Yakima OnRamp E-Bike Platform Rack with Ramp Review

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Review of the Yakima OnRamp E-Bike Platform Rack with Ramp


AJ: What's up everybody, it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be checking out the Yakima OnRamp. Got it set up here to show you exactly why you'd want it. It's a taller vehicle with our e-bike, and our e-bikes, we all know aren't light. So lifting it up and over here is a little bit of a challenge. That's why it comes with this ramp.

You just roll the bike up there and get it attached. It's way easier to lift it yourself. Let's check it out.It's got two tabs that go in here, and they go like that to keep it in place. So even if your ramp moves a little bit while you're installing the bike, it's not coming out. And pulling on it, it's not going to slide out until you get to right about there, then it pops up.

So you have to bring the ramp all the way level with the bike rack to remove it, which is super easy, but that's just good to know. So if you're moving around, where you're doing the e-bike or you actually kick it, it's not going to fall out on you all the time, or worry about installing it and you walk away for a second it falls out. That thing goes in there and hooks in real nice. It's not going to pop out.Just bring it out, install it to our other cradle. It's that easy to do.

And worked with all four of these cradles on each side. Same thing. So it'll attach just fine, full confidence in it. That way, wherever you take it and whatever side you need to load it from, you have those options. So if there's something on the side, like another car is in your way or a wall, as we have here, clearly not the side to load the bike from.

We have more space on that side of the room, so I'm going to put it back over there.It's time to show you how it works. We're going to roll the bike down and then roll it back up and see how it performs. I'm going to put one hand behind the seat here and one hand on the handle bar, just to make sure that it doesn't turn on us at all, and just walk it back. I'm just adding a little pressure to the seat part here, just to slow it down as it comes down the ramp. It's way lighter than lifting it, so that works out pretty well. It's pretty smooth unloading, let's load it right back up. Make sure you get that front tire aligned. And again, I'm pushing from here. You can push from the handle bars here too, but I suggest pushing back here, because it doesn't turn. There's sidewalls on the ramp, keeping the wheel straight as it comes up. I'm going to just walk it right back up into place.It looks like it stayed in the cradles, caught the arm here a little bit, but that's okay. Just move it of the way. It's way easier than it would have been if I tried to pick it up and load it this way. I would have had to move the middle mass all the way before I loaded the bike up and then use it one hand, lift this back up and align all this and get the straps. I can leave this up this time, roll up the ramp, now I'm ready to just attach to the arm. See the rubberized cradle here on the inside with the grooves. That would protect any exposed wires on the outside of your frame, but also protect your frame in general from any scratches that come from this plastic cradle. Same goes for the strap on the outside. It's got a nice rubberized cover over here. This is what's going to touch your frame, so you don't have to worry about this scratching or scuffing anything on there.Let's install it. We're going to keep it up here towards the top, so I can just tilt it over like that. We get it around the frame. We're going to run our ratchet strap through. Can hear it clicking as you tighten it down. Make sure you adjust the rubber part on the other side to protect your frame as you tighten it down. I'd say that's pretty tight. Now don't be worried about it pushing out the bike so much, this acts as a spacer to keep the two bikes, when you put two on there, apart from each other. Once we've secured the frame, let's come down here to the tires and add our straps here. Same process as the frame, and they're on an angle on purpose to pull it in and keep it tight. So we'll get that, pull it in as tight as we can, do the same thing for the back tire.With the bike installed, clearly you can't just leave the ramp here while driving around. So let's take this off and I'll show you where you put it back. It goes right here where this hand knob is on the bike rack. Which is awesome, because you can store it here and it's out of your way, you don't have to worry about the trunk space in your vehicle or where you put this to find it when you need the ramp. It attaches to the rack and is with you all times. It's got a nice felt bottom here too, that way there's no metal scratching here. Just hand tighten that. It also comes with a cable lock. We're going to wrap it around the frame here of our bike and the rack itself. That way, if you have to run to the store or something, leave your bike on there, or you just leave it unintended at the park for a while, you can feel confident that it's going to be there when you come back. Nice and in place.This is made to be able to tilt away from the vehicle. So if you forget something in the back and you need to open that back hatch with the bike on there, you can do it, but there's a catch. You can see a warning sticker on the side. It says, "Please only operate with two people." It's not because of how heavy it's going to be, it's because the bike rack is not going to stop. They didn't put a stopper in there for some reason, stopping it from hitting the ground. And I'm going to show you. Going to remove this pin on this side. Pop it out. It helps to twist it and pull it out. And pull on this knob here and we'll tilt it.And what the second person would be for is just to hold the bike like this while you get in the back of the hatch of your vehicle. Because I can keep going, keep going, keep going, it's not going to stop until it hits the ground. So we just tilt it back up here. Let that pin pop back into place, which, that is nice, you can tilt it back up. The initial pin goes back into place. Now we'll add that other one for security.As you saw me do, it is doable with one person. It's a little challenging to get the one pin out and grab the other one on the other side and then tilt the down, but you can do it. The only thing is, if you're the one tilting the bike rack down, you got to have somebody else get in the back hatch, because you can't leave the bike the way it is. So no matter what, you're going to need two people. I guess it's a good feature to have in there. Me personally, I'd rather just not even tilt at all if it's not going to have the stop.We're also going to install our mountain bike. Before I do that, I want to show you that you can move the trays back and forth. You have hand knobs here at the base that I've already loosened up to show you why, this can slide back and forth to help you either align the arm with your frame or just in case there's interference from the other bike. This one looks pretty good because that seat's shorter over there on that side. So the handlebars aren't touching. This seat's short over here. There really is no interference and the pedals are in the way, but it depends on which bikes you're going to throw on there in combination. You're going to have to figure it out with your bikes on your rack, but there is the option to slide this back and forth to help it fit better.With it slid into place, it looks like we're about right here. I might slide just a little bit more, just so it eases into the arm. I'm going to go ahead and tighten the knobs back down at the bottom. We don't want that tray going back and forth when we're going down the road. Now tie them down, it's in place. Going to go ahead and add the strap. Get it nice and tight. It's not going anywhere. Let's take it to the test course. Here at test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see an up and down action. This will be like driving in and out of a parking or a garage or a driveway at the curb side. AJ: Feel like it worked out pretty good. It has some side to side movement, but that's all right, you're going to have that when you have a heavy e-bike or a mountain bike. Now I've unloaded everything, so we can take a closer look at the bike rack itself. Let's take a closer look at the cradle here. It's got a smooth plastic over it, which is pretty durable feeling. Feel like it's going to hold up when you take it outside in the elements. It's also got a 3" diameter in the inside, so that means it works with most tire sizes. The only one I don't think it's going to work with is your fat tire bike. So if you're looking to carry a fat tire bike along with your e-bike, you might need to look at a different rack.Let's come back here at the strap itself. It's made to tilt one way or the other, which helps you adjust it to go through different spokes in your tires to strap it down. Now it doesn't move side to side, but the tray itself does. Like we showed you earlier with these hand knobs, you can slide it back and forth to adjust to what you need.Let's check out the reinforced base. I think that's going to be really important when you're carrying a heavier bike rack such as an e-bike. Each tray can carry up to 66 pounds. So all together you have 132 pounds you can carry with this reinforced base. Back up top, we're going to go ahead and fold down the mass. It's easy as pulling this pin here and folding it down. I like that it has the handle here. It's easy to grab and pull out. Sometimes it's literally just a pin that you have to grab and get out that way, and it's a pain. I like that about this rack, that every one of these knobs is easy to pull.Now I want to show you how to fold up the bike rack to the back of your vehicle, which gives you more space back here, whether you're parking in your garage or you have tight parking, like your apartment or something. I know if I had a bike rack like this fully out and I tried to back up, I'd have to do a couple turns to get in and out, in and out, in and out. With it folded up like here, I got way more space to work with to get out of my spot.Now it only fits 2" hitches, and it attaches via this anti-rattle bolt. We just tighten it up, which it comes with the tools to tighten up. So that's cool, you don't have to go looking around in your toolbox for it. And once you getting it tight, you can see there's no movement at all. So it's going to be nice and tight in that hitch, and you don't have to worry about any rattle while you're going on the road. The only thing that it doesn't include is a lock for the anti-rattle hitch pin. But you can pick one up separately on our website from Yakima.Overall, I think it's a good bike rack. It's lightweight, so when I'm putting it in my vehicle or taking it out, it's no big deal. But it's also sturdy, so I know it's going to hold up when I'm adding my e-bike. But the main focus really is the ramp. Two other bike racks come to mind when I'm thinking about a ramp, and that's the Thule EasyFold and the Kuat NV 2.0 with the ramp attachment. Now those ramps either fold in on themselves or have the adjustability here with knobs and they slide back and forth. I don't want my ramp to move. I want a sturdy piece of metal that I can count on when I'm rolling my bike up there, so I don't drop the bike on myself. So I really prefer this ramp to those. And this one can't be adjusted to make it shorter. It's 51", but that's okay, because you can see, on the vehicle we have today, it's a little higher up. You're going need that to get that e-bike up on the bike rack.That does it for our look at the Yakima OnRamp I hope this helped.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Shawn F.

Can the center mast position be adjusted from left to right? It looks like it is fixed very left-of-center.

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

The center mast is in a fixe spot. It can be tilted down so that you can fold the rack up for storage, but it does sit off-center to the platforms. Since the grips are able to adjust up and down the mast as well as rotate it should be able to accommodate most bike frame combinations.

Catherine N.

We have reviewed the Yakima OnRamp and feel it is the best choice for our two ebikes; however, one of the bikes has fat tires. Do you carry the Yakima OnRamp FatStrap 8002714? I do not see that product listed in Accessories. Is there an alternative strap(s) that will work?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

Yes, we do have that product as part # Y23FR for the Yakima OnRamp bike rack.

Lesley M.

The video does not address the clamping mechanism and if it clamps into step through bikes - the examples are bikes with bars. Please advise

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

The clamping mechanism for the Yakima OnRamp # Y36FR is adjustable up and down that center mast so it can be used to hold bikes with a step-thru frame.

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