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Recommendation for a 5 bike Rack Used With 4 Adult Bikes and 1 Kids Bike


I have a Toyota Sequoia and will be buying a hitch mount rack for 5 bikes. 4 adult mountain bikes, one adult cruiser and a kids mountain bike. I was looking at Yakima and Thile 5 bike mounts... how would you rate the Yakima ridgeback 5 and the Thule Apex 5 Xt? which of the two would have the most spacing in between bikes? Essentially looking for the most functional rack for that price point. Thank you


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To come right out and answer the most important question first, both the Yakima Ridgeback # Y02459 and Thule Apex XT-5 # TH9026XT are going to provide the same spacing for the bikes. Both racks have 28" long arms and the spacing is going to break down the same on both.

With that being said, you will find some noticeable differences between these 2 racks. The Thule Apex XT-5 is going to be Thule's top end hanging rack for 5 bikes, where the Ridgeback is going to be probably a half a step down from the Yakima FullTilt 5 # Y02463 which has 29" arms and comes with hitch and bike locks integrated into the rack. Realistically the Apex XT 5 is going to be more comparable to the FullTilt than it is the Ridgeback.

For that reason, I recommend going with the Thule Apex XT-5 so that you're getting the top of the line product by one of the manufacturers. The Apex 5 has the integrated hitch and bike locks that you would expect from a top of the line rack and it's also going to give you a slightly higher carrying capacity for all of your bikes. For your women's, kids and any bike with an alternative frame shape you'll want to add the Thule Bike Adapter Bar # TH982XT .

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