Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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Review of the Curt Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Hyundai Palisade


Evangeline: Hi, it's Evangeline from etrailer.com. And today, we are looking at our Curt premium four bike rack here on our 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Now, this is a really interesting bike rack in that it has a design where in it capers towards the end, and that's so that you can fit a larger variety of bikes. Like if you have children's bikes, which have a smaller frames, this is perfect for them. If you look over here to the way our bike is mounted onto our bike rack, there's three mounting points. You have one, two, and three.

This third one here is the anti-sway and it really reduces the sway of your bike when you're driving around the road.Over here on the cradles, we have these adjustable cradles, so you can rotate them according to how your bike frame best fits on them and they have straps as well, this cool rubber straps which you can move around just to get that best fit as well. It also has these grooves on the inside for your brake lines. So to remove your bike, what you need to do is I start over here at the bottom is just lift the straps, pull the straps out of the mount inaudible 00:00:01:18. So it takes just a little bit of muscle, but that's also a good thing because then you know your bike is secured in there well. Then, you just lift your bike up and out of the way and you're ready to go on a ride.Okay.

Now, after taking the bike out, I like to put the straps back in, so they're just not flopping around when I'm driving around. So these are strong rubber straps and I think they do a good job of securing the bike to the bike rack. So we have these dual arms here and if you want to, you can get a separate cord or a cable lock, which can lock right here through this bracket. That's what it's there for. So with the bike out...

How much length does it add to the back of our Palisade here When you are driving around, you want to remember that you have a bike rack behind you, so you have the length of, from our back bumper to the back of these nice plastic reflectors, it's about 38 inches. So that's a fair amount of length, but this also has the capability of carrying four bikes, so I think it's pretty good.In terms of the closest distance we have from our back bumper to the back of this bracket for your cable lock, it is six and a half inches, but that's as close as we're getting it. So it's a good amount of space here and there is no contact with the car and the bike rack, so if you want to go drive around, you can tilt these arms down as well. So to do so, you would take this clip out of the way and you'd remove the pin and it is a tight fit, so I've found it helps to just move the rack around as you find the best way and hold onto the pin so it doesn't swing against your car. The arms just swing down and you put the pin back into place just like that, then you clip it so it's secured.And with the arms down, the length it adds to the back of our vehicle here from our back bumper to the back of our straps, it is 14 inches.

So that's a fair amount of length that was cut down because the arms are down, which is great. You want to look down here at the ground clearance, it's 11 inches, something to keep in mind when you're driving up a steep hill or a driveway, and this fits into two inch wide hitch receivers. It also comes with its own anti-rattle bolt. So even though I'm trying to shake the bike rack as hard as I can, you don't see any of that rattling around. And what if I want to access the hatch of my Palisade even though my bike rack is on, you can tilt this away and to do so, you need to remove the bolt down here, the pin.So you need to remove this clip and then if there is too much a tight fit, I find it helps just to loosen the back and then pull the pin out. So again, you might need to move your rack around, but with that out of the way, you can then lift up this lever and it tilts away. So let's see if we can access our hatch. Yep. There's plenty of room there just to get into your trunk, get whatever you need and your bike rack is still on there. Note, you really do need to take off your bikes if you want to use the tilt away function just to protect your bikes and the bike rack. So to tilt it up, you just push it up and then put the pin back into place.I do like how it's very sturdily built, which means it is a tight fit for the pin, but I know that once they're in there, they're really keeping the bike rack together. So you see me struggle a little bit, but that's fine. With the pin through, we get the clip back into place and that keeps it secure. So we've seen the different features of the bike rack.My final thoughts about it is I like how sturdy it is. I like its design here with this arc design because if I want to carry around my children's bikes, it's a good feature to have. It also has points of adjustability to adapt to my different types of bikes. So those we're my final thoughts and that was a look at the Curt premium four bike rack here on our 2020 Hyundai Palisade. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then, onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. And last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway.


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