A cou­ple of years back I made the drive from BC to Ne­vada and Cal­i­for­nia to do some wheel­ing, both the 2-wheel and 4x4 va­ri­ety. At the time I choose the Yakima SpareRide. It mounts to the spare al­low­ing you to the open rear door of the Jeep. Seemed like a good idea, and it prob­a­bly works well with road bikes. As I dis­cov­ered how­ever, the moun­tain bikes were loath to fit on prop­erly. The full sus­pen­sion frames won’t hang prop­erly on the hor­i­zon­tal bars, you can’t get de­cent sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the bikes (so the bikes are tan­gled up - ped­als in spokes), and the bikes are much heav­ier than a road bike, which strains the Jeep tail­gate hinges.

The Yakima HoldUp 2 hitch rack is de­signed for 1 1/4” or 2” hitch re­ceivers and car­ries up to two bikes se­curely. In­stead of strug­gling to get the bikes on the rack with the old sys­tem, about a five-minute process, the bikes now go on ef­fort­lessly in sec­onds.

The hitch locks to your re­ceiver and a padded com­press­ing pivot arm quickly sep­a­rates, se­cures and locks your bikes in place.

The rack comes al­most as­sem­bled. The only real fail­ure in the in­struc­tions is de­scrib­ing the po­si­tion of the ten­sion head in the re­ceiver mount. If it isn’t lined up just right with a lit­tle ten­sion, it is pulled into the racks re­ceiver mount and flops around use­lessly. How­ever, when it is lined up prop­erly you get a rock solid mount. As­sem­bly is less than 20 min­utes, af­ter which, you can

mount or un­mount the rack in un­der 60 sec­onds.

I mounted the rack on a Ford Ranger and Ram 1500. In the tilted down po­si­tion, you lower the tail­gates on the pick­ups but the Ram tail­gate hits the rack and will scratch, but you can 'sort of' ac­cess the bed with­out re­mov­ing the bikes.

My JK how­ever has a heavy­duty tail­gate hinge and an over­sized spare, which pre­vented the rack from mount­ing. How­ever, a 6" ex­ten­sion, or the Yakima Back­Swing, will eas­ily solve this is­sue. For now, we had to re­move the spare. Once that was done, the rack mounted eas­ily and with­out the bikes tilted down enough to al­low the rear door to open com­pletely - nice!

In ad­di­tion to the Spare Mount, I’ve also owned the Yakima Fork­lift Fork mount, which I de­tested. Re­mov­ing the front tire, then heav­ing the mud en­crusted moun­tain bike on to the roof of the sub­ur­ban at the end of an ex­haust­ing (but awe­some) ride was a poor fin­ish to a great day. And while I never for­got it was up there pulling into the car­port, I did back-up once into an over­hang and man­aged to dam­age my bike. I’ve also had a tail­gate pad sim­i­lar to the Yakima CrashPad with my Ram 1500, which is a de­cent so­lu­tion for a pickup at an af­ford­able price for two bikes, but not as easy to mount, se­cure and lock as the Holdup.

Al­though our ap­pli­ca­tion is moun­tain bikes, this rack will hold vir­tu­ally all styles and sizes of bi­cy­cles. We like the solid steel con­struc­tion and the raised po­si­tion of the bikes, which main­tains a good de­par­ture an­gle. There is also an op­tional ac­ces­sory called the Holdup+2, which will hold up to four bikes.

Need­less to say, the new Holdup is my favourite bike rack to date. Check it out when you shop for a rack and you may find it is yours as well.

FI­NAL SPECS FOR THE HOLDUP; Weight: 22.7 kg (50 lb) Di­men­sions: L 87.6 x W 162.6 x H 30.5 cm (L 34.50” x W 64.00” x H 12.00”) Max load: 27.2 kg per bike or 54.4 to­tal (60 lb or 120 lb to­tal) MSRP: HoldUp $600 CAD Cur­rent pric­ing: https://amzn. to/2HN18BJ

En­ter­ing the Mo­jave with the moun­tain bikes tan­gled on the SpareRide.

Tilted down, the gate swings open, but it won’t if you have your spare mounted.

The chrome ten­sion head must be po­si­tioned ex­actly as shown.

The locking pivot arm closes quickly, locks, and sep­a­rates the bikes.

Speed bumps couldn’t shake the bike loose.

There is lots of room for a sec­ond bike and good ground clear­ance.

The Ram tail­gate just hits the rack, even with the bikes tilted back.

It was easy load and lock.

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