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YakimaHangOver 6 Hitch Bike Rack
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July 7, 2019
Not all suspension forks created equal
- I've used it several times
The style of suspension fork this rack was designed for is apparently one that is pretty wide with a longer travel and an arch brace that is well out of the way. My wife and I have bikes with 26" wheels with suspension forks and while they work okay on the rack they don't fit nearly as comfortably as my son's bike that has 3" wide tires and thus a nice wide crown on his suspension fork. Our arch braces get hung up on the triangular piece on the fork bracket and the top caps/lockouts are right in line with the vertical rod used to wedge the crown in place. There are a few design changes that I believe could make this rack go from okay to outstanding for a wider range of suspension forks. The first would be to make the cradle for the fork crowns be more of the saddle than a wedge that supports the crown closer to the steerer tube so it causes less interference with top caps/lockouts. Also a narrower triangular piece that fits between the fork crown and the wheel would help accommodate a wider range of fork crown widths and angles. The final change would be to make the strap that goes over the fork crown go diagonally over the crown or to add a second strap. The current strap placement combined with the awkward wedge design of the crown bracket makes the left side of the fork crowns easily twist up and out of place, even on my sons bike with 3" wide tires. While the overall construction is a 10/10 with the fantastic foot pedal to control the angle of the rack as well as the simple and effective back tire straps, the design of the fork brackets make me scratch my head and wonder how it passed for the final design. Had they gone through a few more iterations using a wider range of forks they probably would have hit it out of the park. While it works well enough that I'm pretty confident our bikes aren't going to randomly jump out of the fork brackets, especially with the back tire strap helping to hold it in place, I would love to see a revised version of this rack in the future or a possible improved fork bracket that could be swapped out that would fit a wider range of forks more comfortably and securely. As of right now I would be somewhat cautious about recommending this rack to anyone if they don't have a bike with 3"+ tires.
March 24, 2021
Thanks for the thoughtful review. Not a lot of 6 bike racks out there so I’m looking seriously at this one however we do have a mix of adult and kids bikes so want to make sure it works as we have a lot of fire road miles ahead. Hmmmm