Rack 'em up.
With Yakima's FullTilt Four-Bike Rack, you can bring all four of your personal whips—oops, bikes for the whole family—anytime you hit the road in search of pristine pavement or dreamy dirt. With all your bikes on the back, you'll be able to fill the rest of the car with family and tasty treates and head out for an easy long weekend of pedaling. Er, quality family time.
No matter your reasons for loading up, the FullTilt makes it super easy, with an AutoPin automatic positioning system, a tool-free SpeedKnob to lock it in place, and an integrated same key locking system that lets you lock everything to everything else (Yeah, Jimmy knows where he'll end up if he doesn't stop poking his sister). The UpperHand tilting and storage lever easily lets the rack swing up and down when unloaded, and the padded arms, anti-sway cradles, and replaceable ZipStrips make sure your bikes won’t go anywhere when you hit a speed bump or rally down a rugged dirt road. Yakima designed the FullTilt to fit with both 1.25in and 2in hitches, and even integrated a bottle opener so the kids can enjoy a fancy root beer after they pedal the 300-foot loop around the campground. You'll probably be on to something stronger by then.
- AutoPin automatic rack positioning
- UpperHand tilting and storage lever
- Removable and replaceable bike-securing ZipStrips (extras included)
- Tool-free SpeedKnob
- Padded arms and anti-sway cradles
- Integrated Same Key Lock System
- Bottle opener
- Fits 1.25in and 2in hitch receivers
Its ok but could be better
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use this rack a lot and have between one and four bikes on frequent basis. All bikes are hardtails.
I find it works very well for an older mountain bike frame geometry but not the modern mountain bikes, especially with the wider forks and tires.
For my kids bikes, which are proper small adult mountain bikes, I find the frames are too small to fit so I hd to buy an adapter to go between the seat and handle bars to get them on. Something I didn't expect to have to do.
When fully loaded with 4 bikes they all rub against each other chipping paint, cables wear, pedals push through the spokes on the wheels etc, basically they are all crammed together and it's a nightmare getting them on and off the rack. Much more hassle Thant I was expecting and minor damage to the bikes every time I use it fully loaded.
3 bikes is better than 4 but frankly it is just a 2 bike carrier as more than 2 the bike interfere with each other too much.
I do like the tilting options to bring the arms down so they don't stick out and as I have a pickup I like being able to drop down the whole thing to access the bed with the gate down.
I like the ability to lock the whole thing into the hitch and the stowable security cable but it could be a bit longer as when loaded with 4 bikes I need to thread it through them carefully to get it secured properly.
I find that when the arms are down when it rains they collect water and when you bring them upright it pours all over you.
It is pretty heavy too and cumbersome to carry around and store when not actually being used.
Overall I gave it 3 stars, it does work but there are too many compromises so I'd consider alternatives if I had to replace it.
Quick and Easy Part 2
The rack can be installed or removed in about 45 second. For my full suspension bike I use the Tube Top and it works well. My kids bikes fit fine with a bit of creativity, usually hanging by handlebars. The only complaint are the ridiculous zip strips. Whose bright idea was it to develop something so inconvenient?
Quick and Easy
I spent too much time researching the best system for my Outback and ended up with the Yakima Full Tilt.
Easy and effective
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I did an unhealthy amount of research on hitch mount bike racks and I ultimately decided to splurge on the Fulltilt 4. I am glad I did. It came down to the Fulltilt and the Swingdaddy which basically means ease of installation vs. the ability to access the trunk/hatch with the bikes on the car respectively. I am very glad I went with the Fulltilt as it can be installed/uninstalled in about 20 seconds. Another benefit vs. the Swingdaddy and other accessories is the the built in lock which saves the cash for an extra accessory, but more importantly it is built in and nicely stows. I would highly recommend the tubetopper accessory or equivalent for any non straight top tube bikes (most aren't).
This rack is worth every penny
Yakima FullTilt install video