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2008 Yakima SwingDaddy, FlipSide & DoubleDown Hitch Bike Rack Models Released to Nationwide Yakima Racks Retailer


Montpelier, VT March 13, 2008 -- ORS Racks Direct, a leading provider of truck and car rack systems for commercial and recreational applications, announced today the 2008 Yakima mast-style hitch bike racks are now available for immediate shipment to consumers nationwide.

“The hitch bike rack category is the fastest growing segment in the recreational gear transport industry. Yakima Racks continually offers new innovations in this form of bicycle carrier design. Attention to ease of loading and unloading of bicycles, stability and anti-wobble mechanisms, premium security features as well as small extras such as built in bottle openers on all their hitch bike racks is what makes the Yakima Racks product offerings stand out year after year,” says Catherine Case, Consumer Relations and Sales Coordinator, ORS Racks Direct. “And of course the 2008 hitch bike rack series of products are no different. Every one of these bike carriers, from the Yakima SwingDaddy on down to the Yakima DoubleDown models, are excellent examples of how Yakima Racks is constantly working to improve product design to meet the various needs of consumers.”

The Yakima SwingDaddy hitch bike rack ( image viewable at ) is compatible with 2 inch receiver hitches and is the premium model that offers swing-away functionality enabling the user to swing the bike rack, even with 4 bikes loaded, completely off to the side to access the rear of the vehicle. The Yakima FlipSide hitch bike rack ( image viewable at ) is compatible with both 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch receiver hitches and offers an all-new technological innovation that allows the bike rack to flip down to either side when a knob is pulled. The Yakima DoubleDown series of hitch racks, including the Yakima DoubleDown 5 ( image viewable at ), Yakima DoubleDown 4 ( image viewable at ) and Yakima DoubleDown 2 ( image viewable at ), are economy level models that are compible with both 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch receiver hitches and offer knob releasing tilt-down out of the way accessibility to the rear of a vehicle.

With the exception of the Yakima Flip Side, these new 2008 mast-style hitch bike racks all replace discontinued models from Yakima Racks. The Yakima Swing Daddy replaces the Yakima FullSwing; Yakima Double Down 5 replaces the Yakima KingPin 5; Yakima DoubleDown 4 replaces the Yakima KingPin 4; Yakima DoubleDown 2 replaces the Yakima KingPin 2. Additional products available once again for 2008 are the Yakima SlicROC 4 for 2 inch receiver hitches, the Yakima BigHorn 4 for 1 1/4 inch receiver hitches and the Yakima BigHorn 4 for 2 inch receiver hitches.

Additional products scheduled for release later in 2008 are the all-new Yakima platform-style hitch bike rack systems. These products include the Yakima HoldUp for 2 inch hitches, the Yakima HoldUp for 1 1/4 inch hitches and the Yakima StickUp that is compatible with both 2 inch and 1 1/4 inch hitches. Platform-style hitch bike racks offer additional ease of loading and transport due to their low positioning and quick ratcheting securing features.

About Yakima Racks, Inc.
Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Yakima Racks is the market leader in the United States for branded, high end, multi-sport roof racks, trunk mount, hitch mount and truck racks. The company designs and manufactures premium quality car rack systems for transporting cargo gear. Systems include bike, ski, snowboard, canoe and kayak racks, as well as gear storage products for garage, home and office applications.

About ORS Racks Direct
ORS Racks Direct is a privately held company specializing in comprehensive sales and service of car and truck rack systems. Representing the industry’s most respected manufacturers, including Yakima Racks and Thule Racks, the company offers high quality truck rack, bicycle rack, snowboard-ski rack, canoe-kayak rack and sailboard-surfboard rack solutions for vehicle rear hitch and trunk mount, roof rack mount and pickup truck mount applications. The company has been providing consumer sales for over three decades to the U.S. market through multi-channel outlets that include store front, internet and phone sales.

Their full line of Yakima hitch bike racks, including both upright mast-style and platform-style bicycle carriers, is available for review at For more information on the complete line of Yakima Racks offered visit

Contact Information: General Inquiries, ORS Racks Direct, +1-802-229-2893.


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