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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Subaru Forester

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Subaru Forester

Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2020 Subaru Forester, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack. Now this can carry up to a total of two bikes. However, if you're looking to carry an extra one, there's also a three-bike version available. As well. This rack's made from aluminum, so it's going to be extremely lightweight and easy to handle.

That's a good thing, especially say, when we're putting it on the back of our Subaru or taking it off to store it. You're not going to have to fight it. It's going to be light enough where you could even put it up on the top shelf without really having to struggle.In my opinion, this rack going to look really good on the back of the Forester. It's just going to blend in and kind of look like it belongs. It's going to be a great way to carry some bikes, not only freeing up space on the inside, but also freeing up space on your roof if you have a roof rack and want to carry extra accessories, too.

A nice touch that I really like is that the rack is actually going to have an integrated lock. That way when you got the bikes on here, you can loop it over them and clip it into the arm. I mean, that would really put my mind at ease, especially say, if you stopped on the way to the trails to get something to eat, you're going to know that your bikes are going to be secure.The bike is going to be held down on the rack at three different points. We're going to have two straps here along the top two and a strap right here. Now this is actually an anti-sway strap.

What that's going to do is help prevent side-to-side movement. That way you don't have to worry about your bikes touching when you're driving down the road. Let's go ahead and take it off, though. That way we can have a better look at the rack itself. To get it off, just push down on these tabs and work the straps up and over.

Since these arms are relatively narrow compared to some of the other ones, it's going to be really easy to pull it off. You're not going to kind of have to work it off, simply just slide it right out.The cradles here, where the bike's frame is going to rest, these are actually going to be somewhat adjustable, and that'll help accommodate for different types of frames. There's also going to be some grooves, and that'll let your cables pass through. That way you don't have to worry about smashing them. They're going to be made from a soft rubber material. You're going to have that same material on the bottom of the strap. That way we don't have to worry about our bike's paint getting all scratched up. I do recommend, whenever we're not using the rack, just put these straps back. That way we don't have to worry about losing them.Whenever we have our rack in this position, it is going to add a little bit of length to the back of our Subaru. By exactly how much, from the hatch to the end of the rack, it's just about 33 inches. Although it's not a ton of extra length, it is something to keep in mind whenever you're pulling into your garage or even a tight parking spot. Now, if this position does give you a little bit of trouble, when trying to get into those places, you can actually fold the arms down. You pull up on this lever, swing down like this and that frees up quite a bit of space. Let's take that same measurement. We'll just go from the back bumper here to the edge. It's only about 19 inches. I really wouldn't see any issues at all getting into your garage or that tight spot, especially with the rack in this position.One of the big questions we get asked, especially in regards to hitch-mounted bike racks is if you're still going to be able to have full access to your hatch. Well, this one does fold down out of the way and allows us to do that. I have a lever. If you pull up on it, it'll swing down, and that'll give us more than enough room to get just about anything in and out of the back of our Subaru.One thing I really like is the rack's already going to have this pin already attached. That's nice because it's just one less thing you're going to have to worry about and keep track of. The rack is going to work with two-inch by two-inch hitches like we have here today, but it's also going to work with those inch-and-a-quarter hitches, so you're going to have a little bit of versatility there. Now there's going to be a knob on the side. When you tighten it down, it's going to act as an anti-rattle device, more or less, to eliminate any play in the connection point. Just to give you an example of how it would work, say you're driving down the road. It's bumpy. Everything's moving around. You can see the rack's actually going to move with the car. That's just really going to help keep it quiet inside. That way you don't have to listen to it banging around.Overall, a really lightweight, compact rack. It's not going to take up a lot of space and look really good on the back of your Forester. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side-to-side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. That'll finish up our look at of the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack on our 2020 Subaru Forester.

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