Yakima Forklift Bike Rack

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DESCRIPTION

Feast your eyes on our first-ever fork rack with direct-to-factory crossbar capability right out of the box. It featured quick and easy tool-free installation, and it’s compatible with most disc brakes. Sleek design and automotive finish looks extremely spiffy on your vehicle. Secure and lockable skewer with integrated adjustment knob for single-handed, easy access (SKS lock cores sold separately). Easy-to-adjust sliding wheel tray makes positioning the rear wheel a snap. Fits round, square and most factory crossbars out of the box.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 22, 2012]
MTS

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

The Yakima fork lift is a new edition to the Yakima bike racks family. The equipment is an easy to install which can be topped up on your car’s factory fitted bars and also on the bespoke or off the shelf bars which you may get from the market. The equipment is well built with good quality materials and you can easily mount your bike on it with one hand with another hand engaged while holding a drink! There is a very convenient security system and if you are a beginner to this biking arena, this product is for you. It will hold your bikes very easily and there will be no risk of damage.

Weakness:

The product however comes along with its cons as well. The feedback from some regular customers says that the plastic and some parts are not extremely durable, however if you are a casual user this comment should not worry you a lot. A few customers have reported that the plastic has come off from the mountings although it does not have any impact on the functioning of your product. The only problem can be that your bikes and the racks may be vulnerable to theft where the racks can be unassembled by way of unriveting the bolts.

All in all, the product is a must buy!

[Jul 28, 2010]
Roewyn
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light, easy-peasy to install, mounts to factory roof racks, looks kinda like a little snake biting your crossbars

Weakness:

Expensive

If you have factory crossbars and don't want the idiotic feeling of having 2 different setups on your car, then the Forklift is a good, solid choice - also considering decent rack manufacturers who actually make factory compatible mounts are few and far between.
So if this is you, read on!
At first, I was a little nervous... the top of the front clamp fit my oval-shaped crossbars perfectly but the bottom part didn't, even with the 3 different channels for adjustment. However, once I'd tightened it (FYI: on a Subaru Outback, have the front clamp adjusted to the TOP channel, and the rear clamp on the MIDDLE channel), it snugly fit and I was happy. The back clamp, however, will never fit "perfectly." That being said, even with the rear clamp not being quite as "clampy" on the rear bar as I'd like, it's still a VERY tight fit. I have that sucker wound as tight as I can, and have virtually zero wobble with my bike, even doing 70+mph down the freeway.
I personally like the look of forkmounted racks, too, but that's preference - not everyone wants to pop a tire off before loading, and the wind displacement can be an issue...
All in all, I'm very pleased. I did get it on sale (15% off - wooohoo!), so if $$ and factory crossbars are a factor in your rack buying spree, wait for a deal and you'll be happy.
4 flaming poos all around!

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[Jul 06, 2009]
tednugent
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tool-less design for install, nothing to trim to fit Thule rectangular bars, Skewer easy to adjust to a Stumpjumper fork. Mount shaped for universal fitment

Weakness:

Front clamp install is a little tedious to install when a fairing is already there.

Skewer can be a pain to open. You need to reach behind & push the skewer open.

Installed on Yak bars. Haven't tried other factory bars, but the clamps do look to be similar in design (shape) to Yak Skyboxes for universal fitment. So, if you're going to buy a Fork mount from Yakima, just get the Forklift. If you buy another car, SUV, or wagon, the forklift will work on that also (or a friend needs to borrow it). I personally prefer keeping the front wheel on, that's why I have the HighRoller.

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Yak Highroller

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