Yakima DeadLock

Priced: $49.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 31 reviews.
Yakima DeadLock -

The Yakima Deadlock is a must-have hitch mounting rack accessory. With one key, you can securely lock your bikes to your rack, and your rack to your vehicle. The Deadlock locks the furthest bike on the arms of your rack. With this bike locked, it's impossible to remove the inner bikes or the rack itself. Protect your investments!


  • Upper lock secures outside bike to the mount with cable and steel pin


  • Hitch lock is 1 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/2"
  • Compatible with all Yakima hitch-mounted bike carriers produced since 2004
  • Not including tethered cap
  • Hitch lock secures the rack to the car using injection molded lock and metal core
  • The name itself strikes fear into the hearts of devious would-be thieves
  • Lock bikes and hitch rack with one key
  • Includes a lockable cable for locking your bike directly to your bike carrier and a separate hitch bolt lock for locking the carrier to your vehicle
  • Both locks operate on the same key
For 30 years, Yakima has been making safe, secure racks for your gear. The Yakima DeadLock lets you lock your bikes directly to your Yakima mast style hitch-mount, and secure your hitch rack to your vehicle. So if you stop for pancakes on the way to the trails, you can enjoy peace of mind along with your short stack.

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Lock your bike directly to your Yakima hitch rack and your rack to the car with the two-part DeadLock system.

Use the Yakima Fit Guide to determine what products work best for your particular vehicle.


If you want to stop for waffles on your way to go riding, use the Yakima Deadlock Lock and enjoy peace of mind along with your short stack.

FEATURES of the Yakima DeadLock.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Yakima DeadLock.


The DeadLock locks bikes to current Yakima hitch-mounted bike carriers.


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Dimension:Cable 3/8" diameter by 27" long from end of arm, fully extended
Dimensions:Cable 3/8” diameter by 27 inches long from end of arm, fully extended. Hitch lock is 1 x 1-3/8 x 1-1/2”, not including tethered cap.
Rack Location:Hitch
Upc, Ean, Isbn:736745024116
Weight:1 lb / 454 g
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Yakima DeadLock Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great bike security when travelling

Great security solution. Previous comment speaks to not making it to the inside, the product is designed to lock the outermost bike and it is near impossible to free one of the inner bikes without removing it. Therefore, if carrying one bike on the 4 bike carrier, it should be locked in the furthest position. This is a little awkward, but not too bad.

BIG ISSUE: it has to be physically locked to catch, if you unlock it and pull the key out you can't just press it on and have it lock. You have to insert the key and physically relock it. This is less an issue for the cable than for the hitch pin lock, which feels like it's on but isn't locked down so vibrates away driving down the road. Due to personal lack of focus (duh), I've lost two of the hitch locks.
Just Matt at REI on 05/05/2008

Added protection, great warrenty

I have been using the Deadlock for 3 years on my Doubledown 4. I keep the hitch lock installed whenever the rack is on my car to prevent someone from taking the whole rack. I typically only use the bike lock if I will be leaving the car unattended for a while but not when I am going straight to a trailhead and back. Many reviewers comment on how limited the protection offered by this lock really is. Well, as my father always told me, locks only keep the honest people out. Therefore, the Deadlock does provide some added protection for your ride(s).
Nick_Z at REI on 08/08/2011

The lock kit is a generally good piece of gear. I like the fact that both locks are keyed to the same keys, and its compact storage. I dislike the fact that it really only secures the last bike on the rack. If you have only one bike on the rack, it has to go in the farthest position. A bit more length on the lock chain would have been nice.
It works well, but itÂ’s a bit short.

nospam@noaddress.com at Backcountry.com on 03/27/2006

works great,

It does exactly what it's supposed to do: locks the hitch to the car, locks the first bike to the hitch. You can't get to any other bike if you can't get the first one off.

Sure, it's not going to prevent every single thief in the world from stealing your hitch or your bikes, but really what is? For under $50, it's worth it to stop a lot of them.
DFrat at REI on 05/05/2012

Installed on my Yakima Doubledown 4. Keeps everything buttoned up and helps secure the hitch so there's zero movement. Nice stow away feature of the cable into the rack and the locking bolt give me piece of mind . Not many nice looking integrated locking options for the Yakima racks so this one is a great easy reliable lock.

Sirloin at Backcountry.com on 04/17/2011

pretty good overall

Great product overall. Far better solution & much cheaper than anything from Thule. Would be helpful if the cable was longer since it won't reach the first position if carrying only 1 bike. The hitch lock doesn't stay in place at all, and will flip/spin around when driving. A bit annoying, but it won't damage a hitch.
travelalot at REI on 08/08/2007

Lock works great. It connects to the Yakima Double Down then wraps around the outside bike and locks. It has a second lock that locks the bike rack to the hitch. Both locks are keyed the same. Definitely worth the money when you consider the amount of money you spent on your bikes

tjb3924242 at Backcountry.com on 08/05/2010

Yes, do you think that the investment is worth it? 1% of the bike value you have on your rack in my case justify totally it. Easy to install, not so easy to cut if you're not a pro, pretty well equiped.

Jean-Yves Couput at Backcountry.com on 11/23/2009

GREAT lock BUT you can cut through the cable with ordinary bolt cutters, no problem. But its a perfect fit for the rack. As we all know if a thief really wants the bikes they will get them anyway.

Wales at Backcountry.com on 10/06/2004

The DeadLock is a good security product and very convient. My wife had no problems with it last weekend. It could be a foot or so longer.

Karl Standish at Backcountry.com on 08/09/2006

Negative Reviews:

Seems great til some kid cuts it

If you use these locks, don't let the car out of your site for more than a trip to the restroom. These cable locks can be cut in under 5 minutes.

They are not deterrent against a bicycle thief. If there is someone who isn't prepared to cut a cable, yes, they will be deterred, but most urban and serial bike thieves carry a cable cutters with them, and this lock will be cut quick. It provides a false sense of security.

Lost 2 $1k specialized bikes in a gated apartment community in less than 30 minutes away from my car with the car backed against a wall to make bike removal difficult.
Rob the Naturalist at REI on 08/08/2011

Great Security until it loosens.

It was easy to install. You do have to place the bike on the outer most rack. It does require an second cable if your mountain bike uses a 'false top tube' for mounting on the rack. The issue we had was the cable loosening over time. When the rack is in the 'down' position, the cable began slipping out of the housing and dragging on the road. We wore away 1/4 of the lock before we realized it had been dragging.
rugger09 at REI on 10/10/2010

Neutral Reviews:

I am very please with the rack itself, however, in order to fully secure the yakima hitch and rack mounts, both ski and bike it creates a problem.
First Yakima doesn't supply the hitch with adaquate equipment to lock it to the car/truck etc. Yes, you are provided with enough locks to lock down the skis or bikes, but not the hitch. It will generally cost another $50-$70 for locks alone. Plus the end of the pins must be turned down/ w/lathe to allow a yakima lock to secure the brackets. I had to purchase another 3 locks. @ yakima and 1 for the class 3 bolt onto the car.

yakima kingpin 4 and ski/bike at Backcountry.com on 01/16/2008