Yakima Introduces Two New Hitch Racks

Nov 15, 2021
by Yakima Racks  

PRESS RELEASE: Yakima

Yakima launches new hitch bike racks built with innovation and ingenuity. The new HangTight and StageTwo hitch bike racks solve all your bike transportation needs.


HangTight
The HangTight is a vertical hitch bike rack built for all bikes, all the time. It is designed to carry a broad range of bikes for whatever riding style interests you the most. Equipped to carry whichever bike you choose from your arsenal, making it perfect for anything from downhill shuttles to family road trips. Coming in two models, The HangTight 6 ($999) carries up to 6 flat bar bikes or 4 drop bar bikes while the HangTight 4 ($799) carries up to 4 flat bar bikes or 3 drop bar bikes. If versatility is the name of your game, the HangTight is sure to be an ambidextrous addition for all your bike carrying needs.
HangTight Key Features
• Carry 4 or 6 bikes
• Dual padded cradles stabilize and secure the bike by the handlebar
• Integrated steel loop for users own lock
• Foot operated tilt
• Rotating rear-wheel cups accommodate a wide range of wheelbases.
• Built-in bottle opener
• MSRP: HangTight 4: $799, HangTight 6: $999

The HangTight easily carries you and your friends bikes to the trailhead. Foot operated tilt makes it easy to access the rear of the vehicle.

Dual padded cradles stabilize and secure the bike by the handlebars while rear-wheel cups secure the back wheel.


StageTwo
The StageTwo ($749) is a hitch mounted bike rack that brings style and aesthetics to the forefront. With a tiered stadium seating architectural design, this rack was created to decrease bike-to-bike interference while also maximizing ground clearance to get you wherever you need to go. The StageTwo can accommodate a variety of different types of bikes including mountain, road, kids, E-bikes, and fat tire bikes with the StageTwo FatBike Kit. Available in either Anthracite or Vapor color options, as well as 2" or 1-1/4" hitch configurations.
StageTwo Key Features
• Available in two colors options
• SpeedKnob™ and integrated locking bike cables
• Integrated steel loop for users own lock
• Ergonomic, forward facing remote tilt lever with action release tilts loaded rack
• Tiered and adjustable bike trays minimize bike to bike interference
• 60-lbs per bike
• MSRP: $749

The StageTwo brings style and aesthetics to the forefront with two color options: Anthracite or Vapor.

StageTwo is more than capable of carrying precious cargo to the trailhead or meeting point with its premium features.

StageTwo Accessories
Rise above with the SafetyMate and the RampUp accessories for StageTwo. SafetyMate is a lighting and plate kit that delivers full brake and turn signal functionality to the backside of the rack whether in the stored or in-use position, making sure that other drivers have high visibility of your vehicle and your cargo. The RampUp accessory is a ramp that attaches to the end of the tray allowing assistance loading heavier bikes such as E-Bikes.


bigquotesWe are beyond excited to announce the release of both the HangTight and the StageTwo. The bike rack category has become increasingly competitive in recent years and we are extremely proud to not only offer one rack that excels in carrying versatility, bike protection, and ease of use, but two racks that lead the charge with their innovative features.Garrett Barnum, Director of Category Management at Yakima

More information on the HangTight and StageTwo is available at www.yakima.com/pages/newproducts.


84 Comments

  • 102 5
 Ha! It has a little ramp so people can get their ebikes loaded without lifting them.
  • 66 5
 Motorbikes are heavy can you blame them?
  • 15 3
 It’s pretty helpful for people like parents with e bike cruisers and arthritis. Although I’ll add, the ramp is 100% worthless if it’s on a truck or larger suv. The angle of approach is ridiculously to steep unless it’s on a sedan.
  • 2 0
 @Howieday91: True. I suppose all one needs is the strength to lift it if it tips over. Also looking at the photos the second bike would have to tilted while loading to avoid the handle bars hitting each other, note the photo of the bike on the ramp being cropped....
  • 17 2
 Which is good, because some of the people I know who ride E-bikes have genuine issues with their joints, yet the E-bike allows them to ride in areas where a regular bike would be too strenuous for them, so not having to struggle with lifting a heavy bicycle is beneficial for them.
  • 25 29
flag Bro-LanDog (Nov 15, 2021 at 10:48) (Below Threshold)
 @nickfranko: hot take - if you cannot lift a bicycle you probably shouldn't be riding it off-road miles into the Backcountry.
  • 2 1
 Not a bad idea, my 60 year old mom rides over 100 miles per month with my niece who can't ride a bike on her own. This would be great for transporting them when they go camping.
  • 8 0
 older people buy bike racks too
  • 11 0
 @Bro-LanDog: It doesn't necessarily have to be the backcountry. My parents needed a rack to get their bikes around when they were older, but they weren't doing rooty singletrack. Getting to a fire road where you're still in phone range still requires a rack.
  • 1 0
 @Howieday91: maybe not if the bike has a “walk assist” button
  • 2 1
 @number44: Easy now, he has to keep that gate up
  • 34 3
 LoLo rack redesigned by yakima
  • 15 1
 Redesigned by Yakima and $200 more expensive. Lolo for the win.
  • 11 0
 Following on the heels of the NSR rip off they did last year ("HangOver" they called it). I'm guessing that means next year they'll give us their take on the Recon.
  • 1 0
 @g-42: Yep, this is just a reaction to having to pay royalties to NSR for every HangOver they sold. So no royalties required anymore, but less people will buy them.
  • 3 0
 @g-42: We'll see, but looking at Recon's instagram page it looks like they're merging with, selling to, etc. 1UP
  • 3 1
 @mammal: Look at the NSR patent. They call out 4 points of engagement so the cute way around that is to make a rack with 3 points. Big soulless companies at their best.
  • 2 0
 and stuck in a container ship from Asia.
  • 4 0
 @unfknblvbl: I asked them about it a couple weeks ago and was told they've been acquired by 1UP.
  • 2 0
 @aelazenby: +1. Lolo where’s your patent?
  • 1 0
 @fastback570: I'm just saying what happened, who's paying who, and why they changed it to handle bar mount. I've got no comment on what it would take to avoid litigation or paying royalties.
  • 34 4
 No Kashima No care Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 18 1
 Can we talk about the price? $750 for a two track hitch rack is obscene.
  • 1 0
 DTC FTW.
  • 3 1
 Resale value is also huge with any name brand rack!
  • 3 0
 There once was a day in the not so distant past when such a rack was $500. Alas, prices are climbing, won't be long before comparable racks will approach the 1K mark.
  • 12 0
 You can get a 1Up heavy duty double for $150 less, which I would choose over this 100 out of 100 times. Yeesh.
  • 1 0
 At least the StageTwo finally takes up to a 52" wheelbase. Still not buying it when there's the 1Up, but I guess it's nice they recognized the need. How many dollars per inch is that...?
  • 1 0
 @ADGproductions: is Yakima thought of that highly? I know north shore has some recognition (less as that style becomes more common) and one up has some Lloyd but I think pretty poorly of yakima
  • 2 0
 @jj12jj: I have not ever had any issues with my Yakima or Thule stuff. The amounts that they are asking though are crazy.
  • 3 0
 @jj12jj: I've used various Yakima bike/ski/roof stuff over the past 25 years and I have to say it worked well and held up well. Everything is stupid expensive right now, not just Yakima, but I just picked up a used Yakima rack for a bit under half the price of new and it works perfectly. I think a lot of complaining comes from people buying a product that isn't quite right for their application then blaming the product.
  • 14 0
 Plagiarism should be frowned upon in the Rack world. Hangtight -lolo. Stagetwo - Thule t2 pro , I mean you barely even changed the name.
  • 2 0
 My exact thoughts; these 2 racks are complete rip-offs of Thule & LoLo...
  • 20 4
 1up USA.

/thread
  • 6 0
 Agree, at that price for the 2 place, I don't see why anyone would want a rack that still uses plastic.
  • 2 0
 I third that.
  • 1 0
 One on my roof rack and one on my hitch. Cannot beat them.
  • 13 0
 4 Tacoma photos and a Sprinter snuck in?! We're really getting Outside now.
  • 11 0
 The one with the little ramp is the MvdP Special Edition rack.
  • 4 0
 really? I thought he’d get the ones without the ramps named after him. I must have missed the meeting.
  • 7 0
 Dear PB, could you investigate why the hell we cannot get proper racks in EU? There are no racks with those tire clamps in EU, only stupid frame holders, which make you wonder for 30min how to mount 3 bikes, and this every time you mount a new unique combination of bikes.
  • 1 0
 Wondering the same.
  • 7 2
 Law regulations, EU bike racks should pass crash test etc, in US you can strap bike with zip ties to your car and none give a shit
  • 1 0
 I am with you on this ! After reading some norms it seems the frame have to be attached …
  • 3 0
 @nickmalysh: until later when your served with legal papers where you get sued by the city, state, federal government, the automobile manufacturer, the mountain bike manufacturer AND the owners of the Zip Tie's and the Trade Mark... Smile
  • 1 0
 @nobrain: And this is how you speed the Polexit up ...
  • 5 0
 Still waiting on my warranty claims for Yakima DrTray2 and Yakima HangUp4 to be fulfilled by Rack Attack. What a joke. The HangUp is a flawed design and I'm hoping they send a retrofit kit for this as they've discontinued that model and clearly know that the design is flawed and people are putting their bikes on a ticking time bomb to drop your bike on the highway or forest service road. The DrTray2 developed cracking in the tray where the basket and arm attach from 2 seasons of use with normal trail bikes. Last time I reached out to Rack Attack asking for status after waiting the nearly 30 days they told me it would take, I got a snarky response that it hasn't been 30 days yet, sorry bud it was like 27 days, and now it's been well over 30 days since the original claim was filed and still no information, maybe they're just stonewalling me at this point. Never buying Yakima or shopping with Rack Attack again.
  • 1 0
 I own a Yakima Fold Click 3. Very disappointed in the rack. It sags too much but what's worse is that often I cannot remove it from the tow ball requiring intervention to get it off. Also ridiculously hot halogen tail lights. Sits pretty much unused in storage.
  • 2 0
 Yup, got my money back for my Hangover rack after it dropped my bike on the freeway due to the shitty design. Liked a few of its design features but it failed in the most basic of objectives!
  • 1 0
 @chrish: How'd you get your money back!? I'd take that option in a heartbeat and buy a Velocirax, Made in Utah
  • 2 0
 Go to Re Rack. Way better customer service
  • 2 1
 Yakima is absolute trash. I had three warranties on three different racks before I gave up on them and got a steel rack.
  • 2 0
 @chacou: I posted a picture on Insta of the damage to the bike and specifically mentioned the rack, and a mate replied and tagged Yakima in. They contacted me and asked for more info, after a few conversations they refunded the purchase price and arranged to pick up the rack.

Contact their customer services and see how you go!
  • 1 0
 @chrish: Thanks, yeah I got talked into going through Rack Attack for the warranty process and it's very frustrating. I would not buy anything from Rack Attack again (if you're in the US)
  • 5 0
 Oh oh.... another bike rack column.....people are going to LOSE THEIR MINDS!!!! btw Ive havea Yakima HoldUp2 for a decade and beat it up between the shore and whistler and has been great
  • 6 0
 The oneup rack seems better than the stagetwo, no?
  • 4 0
 Agreed. The original, and free of plastic.
  • 2 0
 Owner of a hangover, use it only when my camper is on my truck. Scored it used out of an REI garage sale. Having used many hanging style racks I think they all suck, but they work well with my camper so that’s that.

I do like the idea of hanging from the handle bar to avoid having the main support post at a ridiculous angle, looks like the same design with different hangers, wonder if I got rig them up to the old rack….
  • 1 0
 Lolo will sell you the handlebar mounts if you wanted to swap them onto your current rack - I know people have swapped them onto North Shore racks. Super rad company and made in the US. I bought 8 of their hooks and had a buddy weld up an 8-bike hitch rack frame to bolt their hooks onto. Perfect shuttle rig.
  • 9 5
 If you need a ramp to load your mountain bike….I’d it really a mountain bike???
  • 3 1
 “Is it” not “I’d it”
  • 2 2
 If you don't ride your mountain bike on a mountain, is it a mountain bike?
  • 4 0
 Velocirax has entered the chat.

No but seriously the "Hang Tight" seems like a pain to load compared to the velocirax
  • 1 0
 Velocirax are very secure and are a great value relative to the rest of the shuttle rack market, but it’s a bit of a pain in the ass to access the rubber straps when secured. My only criticism..
  • 4 0
 Should have named it the Yaya, instead of hang tight. If you're going to rip off a design, you should really go for it all.
  • 1 0
 Okay, I'm gonna get called a tree huger but someone has to say it ...
Is it still okay these days to promote shuttling with huge and shiny 4*4 when our hobby relies on the beauty and health of the countryside we visit ? I see a bit of a contradiction here ...
  • 3 0
 its cool but i like the way the north shore racks hold the bikes. this seems more complicated.
  • 2 0
 After multiple decades in (presumably lucrative) business, bike rack company releases racks that "solve all your bike transportation needs." Impressive.
  • 1 0
 I still surprised that rack companies to not have cameras on the bike racks that could be plugged into hitch, cmon, it is safety feature that is widely adopted, and will not cost a lot to add;
  • 1 0
 SafetyMate is the best idea on this entire page, yet it too suffers from the bonkers pricing scheme at $219. Save yourself a heap of dough - there are $40 solutions on eBay that plug right into your trailer lighting setup.
  • 3 0
 If you put your ear up to the screen, you can faintly hear the chorus of brake rotors / fork lowers slamming together.
  • 2 0
 There is no way I am buying anything ever again with the Yakima name on it. A rack rusting to almost the point of failure in 11/2 - 2 years is ridiculous.
  • 4 0
 Me2up USA?
  • 1 0
 Skipped over StageOne and when to StageTwo level bad. It's a bad copy of the RockyMount's MonoRail.
  • 1 1
 I love the first picture! Have to have all the bikes on a rack because you're storing your tent above your truck bed lol. #derp
  • 2 0
 LOLO
  • 2 1
 Looks like a lot of plastic garbage to break in 2 years.
  • 1 0
 So they can rust and fall apart in less than 2 years... No
  • 1 0
 The Stage 2 certainly resembles the Kuat rack on my wife's car.
  • 1 0
 Them taillights definitely getting snapped off.
  • 1 0
 Wow the E bike ramp is absolutely pathetic
  • 2 2
 Hanging racks good, tray racks bad.
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