Yakima Rounds Out Bike Category with New Direct to Factory Fork Mount

Yakima introduces new direct to factory fork mounted carrier and new trunk rack. ForkLift™ and QuickBack™ Ease Installation, Increasing Rack Options for Consumers.

Building upon the success of its re-designed bike hitch line, Yakima, an innovator in vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear, and cargo boxes, will introduce two new bike mounts for spring '09, including the ForkLift, its first fork mount product that fits directly to factory racks featuring tool-free installation for the widest range of vehicles. The second rack, QuickBack, a trunk style bike carrier uses Yakima's new ArchBackâ„¢ technology, a unique sliding arch base system enabling consumers to quickly and easily adjust the rack to fit the widest variety of vehicles, as well as built-in security that locks the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack. Both products will be unveiled at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, August 8-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah, booth #32084, and will be available at retail beginning early 2009.

“Cycling consumers of all levels will quickly recognize the advantages of these new bike mounts, making a fast escape to the road and trail sweet and easy,” said David Fee, senior director of market and product development for Yakima. “These are best-in-class for function, style and performance.”

Ideal for road bikers and cross country mountain bikers, the ForkLift directly installs, tool-free, to round, square or factory crossbars out of the box, for fast, easy installation. The ForkLift also features a skewer with a one-handed adjustment dial and dual extruded aluminum tray for increased stability and durability. Integrated SKSâ„¢ security locks the bike to the ForkLift and also locks the ForkLift to the vehicle for maximum protection. This mount will eventually replace the Viper.
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The QuickBack is designed for consumers who prefer not to put bikes on top of their vehicle or do not own a vehicle with a hitch receiver. The QuickBack features Yakima's proprietary sliding ArchBack™ technology which improves the ease of installation and vehicle fit. The convenient, adjustable ArchBack base and labeled straps provide a “fit and forget” installation while the adjustable arms fit a wide range of bikes. Soft, anti-skid feet and hooks provide vehicle stability and protection. An adjustable knob folds down the padded arms when not in use, and a bottle opener at the end of the mount satisfies thirsty riders in need of a post-ride beverage. Built-in security, a steel-reinforced strap, allows consumers to lock the mount to the car (a category first) and lock the bikes to the rack.

About Yakima
Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of destination hardware and gear management solutions. Committed to providing rack solutions for outdoor enthusiasts, Yakima's products include vehicle racks for bikes, boats and ski and snowboard gear and a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs. Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.