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Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 GMC Acadia

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Review of the Yakima RidgeBack Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 GMC Acadia


Hi, everyone. Aiden here, with etrailer.com. And today we're gonna be taking a look at the Yakima RidgeBack Hanging-Style Bike Rack here on our 2019 GMC Acadia. Now it's gonna be able to hold up to four bikes. And you can see it's going to hold it hanging by the frame here. We've got two straps on top and this third strap on the seat post here, as our anti-sway cradle keeping that side-to-side movement down to a minimum.

So that's gonna limit our bike-to-bike contact, and help protect our gear. Now it does have a 40-pound capacity if you're holding just one bike like we are today, but if you've got it fully loaded, it'll have a total capacity of 150 pounds. So just keep that in mind, whether you're going out biking with the whole family or some friends, or just by yourself, those are your capacities. Now, unlike some platform-style racks, we cannot tilt the rack away with the bikes loaded. It will tilt away.

So you just have to get the bike off first. To do that, it's pretty simple. Just pinch these two tabs on the side and remove these straps. And then we can remove the bike. This third one here, the anti-sway, can be a bit of a tight fit between the seat post and the wheel there, but it's pretty easy to just wiggle off there.

And then we can lift the bike and slide it out. There we go. So I'll just set this to the side real quick. We can put those straps back into place and show you the tilting. All right.

And I like to replace these just because they are just kind of freestanding when you remove 'em like that and we don't wanna lose these. So let's pop those back into place. You can see there's a lot of great cushioning in there. So it'll protect our bikes when it is in there. You just wanna avoid those carbon frames, just because we don't want to damage the frames. Now to tilt this away, we can pull this lever here, and that will lean the whole rack away. It tilts super far. So you can see there's plenty of room to get our hatch open if we need to change our shoes before or after a ride, or just get something outta the back. We'll close that up, and we can lift the whole rack back into place. We'll hear a nice snap, letting us know we're locked in. And from here, let's get some measurements. We are going to be sticking out a fair bit from the vehicle here. From the furthest outpoint on the back bumper. Looking down here, we're about 38 inches out. So is gonna add some distance, just watch out in those tight parking spots. But when the bikes aren't loaded, we can come to this top lever and fold the arms down. This way, if we wanna leave the rack on between rides, it's ready for when we want to use it, and it'll take up less space. only sticking out 10 1/2 inches now to this outermost point here, much more manageable. Still watch out maybe if you're pulling into your garage with the door closed, just be mindful it's back there. Now down at the bottom, we can check out our ground clearance. We are going to be getting 16 inches of ground clearance here. That's a fair bit. I don't think we'll have to worry about bottoming out, especially with how close this is to the vehicle. Now here at the end, we can see our anti-rattle knob. It does have a lock right there so we can lock this up. It'll just free spin. So no one can loosen it up outta your hitch and take it when you're not around. In the hitch here, we can see it will work with an inch and 1/4 or a two-inch hitch. We have the adapter on right now, having it work with our two-inch hitch, and it's nice and sturdy in there. And overall, if you are looking to get four bikes to your destination with you, a hanging rack is a great way to go. If you've got some heavier bikes or those carbon frame bikes, maybe check out a platform rack instead, but for you and your family, just getting to the trails, this is a great option on your Acadia. Thanks for watching Here it is in our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. And finally, we have the full speed bumps, where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway..


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