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  • UpperHand™ control lever tilts rack down for easy vehicle access
  • Padded arms feature fully adjustable, anti-sway cradles for superior protection and stability, eliminating bike-to-bike contact
  • ZipStrips™ secure bikes to the rack and are fully removable
  • Tool-free SpeedKnob™ quickly tightens and locks the rack to your car; fits 1.25 and 2 in. hitch receivers
  • Not intended for tandem or recumbent bikes; carrying bikes with step-through frames requires the purchase of an adapter (sold separately)


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Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 2
Hitch Receiver (in.) 1.25 and 2, 2, 1.25
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 32 pounds
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this bike rack! This bike rack is perfect in every way for my needs. I installed this on my new Jeep Renegade and I don't ever take it off. I haul my bike often and I love how easy this rack is. The install took 5 minutes, and another 5 minutes to install the optional handcuff bike lock. I can attach my 29 er in less than a minute. The bike is firmly held in place, there is no shake or wobble, even when I'm on bumpy and rutted 4 wheel drive tracks. The best part is how easily it folds down so I can open the back hatch of my SUV. The only possible downside is that it is heavy and it might be difficult for a small person to take it off and put it back on regularly. I'm a pretty big guy so it isn't a problem for me. You can probably tell by now tha I am seriously impressed and highly recommend the RidgeBack 2. Best Valentines gift ever!
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yak Ridgeback2... Nifty rack! Use it with a 1.25" receiver hitch and life is good. Bought the Handcuff locking system and it works for short-term theft deterrence - easy to install and the extra key cartridges make it a one key operation - lock /rack. Such a deal!
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Convenient and Easy to Use We bought this about a month ago and it is so much better than our trunk rack. It's easy to install, is secure, and we love that we can open the trunk while the bikes are loaded.
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes Loading a Bike Easy This is my first bike rack and it's very simple to use. I'm not mechanically inclined but it was a snap to install and uninstall. It came with a hitch lock and I did purchase the recommended external cable lock to secure my mountain bike to it.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent investment Very sturdy. Recently hauled our bikes 2000 miles with no issues. It's a little heavy to get on and off. However a definite plus is the ability to tilt the carrier away from the lift gate, giving us access to the back of our car.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't fit as expected We purchased this rack to use with our 2 full suspension mountain bikes. It has been one of the most disappointing REI purchases I have ever made. We can barely fit both bikes on the rack at the same time, have to shift them around a bit to get them both seated onto the rack and then the bikes still have contact points once they are strapped down. I realize that Yakima does not recommend using this rack with RVs however, this is a tow-ready hitch and the issue is with the bikes fitting on the rack, not on the vehicle. Even if we move this rack to our truck we will still have the same issues with poor fit. I think it is silly we would have to consider buying a 3 or 4 bike rack just to get our bikes to fit without friction points. We are also unable to submit any feedback to Yakima via their website - they want you to call them only.
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inadequate information on box I discovered in assembling this rack that my OEM 1.25" hitch does not provide certain required dimensions and is therefore a "No Fit". I advise anyone contemplating purchasing this product to review the installation instructions and your hitch parameters first to avoid an unpleasant surprise.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So Bike Rack This is my second Yakima bike rack and first for a receiver hitch. I use this on my pickup with a 2" receiver. The hitch is ok but several features are just hoky. (1) The safety pin to hold the rack into a 2" receiver is borderline useless; the hitch is held in place only by tension pressure from the lock knob. (2) The directions call for tightening the lock knob to 10 ft lbs; give me a break!! Even if you own a torque wrench there is no way to use it to tighten according to specs. 10 ft lbs is what the engineers said and the product managers just passed it along with their mind in the clouds as to how you are supposed to do this. (3) The plastic connectors that lock the bicycle onto the rack are far more difficult to use and far less effective than the strong elastics built into the Yakima rack I used to use on my trunk rack. (4) The straps used to hold the front wheel and pedal in place certainly work, but are much more difficult to use than a bungee cord which is what I am using. While I consider the rack so-so, I can't specifically recommend a better one. The lack of a good safety pin is the major flaw of this product. If you're buying a bike rack look at it closely.
Date published: 2017-01-26
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I'm looking for a carrier that can be easily taken off of the hitch, as I don't want to leave it on the car all the time. Will this rack accomplish that?

Asked by: Egood
The Yakima RidgeBack 2 Hitch Rack is easy to install. In Yakima's video it takes about 30 seconds to install and weighs only 32 lbs.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-23

I have an Audi A5 Cabriolet and 2 mountain bikes with front and rear pistons. Would the RidgeBack 2 be a good rack for my needs?

Asked by: DanD
As long as you have a hitch receiver, this bike rack is compatible with your vehicle and does work with your bikes based on the information provided.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-15

Will this work for my SchwinTailwind electric bike? The bike weighs 60 lbs. This would be the only bike on the rack. 

Asked by: Daniel2
Yakima recommends a 40 pound maximum individual bike weight for the RidgeBack 2 Hitch Rack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-31

Does this rack come with a hitch lock included? 

Asked by: Montana Lady
Yes, the RidgeBack 2 comes with a lock to secure the rack to your hitch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-21

Will this bike rack work on a 2008 Honda Fit.

Asked by: Peado
Yes, you can use this on your Honda Fit if you have a 1.25 or 2 inch hitch receiver.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

Can a Ridgeback 2 be converted to a 4 bike (or other number) carrier?

Asked by: biker001
​The RidgeBack 2 Hitch Rack cannot be converted into a 4 or 3 bike rack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-26

What is the weight limit for two Bikes

Asked by: Papa John
The maximum weight limit is 40 pounds for each bike.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-20

Will this Yakima bike carrier extend far enough out from the hitch mounted on a  2011 Toyota Rav4 with a covered tire mounted on the back?

Asked by: GPS55
The RidgeBack 2 will allow for 10.5 inches of max clearance. This is measured from the mounting hole on your hitch to the edge of the spare tire. If you measure from the mounting hole on your hitch to the outside of your spare tire and that number is less than 10.5 inches, The RidgeBack 2 will work for your 2011 Rav 4.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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