Yakima Frontloader Bike Rack

3.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $159.00


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Product Description

The Front-Loader does not grab paintedsurfaces and can handle disc brakes,Thru axles and funky suspensions. Fits factory, round and square bars with no adapters LockableTo crossbar and bikeTo rack (lock cores sold separately) AdjustsTo fit 20" bikes upTo 29ers


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bridger a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2013

Strengths:    Easy to install
Don't have to take of front tire
Holds bike securely
Fits many tire sizes


Weaknesses:    Have to buy SKS lock keys separably
Can be hard to mount bike if you're short or have a tall vehicle


Bottom Line:   
Great bike rack, it holds bike securely without needing to take off the front tire. You also have access to your trunk.

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Price Paid:    $160.00

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel Ex 7

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kris a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2012

Strengths:    Quick and easy to install on my factory crossbars, looks like it has plenty of adjustment to fit almost any crossbar out there. Strong, easy and convenient to put the bike up (don't have to remove the front wheel). adjusts to most front wheel sizes. Locks the bike to the rack and the rack to the car.

Weaknesses:    It would be nice if they didn't rock so much when taking corners but it seems to be a manageable amount and i'm not sure how they could do much better and still leave the front wheel on... Wish the bike lock was a little beefier and was locked to something metal, instead it's about 1/4 thick and loops through some hardened plastic. it's enough to stop the casual passerby from walking off with it but not secure enough that I feel comfortable leaving my bike up there overnight. I've seen some of the mounts that require you to remove your front wheel and they look much more secure. also this mount requires two SKS cores (one to lock the bike to the mount and one to lock the mount to the car rack) whereas the others only require one.

Bottom Line:   
I have owned mine about two months (two of them) and use them 2-3x per week. Bikes are usually on my car for 30-60 minutes to and from my favorite single tracks. having a tall suv (explorer) tends to induce quite a bit of rock and roll to the bikes on top but they have held strong. I took a trip (2 hour highway , 1 hour mountain road each way) up to the mountains two weeks ago to do some biking and took several trips down unmaintained dirt roads where I thought for sure something was going to snap because the car was bouncing and rocking so much. They took the trip like a champ and I'm super happy with them. pretty sure they can stand up to most anything I'll throw at them at this point. Lifetime warranty gives me a feeling of comfort too if they do wear out and something goes.

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Duration Product Used:   2 months

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   Amazon


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pastor Paully a Cross Country Rider from Fresno, CA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2012

Strengths:    The rack is easy to load and unload. It fits on the factory cross bars just dandy. I take the rack off when I am not using it. I can have rack on the car and bike in the rack in under a 1/2 hour. I really like it.

Weaknesses:    I have two of these racks and one broke. I was turning and hit a bump while turning into a parking lot. I then heard a dreaded pop sound. The bike seemed fine in the rack, but after my ride I noticed that some of the thread came off the bolt for the wheel clamp and I could not tighten the wheel in the front loader. I brought the back to REI and got a new rack. I did replace it with the same one, and so that should tell you something about how much I like this one.

Bottom Line:   
I trust the rack, and have only had one incident with it. I use it at least 3 times a week. I would not leave my bike in the thing overnight as the lock is a bit of a joke, but overall it has proved very reliable in hauling my bike from trail to trail.

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Favorite Trail:   SJRT

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Forklift

Bike Setup:   2011 Giant Talon with a new seat. The stock seat was rubbish.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Puzman a Cross Country Rider from Durham CT

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2012

Strengths:    Easy to install

Weaknesses:    WEAK materials... RACK BROKE ON FIRST USE, almost lost my brand new bike!

Bottom Line:   
Do NOT buy this rack! I purchased this to carry my new Cannondale Flash, which requires an upright rack due to the Lefty. I securely attached the bike, and began the drive home. While on the interstate, I looked up through the sunroof of my car and noticed the bike leaning over at an odd angle. I immediately pulled over and found that the main pivot on the rack (ie the pivot on which the front wheel holder is attached to the tray) had cracked! This pivot is made of plastic, and I would not expect it to last long (mine lasted less than 30 minutes!). Purchase at your own risk!

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Favorite Trail:   Ain't tellin...

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Proline Racks

Similar Products Used:   Thule Velovise

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Flash 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by T-Boomer a Weekend Warrior from Norcross, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2011

Strengths:    Easy to attach to OEM rails.

Bottom Line:   
I am very pleased with this roof rack. It fits my Cannondale and my wife's Townie perfectly and allows easy loading and unloading. Has a built in lock and holds our bikes at highway speeds. Very convenient to keep the front tire on. The front tire is held securely and I cannot lift the bikes out of the rack when secured properly. The only downside is that the bikes and rack have a larger footprint with the front tire on causing more wind resistance, but the convenience for me far outweighs the extra drag. I recommend this rack to all those folks who want to load, unload and ride. No extra time wasted removing and re-attaching front wheels.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   Yakima, Thule

Bike Setup:   Cannondale Quick CX; Electra Townie

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jamfan a Weekend Warrior from Birmingham

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2011

Strengths:    Easy to install, Fits factory rack perfectly

Weaknesses:    Hidden cost of having to purchase SKS locks separately.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first roof rack product. I wanted a roof rack where I could leave the front wheel on. I was leaning towards the Thule Sidearm, when I learned Yakima release this factory rack friendly solution. It was very easy to install and the rack fits perfectly on my Honda Element's factory roof rack. The SKS locks were easy to install as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Oak Mountain

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   Amazon

Bike Setup:   Specialized Rock Hopper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by madriaanse a Weekend Warrior from Marana, AZ

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2011

Strengths:    Works really well - easy to use and clamps directly to my Subaru Outback's roof rack without further adapters. It holds the bikes securely and I've never had any issues

Weaknesses:    rear strap barely fits large tires

Bottom Line:   
It's great and I would recommend this product. Looks good on my car.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dpawelczyk a Weekend Warrior from Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Strengths:    Looks, Ease of installation to factory bars

Weaknesses:    Does not hold bike on car

Bottom Line:   
Rack was installed on Audi A4 Sedan to factory crossbars. Carrier stayed on, new mounting system seems to work great and easy to install and take off. However the rails that the bike sits on, unlike the older high roller model, in combination with the front piece which holds the front wheel to the carrier, allows the bike to move its way off the rack. In my case, my Trek Fuel, while traveling 6o mph on the freeway, flew off the car onto the freeway. I will be contacting Yakima during business hours tomorrow and will write a follow up review of their response. Please do your research or go see this rack in person. If Yakima wants to prevent this rack from being recalled, I'm no scientist, but they should include a strap which wraps the front wheel, applying some direct downward pressure to the front of the bike. Unfortunately, I did not listen to my inner-skeptic, and the front of my bike lifted upward, out of the front of the "frontloader" and onto the freeway.

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Favorite Trail:   Los Robles, Thousand Oaks, CA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Yakima

Similar Products Used:   Thule Big Mouth

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX8, Mavis Crossride wheelset

Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

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Yakima Frontloader Video w/ a 29er

Picked up both a Yakima Frontloader and a Trek 29er this week. Tossed the GoPro up on the roof and took a ride around. Drove normally around and had a couple strong pulls and down shifts. Admittedly the video looks like I was going about 10mph the entire time :/ the speed varied to about 55mph. Ov ... Read More »

Yakima Frontloader Plus Fat Bike = NOT GOOD

Cruising home from a really good ride, listening to the radio and I hear a loud bang...and look back to see my 9ZERO7 sliding down the hwy behind me!! :eekster::yikes: There was a pretty strong head wind, but I wasn't going crazy fast by any means. I KNOW that I double checked to ensure that the ... Read More »

Yakima Frontloader Plus Fat Bike = NOT GOOD

Cruising home from a really good ride, listening to the radio and I hear a loud bang...and look back to see my 9ZERO7 sliding down the hwy behind me!! :eekster::yikes: There was a pretty strong head wind, but I wasn't going crazy fast by any means. I KNOW that I double checked to ensure that the ... Read More »

thule sidearm 594XT vs. yakima frontloader for cars with stiff suspension

hi all, i had a question on a new rack purchase. i've been using a yakima frontloader for a few years on my prior car, but just sold it and need to get a new base rack system. i'll be getting a yakima roundbar and qtower base setup, so i can use my existing frontloader. however, i wanted t ... Read More »

yakima frontloader or rockymounts pitchfork? ('08 WRX)

Got a 08 WRX hatchback, and already have the yakima bars, and no hitch. Wanting to carry a Giant XTC 29er XL on the roof and am looking at the yakima frontloader or rockymounts pitchfork w/ 15mm TA adapter. Was wondering which one would be more secure at interstate speeds, and maybe just some opinio ... Read More »

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