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Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima Ridgeback Hanging Style Bike Rack here on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Now it's gonna be a really nice hanging style rack. There's a lot of convenience features that it includes and I really like it. One thing to note with a hanging style rack though is we aren't gonna want to put a carbon frame bike up here that will be damaging to the frame. And another thing keep in mind is with things like alternative frame bikes or kids' bikes we will probably need a bike adapter bar to make this fit.

If you aren't wanting to mess with a bike adapter bar on kids' bikes, the Curt Premium is a nice option because the end cradles narrow in so those smaller kids frames will work a lot better, but overall, this is gonna be a really nice option. We're holding it up top with these two straps up here and on the seat post here with this anti-sway cradle. What that's gonna do is keep these side to side movement down to a minimum, so we're not hitting the bike rack, we're not gonna be making as much bike to bike contact so it's keeping things nice and neat. Now we can actually get this taken off pretty easily and we'll do that by pinching the two tabs on the side and we can lift up on those strips right there. They do fully come off so make sure you set them aside and when you get the bike off, put them back in place.

You don't wanna lose those. Then once all those are out, we can just lift the bike off nice and easy and walk it to the side where it's out of the way. Now we can go ahead and replace those so we don't lose track of them. I do like how padded these are. I think they do a really nice job of holding the bike in place, rather than like some of the stretchy straps that you have to go over the bike with.

Those, I feel like just don't hold things as solid as these ones do. Now, one of the disadvantages of a hanging style rack is you can typically tilt them away from the vehicle to get hatch access like this one does but you can't do that with the bikes loaded. That's one thing that platform style racks have as an advantage over this, but with the 4Runner specifically you've got this large window in the back that slides down so if you need to get something out with your bikes up here and loaded, you can just sneak in, grab what you need and get back out, no problem so I don't think that's as big of a con on this. Now we can actually go ahead and get some measurements with the arms out here. You're gonna be adding a good amount of length to the vehicle.

We're gonna be looking at about 40 inches added to the back, which is a fair bit but these arms will fold down with this gray lever here and that's gonna cut down on a lot of the length. So if you don't have any bikes loaded up you're just waiting in between rides you can have that, and it's only gonna stick out 14 inches. So that's a lot more manageable. Probably can fit in it into your garage with the door closed, no problem. Now, as far as ground clearance goes down here, we are gonna be working with about 17 inches of ground clearance to the bottom right there. That's pretty good and it sits pretty close to your vehicle too so I don't think we'll have any bottoming out issues. Down here, you can see the built-in anti-rattle knob. So if I loosen that up, we can see a little bit of shake and play in the hitch there, and then tighten that up tool-free. It does have a locking core right here, so you can lock this to your rack, to your bike or to your vehicle, sorry and keep things nice and secure. It will work with an inch and a quarter or a two inch hitch, so if you're swapping this between vehicles that have different hitch sizes, that'll work just fine. Overall, the Ridgeback is a really nice, solid hanging style rack. If you're looking for some easy convenience features like the levers instead of pins and clips, this is gonna do just fine for your 4Runner. Thanks for watching. Illustrator Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side to side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. And finally we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway..


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