The HighSpeed bike rack makes load and unload a breeze, thanks to its innovative design. It’s perfect for hatchback vehicles and SUVs, adaptable to aero or standard bars, and simplifies mounting both a bike and the rack itself. Our road-tested Yakima HighSpeed review.
Let’s face it: loading and unloading a bike on a roof-mounted rack can be difficult, especially on tall vehicles like SUVs. And with the popularity of large, easily-scratched sunroofs on vehicles, loading and unloading a fork-mount bike carrier can be a difficult task, especially with a vehicle’s roofline above your head. Add in the usual issues with hatchback clearance on many roof-mounted bike racks on the market, and you’ve got a recipe for quickly ruining that amazing post-ride bliss after a cycling adventure.
The Yakima HighSpeed solidly solves those problems thanks to its innovative design. Mounting the bike is simplified: nearly half of the mounting work can be finished at ground level, since the rack’s axle and skewer can be mounted to the fork while it’s still on the ground. And then mounting the bike to the rack is simple: a few turns of the large, easy-grip torque knob secures the fork to the front of the rack, and a strap secures the rear wheel into the wheel tray.
Another design feature we love: the rack’s forward-advanced design helps solve the usual clearance problems with hatchbacks on popular adventure-ready vehicles, SUVs, and wagons. The HighSpeed places the fork mount in front of the rack’s front crossbar, moving the rear wheel and tray forward, and helping to avoid impact when the vehicle’s hatch is open.
It’s a bike rack that solves multiple problems, and really streamlines the dreaded load and unload of a bike. We’ve been using – and loving – this rack for several months, and have been thoroughly impressed by its performance.