Yakima KingJoe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack (Sports)
Online Cycling Store Your no 1 Customer Review Site – The King Joe 3 is Yakima’s burliest strap-mount bike rack yet. King Joe the Third, the rear-mounting rack, didn’t gain his title by inheritance. He earned it with his six-strap system and ability to fit a vast range of vehicle trunks.
In fact, the Yakima KingJoe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack fits more trunks than any other Yakima strap-mount rack. The King Joe 3 also holds a wide variety of bikes, and carries up to three of them. Yakima’s Quick Trigger Hub System makes installing this ruler-of-bikes as easy as pie. King Joe’s padded feet protect his royal carriage’s paint job, and his folding arms make him easy to store. *If you’re not sure the King Joe 3 will fit your car or bike, feel free to call one of our knowledgeable gear heads.
Yakima KingJoe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack Customer Reviews
Nice rack – It’s easy to set up and fits my difficult to fit car (2001 Honda Odyssey). With two bikes it’s very solid and even with three it works well.
Works with spoilers! – Bought this to replace a cheap model I purchased locally that I didn’t trust placing 2 bikes on. The design is nice because it will reach over a standard height trunk spoiler/wing offering better stability. Carried 2 large road bikes many miles without any problems. Definitely recommend.
Excellent choice for transporting bikes,- I drive a 2012 Ford Fiesta sedan and the Yakima KingJoe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack fits quite firmly onto the trunk. The side straps do need to go below the tail lights, but they still strongly anchor the rack to the car. I haven’t had any problems with the bikes moving too much or the straps coming loose as I drive, and I have taken my bike on several three hour trips at highway speeds. I have two bikes, one weighs about 35 pounds and the other is about 20 but I haven’t tried actually fitting three bikes on the rack. I haven’t had any problems with scratching the paint where the anchors attach to the trunk, but that might be a car dependent factor. The rubber mounts that hold your bike can slide a little but I haven’t noticed them moving while driving, I don’t know if that is simply because of the weight of the bike holding them down, but the other reviewer mentioned adding something to stop them from shifting. The arms on my rack are pretty flat as I drive since I have a sedan, the arrangement for a hatch back might leave the rack in a different geometry?
I don’t consider myself to be the strongest guy in the world so I think most people could fasten the straps sufficiently well to keep the rack firmly attached, but by all means it is good to take it slow the first time and confirm that nothing is shifting before you hit the highway the first time. The instructions might merit a B- since at some points you are going to be confused when you attach it the first time if this is your first car rack. One of the illustrations could be much better, so allow yourself some extra time when installing it initially so stress doesn’t make it a horrible experience.
Most importantly, once the rack is strapped down to the car and the bike is anchored in, I have seen very little motion from my bikes and no damage to either the bikes or the car. I do cover the pedal nearest the trunk with something to prevent scratches and I use an ankle strap to keep the cranks from rotating as I drive.
Love this rack – This rack has worked well on both a large SUV with the trailer hitched to the vehicle and also on a my dodge caliber! The rack is well build and versatile. We fit three bikes with no problem!