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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon


Zach: Hey guys, Zach here at etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule helium two bike platform style bike rack on our 2020 Subaru Outback wagon. This is going to be a really good bike rack if you're looking for something that doesn't have frame contact. I like this style because it's versatile on the way that I can get my bikes to sit on the trace. A problem that a lot of racks have is that they interfere with each other, so other platform style racks, it's set where those bikes go. Sometimes the handlebars will interfere with the seat posts on the other bikes.

What you can do that with this though is you can release the arms and you can shift this bike to fit on there better, so I can scoot it forward or back, whatever I need to make it work with my second bike.Another positive to this bike rack is that it's lightweight. It's going to be an aluminum design, so it's not going to be as heavy as some of those steel options. You will sacrifice the weight capacity though. It only carries bikes of up to 37 and a half pounds per bike. Your e-bikes and fat bikes are probably out the window on that, but if you're just carrying regular mountain bikes or road bikes, this is going to do a good job.

Also, I like that this style works great for carbon bikes.When it comes to platform racks, a lot of them tilt away. This one's no different, but this one's really easy to do. I just squeeze that handle back there and then I can get full hatch access. I like how easy that is. I don't have to go underneath and pull pins and clips and it's just a much simpler way of doing things.

I don't think you'll have any issues regardless of handlebar size there either. Get this lifted back into place and then we can release this. We just squeeze this up at the top and that lowers down quite a bit to make it easy and then it ratchets up. You can see it won't go back unless I press that button.I also like the style because it's super simple to get bikes loaded and unloaded. I don't have to worry about going around a center mass.

Can get that lifted up out of the way. Get these arms closed down. You can see the tray here are going to accommodate the road bikes like what we just had and it's going to go up the regular mountain bikes as well. On each tray, there'll be a cable lock that's included. You got a good amount of length there in this, allows it to lock back into itself and it already has a lock core installed and each one is going to be keyed alike as well as the lock that's down on our hitch too.But let's give you some measurements real quick to let you know how much this is going to add to the back of the vehicle. From our bumper to the furthest back point, which is probably right about here, it's about 29 and a half inches. Not super long bike rack. Ground clearance, not going to be an issue back here, about 18 and three quarters. Closest point about six inches, and then we can tilt this up. You can see that tilts up real close to the car there and there's a little bit of movement in that mechanism where it tilts, but I don't think you have any issues of that coming into contact and that is going to measure about two and a quarter, so it's pretty close, pretty tight fit, but you're not going to have any issues there.Then, we'll get another ground clearance in this position, and that is going to be 12 inches. I think that would hit first before this knob and that's all metal down there so that's going to hold up if you do make ground contact, but that's pretty high off the ground. This knob is the anti rattle knob, so this tightens up the device that's in the shank to take that shake and play out of our bike rack and that's where that included lock is. You pair that with the auto pin there, and this is a tool free design so I don't have to go look for a pin and clip or a socket or just a wrench to get that tightened up. You can get that all in place and we'll be ready to go.You can see there's a little sleeve around this. I had this in a two inch hitch today, but if we remove that sleeve, this also works with inch and a quarter hitches. If you have an inch and a quarter hitch or do you have another vehicle that will work with class one and two inch and a quarters, which is nice. Pretty versatile bike rack. I think it looks pretty sharp on the back of our Outback here today. I like that it's lightweight. I don't have to awkwardly carry this one around in the garage when I'm not using it, but that design of the double wheel mountain style, that's one of my favorite ways to get a bike on, but that's going to do it for our look at the Thule helium two bike platform style bike rack on our 2020 Subaru Outback wagon. 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. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.


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