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A grab-'n-go rack.

When you're ready to ride, all you want to do is ride. You don't want to spend time pulling tires on and off, adjusting your suspension or brakes, or messing with crazy adapters. The Yakima Frontloader Bike Mount makes transporting your bike simple so all you have to do it throw it on, strap it down, and go.

  • The big and burly front wheel support fits everything from 20-inch kids' wheels to knobby freeride tires to streamlined road machines
  • Wheels-on design means you don't have to spend time taking your front wheel on and off or fiddling with your disc brakes while everyone waits on you
  • The only points of contact are the tires so you never have to worry about your rack rubbing the paint off of your frame
  • Handles beefy disc brakes, thru axles, and funky suspension set-ups like a champ

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
round bars, square bars, aero bars, most factory bars
Locks Included:
no, 2 SKS lock cores sold separately
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

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5 5

Keeps your bike secure!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great rack that is easy and simple to use. Just fold out the front wheel support and then insert your wheel and then tighten the red knob. Throw the ratchet strap over the back wheel and you are ready to go.

It has adjustment clips so it fits all your different wheel options. Also with a twist of a couple levers, it comes off in second if you need to make room for something else on your bars. On one of the levers, there is a place to insert a SKS core lock so the rack can be secured to your car. And it has a wire attached to the rack that can loop around your down tube and lock with another SKS core lock so you know your bikes not going anywhere. The rear wheel strap has the opinion to open left or right so its easy to use on either side of your car. Only bad thing I can say is the red knob and clips will fade quickly in the sun but that doesn't effect function in any way. The suns bright and it can do that to things.

Yes it seems expensive but when it is holding your bike that cost a whole lot more, it is an easy choice to go with a nice rack.

Also just a reminder, with any rooftop bike racks, hide your garage door opener from yourself when you have a bike up top. Just that extra second of thinking can save you a lot of money!

Keeps your bike secure!
4 5

Sweet roof rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you prefer to put your bikes on your roof, this rack is a no brainer. Sweet not having to deal with taking wheels off. Plus it's considerably cheaper that going with a hitch mount if you already have roof racks. Lock isn't fort knox but works as a pretty good deterrent.

5 5

2500 miles with no issues

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Attached with no hassle at all to the dealer equipped Yakima low profile roof bars that came on my 2009 Subaru Impreza. Drove from Virginia to Montana with my Kona Stinky in the rack and had no problems at all. Rock Solid!

3 5

Liked it but replaced with the holdup

I only used this a couple times and then replaced it with the Yakima Holdup hitch mount carrier. It worked fine but I was a little nervous about having the bike on the roof and it was a little challenging to get it loaded/unloaded on an SUV (see pic).

Liked it but replaced with the holdup
the wheels are tiny. the fun, huge

the wheels are tiny. the fun, huge

my 26er, cradled safely by the Yakima Frontloader.

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5 5

awesome bike rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Using it in conjunction with Thule aero bars and it works perfectly. Simple to install and easy to throw my bike on it (I recommend stepping onto the back passenger floor while doing so.. you'll look super pro.) I've been using it for about a month and a half, and I have no desire to ever try cramming my bike into the back of my car again. Good stuff!

5 5

Easy install and even easier to use!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought this rack after much debate about whether I was tall enough to put my bike on top of my Subaru and I'm psyched I did! The install was incredibly easy and simple. The directions were easy to use and intuitive, and getting my bike up there is a piece of cake too. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a user friendly rack that can carry multiple wheel sizes!

Unanswered Question

what is length of this front loader and...

what is length of this front loader and what is maximum width of tires this will take, what is the difference between this front loader and the high loader, looking for this to carry a DH mountain bike (Morewood)

Unanswered Question

Could this be modified or grouped with...

Could this be modified or grouped with hardware that would allow for use in my truck bed?

4 5

Super secure

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rack is pretty freakin sweet. It attached to my Subaru Aero bars very easily, enough so that I don't just leave the rack ontop of the car all the time. I'm also a big fan of how easy it is to change the wheel size so I can toss any of my bikes up there in no time and still be really confident its not going anywhere.

Reminder: you'll want two lock cores, one to secure the rack to the car, and one for the cable lock that is already on the rack.

With security comes a price. It takes a minute to secure the bike to the rack using the large red knob. It is a minor issue, but if you're short (5'6") and putting it ontop of a larger vehicle eventually it gets tiring. But again I think the security is worth it, just get some tall friends.

Also, here is the rack pictured ontop of my '14 Subaru XV Crosstrek. There are a couple inches on clearance when the rear door is up. Nice not to have to make any modifications.

Super secure
5 5

Easy on and off

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

With no need to remove a wheel, this rack makes it a breeze to put the bike on and take it off. The bike stays nice and stable up there, even at highway speeds

can i install this to flat crossbars?...

can i install this to flat crossbars? thanks

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Yes this should work with almost any bar out there. Factory or aftermarket.

5 5

Super easy installation.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am so impressed by how easy these are to adjust and to install/uninstall. Seriously so convenient. I never want to take off the front tire of my bike again. We ride a lot of different bikes in my house. From the cruisers to road to mountain bikes! Quick adjustment and you can be on your way. Pick up a couple locking cylinders and you will be good to go!

4 5

Good bike rack.

I like this thing, it's a lot easier to not take a wheel off your bike to load it on your car. Mine is about five years old and has developed rust spots, also does not move as smoothly as it once did. Hope the new models are a little better, it appears that they are.

2 5

Good stuff

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a good rack but I can only compare it to one I had mounted on the rear trunk which was annoying to put up and down all the time.

This rack is a snap to put on. Once I've even taken and installed in on a friend's car when the rear rack was too cramped. It took literally a minute to take it off my car and onto his.

Overall, I'm super satisfied and the following are observations that are minor.

I have this mounted on square Thule bars on a sedan and there is about a milimiter wiggle on the front but the whole thing is supposed to be so flexible that's fine.

My friend's 29er looked a little weird when we put it in first and you really need to make sure that you unscrew the whole way out, put the bike in and then screw it back in.

The rear strap is a bit of a pain if you forget to undo it before putting bike up. It's almost impossible to open the strap with one hand.

The wire from the lock could be longer. The picture has the wire go through the frame only and not through the wheel but that makes taking the wheel real possibility. It's just a matter of unscrewing the big screw and opening the metal mouth. I was able to loop in the wire and the frame but it's SUPER tight. Extra 3 inches would solve this.

Another thing to remember is that the tires must be inflated to good pressure so if you blow a tire, you better have a spare and pump it before going home.

Update 11/02/2012: I've used this rack for over three months now more than once a week. One problem that has developed is that the main knob for tightening the rack has gotten the thread messed up and is difficult to work. This is really getting annoying and I'm going to try to find out if this is something that can be addressed.

10/23/2013 update:

The thread on the knob is completely gone and it actually caused my bike to almost fall off. Really bad. I made video about it that I will post here

Here's the video:

Good stuff
4 5

Gets the job done

I've had this mount for about two weeks now and I'm pretty happy with it. It installed very easily onto my Jeep's factory bars right out of the box. Securing your bike is as simple as tightening the large red knob at the front to hold the front wheel, then tightening the strap over the rear wheel.

There are no real complaints. I would just recommend thinking ahead to the ease of a roof mount. I'm relatively short (5'6") and it's a chore to load/unload my bike on my '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's easiest with a small stool or something for me, but it's still not graceful. I went with a roof mount because I use my rear hatch too often to have a rear mount system.

Overall, I'm satisfied with the product.

Gets the job done
4 5

Good stuff

Super fast to install, would take about 5 mins to swap to your friend's car. Universal mount fits on any bars. Fast and effective loading of your bike.

Complaints: Cable lock is pretty wimpy. Rear ratchet strap needs to be longer, I can barely fit it around my 2.2 tires, glad I dont need it to fit around fatties.

Good video for detailed info:

5 5

Nice Deal

If you are looking for a good rack at a decent price this is the one for you. It fits all types of bikes and does all it needs to do. Safely carry your bike!

5 5

Love it

I love this rack. It's easy to install/uninstall, and loading my bike is a breeze. I like that I don't have to remove my front wheel, and that it will accomodate my mtn bike or 20" bmx. It's a very secure rack, and even more secure with the SKS core locks. Can't ask for more.