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Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack Review - 2017 Mazda CX-5

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Review of a Yakima FullBack 2 Bike Rack on a 2017 Mazda CX-5


Hi, everyone. It's Evangeline here at etrailer. And today, we are looking at the Yakima FullBack bike rack here on our 2017 Mazda CX-5. Well, we do have hitches for your Mazda CX-5. If you do not have one yet on your vehicle, this is a good option. If you're still looking for a way to transport your bikes, this is the FullBack which is the premium version of Yakima's trunk-mounted bike rack.

And you can tell with all the little features they added to it. This has an included integrated cable lock. So, this is right inside the arms of your trunk-mounted bike rack and will wrap around your bikes and lock right there, which is nice because then you don't have to pick up an extra cable lock. You also have these really nice premium cradles which use ZipStrips to secure your bike's frame. So, you can see how we have padding on both the bottom and the top.

That way, you are less likely to scratch or scuff your frame, as well as this creates a bit more grip onto that frame. The way our bike is mounted to this bike rack is by one, two, three mounting points. So, you have two of those cradles on the top tube, as well as this anti-sway cradle here at the bottom. So, when you wanna take your bike off, you first press on those levers, pull that ZipStrip out. You can see here, the big difference it makes to not have that anti-sway, so you really want that in place to limit contact with each other.

One pro tip I've learned with ZipStrips that it is nice to rotate them every now and then just to make sure they have an equal amount of wear and tear. But if you're using this cradle a lot, you might wanna switch it with these ZipStrips. Kind of like how you rotate your tires, you can also rotate your strips. With those ZipStrips out of the way, let's take this bike off. So, just bring it up and through the arms, and you are ready to go on a bike ride.

When you do have a bike rack on your vehicle, there is some length added to the back of it. What we have right now is the two-bike version but this also comes in a three-bike version with the exact same features, just a little bit more length. Measuring from the rear bumper of our CX-5 to the end of the bike rack, we have it at 32 inches. So, that's a fair amount of length for a two-bike rack. Still something to keep in mind when you are backing into your garage or trying to park into a really tight spot. This has a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike. So, the two and a three-bike version have that 35 pounds which is average for a trunk-mounted bike rack. Just keep that in mind. I recommend holding it up with the heaviest one closest to the vehicle and the lightest one furthest away. The FullBack has independently rotating arms and how that works is you turn this hub up and that allows you to move the arms up and down, which is nice because that reduces the need for a bike adapter bar if you're only carrying one bike. And we're gonna move this all the way down just to take a look at how portable it can be on your car. With the arms lowered, we're now gonna take some more measurements, especially to see how much longer it is now. Measuring from the back of our bumper to the end of the bike rack, it sits at 8 1/2 inches. So, that's a big difference compared to when the arms we're out. That's gonna be the length added to the back of your vehicle in this position, allowing you to drive around town with it like this. Now, these have straps attached to the top and the bottom of our hatch. The cool thing about this is you don't have to purchase extra anchor loops. What this does is you can convert it into anchors that attach inside the hatch. So, what I did is I left them inside, took the straps out, closed the hatch, and then I attached the bike to these straps. Now, a trunk-mounted bike rack will touch and come in contact with the vehicle, so make sure to clean this off before you put it on to limit the scratching that may happen. This will help protect your window from extra scuffs and scratches. It will also help evenly distribute the weight coming from the bike rack. It's also mounted here at the bottom around your license plate well. Right here, you have about 4 5/8 inches from your bumper and that's where it's sitting up here. One thing to note though is I highly recommend using a platform style rack on your hitch because that limits the contact with your vehicle. You won't be able to use your windshield wiper with this trunk bike rack on. Also, I do not recommend having this on your hatch for an extended period of time. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Now, lastly, we're going over some full speed bumps, and you can see here the up and down action. And this will just be like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway. So, my final thoughts about this bike rack is I really like Yakima's FullBack trunk-mounted bike rack because of all the extra premium features. You may be interested in more affordable bike racks, but then you would have to get an extra cable lock, maybe some extra straps, an adapter bar, as well as extra dog bone anchors for your vehicle. But this has all of that included, so you don't have to think about that. So, that's just something to keep in mind when comparing with other types of trunk-mounted bike racks. Again, I highly recommend getting a hitch installed so that you can have a, especially a platform hitch bike rack because I think that's a lot more safer over the longterm. But if you really need a trunk-mounted bike rack, this is one of the best. And that was a look here at our Yakima FullBack trunk-mounted bike rack here on our 2017 Mazda CX-5..


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