Yakima King Cobra Bike Rack

4/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Ergonomic design loads fast and provides hands-free bike support during adjustment
  • Grasps 20” to 29” wheels firmly in its jaws, enabling it to handle a wide range of bikes
  • No problem handling disc brakes, thru axles, or funky suspension designs
  • Keeps your paint job looking pretty because it grabs onto your wheel and doesn’t touch the painted surfaces of your bike
  • SKS-compatible security cable makes thieves want to reconsider their rather poor career choice. Just add SKS Lock Cores (SOLD SEPARATELY)
  • Factory rack compatible with MightyMounts (SOLD SEPARATELY)


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by tootubby a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver,b.c., canada

    Date Reviewed: April 22, 2010

    Strengths:    really easy to load bikes on, fits all my bikes no problem, from my road bike to my dh.

    Weaknesses:    No weaknesses except the fact that they got stolen off my cross bars. I had the extra lock and the cable locked around the bar. I think the thief cut the plastic clamps. (maybe if they would have been metal?) either way they're pricey to replace.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fantastic rack as long as you don't live in a place where they might get ripped off.

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    Favorite Trail:   any

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   rack attack

    Similar Products Used:   Thule side arm


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by papkec a Cross Country Rider from SC

    Date Reviewed: February 10, 2010

    Strengths:    Easy to adjust wheel size; easy to get bike loaded; durable

    Weaknesses:    Red button is useless but I still like the rack without using it

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a really nice rack;
    -- very easy to get the bike mounted
    -- very durable. I use mine at least twice per week and the bike stays in it for about 10 hours with lots of driving.
    -- Switching between wheel sizes is real easy; I have a 29r and 26r switching takes about 10 seconds

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Other Yakima roof mounts, Saris bones, Saris t-rax, Bell cheapy, rhode gear trunk mount


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by 62kona a Downhiller from chatsworth

    Date Reviewed: October 16, 2008

    Strengths:    Easy to use. Holds bike pretty sturdy. Well made. Fits many size tires. Does not touch anywhere but tire.

    Weaknesses:    Not much security. Bike does wobble when installed on factory crossbars.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good rack. I don't find it very hard to install my bike on the roof of my SUV. It takes a little balancing to get it up there, but not too bad. It securely holds my 43lb freeride bike with no problems. The factory crossbars do alow it to sway a little, but that would be fixed with the yakima crossbars wich are much more sturdy.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   CRAIGSLIST

    Similar Products Used:   Trunk and back seat.

    Bike Setup:   06 iron horse 7 point 7.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by steve dedrick a Weekend Warrior from monroe,NC

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 2008

    Strengths:    Does a good job holding bike,does not touch anything but the tires.Has three bolts that hold it to the cross bars.

    Weaknesses:    There is no security,it just bolts to crossbars,no way of locking it down, so anyone walking bye can snag it.Bulky,even when folded down.Would be hard on top of tall suv or even a car if you are short.

    Bottom Line:   
    I think this rack is ok,I bought it because of my Prophet having a lefty,and because I did not want the rack to clamp to my frame.I think it would be a hard to use if it were on an suv,it is hard enough to use on top of my wifes Honda Accord and I'm 5'10".
    There is a real security issue with this rack,no way to secure it with a lock to the cross bars,it locks in place with the bike on it,but once the bike is removed the rack is no longer locked on.
    On the plus side the rack does seem to do a great job of hold the bike in its place,it seems to be very sturdy and does not make contack with any part but the wheels.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $140.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   Thule,saris

    Bike Setup:   custom prophet

    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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    Yakima King Cobra problems working with a fairing on the rack..

    I just got a King Cobra off craigslist because I ordered a new bike that has a 15mm thru-axle and my copperheads won't accommodate it.. I know there is a adapter for it but I found a King Cobra on craigslist for about the same price. My problem is the adjustment screw that you tighten to snug your w ... Read More »

    King Cobra vs. Steel head in gas milage

    Hey, Heading across the country next week and taking the bike. Currently I have a King Cobra on my Mazda 3, but I was wondering if putting my steelhead rack on and removing the front wheel would save any notable gas? I have a 20mm thru axle, so I would have to use an adapter, but there would st ... Read More »

    yakima king cobra vs. thule sidearm??

    I am going to get a non-frame touching upright bike rack to replace an old 'performance' frame grabber. I can't really find anything to help me make the decision between the sidearm and the king cobra. I am looking for anyone's real life experience with these models. Or, are there any other brands/ ... Read More »

    Yakima King Cobra on Thule Rack

    I got a great deal on a Yakima King Cobra bike mount and am looking to get a roof rack system. I would normally just get the QTower set up from Yakima but for my car (2006 VW JEtta) the kit from Yakima comes with a 58 inch cross bar when the roof is only 48 inches wide. I do not want 5 inch overha ... Read More »

    Rack talk - Maxle = Adapter or King Cobra?

    Picked up the Pitch Pro with a front thru axle set up...20mm Maxle - Is it easy enough to break down and use an adapter with my Viper carrier or such a pain that I'd be better off with a King Cobra carrier? Thanks!Read More »

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