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Cradle Spacing on Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack

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How many inches are between the placement of the bikes? Thule says theirs is 7 inches between spaces. thanks

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The spacing between the cradles on the Yakima RidgeBack 4 Bike Rack # Y02458 is 5-1/2 inches, on center. This is still decent bike spacing but if you are wanting to give your bikes more room to breathe the Thule Apex XT # TH9025XT that you referenced is the better option.

As you mentioned, this particular rack features a cradle spacing of 7 inches. This was actually a very intentional upgrade when Thule recently transitioned to their current line of racks. This type of spacing not only helps to further prevent bike-to-bike contact but it also just makes the loading process much easier since you won't have to fight as much when loading up similarly sized bikes on a hanging-style rack like this.

I have attached a short video demonstration that you can check out as well.

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