"Love the fold down design." - WI boy
With all the options out there, choosing a bike rack can be overwhelming. Reading customer reviews is just one more way to help you make the right choice. Below are a few bike rack reviews we wrangled up for the Yakima DoubleDown 4 hitch-mounted carrier. Enjoy!
“I drive a Honda Element and had been putting my bike in my vehicle for 2+ years. It can be a little labor intensive and can take an 15+ minutes of my day taking out my kid’s car seats, folding up the rear seats, taking off the bike’s front wheel (and then putting everything back again before the family can go out again). I finally talked my wife into letting me get a hitch mount rack and I’m glad I bought the DoubleDown. I almost made the mistake of buying “cheaper” and I’m glad I didn’t; this thing is a well made cycling tool. I’ve kept the rack on for a few weeks now – it tilts out more than enough for me to open the back of my Element. Now, I have my bike with me 5 or 6 days a week for rides instead of just 2 or 3 times a week.
I was initially concerned because for the first 24 hours it sounded like the rack was rattling around too much but I simply hadn’t tightened it enough. A few quick turns with the corresponding socket/ratchet and I can’t even tell the rack is back there. I should also mention that Yakima provides a few tools to assemble the rack; all you really need is a screwdriver. You should have a few wrenches and maybe a socket set ready to make sure everything is nice and tight – it comes together in a few minutes. Assembly = piece of cake.
It might be a good idea to visit a store like REI to touch a few of these racks in person first – Thule makes a similar product. Shop around to see who might have the best prices and then come back to Amazon – You’ll find a few vendors with free shipping.
*Easy to assemble
*Well built (to me, that’s the best part)”
- Alfredo Mar
“Purchased this product one year ago. Rack is used for road and mountain bikes, all frames are different shapes and sizes. Securely holds bikes without damaging them. Bikes will not move when all straps are used. Well built heavy duty unit. Very little wear and tear after one year of use. Fold down arms and fold down mast feature work well. Individual bike cradles are movable and adjustable for any frame or spacing between bikes. Fold down mast allows access to back hatch (Jeep Cherokee) with no problem. I have even folded it down with bikes on to access the hatch (not recommended, but it will work). Previously owned a Rhode Gear rack mount which was good, but this is a much better product by far. Also purchased lock for hitch pin which works well. I would highly recommend this product.”
- Brian Borcherding
“Love the fold down design. Bought the BuckHorn 4 carrier first because it was $70 less. I realized that storing the Buckhorn and having it sit on our vehicles for any period of time was inconvenient and sometimes hazardous as you walk around the back of the vehicle and clothesline yourself on the bars sticking out. The Buckhorn rack is fine and operates exactly like this DoubleDown, but the convenience of being able to flip down the bars is well worth the price difference. The Doubledown rack gets tight into the hitch once you tighten the bold through the hitch and it folds down great by easily pulling up on the lever, as opposed to messing with the pin-method on the Buckhorn. Great design, we are able to use the rack more easily and keep it on our vehicles longer which is a great benefit and time saver when it comes to those last minute rides with the family.”
- WI Boy
“I purchased this rack based on the positive reviews. Have now used it for a year, have not been disappointed, and love it. I am a 47 year old mom, and go biking 2 – 3 times per week. It only takes me a couple of minutes to strap on and secure either my road bike or mountain bike all by myself. Pop it on the rack, strap it tight, and I add a cable lock at the bottom thru the tires to secure the bike tighter to the rack and minimize movement. We also purchased the security deadbolt but haven’t seen a need to use it yet. I can easily put the rack on myself with the wrench (provided) and unless a random person is really ambitious it’s secure enough for the rural area we live in.”