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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, once you get the knack of it I hated this rack the first time I used it because I pinched my fingers trying to get my small-frame bike around all the straps and protruding things. Then I had a brainstorm and removed all the straps. Putting the bike on the frame after that was a dream! I just used the straps needed for the bikes on the rack; the rest live inside my car until they will be needed. I love how the cradles can be adjusted along the arms of the rack to accommodate different-size bikes, and when strapped onto the rack, the bikes were very secure.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Consider another rack My Thule was stolen off my car and I decided to try this Yakima. Big mistake. We use our bike rack daily dropping off and picking up kids. One of our bikes is a commuter Dahon. The straps do not fit across the top tube of this bike. They are too short by about 1". And Yakima doesn't make longer straps. I will probably return this for a Thule with rubber straps.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT for cyclocross bikes, Needs design tuning We got a Thule 4 bike rack from REI and like it lots, but wondered if we were missing something better. Maybe, but this isn't it. For bikes with cables strung on top of the top tube (all but one of our bikes) the ratchet straps either squash the cables, stretching them and sending your shifting out of adjustment or make you LABORIOUSLY feed the rachet straps under the cables (fairly easy on the way in, super difficult to remove.) Or, you can just leave them almost tight and your bike bounces around on the rail. They could have easily prevented this during design (but chose not to?). I like the chance to move the cradles in and out on the rail. I do not like the two tilt releases, placement is not indicative of function (which tilts and which raises and lowers the arm) and the action of the releases is not satisfactory. If your bikes aren't cabled on the top tube go ahead and buy. As is, it does NOT meet my needs. Going back to be exchanged for another Thule.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Problems I have a 1 1/4 hitch and the first full tilt one wouldn't fit into the hitch. The second one wouldn't fit either until I did some modifications and then it fit. Looks like they need to look into this problem, at least as far as 1 1/4 hitch goes.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed I have a previous model that I hoped to upgrade with this new design. The previous one worked fine, but I had hoped to improve on it in two ways. This new design has what looks to be an easier method to secure the bikes to the rack, not using the "rubber band" approach of its predecessor. It also looked like it would be easier to mount on the car, not require me to reach under my car with a wrench to tighten it in. I was disappointed on both fronts. First, the mechanism to attach the bikes to the rack is indeed nice and easy, except for my wife's bike that has a slopping frame and requires the use of "top tub adapter". With that adapter, the seat is very close when sitting on the rack and there is little room to get the "zip strips" into their grippers....can be done, but a struggle. As to mounting it to the car, well, I'll stick with the old way. This new design promises to make it easy by having a red "Speed knob" to just turn to tighten it into the tow hitch. Unfortunately, to get the rack mounted into the hitch, I had to struggle with the mechanism that fits into the hitch, using one hand to hold its movable pieces in place to fit in, one to push the "Auto pin" button, and a third hold the rack up while positioning & inserting it!! Getting it out wasn't much easier as the Auto Pin button didn't work well and knowing when to stop turning the Speed Knob wasn't obvious. I also found both of the handles used to raise the arms and to tilt the empty rack where contrary....sometimes had to really pull on them to engage. Not at all as smooth as the earlier model. On the good side, this rack has longer arms than the earlier one and might actually hold 4 bikes, and as I said, for most bikes it will be easy to mount & secure them. But not for all bikes, and the installation and removal is not as easy as they make it sound. I really like Yakima stuff, but this one is disappointing. I think my 3 stars is pretty generous.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK but not great. If you need rack for 4 bikes, this is ok, but we found it difficult to use the zip strips. The one that goes on the bike seat tube is very awkward to put in and out, and if narrow seat tube, bike sways. We exchanged it for a platform rack that we like much better
Date published: 2018-01-17
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Questions & Answers

Hi, does the arms have an small swing while they are fully folded? I was about to buy it but then I see that my friends rack (he got it like two months ago) with this small swing that i don't like, is it because of the use? Or is it the regular design?

Asked by: Efren
Yes, the arms seems to swing 1" forwards or backwards when its in a vertical position.
Answered by: TD Seattle
Date published: 2017-10-18

If I get the 5 bike rack can the holders on the rack be adjusted from front to back to allow more space?  Will this rack tilt down enough to open a truck tailgate?   Talking bout a f150 tow mount bike rack 

Asked by: Mike
​Yes, you can move the cradles horizontally along the bar to offer more space between the bikes. Yakima does not indicate if you'll have enough room to lie down the tailgate when the rack is in its tilt position.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-22

I would like to install this rack (Yakima FullTilt 4 Hitch Rack) on both of my cars (Honda CRV and Honda Fit), which are each equipped with an 1 1/4" Class I hitch. Is this rack going to be compatible for both of my cars?

Asked by: Florian
This rack is compatible with cars that have a 1.25 inch class II hitch receiver with no stop. According to the Yakima fit guide, due to variations in class I receivers, some class I receivers are not able to accept this product.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-14

Can I tilt when I have 2 bikes on it?

Asked by: Nathalie Boisvert
You can tilt the post away from your vehicle with bikes loaded but it may not offer enough clearance for your hatch door to open fully and it may result in your bikes resting against one another.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-30
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