Yakima High Roller Bike Rack

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Yakima High Roller Bike Rack 

DESCRIPTION

Behold HighRoller -The finest rooftop bike mount inThe known universe.This spectacular additionTo your car rack system keepsThe widest range of bikes stable and secure without requiring youTo removeThe front wheel. So score a HighRoller rooftop bike mountToday. Because no matter what you do atThe crapsTable, you should never gamble with your bike. DoesntTouchThe painted surfaces on your bike Super-strong wheelTray with double-sided strap for an extra stable ride Works with disc brakes,Thru axles

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 25, 2013]
Fparra

Strength:

nothing

Weakness:

the price, the materials, it is the sencond, the first was broken since the first load, the second in the third load... they apply guarantee, the thing is that I need to pay the shipping cost...

Please avoid any yakima product, life guarantee... please!!! you have to pay shipping cost!!! they live to be guarantee!!!!

Please avoid any yakima product!!!

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Feb 18, 2013]
fgames

Strength:

It is very convenient to use once you work out the way to use it. It's as easy a roof rack available. I have not had the wobble issue. I'm thankful someone explained the red button issue. I just thought mine didn't work.

Weakness:

I have had to send both mine back. The customer service has been great. Both mine did not ratchet properly and the knob has had issues. Both seem to be hard to turn every now and then. On one it popped off and won't stay on. Now one is loose at the front bottom of the roller. I'm surprised no-one else has had the ratcheting issue. Again, they have been great. They have replaced both with no questions asked.

Overall I might look for something else. If my new one I have coming works then maybe I'll be happier with product.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2012]
Matt

Strength:

Easy on, easy off, every time. Holds bike solid. Lower profile than Thule sidearm when closed. Doesn't touch anything on your bike but the wheels - Thule side arm will touch your forks.

Weakness:

None.

I've had this for 5 seasons now. It's awesome - on or off in 10 seconds. Holds the bike securely. Your bike will sway a bit, but rest-assured it's secure. This held my Santa Cruz Blur LT and now holds my beloved (and much better than the blur) Yeti 575 (for last 3 seasons). This is so worth the money - you will not be disappointed. I only use the integrated lock to lock the high roller to the roof rails when not in use - I bought 2 gorilla cables and master locks for locking my bike. Note - I bought both this and the Thule sidearm from REI when first got my blur. The high roller is way better - I returned the sidearm (REI is great for returns). Installation of this rack is easy. $200 is pricey, but then again, at 5 seasons and still going strong, it's worth the money. If you bought a nice bike, give it the rack that it deserves.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 14, 2012]
maurohard
Downhiller

Strength:

great looking, easy to use for downhill bikes!

Weakness:

none

really great warranty, i buy my yakima in USA online , my rack arrived damaged and i just find the problem when i was back in my country , immediately i talk with yakima.com and they send me a new one to my country!

and is working great!!

thanks!


Similar Products Used:

thule rack 530

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 10, 2011]
East coast trailrider
Downhiller

Strength:

Fast and easy load, and unload. Does not scuff frame.

Weakness:

Poor build quality. I ordered 2 of these, and on one of them, the hinging mechanism on front section that grabs front wheel was falling apart as I was taking it out of the box (I fixed it myself). Made of flimsy material. Mounting area that attaches to roof rack cross bars is poorly engineered, in that it SHOULD BE WIDER to give more side to side stability (bike sways too much when driving). Does not have a GOOD way of locking to roof or bike (a good thief can get that bike and rack off of the car roof in a very short period of time. Yakima configurator and ORS racks direct configurator rips you off for too many "lock cores" (sells you double the amount than you actually need...).

I bought 2 of these with a full roof rack kit. Overall it works OK, no issues with getting bike in and out of the setup. Strength and quality is a little lacking IMO for a rack like this, and for this price. With heavier bikes like my DH bike you can see that it sways a little too much side to side for my liking... One was coming apart when brand new taking out of box (I fixed it), but this shows poor build quality.

If you buy online, do not use the configurator to get your lock cores, it sells you way too many for what is needed. I ordered a complete roof rack setup with 2 high rollers, which requires 6 locks for the whole setup. The Configurator told me I require 12 Locks, so I bought them, and now I have 6 extra that I paid for that are going in the garbage because I do not need them. My advise, buy the rack setup first, and when you recieve than you will see how many locks you actually need, then order them seperate...

And do not buy from ORS racks direct, their customer service is non existant.

Overall, the rack is OK, but I expected much better for the money.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 11, 2009]
Hammiam
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Looks good. Very sturdy design. Loading and unloading is very easy and fast. Holds complete bike no removing the front wheel. No contact with bike frame or components just tires. No roof top noise from it.

Weakness:

Can be hard to load a bike on time of a high vvehicle Red release button doesn't really work as advertised

I really do like this rack I believe that it does work very good. Makes loading and unloading the bikes really easy with very little time. However as stated above the red release button does not really work as advertised and both hands are required leaving no hands to hold the bike. However there is a real easy way to to deal with this. As per what the instructions say you are to loosen the tension wheel before even pressing the red button to lower it the rest of the way. Well what I do is just keep turning the tension wheel until it drops which is very little and works so much easier plus I can keep one hand on the bike. So bottom line this is not an issue.

Others have also mentioned that the plastic covers that have to be snapped back on at the front would not stay on very well. They have one of two issues. There either not getting them completely snapped back on or they broke them while taking them off. When p
utting mine back on once I got them lined up you have to push pretty hard to get them to snap back on. No worries of them coming off.

Other issue mentioned was the bike moving around while driving. Well it does move around some but its really very little some over exaggerate this. It's not enough to bring concern. I have also tried to pull the bike out of the rack after loading it and its not coming out of there so no worries on losing it. However if your tire would go flat while its up there it might come loose. I do believe Yakima could add another ratchet strap to hold the front wheel to rack which would protect against it coming loose if the tire went flat. But the odds of this happening are very slim.

I remember reading somewhere that if you have a wind fairing that you have to mount theses backwards on the rack this is not true the design leaves enough space for even the Q-Towers to pass underneath the highroller. Matter a fact I have mine centered over the Q-Tower.

I am going to address one more issue. Some complain that it doesn't come with a SKS Lock Core. Well that would be nice but do you want to have a bunch of different keys for your rack system or just buy a 6 or 8 pack of SKS locks so that they all match. I think that is why SKS Lock Cores are sold seperately


Bottom line I would highly recommend this rack. I like it so much I am selling all of my Yakima SteelHeads to buy another one.

Similar Products Used:

Yakima SteelHead

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 14, 2009]
zoo00oom
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Not having to take the front wheel off, no frame contact.

Weakness:

side to side wobble. (4 chilis overall)

I bought this because I like not taking my wheel on and off and I did not like scuffing my frames with other racks.
I like this rack just fine, but I really feel at this price Yakima could have put a lock core in it. It is like buying a car and them asking you if you would like tires to go with it!
Hey Yakima, if you send me a lock core I will up your value rating! (and 4 chilis for that!)

Similar Products Used:

xport frame grabber

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 25, 2009]
tednugent
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Once installed, easy to load & remove. Of course, no need to stash the front wheel somewhere else.

Weakness:

Getting the plastic covers back on can be a pain. The release button can be finicky to operate.

Great, user friendly design from Yakima.

Similar Products Used:

Yakima Forklift

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 16, 2009]
br805ww
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The HighRoller is built tough and very user friendly. The bike is stable and only moves a little.

Weakness:

There are two plastic covers that to over the bolt mounts (under the front wheel area), if you do not put these covers back on, the front bar that holds the front wheel is misaligned and may not hold your front tire properly. It makes me wonder how long those plastic covers will last?

Mountain bike tires with large lugs sometimes get stuck on the front bar, and you have to pry your tire out in order to remove your bike. Maybe the front tire contact area chould be rounded off to avoid this.

This is a very easy to use bike rack.

I have a Cannondale with a Lefty, and the HighRoller is mounted on the left side of the car, putting the bike in the rack is moderately diffcult due to the Lefty shock and it seems taller for some reason (unless I'm shrinking) even for a sedan.

Overall, I love this rack and I bought it because my bike has disc brakes and lack of space to put front wheels.

Similar Products Used:

A Yakima Raptor-like product, this was way before the Raptor came out and this was pre 1991 and bought used.

Also the Yakima Steelheads and ATOC Tandem Topper

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 12, 2009]
MTBchick
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

easy on and off, don't have to remove front tire, easy to remove and put on other cars

Weakness:

bike wobble (although the bike is solid in place - hasn't fallen off yet)

Buy it. I've really enjoyed having the Highroller - it was well worth the investment. I do have problems loading a bike by myself, but that's simply because I don't have the arm strength - my husband has to help me lift the bike.

We had initial difficulties in removing the bike because the red button wouldn't release. But after reading the other reviews, I realized we needed to release the tension on the arm. Works fine now.

We've also removed and installed the rack on other vehicles (when letting people borrow the rack), and it's very easy to remove and install - only takes a few minutes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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