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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Mazda 6

Today in our 2016 Mazda 6, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 bike rack, part number TH9029XT. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. The first one I'd like to talk about is the integrated cable lock here in the center. You'll pull that out, wrap it around the bikes, and attach it to this point here and lock it into place to prevent theft and tampering. The cradle's move along the arms of the bike rack for loading, and how the bike attaches to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame.



Rola Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Mazda 6

Today on our 2016 Mazda 6 we're going to be test fitting the Rola TX 102-2 Bike Rack, part number 59400. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look and show off some of the features. First thing I like to show off is the fact that it has this integrated cable lock here in the center of the mast. You just pull that up and around the bikes, you attach it to this point here. For additional security, to prevent theft and tampering, the cradles themselves are also adjustable along the arms of the bike rack to accommodate different style bikes or different size bikes and to make it a little bit easier to load them up. How the bike attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with the bikes frame. We're going to have 2 straps up at the top here and one off to the side here and that's going to serve as an anti-swing strap to keep the bike moving to far back and forth, possibly hitting the bike in front of it. I'm going to take the bike off and set it aside. Now with it in this position, I'm going to go ahead and give you some measurements.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Mazda 6

Today, on our 2016 Mazda 6, we're going to be test fitting the Thule Roadway 2 bike rack, part number TH912XTR. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact with the bike's frame. We're going to have two straps up at the top here, and then one strap off to the side. That's going to serve as an anti-sway strap to keep the bike from moving too far back and forth.





Mazda 6 Bike Rack Questions

  • We don't recommend the Let's Go Aero # VME2-V2 bike rack for bikes with carbon wheels because carbon fiber doesn't care to have pressure applied directly to it. The weight of the bike bearing down on the carbon fiber rims that are in direct contact with the hooks that hold the wheels could damage the wheels. If your frame isn't carbon fiber, you can use any one of a number of bike racks. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 would be a pretty good choice. If the bike does have a...
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  • Honestly, the best way to prevent scratches or damage to your vehicle's paint is going to get a hitch mounted rack like the Thule Helium # TH9042 and a trailer hitch like the Draw-Tite # 24908. We typically recommend a fresh wash and wax before installing any trunk rack. It is important that the rack be installed securely to reduce bouncing or movement, which causes scratches. But honestly it is the nature of the location of the rack and the elements it encounters while on...
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  • In order to be able to carry up to 4 bikes on a 1-1/4 inch hitch the hitch will need to be a Class II hitch. Class I hitches can only carry 2 bikes max. I attached an FAQ article on hitch classifications that you might find informative. The only hitch we carry for your 2015 Mazda 6 is the Curt Hitch part # C11356 which is a Class I hitch. The Thule Hitching Post Bike Rack part # TH934XTR that you referenced can be installed into a Class I hitch but you can only carry 2 bikes...
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  • For a bike rack for your two e-bikes the only option you have is the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9032. This is the only e-bike rack we offer that would fit a Class I hitch like the part # 24908 that is the correct hitch for your 2016 Mazda 6.
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  • Yes, the Yakima KingJoe Pro, # Y02625, will fit your 2014 Mazda 6 sedan. I have verified this with Yakima. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike would) then I recommend using bike adapter bar # Y02531. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have to use these adapters and without...
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  • The Thule Gateway, part # TH9007XT and the Yakima KingJoe 3, part # Y02620 are both fine products. Both share many common features: dual folding arms, 6-point attachment straps, soft padding to protect your vehicle finish, 3-bike carrying capacity, an anti-sway system, a lifetime warranty and a quick-install system to make mounting to your Mazda 6 a simple process. The Thule carrier weighs a few pounds less than the Yakima but the two are otherwise fairly similar. Instructions...
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  • According to Thule, the Raceway Platform-Style Bike Rack, # TH9003PRO, will fit the 2011 Mazda 6 sedan. It was also designed to work with most factory spoilers if your Mazda 6 has a spoiler. The platform-style bike rack certainly makes loading and unloading much easier, but it also makes for a heavy bike rack. This bike rack weighs approximately 40 to 45 lbs and some customers have noted that it has dented their plastic bumpers. For a lighter bike, I would recommend looking...
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  • Yes, according to Thule the Raceway 3, # TH9002PRO, will fit your 2011 Mazda 6 sedan. Thule has several 3 bike trunk mount bike racks that will fit your car. Gateway 3, # TH9007XT Archway 3, # TH9010XT Passage 3, # TH910XT Out of all of these bike racks, I think the Raceway 3 is the best choice. It is very light weight, under 13 pounds, and the retractable cables make it quick and easy to install. Out of all of the trunk mounted bike racks I have used, the Raceway has...
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  • For your 2011 Mazda 6 with rear spoiler I recommend the Hollywood Racks Expedition # HRF6-2 for two bikes or # HRF6-3 for three bikes. The Expedition has a long reach to go up and over the spoiler. Other racks could potentially work but it really depends on the size and position of the spoiler. If you could email me a picture of the spoiler/back of the vehicle I can determine if other racks are likely to fit or not. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top...
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  • The ROLA Roof Top Ski and Snowboard Carrier # 59600 that you referenced measures about 30 inches long and the Upright Roof Bike Carrier # S64720 measures about 6 inches wide at it's widest point. So unless you had a roof rack with a super short set of crossbars on it these two items should both fit well on your 2010 Mazda 6. If you need a roof rack I would recommend the Rhino Rack roof rack that consists of part # DS126B and # DK158. The bars on this rack are 49 inches long...
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  • The Hollywood Racks Express 3 Bike Carrier, # HRE3, would not accommodate the spoiler on your 2008 Mazda 6 Grand Touring Hatchback but I do have a solution. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 3 Bike Rack, # HRF2-3, which is specifically designed for hatchbacks with spoilers. This carrier provides hatch anchors and the longer top straps that are need to secure the upper portion of the rack to your Mazda 6. If you plan on carrying women's, children's or alternative...
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  • For a cost-effective trunk-mount rack for transporting a bike on your 2007 Mazda 6 hatchback with a spoiler I suggest the Pro Series Duette 2 # PS63139. This rack is designed to work well on cars like yours that have a rear spoiler. Since this rack uses only 4 straps for attachment to the car, unlike most racks that require 6 separate straps, it will be a bit easier to put on and take off. A video on this rack is linked for you. The Saris Bones # SA801BL fits on the sedan and...
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  • We do indeed offer some trunk mounted bike racks that would be compatible with your 2007 Mazda 6 equipped with a spoiler. The Saris Bones is a nice bike rack, but I don't care for the small feet, which concentrate the weight of the rack and bikes on a small area of the trunk lid. This can cause denting. If it's a Sedan and not a Hatchback model, a good entry-level choice would be the Thule Passage, part # TH911XT. The rack's not long on frills, but the adjustable fit dial helps...
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  • For your 2006 Mazda 6 Hatchback the Hollywood Racks Over the Top Rack part # HRF2 would be exactly what you would need. This rack has been confirmed as a fit for your vehicle and was specifically designed for use on hatchback vehicles with spoilers like yours so it would work well.
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  • Yes, the Thule Passage 3 Bike Carrier # TH911XT that you referenced will work on your 2006 Mazda 6 as long as it is not the hatch model. As long as you keep the contact points of the rack and your car paint clean and you do remove the rack when not in use you should not have a problem with the paint of your vehicle getting scratched. If you will be carrying womens, childrens, or alternative frame bikes, I recommend using the bike adapter bar, # TH982XT, for greater ground...
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  • I do have a way to carry bikes on your 2005 Mazda 6 Hatchback, but it is not with a trunk mounted bike rack. A trunk bike rack will not be able to be used on a 2005 Mazda 6 Hatchback model because the hatchback will not be able to carry the weight of a trunk bike rack. I would recommend to use a hitch like the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24775, along with the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Carrier, part # TH9028XT. I am including links to the installation instructions...
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  • Yes we do have several trunk mount bike racks that will accomodate the OEM spoiler on your 2006 Mazda 6 S edition. I have included a link to the options that are available. You can further isolate the options by selecting your vehicle trunk style (hatchback, sedan, wagon). Of those options, the Yakima Super Joe Pro 2 # Y02629 that you referenced is considered a fit for a 2006 Mazda 6. We have not been able to test fit this particular bike on a 2006 Mazda 6 with a spoiler....
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  • The Thule Gateway trunk mount bike carrier # TH9007XT is listed as a fit for sedan and wagon models of the 2005 Mazda 6 but is not a fit if you have a hatchback model. From the pictures I saw the spoiler appears to be fairly high and I am not 100 percent confident that the Gateway will be able to reach over that spoiler. For your Mazda 6, provided it is a sedan or hatchback, I recommend the Hollywood Racks Expedition, # HRF6-3. This carrier has a long reach so getting up and...
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  • It sounds like you have a hatchback or sedan model 2005 Mazda 6. If this is the case there are trunk mounted bike rack options for you. Check out the Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top 2 Bike Carrier for Vehicles w/ Spoilers # HRF2. This rack is designed for vehicles with spoilers and should work very well for you. Check out the review video I attached for this rack also. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be...
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  • I checked with Hollywood Racks and they have confirmed the fit of the Hollywood Racks Baja 2 Bike Carrier # HRB2 on your 2005 Mazda 6. They do say that your vehicle has a soft bumper so deformation is possible. Because of that I would recommend you go with a hitch mounted bike rack. For a hitch to start you would want the part # 24775. Since this is a Class I hitch you would be limited to carrying 2 bikes. For a bike rack I would recommend the Swagman XTC2 bike rack part...
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