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Fleet 04-05-06 12:33 PM

hitch rack advice - Thule Expressway vs Yakima Kingpin?
Hello Everyone,

I'm looking to get a 4-bike hitch rack for my SUV. I've narrowed it down to 2 choices: Thule Expressway or Yakima Kingpin.

I will be using this mostly with 1 or 2 bikes for driving across town on the freeway. Once in a blue moon, I'll load it down with more than 2 bikes. I want a bike rack that will be easy to remove and put on, is well built, and most importantly doesn't damage the bikes! I really don't want the bikes swinging around and banging into each other (or more importantly slamming into my SUV).

The Expressway and Kingpin seem to have very similar specs. Is one recommended over the other? The Expressway is more $$, but I can swing it if it's value added. I only want to purchase this once. Hopefully some people here have first hand experience with one or both of these hitch racks.

Thanks for your help

Fibber 04-06-06 12:30 AM

I went back and forth on Thule vs. Yakima on the next level up racks - the swing away TrailBlazer vs. Full Swing. While I thought the Thule held a slight advantage in how it gripped the bikes, and the antisway implementation (and price) , I ended up ordering the Yakima because it is better suited for low riding minivans. The problem is the 'stinger' - the part that goes into the receiver hitch. Thule sticks straight out for 12", the Yakima has a 90' radius, and only protrudes 7.5". That puts the Yakima closer and higher up - a more body hugging design and less chance of curb or sloping driveway damage.

I ordered it from ORS, (Thule first, then changed to the Yakima) and they handled my order change with grace, and shipped the same day. It arrived yesterday, so will put it together this weekend.


jonbth 04-06-06 02:11 AM

Be careful with Yakima especially if you have an exterior spare tire. I have a Nissan Frontier with a factory hitch that is recessed. The Yakima hitch bar wasn't long enough to fit my truck without hitting the bumper. I had to buy a Thule. I like the Thule better as far as securing the bikes to the rack.

Don Cook 04-06-06 07:18 AM

An often overlooked top quality rack, are those made by Hollywood Racks. I've had one of their Pro models for years and have been very pleased.

Conundrum 04-13-06 05:17 PM

My advice - after having owned a Thule Hitching Post - ditch that style rack, give up on the idea of moving more than 2 bikes, and get what used to be the sportworks T2 (sportworks now owned by Thule but I don't what model name Thule gave it - I think it is still T2). This rack is on the expensive side, but worth every penny. And, you can transport upto 4 bikes if you are willing to part with money and the weight, size and cumbersomeness of the resulting rack doesn't bother you.

ratdog 04-13-06 05:27 PM


Just evaluate whether or not you need to leave the bike on the rack while your taking a rest stop break. The bikes are only locked to the rack by a cable. Cables can be cut relatively easily with the right equipment.

Portis 04-13-06 05:34 PM

I know that you say you have narrowed your choices but strongly consider getting a tray style rack like the Sportworks that i have or the Hollywood like the other poster has. These racks are much more convenient for loading bikes.

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