Review: Yakima HoldUp Bike Rack


We’ve been using the Yakima HoldUp Rack for the last four months on our Subaru XV Crosstrek and have been surprised with it every step of the way. It has served its purpose very well and has been a real easy rack to use. It’s easy to move out of the way when not in use as well.

When in use, it’s one of the easiest racks to mount a bike on. Unfold the wheel tray, lower the arm on the front wheel, strap the rear wheel and you’re done. The bikes are stable, as they don’t hit each other or the car. The rack is high enough not to hit high driveways, but not too high that it’s difficult to lift a bike onto it.

Stability wise, there is no play whatsoever between the hitch and the rack, since a threaded bolt will cinch them together. A 2-inch hitch will have less rack flex than the 1.25-inch we tested.

The rack has built-in locks that are very handy when leaving the bikes for a short period of time. They’re not bulletproof by any means, but they store out of sight and are always there when you need them.

With its build quality, price, compactness an ease of use, it is our favorite hitch rack so far.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Wilhelm says:

    2 words. 1Up USA. Ok, it is acctualy a number, a word and 3 letters. A ittler more expensive, but made in the USA, and bombproof. I am constantly stopped and asked what kind of rack it is and know several people who have bought them who are totally satisfied.

  • bigfoot jr says:

    Right on Wilhelm.

    I’ve owned 2 Yakima racks and I grew tired of replacing the plastic parts.

  • pegleg says:

    This looks very similar to the Kuat Sherpa, only with more plastic parts. Anyone compared them?

  • Aslan says:

    I have, and still have, many rack products from Yakima. They work but the plastic weathers and fails. I thought I could do better when looking for a new hitch rack so I did a bunch of research on the choices and purchased a 1up USA hitch rack. To echo Wilhem, 2 Words. 1up USA. Its is a superior product for not much more money.

  • Bullet Bob says:

    I have had this rack for about 4 months now. Pros: Stable (2 inch receiver), heavy duty, looks good with my black SUV. Cons: It’s heavy, not a lot of fun to take off and on (I take it off after every ride), too much plastic, the locks are flimsy, and I have interference with a 29er and a 26er together. Have to end up lowering the 26er seat. Should have more fore/aft adjustment on the rails. My friend has a Kuat and that is way lighter with far more clearance for the bikes, and only slightly more expensive. I’d give this a 6-7 out of 10… It needs some further refinement to be a worthwhile buy.

  • Hank says:

    Bob you take off your rack after every ride??? What a pain!

  • gman086 says:

    Saris Cycle On rack is WORLD’S better than the Thule or Yakima “copied” versions. No stupid straps to fool with and locks down better (I’ve seen Thule’s locking mechanism fail first hand). Get back to me Francis after you’ve tried a REAL rack!

  • old school says:

    Better than the 1up you reviewed awhile back and gushed praise over?

  • Jim Tyler says:

    I have owned the Saris, Thule T2 and Yakima versions of this type of rack. All have worked fine, but so far I like the Yakima best. Nothing is perfect or forever, but so far I prefer the Yakima Holdup. Cannot seem to find the 1Up USA in Canada, or the Kuat racks. And I refuse to buy online. Too many problems that way!

  • ellsrider says:

    1Up USA – great bike rack, can add up to 3 additional racks.

  • Van says:

    Just purchased this rack (2″ receiver) for my Tacoma. It came in with a couple scratches on it here and there. Wasn’t pleased with that but didn’t have the time or inclination to complain or trade out the unit.

    Easy to install, and seems very secure. The base requires 150 ft lbs of torque on the bolt, which is quite a lot. I put 140 because anything more than that feels like something is going to bend or brake. I like that the unit comes with the pin lock too to help deter theft.

    The base is rock solid. The sub-frame that holds the racks and pivots is more loose, which was surprising, but all in all it’s all nice and tidy and secure. The bikes don’t move and everything works as advertised. I’ve used it for 29ers and 27.5″ bikes. I don’t worry about the bikes when they’re transported on there…but the only thing I didn’t like was the usage of all the plastic which feels like it will break in the near future. Only time will tell.

    • Van says:

      Almost forgot…the other thing I don’t like is that I can’t let my tailgate down anymore. The rack when in its down position isn’t low enought to allow the tail gate to fully lay flat. This almost made me return it, but since my truck isn’t a “work truck” I decided to try it out for a while first.

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