Yakima ForkLift Roof Bike Racks Review - 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Yakima ForkLift Roof Bike Racks on a 2015 Subaru Outback Wagon


Jake: Hey, guys, Jake here with etrailer. Today we have a 2015 Subaru Outback. We're going to be doing a test fit of the Yakima ForkLift Roof Mounted Bike Rack. This is going to haul your single bike to and from the trails whenever you might be going riding by yourself. It's going to have two different attachment points. You're going to have a nice strap here in the back on our platform holding your rear tire in place, and on the front, it's going to have this pin that's going to lock your forks into the front here.

Both of these are going to strap onto the front and the adjustable rear. It's going to strap onto any factory round, square, or elliptical bars that you might have. The front is adjustable to account for all those and so is the rear. Now what's really cool about this is that the rear anchor point is going to be adjustable so you can slide this whole assembly backwards and forwards to account for whatever crossbar spread you might have.Let's go ahead and remove it. It's very easy to remove.

You click on this red button. Pull it up. I always like to do the back strap first. And then make sure you get your hand on your bike, pull down on this lever, and it releases. Now what's nice about this lever is it's going to stay in the same position, so when you want to lock it back up, you just lock it and then your bike's good to go.

We'll unlock it and then lift your bike off.Now you can either choose to leave your pin in or you can take it out. It's easy to remove. You just spin it like this to unscrew it and take it off. Now your bike rack is going to be secured so long as you lock this up. Once you take your bike with you, lock it up.

It's going to keep your bike safe while your bike is loaded, and it's going to keep your rack safe by locking it in the upright position like it is now because you can't slide this open to unscrew this knob because the pin runs through to eyelets that are on this latch. So it's going to secure that and keep it in the clamped position.Our frame of our bike rack is going to be made of a heavy duty steel construction but only come in at eight pounds, so it's not going to be too heavy to get up on your roof, and it's going to come with a nice automotive style black paint to resist rust and corrosion.Well, guys, with all that being said, that's going to do it for our look at the Yakima forklift bike rack on our 2015 Subaru Outback.Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering.Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement.Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.


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