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Yakima BigHorn 4 Bike Rack

by Yakima

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1 1/4in
  • Capacity: 1 1/4 in.
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Product Description

The Yakima BigHorn 4 is an easy-to-use, sturdy four-bike hitch mounting rack. The mast folds down conveniently when free of bikes for vehicle access. The BigHorn 4 carries almost all bikes without needing top-tube adaptors. The SwitchBlade anti-sway bike cradles keep your bikes scratch free until you inflict your own damage on the ride. The BigHorn 4 holds up to 4 bikes, and fits a 2" receiver hitch. Optional accessories include the DeadLock System, 1 AA 1/4" adapter, QuickHitch, and PowderHorn ski and snowboard rack.

Product Features
  • Country of origin: Mexico

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 34.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B00076Y3SC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,035 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By BikeDaily on July 4, 2008
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I am very pleased with Yakima for creating this rack. We downgraded cars which forced us to have a 1.25" hitch instead of an earlier 2" hitch. Our previous four bike rack was from Reese, which worked very well but was heavy and over built.

Yakima BigHorn 4 is lighter yet very strong. It is the perfect size while supporting four bikes. The assembly instructions were clear. The parts and box were nicely thought out. The bike mounting and straps are as good as any I used. There was not a large selection of four bike hitch racks for 1.25" and I was please Yakima still supported this need. It appears this rack is identical between the 1.25" and 2" hitches with only one part change. Well thought out design.

The only negative and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars relates to a plastic guide when lowering the rack. This plastic guide can pop off and needs to be pushed into placed when lifting the rack in the upright position. I don't anticipate lowering it often and with care it functions fine, but you do need to keep this in mind.

Do note that for 1.25" hitches, you do get more side to side sway compared to a 2" hitch but it is acceptable and the Yakima design is plenty strong enough.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By E. Hansen on September 13, 2008
We ride bikes several times per week. I say we meaning my me and my kids. So I carry 2-3 bikes on this several times per week. There are problems with heavy use. First of all, the pin that lets the rack fold down is 3/8 inch. Mine actually bent from running on the highway with 2-3 bikes. I drilled it out and put a 1/2 pin. Also, I didn't trust the threaded hitch pin that comes with the rack, it is also 3/8 inch and all that force is on the threads. If they break, by by rack. So I drilled it out to 1/2, used a regular class 2 1/2 pin and a product called a hich vise. $35 for the hitch vise, but the system works much better and is more stable. Finally, the sytem holds the bikes with flexible plastic pieces which slide on 1 1/4" metal poles. They hold the bikes well, but they also slide on the poles resulting in bikes ending up touching and rubbing paint off each other. Since I have no idea how anyone could fit four bikes on this rack, I went with mounts for three. You can remove a screw on the end of each pole, take the end cap off and slide off or on the pieces that hold the bikes on. I took one set off and then cut 1 1/4 inch PVC pipe to keep the other three sets equal distance from each other. This is dirt cheap and works extremely well, the bikes stay put on the poles and don't touch each other. Lots of modifications for this rack but it works well now. I think I would buy a more expensive one in the future but there aren't many choices if you need 1 1/4 and all I have ia a class 2 hitch so I can't use a 2 inch hitch.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cj on June 6, 2013
Size: 2-Inch Receiver Verified Purchase
Others have said about this rack that it is terrible because the arms don't fold down, well, if that is important to you, get the one with folding arms. As for me, we only need this for occasional use and it is no big deal to mount it to the hitch and take it off, it's one bolt, wow, so hard. Others have said it is too high (seriously? 1 star because it isn't as cool as the 2 bike low mounted hold-up rack that's like $400.00 just to transport 2 bikes?? Have you tried lifting one up to a roof mounted carrier on a tall SUV??), others have said the rubber straps are flimsy and tear, well, once you get the hang of installing them they are easy to do, require little effort to engage and should come no where close to tearing, and finally, some have mentioned the bolt holes are too small and need to be drilled out to make it stronger? sorry, not following that, it assembles in a snap, it works exactly as advertised, and it sure feels solid to me. In short, a great value, my only beef is your going to have to plan and stack very carefully to get 4 bikes on here I think, but I got it for 3 adult bikes and they fit easily. You can spend a lot more and yes, get a lot more bells and whistles but this is a solid value and it gets the job it was designed to do done with ease. Glad I opted for this over the imported competion. Oh, is mounted on our 2013 Journey via a Reese 44601 I also got on Amazon - hope that helps if someone is on the fence about this rack, it really is a good solid capable rack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 6x_Tippet on July 16, 2013
Size: 2-Inch Receiver Verified Purchase
Solid product, easy to assemble, easy to hitch/unhitch to car, works exactly as advertised.

Feels sturdy and oozes confidence. Bikes stay positioned exactly where you strap them and don't bouce around. I know my bikes aren't going anywhere.

For the money, though, I would expect the adjustable arms to go up/down. It takes up a lot of space in the garage because of this. Otherwise, a good value and product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By domestic diva on May 24, 2010
The rack is great, but the 1.25 version does not fit my Honda Fit 2008 hitch.
The problem is that the receiver tongue is about 0.24 inch too long, so that I could not insert the pin.
Called Yakima. They were nice and mentioned: Known problem.
To their defense I found a statement on their website that stated that with this car it might or might not fit.
Guess I am in the might not fit category.

Anyway I looked at Thule and their receiver is about 0.5 inches shorter and can hold more weight. Also was easier to install.
Personnely I like the Thule better. The only thing I like better with the Yakima are the standard anti-sway cradles. They are awesome.
With the Thule you have to purchase those separately for 20$.

Great rack but didn't fit on Honda Fit 2008 hitch.
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