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Recommended Thule Roof Rack & Roof Bike Rack for 2019 Subaru Outback Touring

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Thule vs Yakima or combo for 19 outback touring. I just got black outback touring. I really like the Black thule wingbar, I want the roof top bike rack to also be black to blend in better. Thule only has the black one that holds the frame, while Yakima has a couple nice options in black that’ll hold the tire. I’m less sure about the locking mechanism on the Yakima, which is a flimsy cable lock. My mountain bike is an aluminum frame. Any thoughts about which option might be better?

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It sounds like you have your mind set on the Thule WingBar Evo roof rack for your 2019 Subaru Outback Touring which is a really good choice because it is a functional and durable rack so you're getting the best of everything.

The AeroBlade Edge in black that fits your 2019 Subaru Outback Touring with flush-mounted rails consists of the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars # TH711200 (Silver) or # TH711220 (Black), Evo Flush Rail Feet # TH710601 and Fit Kit # TH186047. You can lock this rack to your rails with Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH450400.

For a bike rack that comes in black the best option is the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack # Y02114 because it offers the best combination of function, style and security. When compared to the Thule ProRide XT Roof Bike Rack # TH598004, the fact that the HighRoad is a wheel-mount rack and won't touch the frame of your bike makes a huge difference.

The HighRoad will require Yakima's Same Key System Lock Cores # Y07202 to lock the bike rack to your roof rack and lock your bike to the rack, and I wouldn't call the cable lock flimsy. The odds of your bike getting stolen are pretty slim if you mostly just put it on your roof for transportation instead of leaving your bike on, and using this rack means your bike isn't going to potentially be damaged, get scratched or scuffed from a frame mount rack.

The Yakima HighRoad # Y02114 will fit bikes with tires up to 3-1/4", along with wheel diameters between 26" and 29" with a maximum wheelbase of 48". It also comes with a lifetime warranty. I have added a link to a video review of this bike rack for you to take a look at.

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