Interbike: Yakima Introduces HighLite Bike Rack
Continuing to meet the needs of cycling consumers of varying levels and disciplines, Yakima has just introduced the HighLite, an aluminum hitch bike rack, featuring enhanced design for ease of use and enhanced durability. The Yakima HighLite is currently on display at Interbike in Las Vegas where Yakima representatives introduced us to it, and will be available at retail beginning spring 2010.
“As our cycling customer base grows, Yakima continues to evolve products with features and materials to simplify the rack experience,” David Fee, senior director of market and product development for Yakima told us. He added that “Yakima’s newest racks are easily installed and streamline the loading process, for a quick escape to the trails with greater piece of mind.”
The HighLite (MSRP: $299 2-Bike, $329 3-Bike), an aluminum hitch rack, is one of the lightest hitch racks on the market, making it easy to carry and install. This is especially important for women, aging baby boomers and consumers that prefer a lightweight, rear of car option that allows bikes to be loaded at hip level. The UpTight hitch knob increases stability by expanding (and wedging) into the corner to fill any gaps in the hitch receiver, while the SwitchBlade anti-sway cradles protect against bike-to-bike contact. The LockDown cable and HitchLock secure both the rack and bikes for added peace of mind.
The HighLite is available in a two-bike or three-bike model, fitting both 2” and 1.25” hitch receivers out of the box. The narrow arms fit most bike types and the TriggerFinger release folds the arms down. The rack also tilts away from the car for better access to the rear of the vehicle. HighLite comes in silver or white and includes bottle openers at the end of the cradles for enjoying post-ride beverages.
Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com for a full review of the Yakima HighLite Bike Rack.
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