Yakima Debuts Premium Bike Rack Collection for Spring 2017

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Contact: Julie Atherton
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Yakima Debuts Premium Bike Rack Collection for Spring 2017
– New, full-featured tray hitch rack, fork mounts and upright mount provide the ultimate in versatility and security –

Lake Oswego, OR, July 28, 2016Yakima Products, Inc., the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is upping the game with its 2017 bike rack collection, which includes a new tray hitch rack, DrTray; two top of car fork mounts, HighSpeed and ForkChop; and an upright bike mount HighRoad – all designed for a premium experience. Each rack features a sleek design with innovative features to make it intuitive, secure and versatile – accommodating a variety of bikes, from carbon fiber road bikes to fat bikes.

“For 2017, we really challenged ourselves to reimagine best in class. Our innovation is focused around user cases and field research to uncover unmet needs and address them, and that’s seen across the collection,” said Joel Grabenstein, Category Director. “And since the new cycling standard is that there is no standard, we know we must fit it all: thru-axles of all sizes and shapes, tires of all sizes and widths, and all kinds of frame geometries. The Spring 2017 collection is as versatile as the bikes they carry are varied.”

DrTray
The ultimate tray rack has arrived. At just 34 pounds, DrTray is the lightest two-bike rack in its class. It’s also extremely versatile, accommodating road, mountain and fat bikes with 5” tires. Plus, it’s uniquely adaptable: add an EZ+1 to carry a third bike.

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With 18 inches between bikes, DrTray’s bike clearance is unmatched, minimizing potential damage from pedals gouging paint or brake levers cutting saddles. This clearance also allows DrTray to carry a full load of fat bikes.

Innovative design runs throughout DrTray, from installation through use. In a category first, the trays are fully adjustable even after the bike is loaded, thanks to side-to-side and front-to-back sliding capabilities. Just flip the quick release levers and slide the trays along either axis.

Attaching the rack is super simple, thanks to its locking, tool-free SpeedKnob. DrTray can tilt down for rear of car access, even while fully loaded, and the remote tilt lever is easy to reach and intuitive to use.

Exceptional security is built in with a comprehensive SKS cable lock system that secures both wheels and the bike frame. It completely collapses for easy storage – including the tongue – and has a built-in handle for transporting.

  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • Capacity: 2 bikes
  • Maximum bike weight: 40 lbs. per bike
  • Hitch receiver compatibility: 2” and 1 ¼”
  • MSRP: $579
  • Available: Spring 2017

EZ+1
Expand the DrTray’s carrying capacity by another bike with the EZ+1. Easy to put on and take off, it lets riders add a friend’s ride or take along more from their own quiver. Its elevated design helps maintain bike clearance without having to expand the rack’s width.

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Like the DrTray, the EZ+1 includes a SKS cable lock system that secures both wheels and the bike frame.

  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Maximum bike weight: 40 lbs
  • Spacing between bikes: 11” (and elevated)
  • MSRP: $229
  • Available: Spring 2017

HighRoad
Yakima’s new premium upright bike mount, the HighRoad is secure, sleek and simple to use. Designed with high-end bikes in mind, the adjustment-free hoop with its integrated TorqueRight™ knob means almost any bike – road or mountain – with tires up to 3.25” can be quickly and easily loaded for safe travel, without stressing the wheel or frame contact.

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The HighRoad has a streamlined, bar-hugging design, offering excellent hatch clearance. It comes with a universal bar attachment, and is T-slot compatible with the SmarT-slot conversion kit (sold separately).

Security is a key feature, with the integrated TailWhip™ bike cable lock, plus two SKS Locks can be added to lock the bike to mount and mount to the roof rack.

  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Maximum bike weight: 45 lbs
  • Wheel size: 26”-29”
  • Tire width: Up to 3.25” wide
  • Bar compatibility: Tool-free universal bar attachment; accepts SmarT-slot conversion kit (sold separately)
  • MSRP: $229
  • Available: Spring 2017

HighSpeed
Introducing the most full-featured fork mount to hit the market. The premium HighSpeed is streamlined, strong and handles any bike – mountain, road and up to 5” fat bikes. Incredibly secure, the TorqueRight™ knob firmly clamps onto a range of axle types – QR and thru-axles – without stressing the axle.

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Thanks to its streamlined design, the HighSpeed allows for unparalleled rear hatch clearance. The mount is fully lockable: secure the bike fork by adding SKS locks to the skewer and TorqueRight™ knob, and secure the bike frame by adding the SKS TailWhip™ bike cable.

  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Maximum bike weight: 40 lbs
  • Axle size: QR (9 mm) and thru-axles (12mm, 15x100/110, 20mm) and fat thru-axles (15x135/142/150).
  • Fat QR 9x135 skewer kit sold separately
  • Tire width: Up to 5” wide
  • Bar compatibility: Tool-free universal bar attachment; accepts SmarT-slot conversion kit (sold separately)
  • MSRP: $219
  • Available: Spring 2017

ForkChop
The unique ForkChop is a game changing fork mount. Ultra-minimalist and super-light, it securely holds virtually any bike, is easy to use and does it all without touching the bike frame. Fitting QR and thru-axles sizes up to 15mm, it carries road, mountain, and fat bikes. The versatile design mounts on any crossbar type and it is SKS Lock Core-ready (sold separately).

ForkChop
  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Maximum bike weight: 40 lbs.
  • Includes interchangeable inserts for QR axles (9mm), thru-axles (12mm, 15x100, 15x110), and fat bike thru-axles (15x135/142/150)
  • A QR 9x135 Skewer is sold separately for QR fat bikes
  • Tire width: Up to 5” wide
  • Bar compatibility: Tool-free universal bar attachment
  • Crossbar spread: 32-50”
  • MSRP: $119
  • Available: Spring 2017

About Yakima
Yakima Products, Inc. is a world leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions for a variety of consumers, from outdoor enthusiasts to car aficionados. The company’s two brands – Yakima and Prorack – offer a variety of cargo management products, including racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and other gear, cargo boxes and bags, roof-top tents and awnings, and high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products, Inc. is headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

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