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Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 5 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 800-298-1624 to order Yakima hitch bike racks part number Y02459 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks - Y02459

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

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 5 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.


  • Hitch-mounted rack lets you carry 5 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


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class II only) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 5 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 150 lbs
    • Single-bike weight capacity: 40 lbs
  • Usable length of rack arms: 28"
  • 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: 35.5 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Ridgeback Hitch Pin Diagram

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 5 Bike Rack Loaded

The sturdy, hitch-mounted Yakima Ridgeback lets you transport 5 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 5 Bike Rack Dual Foldable Arms

The Ridgeback's dual arms offer excellent bike support.

Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack Arms Fold Down Visual

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 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 5 Bike Rack Rear Cargo Access

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 5 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 5 Bike 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.

8002459 Yakima Ridge Back 5-Bike Hanging-Style Carrier - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Installation Details Y02459 Installation instructions

Customer Reviews

Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Y02459

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (160 Customer Reviews)

Sturdy, hitch-mounted rack carries 5 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.

- Y02459

it is nice and easy. but over the year it binds a bit but that could be my fault due to lack of caring for it. when i put 4 bikes of different sizes on it it can be difficult. just need to be aware of were the pedels are and removing a front tire or 2 helps.

- Y02459

Everything works as it should. Hard to get multiple bikes with drop-down handlebars immediately adjacent to each other on the rack, but no problem getting them all on there with kids bikes in the middle.

- Y02459

Rack is very easy to install and remove, and fits well with no rattle in the 2" receiver. Loading bikes is easy and it will, indeed, hold 5 bikes with relatively little effort. The only negatives I have are 1) Unless I use Yakima's custom locking cable for this rack, there is no good way to lock bicycles to the rack 2) It wasn't clear to me that I would need adapter bars (8002531) for kids bikes. I've always managed to get them on my older racks, but not the Yakima. I suspect that most modern racks would need these bars. Overall, very satisfied.

- Y02459

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!).

- Y02459

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

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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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.

- Y02459

Like recent reviews i did my homework to find the concerns that prior purchasers had about the product. 1 was that the bike rack would move all over the place as if it was going to break. While driving that concern passed the test. 2 difficulty for 5 bike install,buy the bike adapter bars they help and are necessary, very easy to install rack and bikes if done correctly. I am very satisfied with the bike rack and would recommend. our first trip was 700 miles round trip on a truck 4x4 very bumpy compared to regular trucks and cars so it passed the double beating.

- Y02459

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!!

- Y02459

have being sold my old 4 bike rack and with additional riders graduating to bigger bikers among our ranks (we have 4 kids) it was needed to upgrade to this unit. Easy to install and better system than the old wobble bolt that i had to drag a wrench instead of the knob now a days! it's a tight for 5 bikes but doable! recommended

- Y02459

Works great on our Subarus. We've had 5 bikes on it a few times! TWO 20" bmx bikes, ONE 24" girls mountain bike, TWO 26" Mountains bikes for me n wife... It was a tight fit, a few scratches from bikes rubbing against each other, but it is doable! I'd recommend it for anyone that needs a good strong carrier.

- Y02459

Love it. Super easy to install, and ready to go right out of the box. Fits my kids bikes as well as mine. The tilt feature is easy to use, and the unit doesn’t feel too heavy, so anyone can use it. I was a bit concerned the width of the rack would block my back up camera view, but I can still see around it well enough, at least on my Kia Telluride.

- Y02459

This bike rack is great, I have only installed it and plan to use it more in the spring. But, it is very easy to install. It comes fully assembled, just pull the levers to unfold, plug it in and tighten it down. It seems very well made and durable. Thank you!

- Y02459

Great experience with eTrailer.com will buy again. The product was perfect and the support details with shipment and at website excellent.

- Y02459

Everything is perfect. Thanks; Marcos

- Y02459

Easy to install and delivery was earlier as expected.

- Y02459

Product was easy to install and operate. Well made. Quality item.

- Y02459

Got the Yakima ridgeback 5 bike rack and love it!!! The communication and follow up with Etrailer is 2nd to none!!! I've dont business here before and there is good reason why I keep coming back. Etrailer is awesome!!!

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Works as expected!!!

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Very good to work with.

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nice product. good choice...

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  • Will the Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack fit a Class III Curt Trailer Hitch?
    The specs of the Yakima Ridgeback # Y02459 does require a minimum distance of 1-1/2 inches the center pinhole to the face of the hitch opening. I contacted Curt and they confirmed that your hitch has a distance of 2-1/2 inches from the center pinhole to the face of the hitch opening, so you are good to go! Also, the distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest part of the Yakima Ridgeback # Y02459 is 9-1/2 inches, so it will give you plenty of clearance to extend beyond that back...
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  • Hitch-Mounted 5 Bike Carrier Compatible With Flat-Towing
    The Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting # Y02459 is compatible with flat-towing and can hold 5 bikes, so you won't have an issue with that. The weight capacity is 150lbs or 40lbs when only 1 bike is mounted. The carrier comes with anti-sway cradles to keep the bikes tight and secured. There is an integrated lock to secure the carrier to the receiver; to lock the bikes to the carrier I recommend adding Yakima HandCuff Cable Lock # Y02466. In regard to your vehicle's...
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  • Best 5-Bike Rack for a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited that Allows Rear Door Clearance
    To mount 5 bikes to the hitch of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, I recommend the Yakima RidgeBack, part # Y02459. It fits 1-1/4" and 2" hitches and can support 5 bikes up to 40 pounds each (up to 150 pounds total). It has an anti-rattle SpeedKnob. Like the other bike racks in this category, it has a tilt-away feature. However, none of these are likely to tilt away far enough to clear your swing-out hatch door. Unfortunately, we do not have a way around this as an extender would halve...
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  • Willthe Yakima Ridgeback 5 Bike Work with my 2016 Toyota Prius C and the 2 Eco Hitch
    The EcoHitch Hidden Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 306-X7194 as you said has a 300 lb. tongue weight limit and a 2" receiver tube opening. With that in mind the Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack part # Y02459 will work out well. It weighs around 42 lbs. so you will be limited to carrying 158 lbs. of bikes at max. if your 2016 Prius C is rated for that. You want to ensure not to exceed the 300 lbs. tongue weight capacity of your hitch or the maximin tongue weight limit of your Prius which...
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  • Troubleshooting Yakima Ridgeback Anti-Rattle Knob that Won't Tighten
    The anti-rattle device/locking device of the Yakima Ridgeback bike racks like the part # Y02459 that you referenced are basically combined and if the anti-rattle is unlocked that knob is disconnected from the anti-rattle and will spin freely. So what I would do is make sure you have tried locking the knob of the rack so that it is engaged and will tighten.
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  • Options for Carrying Additional Cargo and Bikes with Chrysler Town and Country
    One solution that you might consider is the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Bike Rack # HR1400Z-85 which gives you ability to use it as a 4 bike rack or a 2 bike rack plus a hitch cargo carrier. Since you have 5 riders though you might also consider a 5 bike rack like the Yakima Ridgeback 5 part # Y02459 and then a roof top cargo box for the extra cargo like the Yakima Skybox 16 part # Y07335. Otherwise there really isn't a great way to carry that many bikes and additional cargo outside...
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  • Recommended Front and Rear Mount Hitch for a 25 Passenger E-450 Shuttle Bus
    I am not sure what year the chassis is but if it's anywhere between 1991-2007 then you can use the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Receiver part # 33055 which is a fit for a E-450 Cutaway Chassis. Then for the rear, you wouldn't have any direct bolt-on options but the Draw-Tite Ultra Frame Service Body Trailer Hitch part # 41990-16 could be welded-on or bolted once drilled. The most amount of bikes we offer for a single rack is six, the Yakima HangOver 6 Bike Rack part # Y02485 which...
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  • Recommended Solution to Carry Yakima Ridgeback on 2-1/2 Inch Hitch
    I have a solution for you to use a Yakima Ridgeback like the # Y02459 on a 2-1/2" receiver, but there is not an actual adapter for the shank. Instead, you'll need to use a hitch reducer like the Blue Ox Hitch Reducer Sleeve - 2-1/2" to 2" Trailer Hitch # BX88187 to reduce your 2-1/2" receiver down to a 2" receiver. This will allow you to carry the Ridgeback on your vehicle with the 2-1/2" receiver.
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  • Hitch and Bike Carrying Options for 2021 Honda CR-V and Civic Type R
    I'm assuming by 'new CR-V' you're meaning a 2020 or 2021 model. I'd recommend the Curt Class III hitch, part # C13397 which is a partially concealed hitch. The hitch crosstube is concealed behind the bumper, the only visible portion of the hitch would be the receiver tube and he safety chain hooks. For a 5-bike rack, I'd recommend the Yakima Ridgeback 5, part # Y02459. The Ridgeback is a high quality bike rack that's very easy to use. The rack provides features like a locking anti-rattle...
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  • Best Snowboard and Ski Carrier to Use with a Yakima Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack
    It is possible to get the Thule Tram Ski and Snowboard Carrier Adapter for Hitch-Mounted Bike Racks, part # TH9033, to work with the Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack, part # Y02459. However, I don't advise it. As you can see from the photo I've attached, the bolts of the Thule Tram are not long enough to fit the base of the RidgeBack. You can go to your local hardware store and buy longer M6 bolts to overcome this problem, but this will void your warranty in the case of something going wrong. Instead...
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  • Will Yakima RidgeBack 5 Fit etrailer Hitch e98840
    The Yakima RidgeBack 5 part # Y02459 does fit in the etrailer hitch # e98840 that you mentioned. The hitch pin minimum dimension that this rack mentions is basically for the Subaru factory hitches which have an unusually shallow hitch pin dimension.
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  • Can The Hollywood Racks SR1 Bike Rack Be Used While Flat-Towing?
    I have a solution for you, but the Hollywood Racks SR1 2-Bike Carrier - Spare Tire Mount # HRSR1 is not designed to be used on vehicles that are being flat-towed. You could go with the Swagman E-Spec Bike Rack for 2 Electric Bikes - 2" Hitches - Frame Mount # S94FR which is rated for flat-towing; this is made for 2" receivers. If you have a 1-1/4" receiver or just want the larger capacity for up to 5 bikes, then I would go with Yakima RidgeBack 5 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches # Y02459....
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  • Is The Hollywood Racks Road Runner 4-Bike Rack HR400 Compatible With Yakima HitchSki?
    The Yakima HitchSki Snowboard and Ski Accessory # Y02418 requires a 4-bike carrier to have a distance of 17-1/4" between the front and rear bike cradle. The Hollywood Racks Road Runner 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches # HR400 has a distance of nearly 20" between the front and rear cradle so this will not work with the Yakima HitchSki. For a bike rack that is compatible with the Yakima HitchSki you could look into the Yakima RidgeBack 4-bike rack # Y02458 or the Yakima RidgeBack 5-bike rack...
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