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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Secure Holder, Mediocre Loading and Transporting I've had my Raptor fro quite a while, so I have no complaints about the workmanship. It certainly is versatile having hauled kid sized bikes, a vintage road bike and my 29er. While the "beak" holds everything securely, I found I do not like the way it loads adult sized big bikes. I also do not like the way the bike, especially heavier off-road-bike, sways during transport. It never got to the point where it felt like anything was liable to fall off the roof, but the creaking was unnerving. The tray is also a problem for the long wheelbase of a 29er: it is about an inch too short, in my opinion. Reasonably priced and easily adaptable, it makes a nice carrier if you don't mind the quirks.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Raptor Aero is two years old and still kicking. I purchased my Raptor Aero along with Q Towers and 48" bars for a roof rack setup. Always determine which bike rack you need based on location and riding frequency. The Aero has large plastic wing nuts for easy removal. You may remove and stash it inside your vehicle. If you frequently ride, and wish to avoid the on and off switch hassle, you could replace the wingnuts with Raxxess Pin Torx Security Screws. The Raptor Aero is good sturdy well made product. CAUTION: always wrap a micro cloth or leather chamois around your bike frame before tightening the jaw (see picture) TIP: If you like your rim decals, avoid covering them with the wheel straps. Yakima sells Same Key Systems (SKS) Key cores in sets of; 2,4,6,8,10, and 12. EXAMPLE: I needed one core for each tower and one for the Aero's red knob, so I had to buy a set of 6. Now you know what I know.
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good bike frame Works as advertised and the Lockjaw really helps to stabilize the bike. I put the rack on top of my Subaru Legacy with factory mounts and the parts that came with the mount went on with no hitch. The difficulty I ran into is the instructions about spacing and when to slide on the straps must be for average to short people bikes, I am 6'5", bikes so I had to keep taking it off and adjusting to get it to where the lockjaw would connect and straps would be in the right place for the wheels (This is why I marked instal as a Con). Once I got that all figured out it works well. My driveway is on an incline and I find it easy to get my bike on and off parked in my driveway, but may not be that easy for shorter people.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It gets the job done I've been using the rack now for the past 6+ months for my Santa Cruz Heckler (27.5 x 3.5") and I am 100% satisfied. I secured the Raptor to my car rack using the Yakima Lock Housing to prevent it from being stolen. Since using the rack, I have been on several trip around Az with zero issues. The width of 3.5" on my tires is pushing the limit of rack. If you plan on running a fat tire bike or a 27.5+ tire, I don't think this will be the rack for you. Loading and unloading of the bike is easy given the height and size of my car (Chevy Spark). I received the rack new and assembling and installing it on my car along with the Yakima crossbars was a breeze. I plan on buying a second Raptor in the near future.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NIce Rack This is a good rack overall. The only complaint I have is that my bike wobbles a little. It's also very tall on my WRX, but I should have guessed that by the type of rack this is. Good product though.
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Raptor vs. FrontLoader clamps This rack might work well for you depending on your needs. I however returned it unused after not liking the way it attached to my car rack. I purchased both this and the Yakima FrontLoader. Both are sturdy, well made racks. Having used the FrontLoader for a month, I assembled this one in anticipation of using it for my daughters bike. It is not nearly as user friendly in my opinion. The Raptor Aero fit nicely to my factory crossbars, however there is no way to lock the Raptor to my crossbars. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if the clamps were easy to remove, but they are rather cumbersome to screw on and off. In comparison, the FrontLoader is both easy to attach and remove, and has the option to add lock cores. The FrontLoader appears designed to accommodate people who remove their bike rack from their car frequently, the Raptor is designed to be left on the car. I'm hoping the clamps are redesigned in the future as this is one of the only roof top racks that accommodate childrens bikes. Since I didn't actually use this for my bike, I can't speak to how well it held the bike during transport.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would definitely recommend! This is a great product. Simple to assemble with a quick look-over on the manual about the frame clamp. Easy to use. Once the bike was off I use a bungee to hold the arm tight to the rack to leave it on the Jeep for the week. Travelled 550 miles on NYS Thruway and mountain hwy - no problem.
Date published: 2012-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yakima love I love the versatility of the mounting options for this. It does its job exactly how it is supposed to.
Date published: 2017-05-14
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Questions & Answers

What is the widest tire you can use on this rack?

Asked by: Patrick
The tray accommodates a 2.4" maximum tire width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-13

Will this rack securely hold a 35 pound touring bike equipped with a Blackburn Lo-Rider rack?

Asked by: Explorer Ron
The Blackburn rack is not an issue, but the Raptor Aero Bike Mount specifies that the bike must weigh no more than 30lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-13

I have a used Raptor that I got from my buddy. It's missing the three clamps to to attach to my cross bars. Can I purchase them at REI or do I have to order them from Yakima?

Asked by: jrvolks
REI does not stock the clamps for the Raptor. Please contact Yakima for parts.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-18

I recently purchased a Yakima bike rack that my neighbor bought from you, still new in box but I need the mounts that go for a 2013 Subaru outback roof rack. It is a Yakima Raptor Aero bike rack. Do you sell those brackets separately?

Asked by: bujwah
The Universal MightMounts are included with the Raptor Aero. These are the mounts that would be used to attach the bike rack to the factory bars of your 2013 Outback. If you currently do not have the MightyMounts, they can be ordered by clicking on the link below. http://www.rei.com/product/722705/yakima-universal-mightymounts
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Our Long Haul Trucker touring bikes have fenders. Will this bike rack clear the fenders?

Asked by: John D
​This rack work with bikes that have fenders.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-19

I was hoping to find a bike rack where I can leave the front wheel on so that I can load up my kids bikes that don't have a quick release on the front wheel. How small a bike can I put on this rack? Or do they make quick release skewers for kids' bikes?

Asked by: Alex the critic
You should be able to mount your kid's bike to the Raptor Aero Bike Mount. Yakima requires a minimum tire size of 20 inches for the Raptor Aero. The only other requirement is a down tube that measures at least 1 inch in diameter and no bigger than 3 inches in diameter.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-02

will the Raptor Aero Bike Mount attach directly to the Loadwarrior roof rack? or do you need to purchase crossbars for it?

Asked by: mdollick98
​This bike rack is designed to fit on round, square or most factory crossbars.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

Can multiple aeros be mounted at 180 degrees to each other in order to maximize the number of bikes that can be carried, thus avoiding the problem of handle bars obstructing each other?

Asked by: grandma
You can use these racks alternating forwards and backwards. We recommend confirming with your vehicle manufacturer what the maximum weight limit is for the roof of your vehicle to confirm how many racks and bikes you can carry.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-12-12
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