Yakima Dr. Tray hitch rack first look review

A lightweight rack that easily expands to 3-bike capacity

Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

Slight upward rise of the rack provides more clearance for steep driveways.

The new Dr. Tray Rack from Yakima is a bit of an enigma. It looks massive but it weighs only 34 lbs when most of its competition comes in at over 50 lbs. Underneath the black powdercoating is 6063-T5 aluminum material used throughout the rack.

It can take on any tire size from road bikes to 29 Plus to 5-inch fat bikes. But it’s not approved for most heavy bikes since since the maximum capacity for this rack is 40 lbs per bike.

Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

The weight for the 3-bike configuration is a shockingly light 44 lbs.

But its coolest trick is the the trays can slide side to side and front to back ensuring fitment of any combination of bikes without interference. And with an optional bike tray the Dr. Tray can be converted to a 3-bike carrier very easily.

Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

Rack is slid forward to accommodate the third rail.

What we like so far
  • Incredibly light at 34 lbs for the 2-bike system and 44 lbs for the 3-bike
  • Trays slide in all directions to provide bike interference
  • Tilt mechanism lever is big and is at the most convenient spot
  • Massive tire size range allowed
  • Allows a 3-bike option for 1.25 inch hitch
  • fully fat bike compatible
  • No tools needed to install and remove from vehicle.
Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

Tilt allows one to open the hatch even with bikes with 800mm bars.

What we didn’t like
  • Massive size blocks rear window view even in 2-bike configuration
  • Tilt lever is stiff to operate
  • Cable locks are not hidden and not easy to operate
  • Locking arms use tiny buttons to operate and slide
  • It is not the most elegant and space efficient.
  • Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

    Rack blocks the rear view in 3-bike mode. Even with two trays, the main spine blocks the view on the Subaru Crosstrek.

    Dr. Tray Features
    • Low weight due to all aluminum construction (34 pounds)
    • Available in two hitch sizes: 1.25” and 2”
    • Fat bike compatible up to 5” tires
    • Add the EZ+1 and carry a third bike (sold separately for $229).
    • Clearance of up to 18” between trays
    • Remote Control tilt lever and lightweight, aluminum design simplifies raising and lowering rack
    • Tool-free locking SpeedKnob for a secure and easy install to your vehicle
    • SKS cable lock system for each bike secures both wheels and frame
    • Price: $579
    Yakima Dr. Tray Hitch Rack

    Cam mechanism tightens the hitch interface and secures the rack with a lock.

    So there’s our initial impressions so far. We’ve just had it a week but we’ll put it through its paces on many bike trips this summer.

    For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

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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  • CT says:

    Northshore Rack. Enough Said!

  • Dane says:

    Seems like a half-hearted attempt to “compete” with the 1Up USA rack. (I say “compete” because Yakima will no doubt sell more of these than 1Up despite it’s lower quality and higher cost simply due to brand recognition.)

  • Joe Giegel says:

    This review should be corrected. The only way this thing is 34lbs is if you buy the 1.25″ version and only install 1 tray. The unit without trays is 25lbs and each tray weighs 8lbs. Unfortunately, I bought this for my wife thinking that it was 34lbs with both trays installed. On the plus side, adding a tray is a 2 minute job.


    • Joe Giegel says:

      Correction. The review above is misleading. Only the 2″ 2-bike version is 34lbs as the rack tongue is made of aluminum while in the 1.25″ version it’s made of steel. The trays are the same for both versions. For the 1.25″ size, an aluminum tongue would not have been sturdy enough, so steel was used. The Yakima website shows the correct weights but does not indicate the different materials used in each size.

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