Yakima Super Joe Bike Rack

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Super Joe

This super mount delivers knockout ease and stability at a heroic price!. Carries 3 bikes with ease. Easy to install with Quick Trigger Hub system. Hold bikes firmly with integrated Stable Cradles. Solid fit to car with six-strap system; foam feet protect your car's finish. Fits broad range of vehicles: sedans, minivans and hatchbacks.

User Reviews (20)

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John Brakeall   [May 19, 2013]
Strength:

Looks nice.

Weakness:

Trash. The thing broke after about 5 uses. The red tab that is used to adjust randomly pulled out. I tried to fix it, but this thing isn't worth my time.

Junk.

Similar Products Used: Saris Bones 3
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Tess Knadler   [Sep 08, 2012]
Strength:

Not expensive, but you may need to buy a new bike after yours falls off the rack...

Weakness:

I agree with everyone who says those rubber straps are unreliable. This has nothing to do with how you install the rack. We lost a bike on the freeway this morning because the rubber straps we had SECURELY fastened came unhooked at 70 mph. It's a miracle no one was killed. I'll never use this rack again. DON'T BUY ONE.

It's a terrible feeling to have a bike fall off the rack and hit the center lane of the freeway at 70 mph. This was not due to operator error. The rubber straps that secure the bike to the rack can come unhooked at freeway speed.

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louthemathteacher   Cross Country Rider [Oct 03, 2011]
Strength:

fits many types of cars

Weakness:

straps release randomly, causing bikes to fall off and make babies (alright - maybe grown men) cry

It's cheap - and not worth risking your bike, and other people's lives over it. My friend lost his Schwinn Moab off of it the other day.

Similar Products Used: Different hitch style racks that worked much better.
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Big Mike   Weekend Warrior [Sep 26, 2009]
Strength:

Ability to mount and dismount from car with ease. Light weight and durable.

Weakness:

Super Joe 3 is not the best "fit" for a small child size bicycle. I had to get creative loading my daughters 16in. bike. But lets be honest, this size bike creates a problem on just about all racks.

I feel the Yakima Co. made a great rack at an affordable price. It does what it is designed to do. I am very pleased.

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4
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4
Lori P   Weekend Warrior [Jul 07, 2009]
Strength:

Easy to use

Weakness:

Lost a bike on highway

The rubber bands that are used to secure the bikes can FAIL. we lost a bike at highway speeds without warning. Luckily, the bike ended up on shoulder w/o anyone hitting it. We are putting in a claim with Yakima, but wont' know for 2-3 months if they accept blame. It's poor design, not a technical failure.

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Larry R   [Jun 18, 2003]
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Easy and quick fit to most vehicles...use on my 96 Saturn primarily...side straps are Great! and work with my rear spoiler on trunk...

Have even used on mini-van w/o problems....

Once carried heavy double stroller to Disneyland...no problem...

Very Strong....

Weakness:

Bungees and extra-tie downs are almost required...straps seem to be rotting...probably will need replaced soon...
Kinda pricey...but I've been happy overall....

Good Rack, very strong and dependable

Similar Products Used: none
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5
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Steve   Weekend Warrior [Mar 12, 2006]
Strength:

'adjustable'

Weakness:

too many to list - the pieces mar your car's paint, have to adjust and readjust and tighten and retighten to get secure, rubber tie downs don't hold, frame puts pressure on your back windshield and license plate, obscures your license plate, doesn't handle girl-style, non-standard bike frames, prevents opening your rear hatch -Oh yeah - EXTREMELY UNSAFE

Please please understand this:
THIS RACK IS A PIECE OF JUNK.
It cost me over 100 dollars and was recommended by the bike shop that sold me the Specialized Hard tail. I spent more time trying to rig it so my bikes would stay on safely (and not drag the ground or slip off) and sweating over every bump in the road than I did trail riding. It is so 'adjustable' it is sloppy. Maybe that is the penalty you pay for the "one size fits all" feature.

Similar Products Used: thule roof rack, yakima roof rack
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Craig   Weekend Warrior [Jun 21, 2007]
Strength:

Easy to install as long you read the directions carefully and look at the photos online. Holds bikes well. I'm a bit of worry wort so I check them at every stop. So far so good. It's inexpensive for what you get.

Weakness:

Easy to steal the rack, but I don't think you can get around this with this type rack. Instructions could be better with better diagrams of how to attach the straps. If you are worried about theft you have to remove it and throw it the trunk which is a little bit of hassle. Pads will scatch car if ti's not clean which again is a bit of hassle, but unavoidable with this type of rack. Even thought the hooks are plastic coated they make the paint a bit too even when clean. Also if you drop the plastic coated hooks the plastic seems to wear relatively easy.

Very good value if you don't want to spend a fortune on a bike rack.

I have no idea how poorly the folks who had their bikes fall off their car installed it, but it must have been a site to see. I had a friend who had the same rack and he installed it wrong and it still held the bikes on fine. If it is installed the way it is supposed to be and isn't over loaded I have no idea how it would fall off. User error is the only thing I can think of.

Similar Products Used: An OLD rack of similar design from many many years ago. It was total crap compared to this one.
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3
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Bryan   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2006]
Strength:

Easy to use, straps hold secure on any vehicle. Mine holds VERY well at speeds of 70+ mph. Rock solid. Never scratched the bike - EVER - in 2+ years of use.

Weakness:

Hooks do mark on car, but it is a white car so it is also easier to see. Luckily I dont really care.

FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! Others on this site have trouble. Clean your trunk before use to prevent scratches and read the correct spacing for the bars in the manual. Secure your downtube in the switchblade cradles - its what they are designed to do! Never had a problem with the rubber straps or the bike flying/swaying behind the car. Keep the straps sealed when not in use, and if they are drying out - replace them. Yakima is easy to do business with. Great easy to use rack that is solid at any speed. Use it right and you WONT have a problem!

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5
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Ryan   Weekend Warrior [Sep 20, 2006]
Strength:

I will carry a bike-hey, beats putting your bike in the trunk.

Weakness:

There are too many to list, lets just sum it up with "bad design."

This is a horrible product. It's made for three bikes, but i was concerned with just two bikes on. As soon as you put a bike on it, all the straps loosen up. Alittle bit of a side wind on the interstate, and you can see the bikes swing. Red side adjustment pulls, wouldnt pull after a couple months. Huge problem, because this rack is in need of constant adjustment. Bottom line.....dont buy this product, it's a terrible waste of money!!!

Similar Products Used: Saris Bones 3
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