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Simple, secure, and fast as all get-out. That's the Yakima HoldUp, baby.

The hitch-mount Yakima HoldUp 1.25 secures two bikes about as quickly and easily as humanly possible. This platform-style rack fits into standard one-and-a-quarter-inch (1.25???) hitch receivers, and secures two bikes using Yakima's patented, ratcheting StrongArm bars. The StrongArm system is favored by everyone from downhillers to road bikers for its speed (about ten seconds per bike) strength, and frame-friendly over-the-wheel grip. The HoldUp is fully adjustable to accommodate all bike sizes, folds up when not in use, and even has a bottle opener built in for post-ride refreshments. Need more space? Attach the Plus 2 Add On Kit (not included) and double your bike-hauling capacity.

  • Fits just about any style bike (no tandems or recumbents) from 20-inch to 29-inch wheels
  • Carries 2 bikes right out of the box
  • Spring loaded pin makes it easy to tilt the rack out of the way for rear access
  • Includes 6-foot SKS security cable
  • Lock cores included
  • Integrated bottle opener for post-ride hydration

  • Two-bike capacity
  • StrongArm ratcheting arms and rear-wheel ratchet straps
  • Tiltable and foldable
  • SKS security cable and lock cores included
  • Integrated bottle opener

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
2
Compatibility:
1.25-inch receivers
Locks Included:
yes
Part Number:
Yakima 8002445
Recommended Use:
road trips
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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Avg. ride time: 2h 48m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
5 5

A joy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After years of a hitch mounted rack that the bikes hung off of from the top tube, I decided to switch to this type of rack for the stability. The other style dinged up my bikes way too often and seemed to require too much jamming the bikes on even with only two bikes.

So far I LOVE using this rack. Its simplicity and ease of putting a bike on makes using it part of my bike trips that I actually look forward to rather than dreading. My bike is ultra secure and I dont have the nervous feeling that they are going to fly off of it at any minute. I've had two bikes on here at a time, a rather heavy comfort bike that my wife uses (approx 40 lbs) and my commuter / touring bike (approx 30 lbs) and its worked great with both on there. I usually use it for my Yeti 575 and that too is ultra secure. The tilt down feature also helps greatly to get into the hatchback of my Mini Cooper and tilted up, I often leave it on after rides for a week or so at a time.

As mentioned by another reviewer, I have noticed that the arm I use most of the time has gotten a little "clunkier" when ratcheting back and forth. That is a bit louder than the other and a bit more force to swing it back and forth. However, it has not affected performance as of yet. I also have had no issues with the swing pin. I cannot comment on long term durability yet (only had it two short seasons of use) but so far its held up very well.

I did lose the lock core piece that secures the bolt in the hitch mount but a single call to Yakima customer service and they had another one with matched cores out to me within a few days.

Barring any durability issues in the future, I would highly recommend this rack.

Avg. ride time: 3h 33m per week
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3 5

Not quite right for the job

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having lost a bike off my vehicle's roof, I switched to the hitch mounted rack. At first, the thing worked as intended. After 6 months of use, it was evident that this thing wasn't made to last.

First, the lock pin that locks the rack in position was cheaply made. The ball bearing that secures the pin in place fell out after a few short months. The plastic pin that is connected via a wire to the locking pin to make sure the pin stays on the rack is useless as well.

Second, the arm that I use most frequent started to break down. Instead of moving smoothly, it started to grind and awkwardly click into place... You would often smack the bar arm against your fork in the process. After cleaning, tightening, and problem solving nothing seemed to work.

Bottom line, it will hold your bikes up. However, at the rate the thing started deteriorating I would suggest Thule or Kuat.

Not quite right for the job
Avg. ride time: 5h 6m per week
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Unanswered Question

Will this have an adapter to go up to 2...

Will this have an adapter to go up to 2 inch? I have one car that uses 1.25 and a truck that uses a 2 inch. I would like to use this on both autos.