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  • Wheel straps and ratcheting StrongArm design secure bikes at wheels, protecting paint and accommodating carbon bikes, disc brakes, thru axles and full suspension bikes
  • New side-to-side adjustability lets you adjust the space between the bikes
  • Tilt-down design lets you access the rear of the vehicle, even when bikes are loaded
  • Integrated locks secure the rack to the hitch and the bikes to the rack
  • Bike trays fold up when not in use
  • Built-in metal bottle opener
  • Premium black gloss finish
  • Holds 2 bikes; use the HoldUp +2 Bike Rack Add-On Extension (sold separately) to carry a total of 4 bikes
  • Choose 1.25 in. or 2 in. receiver hitch size (the HoldUp +2 Bike Rack Add-On Extension requires the 2 in. receiver)


Yakima Racks

View all Yakima Trailer Hitch Bike Racks

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Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 2
Hitch Receiver (in.)
1.25 in
2 in
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 49 pounds
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy bike rack Used the rack with a two inch hitch on a recent trip to Moab. Highway travel was a piece of cake...trips to all trail heads in Moab provided an excellent test for the rack. The rack held firm with zero loosening at the hitch. The hitch bolt screwed in tight enough to prevent any movement. The rack held two bikes perfectly with minimal rocking over some very rough terrain. Built in bike locks provide a little deterrent, I added a much more secure lock for piece of mind. A very nice fact is that after a few hours of tough riding you can easily load both bikes in about thirty seconds.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn'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: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from after long search found a rack I love! I read all the reviews here and on Amazon. I purchased the Thule 4 bike swing away. After bending some cables and being so wobbly I returned it to REI and purchased this rack. Solid, super easy and no problems. I do miss the locking pin that the Thule had, adding/Removing the rack is a bit of a pain because of the big bolt. However the solid feel is worth the hassle.
Date published: 2014-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch rack Love the 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: 2014-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like 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: 2013-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Rack-Swapped from Thule T2 to Yakima HoldUp After purchasing a Thule T2 and having it installed for two weeks, I was disappointed with a few details, but my biggest issue was the inability to put the rack upright to a "stored" position. I drive a VW Golf and didn't expect to have the bike trays denting the bumper when upright. However, REI saved the day! After dropping by the store, the associate and I built the Yakima HoldUp right inside, and took it out to test on my Golf. With no surprise, I had an extra 3 inches+ compared to the Thule T2. This rack is also more compact, and feels not as bulky. Love the rack so far!
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works and looks awesome! Another hit from Yakima! I've been using this for about a month now, and it's been a joy to use every time. Loading bikes is fast, easy, and intuitive. The included hardware and instructions made it easy to set up. Only potential down side is that the rack is a bit heavy, but it is also a robust carrier, so a bit of give and take. Make sure to open a beer with the provided bottle opener after installation for good luck.
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER The 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: 2013-09-27
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Does the 1.25 fit a class one or class two hitch?

Asked by: jayden
The 1.25 will only fit the Class 2 hitch
Answered by: jayden
Date published: 2017-02-08

Hi, I am looking use this rack with a 2015 Subaru forester, It seems like the only issue I may have is clearance to open the back with the rack on and bikes mounted. Also, wondering about weight it will take, since mountain bikes are heavy.

Asked by: BrianGove
According to Yakima, the weight restrictions are 60 lbs per bike. The Hold Up is designed to tilt away from the vehicle even when loaded with bikes for you to gain access into the car through the rear hatch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Will this bike rack works my Subaru Impreza Sport because my car is quiet low?

Asked by: halojoey
The base brings the Holdup up for road clearance. This bike rack should work on your vehicle. Check Yakima's web site for fit specifications.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-25

how does this rack deal with bikes with fenders on front tires?

Asked by: Hans Dunshee
The Yakima HoldUp 2-Bike Hitch Rack can hold bikes with front fenders. You simply place the front wheel clamp just in front of the end of the fender and then lock the clamp down. The bike will ride securely in that configuration.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-21

Is an adapter available for fat tire mountain bikes?

Asked by: Eric the Hiker
Yakima does not make an adapter for using fat tire mountain bikes with the HoldUp. The TwoTimer hitch rack willl accommodate fat bikes, however.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-24

what is the longest wheelbase this rack will accommodate?

Asked by: big bike
According to Yakima, the HoldUp 2 can accommadate a bike with a wheelbase of 48 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-20

How much clearance is there between the bike and the back of the car? I have an older Honda CRV with an external spare and the innermost bike would have to clear that spare tire.

Asked by: Swampwalker
The Holdup 2 for the 1.25 inch hitch size has 10 inches from hitch pin to first point of contact. The 2 inch hitch size has 9 inches from hitch pin to first point of contact.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Can I get this bike rack with a specific Key / SKS Lock set? I would like to get it so it is the same key as all our other Yakima racks.

Asked by: JKL1
The HoldUp 2-Bike Hitch Rack cannot be ordered with specific sks locks. The lock cores can be removed and sent to Yakima to exchange for a different numbered lock core.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-23
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