Rated 1 out of 5 by Asheville-Jan It started failing....but at least Dicks gave me my money back.
We took one 250 mile trip. By the time we got there, the pin that allows you to pull out and swivel the rack down, had actually bent so much that it couldn't be pulled out! All I have to say is thank GOD the pin didn't actually break while we were driving 70mph or our bikes would have been destroyed! And do you think Yakima or Dicks would pick up the tab to replace about $600 in bikes?
Before taking this rack back to Dicks, I read through the manual to see if I somehow overloaded the rack which I was sure there was no way. It is a 4-bike rack and I was only carrying my wife's and my Trek bikes, plus two small bikes for a 9 yr old and a 6 yr old. I weighed all the bikes and I was comfortably under the max load limit.
So, just beware.
March 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Big daddy Good quality bike rack
It wasn't the easiest bike rack to put together (directions were a bit confusing), but once it was done, I realized that i had make a good purchase. Easy access into the hatch of the car with bike rack on. Also, pretty easy to install bikes. The bikes looked very secure on my 14 hour car ride.
February 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by don31 Yakima Buckhorn Elite 4-Bike Hitch Vehicle Rack
This is a real nice bike rack. Not only does it support the bikes but keeps them in place while driving.
February 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by rkf13 Yakima Buckhorn Elite 4-Bike Hitch Vehicle Rack
This product is very well made, solid construction, easy to put together, and the price is within reason. I installed this rack and kept it in our garage prior to our trip and left it mounted on our minivan. I ended up taking the rack back prior to taking it on the road because of the horizontal arm sticking out so far. I found many racks where the arm can be lowered out of the way. I see Yakima has racks with this feature as well as Thule which are the two I will be choosing from in the near future. This would be a very good rack if you have a larger garage where you could have it extended all the time. I returned this product and was very impressed with Dicks return policy, the friendly service and competitive price.
January 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sirs Short distance
The main part of the unit is very well built and stable. However the section that slides into the hitch is not very stable, not a very good snug fit. Due to the poor fitting, the bolt that is supplied to secure the hitch will loosen up after less than a hour drive, no matter how tight to bolt it up. Any more torgue most likely will strip the bolt. You can use a hitch pin, put the poor fit into the hitch will sooner or later twist or snap. I should have listened to the sport shop and paid more. Time to return has past.
December 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by e Yakima four bicycle rear car hitch rack
Fits four bicycles - barely. Four bicycles may withstand scratching among them.
Need strength to close/open the rubber straps around the bicycles.
Easy to assemble and disassemble; however, need tools to remove the upper "U-shape" horizontal rack part from the vertical stand. Also need tools to remove the vertical stand from the car hitch. Would be much better a design where only a pin with a key or something to such effect were necessary to remove these pieces. The U-Shape portion does not fold down when bicycles are not carried, to reduce the overall length of the car, therefore, removing it maybe more frequent than expected.
A reflective orange/red stripe or paint would be nice on the vertical stand to alert other vehicles of the protruding piece on the back of the car.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by DebinMD Great bike rack.
More info on the stablecradles would be helpful. It is heavier than we expected.
October 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Minday21 Not happy with rack BUT service at Dicks service was great
Unable to pull the straps off to get bike on or off.
Very dangerous when on the back of car with no bikes on. Arms do not go down . Went to get groceries at night and in a low lit parking lot. A person walking by walked into the arms. Almost poked an eye out.
Pro. Very stable when driving when bikes are on.
Should never sell the ones that arms don't go down.
Returned it. Dick's and their employee deserve an A plus. We bought 2 bikes and the salesman was great. Love our bikes. Returning the car rack was easy and everyone was great..thank you. Will go to Dicks again..
October 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by larryboy much better than the first one i purchased
after trying a strap on type I purchased the Yakima Buckhorn Elite and was completely satisfied with how well it works. it is solid and secure and easy to install
October 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bikegirl44 Should have bought a Thule
Was eager to get this home and start packing our 4 bikes around! Had difficulty getting it on our standard hitch (it's on, but won't come off). Then discovered only men's bikes with top bars fit on it. I refused to buy "special bars" in addition to this expensive contraption, so we did our best to get our 4 bikes on (there's NO way someone with arthritis could use this). The rubber "bands" that hold the bikes on kill your fingers! Note: kids bikes do not fit on this either, pretty much only men's bikes. Also the pin that raises and lowers it doesn't fit well and I have to shake it like I'm getting apples off a tree to get it in and out. Very disappointed in product, wish I could return it but can't get it off my car. Save yourself the hassle.
September 27, 2013