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YakimaFrontloader Bike Mount


Item # YAK0282

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Item # YAK0282

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

  • Wheels-on design
  • Only contact at tires
  • Compatible with any brake system or frame configuration
Tech Specs
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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Nice rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this rack for about a year now and am pretty happy with it. Super easy to install and it's easy to adjust to fit pretty much any bike you have except a Fat bike. I have traveled across the country with my mountain bike on the roof without any issues. I can be a pretty spirited driver at times and haven't been worried about the bike flying off the roof of my car.

I only have two suggestions for it to be better.
1) It would be nice if it came with a lock for the cable.
2) The knob to tighten the front wheel takes a bunch of rotations to get the wheel tight. It works, but I think that could be improved.

Great rack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It works well with both road, mountain or kids bikes -- you can easily adjust it depending on which tire size you have. Installation was easy with zero assembly. Right out of the box it bolts to your roof rack. It is very quick to attach or remove the Frontloader, requiring only twisting in two spots located on the front and back. Installing the bike was just as easy. I also didn't have to take the front wheel off the bike to load it which was very nice. Once mounted the bike is held very firm and secure. The rack comes with a built-in cable lock to secure your bike when it's on your car.

Amazing Rack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like everything else from Yakima, the installation is always easier than expected. Durable, steady, and well worth the price. Another outstanding product from Yakima, as usual.

Nice Rack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great rack. It is fairly easy to load the bike and put on your roof. I would say 4 stars just because the Highroad (next model up) is a bit easier to install on your roof if you will be moving it from car to car, like I do.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works great and easy to use. Very happy with this rack. And for the price can't beat it!

Highroller was better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Still a good rack, but I prefer the highroller. My biggest problem with this rack is the tightening mechanism is a bit flimsy and is a bit cumbersome. Otherwise a very sturdy rack.

Sturdy and Easy to Install

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this bike rack! It was so simple to install (no tools needed) and I feel like my bike is very safe up there. It is nice not to have to take my front tire off and even being on the roof of my car I can easily get my bike up there and secured. I thought it was a little strange that a lock was not included, but my bike lock works fine to lock it to the frame and my cross bars.

Fantastic Rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The install on the Yakima Frontloader Bike mount / rack literally takes 5 minutes out of the box which is utterly brilliant!

This fits 20" to 29" wheels with tire widths up to 3" so it is super versatile and can definitely meet your demands and needs if you have a couple of different rides!

Lastly worth noting and reiterating that the SKS locks are sold separately. Thanks!

So convenient

    I got this rack for my brother and this is exactly what he wanted.

    He got it for the top of his Honda Element and it fits next to his cargo box he has on top. Its nice because you do not need to take off the front tire He uses this all the time and has traveled long distances at high speeds with no problems what so ever.

    Frontload to Freedom

      Yakima makes great products through and through. This is a great rack and will make a great upgrade to an existing system or as a new purchase.

      I would however recommend the Highroller rack over this one though. The Highroller is easier to load and unload your bike into.

      Overall good rack!

      Nice rack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have been happy with this rack from day one. It's nice not to worry about front wheel removal, throwing your bike on the car is fast so you have more time to ride. The rack is sturdy, it kept everything Locked down on a cross country road trip where wind was gusting strong enough to move my vehicle. Set up is easily done with no tools, and takes on person about 7 minutes. After having a front loader for a season I've purchased another one so friends can come out too.

      Great roof rack!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Installed easily on the factory bars of my Subaru Impreza. Secure, easy to use, happy I don't have to remove the front wheel. My 650b hardtail fits without any issues.

      Nice rack!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I have two of these bad boys on my Subaru, and they definitely get the job done. The front wheel holder adjusts to accommodate everything from 26-29" mountain bikes and even the tiny tires on my road bike. The racks are very secure and I had no issues with them on a 5 hour road trip at highway speeds. This rack is definitely the way to go if you don't want to get a hitch mount. 2 years in and both racks are still working as good as new, even after leaving them on for this winter season.

      If you have any questions about bike racks, please contact me directly.

      Nice rack!

      Hey Trey. I have an Impreza Sport Hatch and was worried about the hatch not being able to open with the length of the tray for this rack. Any issues with this?

      Functional Adaptability

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This rack has been on my car for almost three years and I couldn't be happier with it. It securely holds the front wheel and folds down to a super low-profile when not in use. It is also very quick to install and to switch from car to car should the need ever arise.

      will this rack work for 27.5 inch wheels?

      Absolutely! Fits wheel sizes 20"-29" with widths as much as 3".

      If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!

      Bill Porreca



      Works great on my sedan

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      This is the feedback I received from my friend:

      This rack works great on a sedan, and is a great pick for those of us without a hitch installed on our cars. The mounts are sturdy, and the installation was a breeze. Overall very happy with how this went on.

      Everything looks good, and taking my bike out with it was great. I didn't worry anything was going to fall off, and loading and unloading my bike was fairly easy. The only down side is that now I need to get some locks as you can't really securely leave your bike on the rack while you run into a store or sit down to eat.

      Overall very happy.

      Works great on my sedan

      Great for my 2012 Nissan Frontier!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      When I made the switch over to my Full-suspension bike that no longer fit into my truck bed with as much ease as my dad's hand-me-down hardtail... I started my hunt for a stand-up rack system.

      I couldn't go hitch mounted because I am constantly in and out of my truck bed for my job and didn't have a factory roof rack. Most of the ladder racks require pulling out the utili-trac system from the bed (which I also frequently use...).

      So I found a bed rail adaptor kit that really met all of my criteria (cpracks makes it). And found out that the yakima front loader makes a great fit into an unorthodox method of carrying the bike.

      Bikes lock in nicely with minimal movement while in transport. The red knob that you tighten down over the wheel mount will spin pretty quick before it starts to engage any resistance so it can actually be tightened down pretty quick with a good ole flick of the wrist.

      All in all, Very happy with it. Setup one side for my bike and bought the other side when the girlfriend wanted to hit the trails with me.

      Great for my 2012 Nissan Frontier!