Yakima Fork Lift Bike Carrier

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Yakima Fork Lift Bike Carrier and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.3 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.9 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 44

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Easy to install.
  • Solid construction.
  • Lightweight.
  • Can be used to transport bikes with disc brakes.
  • Holds bike securely in high wind.

Expert Reviews

  • Will clamp to round, square or factory crossbars.
  • Quick and easy assembly and mounting.
  • Works with quick release as well as through axle forks.
  • Securely holds bikes with 9mm forks.
  • Bicycle is secured by front forks and rear wheel, so there is no pressure on the frame.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • You have to lock the skewers down when there is no bike on the rack.
  • Strap on adjustable rear wheel tray can come off when not ratcheted down.
  • Rear strap cannot be secured with the bike is not on the rack, and locking skewer cannot be removed when not in use.
  • Noisy when there is no bike on the rack.

Expert Reviews

  • Adapter is needed for bikes with 15mm or 20mm forks, and rapid locking mechanism will not secure bikes when using an adapter.
  • Rear wheel is not secure unless you add a cable lock.
  • Generally sturdy, although some plastic parts may not be durable.
  • Skewer mechanism is cumbersome to open.
  • Can only carry one bike, and front wheel must be removed.
  • Difficult to uninstall from the car roof, so not easy to switch from one vehicle to another.


The Yakima Fork Lift Bike Carrier is a fork-mount bike rack that attaches easily to square, round or factory crossbars and secures your ride, whether you have rim or disc brakes. A couple of drawbacks are that the locking mechanisms must be secured even when not in use, and you will need an adapter for 15mm or 20 mm forks. If you have a low-profile vehicle and are looking for a roof-mounted bicycle carrier, this is a slick and adjustable carrier.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web. Some expert reviews include these: 1, 2, 3, 4.