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Old 04-03-2011, 08:31 AM
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I bought the roof rack from Mazda. I now want a bike rack. Do I get a 'roof' bike rack to attach to the roof rack? It there such a thing and does Mazda sell one?
 
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Originally Posted by reggie53 View Post
I bought the roof rack from Mazda. I now want a bike rack. Do I get a 'roof' bike rack to attach to the roof rack? It there such a thing and does Mazda sell one?
How much did you pay for you roof rack? I am trying to decide if I should get one from Yakima.
 
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:50 PM
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The roof racks from Mazda cost around $400+, like this one:



Then you buy a bike rack that fits the roof rack, like this one for about $140:



I have a new 2012 Mazda5 GT and I need a rack to bring my son's mountain bike back from college in June. Rather than spending $500-600 on roof racks, I'm looking at this Yakima KingJoe Pro 2 for about $140 total. Am I lame for taking the cheap route?



Here's the KingJoe Pro 3 (for three bikes):

 
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Originally Posted by johnnieboy View Post
The roof racks from Mazda cost around $400+, like this one:
$400 is a complete rip-off. I am getting the Yakima brand roof rack for $245...
 
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Originally Posted by FutureLitigator27 View Post
How much did you pay for you roof rack? I am trying to decide if I should get one from Yakima.

I Paid $400 for the roof rack from Mazda. Very good quality I think.
 
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You carries the Yakima bike rack? I'm going to check it out. Still glad I have the roof rack though for a Thule for my skies.
 
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Yakima Hi Rollers...ski rack will fit between them.
 
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Roof racks are pretty spendy no matter whose you go with. Mazda, Yakima, Thule were all similarly priced. There are some internet dealers out therre that give some discounts. Free shipping is huge because this stuff is bulky aand heavy.
For Yakima products, I found Rack Attack and Rack-It had some of the best pricing.

I installed the Towers/bars and found that once I hit 25 mph this resonant freq. would startup and just keep getting louder the faster I went. I think people could hear the hum a quarter mile away. Then I spent $70 on a faring and helped get rid of the loud hum, but still hear wind noise and I can feel the resistance driving.
The Yakima Hi-Rollers are spendy, but can take the bikes on and off in a couple of minutes and the bikes ride nice.
The bars, faring, and bike racks come off of the roof easily as one unit and just lean against the garage wall (see pic)...which is good. Towers then stay on the car (see pic.) Because of the noise and wind resistance..I don't want to leave them on the car..even though it does look sweet.

$700+ for everything including a pack of ten locks - but Yakima is a darn good product.
 
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Just put on a hitch & get a trailer... no drag when you don't have it hooked up, and way more versatile than a roof rack.
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