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YakimaFullTilt 5 Bike Rack
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April 15, 2020
Does this rack work with full suspension bikes like the Santa Cruz?
October 11, 2018
Not a fan
I have been a loyal Yakima customer for 20 years. I have always gone first to Yakima before looking at other brands, and have used Yakima racks on 4 different vehicles. They have always worked well and have been of the highest quality. However, this rack was a complete let down. I bought it about 2 years ago and loaded the rack with 4 bikes (it is rated for 5 bikes) for a Memorial Day trip. Everything was locked down and solid when we left. Half way from Portland, OR to Utah I noticed the bike rack was really loose in the hitch. I called Yakima and all they did was tell me to not travel using the rack because it wasnât safe. Last thing you want to hear in the middle of a trip youâve been planning and looking forward to. I found a great bike shop in Nampa, ID (Rolling H - I highly recommend them) who helped me get the hitch lock mechanism to tighten up better. Made it to Utah, was afraid to take it out of the hitch the whole time. Rode bikes a lot in UT and then headed home, rack rattling loose in the hitch the whole way. Once back in Portland, I called Yakima and asked for a refund. They wouldnât refund, but sent me a new tightening mechanism that I installed in the rack and it was just like new. BTW, I consider myself very mechanically inclined and this was not a user error, I intimately understood the mechanism for tightening the rack in the hitch. I had studied it in detail on the side of the road trying to find a solution to save my trip. When I got the new mechanism, I had taken apart the old one completely to troubleshoot why it came loose. I could see where the steel teeth were stripped that made it come loose. I assumed that if I just tightened until it was barely snug then the teeth would stay strong. That worked for a couple local rides in Portland over the next year. Fast forward to the next summer when I again loaded up 4 bikes for a long awaited family trip to NE Oregon and Hells Canyon. Rack locked into hitch solid when we left but by the time we arrived it was rattling loose again. That same tightening mechanism had loosened and the whole rack was rattling in the hitch. I was so mad it ruined the first day of the trip completely. Luckily, I had planned ahead and bought a âhitch titanâ that worked great as a patch job for the loose rack. Had a great time riding and the âhitch titanâ saved my bacon on that trip. For the over $500.00 that I paid for this rack I expect a much higher level of quality and service from Yakima. I have since sold this rack and purchased a Kuat. KUAT IS THE BEST RACK I HAVE EVER OWNED HANDS DOWN. Yakima lost a 20 year loyal customer due to the poor quality and terrible customer service I experienced with this rack.
May 10, 2021
Thanks for the review! Did you find a Kuat 5 bike system?
November 21, 2016
Great Dad Gift
- I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
I did a lot of research before buying the Yakima. This rack is great and convenient for hauling 5 bikes. It's the second rack I've owned, and it's a clear improvement over my old one. I love the easy tilt feature and the fact that it locks to the vehicle. Bikes are easy to mount, although I wish the zip tabs were a bit easier to use and attached to the rack. I'll be surprised if I don't lose a couple before the end of the season. The bike cable lock is a nice "psychological deterrent", but it's a tad short with 5 bikes. I totally recommend the Yakima fullTilt
March 26, 2014
Yakima FullTilt install video