Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Hyundai Palisade

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


Hi, it's Evangeline 00:00:01 from etrailer.com, and today we are looking at our Thule Helium Pro two bike hanging-style rack here on our 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Now what's great about this is how ultra lightweight it is. I felt super strong just carrying it with one hand and installing it effortlessly. It's also really good as a hanging-style rack because of the way that it's designed to mount your bike nice and safely. So if you look over here, it is mounted at three points. So one, two, and three.

We have our nice hideaway cradles here, which ratchet around your tube to prevent and reduce that swing as you drive around. So if you want to dismount your bike, all you need to do is just. I start with the anti-sway cradles here, just press the lever and lift out the straps. So press and get those straps out of the way, just like that. And from there, you can lift your bike up and you're ready to go.So if you look over at the bike rack itself, you can see that these cradles here have rubber padding on the bottom, as well as grooves for your brake lines.

So this is just to protect the bike's frame and prevent scratches and scuffs from happening to them. So before you drive off, when you take your bike off, I recommend that you put away these cables so they're not flying around as you drive around. So with it in this position like this, let's see exactly how much length it adds to our Palisade here. So from our back bumper to the end of the bike rack, it is 31.5 inches. So that's a good amount of length.

Just something to keep in mind when you're backing into your garage or parking in a tight spot. Another cool thing about this is how the cradles are spaced apart.So we have about five, well, if you look over here, it's seven inches from middle of the cradle to the other cradle. And the reason for that is so that the bikes don't get tangled with each other, which I think is a great feature that it has. It also has a spot here where you can lock your cable into place. And this has the same lock as the hitch lock.

So if you want to access your hatch, all you need to do is just tilt the bike rack away. So first to do that is to fold it down into the position you'd have it in when you are driving around. To tilt it down, you would bring it down like that. And let's see if we can access our hatch. Yes, we can very easily. So if you tilt it down, remember to take your bikes off first, you can then open your trunk and get whatever you need from your trunk.And you have all that space and you won't have to worry about your car coming in contact with your bike rack. And to put it back up, all you have to do is just push. It's so light, it's very easy. So with the arms folded down, how much length does it add to our vehicle We have here from our back bumper to the end of the arms here is 19 inches. So that's a good amount of space, and it's just a lot better to drive around this way so you don't have to worry too much about the length. If you look down here at the receiver, it fits into an inch and a quarter and two inch receivers. You just pop it into the hitch receiver, and you tighten it down over here. So what this does is this extends out into the. the shank extends out, and it activates a lock into the hitch receiver.You can also lock it here, which has the same keys as your lock up for your bikes. With all those in place, my final thoughts about this bike rack, I'm such a huge fan of how easy it is to install. It is so light. It's just a little over nine pounds of weight. So if you're by yourself and you need to install and uninstall your hitch, a lot of times, it really shines because it's so light and so easy to use. So all in all, this is a great bike rack. It looks great on our Palisade here. It has a nice, sleek look and I'm a big fan of this bike rack. So that was a look at our Thule bike rack here. This is a Thule Helium Pro two bike hanging rack on our 2020 Hyundai Palisade. 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 pothole or driving over uneven pavement.


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