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Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier - Roof Mount

Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier - Roof Mount

Item # Y02103
Our Price: $194.95
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Roof-mounted bike carrier holds almost any size bike and attaches to aero, round, square or factory crossbars - no adapter needed. Wheel-mount design ensures that your bikes are easy to load, and the bike rack is lockable with Same Key System cores. Great Prices for the best roof bike racks from Yakima. Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier - Roof Mount part number Y02103 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Yakima Roof Bike Racks - Y02103

  • Wheel Mount
  • Aero Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Clamp On - Quick
  • Yakima
  • Disc Brake Compatible
  • 15mm Fork
  • 15mm Thru-Axle
  • 20mm Thru-Axle
  • 5mm Fork
  • 9mm Fork
  • 9mm Thru-Axle
  • Bike Lock
  • Black

Roof-mounted bike carrier holds almost any size bike and attaches to aero, round, square or factory crossbars - no adapter needed. Wheel-mount design ensures that your bikes are easy to load, and the bike rack is lockable with Same Key System cores.


  • Wheel-mount design ensures easy bike loading
    • Doesn't require you to remove the front wheel
      • Bike remains vertical as it rolls onto the rack
    • Protects your bike's painted surfaces by avoiding contact with the frame
    • Accommodates disc brakes, thru axles and non-traditional suspensions
  • Universal roof-rack application
    • Fits round, square and most aero and factory crossbars - no adapter needed
  • Adjustable arms provide sure fit over any tire
    • Integrated knob controls retention, adjustment and release of small wheel hoop
    • Sliding wheel grip on the large hoop easily adjusts to your wheel size
      • Wheel sizes are displayed on the side of the large arm
  • Sliding, fully adjustable rear wheel tray fits most bike frame sizes
    • Secures the bike's rear wheel with a double-sided, ratcheting wheel strap
      • Allows access to the bike from either side of your vehicle
  • Integrated, lockable cable keeps the bike safe on the rack
    • Cable stores in the small wheel arm when it's not in use
  • Lockable with 2 Same Key System (SKS) cores (sold separately)
    • Lock bike to carrier (with the included cable lock) and carrier to roof rack
    • Can be changed out to make all your Yakima locks keyed alike
  • Conveniently folds flat when it's not in use
    • Cuts wind resistance
    • Stores easily
  • Tool-free installation


  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Bike application: bikes with wheels from 20" - 29"
    • Includes kids' wheels and 700C road wheels
    • Does not fit tandem or recumbent bikes
  • Roof-rack application: aero, round, square and factory roof-rack crossbars
    • Crossbar spread: 16" - 48"
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 3" wide x 1-1/2" tall
    • Rack must be mounted backward when used with a fairing
  • Weight capacity:
    • 30 lbs (Crossbar spread 16" - 18")
    • 40 lbs (Crossbar spread 18" - 48")
  • Maximum tire width: 3.0"
  • Rack dimensions when folded down: 55" long x 9-1/4" wide x 5-1/2" tall
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Yakima FrontLoader universal mounting hardware

If you have a roof rack, a bike and a destination, then all you need to get there is the FrontLoader. This premium wheel mount holds just about any bike and fits round, square and most aero and factory crossbars with universal mounting hardware - no annoying adapters required.

Yakima FrontLoader cradling wheel arms

You can mount your bike on FrontLoader without removing the front wheel, cutting the loading time drastically compared with fork-mounted designs. The bike remains vertical as you roll it into place on FrontLoader's cradling wheel arms.

Yakima FrontLoader adjustable tire holder Yakima FrontLoader cradling tire holders

The front tire is cradled firmly but gently by a pair of adjustable arms, or wheel hoops. The larger, outermost arm features a sliding wheel grip that is labeled with wheel sizes and that adjusts for the perfect fit over your tire. The innermost, smaller, ratcheting wheel hoop is then pulled up into position to grab the back half of the front tire.

Yakima FrontLoader tuning knob for tire cradles

The cradling wheel arms are fine-tuned for the perfect fit around your tire with an adjustment knob, and they are easily released with a push of the red button. Cradling your bike by the tires, the FrontLoader avoids contact with the frame, so your paint job remains pristine. The carrier accommodates wheel sizes from 20" to 29" and easily accepts bikes with disc brakes, thru axles or non-traditional suspensions.

Yakima FrontLoader wheel tray with ratcheting strap

The fully adjustable, sliding wheel tray holds most bike sizes, from monster freeride bikes to girls' bikes with tassels on the handlebars. Rear wheels are secured in place on the tray with a ratcheting wheel strap. Ratchets are on both sides of the strap for easy loading and unloading from either side of your vehicle.

Yakima FrontLoader integrated cable lock

An integrated security cable that is compatible with 1 Same Key System (SKS) lock core (sold separately) keeps your bike safe on the rack. The cable deploys from the inner arm and stores inside it when not in use. The cable can also lock the carrier to your crossbars when no bike is mounted.

Yakima FrontLoader folds flat for storage

The upright arms of the FrontLoader fold flat when not in use, cutting wind resistance and allowing for easy storage.

Yakima FrontLoader lock plug for additional SKS lock core

The carrier installs on your crossbars with clamps, and the tension of the front clamp is controlled by an integrated handle. The bike rack locks to your roof-rack crossbars with an additional SKS core (sold separately).

8002103 Yakima FrontLoader Wheel-Mounted Bike Rack - Roof Mount

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Yakima FrontLoader Wheel Mount Bike Carrier - Roof Mount - Y02103

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (91 Customer Reviews)

Roof-mounted bike carrier holds almost any size bike and attaches to aero, round, square or factory crossbars - no adapter needed. Wheel-mount design ensures that your bikes are easy to load, and the bike rack is lockable with Same Key System cores.


Overall I am happy with these bike carriers. They mount to the racks over the bed of my Tundra TRD Pro. Installation is simple. I think they could be just a bit sturdier because there is just a bit of wobbling when driving on bumpy roads but I'm not too worried about them coming dislodged.

Take note that although they come with a cable lock to attach the bike to the carrier, the key is sold separately.


I'm very happy with my bike rack. I worked for etrailer for 3 years during college so I knew of the hard work the company puts into provide great product testing, education on use and amazing fast shipping to its customers. I received my Bike rack within 2 days of ordering with standard shipping. I'm very happy with my purchase. I have used my rack once now in town and at highway speeds with no complications and this was on a really windy day!


Very good product. It holds the bike securely on the roof without contacting the frame. It is easy to adjust from my road bike to my 29er mountain bike. Our drives are all relatively short, so I like that I do not need to remove the front wheel to lock in the bike. It's also nice that the SKS locking system allows me to use the same key for this rack that I use for my Yakima roof box and hitch rack. This is my first roof rack and I chose this route for a couple reasons. Some of the roads we travel to get to our trail heads are a bit rough and with a roof rack I don't have to worry about bottoming out a hitch rack hanging off the back of the vehicle. Also, it takes up less room in the garage. Our vehicle is a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with an additional 4 inches of ground clearance. That makes it a bit of a reach for my 5'4" wife, so we take our two-step along to help her.
This is my third time purchasing from etrailer, and each experience has been very good. They are a very customer service oriented company. I really appreciate all the additional information they provide on their products, especially all the videos they produce to aid in reviews, assembly, and use.


First, the folks at ETrailer are on their game! The product videos are great and customer service emailed me when they saw my roof racks were delivered! That’s awesome!!
I decided to go with the Yakima front loader wheel mount bike rack. I did not want to be bothered with removing the front tires every time I put my bikes on the roof. These were more than a snap to install. Do yourself a favor look up your vehicle and I can almost guarantee you there’s a video or five for it LOL. The material these are made out of feel good and strong like they will last a long time. Again they were super easy to set up the hardest part is actually getting the bikes up on the roof of my suburban as I am not that tall LOL. I highly recommend this if you’re going to be an occasional bike transporter.


Once the bike is in the rack it’s extremely secure. However, t’s very difficult to actually get the bike in the rack. I thought perhaps it was because I’m 5’1”, but even my tall male friends found loading the bike awkward and cumbersome. I will be returning this rack and looking for one with a more user friendly design.


I finally put my Yakima front loader bike rack to use after I purchased it like 2 weeks ago. I like it very much.. Easy to hook up and held the bike very securely. I’ll be getting another as soon as my wife is ready to ride again....


The product Yakima front loader is really sturdy, that I don't need to worry on my way to mountain MB looks pretty aggressive because I mounted the rack on top of the bed liner level.


This rack has worked well for me and is fairly simple to mount and use. The only two issues I have had with it is that I have had the front mount come loose in transit before, and an end cap fell off at some point. I use these on the Swagman Roamer LT Roof Rack on top of a Viking Epic. I do travel bumpy rural roads and gravel campground roads but do not take it onto any forestry roads or off-roading trails.


My first roof top bike rack, very convenient for me due to my back up camera using a tow hitch carrier. Easy to load and unload.

Christopher I.


I ended up returning it due to getting Ebikes


Great bicycle rack. It accommodates my 29" x 3" mountain bike, as well as my other bicycles. The 29" x 3" tire is usually difficult to fit in racks.


Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Thought price was good. Installing easy.


The rails on our 2012 Honda Odyssey are slightly curved but the bike rack seems very secure

The rails (installed by Honda) on our Honda Odyssey are slightly curved so the bikes are very slightly angled. But, the bike rack seems very secure. We are looking forward to taking our first trip pulling our popup camper and carrying the bikes on top of the van. I read the other reviews before buying this product and I am anticipating no problems. The sales rep from etrailer was very helpful and the racks arrived in just a couple of days and packed very securely.

Debbie A.


We love the rack! Once we get the bikes up and on the rack it is super secure. It was a great purchase!


Exceptional. I mounted up to FIVE of these frontloader racks on the Yakima OverHaul HD Truck Rack with HD bars. 1st off, the Overhaul rack was easy to mount and adjust. The Frontloader bike racks also easy to install and very adjustable - forward, backward to clear truck cabin - for each rack/bike. Some forward, some backward to sardine fit 5 various sized bikes - large child to adult. Once racks tightened down and bikes loaded, they took up to 3,500 + mile round trip journeys from Wisconsin to Arizona, and all manner of trips round the midwest. They held firm every. single. trip. Actually amazed that they held so steady flying down the Interstate at 90. Whoops, I meant 70. Also had the SKS locks so just one key for all bikes and racks. This configuration allowed me to use the hitch to tow, and the full bed with tonneau cover to load things securely. Would buy again. Highly recommend.


Ready for the road!!


Great rack! Easy to install--it took me only a few minutes to install the rack onto the factory bars of my old Honda CR-V. The installation instructions were great and easy to follow. I also loaded my gravel grinder bike onto the rack with no problem, though it is significantly easier with a ladder or step stool. Took the bike on rack on a 8 hour roundtrip and it worked great, feels stable. So great that this rack fits on factory bars as well as Yakima's proprietary rook rack system.

My only minor issues are that on factory bars are curved, so the bike rack leans a bit, but it didn't affect the stability. Also, given how important the locks are to keeping the bike secure, it seems silly that they are sold separately. Other than those two issues, the rack is terrific. I might even buy a second one.


Solid, intelligently designed. It adjusts perfectly to fit the large diameter cross bars on my camper's roof rack. My only beef is that you have to spend more money for keys to the locking system even though the lock and the cable are already part of the rack. I hate it when a stellar company like Yakima cheaps out like this.


Well built and solid. Installs in minutes. Bike does sway while driving but stays in the rack with no worries of it falling out. One complaint is that for the money you spend on this rack it should come with the locks instead of having to buy them separately.
If you are considering purchasing this rack, one thing to consider is the type of car you own verses the amount of energy you have after your ride. I own an SUV type vehicle and after an 80 mile ride I just don't have the energy to get my bike up on the roof of my car. It can be a challenge.


I've dealt with etrailer on several purchases and have always been satisfied with their product line, prices and prompt response. On one occasion a wheel bearing on my PWC trailer went sideways and I had to replace the disc/rotor along with races and bearings and for the life of me I could find ANY numbers or product badges on the unit. I sent them a photo and they identified the rotor system, made a product recommendations and we were good to go.


etrailer, specifically Matthew K - helped our family secure everything needed for wonderful camping trips. The task was difficult because of supply chain issues last spring! Thank you Matthew!!


I had a terrible time attempting to find a bike rack system that would connect to my Nissan Frontier (with utili-track) that would enable me to keep my front wheel mounted (which was a must). etrailer was awesome. Melinda (my rep) made sure the rack system would work with my truck before I purchased it. The Yakima BedRock cargo rack fit perfectly, and the FrontLoader Bike Carrier holds the bike snugly. This is a perfect solution for anyone with a pickup.


Pretty good rack, a bit hard to load unless you have a very light bike. I really wish it would have come with locks. Holds the bikes on very well.


Great bike carrier!! Easy to use with any size bike I have tried, including a 29r mtn bike, E-Bikes. I bought two and am about to buy a third.


A great product. shipped early and arrived in a short amount of time. the rack goes on a standard rack in minutes, really ! It is a reach to get to the top of the roof, but all roof racks are. holds the bike super secure and with wheel adjustments will fit all different bikes. Great Rack !

Joe L.


super great rack. goes on easy to any rack, and adjusts to any bike with ease. holds secure. friends borrow it because it is so good so quick, and so easy. Great Rack !


This rack is the shiznit!!! So easy to install and very stable once it's on your roof. My only initial struggle was to have he strength to carry my bike over my head, lift myself into the bottom of my door ledge with one leg, and then continue to lift and position my bike in the bike rack. If you don't have strong upper body strength, I would recommend the trunk rack as an alternative. I will say that I found a good alternate method to what I described above. First, place the side of the tires on your roof and hold your bike horizontally over your head. Then, while you're holding the bike, lift yourself on to your door ledge. This takes off a lot of the weight of the bike and makes it a heck of a lot easier to climb into my car. Then once you've positioned yourself, simply lift the bike and place it into the tire spacing a of the bike rack. Thanks, etrailer and thanks to Yakima for the delivery of a kickass product.


Extremely well made and packaged with care. I have one of the earlier versions of this which are over15years old and still work great. So, I am looking to get long life and usage out of this newer model.



After 1year and 10,000 miles the rack has performed flawlessly. Solid, steady and easy to use.

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