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RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Review of the RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts MonoRail Two-Bike Platform Rack for 2" Hitches, part number RKY10004. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.More prominent feature about this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached to gain rear hatch access. To lower it down, we have this switch up at the front, which is pretty nice because a lot of bike racks that do tilt away, the switch is going to be up towards the front here, which can be kind of difficult to get to when you're trying to have it with two bikes on there come down.So, we'll come to this blue handle here. Simply pull out holding onto the bike rack while we do this. We'll let it come forward, and now we have full hatch access, and we have enough space in between the bike rack and the vehicle to get what we need.

To put it back to its original position, we'll lift up on the bike rack until we hear that click.How the bike is held in place, we'll have two points of contact with no frame contact at all. We'll have this wheel strap at the rear, and this does tilt back and forth to accommodate bikes of different sizes. Right now, we have a road bike installed on it, but this will also fit mountain bikes, alternate frames bikes, some kids' bikes, and fat bikes as well. It does come with an extra strap here to make sure the fat bike tire will fit in here and it'll actually snap through this strap portion there.Up at the front, we'll have this padded wheel hook and you'll see how it works here. You push in on the trigger.

That will release it, and to push it in place, it simply ratchets back down. Also, at the front we have this point here and this is where you're going to connect your cable lock that comes with the bike rack, so you can secure your bikes to it. It is keyed alike with our hitch lock, and we'll get to that later.Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll start with the rear wheel strap. You push the top portion of the blue tab here in like so.

That'll release the strap. Then, we'll come to the wheel hook, and as we did earlier, push in that trigger and grab your bike. Take our hook and fold it flat, and to make sure it stays in place, we'll come up to the front here and push it in like so and we'll also push in our front wheel cradle.With the bike rack in this position, I'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of our bumper to our outermost edge here, we've added about 30-3/4" to the edge here. Our ground clearance is going to be about 19-3/4" to this edge here, and our closest point is going to be about 8" to this edge here.Now, for close quarter situations, such as parking or putting it in your garage, we can fold this against the vehicle to get more clearance.

Again, you come to the blue handle at the front, lift out, and push up until you hear that click. Again, measuring from the edge of the bumper, now we've only added about 14" to the edge here, about 11-1/2" for our ground clearance, and about 3-1/2" to this blue trigger here.How this attaches to the hitch, we're going to have an anti-rattle bolt with a lock on the end of it. As I stated earlier, is keyed alike with our cable lock point here, and once we tighten this anti-rattle bolt, it'll take out the shake and play in the shank and make for a much smoother ride. There you have it for the RockyMounts MonoRail Two-Bike Platform Rack for 2" Hitches on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Finally, we have the full speed bumps, where we'll see the up-and-down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.

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