Yakima StageTwo bike rack review - robust and gimmick-free

A heavy-duty rack designed for quick on and offs

Yakima StageTwo bike rack attached to a car
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Yakima StageTwo takes a classic rack design and elevates it. Not only is it very robust, but everything about it works quickly and easily. Locks are included, and a variety of other accessories are available separately. Off the vehicle, storage may be a challenge for some.

Reasons to buy
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    Intuitive and functional use

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    Non-marring design

Reasons to avoid
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    Difficult to store

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The Yakima StageTwo is a hitch-style bike rack that's versatile and sturdy when mounted on a car. The hitch-on and -off procedure is also straightforward and tool-free - as is the process for raising and lowering the rack between vertical (empty) and horizontal (full of bikes), with the handle well-located and easy to operate.

But how does this mid-high priced option compare to the best bike racks for cars? We put the Yakima StageTwo to the test to find out...

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