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Review of the Yakima HoldUp 2 Bike Rack


Hey, everybody. Welcome to etrailer.com, I'm Bobby. And today we're taking a look at the Yakima HoldUp 2-Bike Platform Rack. So, you guys are looking for a way of getting two bikes wherever your destination might be taking you, this can be a half decent way of doing so. Now the holdup in my mind, it's starting to kinda get up there in the years of this design, so if you guys are kinda experiencing yourself, having newer bikes, especially bigger bikes, this might not be the bike for you, what it is going to be great for is something like our setup here. So, if you guys find yourself with your road bikes, maybe your women's bikes, kids' bikes, that sort of thing, even BMX bikes probably going to a-okay on here.

We do just have somewhat of a smaller frame. And as we start getting into our larger wheel bases and bigger tires, we're gonna start seeing some issues, but we're gonna slowly break that down here in the video. Let's go ahead and start taking a closer look. So we actually had the holdup down here for quite a while, and we've utilized it on a lot of different vehicles and we definitely have come over across a lot of pro's and con's. Now, personally, I'm not the biggest fan of the holdup.

I just think there's a lot of options out there that are gonna get you the same features that you're seeing without all the kinda con's, but, it's still a decent little bike rack. Again, I think it's excellent for something smaller set, like your carbon frame bikes, your road bikes, women's bikes, step-through bikes, that kind of thing it's probably gonna be great for. And the reason for that, we do have a very nice front tire hold here, making it suitable for your carbon frame bikes. However, it does start having some kinda interactions. We're really not that far set from our other bike, let alone our other handle.

So you guys can see here today, we might actually have a little bit of contact here, in our carbon frame. Now, it takes me quite a lot to move that, right But, that's another thing. These arms, they do a good job of not making sure our bike's living here, but they're a little wobbly, they're just not the most rigid structure that we could have. And with the natural road shake and play that you're going to have, your bikes are probably going to move a little bit. So that's a little concerning to me.

Now we do have a couple of little ways to kind of work around that. We do have an offset down here, so we could shift this all the way over to the right here, right, have that guy to the left, start getting a little bit more offset. But again, you're still really not getting that much, only about four inches of difference or so, which really isn't that much, especially if you've very similar bikes interacting with each other. Now, luckily for us here today, that's going to be my biggest issue is on that back half there. But again, if our handlebars we're a little more set we might have just a harder time actually getting our bikes to fit on here. Now again, you do have some nice little features here on the holdup. One of them is definitely going to be the integrated cable lock here, right on the end of your arm. Makes it really easy to go ahead, and take this through, run it through the frame of your bike, plug it right into itself. Now it is going to have a locking core on there as well. And of course you can always utilize Yakima same key system to go ahead and start getting this integrated with all your other assessors you might have. So this is your first Yakima purchase, that's great, 'cause then we can go ahead, start getting our other locking cores, key to like the ones that come included. Otherwise you will have to purchase separate locks to go ahead and start getting them all key to like on all your other different accessories. But I really do like that we have that option. I do find that it has a hard time sometimes going down, pick it right up, and then it will find itself home. Really, really easy, which is great. And I do like that we can go ahead and secure our bike to our carrier when we leave it unattended. Here on the very end of our platform, we do have Yakima's true and tested bottle opener, which is great to go ahead and enjoy your favorite beverage after a nice long ride. We also do have a way of actually tilting this away from our vehicle too while our bikes are on here. To do that, I'm just going to simply reach through. We have a little plastic clip that we need to pull on there, and then that pin goes out. What can be nice too, I like to leverage my leg to take a little bit of that weight up and that's going to allow me to actually tilt this away and I want to transfer to my hands here. Now it does get very, very low. So one thing I'll say too is if you do have a lower sitting hitch much like on a sedan or something like that, you might have a little bit of interaction here with the ground as it actually tilts away. Now our bikes are nice and protected, but you just kind of keep that in mind, especially if there's like cement below you, if you want to don't damage your rack, that's just something to kind of watch. Now with this as well though, we are here on a RAV4 here today. Now I will say it has a longer hatch than a lot of vehicles out there, but a lot of us have those longer hatched vehicles, right And if I want to go ahead and hit this open, you can see right here, I'm actually going to hit the underside of my handlebar. So we do have a tilt away and it gets very low, but it doesn't seem to really get our bikes out of the way that much, there's not really a huge pivot, it just kind of lays it down. So that's definitely kind of a no bueno feature on it. Again, that is with your longer hatched vehicles. And if you're looking at something like a 4Runner or anything that has one of those like sliding glass panels, that can be excellent to go ahead and get out of the way for that quick access. And again, not my favorite that doesn't get out of the way, but for other vehicles as well, with our shorter hatches, you might get away with it. To walk this up is really easy. You simply want to get underneath your mask and walk it up. That pin's going to go ahead and put itself in, which is really nice. It is really far back there as you guys kind of saw already harder to actually open it up nice, little scrounge underneath it to actually get it in place. It just walks up, clicks in. We know it's nice and secure. Now, if you guys are having any other kind of questions or fitment issues on your vehicles, specifically, highly recommend putting your vehicle in at etrailer.com into our fit guide to go ahead and see if we test it out in one of our test fit videos to make sure that you have no fitment issues. So let's go ahead and see how we actually get our bikes mounted and off of here. So going to be pretty straightforward. We obviously have two cradles here for ourselves, our front cradle. Going to be a little deeper to help us kind of hold onto our bike while it's sitting in there. And on the back here, we just have a little strap that's holding this and to remove it all I need to do press on that lever, that's gonna let me take that plastic strip out. Now, there's nothing really protecting your rims here. If that's something that worries you, you go ahead, give yourself a small little felt cloth or something to go ahead and protect your rims. Now, I haven't really seen it do a number to any kind of bikes or anything. It's not my immediate concern, but I know how we can all be a little particular, so that's okay. That's going to bring us to our last hold here on our bike though. I'll make sure I have a good handle on it, don't want it tilting into me or other bike, especially it's your last bike, I don't want go into your vehicle, but then you simply want to come up, press on that a little button right there to get our arm out to the side, and then I simply need to take my bike, lift it off, and we're ready to ride. Now, there is a couple other things I want to go over here really quick with it though. So right now we're our arm sitting. It's not in a bad spot, right though. However, maybe we're a little forgetful, we're a little human, right And then the weight of our rack kind of shifts and this could end up kind of falling down. Now I will say that click has really good resistance, so I don't think debt natural shake might drop it. As you guys can see it's doing a good job of holding itself, but it's something you could be conscious of, right If this we're all the way to the ground, can end up catching something, breaking, damaging itself, definitely don't want that to happen. Let's go ahead, try to remind yourself to bring it over. Now, bear with me, it does have kind of a cacophony of sound as they do that, which is a little annoying, especially to someone like me. But what we can do is go ahead and take our rear cradle here, bring it in the most position like that as we can towards the inside of our rack, and then we want to take this, cinch it up into that little position there, and that's going to prevent it from falling down or up, it's going to hold it in that position. I think it's kind of got a weird look to it though at that angle. One thing you could do simply take it like this, place it right there. Again with that shake though, you might start hearing it. So one thing that is nice in that little position there, you're going to take that shake and play out and hopefully not have that rattle behind you. Our front tire cradle does a great job having this nice deep. Well for most of our bikes, you do have that nice 18C standard groove in there, again, pretty much perfect for your road bikes, even going into that side cradle on the other side. One thing I like to do when it's not in use, you can go ahead and just fold this up to go ahead and condense it down a little bit, which is great. But I do want to go ahead and start taking a look here at our rear cradle. So let me back this arm off for ourselves. Go ahead and take a look. So how this guy works. you guys can see, can oscillate here to go ahead and articulate, allowing our bikes of varying wheel bases to get on here. And that's really, really nice, especially when we have just a slightly longer wheel base or it's tilting up just a little bit. However, we are going to have some slightly, a weirder kind of interactions with our really, really long wheel bases. So you can see in that angle, that's pretty extreme, right, and it's definitely going to start affecting your bike. Now we actually have had a few issues with your mountain bikes or trail bikes that are having those longer wheel bases. And that's kind of what I said earlier, this is an older model, it's starting to really kind of show its age with those newer bikes that are coming out. So let's go ahead and see how we're interacting and some of our issues with those mountain bikes. So we went ahead and threw out our trail bikes here, just to start taking a look at some of those issues that we we're talking about earlier. So getting enclosed here, the first thing is going to be, if you guys do have like a aftermarket fender that you guys might be putting on. So thing to kind of watch with that is of course, that we actually want to get our arms as close to our forks as possible. Now, if you do have this fender here, you're gonna have a couple of issues. So the one, as we kind of mentioned with your longer wheel bases, you want to have some sort of rocking action. So here today, you guys can see, we have a very long wheel base, about 40 inches on both of our trail bikes here today. And you can see in the back, it's kind of leaning back there in a second. I'll give you guys a kind of a closer look at that, but all I all have to do is simply lift here and you guys can see, we have movement, that's kind of compressing my fender here as our arm is still actually moving in. So I'd be incentivized right to move this thing close to my fender again, but then we're clamping them on that fender and that can end up warping it and deteriorating it, and then when we want to go for a ride it's to bend it back in place, right So, I mean, if you're really worried about your fender again, that's kind of an issue, and I really don't like how that we can't stay nice and tight on that. And again, that rocking is really going to be an issue and you can even see it on our other Marin here. It's really close to the fork, which is nice, right We had it nice and secured in there as close to that fork as we can get, even then though, I still, if I was going ahead and rocking just a little bit, this one's doing a better job because we are staying tighter to that fork, but again, just have a little bit of lift. That one, not going to be my biggest concern coming out. This guy definitely had a lot there on that front. And a couple with that too, that kinda brings us to our fork issue. So what am I talking about there You can kind of see it on this guy, not really as much. We are a little close here, your button's really close, a little hard to get to there on that fork, especially with your longer forks kind of in the way. Now, again, not the worst on this guy because of our geometry in that front. But again, let's bring this back, right Say we didn't have this fender here. We bring it back down, we'd go ahead and collapse it. Now look where my button is, right Our forks are right there. Again with that rocking, now, all of a sudden my bike is rocking, could hit that lever and that could end up loosening this all the way and then we really have a problem, right So that's definitely something that I would kind of watch if you guys do have your longer forks. Again, I'm just not the biggest fan of this arm system. I think it's just a little too loose for a lot of applications that we want. And again, with our buttons being so close there, A, we can have frame contact and that could start warping that paint and degrading our bike, but B, it could just release it as we saw. So that's definitely concern of mine. No, again, you saw on the other side, we don't have that problem at all with our other bikes, so it is going to be very bike dependent. And that's why I think it's gonna be a little hard for you guys at home to determine exactly if this bike's going to work for you. So that's my biggest issue with that, kind of where that clamp is, it's definitely something to watch out for. So we went ahead and took off our trail bikes to go ahead and throw up our e-bike on here because we didn't have that 60 pound capacity rating. That's awesome. We are definitely going to have those heavier e-bikes out there. So you guys can see here today, we have ours, and we do have a 44 inch wheel base. So we're starting to see a little bit of that issue. Now, again, not nearly as bad, we're not leaving the sides of our cradle, which I like to see in any kind of rocking that we have here should stay nice and convinced there, which is great. However, again, you do have that little bit of side to side action. So if you did have two e-bikes on here, again, might start having a little bit of interaction with there. And again, that offset might be a bigger issue with these guys 'cause a lot of times your seat posts are going to be fixed on this e-bikes. So if you do have it interact with your handlebar again, only about four inches of difference between our offsets there. So might be a little bit ill-managed for some, so definitely something to kind of consider. So we went ahead and wanted to throw on a women's bike here, just to go ahead and make sure we're having good fitment as well. Of course, what's nice about it, we do have that front tire hold, making sure that no matter what our frames are doing, we're going to have a great job holding onto it. So this also applies to something like your kids' bikes, your BMX bikes, anything with your shorter wheel bases, I think you're going to have an excellent time in here. Again, you guys can see how much that front cradle can actually articulate forward towards your front cradle, making sure that even if you have a small wheel base, going to be nice and secure. Again, it's just going to be an issue with those longer ones, I think that's going to be our only issue. Well, let's go ahead and start seeing exactly how our rack will interact with our vehicles. To do that, I'm going to go ahead and take our measure from the center of our hitch pin hold to the very end of our rack, which is going to put you about 35 inches extended. So that'll give you a good idea of your length. Now for your closest part here of your rack, that's going to be putting you right at nine inches toward this curve is going to be happening right to the end here. So that guy can give you a pretty good measurement. If you guys have a hitch, that's sitting a little bit more underneath your vehicle, or if you have a little bit of a bumper, that's a little bit bigger, making sure that you guys have the right fit for you. Now, we actually do have a way of actually folding this up as well that's going to be really beneficial for us to pull this in the garage or, just give ourselves a little more maneuverability. And to do that, we're going to come right back to that pin again. And now you guys can see that little plastic ledge needs to be pulled up to get out of the way. Just pull our pin up and simply walk it in position, right like that. And that's really going to reduce a lot of our length. Now from that center of that hitch pin hole, to the very end that's going to put us right at about 14 inches, maybe 14 and a quarter right there to the very end, which is definitely not too bad. And now our closest point of contact here with our vehicle, from the center of the hitch pin to the closest point here on our rack, sorry, kind of have to try to get it to sit there, that's going to be putting you again right at about nine inches right there. So really not too much loss of space there, which is great. We'll have it nice and folded up and you go ahead and start taking a look here on the underside. So today we are working on the two inch version, allowing us to be utilized of course, by our two inch hitch receiver. On the inside of that, though, you are seeing a threaded anti-rattle hitch bolt. Now these guys are awesome to go ahead and take out all that road shake and play that we're going to have. Here in just a second I'll go ahead and give it a shake so you guys can see how well the job it does. On the other side though, you aren't seeing a little locking core here to go ahead and secure your carrier when you're not attending it, which can be great. Again, that will be key to like to your locking cores on the ends of your arms, and that way it's all key to like to one system and you can use Yakima same key system to swap them around with your other accessories, if you guys want. So we've kind of gone over a lot of the pro's and con's that our holdup is going to have. One thing I would suggest, again, you guys already kind of know I'm not the biggest fan of this rack, I might suggest a couple of different options. So if you want to stay kind of in line with where our holdup is sitting kind of price point wise, highly recommend taking a look at the RockyMounts Monorail 2-Bike Platform Rack, basically going to give everything you're seeing here today. However, I think they just have a little bit of a hold on your bikes, especially those arms system. It just seems like it's a way more secure and it's actually gonna hold on our bike there. And the other one I might suggest as well is going to be the Kuat NV2.0. Now that's obviously going to be a little bit of a price jump for a lot of us, but highly recommend that you're getting an amazing bike rack. It's definitely the premium feature for a lot of reasons, the premium bike rack, I should say, because of all the premium features that it does have, and we have really good locks on it, we really have a nice secure hold, just like you're seeing on here, and all the issues that we're having right with this, with those wheelbase is not fitting. I will say for your mountain bikers out there though, too, you could look at something like the Inno Tire Hold too. I think a lot of people I've seen on the interwebs kind of liked it because it just does a great job, even with those longer wheel bases of clamping on, even when they're kind of hanging this a little bit out to the side. So that can be also a nice little pivot for you guys, looking at those mountain bikers, one to kind of take it off road a little bit. Now that we've gone over some of our comparisons, we're gonna go ahead and load up our holdup here with varying sizes and wheel bases and weights to go ahead and see how it handles our test scores. So we're about to hit our test course here. We went ahead and loaded up some road bikes to start. Let's start seeing how it's going to handle this action. So the first little part here going to be like hitting a curb or a pothole here. I'm going to be taking a look here in the mirror as well. Now we're going to be entering some uneven terrain here, much like we would be if we're off-roading a little bit. And just to see how it's handling some regions. But it's looking pretty good. I am seeing a little bit of movement on that up tilt, but that's something that's going to happen with those anti-rattle bolts just because they don't really clamp up and down through the side to side, but even then it's resting right back where I want it not looking too bad. Now we're going to be hitting our slalom here to go ahead, get a little bit of our high, mile per hour tuning capabilities here. See how it's handling that side to side action. So going it's pretty good there. I'm not seeing too much movement on my side mirrors. That's good to see. Then we will have one different more. So we went ahead and loaded up our mountain bikes or our trail bikes nice to see how they do. Now again, these are going to be a really long one, so definitely interested to see how well they do, especially when we start reaching that saw and we're going to side to side. So let's see it in action here. So now we're hitting our side to sides. Let's see a definitely see a little joust there. That blue one look to be moving a little bit more. and I'm not really liking the side to side I'm seeing, right I'm seeing it kind of get away from my vehicle and not just moving with that bike rack. And here on the side, I can definitely see those tires moving a lot more than we want them to. So here we are approaching our slalom. Let's see that side to side action. So this is definitely what I'm a little worried about here. Man, I can already see that blue one moving, there goes our gray and I can definitely already see that movement on that side to side on our bikes, definitely going to be an issue for some. Well, after taking a look at that GoPro footage, definitely concerned our suspicions of those longer wheel bases having a hard time actually handling that side to side action. We definitely saw some lift and that's definitely something you don't want, A, if you're just trying to keep your bikes looking pretty and not having contact, but B, could get worse and then you could even have your bike flipping out on you, which would definitely not be good. So again, I think it's probably a no-go at least for me, I'm trying to get these big 48 to 49 inch wheel bases on here, but again, for your road bikes, for your smaller bikes, for the smaller mountain bikes, any other bikes you guys are approaching with, probably may a-okay. It did an excellent job of keeping our road bikes in here. And I really think that's because we have that nice 18 seat cutout in that track for us to sit into those cradles. It really does a great job of just holding them in and not letting them move. Well, guys, overall, again, I think this is going to be great little system for your smaller wheel bases because of having that back cradle really nice that it's going ahead and accounting for that back wheel, making sure it's not moving, unless of course we get a little too long and then it's actually kinda acting as a pivot point and leaving it a little bit of dangerous behavior. So if I we're to go ahead and say, definitely no-go for these longer bikes, going to be great for your shorter ones, of course. Overall guys, I think the Yakima holdup is just an older bike rack that's starting to see its kind of twilight years, still probably going to be holding on for quite a few more to keep going for your smaller bikes, but definitely you guys start to get into mountain biking, starting getting some new age bikes, going to have a little bit of trouble, so you might want to start looking at some other options. Otherwise though, guys, I think that about does it for our look here today at the Yakima Holdup 2-Bike Platform Rack at etrailer.com. I'm Bobby, thank you for watching..


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