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Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack

    Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack

    A first for Yakima, a fork-mount bike rack that attaches directly to most factory crossbars right out of the box! Meet the the Yakima Universal ForkLift. See details

    • $159.00

    Item # 783751

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    A first for Yakima, a fork-mount bike rack that attaches directly to most factory crossbars right out of the box! Meet the the Yakima Universal ForkLift.

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    A first for Yakima, a fork-mount bike rack that attaches directly to most factory crossbars right out of the box! Meet the the Yakima Universal ForkLift.

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    A first for Yakima, a fork-mount bike rack that attaches directly to most factory crossbars right out of the box! Meet the the Yakima Universal ForkLift.

    • Rack installs quickly and easily, and it fits round, square and most factory crossbars
    • Rack is designed to accommodate most bike forks with disc brakes
    • Sliding wheel tray makes positioning the rear wheel simple
    • Lockable skewer has an integrated adjustment knob for simple 1-handed operation; SKS lock cores are sold separately
    • Sleek design and nice finish look great on your vehicle

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    Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack Specs
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    9 pounds
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    Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack

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    Yakima Universal ForkLift Bike Rack is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best fork rack so far I'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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Capable and Versatile Forkmount The 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent product with one flaw This 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike rack for the price Great 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fork 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The whistler This carrier was purchased for use on a 2012 Subaru Impreza sport with factory aero crossbars. An instore factory rep told me that it would work with my car. The carrier does not fit facing forward, the clamps cannot close tight enough to grab the crossbar. A rear facing install was necessary which meant that the endcap was facing forward. The underside of the endcap is not solid plastic, which means that at highway/freeway speeds it produces an obnoxious whistle that becomes quite irksome after a while.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from good...if you don't mind it whistling The rack was easy to install on factory crossbars and lightweight, but once I started driving around with it, I quickly noticed a high pitched whistling noise whenever I got over 40mph. Highway driving was almost unbearable. The two bar design made this product anything but quiet. I ended up switching to the Thule Circuit. Comparable to the Yakima, but I don't even know it's on the roof because it's much quieter. If you don't mind noise, the Yakima works just fine. If quiet is something you value, check out the Thule.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Holds great, rubix cube user experience This rack is installed on OEM Toyota Sienna racks. Installation is difficult because the manual detail is sketchy. More detail is needed. Tightening/loosening direction of fork mount is counterintuitive and its method is not obvious without the manual; graphics on the rack itself would be helpful here. Fit on car racks loosened during travel. Tightening rack entails removal of the axle skewer. Mounting of bike requires manual arrangement of loose washers on the axle skewer. All in all not a very cool experience. Once the bike was finally on, the rack worked very well. No flex, no wobbles. A typically overbuilt Yakima rack. The design and manual need work, however.
    Date published: 2014-03-26

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