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

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

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  • Hanging Rack
  • 4 Bikes
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Yakima
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Hitch Lock
  • Frame Mount
Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 4 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 Y02458 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.


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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks - Y02458

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 4 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 4 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: 4 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 150 lbs
    • Single-bike weight capacity: 40 lbs
  • Usable length of rack arms: 25"
  • 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: 35 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 4 Bike Rack Fully Loaded Display

The sturdy, hitch-mounted Yakima Ridgeback lets you transport 4 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 4 Bike Rack Foldable Arms for Bike Securement

The Ridgeback's dual arms offer excellent bike support.


Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack Foldable Arms

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 5 Bike Rack Ratchet Straps Visual

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 5 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 4 Bike Rack Tilt Open Easy Access Storage

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.


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 4 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 4 Bike Rack Bottle Opener Display

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



8002458 Yakima Ridge Back 4-Bike Hanging-Style Carrier - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting



Y02458 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details Y02458 Installation instructions



Video of Yakima RidgeBack 4 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 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Highlander

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Toyota Highlander, we're gonna be test fitting the Yakima Ridgeback four bike rack for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches, part number Y02458. We already have our bike installed on our rack. Let's go and take a closer look here. Starting with our arms, at the ends of both of them, we do have the patented Yakima bottle openers. The cradles are gonna be stationary, meaning they can't move back and forth. But they do have this TPE padding here, which is gonna help absorb some of the shock while you're driving and help protect the frame of your bike.

The top portion of our zip strips here are also padded and again, that's for protection of your frame. It's gonna grip your bike at three points. So we're gonna have two zip strips up at the top and one off to the side here and that's gonna serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth and causing bike to bike contact.There's also a stabilization strap that wraps around all four bikes when they're installed to keep them nice and compact together while traveling and prevent too much movement. While this doesn't have any locks included for the bikes, you do have options. There is this plastic piece on the back here, which can be removed and replaced with the Yakima hand cuff lock, which is sold separately.

So let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Starting with the zip strips here, there are gonna be these tabs on either side of the zip strip. You push them in at the same time. That'll release it, very easy and then you can just lift the bike up and off. We'll put the zip strips back in just so we don't lose them.

With the bike rack in this position, I'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outermost point, there's gonna be the arm here. We've added about 24" to the rear of the vehicle.Our ground clearance is gonna be about 11" and the closest point to the bumper is gonna be about 7" to this edge here. Now looking at the mast of our bike rack, you can also see that it curves or arches outward. This is gonna provide better clearance between your bike rack and the vehicle.

But more importantly, when we tilt this away later, it's gonna provide extra clearance so you make sure you can get your hatch open once it is tilted away. The arms do fold down out of the way when not in use and this is good for your parking or putting in your garage situations or just putting it away for storage. You come to the latch at the top, lift that up, let it fold down and now measuring from the edge to the bumper, now we're only at 14 1/2". So that's quite a bit of difference there. This can tilt away by coming to the latch at the front. Pull that towards you. Let it come away and now we have full hatch access to get what we need and there's more than enough space on either side to do so.To put it back into its original position, just simply push up on the bike rack itself and how this attaches to the hitch is it's gonna be a tool free install. You just push the bike rack into position, push the red pin into place and then come to the speed nob at the end and you turn that to the right to tighten it up, which will take out the shake and play in the shank and then you can lock it down and it'll just free spin and be secure in your vehicle. There's also a collar on the side here that can be removed and you can utilize this with 1 1/4" hitches as long as they're class 2. So this can work with either multiple vehicles or if you get a class 2 hitch for your Highlander, this will work with that as well and there you have it for the Yakima Ridgeback four bike rack on our our 2017 Toyota Highlander.Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.


Customer Reviews

Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Y02458

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (83 Customer Reviews)

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 4 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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A very nice bike rack, great customer service and quick shipping. 274028



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Shipped right away. No shipping charge. Arrived quickly. First time dealing with this co but not my last. 232204



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I liked this rack for normal shaped adult bikes. Unfortunatley, kid bikes and several full suspension bikes are difficult or impossible to fit on this rack. It is also difficult to fit 4 bikes on the rack that are different shapes. Hindsight, I woud have gotten a tire mount rear bike rack instead. 388041



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got the bike rack super fast. Had a ton of questions beforehand and etrailer staff were very responsive. The bike rack seems durable and does fit tightly in the hitch. My only concern is the obvious swaying of the bikes when they are attached to the rack - i expected them to not sway as much. We take it on our long bike trip this weekend so we will see what happens. Love that it locks into the hitch 227525


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Thanks for checking in. Still love it. Just wish that kid bikes fit better on it.

Julie G - 09/29/2016

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A little difficult when multiple bikes are carried but still a good bike rack 361816



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Shopped around for different bike racks at different places locally and online. Prices varied quite a bit. I decided to check Etrailer because I have ordered from them before, they have a great selection and their prices are fair and quite often, as low as any you'll find. In this instance, their price was the lowest and they offered free shipping. And for a bike rack, shipping costs are not insignificant. This Yakima RidgeBack4 turned out to be a good choice and I have been extremely satisfied with it. I also purchased the HandCuff Bike Lock as an accessory and it was easy to install on the rack. I would without question recommend Etrailer for your next purchase. 152901



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The Yakima Ridgeback bike rack is a top quality rack. It's a very sturdy rack, easy to put on and use. The transaction was very smooth and easy. I placed the order late afternoon and received a notice a couple hours later with the shipping info. 208933


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I still love the rack. Its still holding up and working well. I have had bikers ask me where I got it and how much it was. I gave them your website so Im sure you may have sold some from my referral.

Kevin T - 07/27/2016

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I bought a 2015 Subaru Outback and had a Subaru factory installed 1-1/4 hitch added to my purchase. I did not know at the time that Subaru designed the hitch to fit basically only their branded products. I went to several bike stores trying to find a 4 bike hitch supported by my Subaru. I even took some home and tried to get them to work and none did. I went on the internet and googled some solutions that were either completely wrong or was a solution by some engineer who customized the bike rack. Luckily I reached out to etrailer and spoke to their phone rep. He had heard about challenges with the Subaru hitch and recalled there were a couple of 4 bike hitches that would work. He said he would get back to me. In about a 1/2 hour I got an email about the Yakima RidgeBack. I was hesitant because so many had failed but with the free return policy I gave it a shot. I am not real mechanically inclined but in about an hour I figured out how to mount it on my Subaru (it takes less than 5 minutes now that I know how). I used the rack dozens of times, even hauling 4 bikes on it. This is the second product I have bought from etrailer and could not be happier. They are fast, responsive to questions, and get it right. I 379249


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The product is working out okay. The springs in two of the strap support mounts have broken. Though they still work its a bit of a hassle releasing the bike from the mount. Still really like the mount. Good solution to the limited amount of racks available to the 2015 Outback with factory installed hitch.

Pete B - 05/11/2018

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Ordered the Yakima bike race and lock. Yakima is easy to use and simple to install. The process was simple and efficient and everything arrived as expected. This is the second order from etrailer for me and I recommend ordering from them without reservation. Great service! 166505



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Purchased this rack for wife.... Very easy for her to use.... The extra tube top adapters we also purchased were a must for her bike and my daughters bike due to not having the top bar like mens bikes.... You may be able to get away from using them but they make it alot easier.... Overall we love the rack 187506



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Great product, great price. Rack is very easy to install and very well made, albeit a little heavy. No assembly required out of the box which is fantastic, plus a very informative how-to video on Yakima's website. Fast shipping from etrailer - would buy from again. Thanks!! 154002



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The bike rack is great quality. It’s exaclty what I wanted. It’s easy to install. The customer service at etrailer.com was excellent. 603961



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Nice and solid. Several thousands of miles traveled- no problems. 597663



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Easy installation and take down. Very sturdy and reliable. Would purchase it again. 558634



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Easy to use with reliable and confident attachment to hitch 521542



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Arrived. Looks great. Have not used yet. Quick delivery as always. 518066



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Shipped quickly and was a great as expe cted 514358



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We could not be happier with our Yakima bike rack. Easy to use and handles our 2 bikes with ease. A bit heavy for my wife to attach, but we get it done no problems. Additionally etrailer was great to work with and their website is fantastic. 505463



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Excellent Price & services. Also came one day early. Great job guys Thanks..., 455649



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Love the bike rack! Make sure you view the video on the rack before you install. 403411



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Very easy to install !! and love that it folds down far enough to allow me to completely lower the tail gate on the pick-up ! Great site for shopping (great installation videos) ! Love that they offer lots of replacement parts ..... 357076



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Secure easy to use. 319407



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Great product and super fast shipping. 285331



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Great product and, above all, excellent service from etrailer.com! 257782



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Great prices and was delivered within 3 days and no damage to the boxes or equipment. I'd recommend this site to anyone looking for a great price and fast turn around service. Thanks etrailer 241329



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bike rack is well made and easy to install. does require manipulation of handlebars to carry 4 roadbikes. 224324



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Bought the Yakima RidgeBack bike rack, works great hold bikes secure and is easy to mount on hitch. The easy part was a key factor to purchase, because its been my wife who has been using it with her friends. Works great 215147



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As with my other one, excellent product and my wife will enjoy on her CRV. 201529



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The installation was really easy. What was no so easy was to get the rusty bolts out of the 10 year old van. 175077



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Very good product 162571



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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


Very good to work with. 165799



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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


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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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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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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I have owned this bike rack for one year. I has travelled thousands of miles on the back of multiple vehicles hauling usually two adult bikes or two adult and two youth bikes. Getting five bikes on here is not really possible for bikes with wide handlebars and standard pedals. The rack is still in very good shape and is easy to store and install. The tilt function allows the empty rack to move out of the way of the SUV hatch opening. 403903



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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


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It works just fine. A good bike carrier.

Bill N - 09/21/2016

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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


This Yakima 5 bike rack is exactly what I needed. It's very easy to mount and very sturdy. 438746


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The Yakima rack is great. Very solid and easy to use. It takes me a few minutes to mount it. 5 bikes ride just fine.

Hector H - 10/03/2018

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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


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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Fantastic! We love the Yakima bike rack, have used it multiple times since purchase, including on a 600-mile round trip. Met all of my expectations. Bikes move a little, and at first it was disconcerting. But even over large bumps at 70+ mph there was no evidence of any shifting of the load, and the bikes remained secure. It is quite difficult to fit 5 bikes (2 adult and 3 children's bikes) on the bike rack, but with some creativity I was able to make it happen. I can't imagine how you would fit 5 adult bikes on here, however. Overall I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. Great service from the folks at eTrailer.com as well! I received the package within 3 days of purchase (at 3 pm in the afternoon, no less!). 150267



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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


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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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 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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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


The RidgeBack 2 is easy to install and easy to use. The quick-release ratchet straps hold my bikes securely in the cradles, the rack is very sturdy and the tilt-away feature works great to access my hatchback. I'd agree with other reviewers that Yakima would be wise to paint the logo rather than use a stencil that peels off at the lightest touch. Not a problem for me, but it doesn't help Yakima advertising. Overall, an excellent product so far. I've only had it for a little over a week but have driven a couple hundred miles over highways, rural roads and dirt/gravel paths. To date, it's solid. 295891



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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


I was grateful to so many others who wrote reviews on this website and praised the customer service. I was looking for a trailer to haul 5 bikes including womens and kids bikes and have it work on my husbands Jeep wrangler, my daughters Subaru Outback, occasionally an RV and mainly my Toyota Sienna that doesn't even have a hitch yet. With so many options online and seemingly different products for each one, I wanted help to know if there was any product that could help me meet all me needs, so I decided to call Etrailer and get some help. They were amazing just like everyone said! He recommend the Yakima Ridgeback which would meet all our different hitch needs and the best selling Kuat Ubar adaptor bars that would make it work for our women's and kids bikes and different hitch needs. And the best surprise of all is that he told me they even carried hitch packages for my Toyota! I hadn't even expected that. The quote I received from my Toyota dealer for installing a hitch was going to cost me over $1000! But Etrailer sent me one for under $200! I am excited to get our whole family out biking more together this summer and thanks to etrailer we got everything we needed and all shipped to Alaska for only a hundred bucks in less than 2 weeks! The man on the phone explained how my husband could install the hitch himself, but after looking at it yesterday, he decided to take it to a local shop where they can raise the whole car for the install. But that will still be cheaper than what I thought I would have to pay before. We are planning to get the hitch on our van this week and try out the bike trailer by the weekend. Thanks for everything etrailer!! 396130



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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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Review from a similar Yakima RidgeBack in Hitch Bike Racks


Works as expected!!! 619420



- Y02457
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Yakima bike rack was received as scheduled. product comes assembled and works great ! very sturdy but a little heavy. 570738



- Y02457
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Easy to use. Well made and strong. Would buy it again. 561926


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  • The biggest functional difference between the Yakima DoubleDown # Y02424 and the Ridgeback # Y02458 is that the Ridgeback does come with locks. Beyond that the differences are a bit more subtle. The Ridgeback has the upgraded frame cradles that are cushioned more and use zip straps instead of the sometimes difficult to stretch rubber straps. Aside from that there's a few styling changes and a newer lever system for the rack but that's really it.
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  • Recommended Bike Racks for Use on Class C Winnebago View RV
  • RV-rated bike racks are made to withstand the extra stresses found at the rear of longer vehicles like a Class C Winnie View. Such RV bike carriers do not include a folding design since this would introduce a weak point, but some like the Swagman Trailhead # S63381 and the Yakima Road Trip # Y02477 do have arms that fold. On the linked page, which displays all RV-rated bike racks we offer, you can view 2-bike carriers like the Let's Go Aero BikeWing # B01311. This lightweight (12-lb)...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mount Bike Rack with Easy, Tool-Free Installation
  • We have a number of hitch-mounted bike racks in both hanging and platform styles that offer a quick, tool-free installation and removal process while still securing the bike rack tightly inside the hitch so as to eliminate hitch rattle. I have chosen a handful of my favorite racks that are easy to put on and take off to give you a couple of style and price options. A great bike rack option that will easily install and uninstall on your vehicle is the Thule T2 Pro XTS 2 Bike Rack # TH9034XTS....
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  • Recommended Bike Rack Compatible With a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon With OEM Hitch Receiver
  • I do have a solution for you, but from the research that I have done it looks like the OEM 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch receiver that you have on your 2017 Subaru Outback is a Class I hitch; you can look on it to confirm if it is a Class I or not. In that case, my contact at Softride said that none of their bike racks are compatible with Class I receivers. This means that the Dura Parallelogram SR26247 (discontinued) is not compatible with your current receiver. Since you can only carry...
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  • Bike Rack Hitch Support Strap Mounting Options For A 2015 Nissan Rogue
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Support Strap - Bike Rack Strap With Cambuckle part # 18050 is the recommended support strap for your 2015 Nissan Rogue. Curt recommends the use of a stability strap for all non-towing purposes such as a hitch mount bike or cargo carrier per the warranty. The stabilizer strap was devised as an effective way of minimizing movement and travel of the bike rack while driving in addition to supporting or assisting the weight of a heavier load. In regards to the installation...
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  • Hitch and 4-Bike Rack Recommendation for 2018 Subaru Outback
  • The factory 1-1/4 inch trailer hitch on your 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time due to it's lower weight capacity so you'll have to replace it with an aftermarket 2 inch hitch if you want to be able to carry up to 4 bikes. For that the Draw Tite hitch part # 76227 is the winner. This is a 2 inch hitch with plenty of capacity that will work great. It also has a concealed crosstube too which means it won't be quite as visible either. Unlike the Curt hitch that...
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  • Recommended Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and Ski/Snowboard Carrier for a 2017 Lexus RX 350
  • The Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver part # C13272 is an excellent option for your 2017 Lexus RX 350. It is a Class III hitch with a 2" receiver tube opening. The hitch is rated up to 4,000 lbs gross trailer weight (GTW) and 600 lbs tongue weight (TW). I have attched a photo of what this trailer hitch will look like installed on the back of your RX 350 for you. For a bike rack that will work well with this hitch, I recommend taking a look at the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack part # Y02458....
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  • 4 or 5 Bike Rack Recommendation on 2015 Honda Odyssey
  • For your 2015 Honda Odyssey, I'd recommend a 5 bike hitch mounted rack so the entire family has the option to play together. If you don't have a trailer hitch, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Round Tube, # 75270, for your vehicle. I've attached a video for your reference. A great choice for your bike rack would be the Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack, # Y02459. It will fit a 1-1/4 or a 2 inch hitch and has some great options to make it easy to use. It has anti-sway cradles...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch for 2016 Mazda CX-9
  • The Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Receiver Hitch # 76020 and the Curt Class III Receiver Hitch # C13284 are both confirmed to fit your 2016 Mazda CX-9 and are indeed extremely similar to each other. These will both mount to the same existing holes in your vehicle frame and provide the same bumper clearance and ground clearance dimensions once installed. Both the Draw-Tite and Curt models do feature a black powder coat finish that will provide superior rust protection, so this should not...
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  • Comparing Thule Hitching Post and Yakima Ridgeback
  • The Yakima Ridgeback part # Y02458 and the Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR are both pretty similar in a lot of ways but the Ridgeback basically is a little bit nicer in features. They both have tilting capabilities, but the Yakima uses levers to operate the tilt of the mast and arms and the Thule requires you to pull a few pins which will add some time to the process. Also the zip straps of the Yakima are quite a bit easier to operate than the rubber straps of the Thule. I attached...
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Nissan Rogue S
  • For your 2015 Nissan Rogue I would recommend a Class III hitch with a 2 inch opening like the Draw Tite Hitch part # 75902. This would have plenty of capacity and would give you more future hitch accessory options since more accessories are designed for 2 inch hitches. This would work great with the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458 that you are interested in.
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  • Difference Between the Yakima Fulltilt and Ridgeback Bike Racks
  • The biggest differences between the Yakima RidgeBack, part # Y02458, and the Yakima FullTilt, part # Y02462, are the locking system, the hitch pin, and the cradle arms. The FullTilt has fully padded arms with grooved positions that hold the bike cradles in place. The FullTilt also has a hitch pin that is integrated into the carrier shank that is operated by a push button, instead of the hitch pin being attached with a lanyard. The FullTilt also has a lock system to help secure the...
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  • Benefit of Swing-Away Bike Rack Over Tilting Bike Rack for Cargo Access
  • The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches has been discontinued by the manufacturer. The most similar option that I recommend as an alternative is the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02458. The tilting racks do bring the outermost bike too close to the ground when tilting, so it is not recommended to tilt with bikes in place. If that is a concern you may want to go with the swing away model which will keep the bikes vertical and loaded. I've...
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  • Do the Yakima RidgeBack and FullTilt Bike Carriers Tilt Down the Same Amount
  • The Yakima FullTilt bike carrier # Y02462 and the RidgeBack # Y02458 do tilt the same. However, the carriers are not designed to be tilted with bikes loaded. If you are looking for a carrier that can tilt with bikes loaded I recommend the Saris Glide EX, # SA774. The Glide EX was designed so that you could tilt the carrier out with or without the bikes loaded. This carrier will work with a Class II or III hitch but not a Class I. I have linked a video review of this carrier for you. The...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for Shallow Hitch Receiver on 2017 BMW X5
  • I do have an option for you, however there isn't an adapter available that will allow you to securely insert the shank of your Yakima 4 Bike Bighorn Rack into the shallow hitch receiver on your 2017 BMW X5. Using a hitch extender like # 80307 is sometimes an option, but Yakima does not recommend using any kind of adapter with their bike racks, and doing so will void the rack's warranty. With this in mind, your best option might be to simply replace your bike rack with one that will...
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  • Can the Yakima RidgeBack Bike Carrier be Locked
  • The Yakima RidgeBack bike carrier # Y02458 has a locking feature to secure the carrier in the hitch. The built-in anti-rattle knob can be locked and when it is you cannot pull the carrier out of the receiver. There is a cable lock to lock the bikes to the carrier which is sold separately. It is # Y02466. I have linked a video review of the bike carrier for you.
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  • Swinging 4-Bike Bike Rack Needed for a 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with 18" Spare
  • From the center of the hitch pin hole to the handle of the Yakima SwingDaddy # Y02464 is 6". Since the handle is making contact with the spare tire on your 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler Unlimited Sahara it sounds like a better option would be to use the Yakima BackSwing # Y02483 with a 4-bike bike rack. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the BackSwing is 8-1/2" while that same measurement to the center of the operating handle is 11-3/4" (see attached picture). If you...
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  • Recommended 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Rack for 2018 Chevy Traverse
  • I'm happy to assist with a bike rack and one of the first things to consider is where the center of the hitch pin hole is in relation to the outermost part of your vehicle bumper to ensure there is enough clearance. I see that you asked this question from the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # 76184 which is a confirmed fit for your 2018 Chevy Traverse. Based on this fit, we will be safe and assume you need 6 inches of clearance for that bumper cover that can be reinstalled...
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  • How to Order Replacement Wedge for Yakima Ridgeback 4
  • I checked with Yakima and the only way to get the wedge for the Yakima Ridgeback is with the part # 8880508
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