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.
- Fold away design
- Carries up to four bikes
- SwitchBlade anti-sway cradles
- Compatible with 1.25-inch and 2-inch receivers
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easy to assemble and use. makes it easy to get multiple bikes to the park or trail head for a fun afternoon ride
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This rack is super to install and so nice to use for family vacations. We throw out bikes on and the kids bikes.
Does anyone have any suggestions on storage of the rack when not in use? I'm tired of tripping over mine. Thanks!
Will this fit my 2013 Honda Pilot factory hitch?
Hey Ryan, this will fit both the 1.25" & 2" hitch receivers.
Convenient and easy
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This rack was super simple to install. I love that it pivots down so you can still access back hatch. We fit two cannondale road bikes with plenty of room to spare for the other two spaces and they were safely snug for a road trip that went for hundreds of miles.
Does this bike rack pivot down so you can access your back door/hatchback?? Thanks, Karla
This bike rack does pivot down. Depending on your vehicle you may have enough clearance to access the rear door / hatch. I have this on a 2014 Jeep Wrangler, it does not give enough room with the spare tire on the back to open the lift gate and window. If you're looking for something with a little more room to get into the rear of your vehicle, there are other options available. Check out the "Fullswing", "SwingDaddy" or if you're looking for more holding capacity, the "Full Tilt 4 or 5"
- 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.