etrailer | Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

etrailer | Yakima HoldUp EVO 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima HoldUp EVO Platform Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" Hitches, part number Y02480.The Yakima HoldUp EVO is a platform-style 1-1/4" bike rack that can transport every bike in your collection. It's not only going to hold your mountain bikes, road bikes, women's bikes, and children's bikes, but it's also going to hold your fat tire bikes and even your electric bikes up to 50 pounds. It does this with no frame contact, so you don't have to worry about any harm coming to your frame, especially if it's carbon fiber. It uses a front-wheel hook design that puts down pressure into your front wheel into the front wheel cradle. The rear wheel is held in place with a ratcheting-style strap. The strap is long enough to get even over those fat tires.Like many platform-style bike racks, this one tilts away so we can gain access to our rear hatch.

We’ll simply reach underneath our bikes, grab a hold of the lever and pull it towards us, and then we’ll lower it down until it rests. As you could see, we’ve got more than enough room to get in there and open up our rear hatch to remove our gear. It features integrated cable hooks so you can secure your bike to the bike rack. It also features an anti-rattle lock so the bike rack cannot be removed from the vehicle. This lock and the cable locks are keyed alike; two keys are included.I’ve gone ahead and removed the bike so we can go over some additional features.

It’ll hold bikes up to a maximum wheel base of 48″. Our cradles are designed to accept tires up to 5″ wide. The bike trays are adjustable from side to side so you can optimize your bike spacing, and the tools are included. The wheel hooks are rubber coated for grip, also to protect our bike. They ratchet into place.

The arms also conceal our cable lock. When not in use, everything folds flat so we can fold it up against our vehicle. Now, this is ideal for pulling in your garage overnight or pulling in a tight parking spot.Now, we’ll give you some clearance measurements. With it folded up, from the center of the hitch pinhole to the front gusset is about 4″. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the end of the rack is about 18″.

With it folded down into that same distance to the gusset and to the end of the rack, it’s about 36″.Customers on our site compare the Yakima HoldUp EVO to the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX. The SuperClamp works with Class I and Class II hitches and features an adapter to work with Class III hitches. It requires an adapter sold separately to work with tires wider than 4-1/2″. It has a weight capacity of 60 pounds per bike.Now that we’ve gone over the features, I’ll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now, this can be used for either Class I or Class II 1-1/2″ hitches. Let’s go ahead and feed it into our receiver tube and line up our pinholes. You want to be sure that the wedge is flush with the rest of the shank that we can easily slide it in. Once we have it lined up, we can take our attached pin and push it in.With the pin in place, we can make our way back to our anti-rattle knob and turn that clockwise, and what that’s going to do is it’s going to tighten up that wedge and push it up against the inside of our receiver tube, relieving all the rattle and play within our receiver tube and our bike rack. It’s going to make a nice solid ride for our bikes. Once we’ve got it tight, give it a good shake, and we can lock it up. By locking it, it spins freely so no one can remove it from our hitch. We’ll put on our dust cap, and we’re all set.To load up our bikes, we need to lower it down to the platform position. For that, we can use our foot on the kickstart foot lever, push down, lowers it down until it snaps into place. Next, we can fold out our wheel cradles and then raise out our hooks. You’ll also want to undo your rear wheel strap.Now, it’s recommended that you load up the heaviest bike first. For us, it’s going to be our fat tire bike. We’ll raise it up. We’ll rest our front tire into the wheel cradle and then our rear tire into the rear wheel cradle. Then we can raise up our wheel hook. It’s going to land in front of our fork or our brakes, whatever comes first. We’ll lower it down. Once it makes contact, we’ll give it a good push. The rear wheel straps simply goes between our spokes and connects down to the ratchet there securing our rear wheel.I’ve gone ahead and loaded up my second bike the same way. With them both in place, now we can ru