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This Yakima BaseLine bare rooftop rack with JetStream aero bars fits most car roofs without rain gutters, tracks, or side rails.

 

Part of the updated and efficient new Yakima StreamLine rack system series, the brand new Yakima BaseLine rooftop rack is designed for naked rooflines (with no siderails, tracks, mounting points, or rain gutters), and a complete system includes 4 towers, 2 cross bars, and 2 sets of vehicle-specific BaseClips. The modern tower design fits better with new vehicle roof shapes, and the user-friendly advanced adjustments ensure a secure, seamless fit. Plus, enjoy new cross bar versatility: the BaseLine towers are compatible with any of Yakima’s cross bar styles, including the aerodynamic JetStream bars, the extra-strong CoreBar bars, or the classic RoundBar bars. The Yakima BaseLine roof rack replaces the Yakima Q Tower roof rack.

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The Yakima BaseLine complete car rack includes BaseLine towers, BaseLine clips, and cross bars.

 

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The complete lineup of new Yakima cross bars (L to R): Yakima JetStream aluminum bar black, Yakima JetStream aluminum bar silver, Yakima CoreBar steel bar, and classic Yakima round bar.

 

New for spring 2016, Yakima has just released a modernized, aerodynamic, and sleek collection of cross bar styles compatible with the new Yakima Streamline rooftop car rack systems, including the Yakima BaseLine bare roof towers, Yakima RidgeLine flush siderail towers, Yakima TimberLine factory bar towers, and Yakima SkyLine fixed point and roof track towers.

First in line is the lightweight but strong aluminum JetStream cross bars. Equipped with T-slot channels for seamless, integrated mounting of compatible gear carriers, the Jetstream roof bars are shaped to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize wind noise. Available in 50″, 60″, and 70″ lengths and black or silver colors.

Up next is the first-in-the-market aerodynamically-shaped steel CoreBar cross bars. With a whopping 220-pound weight limit, this roll-formed galvanized steel cross bars fuse the carry-just-about-anything utility and strength of steel with a wind drag-reducing, fuel-efficient, and incredibly quiet elliptical shape. Available in 50″, 60″, 70″, and 80″ lengths in black.

And finally, let’s not forget about the little hero of decades of car rack adventures, the RoundBar cross bars. These round, steel roof bars are light, strong, and classic! Already compatible with many existing cartop rack systems and carriers, pair with the Yakima SL round bar adapter kit for StreamLine base racks in a complete rooftop rack setup to bring classic function in line with updated fit and styling.

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The new Yakima CoreBar cross bar with SkyLine towers on a 2016 Subaru Outback.

 

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Silver Yakima JetStream cross bars with BaseLine towers on a Honda Fit

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Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback Thule roof rack system with bike racks and ski/snowboard rack. Ford Focus 5-Door Hatchback Thule roof rack system with bike racks and ski/snowboard rack featuring the Thule 480 Traverse roof rack system with Fit Kit 1627, a Thule ski/snowboard rack, two RockyMounts Pitchfork bike racks, and a Thule wind fairing.

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Nothing like sharing a great Ford Focus with bike and ski/snowboard racks! This 2014 Ford Focus SE Hatchback with roof crossbars and bike racks and a ski rack features the Thule 480 Traverse roof rack system using Thule Fit Kit 1627 with the Thule 92725 FlatTop ski rack which has been replaced with the Thule SnowPack 7326 ski/snowboard rack, two RockyMounts PitchFork bike racks, and a Thule fairing.

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2016 Jeep Wrangle JK 4-Door cargo box and ski rack mounted to Gobi rack featuring Yakima Rocketbox Pro 11 cargo box and Yakima Fatcat 6 ski/snowboard rack. 2016 Jeep Wrangle JK 4-Door cargo box and ski rack mounted to Gobi rack featuring Yakima Rocketbox Pro 11 cargo box and Yakima Fatcat 6 ski/snowboard rack.

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This 2016 Jeep Wrangler JK Gobi Rack with cargo box and ski/snowboard rack features the Yakima Fatcat 6 ski/snowboard rack and the Yakima Rocketbox Pro 11 cargo box both mounted to the Gobi Jeep JK Roof Rack.

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Picture of a 2007 Dodge Caliber roof basket with bike racks attached and hitch bike rack featuring the Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket, three Yakima Boa fork mount bike racks, and the Thule Vertex 5 hitch bike rack. Picture of a 2007 Dodge Caliber roof basket with bike racks attached and hitch bike rack featuring the Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket, three Yakima Boa fork mount bike racks, and the Thule Vertex 5 hitch bike rack.

 

 

Here is Dan, a real Rack Star, standing proudly next to his 2007 Dodge Caliber roof basket with bike racks and hitch bike rack featuring the Yakima Megawarrior cargo basket with three Yakima Boa Fork Mount bike racks and a Yakima Megawarrior Stretch Net holding down lots of gear including what we can only assume is a totally sweet guitar. And attached to the hitch installed on this 2007 Dodge Caliber is the Thule Vertex 5 hitch bike rack.

 

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Picture of 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee side loading canoe rack for two canoes or kayaks using the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system with Fit Kit 3142 and two Thule 898 Hullavator Pro kayak racks. Picture of 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee side loading canoe rack for two canoes or kayaks using the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system with Fit Kit 3142 and two Thule 898 Hullavator Pro kayak racks.

 

 

There’s a lot going on with this Jeep Grand Cherokee canoe rack for two canoes. Thule has a new fit for a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee crossbar system that attaches to the factory tracks and it is the Thule 460 Podium roof rack system using Fit Kit 3142, shown here happily mounted to the Grand Cherokee’s roof. Attached to the Thule load bars (Thule Fit Guide recommends LB50 50″ loadbars, but this is usinug LB58 58″ loadbars because of the Hullavotors) are two Thule 898 Hullavator Pro side loading kayak racks. Typically, the 898 Hullavator Pro kayak racks are used for kayaks, but because of the smaller size of the canoes shown and the fact that they weigh less than 75 lbs, these canoes are able to be carried with the benefit of side loading and lift assist.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Thule Roof Rack Crossbar System for Factory Siderails with two Yakima Bike RacksFeatures Thule 450 Crossroad roof rack system with LB50 50" loadbars and two Yakima Highroller bike racks. 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Thule Roof Rack Crossbar System for Factory Siderails with two Yakima Bike Racks features Thule 450 Crossroad roof rack system with LB50 50″ loadbars and two Yakima Highroller bike racks.

 

 

This Subaru XV Crosstrek roof bike rack system is using the Thule 450 Crossroad roof rack system with LB50 50 loadbars and two Yakima HighRoller bike racks.

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Picture of a 2015 Mazda CR-X with Thule roof rack crossbars using Thule 480 Traverse feet, 58" Thule square bars, and Thule Fit Kit 1742. Picture of a 2015 Mazda CR-X with Thule roof rack crossbars using Thule 480 Traverse feet, 58″ Thule square bars, and Thule Fit Kit 1742.

 

Nice new car with a nice new roof rack! This 2015 Mazda CX-5 Thule crossbar system features the Thule 480 Traverse roof rack system using Fit Kit 1742 and Thule LB58 58″ square bars.

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Photo of a Toyota Tundra crossbars and cargo box mounted to fiberglass truck cap using Yakima 54" tracks, Yakima Control Tower System, and Yakima SkyBox Pro cargo box. Photo of a Toyota Tundra crossbars and cargo box mounted to fiberglass truck cap using Yakima 54″ tracks, Yakima Control Tower System, and Yakima SkyBox Pro cargo box.

 

Here is a great rack set up on a Toyota Tundra. This picture of a Toyota Tundra truck cap mounted crossbar system and cargo box is using a set of Yakima 54″ tracks mounted permanently to fiberglass with the Yakima Control Tower system using Landing Pads #1 and 58″ crossbars and the Yakima SkyBox Pro 16 Cargo box.

 

Here is a closer look at the Toyota Tundra truck topper permanent track system:

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Toyota Land Cruiser Raingutter Mount Crossbars

by Rack James on March 17, 2016

Picture of Toyota Land Cruiser with crossbars for raingutters using Thule 387 Gutter High Foot and Thule LB65 65" load bars. Picture of Toyota Land Cruiser with crossbars for rain gutters using Thule 387 Gutter High Foot and Thule LB65 65″ load bars.

 

Here is an image of a Toyota Land Cruiser crossbar system using the Thule 387 Gutter High Foot with a set of Thule LB65 65″ Load Bars. The Thule 387 High Gutter Foot attaches to the Toyota Land Cruiser raingutters with no tools required and Thule Lock Packs are available for the locking knobs to lock the 387 Gutter Foot to the rain gutters. The Thule 387 gutter high foot and Thule 65″ load bars are available as a complete system as the Thule 387 Rain Gutter High Roof Roack System.

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Image of Subaru Impreza roof kayak rack. Image of Subaru Impreza roof kayak rack featuring the Thule Aeroblade Edge crossbar system and the Thule 835 Hull-a-port Pro kayak rack.

 

Here is a photo of a Subaru Impreza with crossbars for side rails and a kayak rack using the Thule Aeroblade Edge crossbar system for raised side rails with the Thule 835 Hull-a-port Pro, which has been replaced by the Thule 838 Hul-a-Port Aero kayak rack.

 

 

 

 

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Image of a Honda CRV roof bike and SUP rack system featuring the Thule 460R Rapid Podium crossbar system using Fit Kit 3118 and ARB47 47″ load bars with the Thule 527 Paceline bike rack and the Thule 535 ThruRide bike rack and the Thule 810XT SUP Taxi.

 

Here is a racked up ride with racks for two bikes and two SUPs. This 2014 Honda CRV bike rack and SUP rack system for the roof features the Thule 460R Rapid Podium roof rack system with Fit Kit 3118 and ARB47 47″ Aeroblade bars. Mounted to the bars is the Thule 527 Paceline standard fork mount bike rack and the Thule 535 ThruRide thru-axle fork mount bike carrier. Mounted between the two bike racks is the Thule 810XT SUP Taxi SUP carrier. All of this is mounted to a set of 47″ bars!

 

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Photo of a Ford Focus Wagon with factory crossbars bike racks for roof and hatch using the Yakima FrontLoader bike rack, the Yakima ForkLift bike rack with Cannondale Lefty adapter, and the Saris Bones 3 trunk mount bike rack.

This Ford Focus Wagon with roof bike racks and a trunk bike rack is using several different racks to get the job done. Mounted to the factory crossbars is a Yakima FrontLoader upright style bike rack and a Yakima ForkLift fork mount bike rack with a Cannondale Lefty Fork Adapter. Mounted to the hatch is the trusty Saris Bones 3 bike rack.

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Audi A3 Hitch Mount Bike Rack

by Rack James on September 16, 2015

Photo of an Audi A3 sedan hitch bike rack featuring the Kuat NV hitch bike rack for two bikes.

This Audi A3 hitch bike rack features the Kuat NV hitch mount bike rack, loaded with two bikes and working double time as a handy dry rack. The Kuat NV fits both 1 1/4″ and 2″ hitches and comes with a built in bike repair stand.

 

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2012 Dodge Ram Hitch Mount Platform Style Bike Rack

by Rack James on September 10, 2015

Photo of a 2012 Dodge Ram hitch mounted bike rack featuring the Kuat NV two bike hitch rack for a 2" hitch.

Here is a nice looking bike being carried in a nice looking bike rack installed on a nice looking truck. This 2012 Dodge Ram hitch mounted bike rack system is using the Kuat NV hitch mount platform/tray style bike rack installed into a 2″ hitch to carry a Salsa El Mariachi 29er. The Kuat NV is also available for 1 1/4″ hitches.

The Kuat NV Hitch Mount bike rack features a built in bike repair stand for pre-ride tweaks.

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Image of a 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen roof crossbars for side rails with two bike racks and trunk bike rack using the Thule Aeroblade Edge crossbar system for raised side rails with the Thule 594XT SideArm bike rack and the Yakima FrontLoader bike rack and the Saris Solo trunk bike rack.

These nice folks were happy to show off their 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen bike rack system for three bikes. Definitely a mixed bag of styles and brands to get the job done, but that doesn’t bother us. This 2015 Golf wagon bike rack system is using the Thule Aeroblade Edge crossbar system (7502 Front / 7501 Rear) with the Thule 594XT SideArm bike rack and the Yakima FrontLoader bike rack attached to the Thule Aeroblade bars. For carrying a third bike, they are using the Saris Solo single bike trunk bike rack. Here’s a closer look of the VW Golf Sportwagen rack system for three bikes:

 

 

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Picture of a Tesla Model S hitch bike rack featuring the Thule 916XTR T2 hitch mounted tray style bike rack for two bikes.

It’s not everyday that you see a $100K automobile parked in a dusty parking lot near your favorite bike trails, but this is just what I found the other day. This Tesla Model S hitch bike rack is using the Thule 916XTR T2 hitch mount bike rack for two bikes. And if the vehicle is any indication, I imagine the bikes are pretty dreamy too.

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Toyota Tundra Tailgate Bike Rack Pad

by Rack James on September 8, 2015

Picture of a Toyota Tacoma truck bed tailgate bike pad for four bikes using the Thule 824 GateMate Tailgate pad.

If you’re looking for a simple, affordable, and effective way to transport several bikes in a truck bed, check this out. This Toyota Tacoma tailgate bike rack uses the Thule 824 GateMate Tailgete 62″ Full Size tailgate pad  for carrying four bikes. The Thule 824 GateMate protects both the bikes and the tailgate during transit and can also be used to protect the tailgate when transporting lumber and other long items.

 

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Picture of Jetta Sportwagen crossbars for factory siderails featuring the Inno IN-AR crossbar system.

This 2009 Jetta Sportwagen base rack crossbar system features the affordable Inno IN-AR crossbar system attached to the factory raised side rails. Simple and affordable, the Inno IN-AR system isn’t the fanciest crossbar system on the market, but it gets the job done at a great price, and even includes locks and keys. Here is another shot of the crossbars for a Jetta Sportwagen:

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Image of Toyota Tundra roof bike rack system for four bikes using the Inno IN-SU roof rack system with two SportRack SR4622 Wheel Off fork mount bike racks and two SportRack SR4882 Upshift upright style bike racks.

These folks are ready to roll with their 2014 Toyota Tundra bike rack system using the Inno IN-SU complete base rack system with K228 Fit Hooks and B147 58″ load bars. For carrying the bikes, there are two SportRack SR4622 WheelOff fork mount bike carriers and two SportRack SR4882 Upshift bike carriers.

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Image of the factory rack-compatible Yakima HullHound kayak mount set of 2.

Not sure what to do with your free time? You could spend it searching for the elusive (and slightly scary-sounding) mythical beast called the hellhound. Or you could enjoy it outside on your favorite stretch of water with the convenient (and very user-friendly) new Yakima HullHound. The Yakima HullHound universal kayak carrier is sold as a set of 2–enough saddles for one cross bar. An additional 1/2-set kayak carrier, such as another set of HullHounds or a set of Yakima HullyRollers, is necessary to complete the kayak rack, customized to your needs. The innovative new Yakima HullHound features tilting paddles that are adjustable to accommodate many kayak shapes and rack styles, an automatically-adjusting spring-loaded base for loading the kayak into the rack, and molded pads for protective, no-slip transport. The HullHound is compatible with all styles of vehicle rack cross bars, like Yakima, Whipsbar, Inno, Thule, or factory OEM rails–and the straightforward and quick installation doesn’t require any tools. A bow/stern and heavy duty tie-down strap are included, and the HullHound accepts Yakima SKS lock cores (sold separately).

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Image of the Yakima SweetRoll roller-saddle kayak rack system for factory and aftermarket cross bars.

It’s hard to believe, but in many places lakes and ponds will be icing over in a few short months. That’s why its so important to make hitting the water today as quick and simple as possible. Now, with the new Yakima SweetRoll cartop kayak rack with flexible roller saddles, loading your kayak onto your car is a breeze. The Yakima SweetRoll features exciting new kayak saddle technology that includes built-in rollers to easily load your kayak onto your roof rack from the rear of your vehicle, tilting paddles that adjust to fit with varying kayak shapes and rack styles, an auto-adjust spring-loaded base for placing the kayak on the rack, and molded pads for protective, non-slip transport. The SweetRoll is compatible with any style of base rack cross bars, like Thule, Yakima, Inno, Whispbar, or OEM factory models, and the fast installation doesn’t require any tools. Bow/stern and heavy duty tie-down straps come included, and this rack is also designed to work with Yakima’s SKS lock cores.

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Image of the exciting new Yakima JayLow adjustable kayak cradles and stacker rack.

Talk about flexible. The 2014 Yakima JayLow stacker and cradle rack for 1 or 2 kayaks can kick, stretch, and bend. Or at least it can angle, mount vertically, or fold down. This versatile Yakima rooftop kayak carrier system allows you to transport one kayak J-style, two kayaks stacker-style, or fold the cradles flush with the vehicle cross bars to leave the rack on when not in use. Installation of the JayLow is fast and simple, thanks to no-tools-needed universal hardware that is compatible with all cross rail styles, like Thule, Inno, Yakima, Whispbar, and factory roof racks. Converting from a 2-kayak vertical stacker, a 1-boat angled “J” cradle, or a collapsible rack to save space when no boats are loaded is made easy thanks to a user-friendly cam lever. Mast padding keeps boats stable and protected, and a built-in ramp makes them easier to mount in the carrier. The JayLow is compatible with the Yakima SKS locking system, and heavy duty straps and bow-stern tie-downs come included with the unit.

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Image of the all-new Yakima SupPup carrier for 1 or 2 stand-up paddleboards on roof rack cross bars.

Man’s best friend? Well, at least the best friend of men and women who love watersports: the new Yakima SupPup SUP roof rack for 1-2 boards. For use with one or two stand-up paddleboards, the Yakima SupPup delivers quality, ease-of-use, and convenient new design features, including a sliding strap system that self-adjusts to accommodate different board widths and includes adjustable pads to protect the finish of the boards; rubberized cradles that provide a no-skid surface to fully protect boards; an out-of-sight stow-away feature for excess strapping; and universal install hardware compatible with factory and aftermarket car rack systems alike, with tool-free and super-fast mounting and removal.

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Image of the Whispbar WB401 SmartLoad rollers kayak carrier with adjusting wing saddles.

Is there anything better than a crisp, sunny afternoon on the water? Now you can take advantage of a free afternoon to get out paddling quickly and easily with the intuitive new Whispbar WB401 rooftop kayak rack with roller assists. The WB401 mounts to Whispbar cross bars in seconds by snapping seamlessly into the T-slot crossbar channel. Installation on aftermarket cross bars from brands like Yakima and Thule is also a cinch using adapters (included). Clever SmartFlex saddles with rubber padding are adjustable to fit the shape of your boat and protect it from slipping or scratching, and the saddles also feature built-in front and rear rollers so that loading your kayak is as effortless as nosing it up into the rack and sliding into position. The SmartFlex saddles include Yakima SKS-compatible lock cores and keys to lock them onto the base rack. Padded cross bar straps and ratcheting bow-stern tie downs fully secure the boat in transit, offering worry-free travel and a simple start to any great adventure.

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Image of the Whispbar 10-cubic foot WB700 hard-sided gear carrier with locks and low-profile design.

Image of the Whispbar 13-cubic foot WB701 dual-open hardshell roof box for universal cross bars.

Quiet as a breeze, sleek as a panther, aerodynamic as a gliding bird, and much easier to spot: the superior new series of Whispbar cartop cargo boxes. This exceptional lineup features the Whispbar WB700 premium locking cargo box for small cars, and the Whispbar WB701 aero cargo box for midsize automobiles. The only difference between these carriers is that the WB700 features 10 cubic feet of cargo space and is best suited for compact vehicles; the WB701 features 13 cubic feet of cargo space and pairs well with mid-sized vehicles like SUVs and wagons.

The WB700 rooftop cargo shell and the WB701 car rack box share many impressive technical and design specifications, like dual-side access that makes opening the box convenient whether you’re on the driver or passenger side of the vehicle, and locks that simultaneously lock belongings out of sight inside of the box and lock the box itself onto the car rack. The low-profile shape is both aesthetically-minded to complement the vehicle and engineered to minimize wind drag in transit. Install hardware is fast, user-friendly, and compatible with virtually any type of roof rack, from square or round rooftop bars from brands like Thule, Inno, or Yakima to elliptical bars from Whispbar and OEM factory cross rails. Rack mounts adjust to contour to the cross bar spread of your rack system, and both cargo boxes are waterproof and rugged enough to withstand years of use. The WB700 and WB701 come in gloss black or silver colors.

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Image of the brand new Whispbar WB201 adjustable roof bike rack for mounting to a bicycle down tube.

More intelligent, more attractive, and more integrated. The competition doesn’t stand a chance against the outstanding new Whispbar WB201 t-channel bicycle frame rack. Sustaining Whipsbar’s unmatched reputation for design and performance, the WB201 is intelligent enough to automatically apply the perfect pressure to your bike frame using clamping SmartHold technology. The WB201 boasts exceptional attractiveness thanks to its sleek design that is also engineered to minimize wind drag on the roof of your vehicle. And the WB201 is more integrated than other racks, using Whispbar’s QuickDock technology that installs into the cross bar channel on the Whispbar bars with just a quick flick of the wrist for a dependable, seamless fit–an adapter is also included for use with round or square roof bars. Plus, for full security the WB201 even includes locks for bicycle and rack.

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Image of the new Yakima 5-bike Ridgeback hitch carrier with locking receiver knob and tilting mast.

Growing family? Here’s a bike rack that will grow with you: the new-for-2014 Yakima RidgeBack 5 bicycle carrier for trailer hitch receivers. Perfect for carrying anywhere from 1-5 bikes, the RidgeBack 5 is the largest capacity carrier in Yakima’s high-quality price-point rack series. The RidgeBack 5 fits on virtually any vehicle hitch, since it comes compatible with either 1-1/4″ or 2″ receivers, and because the RidgeBack 5 is preassembled right out of the box, there’s no need to suffer the frustration of finding the right tools to install it or losing small parts in your driveway. Bikes of almost any shape or size can be transported snug and secure with three points of contact, using Yakima’s quick-adjust ZipStrips top tube straps and anti-sway cradles that prevent bikes from bashing against each other on bumps. The RidgeBack’s innovative SpeedKnob system offers fast, simple installation or removal and rattle-free travel, and also locks the rack onto the receiver hitch using an SKS-compatible lock core (additionally, a Yakima HandCuff locking cable can be purchased separately to lock the bikes onto the rack). The UpperHand lever, conveniently located at eye level, allows the rack to tilt down for accessing cargo in the rear of the car or truck. When the rack isn’t in use, the arms drop for on-vehicle storage, and the whole rack collapses flat to take up minimal storage space off the vehicle. With solid steel construction and a powder coat finish, the RidgeBack 5 is both durable and stylish, and the curved mast shape offers drive train and pedal clearance to further protect bikes and rack in transit. Bonus feature? The always-appreciated bottle opener integrated into the end of the rack arm.

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Here's the new Yakima RidgeBack 4 receiver mount bike rack with hitch lock and tilt-away feature.

Allow us to introduce you to one of the exciting new options from Yakima’s 2014 lineup of trailer hitch bike racks: the Yakima RidgeBack 4 hitch-mount bicycle carrier. The middle sibling in Yakima’s value series of RidgeBack hitch racks (there are also 2-bike and 5-bike models), the RidgeBack 4 transports up to four bicycles on a rack that works with both 1.25″ and 2″ trailer hitches, no adapters needed. The RidgeBack rack comes pre-assembled, sparing you the hassle of rummaging for tools or losing nuts and bolts on the floor of your garage, and it secures each bike with 3 contact points: a pair of ZipStrips straps that adjust easily on the bicycle’s top tube, and an anti-sway cradle that stabilizes the bike to avoid contact with the rack or other bikes installed beside it. The SpeedKnob system on the RidgeBack 4 makes installation and removal amazingly fast, eliminates rattling on bumpy roads, and even locks the carrier onto the vehicle using a Yakima Same Key System lock core and key. Additionally, a Yakima HandCuff cable lock for the bikes can be purchased separately. An accessible UpperHand lever makes it simple to tilt the rack away from the rear of the vehicle to open a hatchback or rear cargo space, and the rack arms are collapsible for improved clearance when bikes aren’t being carried. The entire unit also folds flat for space-saving storage off the vehicle. With a sturdy steel construction and powder coat finish, the RidgeBack 4 is burly and durable, and the unique S-shape of the rack mast leaves space to keep the bike’s pedals and chainrings from coming into contact with the rack. And if you still aren’t sold on the Yakima RidgeBack 4, consider this: a bottle opener is even integrated into the arm of the rack to quench your post-ride thirst.

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Image of the brand new Yakima RidgeBack 1.25" & 2" receiver hitch rack for two bicycles.

Compact, innovative, easy to use, and wallet-friendly. What’s not to love about the new Yakima RidgeBack 2 bicycle hitch mount? The smallest capacity carrier in Yakima’s new line of quality RidgeBack hitch racks, the RidgeBack 2 carries one or two bikes and works with both 1-1/4″ and 2″ receiver hitch mouths as is–no adapters needed. And to keep things easy, this rack also comes pre-assembled, so no fumbling with small parts and no tools needed, either. The RidgeBack 2 anchors the bikes with three points of contact, including super simple and secure ZipStrips top tube straps, and anti-sway cradles that keep bikes from bumping into each other in transit. The SpeedKnob system not only allows for easy install/removal and impressive stability, but also serves as a lock (with SKS lock core included) to lock the rack onto the vehicle. A cable lock for bicycles–the Yakima HandCuff–is also compatible with the RidgeBack and sold separately. The UpperHand cam lever, located handily at the top of the rack, allows the unit to tilt away from the car or truck for accessing gear in the back hatch, trunk, bed, etc.. The rack arms also fold down to save space when the rack ins’t being used, and the RidgeBack is fully collapsible to stow away small off the vehicle. The steel construction is sturdy and durable, and the powder coat finish resists rusts for improved longevity. Plus, the S-shaped mast design further protects bikes by adding clearance for pedals and chainrings. An integrated bottle opener is even included.

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