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Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount

Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount

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ForkLift is the first Yakima fork-mount bike carrier to attach directly to factory, round, aero, and square roof-rack crossbars. Easy to install, includes a lockable skewer and sliding rear wheel tray, and fits most forks with disc brakes. Lowest Prices for the best roof bike racks from Yakima. Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount part number Y02098 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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Yakima Roof Bike Racks - Y02098

  • Fork Mount
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Yakima
  • 9mm Fork
  • Locks Not Included
  • Disc Brake Compatible
  • Black
  • Clamp On - Quick
  • Steel

ForkLift is the first Yakima fork-mount bike carrier to attach directly to factory, round, aero, and square roof-rack crossbars. Easy to install, includes a lockable skewer and sliding rear wheel tray, and fits most forks with disc brakes.


  • Mountable on round, square, aero, and most factory crossbars
    • Fully adjustable claws accommodate a variety of crossbars
  • Easy-to-adjust, sliding wheel tray
    • Makes positioning rear wheel easy
    • Includes ratcheting strap to hold wheel securely in place
  • Stainless steel skewer with integrated adjustment knob
    • Adjusts with 1 hand
    • Makes loading fast and effortless
  • Locks with 1 Same Key System (SKS) Core (sold separately)
    • Locks bike to carrier and carrier to crossbars
    • SKS Cores can be changed out to make all your Yakima locks keyed alike
  • Compatible with a wide range of bikes
    • Fits most disc brakes
  • Sleek design and automotive finish
  • Lightweight, sturdy, steel construction
  • Simple, no-tool installation


  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Mountable on round, aero, square, and most factory crossbars
  • Crossbar spread must be between 16" and 42"
    • Minimum spread of 16" for up to 2 ForkLift carriers
    • Minimum spread of 18" for more than 2 ForkLift carriers
  • Factory crossbars must not be more than 3-7/8" wide or 1-7/8" tall
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Dimensions: 53-1/2" long
  • Lifetime warranty

ForkLift breaks new ground for Yakima when it comes to fork-mount bike carriers, attaching directly to factory, round, aero, and square crossbars right out of the box. If you need a roof-mounted bike carrier, ForkLift meets all your needs with little concern for compatibility.

adjustable front mount - skewer removedadjustable rear mount

To fit factory, round, aero, and square crossbars, Yakima designed the fork block and rear mount to be fully adjustable. The claw of each mount removes and repositions in one of three grooves, adapting to the size of your crossbars for a snug fit.

locking skewer closedlocking skewer is open position showing the red adjustment knob

The ForkLift provides a safe mounting point for your bike with an SKS-lockable skewer, which features an integrated adjustment knob. Opening the skewer end shows the red adjustment knob which tightens (or loosens) the hold on the bike fork. The adjustment knob is hidden when you close the end of the skewer. The end of the skewer can be also be locked closed with an SKS core. This will lock your bike to the bike carrier, and secures the bike carrier to the roof rack crossbars.

rear wheel traywheel mounted in tray

An easy-to-adjust, sliding wheel tray adds to the compatibility of the ForkLift. The wheel tray positions easily and includes a ratcheting strap to hold the rear wheel securely in place.

This carrier holds a wide range of bikes, including most bikes with disc brakes.

ForkLift installs with no tools, tightening over your crossbars with adjustment knobs and T-bolts.

The sleek design and automotive finish look great on your vehicle, and the lightweight, sturdy steel construction ensures durability.

8002098 Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount

Customer Reviews

Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount - Y02098

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (15 Customer Reviews)

ForkLift is the first Yakima fork-mount bike carrier to attach directly to factory, round, aero, and square roof-rack crossbars. Easy to install, includes a lockable skewer and sliding rear wheel tray, and fits most forks with disc brakes.

- Y02098

Good product. However, the one I ordered was supposed to fit the aero cross bars on 2018 Subaru roof racks and it doesn't. In fact the fit is very sloppy and looks unsafe. Sending mine back if they can't find a clamp that fullly contacts all surfaces.

This forklift roof mounted bike carrier part Y02098 will fit most factory bars. The factory bars have to be no wider than 3-7/8 inches wide and 1-7/8 inches tall.
-- Etrailer Expert Heather A - 04/25/2018

- Y02098

This is a great roof rack, easy to install and mount a bike. Transported my bike from Michigan to Florida and back.

- Y02098

Fits my whispbar crossbars (a lot cheaper than the whispbar-specific rack) and is pretty simple and straightforward to use. I've owned a couple of other universal sort of racks (fit lots of bikes, fit lots of crossbars) and this one is a good one both in terms of simple initial installation on your vehicle and also simple loading/unloading of bike.

The bike rack in question is still getting the job done very well - thanks
Jeff H - 06/07/2016

- Y02098

Once I figured out that my factory crossbars *could be moved* everything worked (2009 Subaru Outback). If you happen to have fixed position crossbars, and your bike's wheelbase just happens to place the rear wheel exactly in the middle of the rear clamp, then it won't work (even if you get the free fix). The rear tire ratcheting tie down (wheel tray) can't be placed suitably close to the rear wheel for buckling. Also, the clamps don't *exactly* match the shape of my crossbars, so the gripping force is not spread out. I need a notch between the upper and middle notches, or a rubbery, compressible surface.

- Y02098

Great bike rack that is not overly bulky. It was easy to install and matches my roof rack perfectly.

Still works great!
James - 07/15/2019

- Y02098

Love this product!

- Y02098

Love this bike rack. Easy to mount (took it off for the snowy winter months), but it is still very secure. Reasonably priced for good quality.

- Y02098

Great product, seems really solid. This is the bike rack to use with these rack systems, it's great! Super quick delivery from etrailer!

- Y02098

Here is a photo.

- Y02098

these racks arrived in 2 days with free shipping. the racks were very easy to install and look good. the videos of the installations on specific car models were very helpful.

- Y02098

The clamps fit factory oval cross bars. No adapters necessary. Setup on my 04 Outback took 20 minutes.

- Y02098

Perfect for my application. Yakima makes a very nicely engineered product.

- Y02098

Front mount is hard to turn.

- Y02098

Easy to install

- Y02098

Good quality, excellent service


Ask the Experts about this Yakima Roof Bike Racks

  • Mounting the Yakima ForkLift Roof Bike Rack to Yakima JetStream Aero Crossbars
    No need for adapters! The clamps on the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack # Y02098 can be adjusted to fit round, square, or aero bars. The Yakima JetStream crossbars # Y00428 are a little large at 3-1/8" wide x 1" tall so it will be a tight fit. They are still within the maximum of 3-7/8" wide or 1-7/8" tall specs though that the ForkLift clamps can fit around. I suggest making sure your clamps are adjusted to the lowest notch. I attached a picture from the instructions to show...
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  • Roof Bike Rack Recommendation for Yakima Bedrock Truck Bed Crossbars
    The 78 inch crossbar Yakima BedRock part # Y01140-78 is compatible with most bike racks but I would go with the Yakima ForfLift part # Y02098 if you are looking for a fork mount rack or the Frontlaoder part # Y02103 for if you wanted a wheel mount type rack instead. I attached review videos for both racks for you to check out as well.
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  • Roof Bike Rack Recommendation for 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
    You would want to reserve the hitch for towing the trailer and then use roof rack mounted bike racks for the three bikes. Main reason is that the hitch on your vehicle is only rated for the weight and leverage of a two bike rack so to carry three and tow a trailer would over load it. The Yakima's ForkLift # Y02098 will fit the factory crossbars of your 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon and would work well. You will need a rack for each bike and then would be good to go.
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  • Comparing the Yakima ForkLift, Thule Circuit, and Rocky Mounts TieRod Roof Bike Carriers
    Wind noise is not really something you would want to use to factor in when purchasing a roof mount bike rack. With a bike on the rack, it won't matter because the bike is going to create a lot of drag. And when not carrying the bike you should take the rack off of the roof rack. But I would give a slight edge to the Thule Circuit, # TH526XT. The bullet rounded front and curved "tray" would create less drag. In terms of which is the easiest to use I would give the edge to the Yakima ForkLift,...
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  • Bike Stuck In Yakima Forklift By Skewer Bolt
    The "Skewer Bolt" runs through the Yamika mount on both sides as well as the bike forks. If you are having difficulty unscrewing the skewer, first keep in mind that this is a reverse thread that requires that you unscrew it in the opposite direction. Finally applying some penatrating oil to help lossen the bolt if it is seized. The next time you are putting the skewer bolt back in I would suggest a dab of anti seize lube # LT37616
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  • Will Yakima ForkLift Bike Rack Fit on Thule WingBar Evo Load Bars
    Yes, the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 has been confirmed as a fit for the Thule Wingbar Evo load bars. The bracket will easily fit around the aero bars for a secure attachment. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • Roof Mounted Bike Rack Compatibility with 16 Inch Wheel of Child - Kid Bike
    The forks on a 16 inch kids bike will not work with the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount # Y02098 unless it has a 100 mm dimension between the forks where the wheel attaches. This is the standard fork measurement for the fork mounted bike rack skewer compatibility. My contact at Yakima also recommend the Highspeed # Y02115 if your kid bike has that 100 mm measurement. Due to the small size, you may be better off with a frame mounted option like the Yakima Raptor...
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  • Are the Rear Wheel Straps for a Yakima ForkLift Y02098 and Yakima FrontLoader Y02103 the Same
    Yes, the rear wheel straps for the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier part # Y02098 and the Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier part # Y02103 are the same. There are actually two options for this, the Replacement Wheel Strap part # 8880191 which is what came with either rack and then the Replacement Extra Long Wheel Strap part # Y8880229 for fat tire bikes.
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  • Trouble Removing The Locking Nut On The Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier
    In regards to the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier part # Y02098, you will first want to make sure that the lock core is in the unlocked position. If you can't get the lock core in the unlocked position then please let me know as this is a separate issue. In order to remove the locking nut on the ForkLift you will first want to spray it down with some lubricant and let it sit for around an hour or so. After the lubricant has had time to soak into the threads you can try to...
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  • Would Yakima Forklift Allow Rear Hatch of 2016 Honda CR-V to Open
    One way or another the hatch of your 2016 Honda CR-V could be opened with the Yakima Forklift part # Y02098 installed. In the worst case scenario the rack would just get reversed. But based on the length of your vehicle you would not have to worry as the track would not extend too far back. I attached a demo video that shows this rack being used on a similar CR-V as yours and it had no problem of fitting.
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  • Will Yakima Skyboxes and the ForkLift Bike Rack Fit on Thule AeroBlade Load Bars
    I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Yakima ForkLift Bike Rack, # Y02098, and the mounting hardware used by a SkyBox, # Y90135. I did a test fit on a Thule AeroBlade Load Bar. I am happy to report that everything fit. The ForkLift and SkyBox both have mounting hardware that has enough adjustability to fit on the new AeroBlade Bars. I made a short video demonstrating the fit.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Roof of 2013 Subaru Impreza to Carry 3 Bikes
    Carrying 3 bikes on the roof of your 2013 Subaru Impreza is definitely possible. All you would really need to check first is the roof capacity of your vehicle in the owners manual. You would need to be sure that the weight of the bikes and racks does not exceed this figure. If you were wanting a wheel mounted bike rack the Yakima FrontLoader part # Y02103 is a confirmed fit that would work well. This rack weighs 18 lbs and is disc brake compatible. For a fork mounted option we have...
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  • Recommended Bike Carrier on 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon with Factory Roof Rack
    For a fork mount bike carrier on the factory roof rack of your 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon the Yakima ForkLift # Y02098 is a confirmed fit. This has a sliding rear wheel tray with a ratcheting strap to secure the bike. It doesn't require any tools to install. Locks are not included but can be added using Yakima's Same Key System (SKS) lock cores # Y07202 to lock the bike to the carrier and the carrier to the roof rack. To verify whether it will clear your hatch or not you can measure,...
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  • Roof Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a Honda CR-V
    The Yakima Forklift # Y02098 that you referenced should work well on your 2011 Honda CR-V. We had the opportunity to test fit this rack on a similar 2012 Honda CR-V as yours and we found that it would easily clear the hatch if opened. Check out the video I attached to see the test fit.
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  • Recommended Fork Mount Bike Racks for OEM Roof Rack on a 2014 Honda CR-V
    The Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 that you referenced is a great option for your roof rack on your 2014 Honda CR-V. This bike rack can be mounted on round, square, and factory (aero) crossbars that do not exceed the 3-7/8" wide x 1-7/8" tall max dimensions and that have a crossbar spread between 16" - 42" (center of front crossbar to center of rear bar). If you are going to use 2 more than 2 of the ForkLift bike racks then your minimum spread changes to 18". Although...
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  • Recommended Yakima Fork Mount Bike Carrier for Factory Roof Rack on 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon
    Many of the Yakima fork mount bike carriers currently available, such as the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 that you were looking at, do not actually require an adapter to work with aero-style crossbars. This carrier will fit factory crossbars that are up to 3-7/8 inches wide and 1-7/8 inches tall. You can take a couple quick measurements of the aero crossbars on your Outback Wagon to ensure this will fit. This is a really nice bike carrier that will secure your bike...
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  • Yakima Roof Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The older versions of the Yakima Viper and Boa Bike Rack cannot be adapted to fit elliptical or aerodynamic crossbars like what you have on your 2016 Subaru Outback. The Yakima's ForkLift # Y02098 will fit the factory crossbars of your vehicle though.
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  • How to Mount Yakima Forklift on a 2014 Subaru Outback and Allow Rear Hatch to Open
    The great thing about the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 that you referenced is that if needed you can mount it backwards which would give you the needed clearance to allow the rear hatch to open up. I attached a demo video that shows this bike rack being used on a similar 2011 Outback as yours.
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  • Fit of Yakima # Y20298 ForkLift Roof Mount Bike Carrier w/ Whispbar Crossbars
    The Yakima ForkLift roof mounted bike carrier will fit crossbars up to 3-7/8 inches wide and 1-7/8 inches tall. Since the Whispbars are smaller than that at 3-5/8 inches wide by 1 inch tall, the ForkLift will fit just fine with no adapters needed. You can see a product description video by clicking the link I've provided for you.
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  • Will Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack Fit 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon
    I checked out the instructions for the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, part # Y02098. The only restrictions listed in the instructions are that the weight of the bike is limited to 35-lbs, and the rack will not work with tandem or recumbent bikes. The crossbars must not be bigger than 3-7/8 inches wide or 1-7/8 inches tall.
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  • Can a Carbon Fiber Frame Bike Be used on a Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Carrier
    There should not be any more concern with a fork mount than say a full wheel mount. The weight of the bike is resting in the same place whether that is on a wheel or fork mount would not make much difference. The bigger concern with carbon fiber frame bikes is using them on a hitch mounted hanging bike rack. Bouncing on the back of a vehicle while hanging by the top tube can stress the frame in a way it is not designed to handle. When you mount the bike on the rack, just take the...
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  • Yakima Fork Mount Bike Rack for Overhaul HD Truck Rack With HD Bars
    I really like the Yakima HighSpeed # Y02115 better than the ForkLift # Y02098 because it seems much more solid but both are good options. They work great with the HD bars as can see in my video. It's super simple to install which you can either wrap it around your crossbars right out of the box or you can use this T-Slot adapter kit # Y02122 to mount it via T-Slots. and can be used for axles with dimensions of 9 mm x 100 mm, 12 mm x 100 mm, 15 mm x 100 mm, 15 mm x 110 mm, 15 mm x 135 mm,...
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  • What Bike Rack Do You Recommend for My 2021 Ford Expedition Max?
    I have a great solution for you. Here at etrailer, we usually don't recommend carrying more than two bikes on a roof rack system at a time due to weight capacity restrictions. With that being said, if you plan on carrying up to two bikes on your factory crossbars on your 2021 Ford Expedition, I recommend the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier - Fork Mount # Y02098. The ForkLift is compatible with mountain bikes and secures the bike to the rack using the fork. The space on your factory...
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  • Yakima Roof Mount Bike Rack for a 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-Door with Factory Crossbars
    Yes, the Yakima ForkLift, # Y02098 will fit your 2014 Subaru Impreza 5-door. I have linked a video review of this bike rack for you.
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  • Yakime Forklift Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Mini Clubman with Factory Crossbars
    As long as the distance between the crossbars of your 2011 Mini Clubman is at least 16 inches it should attach to your vehicle without a problem. I also checked with Yakima and they have confirmed that this rack will fit the factory crossbars of your vehicle so I can guarantee it will work well for you.
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  • Will Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 Fit Bars on 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon
    The Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 is designed with mounting hardware that fits many types and sizes of roof rack crossbars, including most factory rack bars. As long as your 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon's crossbars are not larger than 3-7/8-inches wide or 1-7/8-inches tall the ForkLift will fit. The two bars' centers must be at least 16-inches apart to use one carrier, or at least 18-inches apart to use two carriers at once. The greater weight load of two racks and two...
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  • Is There an Adapter For Roof-Mount Bike Rack That Does Not Fit Square Crossbars
    Thank you for the photo and I can see how the bike rack clamps would not work with a square bar, but unfortunately there is no type of adapter that is going to allow you to use your bike rack on square crossbars so the best solution if you want to use your Saab's roof rack is a new bike rack. There are cost-effective but still high-quality options for a new rack and I recommend checking out the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # Y02098 which is a fit for the factory roof rack...
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  • Roof Bike Rack and Longer Tire Strap Recommendation for Bike with Deep Wheels
    If you have a deeper wheel on your bike and are looking for a roof bike rack you would want to go with the Yakima Forklift part # Y02098 and then use the longer strap available for this rack # Y8880229.
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  • Tandem Bike Rack Recommendation for Fitting on 4 inch Square Bumper of Camper Trailer
    What you would need is the RV Bumper Bike Rack part # S80605 to attach to your 4 inch bumper. Since the two sections of the rack can be spaced wherever needed on the bumper you would just need to space the rack so that the wheels of your tandem bike line up.
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  • Recommend Roof Rack and Roof Mounted Tandem Bike Rack for 2001 Honda Accord
    I do have a solution for you to carry a tandem bicycle on your 2001 Honda Accord, but the item you selected, Yakima ForkLift Roof Bike Rack # Y02098, is not designed for tandem bicycles. First, if you do not already have a roof rack on your Accord you will need to install one. If you have the 4-door model, I recommend the Yakima Roof Rack: # Y00408, # Y00146, and # Y03536. In addition you need parts # Y06159 and # Y06143 if your Accord is the 4-door model or parts # Y06123 and # Y06170...
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