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Yakima OnRamp E-Bike Platform Rack with Ramp Review - 2020 Ford Escape

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Review of the Yakima OnRamp E-Bike Platform Rack with Ramp on a 2020 Ford Escape

Howdy everyone. John here, and today we're taking a look at the Yakima OnRamp on our 2020 Ford Escape. This is gonna be a great choice if you need a bike rack that is going to be able to hold heavier bikes, but also have a way of getting those bikes off that bike rack as well. Now when it comes to weight capacity it's going to have 66 pounds for each bike. That's gonna be relatively good. Gonna be able to hold some of your heavier mountain bikes or any of your electric bikes that you may run into.

But I will let you know that this is frame contact. So you don't wanna put any odd shaped frames or carbon frames on this but the big thing is it's able to ramp away which is one of the bigger things whenever it comes to if you have an electric bike on here you need to get it off. How does it handle that Before we take a look at that, let's actually show the tilt away feature, 'cause that's another big one people wanna know when they're getting their bikes out and how tough is it going to be whenever you have two heavy bikes on here and leaning it back. Personally, I am not a fan at all of where they put the little handle to tilt this away. You have to go right through the middle of these two.

So that's already gonna be tough enough. And if you have heavier bikes, there's nowhere to grab onto that's easy. So either way, you're gonna have a tough time, but it at least tilts away far enough that you can get into the back of your vehicle, grab your helmet, grab your water, and be on your way. Now the first thing you wanna do is take off the ramp. I do like the on ramp for the fact that you can keep the ramp on the actual bike rack itself.

There's a couple other ramp style bike racks but they don't have that. You have to keep it somewhere else and hope you remember it which is always a problem. So you're gonna put these little nibs in here and it's gonna hold it in place. And then from there you will take the bike rack off like you would normally. Undoing the straps.

There's going to be two on each side, and then the top strap, which if it's in a weird position you can always undo this. It makes it a little bit easier to move out of the way. And press that down, push it outta the way, and then you can just push this down, make sure the lever and your pedals are out of the way. But once you do that, it's much easier. And if you have something that's going to be 60 pounds it's much easier than lifting it off. And then when you're done, all you have to do is pop it out and put it back into place. It's a very simple process, but just having that ramp is gonna make it a lot easier and it comes with it. So that's always great. Then you can push this outta the way, tighten it up, pull this lever, and then that gets it all out of the way. And now let's get some measurements. So we're gonna get length from the back of the vehicle to the back of the bike rack, and that's gonna be about 27 inches. So that isn't the worst that I've seen today but it's still a good amount off. And then when it comes to the closest area to the ground, the ground clearance is going to be 18, which is also not too bad. So the placement of it is going to be easy to work with but you can luckily tilt it away, sorry, fold it away the same way that you're able to tilt it down. So we're gonna pop this out. And then push this up, and then that cuts down a lot on the space that it's gonna take up. And then we can see how far it comes out from there. And that comes out about a foot. And it doesn't get much closer than this little part right here. And that's about two inches. And you still have enough room to put your hands through and you don't have to worry about it getting any closer. So the shank is going to be a two inch for your hitch and it's gonna come with an anti rattle bolt and a clip. And as you can see as I'm moving it around it took out all the play when it comes to any jostling that you'll have to deal with. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris or even uneven pavement. Last of fall, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway. Whenever it comes to a platform style bike rack that has a ramp I think that this is the better choice. Another one that you may check out is going to be the destination E-bike. And that one's still really good. I like the fact that you have some versatility with how far it can come out with the ramp but the fact that the ramp stays on here is really nice. I like the fact I don't have to worry about where I put it and it's just gonna be right there when you need it. And that was a look at the Yakima OnRamp on our 2020 Ford Escape. Thanks for watching..

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