straps for strapping-up the bikes (missing from the factory).
I e-mailed backcountry and reported this.
Backcountry provide a total replacement including all shipping to and from.
Not only is this Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack a great product, Backcountry is an outstanding and safe place to buy all your gears.
I am more than satisfied with Backcountry customer service and support!
Thanks again Backcountry!
Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack
I have been researching bike rack for rear trailer hitch.
I bought the Yakima DoubleDown 4 Bike Rack based on the many reviews of the many different brands out there.
We am very please with it and also the features of anti-sway mounting, dual arm support, sturdiness, fold down arm and tilt down to allow truck to open.
However, the straps are a bit of a pain to buckle up but that's not a big issue.
Although I also bought a lock for the Yakima rack hitch so it can not be stolen, but if someone had a wrench and removes one another bolt, they can take the main rack. Yakima could thought that out better.
Oh' the beer bottle opener at the end of the support arm was a nice touch but hopefully people use it after they finish biking :-)
Overall, we love the functions and the looks of this rack.
Best looking and sturdiest rack.
I am going to buy a trailer hitch from an...
I am going to buy a trailer hitch from an autopart store but it looks like only a 1 1/4 inch receiver is available for my Subaru... will this rack work?
Yes. I was looking at the Yakima fitment guide on their site. This rack works with both 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch hitches.
It has a "sleeve" that goes over the end to make it 2", but it is 1 1/4 just out of the box. The sleeve fits over the 1 1/4" part and the screw holes align so it goes on the hitch the same either way. My 2" hitch had some wiggle room in it with the 2" sleeve on, but the threaded bolt really helps tighten it down.