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Rated5out of5byArniefromTop notch rackLove the rack...my wife bought it for me when REI had 20% in November. I switched from Yakima StickUp which was a great rack. Fits perfect on my VW GTI and holds up without any issues for long trips.
I was eyeing couple other racks as price was not the issue (Kuat, 1stUpUSA etc), but Yakima products have never let me down.
I would recommend it to anybody.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated4out of5byrobtsanchezfromI would buy this product againThis product was easy to install onto my SUV with mimimal tools. Does not block visibility from side mirrors.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated3out of5byRickstarfromGood, but design flaws limitingGood rack, with a more-compact-than-the-competition design, but I had to return it due to the lack of clearance with the rear hatch on my 2005 Nissan Xterra. The angle of drop is insufficient to clear my hatch with a mountain bike loaded on the first tray, which I consider to be a design flaw/oversight.
I purchased the HoldUp 2 due to the folding part of the tray, which allows for easier access to the rear of a vehicle when the rack is on the vehicle. That part is good. But not being able to open the hatch to access rear cargo area due to the bike handlebar hitting the hatch was a dealbreaker for me.
Also, the Yakima hitch pin/bolt design makes it a pain to install/uninstall the rack. The supplied wrench would not fit into place on my stock OEM Xterra hitch. I would have had to buy a large socket wrench to tighten the pin/bolt. My old rack, a Küat Alpha, has a sweet "no tools needed" mechanical tightening design that makes it soooooo easy to install/uninstall quickly and easily.
So I'm looking for a rack that will lower enough to allow hatch clearance. I measured the degree of angle when lowering the hitch on three racks (Yakima HoldUp, Thule T2 and Küat NV, and it looks like I'll be buying a Küat NV (even though it costs more). My degrees of drop measurements using an iPhone angle meter:
Küat NV: 31°
Thule T2: 25°
Yakima HoldUp: 22°
To sum it up: The Yakima HoldUp is a good compact rack IF you don't have a vehicle with a tall hatch OR you have a small bike with not-wide handlebars. I'm guessing the hatch/handlebar clearance problem would affect most full-size SUVs, but I can only attest to the clearance issue with my Xterra. If you don't have a problem with hatch/bike clearance, or don't care about rear cargo access with bikes mounted, then you'll probably be happy with the HoldUp.
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated2out of5byenunfromDidn't work out as well as I'd hoped...Rather disappointed with this bike rake. The rack fastens to the hitch by utilizing the locking pin as a threaded bolt. Great if you never plan to take the bike rack off, but if you plan to use your hitch for other reasons it takes longer than I'd like to take off.
The security cable locks also seemed rather cheap as they would get stuck pulling them out and pushing them back into the rack. I experienced this immediately after taking it out of the box.
Bike rack was also rather tall and prevented me from being able to use my lift gate with it up.
I ended up getting a Kuat NV 2 which is the same style bike rack but is lower profile and is better constructed in my opinion. Very happy with my new one.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated4out of5byTeeTimeTBfromBest rack I've ever usedI can't think of anything that would make this any better. Maybe price or being able to hold more bikes for the dollar
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated4out of5byDerHoundfromLike it so far...Replaced a Thule Apex switng with this. Didnt really need the 4 bike capacity so this works fine for me. The real advantage of thsi for me is that 1) it fits well into a recessed trailer hitch (no ext. required like the Thule apex) and 2) the bottom rides higher than a hangin bike tire so no draggin on steep driveways/hills. The only downside is when its off the car, its kind of hard to find a spot in my garage to store it out of the way - bulky.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated5out of5byspoke bikenutfromIT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTERThe HoldUp 2 is by far the best bike rack I've owed. It replaced a very good Yakima Bighorn but the HoldUp is a lot easier to load and secure. We have several bikes with fenders and by wedging a piece of stiff styrofoam between the front wheel and the fender, we're able to transport these bikes as well in spite of Yakima's disclaimer. Wish I had discovered the HoldUp 2 sooner.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byNorthwesternerfromAbsolutely the best!Been through several styles and this rack holds a variety of bicycle styles. This years model is lighter than last year and cable lock ( not super strong cables, could cut through easily, I reinforce with my own locks) are included with the lock along with hitch lock. I think the rack is more streamlined this year so the appearance is nicer.Yakima keeps improving this rack to make even better. Thank you Yakima.
Date published: 2013-08-25
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