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Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 2 bikes on folding dual arms with anti-sway cradles. ZipStrip ratcheting cradle straps quickly and easily secure your bikes to the rack. Rack tilts for cargo area access. Tool-free installation with locking knob. Call 800-298-8924 to order Yakima hitch bike racks part number Y02457 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks - Y02457

  • Hanging Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Yakima
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Hitch Lock

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 2 bikes on folding dual arms with anti-sway cradles. ZipStrip ratcheting cradle straps quickly and easily secure your bikes to the rack. Rack tilts for cargo area access. Tool-free installation with locking knob.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted rack lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Anti-sway cradles with ratcheting ZipStrip straps hold bike frames at 3 points
    • Prevent sway and bike-to-bike contact
    • Absorb road shock and vibration with TPE padding
  • SpeedKnob provides tool-free, anti-rattle installation
    • Tightens rack inside your hitch to reduce noise and movement
    • Includes hitch pin on a braided steel lanyard
  • Dual arms offer excellent bike support
    • Quick-release TriggerFinger control lever lets you fold down arms for storage
  • Tilting design lets you easily access your cargo area
    • UpperHand control lever is mounted on front of mast for easy reach
    • Audible click lets you know that mast is locked into the upright position
  • Same Key System (SKS) lock in SpeedKnob secures rack to your vehicle
    • Optional HandCuff lock kit (Y02466 - sold separately) lets you add a cable lock to the rack
  • Arced mast design provides additional clearance from the rear of the vehicle
  • Sturdy steel construction with chip-resistant powder coat finish
  • Rack folds flat for compact storage


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class II only) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 40 lbs per bike
  • Usable length of rack arms: 15"
  • Cradle width: 1-3/4"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to back of mast: 11-1/2"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest part of rack: 9-1/2"
  • Distance between arms (outside cradle to outside cradle): 13-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 32 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, or towable campers

Note: This dual-arm rack reduces the need for a bike frame adapter bar (sold separately) to mount a children's, women's, or alternative frame bicycle. However, to mount certain bikes or to keep your bike level on the rack, a bike adapter bar may be required. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension bikes, and small children's bikes will require a bike adapter bar.


Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Loaded

The sturdy, hitch-mounted Yakima Ridgeback lets you transport 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle. The rack has dual arms that offer excellent bike support and anti-sway cradles with ZipStrip ratcheting cradle straps for quick and easy bike loading. The mast tilts away from your vehicle for cargo area access. And installation is tool-free with an integrated anti-rattle device that locks the rack to your vehicle.


Folding Dual Support Arms

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Dual Foldable Arms Walk Through

The Ridgeback's dual arms offer excellent bike support.


Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Dual Foldable Arms Walk Through

And they fold down flat against the mast for parking clearance and compact storage. To fold them down, pull the grey TriggerFinger control lever on top of the mast. When you're ready to load bikes again, simply lift the arms back up until they lock into place with an audible click.


Anti-Sway Cradles with Ratcheting ZipStrip Straps

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Anti Sway Craddles

The RidgeBack has anti-sway cradles that grip your bike frame at 3 different points - twice along the top bar and once along a downward bar, such as a seat post. This third point of contact helps to prevent sway and bike-to-bike contact.


Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Anti Sway Craddles

Ratcheting ZipStrips let you quickly and easily secure your bikes in the cradles. These straps require none of the tugging and stretching that conventional straps require. Simply insert the strap into the buckles on the cradle, and push it down until it's snug around your bike frame. The ZipStrips can be removed quickly by pressing the release levers on the sides of each anti-sway cradle.


A layer of TPE padding on each cradle absorbs road shock and minimizes vibrations.


Tool-Free Installation with SpeedKnob

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack SpeedKnob Tighten with Anti Rattle

The Ridgeback has an integrated SpeedKnob that allows tool-free installation. The knob controls an anti-rattle wedge on the shank. Simply turn the knob to tighten the bike rack shank in your hitch receiver. This not only secures the rack to your vehicle, but also reduces noise and movement of the rack in your hitch. An included hitch pin is attached to the bike rack shank with a lanyard so you won't lose it.


The rack works with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. To use it in a 1-1/4" hitch, simply remove the red adapter and wedge extension with the included Allen key.


Easy Access to Rear Cargo Area

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Fold Down Capability

The Ridgeback's mast tilts so you won't need to remove the rack for rear hatch clearance. And the UpperHand control lever is conveniently located near the top of the mast, so you won't need to bend over to reach a lever or pin at the base of the rack.


Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Fold Down Capability

Bike Rack Security

Yakima RidgeBack locking SpeedKnob

The SpeedKnob includes a Yakima Same Key System (SKS) lock core. This lock prevents a would-be thief from being able to loosen the knob and remove the rack from your hitch. Add a HandCuff cable lock (Y02466 - sold separately) to secure your bikes to the rack.


SKS cores can be swapped out if you own other Yakima products and want to use the same key to lock them all.


Compact Storage

Yakima Ridgeback 2 Bike Rack Lays Flat for Easy Storage

The RidgeBack easily folds flat for compact storage. Use the TriggerFinger control lever to fold the arms down. Then use the UpperHand lever to fold up the shank.


Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Bottle Openers

The RidgeBack includes 2 built-in, machined-steel bottle openers in case your beverage of choice doesn't have a twist-off cap.



8002457 Yakima Ridge Back 2-Bike Hanging-Style Carrier - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Installation Details Y02457 Installation instructions



Video of Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number Y02457. The Yakima RidgeBack Bike Rack is great for two people on the go who want to take their bikes from point A to point B. This will fit a wide variety of bikes, ranging from our road bike to our mountain bike that we have right now, but this will also work with alternate frame bikes and some kids bikes with the use of a bike adapter bar.The bike rack has nice sturdy arms here that actually can carry two bikes up to 40 pounds each, so this can work with either class three hitches or class two hitches only. This is going to grip your bike by three points. We'll have the two ZipStrips up at the top, and one off to the side which will serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and causing bike-to-bike contact. And the ZipStrips do have a quick release to them, where you just push in the tabs on either side, and they remove very easily.

And, they install just as easily.It has this TPE padding at the base of our cradles here, and that's going to help absorb some of the shock while you drive and the bike's are bouncing a little bit up and down. While there are no locks provided to secure your bikes to the bike rack, there are after market options, such as part number Y02466, the handcuff lock from Yakima, which will attach to the back portion of our bike rack. Also, like many other Yakima bike racks, we do have bottle openers at the end of both of our arms, so you can share a cold one after a ride on the trail.We went ahead and removed the bikes to show off some of the features with a little more detail. We'll start with our cradles. Here's the TPE or super-cushioned material here at the base that we mentioned before helps with shock absorbency while you're driving.

Also, the tops of our ZipStrips also have a nice cushioned padding here as well. The cradles are stationary, meaning you can't move them back and forth, however, the anti-sway cradles are adjustable for varying bike styles.Right now, we have it in the loading position, but these arms do fold down for those close quarter situations such as parking by lifting up on this handle here, and letting the arms come down until you hear it click. This also tilts away from the vehicle to gain rear hatch access. Now, I would like to emphasis, you cannot do this when both bikes are attached. You'll pull forward on the lever in the front, and pull it forward, and now we have full rear hatch access and plenty of space on either side to get what we need.And how this attaches to the hitch, this is going to be a tool-free install, which is pretty unique amongst most bike racks.

What you would do is insert this into the hitch, you push the red pin into the side, and then we come to the speed knob at the end, tighten it down to take out the shake and play in the shank. Also, the speed knob is in its locked position now, meaning it just free spins so it can't be removed from the vehicle. You would need the key to unlock that to loosen it up. Also, by removing the collar here, as well as this wedge, this can be converted to an 1-1/4" hitch as well, so this can work as we said earlier with class two and three 2" hitches in this configuration. With this removed, it can work with class two 1-1/4" hitches as well.

So this will work with multiple vehicles.Now, we're going to give you some quick measurements here for some additional information. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the mast is going to be 11-1/2". The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack is going to be 9-1/2". The distance between the arms, outside cradle to outside cradle, will be 13-1/2". The carrier weight itself is about 32 pounds, and the weight capacity is going to be about 40 pounds per bike.This bike does work really well with cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans, but is not rated for fifth wheels, motor homes, or towable campers. When comparing this with other bike racks, one that comes up is going to be the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number TH9028XT. Some of the big differences between these two bike racks, for one, the Thule Vertex you can shift the cradles back and forth, while the Yakima's are going to remain stationary. With the Thule Vertex, the straps do wrap around and have notches to put them in place, while with the Yakima ZipStrips, they simply just push into place and you're ready to go. With the Thule Vertex, it is rated for motor homes, while the Yakima RidgeBack is not.Now, we'll take a look at some of our customer comments. Edward writes one year later, "Good product. I only used it a few times a year, and I take my bikes from New York to Florida and back, and a few times locally." Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go ahead and show you how this installs. Before you install this on your vehicle, you have to determine if you have an 1-1/4" or 2" hitch. In this case, we have a 2" hitch so we don't have to make any alterations.We'll first line up our shank with the hitch, and push it into place. At this point, you have a choice. There are two points you can choose from to line up the hole with. This is so if your hitch may sit further behind the bumper, you can have it further out just for clearance purposes. Then we're going to take our pin here, and just push that into place, and then we'll come to our speed knob at the end. With our speed knob, you want to turn it to the right, which will tighten it up inside the hitch to take out the play that you see here.As you tighten it down, it might help to move it back and forth to get it seated properly. You can see now, with it tightened down, that shake and play is gone. Then we'll take our included key, turn it, and now it just free spins. It can't be removed. Right now we have it in the stowing position. We can put it to the loading position by lifting up the gray lever at the top, and folding it out. You're going to hear a little bit of a click, and now we're ready to start taking off our ZipStrips and loading up our bikes.To remove our ZipStrips, there's these tabs on either side. You push them in at the same time, and that will release the ZipStrip completely. Go ahead and remove these on all of them. A little trick to help out with loading the bikes is we're actually going to push our anti-sway cradle up out of the way, and that's going to make sliding the first bike on that much easier. Now, when loading your bikes, you want to make sure you load them as level as possible. To make this happen for alternate frame bikes, you may need to utilize a bike adapter bar. Yakima has one. We're utilizing it today. You can find this on etrailer.com.Once we have it set in place, I'm going to push this all the way up, so we're facing our anti-sway cradle here. Then, we can take our ZipStrips, and we just push those in place nice and tight all the way around. You may have to work at it a little bit for the ones closer. There we go. To give you an example of what I'm talking about when I say load the bikes evenly, with the adapter bar you can see how it sits level on the bike rake here. In the instructions, what they don't want is bikes to sit on it like so, where the tires are going to be at this extreme angle.Then we'll repeat this process for the second bike. Now, in some situations you may find that the front tire of one of the bikes makes contact with the other, or possibly even with the vehicle depending on how close it is. We do have straps online that you can find to help keep the tires in place and keep that from happening. Now that we got everything loaded up, we'll take it out on our test course and show you how it looks.First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. There you have it for the Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" hitches, part number Y02457.


Customer Reviews

Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Y02457

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (92 Customer Reviews)

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 2 bikes on folding dual arms with anti-sway cradles. ZipStrip ratcheting cradle straps quickly and easily secure your bikes to the rack. Rack tilts for cargo area access. Tool-free installation with locking knob.

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Both my wife and I were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bike rack! I can’t wait to try it out. 718063



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The rack installs easily with good instructions. It is still a little heavy for me to put in my Subaru Crosstrek (I am 68), but it is manageable. We used this heavier rack since we sometimes put on our electric bikes for short distances. They are at the heavy end of the weight limits, but should work OK. Unlike the last car I had (Subaru forester), we don't want to keep the rack on the car unless we need to use it. The rack was delivered slower than expected. The web site said it was in stock, but there apparently was an issue with the availability. The customer service team kept me well apprised of the shipment status. 543204



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We used this bike rack on our vacation to Atlantic Beach NC. For 2 senior citizens, we made out pretty well. The bikes had a pleasant ride, no dings, no dents, no spinning tires! We carried them on the back of a GMC pickup with a camper top. The tilt down feature allowed us to open the tailgate completely with the bikes still on the rack. The only thing we would want to improve is the weight. At 32 pounds it was hard for us to mount on the hitch, but we were able to get a young neighbor to help us. It is very well built and I would definitely recommend this rack to our friends. 575098



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The bicycle rack was delivered today. After much trial and error I finally got it together and functioning properly. The instructions are little help and I only achieved success after calling Yakima customer service for assistance. On a purely cosmetic issue, the Yakima decal is already half gone. If I were the manufacturer I would like my name ( logo ) applied more permanently. After all the trials and tribulations, the bike rack is first class. To bad the same can't be said for the instructions. 227058


Comments
It works just fine. A good bike carrier.
Bill N - 09/21/2016

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Carried 2 bikes from North Texas to Northern Colorado on the back of a civic coupe, through high winds and mountain passes. This rack is very sturdy. It was a little tough to get out of the hitch receiver the first time, very snug fit. I now need to get a hitch receiver on my Miata so that I can continue to use this rack. 564726



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This was installed in a 2" hitch but can accommodate the smaller receiver as well. This rack holds on to my large frame mountain bike just fine with virtually no sway during the short trips to my local trail. All features work as advertised, but please note that while the kit comes with a long strap to hold multiple bikes together (to prevent the frame bouncing against each other I assume), the kit does not include a strap to hold the front wheel/fork steady. I improvised one with a short bungee cord. Shipping from etrailer was fast and communicated well via notifiactions. 431800



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Just installed hitch and carrier and it all went smoothly, the videos were terrific on how to install and use. 377053



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I ordered both a Curt class three hitch and Yakima bike rack. The hitch and bike rack came in great condition! However, I'm unsure if my car's frame will be able to handle the weight of my bikes, bike rack, and hitch once I load everything on. The gauge of the steel on the actual frame of my Subaru crosstrek is thinner than that used for the Yakima bike rack. I just talked to Subaru and they weren't able to answer my questions of the frame's weight limitations because I didn't buy their parts. I understand but it stinks not to have a clear answer. We'll see what happens. I may be having to test etrailer's return policy, but I hope not. Crossing my fingers. 272240



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I used this product twice to go back and forth on a 700 mile trip (1400 miles total). My initial impression was that it was sturdy because it was larger than most 2 bike carriers I've seen. The strapping system is convenient and the locking system worked great. The only flaw so far is that one of the locking mechanisms actually broke off. After closer inspection, I realized that the parts are plastic. I'm not sure what actually caused it to break other than the force of hitting a pothole causing the bike to bounce on the rack. Those types of forces should be expected with normal driving however and I expected the locking mechanism to hold up. I was fairly disappointed that it happened given the asking price and the reviews I read prior to my purchase. Other than the locking mechanism on the actual bike rack, I wouldn't put to much faith in the red handled locking pin that inserts into the trailer hitch and insertion bar portion of the bike rack. It is understood that the pin does not go all the way through the insertion bar as the locking mechanism is inside and prevents further advancement. Yakima could probably improve this aspect of the product. I will be contacting Yakima to see if they will replace the broken part. One thing I did notice was that the broken bracket is screwed in and can be removed/replaced fairly easily. I have included pics of the broken bracket and working bracket for comparison. Hope this helps in your decision! 233829



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Sturdy, well built! ETrailer very resp onsive 717204



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outstanding customer service form the initial phone call, to follow up and execution of the order delivery very impressed would recommend to anyone thank you 714448



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Rack came completely assembled and was easy to connect to the 2 inch Curt hitch. It actually took as long to get the box open than connecting to the hitch. Turning the red knob tightened the rack to remove any play. 706254



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Install was as advertised, but more documentation on how to adjust the hitch adjustment for the size. The handcuff lock install was as advertised. Videos were helpful in selling my purchase ! 665126



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The bike rack we installed on my son’s Jeep works flawlessly and can tell it’s built for years of service. 645234



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I'm very happy with the Yakima Ridge Back 2. I was also very impressed with the folks at etrailer and how quick they got the bike rack to me. 643272



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Yakima bike rack was received as scheduled. product comes assembled and works great ! very sturdy but a little heavy. 570738



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Easy to use. Well made and strong. Would buy it again. 561926



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This my second one. Got rear ended by a truck. No damage to the car and really no damage to the bike rack but happy to have a new one from the truck owner. Easy to get bike on and off. I am 65 years old and I LOVE THIS BIKE RACK! 546422



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Thank you 518099



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Easy ordering over the phone. Delivered as promised. Rack was easy to install good quality. 510993



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Good product.... I only use it a few time a year... take bikes from NY to Florida and back.... and a few times locally. I suppose if you were really into biking, get the type that you simply set the bike(s) in the wheel trays and lock them on.... Remember as humans we tend to be lazy even if we may be marathon bikers. Used this on a Porsche Macan, and a Grand Marquis. My Grand Marquis has the smaller hitch... 1 1/2" ??? I just went to Walmart and got an adapter to 2"... Sorry e-trailer but I was in a hurray. The adapter actually moves the rack a few more inches away from the trunk. Love that because access to the trunk is easier.... but trunk access is not really a problem whether or not you need an adapter. I like the locks.... also remember to get the adapter bar for ladies bikes. Folds up nice to put in garage. 489667



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Only complaint like others have noted is the Yakima logo is a sticker that easily peels off. Other than that, it's strong, sturdy, and easy to load my bikes. I've used it about 6 times over the past year with no problems. I'm very satisfied with my purchase. 479057



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Very good bike rack. Very sturdy. A little heavy, but very well built. Would recommend. 442793



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This rack has been outstanding! Very stable and although it is a tad on the heavy side (not necessarily a bad thing) it is relatively easy to install and remove when needed. The ratchet straps are very effective and easy to use. I would highly recommend this bike rack! .............. By the way, ETrailer.com is an outstanding company to deal with as well! They are very good at what they do! 371453



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I love this rack! Simple and easy to use. Rack or bicycles don't wiggle at all. Jeep Grand Cherokee with 2" receiver Easily hangs on garage wall with two vinyl coated ladder hooks 310441


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  • Fit of Yakima Ridgeback 2 Bike Rack # Y02457 in Class I Hitch on 2014 Toyota Corolla
    As you noted, many Class I hitches have a stop welded or punched into the receiver tube that prevents an accessory meant for a Class II accessory from being used. In the past, to avoid confusion, Yakima found it simpler to state their racks wouldn't fit Class I hitches than it would be to explain that they would fit some Class I's but not others. The Ridgeback 2 bike rack you're asking about avoids this whole issue, as it doesn't use a hitch pin that passes all the way through the receive...
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  • Will Yakima Ridgeback Fit Factory Trailer Hitch of Subaru Outback
    The Subaru hitches are known for having a shallow hitch pin hole which makes installing bike racks in them interesting. The good news is that the Yakima Ridgeback # Y02457 was made to accommodate this. Yakima actually was making the Subaru brand bike racks so they were making their hitch racks to fit with the shallow hitch pin design. The distance from the hitch pin to the end of the shank is 1-1/2 inches.
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for 2017 Nissan Murano with Backup Camera
    Based on my research, it looks like the backup camera on your 2017 Nissan Murano is located just above the license plate. With this in mind, pretty much any bike rack is going to provide some interference with the camera but it should still give you a good field of vision, depending on the model. The Yakima Ridgeback # Y02457 referenced in your question is a really nice hanging-style racks, however it does feature a prominent center mast that might block the camera when mounted. For...
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  • Adapter to Load a Girls Bike on the Yakima RidgeBackTrailer Hitch Mount Bike Carrier
    Yes, there is an adapter you can use. Since you will be carrying bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # Y02531. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without them my wifes bike would be at a severe angle and I would not be able to load my sons bike at all. I have linked a video that shows how the adapter...
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  • What is the Weight Capacity of the Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
    The Yakima bike rack, # Y02457, itself weighs 32 pounds. It can carry up to 80 pounds total. So if loaded to capacity the tongue weight on the hitch would be 112 pounds. The bike rack has more than enough capacity for the two 38 pound bikes you have. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes I recommend using the Tube Top adapter bar, # Y02531, for greater round clearance and to carry the bikes more level. I have included a link to a video showing how the...
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  • Is Bike Adapter Bar Required for Beach Cruiser Bike on Yakima Ridgeback 2
    Some combinations of bike and bike rack will be more likely than others to need addition of a bike adapter bar like # UB01. The Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack # Y02457 has closely-spaced arms (13-1/2-inches outside to outside) that can directly work with many bike frame designs, even beach cruisers like yours. You can simply measure your bike to see if those arms would fit in the space between the bike's top tube and the small stabilizer under it, or alternately, with one arm in that main...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2012 Honda CR-V
    After some research, I recommend the Yakima HighLite 2 Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Rack # Y02438. It is a highly-rated rack that is easy to use and operate. I have included a link to the instructions in order for you to safely and properly install this rack, as well as a link to a video review of the rack. Since you have stated you are planning to transport womens bikes, I am including a link to the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar # Y02531, which allows you to haul women's and alternatively...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for OEM Hitch of 2017 Subaru Forester
    You'll want to use the RidgeBack, part # Y02457. Yakima actually makes the Subaru Branded bike rack available at their dealers, so the RidgeBack is a proven fit. If you'll be transporting women's bikes or bikes with sharply-angled top tubes, you might also consider a frame adapter bar like part # UB01. The bar spans the distance between the handlebar gooseneck and the seat post, which provides a secondary attachment point for the bike rack. This allows the bike to be carried level, which...
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  • Yakima Hitch Bike Rack for Use in OEM Hitch on 2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek
    The OEM 1-1/4-inch hitch on the Subarus has presented problems in the past because the hitch pin hole is so close to the end of the receiver tube. The Yakima Ridgeback 2 # Y02457 was recently re-designed to be compatible with this type of receiver tube. Yakima added an additional hitch pin hole that allows the shank of the bike rack to insert a bit further into the receiver tube for more stability, even with the receiver's shallow 1-1/2-inch hitch pin hole placement.
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  • Light Weight Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Kia Soul
    I have a solution for you, but the Yakima RidgeBack part # Y02457 that you referenced will only fit Class II and higher trailer hitches. The hitch you would have installed on your 2016 Kia Soul would be a Class I so you would need to go a different route. My favorite 2 bike rack is the Saris Freedom SuperClamp part # SA4025F because it's a platform bike rack which means it's easy to load/unload, it's light weight at only 30 lbs, it's made in the USA, and it only touches the bikes at...
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  • Will Yakima RidgeBack Bike Carrier Fit a Class I Trailer Hitch on a 2013 VW Beetle Convertible
    Class II accessories such as Yakima RidgeBack, # Y02457, will not fit a Class I trailer hitch. They physically are not compatible. This is done primarily to help prevent overloading a Class I trailer hitch. For a similar rack that is Class I compatible I recommend the Thule Helium Aero, # TH9042PRO. The Helium Aero weighs only19 pounds. It is made of aluminum and has anti-sway cradles and the ability to tilt down. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you. If the...
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  • Comparing The Yakima Ridgeback To The Thule Parkway On 2011 Honda CRV
    I personally would choose the Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02457 over the Thule Parkway. I prefer the button tilt over the pin and I really like the ratcheting ZipStrip straps. They are easy to use and work great. I do recommend the Yakima HandCuff Cable Lock for RidgeBack and SwingDaddy Bike Racks # Y02466 to secure your bikes to the carrier. Thule Parkway is also a nice rack as you stated but it has been discontinued. It did not come with the...
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  • Best Bike Rack for Carrying Gary Fisher Utopia to Protect Frame Finish
    I have a great bike rack solution for your Gary Fisher Utopia but since you are concerned about the finish of the frame getting damaged I would not recommend a hanging bike rack like the Yakima you mentioned. Instead I would recommend the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack part # TS02G which only touches the bikes at the tires so the frame paint wouldn't be messed with at all. This also folds down and stores "small" as well. We also have a single bike version with the part # TS01B too that stores...
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  • Recommended Adapter Bar to Use With Thule Parkway 2 Bike Rack
    To mount a woman's, child's or alternative bike onto the Yakima RidgeBack # Y02457 referenced in your question (or any hanging-style rack), I recommend using the Kuat Ubar # UB01. The telescoping design will work with most bike sizes and will provide a horizontal bar for the rack to grab onto, allowing for safe and level transport of the bike. I have attached a video review of this product for you to check out.
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  • Using Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar # Y02531 For A Womens Bike On The Yakima RidgeBack Bike Rack
    If a womens bike is carried on the Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack, part # Y02457, it will be carried at an angle and the bike will be tilted at an angle matching the frame top tube. If you use a frame adapter like the Yakima Tube Top Bike Adapter Bar, part # Y02531, or the Swagman Bike Adapter, part # 64005, the bike will be ride level. These frame adapters will attach to the center seat post and to the handlebar post and provides a horizontal bar, so the bike can ride level on the bike...
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  • Replacement Key for Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack
    In order to obtain a replacement key for your RidgeBack 2, part # Y02457, you'll need the key number. Replacement keys are part # Y8772-AXXX, with the three x's representing the key number. If you don't have the key number, you'll need to have a locksmith pick it for you, then remove the lock cylinder. The key number is stamped into the side of the lock cylinder as shown in the provided photo.
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  • Will Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack Y02457 Fit Class I Hitch 2012 Hyundai Accent 4-Door
    Your 2012 Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan can be equipped with one size and grade of trailer hitch receiver, the 1-1/4-inch size with a Class I rating. The link provided will take you to our product page that shows all four hitches offered for your vehicle. All are rated for 200-lbs maximum tongue weight. Of the four I recommend the Draw-Tite # 24884 for its simpler installation. No drilling is required to install this hitch and the necessary hardware is included. The Yakima RidgeBack 2...
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  • Compatibility of the Yakima RidgeBack Bike Rack and Beach Cruiser Bikes
    The Yakima RidgeBack 2 Bike Rack, # Y02457, is a popular bike rack we carry that would work with Beach Cruisers. Many like how lightweight the bike rack is compared with the other steel racks. Also with the rack's integrated SKS locks, your bike rack will be secure to your vehicle. If you plan on carrying any women's or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube...
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  • Recommended Compatible 2 Bike Rack for 2015 Subaru Outback With Factory 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
    The issue with the Subaru OEM hitch is that the hitch pin hole is closer to the face of the receiver opening than usual. This means that most bike racks won't be inserted into the receiver far enough to be stable. Yakima has redesigned their # Y02457 Ridgeback bike rack so that it has two hitch pin holes, and would be compatible with that OEM hitch. You'll use the second pin hole, the one furthest away from the end of the shank. The rack features a locking shank that will prevent the...
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