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Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rackis rated4.0out of5by13.
Rated4out of5bybooyasaucefromso far so goodI've only used it once so far and it held my bike satisfactorily. I sort of wish the rear crossbar clamp could be locked into position. The floating design makes it easier to install, but I worry about twisting and things. Also if my crossbars are a little loose, the wind and vibration could cause it to float around and get askew.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated5out of5byosp98fromSuper Capable and Versatile ForkmountThe Forklift tray is an excellent choice if you have multiple vehicles that you like to transport your bikes with or want a futureproof tray to take from car to car when you buy/sell vehicles. I moved these trays from a Subaru Outback w/factory rack to a Scion with Q-Towers effortlessly and at much less expense than buying a whole new/different set-up. I've seen a few reviews on here about these being difficult to attach and I can't disagree more! Super easy to put on complete Yakima rack or factory roofrack crossbars. The forkmount doubles as the locking mechanism to keep the Forklift(and your bike) where you left it. Holds your bike very stable while travelling at highway speeds. I can also agree with some reviews here that the endcap on the back of the tray seems a bit underengineered, but I haven't had trouble with it yet and I'm going on three years. All in all I'm extremely satisfied with the two Forklifts I have.
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated5out of5byNArchfromFork Lift Works Great!Took it out of the box, mounted and left for New York.
Rack was easy to load once the correct sequence became obvious. That is, get the quill width set before you are holding the bike on top of the SUV...duh.
Most impressive was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge deck plates, it was steady but flexed enough to dampen the violent loads to the roof racks.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated4out of5byBronx BicyclistfromExcellent product with one flawThis is an excellent product. It easily installs (and just as easily uninstalls) on the factory rack on my Subaru Outback. Bike lift-on and lift-off are easy, and the bike is very secure. However, the plastic clip that clicks into the back of the rack is insecure, and if (when!) it falls off key pieces of the rack can slide off. This is only a problem when the bike is not on the car and can remedied easily if not elegantly with duct tape.
Date published: 2013-10-20
Rated5out of5byRegular GuyfromGreat bike rack for the priceGreat single bike rack for the price. What's best is it works with factory crossbars, no additional stuff needed to buy. Fit on a 2011 Dodge Durango SUV, no problem. Driven around town with my mountain bike and my wife's cruiser bike, no issues. Stable, no excess whistling or noise, great on highway and local roads.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5byUltrafreakfromBest fork rack so farI've alternated between Thule and Yakima over the years, and have suffered through some incredibly bad rack designs from both. There's a toasty place down below awaiting some of the mechanical engineers that came up with those sad concoctions of plastic and steel. However... the Forklift is a nice counterpoint to all those bad memories.
This fork rack seems to be well made (albeit a lot of plastic at the fork mount). It was INCREDIBLY easy to put together and get on our Thule crossbars (yes, it's worth yelling that). Nicely designed to switch seamlessly between OEM aero racks (I've not tried yet), Yakima and Thule cross bars.
The rack is stable and secure. We recently took bikes on a 500 mile trip to MT, through gorge winds, etc., and had no issues.
Two downsides. 1) the fork clamp is a bit hinky to loosen/tighten. Not a big deal unless your bike has lawyer tabs, in which case you'll find yourself unwinding and winding the fork tightener enough to accommodate the thicker fork ends. 2) it is surprising that Yakima hasn't modified the head of the Forklift to accommodate through-axle mtb's. They're so ubiquitous now and it doesn't seem like it would be that challenging to engineer a clamshell nose that could handle both a standard QR fork and through-axle.
The locking fork clamp is enough to discourage a quick grab and run but I would not trust this rack alone to secure your Moots, Seven, Madone, etc., in a dark parking lot overnight. A screwdriver in the lock or a hacksaw through the plastic head would quickly defeat the security of this rack.
Overall, a refreshingly nice design from Yakima. I don't think there's a better fork mount out right now that seamlessly moves from rack to rack. If you have a cross or road bike, or an mtb with standard drop-outs, this should be on your short list!
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated4out of5byThin White DudefromAffordable QualityBought two of these to transport road bikes from Chicago to San Jose. They weren't a snap to install, but the instructions were helpful and eventually I got the hang of it. Installed on roof rack of our Subaru Forester. Quite easy to mount and remove bikes. Once they're on, these racks stay securely clamped, don't need to worry about them loosening or jostling (just don't forget to regularly tighten the screws on your cross bar clamps!).
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated4out of5byuppercasefromGood roof rackI purchased two of these racks and quickly installed them on my 2011 Volkswagen GTI. Installation was simple and fast -- turn a few knobs, pop a few pieces of plastic and off we were.
Placing the bikes on is easy: pop off the front tire, place the bike on the rack, line up the forks, tighten the front and strap the back. I've driven ~1000 miles with my bikes on these with no issue, and highly recommend them.
My only reason for giving 4-stars instead of 5-stars is because the ratchet strap in the original box was broken -- the teeth were bent so the bike could not be secured. REI quickly swapped the part from another box and I've had no other issues.
Date published: 2013-07-07
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Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack Customer Reviews