YAKIMA HIGH ROLLER RACKS

Australian Mountain Bike - - Tested Product Tests -

The Yakima High Roller is a ‘mount the whole bike’ af­fair, so noth­ing dirty be­sides you to get in your car.

The High Roller clamps the front wheel, leav­ing any ar­gu­ments about clamp­ing light­weight frames (car­bon or other­wise) at the trail­head, along with axle or brake caliper clear­ance is­sues.

A big glove friendly dial com­presses the front tyre into the front of the rack, which can be ad­justed for 20” wheels up to 29” wheels. It’s not fatbike friendly as yet.

Care is needed to make sure the mount com­presses for­ward, and doesn’t lift the wheel. With one hand on the wheel pulling it for­ward and the other tight­en­ing the dial this is easy.

The full track runs back to the rear mount, which was ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with full size MTB tyres and a tall car­bon rim.

The racks have been de­pend­able, al­though I felt that due to the at­tach­ment a MTB looked more solid in there than my road­bike – per­haps due to the damp­en­ing ef­fect of the higher vol­ume tyre.

For long trips away, the added se­cu­rity of be­ing able to add lock cores to the mount so you can lock your bike on is a bonus – it’s some added piece of mind when stop­ping for a meal.

Hav­ing fit­ted these to a new-for-me car ear­lier this year, I’m re­ally pleased with be­ing able to get the back seats of my car back, mak­ing trans­port to rides or races a lot less has­sle, and my car a lot cleaner. I just try to re­mem­ber they are up there!

VI­TALS YAKIMA.COM.AU $299 HITS SOLID RACK THAT’S ADAPT­ABLE FOR AL­MOST ANY WHEEL SIZE MISSES BEST SUITED TO FAT TYRES

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