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Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Trunk Rackis rated4.0out of5by14.
Rated5out of5bySigsam01fromSmart, Sturdy Bike RackThis smartly engineered, sturdily built bike rack amazingly fit my compact car and surprised me. I didn't have to spend hundreds more to add a hitch first and install a rack next.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated5out of5byStanleycup19fromKingJoeIt works as advertised and is solid while mounted to the car….i would recommend it to so one else
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated4out of5bycouchjoefromSturdy & SafeUsed it to move from WI to Seattle, sturdy the whole way. Even through the mountains & the grouge it held steady. Thought I wouldn't use the bottle opener or the fold down arms but both came in handy.
The fit guide did not work for my year, but its simple enough to install if you know how a bike rack should fit on a car. Wish there was a way to lock the bikes to the car but thats what a hitch is for.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated2out of5byatomkowafromstraps break easilyBought this for my move from Denver to Portland, OR. Had to take the bikes off and on several times to get into the trunk of my Jeep Compass and one of the straps holding the bike on broke! We ended up using a STICK to hold the bike on along with bungee cords. In Montana, I noticed another strap had broke. I am wondering if they were on too tight...? Somehow both bikes made it here without falling off. It does fit a mountain bike and road bike nicely.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated4out of5byworking ChuckfromEasy & VersatileI use this every weekend to carry my 29" mountain bike. The trip is 25 miles through neighborhoods, on an interstate up to 70 mph, and winding roads. Both the rack and bike stay secure the whole trip. My frame prevents the anti-sway holder from touching the seat tube, but works just as well on the down tube. Installation is easy. The first time takes a bit longer to position the straps. However, if you use it on the same vehicle subsequent installs including rack & bike only take 5 minutes. The rack works on my wagon and sedan.
There is no way to secure the rack to the car, so if you are afraid of theft of your rack during your ride just remove it and lock it in your vehicle. Also, the strap to hold the front tire from spinning and wheel from turning needs improvement. I use a bungee cord for that.
Date published: 2013-08-25
Rated3out of5byTheOtherJoshfromGood for some bikes, not for othersWe had a very mixed experience with the KingJoe Pro 2.
On the positive side, mounting it to our car, a Prius V wagon, was relatively easy. We were also very impressed with how stable it was. With the bikes mounted and everything strapped down, the overall system was as close to bomb-proof as any trunk/hatch-mounted system I've seen. I had no concerns about the bikes flying off on the freeway, and the system was as solid at the end of the trip as at the beginning. Big improvement over our old SuperJoe rack.
The big negative issue we had was with mounting the smaller of our two bikes, a 48 cm Cervelo S2. This is a stock frame (not custom), and it simply didn't fit on the rack. After a significant amount of wrestling, we were able to get it mounted, but it was a physically challenging engineering exercise. Clearly this bike and this rack were not meant to work together. Moreover, the rear wheel of this bike interfered with the handlebars of the other bike we had on the rack, and ultimately we had to remove the Cervelo's rear wheel and stash it inside the car with the rest of our luggage.
The straps that hold the bike frames in the mounting cradles do a great job of securing the bikes, but they are very hard to fasten. Once you figure out the proper technique (not mentioned in the instructions), it's doable, but still requires a lot of hand and finger strength.
Minor quibble: The instructions were ambiguous or lacking details in spots. For example, there were mixed messages about whether this rack could be used on our car (i.e., search engine and website says yes, it can be used on a Prius V wagon, but instructions say not to use it on a car with a rear spoiler). Some other details about setup also required phone calls to Yakima for clarification.
Conclusion: This is a very stable rack, which was great for peace of mind while traveling, but it has some pretty significant limitations that make it a poor choice for certain users. Based on our personal experience, we'd give it two stars, and decided to return it to the store. But recognizing that these issues might not apply to a broader audience, we decided to give it three.
Date published: 2013-08-24
Rated4out of5byDihedralfromFeels like a solid productI'd say it was my best option given my car and what I needed at the time. I wasn't ready to dish out $400 + for a roof system, don't have a hitch available, but would still like to carry a couple bikes around on weekend trips.
I've used the rack 3 or 4 times in the last 2 months. It's feels very solid even with two heavy bikes. I've never worried that it would come loose, shake around, or have a bike contact my car in any way. It's a nice design and folds down fairly small for how sturdy it is.
I do worry that over time, the rubber-coated hooks will degrade and begin damaging my car. That might be an easy fix with a rubber dipping product. I also worry that the nylon straps will damage my paint, but my car is old enough that it's not likely to be noticeable.
I would only recommend the rack for people who can't get a roof, or hitch rack first.
Date published: 2013-06-05
Rated2out of5byRusoLocofromDid not work for meBought this bike rack because of the number of good reviews. I put on my car but it would not stay tight. I would slightly pull on one side and the strap will just loosen up. I did not want to have to mess with it so I took it back. This kind of hardware should work flawlessly period. Maybe I got a defective strap but I'm not taking a chance.
Date published: 2013-04-29
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Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 Bike Trunk Rack Customer Reviews