Yakima FrontLoader Rooftop Bike Rack
The Yakima FrontLoader Rooftop Bike Rack is not the cheapest bike rack on the market, but it is of the highest quality. Besides, if you’re going to spend more than $2,000 on a high-quality bike, you’d want something that will keep it safe. That is exactly what this rack will accomplish.
It is a wheel mount model, which means it can support disc brakes, thru-axles, and full suspension. While we’re talking about bikes, the rack can accommodate any bike with 20 to 29-inch wheels, whether it’s a road, mountain, or hybrid. It comes completely built and will fit on any Yakima racking system, including round, square, factory, and aerodynamic crossbars. It will not come into contact with anything.
Aside from its components’ flexibility and high quality, the Yakima FrontLoader offers one more important selling point: a lifetime warranty. With this sort of manufacturer backing, you can pretty much be confident you’re receiving the highest quality available.
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Features of Yakima FrontLoader Rooftop Bike Rack:
- Roof rack required: Crossbar spread must be between 16″ and 48″;
- Universal built-in hardware fits Yakima round, square, factory, and aerodynamic crossbars right out of the box
- Fully assembled out of the box and easy, tool-free installation
- No tools or assembly required for quick and easy install
- Accommodates disc brakes, thru-axles, and full suspension bikes
- Carries any type of bike – no front wheel removal necessary
- Easy loading: Load your bike fully assembled on this wheel-on mount;
- FrontLoader holds your bike upright while you secure the bike to the mount.
- No frame contact: FrontLoader holds the bike by the front and rear wheel;
- Zero contact with the bike frame; carbon fiber and custom paint jobs are protected
- Fits 20″ to 29″ wheels and tires widths up to 3″, mountain and road bike wheels (except tandems and recumbents)
- Protect your gear: 2 SKS (Same Key System) locks (sold separately) can be added to lock your bike to the mount and the mount to the base rack.
- 1 bike, up to 40 lbs at min of 18” crossbar spread; or up to 30 lbs at min of 16” crossbar spread
- Accommodates bike wheelbases up to 48”
- Dimensions: 56.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
Detailed Description of YAKIMA – FrontLoader Wheel-On Mount Upright Bike Carrier for Roof Racks, 1 Bike Capacity:
The Yakima FrontLoader, like other roof-mounted bike racks, does not require any tools to install. All that remains is to attach the rack to the crossbars. Because of its universal fastening method, it can be installed on nearly any type of roof rack system. It’s worth noting that FrontLoader appears to have a perfect match with the popular Yakima’s unique round bars. Fortunately, the rack works with all different types of crossbars.
This incredible bike rack has a 56-inch detachable black-coated wheel tray that holds your bike’s rear wheel. It’s worth noting that the wheel is sliced in the center to reduce the possibility of dirt from the bike tires gathering at the base. The front end of the rack features a cradle with an adjustable brace to keep the front wheel in place. It should be noted that this brace may glide up and down the cradle by releasing the levers on either side.
Try to match the wheel size by slinging the brace up and down, and once you have, tighten the levers to ensure that the wheel is firmly fastened in place. It should be noted that this cradle can support wheel diameters ranging from 21 to 29 inches. A shorter brace is also available to provide additional support for the front wheel.
The rack features a ratcheting strap that aids in the securement of the back wheel. It is vital to note that the tray may take tires with a width of up to 2.5 inches. Anything over that will be a stretch. When not in use, the wheel tray can be removed to avoid theft and the noise created when the tray rolls back and forth.
Among the things, you will find simple is the FrontLoader installation process. Simply open the clamp and tighten it around the front portion of the car’s roof rack system. To fasten the rack to the crossbar, crank the spin handle at the front clockwise until you have a firm hold. Repeat for the rear clamp, and your rack will be ready to use.
After you’ve securely fastened the bike rack to the crossbars, hoist your bike and put its front wheel into the rack’s front cradle. Tighten the clamping system by turning the large red knob at the bottom of the clamping system. Then, attach the rear wheel to the rack using the tie-down strap. That’s all there is to it; you’re ready to go.
FrontLoader is compatible with the double locking system, which improves the security of the bike and rack. One of these locks is on a locking wire that secures your bike to the rack, while the other is on the front clamp that secures the rack to the car’s roof rack system (crossbars). The disadvantage of this locking method is that the SKS (same key system) cores must be purchased individually.
Reviews of Yakima FrontLoader Rooftop Bike Rack
If you’re the type of person that follows the n+1 formula when it comes to bikes, this is the roof rack for you! The Yakima FrontLoader bike carrier is a rooftop bike type that does not require the removal of the front wheel. It holds bikes in the same way that conventional hitch mount bike racks do, but it only contacts the wheels and tires of a bike. It is simple to use, firmly attaching the bicycle by the front wheel while preventing potential frame damage, and it readily fits varied wheel sizes. Unlike racks that connect to the frame, the FrontLoader is a two-piece construction that extends and wraps over the front wheel at the front, while the rear part is preloaded by the huge red dial, holding the front wheel in place. With a ratchet strap, the rear wheel is secured to a movable tray. It offers a highly solid and stable arrangement, preventing the bike from wobbling. A cable lock attached to the front portion can be looped around the frame to prevent theft or at least delay an attempt by a would-be thief. For further security, the rack is linked to the roof bars.
The Yakima is a great way to transport a bicycle on the roof of a car. Its design allows it to transport nearly any bike, independent of axle standards. This rack can safely transport everything from a dirt jumper to a fixie commuter to an enduro full suspension bike! It’s simple to attach the bike carrier to the car. The rack may be easily adjusted to fit a variety of wheel sizes, ranging from 20 to 29 inches in diameter. Fat bikes are out, but road and cyclo-cross bikes and conventional mountain bikes are fine. Lifting a bicycle onto the roof of a car, especially a hefty touring or mountain bike, isn’t always simple. The Yakima comes in handy here since the front wheel fits into the front hoop simply and fast, and the rear hoop only has to be pressed against the tire. It comes fully built out of the box; all you have to do now is slip it onto your roof bars and secure it. Although there are instructions, they aren’t essential because the process is so easy. The primary disadvantage of the design is that it has a higher loading height than fork mount racks.
Overall, this is a wonderful rack: it is easy to install and use right out of the box, it fits all bike sizes snugly and securely, and it has a locking wire for further security. The best part is that you don’t have to remove a wheel to transport your bike. It may appear to be lazy, but if you ride after work and use a rack that requires the front tire to be removed, that’s four times taking your wheel off and on throughout the day, which this rack completely avoids! Yakima is a wonderful company with great goods and people, and Yakima offers amazing customer service; if you ever have any difficulties or concerns with the rack, simply reach out. One piece of advice: if you don’t want to or are unable to raise your bike, get a back-mounted rack. Good luck on your journey!