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Yakima HoldUp EVO hitch receiver bike rack (2 bikes) 8002479

Code: YK8002479

Yakima's HoldUp EVO is a superb all-rounder for vehicles with 2″ hitch receivers.

  • It secures the bikes by the wheels, providing great protection for bike frames
  • It takes a huge range of bikes; 20″ to 29″ wheel sizes, tyres up to 4.8″ wide and wheelbases up to 121.5cm

Important fitting information: The HoldUp EVO fits US and Australia style 2″ hitch receivers only; it does NOT work with UK and European style 50mm tow balls.

See Description for additional important information.

The Yakima HoldUp EVO is a seriously good bike rack, designed to carry almost all bikes, including those with fat tyres and boost hubs. The bikes are held by their front and rear wheels only, using the innovative StrongArm™ hooks and wheel rim straps - so nothing touches the frame or forks.

The KickStart™ foot pedal and easy-to-reach tilt lever allow a loaded carrier to be tilted for easy access to the boot space or, when unloaded, moved from the horizontal to the vertical to keep the vehicle within the parking bay and the carrier out of harm's way.

The HoldUp EVO is supplied partially assembled - very few steps are needed to have it up and running. The first move is to fit the main-frame in the hitch receiver, when you'll see how, as well as the usual locating and safety bolt, the main-frame is tightened and then locked into the receiver using the SpeedKnob™ locking system.

Other features:

  • Takes up to 2 bikes (max bike weight: 22.7kg)
  • An additional one or two bikes can be carried if the 2 bike extension is added - shown in the list below
  • Fits most bikes, including fat bikes, mountain, road, hybrid, women’s specific, BMX, kids’ bikes from 20″
  • Fits many eBikes - up to 22.7kg and up to 121.5cm wheelbase
  • Accommodates disc brakes, through axles, boost hubs, and full suspension bikes
  • Not to be used on bikes which have a front mudguard fitted
  • Maximum wheelbase: 121.5cm, maximum tyre width: 4.8"
  • Takes 20″ to 29″ wheel sizes
  • The StrongArm hooks secure the bikes by their wheels - so there can't be any damage to painted surfaces and carbon frames
  • The wheel support trays are easily adjusted to reduce the potential for bike-to-bike contact
  • It's easily folded up and out-of-the-way once the bikes have been removed
  • The locks are Yakima SKS (Same Key System) locks - you can have the same key number for all your Yakima products
  • Each StrongArm includes a locking cable which should always be used
  • Weight: 23.1kg
  • There's even a built-in bottle opener!

The HoldUp EVO tilts far enough to open the tailgate of the pickups and large SUVs we've tested it on. It won't tilt far enough to allow a vertically mounted tailgate, or twin rear doors, to be opened - but see below for the BackSwing accessory which moves the whole rack to the side of the vehicle.

Important fitting information: The HoldUp EVO fits US and Australia style 2″ hitch receivers only; it doesn't work with UK 50mm tow balls

Which vehicles can use a hitch receiver towing system? Hitch receivers are box section tubes into which a towing accessory or bike rack is inserted, held in place with a pin or bolt. The lighter-duty hitch receivers are made from 1.25″ box section, the heavy-duty ones from 2″ box section. Hitch receivers are the USA and e.g. Australia standard, but are rare in the EU and UK.

Generally, only large vehicles have tow bars that can take the weight of the bike carriers that are available for 2" hitch receivers - these are large 4x4s, pickup trucks, and medium and large vans.

The background here is that since 1998 tow bars for cars (UK and EU Vehicle type approval class M vehicles) have to be Type Approved to an EU standard; people are not allowed to weld up homemade, untested tow bars - this is a sensible safety rule!

We have so far not found a manufacturer who is making Type Approved hitch receivers for class M vehicles. The vehicles which are large enough to use 2″ hitch receivers for any purpose, usually towing, are usually in Vehicle type approval class N1 ('Vehicles for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes') - you can find information about a vehicle's registration class on the gov.uk website, search for e.g. Get vehicle information from DVLA.

The UK's premier tow bar manufacturers are starting to produce hitch receivers for specified class N1 vehicles; it also seems that e.g. the 2023 Ford Rangers and 2023 VW Amarok (both in class N1) are being supplied as standard with 2″ hitch receivers.

At the moment we have seen no documentary evidence to show that tow bars for class N1 need to be Type Approved; we will update this page as soon as we have new information to share.

Technical specifications at a glance:

Max number of bikes: 2 (4 with the HoldUp EVO +2 accessory)

Fits bolt on tow ball: no**

Fits swan neck / detachable tow ball: no

Dimensions: 84cm (l) x 107cm (w) x 30.5cm (h)

Weight: 23.1kg

Load capacity: 22.7kg per bike (max 45kg with 2 bikes or 72kg with the 2 bike extension)*

Tilting: yes

Integral lighting board: no

Bike carrier to tow ball lock: yes

Bike carrier to bike lock: yes

Possible to tow when in use: no

Fits with a spare wheel: check the hitch measurements in the 'fitting information' tab

Guarantee: 5 years

Useful information:

*The maximum load weight is also determined by the maximum permitted vertical load on your hitch, you'll need to check you don't exceed this before using any hitch mounted bike rack.

**Fits a 2" hitch receiver, check the 'fitting information' tab for more information.

This rack only fits US style 2" hitch receivers (often defined as Class III or Class IV). 2" hitch receivers can only be fitted to category N1 vehicles, usually only pickups, some large 4x4s and medium and large vans. You can't use this size of hitch receiver on category M1 vehicles, which incudes normal cars and SUVs. You can check your vehicle classification on the DVLA website.

It's important that you don't exceed the weight limit of your hitch; add up the weight of your bikes plus the weight of the HoldUp EVO (23.1kg).

Before you order a Yakima HoldUp EVO it's really important to check that the type and position of your 2" hitch receiver is suitable. Click here for the vehicle-specific measurements you'll need to check.

Deciding which bike carriers to buy is not always easy, especially as you may not have had experience of using bike carriers before. We hope that our buying guides provide useful guidance about which bike carrier 'strategy' will be most appropriate for your circumstances, as well as highlighting the best features of particular models. We also have troubleshooting FAQs - for example, some customers struggle at first to fit four bikes onto a tow ball carrier, and wonder whether a different carrier would allow the bikes to be spaced wider apart. (It won't, but we have some good tips which make bike fitting much easier.)

Our bike carriers Exchange Scheme covers roof mounting and tow ball mounting bike carriers only. Rear door mounting / strap on carriers are not included, and nor are roof bars. It allows you to exchange within 90 days of invoice date. Most exchanges are for roof mounting upgrades, or are tow ball carriers with very basic tilting systems being exchanged for easy to use sliding / tilting carriers.

These are the rules of the bike carriers Exchange Scheme:

  • You are allowed one exchange only.
  • The original equipment must be in "as new" condition, subject only to fair wear and tear.
  • The replacement items must be different models from the originals.
  • The replacement items must not be part of a package deal or be from our Bargains section.
  • Roof bars are never part of the Exchange Scheme.

This is how the exchange scheme works:

  • We charge in full for the replacement items, including the appropriate carriage charge and a charge for any packaging needed for the return of the originals.
  • We pay the return carriage costs.
  • When the originals arrive back here we refund you for their invoice value, but you won't get back more than the invoice value of the replacements. In other words, if the replacements are cheaper than the originals we won't be giving you "extra cash back".

Please note: we can only collect items from mainland UK.

Delivery charges and arrangements:

We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.

These are our standard charges; there are usually surcharges for all offshore destinations and some remote postcodes - for details please see our delivery information page.

This Item
Express Delivery £ 9.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 6.50 3 to 4 working days

Delivery of other items

Small items & Spare parts
Express delivery £ 6.95 1 to 2 working days
Standard delivery £ 4.95 3 to 4 working days
Roof boxes
Express Delivery £ 19.50 1 to 2 working days
Standard Delivery £ 14.50 3 to 4 working days
Dropracks and Roof tents
Express Delivery £ 19.50 2 working days

Delivery times

Delivery times are calculated in working days (Monday to Friday, excluding Bank holidays).

Cut-off times for Express Delivery orders
Express Delivery orders placed before before the cut-off times shown below will usually be desptached on the date of order. Express Delivery orders placed after these cut-off times will be despatched the next working day.

Small and Standard Sized Items Order by 4pm for same day despatch
Roof Boxes, Dropracks and Roof Tents Order by 1pm for same day despatch

Delivery FAQs

When will my order arrive?
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Express Delivery orders placed on a Friday (before 1pm) should be delivered on the Monday or Tuesday, Express Delivery orders placed on a Saturday or Sunday should be delivered on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The arrangements for Very Heavy Items are different and are shown above.

What about Next Working Day delivery?
Most Express delivery orders will arrive on the next working day, if the order is placed before the cut-off time (see above). Some will arrive on the second working day if there has been a "split-delivery". So-called “split deliveries” happen when the couriers do not have enough trailer space for everything that should be moved around the UK, so they will load what they can and leave the rest for the next trailer.

Is my delivery day guaranteed?
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. As well as split deliveries, all courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.

Do I need to be at home?
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver to an address which suits you – this does not need to be your home address. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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Bike carriers with 7 pin plugs

Wheel support bike carriers which are supplied with 7 pin plugs usually only include rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights, which is why they are often called ‘3 function lights’.

Unusually, Thule bike carriers with 7 pin plugs also include a fog light; this works when plugged into 7 pin electrics, but it does not work when plugged into 13 pin electrics via an adapter.

Bike carriers with 13 pin plugs

Bike carriers which are supplied with 13 pin plugs include a fog light and reversing light, as well as rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights – which is why they are often called ‘5 function lights’.

If these are plugged into 13 pin electrics then all 5 functions will work.

If they are plugged into 7 pin electrics via an adapter then the fog light should work, but the reversing light on the bike carrier will not work.

Please note

These notes assume that your tow bar electrics have been wired correctly!

Tow bar wiring in the digital age is much more complicated than it used to be when everything was analogue. Our experience is that if you are having lighting problems, e.g. a fog light does not work in 7 pin tow bar electrics, the problem is much more likely to be caused by the wiring, not by a dud bulb in the bike carrier.

Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Tow bar bike carrier: £450.00 (rrp. )
Bike carrier adapter: £325.00 (rrp. )
Bike carrier accessory: £274.95 (rrp. )
Lighting board: £14.95 (rrp. )

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £450
 Fitting information  
 Our 90 day Exchange Scheme 
 Delivery charges and Payment options 
 7 pin or 13 pin tow bar electrics? 
 Fitting instructions and videos