The Yakima Viper Bike Rack's ergonomic skewer can be adjusted and tightened down with one hand, so you can hold your bike in place with your other hand. That means you never need to ask a friend to help you load up or try to magically levitate your bike through the power of telekinesis.
At the top of the fork-mount food chain, the Yakima Viper bike mount supplies premium performance and drop-dead styling.
The Viper achieves a balance between affordability and performance in a roof rack bike mount that’s way more impressive than any balancing act you’ll see at the circus. Step right up.
|Attachment:||Round or square bars|
|Dimension:||47" long x 7 3/4" wide at skewer, 2 3/4" wide at wheel tray|
|Dimensions:||47" L x 8" W|
|Number of bikes:||1|
|Yakima Viper Bike Mount (8002000)||$129.00|
|Yakima Viper Bike Carrier||$116.10 - $129.00|
I have had this viper rack for about 9-10 years now and it still works as well as the day I got it. I have only taken it off my suby 1x to change into my new suby. Other than that it has bared the extreme cold winters in Wisconsin and Minnesota fine and I have never had a problem with it. What I like about it is the nice simple design; no flare. Keeping it simple is Yakima's strong suite. It is easy to lock up and easy to get a fork in and out. I bought a hurricane converter for my Cannondale flash which has a lefty fork and ti works just as good as a traditional fork.
I bought 3 of these back in 2000 and they have never failed. Since I do not leave my rack system on my vehicle all the time, the racks look just as good as the day I bought them. The locking system is easy and the clamps are super strong. The bikes do not wiggle. Yakima makes great products, this one is not an exception.
I've never worried about my bike coming off and when locked down and giving it the shake test, my car moves more than the bike. My complaint is that the locking mechanism requires the skewer to be shut all the way to lock- this becomes a pain because when you aren't using it you have to tighten it all the way down.
I bought this rack about five years ago. It is pretty sturdy overall and gets the job done, but I find it to be more of a hassle than it's worth. The front rear must be removed and the mount has to be adjusted for each individual bike fork, meaning that if you use many different bikes, it has to be adjusted every time. It is not compatible with thru-axle forks.
I prefer the Yakima Kind Cobra rack over the Viper.