Yakima has come out with a new hitch mounted bike rack and it weighs less than 20lbs! We don’t sell a hitch mounted bike rack that weighs less. We recently installed a Hitch on a 2008 Volkswagon GTI, and the customer decided to add on a Yakima High Lite 2 Bike carrier. The High Lite comes in both white and silver, and either a 2 bike or 3 bike option. Naturally, he decided to get the white with his white GTI.
With the exception of its very low weight, it boosts all the features that you desire in a hitch mounted bike rack. The High Lite will fit both 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers right out of the box, so it will fit every hitch receiver there is. It also does not require a wrench every time you want to put the rack on or off your vehicle, most others do.
Everything locks! The rack itself locks to your car/hitch receiver, and all the bikes lock to the rack with the included cable lock. The only accessories you may need is a Yakima TubeTop, but only if you have full suspension frames or oddly shaped frames.
The rack folds down when not in use, and tilts down to get into your trunk or hatch. Also, the High Lite does come with anti sway cradles, that keep your bikes secure, and prevents them from swinging into each other or even the back of your car.
Also, we installed the hitch for this 2008 VW GTI. This is a Class 1 Curt Hitch #11074. It has a tongue weight of 200 lbs and a tow capacity of 2000 lbs.