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Looking for a couple of roof rack carriers for our bikes to fit our factory rack with crossbars. I was looking at the Yakima Raptor, as well as the Thule Criterium and Big Mouth. Not interested in fork mounts. Just wondering if you guys had any opinons on any of these? They are all within 20 dollars or so of each other, but was looking for opinions on ease of use, and reliability. Thanks.
 

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i used a yakima ankle biter rack for a long time and was very happy with it. i don't know if saris makes roof racks, but i really like the hitch rack i currently have by them.

i doubt you will be unhappy with rack by either of those companies. i suggest using the search function on these forums and over at www.mtbr.com. you have a pretty good chance of finding some info already there.
 

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Too bad you're not interested in the fork mounts - the best deal in racks for factory crossbars are the Rocky Mounts. Otherwise, I've had good experiences with racks from both companies.

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Having used both Thule and Yakima racks, I can say both are quality products. I would advise against getting any of the racks you listed. Those types of racks are hard on the downtubes paint because of the way they attach to the bike. If you absolutely don't want a fork mount rack, look at Thule's Sidearm or Yakima's highroller or king cobra.
 

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I just picked up the new for 09 forkmount yakima Forklift. I'm using it on factory subaru bars. It works awesome. I had rockymounts on my last car. The mount was very wide, bikes were too close together. Prob for mountainbikes, but no prob with roadbikes. But I think the new rockymount is narrower. Having used both uprights and forkmounts, bikes are MUCH more secure and stable with forkmounts. Have gone 100mph with a forkmount/roadbike on the roof with no prob. At 65mph with the upright, had lots of bike shake.
 

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i just put this yakima setup together a week ago. I like it because I can remove the whole thing in just a couple of mins. btw, the wheel trays only stick out 6" past the spare tire. and yes it is stable. went to a race last weekend in a virtual hurricane. no big deal
 

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jonathanb said:
Too bad you're not interested in the fork mounts - the best deal in racks for factory crossbars are the Rocky Mounts. Otherwise, I've had good experiences with racks from both companies.

JB
Same experience here. Fork mounts are much more secure and the Rocky Mounts are the best going!
 
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