If you are sold on our #Vanlife series, Yakima’s new HangOver might be the new hitch mount bike rack for you. As part of their 2019 HD Truck Rack collection, Yakima has their first vertical bike rack setup, plus a solid rooftop tent, and a tidy cargo basket, among other hauling solutions.
2019 Yakima HangOver vertical hitch mount bike rack
The vertical HangOver bike rack is what first caught our eye out of Yakima’s new heavy-duty truck rack range. They say it is the first vertical bike rack to meet their own demanding standards for strength, stability & security.
Built for heading out on group rides, there’s a HangOver that will safely haul six mountain bikes back-and-forth to the trailhead for $700. A smaller version pares that back to four bikes for $550.
Either HangOver works by hanging the forks over a horizontal bar that rotates the bike’s handlebar to pack more bikes into less space. A sloped rubberized/padded top of the cross bar supports the right leg of the fork, while a series of rubberized prongs sandwich the left side of the fork crown, before a rubber strap tightens down over the right side of the fork crown and a strap grabs the rear wheel.
The method of attachment limits it to standard suspension forks only, but the rocking lower wheel cups should work no matter the bike’s size or wheelbase.
Everything fits (and locks securely into place) into a 2″ square hitch receiver (no word if a 1.25″ version will be offered), and an easy-to-operate tilt mechanism makes accessing a truck’s tailgate or a van’s rear door mostly straight forward once the bikes are off. And yes, it includes Yakima’s signature built-in bottle opener for post-ride refreshment (I mean only one person needs to drive, right‽)
2019 Yakima HD Truck Rack collection
Beyond the bike rack Yakima’s HD Truck Rack collection has plenty more tricks to share, on top of a few different sets of heavy duty rack frames for your pickup.
The SkyRise HD is a new 4-season rooftop tent, roomier & more durable than their previous version. The tent gets more usable space inside and expanded windows, doors, and skylights for better views & airflow.
The thicker 600D Ripstop bodied tent packs down well for transit, and gets a new adjustable height ladder design, and comes in two sizes. The SkyRise HD Small sells for $1600 and the SkyRise HD Medium for $2000, both of which mount to standard cross bars.
A new $330 steel SkinnyWarrior cargo basket was developed to fit on roofs packed with other gear or in between bike trays while offering secure overflow storage.