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Yakima Steelhead(8 posts)

Yakima Steelhead'Ragin Asian
Jun 20, 2001 7:23 AM
Anyone that has this, how do ya'll like it? I think I'm probably going to get this, but does it become a pain in the butt to take the front wheel off all the time? I considered the Anklebiter so I could circumvent that, but I don't feel like it'd be stable enough, especially on long, high speed highway driving. Any feedback appreciated! Thanks
re: Yakima Steelheadmcneish
Jun 20, 2001 8:22 AM
The steelhead is absolutely stable. I have had no problems whatsoever. I took my bikes on a 2000 mile round trip with them on top and never worried. Taking the wheel off is only a problem if you drive off w/o putting it in the trunk first, otherwise, it doesn't bother me at all.

Get yourself the fairing though, b/c 2 bikes w/o one makes for a lot of wind noise.

Thumbs Up on SteelheadsJim A
Jun 20, 2001 9:43 AM
I feel that rooftop fork mounts are absolutely the way to go; they are by far the most stable system for transporting bikes. I've had Steelhead trays for about two years and they're rock solid, unlike older generation Yakima trays from 7-8 years ago, which were wobbly. The fork mount system is so secure that once I drove 400 miles before realizing I forgot to strap down the rear wheels. I don't understand the argument that removing the front wheel is a hassle. It takes about 10-15 seconds to remove or install a front wheel equipped with a quick release. I think a cyclist should be absolutely comfortable with the mechanics of removing and installing wheels anyway - it's a necessary skill for flat repair.
Added bonus...Lazy
Jun 20, 2001 10:13 AM
You can lock them so you don't have to be constantly staring outside when you're in line for some gatorade at the quickie mart. I tend to be a little paranoid anyhow, but the locking mechanism is quite secure.

As the others have mentioned, they're very stable. Absolutely the way to go IMO.
re: Yakima Steelheadmike mcmahon
Jun 20, 2001 10:40 AM
I agree with everyone so far. The Steelhead set-up is very nice and stable. I had it on my car for about four years. I never found removing the wheel to be a big deal. I don't transport my bike by car much these days, so I don't currently have racks on my car. If I do decide to go with racks again, I will definitely remount the Yakimas. The only thing I might do differently is to add a faring. The wind noise can get pretty annoying without one, especially at speeds above 60 mph.
Anklebiters are nice toowaterman
Jun 20, 2001 11:43 AM
I have a pair of Anklebiters on top of my Pathfinder.

I can drive down the highway at 80MPH+ and my heavy Mountain bikes do not move.

When we go on trips, I prefer keeping the dirty bikes and their tires on the outside of my new truck and I like that I don't give up room inside the car for storing tires.

Think about the "stability" issue of the anklebiter a bit. The wheel straps keep the bike in place. The bar that attached to the crank merely keeps the bike upright. Unless you plan to do some serious off-roading, the anklebiters are perfectly stable.
Thumbs up!! Yakima SteelheadLou M
Jun 20, 2001 12:21 PM
I recently bought a new steelhead rack and it has been great. It is also, in my opinion the best looking rack/bike combo for your car. I had a steelhead in the mid 90's and even that older model worked great. Make sure you get the sixpack of locks and a fairing, especially if you have a sunroof. Also, get a bike bra, those bugs are a pest to get out, especially here in FL. I have also forgotten to secure the rear wheel strap and the bike didn't move.
re: Yakima Steelheadjaybird
Jun 20, 2001 1:36 PM
Steelheads are great. Stay away from both the lockjaw and the anlkebiter. They are best suited for either kids bikes, bikes without qr or if you want to mount the attachment directly to a factory rack. The Viper is the newest top o the line from Yak. Also consider the Boa and Copperhead. By taking the front wheel off you lower the center of gravity of the bike thus increasing stability. Don't forget the spare wheel mounts and when you use them strap your front wheel to the crossbar. Bad experience- I lost a Spinergy wheel on the Massachussets Tunpike because i didn't secure it...