No need to wrestle your bike onto the car after a muddy ride.
If your definition of pumping iron doesn’t extend to the ‘clean-and-jerk-the-bike-onto-car’ move, invest in the Yakima Hold up Bike Rack for fast, easy, low-effort loading of one or two bicycles. The Hold Up comes with the LockUp to secure the bikes to your rack when you hit the diner to fuel up on hash browns and bacon before a day on the trails. Yakima thoughtfully included an integrated bottle opener so you can pop a cold one after the ride.
StrongArm bracket securely holds bike of virtually any size without contacting the bike frame
Easy Premium Pin release enables tray to fold up when not in use
RocSteady hitch tongue provides a stable, secure ride for your wheels
Available in either 2" or 1 1/4" hitch receiver model (depending on inventory)
Fits bikes with 14-29in wheel diameters
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Easy to follow instructions for assembly. I've mounted bmx to 29er with no issues. Not easy secured with cable lock if you have more than one bike on the rack. Have had issues with the mounting bolt at hitch backing off. The rack folds up out of the way when not in use. Very secure bike mount. Driven down extremely rough roads without worrying about bikes coming off the rack.
This bike rack is sturdy and since it doesn't rely on the top-bar being straight or reasonably level, is great for cruisers. I have no worries about the stability of my bikes once on board. There is, however, no good locking mechanism. It would be nice if there were integrated locks on the StrongArm bracket (fully aware that someone could still just deflate your tire and steal your bike). Instead, you have to figure out the best way to run a cable through your bike's guts without leaving too much or too little length.
Best rack I've ever owned. Takes under 10 minutes to assemble, 1 minute to attach to your hitch, and about 10 seconds to load up each bike. Securely holds everything from my BMX to my 29er to my 50lb downhill rig, without them bashing into each other (even on bumpy roads).
I've finally replaced my 25-year-old mountain bike with a step-through hybrid, complete with fenders. Would this rack work, especially given the fenders, or what would be a good rack to go with. I used a roof rack all these years, but now don't want to lift my heavy bike that high regularly. Thanks for any advice.
I really think this is a good product. I have had lots of experience with the T2 from Thule but I came across a good deal, (like the one here on this site!!!), on the HoldUp, so I went for it. Im running the 1 1/4" hitch option and it is sturdy with 2 bikes at around 30lbs. each. I think its a bit lighter than the T2 as well. It folds up all nicely but the only complaint I have is that is seems to wiggle a bit on the main pivot point when the rack is in the upright and unused position. I put a thick piece of rubber with adhesive back on a strategic spot to tighten up the wiggle, but I am pretty anal about that stuff. You might not care. All in all a great rack. Get one for you and all your friends if you got the dollars!
Spendy? Yes. One of the best bike racks ever? Yes. I have been running one of these for a few years now, and it has held up quite well. No worrying about what thru axle you're running or if you have your 29er for the day. This rack will hold it. It's solid, and it doesn't swing around much (Note: I am only running the 2 bike option not the 4 bike one). The bikes don't hit each other either. The hitch rack is the way to go if you're short or space out about bikes being on your roof as you pull into a garage. Plus it has a bottle opener! Simply put, this is an awesome bike rack. You're spending thousands on bikes, you might as well buy a nice rack and keep them.
The receiver on my shuttle jeep was mounted upside down to offer more clearance when my 4 bike hold up is loaded weighing things down. And while I questioned the included flag at first, the rack sticks so far out it's not a bad call. Besides, It call attention to how rad my rack is.
This rack is great. I love the hitch mount. When I had a suspended bike rack I lived in constant fear about losing my entire load on the highway and causing carnage. The easy way to just set the bike into the wheel slots and press down on the levered arm cannot get any simpler. And the rack can cantalever down further to get into the back of our minivan, so access to the back of the car is not restricted.