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Comments about Yakima HighRoller Bike Mount:
I saw another review on here of this with someone using a heavy mountain bike and being unhappy with the purchase. I thought I would provide a counterpoint to that.
I'm an avid cyclist. I have a couple road bikes and a commuter bike. When this thing is used with a road bike at least, it's pretty freakin awesome. It's easy to install and really easy to get the bikes on there and locked in. Essentially you just fling open the front part of the front wheel holder, position your bike, and close the rear part of the front wheel holder until it clicks into place securing the front wheel. Turn the knob a few times to get it extra tight, strap down the rear wheel, then lock it up. I can get all this done in about two minutes.
It fits my hardtail commuter bike, but I mostly use it with my road and tri bikes. This is my first roof rack and initially I was concerned with sidewinds and my tri bike. I have a super deep front wheel (zipp 808), a very airfoil-like frame (specialized shiv), and a disc wheel on the rear. Plus the frame is almost the largest size they make of that particular model. Basically, a HUGE amount of surface area for a bike. I thought the winds may be too much and my nice bike would be splat on the highway. I nervously drove six hours at highway speeds in high winds with one eye on the bike the whole time stopping every half hour to check up on it. While it rocked back and forth a little at the top, the bike remained stable with no issues for the whole car ride. A+++++
I've used it regularly since last summer with no problems. I lost the front hinge covers to the wind (use error) and called Yakima and they had me a new pair of them within two days for free! Yakima customer service is amazing.
Downsides? Clearance. I have a big truck already, have the Yakima Whispbar HD system and use Yakima Mighty Mounts. So the normal roof clearance on the truck is 6'4" and when you add in all this gadgetry, it probably makes my roof clearance 7'1" (I know this because I always tap the "7' CLEARANCE" sign in my apartment complex parking garage). Hence, no parking in the majority of parking garages. But that's an upside too in my situation because it adds a level of security when I have a bike up there. I have to put down and stand on the tailgate to even remotely access the bike and I'm 6'2"! I can't imagine someone being able to steal my bike with any sort of ease with the truck locked up and the bike lock attached.
I definitely recommend this product.
Comments about Yakima HighRoller Bike Mount:
Initially, I really liked this rack. It was very simple to setup and easy to use. I really liked the rack for about the first 6-8 months. Then I started having some difficulties.
First, I am a bigger guy and I like downhill mountain biking. Which means, I have a heavy bike. Initially, the rack was fine, held the bike great. However, after about 6 months of use on the weekends back and forth to the trails, the rack developed slop which would not have been a problem, however, Yakima did not provide a way to adjust the slop out. Over the next couple of months, the bike would bounce around alot more than I was comfortable with.
I think that if you had a lighter bike (under 30 lbs) this would not be much of an issue. But even better would be for Yakima to provide a way to adjust the slop in the wheel holding bars for long term use.
Second, the cable for the locking mechanism is much too puny. I always back up the lock of a rack like this with a LARGE cable lock an u-lock type of thing. I came to my car one day after riding to find that someone had snipped the yakima cable. The other cable that I had on it was messed with but intact, so I was able to keep my bike. I think Yakima needs to either provide a beefier locking mechanism for this rack or eliminate it altogether.
Third issue. The plastic clips that are used to attatch the High Roller to the roof rack leave the most to be desired. This is the interface that holds the bike to the car and secures everything together. This piece can be cut by an in expensive pocket knife and I feel this is the Achilles heel of the high roller. I don't want to trust my $5,000 bike to a .25 piece of plastic.
I think that if Yakima were to address these 3 issues, they would have an EXCELLENT product here.
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