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Wherever you’re headed, having a quick and easy way to take your bike along with you is an absolute must, but if you’re pulling a trailer or need clear access to your boot or hatch, carrying your bike up-top is the way to go.
While there are a few bike roof mount systems on the market, you’ll generally have the option between the more affordable but less convenient fork-mount systems and the slightly more expensive but more convenient wheel-on mount systems.
If you want to keep it simple by opting for a wheel-on system, Yakima gives you the choice between the FrontLoader and HighRoad. If you’re not sure what the differences are and how each mount system compares, here’s a quick run-down to help you work out which will work best for you.
The FrontLoader and the HighRoad are very similar mounting systems as they both:
You’ll need to have a base rack system for either model, but their universal mounting system means you won’t need to use any special adaptors.
Both models come fully assembled and are relatively quick and easy to install too—the HighRoad might be slightly more complicated to install than the FrontLoader, but it’s still pretty straightforward if you watch the how-to installation video first.
Like all roof-mount systems, either model is only designed to carry a single bike, but you can always install two mounts side-by-side to carry an extra bike.
Neither option is lockable as standard, but you can always buy an SKS lock pack which is easy to install in the integrated TailWhip cable. SKS locks are also sold separately, so you can buy as many as you need at once.
While both models are very similar, there are a few key differences that set them apart:
While both options will do a great job of holding your bike tight, safe and secure, it ultimately comes down to what’s most important to you. While you will get some valuable extra functionality when you opt for the HighRoad, if you’re just after the basics, the FrontLoader will still do a great job.
Last updated: 2nd December 2020