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Yakima RigeBack vs. BackRoad 4-Bike Rack


tough decision between Yakima 4 bike Ridgeback or backroad wont carry 4 bikes often your thoughts ? thanks


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For me there is one clear choice between the two bike racks you asked about, and for one very particular reason - convenience. Due to how convenient it is, I definitely recommend the RidgeBack, which is the following part number:

- Yakima RidgeBack 4-Bike Rack # Y02458

There are a lot of similarities between the two racks, but the one thing that makes the RidgeBack # Y02458 the better option is how much easier it is to install in your hitch. The RidgeBack uses a knob, called a "SpeedKnob" to install in your hitch; all you have to do is insert the rack in your hitch, push a pin in, and twist a knob. That's literally all there is to it. The BackRoad uses a threaded anti-rattle bolt so you'll have to get on the ground and use a ratchet to tighten it, which is just a pain.

The other big difference is that the knob used to tighten the RidgeBack is locking so it helps protect the investment you made in the rack; the BackRoad requires a lock be purchased separately, while the RidgeBack does not. So while both are really good bike racks that are going to do an exceptional job of transporting your bikes, for a quicker and much simpler installation I highly recommend the Yakima RidgeBack 4-Bike Rack # Y02458.

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Kyle S

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