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Saris Freedom SuperClamp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom, this is going to be your super clamp platform style 2 bike rack. It does come with your 1 1/4 shank for your 1 1/4 class 1 and class 2 hitches as well as a 2 inch adapter for your class 3 and up. Also it's going to be part number SA4025 and we'll go ahead and fit it onto our class 1 hitch that we have here today. Insert your shank into your receiver and line up your pin holes. Once you have your pin holes lined up, insert your anti rattle bolt to move the lock in and place that through. Thread it in as far as you can by hand this anti rattle bolt is going to help to eliminate a lot of the play, rattle and wobble that you may have in your bike rack and I'll show you that as soon as I get it hand tightened. With a regular pin and not an anti rattle bolt, this is the kind of bouncing, swaying and rattle you would have.



Saris Axis Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom. This is going to be your hanging-style 2-bike rack. It is tilting and it does come with an 1-1/4" shank with a 2" adapter. It's going to be part number SA832. Let's go ahead and place it onto our 1-1/4" class one hitch that we have here today. Go ahead and slide it in until the pinholes are lined up.



Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius, we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom. This is going to be your platform style 2 bike rack. Comes with an 1 1/4 shank for your 1 1/4 receivers as well as a 2 inch adapter. It's going to be part number SA4412B. We'll go ahead and get it fitted onto our 1 1/4 receiver that we have here. Insert your shank into the receiver.



Saris Thelma Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2014 Toyota Prius we're going to be doing a test fit of the Saris Thelma. This is going to be your platform-style 3-bike rack. It's going to be for our 1-1/4" receiver that we have here today. You'll see that it does have an 1-1/4" shank, but it also comes with a 2" adapter for your bigger hitches. It's going to be part number SA4239B. Let's go ahead and place it onto our Prius. Go ahead and insert your shank into your receiver and line up your pinholes.



Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the Thule Doubletrack Platform Style 2-Bike Carrier, part number th990xt. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, line up the pin hole, and thread in our anti-rattle bolt tightening it down with a wrench. Now well go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 10 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier here at the wheel cradle is about 3 inches from the closest point of the vehicle. Weve added about 12 inches to the overall length of our vehicle.



Swagman XTC2 Wheel Mount Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be testing the Swagman XTC2 2 bike rack for inch and a quarter and two-inch hitches part number s64670. To begin our test set well slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt, tightening it with a wrench. Now well go over a few clearance measurements. We have about fourteen and three-quarter inches of ground clearance the closest point of our carrier to our Prius is about seven inches and weve added about twenty-three inches to the overall length of our Prius. As you can see we have full access to our rear hatch without having to unfold the bike carrier. If we pull the three pins at the base of our carrier we can allow these parts to unfold. This will give us full access to our rear hatch for loading those larger items. Well raise our center mast step and make sure that our pins are reinstalled in the correct location.



Swagman Titan Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be fit testing the Swagman Titan 4 bike carrier part number s63410. Please keep in mind that when using a class one hitch, you can carry a maximum of two bicycles. To begin our test set well slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt, tightening it with a wrench. Now well go over a few clearance measurements. We have about thirteen and three-quarter inches of ground clearance the closest point of our carrier to the rear of the Prius is about nine and half inches and weve added about twenty-one inches to the overall length of our Prius. As you can see we can gain access to the rear hatch without having to tilt away our carrier. If we do want to tilt away our bike rack we simply pull the lever on the back side of our bike rack and allow it to tilt away.



Kuat Beta Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our two-thousand-thirteen Toyota Prius we'll be test fitting the Kuat Beta, folding aluminum two bike carrier, part number b202-114. To begin the test set well slide the shank of the carrier into the opening of our hitch. Line up the pin holes and install our pin and clip. Well move to the rear of the shank and tighten the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now well go over a few clearance measurements. We have about thirteen and a quarter inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of the Prius is about seven inches.



Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be fit testing the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2, 2 bike rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number HR1000-1G. To begin our test set we will slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch. Line up the pin hole and install our anti-rattle bolt, tightening it down with a wrench and putting the clip on the other side. Now we will go over a few clearance measurements. We have about seventeen and a half inches of ground clearance. The closest point of our carrier to the rear of the Prius is about twelve inches. We have added about thirty inches to the overall length of our vehicle. One of the neat things about having such a good bumper clearance from the closest point of the carrier to the rear of the vehicle is we can open our rear hatch without having to tilt away our bike carrier.



Thule Helium Aero Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the Thule Helium Arrow 2-Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 and 2-inch hitches, part number TH9042. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, line up the pin hole and allow the attached pin to fall into place. Well move to the rear of the shank and tighten the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now well go over a few clearance measurements. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our Prius is about 3 inches. Weve added about 19 inches to the overall length of our Toyota Prius.



Thule Domestique Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be test fitting the Thule Domestique Fork Mount Bike Carrier part number TH513. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin our test fit by placing the Domestique directly onto our roof rack. With our carrier on our roof rack, we'll go ahead and reinstall the bracket. When we have the bracket in place we can tighten the Allen bolts using an Allen key. Once we have those tight we'll move to the rear, bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, feed the bolt back through, and tighten with an Allen key. Now we can go ahead and reinstall our skewer at the front. We'll want to make sure that we leave the skewer loose and that we undo the rear wheel strap.



Thule Big Mouth Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part number th599xtr. Well begin our test fit by placing our bike rack directly onto our load bars. Well fit our brackets around our front bar. Well place our bolt back into the slot of the bracket and tighten with the wing nut. Well do this for both clamps at the front of our carrier. Now well move to the rear, slide our bracket onto the bolts, and tighten using the two wing nuts.



Swagman Fork Down Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the Fork Style Roof Mounted Bike Carrier from Swagman, the Swagman Fork Down, part number s64710. To begin our test fit well place the carrier directly onto our load bars. Here at the front, well take our u-bolts and feed them up underneath our load bar, through the platform and tighten with the wing nuts. Well do this for both sides of the platform at the front of the carrier. Here at the rear, well drop the u-bolt through the top of the carrier making sure it goes around our rear load bar, fit our bracket through the u-bolt, and tighten with the wing nuts. We want to make sure that our rear wheel strap is undone and that our skewer at the front is loose.



RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the RockyMounts TieRod Stretch Roof Mounted Bike Carrier part number RKY1011. With the Thule Aeroblade Roof Rack System assembled onto our vehicle, well begin our test fit by placing the RockyMounts TieRod directly under our load bars. Here at the front, well go ahead and bring the straps around our front bar. Well fit the straps into the head of the carrier and then use an Allen key to tighten down the Allen bolts. With our straps tight, we can go ahead and replace the black plastic cover. Well move to the rear and loosen up our rear clamp.



RockyMounts PitchFork Roof Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius, we'll be test fitting the RockyMounts PitchFork roof-mounted bike carrier, part number RKY0438. With the Thule square bar roof rack system assembled onto our vehicle, we'll begin by placing our RockyMounts PitchFork directly onto our load bars. We'll need to remove the cover at the front and take off the skewer so we can access our bolts for our front clamp. We'll loosen the bolts between our front clamp around our front bar. Now we'll tighten our Allen bolts, reinstall our skewer, and replace our cover. Now we'll move to the rear and bring our rear clamp around our rear bar, fit the bolt through, and tighten with a wing nut.



Prorack 2 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius well be test fitting the Prorack 2-bike carrier for 1 and 2-inch hitches, part number pr8062403. To begin our test fit well slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch, line up the pin hole, and thread in our anti-rattle bolt tightening it with a wrench. Now well go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements. We have about 10 1/2 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of our vehicle is about 4 inches. Weve added about 24 inches to the overall length of our Prius.



Thule Vertex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius, we'll be test fitting the Thule Vertex 4 Bike Carrier, part number TH9029. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt, tightening it with a wrench. Now, we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of 11-1/2 inches. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of the vehicle is 5 inches.



Thule T2 Platform Style Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius, we'll be test fitting the Thule T2 Platform Style 2 Bike Carrier, part number TH917XTR. To begin our test fit, we'll go ahead and slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in our anti-rattle bolt then we can tighten it with a wrench. Now, we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of 12-1/2 inches. The closest part of the carrier to the rear of the vehicle is 3-1/2 inches.



Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius, we'll be test fitting the Towie Hitching Post Pro folding, tilting, four bike rack with anti-sway part number TH934XTR. Please be aware that when using a class one hitch, you can only carry a maximum of two bikes. To begin our test fit, we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch. Line up the pin hole and thread in the anti-rattle bolt, tightening it with a wrench. Now we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of eleven inches. From the closest point of the bike rack to the rear of the vehicle is eight inches and we've added eighteen inches to the overall length of our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and pull the pin at the base of the carrier, to allow our carrier to tilt. With it in this position, we can gain access to the rear hatch of our Prius pretty easily.



Thule Apex 4 Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be test fitting the Thule Apex Four Bike Carrier, part number th9025. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of our hitch, line up the pin hole and let the included pin fall into place.Then at the rear of the shank use the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device. Now we'll go ahead and go over a few clearance measurements. We have a ground clearance of 11-1/2 inches.The closest point of the carrier to the rear of the vehicle is 3-1/2 inches. We've added 14 inches to the overall length of our vehicle. Our rear hatch opens without making contact with our bike carrier.



Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2013 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2013 Toyota Prius we'll be test fitting the Kuat Sherpa Aluminum Platform-Style Hitch Mounted Two Bike Rack, part number s102. To begin our test fit we'll slide the shank of the carrier into the receiver tube of the hitch, line up the pin hole and install our pin and lock. Then we'll move to the rear of the shank and use the hand knob to secure our bike rack to our vehicle and engage our anti-rattle device.Now we'll go ahead and go over some clearance measurements. We have about 14 inches of ground clearance. The closest point of the carrier to the rear of the Prius is about four inches. We've added 15 inches to the overall length of the Prius.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2012 Toyota Prius, we'll be doing a test for the Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack. That's part number TH912XTR. I've already got it loaded up on the Prius just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like and how it's going to hold our bike. It is a hanging style bike rack, as you can see. It secures out bike in 3 spots. We have 2 straps for our top 2. Then 1 strap for our seat post 00:00:22 2.



Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2012 Toyota Prius we'll be doing a test fit of the Saris Bones 2-bike rack, part number SA882. We've already got it loaded up on the Prius just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like and how it's going to hold our bike. It is a hanging-style bike rack, as you can see it secures our bike in three spots. We have two straps for our top tube, and then we have one strap for our seat post tube. This one's going to be our anti-sway strap, it's going to help prevent a lot of the sway in the bike when we're on the road, as well as prevent bike-to-bike contact and bike-to-vehicle contact. Let's go ahead and take our bike off. We're just going to press in on the little tab on top and feed that strap back out.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2012 Toyota Prius we'll be doing a test fit of the Swagman XC Platform Style 2-Bike Rack. That's part number S64650. I've already got it loaded up on the Prius just to give you a good of what it's going to look like. It secures our bike in one spot and that's going to be this frame hook here. It goes over our top tube, puts down-pressure into the two wheel cradles, that's our front and rear. Let's go ahead and take our bike off. We're going to raise this front hook up out of the way. That's going to make room for our rear hook.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2012 Toyota Prius

Today on our 2012 Toyota Prius, we'll be doing a test for the Swagman Trailhead 4 bike rack. That's part number S63380. I've already got it loaded up on the Prius just to give you a good idea of what it's going to look like. Now right off the bat, this bike rack can be used for class 1, class 2, and class 3 hitches, though if you're only using a class 1, like our Prius here, you're only able to put two bikes on the back. Let's go over how our bike is secure. We've got four straps, three for our top tube here, and then we've got one for our down tube, that's our seat post tube here. This one's going to be our anti-sway strap.





Toyota Prius Bike Rack Questions

  • The Kuat Beta part # B202-114 would have no problem fitting the Curt hitch part # C11426. The distance the Beta has from the hitch pin hole to the upright mast of the rack would be more than needed to clear the bumper of your Prius. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a bike rack. I attached a review video for you to check for the strap as well.
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  • The Thule Helium # TH9042 is a great rack. It has some great features also like the integrated hitch and cable locks, the new cradles that have 2 layers of cushioning and the Hold Fast anti sway cradles, and its light weight design. If you don't already have a hitch for your vehicle I recommend the Draw-Tite 1-1/4 inch hitch # 24847 because it won't require you to use a support strap like the Curt one will. This hitch also has a 200lb tongue weight rating which will be great...
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  • ElliptiGo does offer a modified version of the Hollywood Racks # HR1000R. The rack features a fork mount at the front wheel hoop that will accommodate the bike once the front wheel is removed. We do not offer the rack, but you could purchase a # HR1000R and add one # HR915 for each ElliptiGo bike you wish to carry, and you'd have the same rack (see photo).
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  • The Thule Apex swinging bike carrier # TH9027 is designed only for use with 2 inch trailer hitch receivers. Even if it could be used on a 1-1/4 hitch it would only be on Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches. But that is a moot point because its only for 2 inch hitches. I have included a link to the "swinging" bike carriers that can be used with a 1-1/4 inch (Class II only) hitch. The most popular is the Softride Dura, # SR26247. It doesn't swing off to the side but it does tilt out...
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  • The Saris Porter 2 Bike Trunk Rack # SA312B is a confirmed fit for your 2015 Toyota Prius, but Saris recommends only 2-bike trunk carriers for your Prius. Please note that most of their racks recommended for your vehicle are hitch-mount types that place the weight burden of the bikes on to the car's frame, its strongest part, rather than its thin sheet metal. When a vehicle has a trunk bike rack installed you cannot operate the rear wiper, if one is present, and you cannot...
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  • On a Class I trailer hitch you are limited to 2 bikes but it isn't because of the weight, it is the distance that weight is from the receiver. A third or more bikes are too far from the receiver and it produces more leverage than the hitch and where it is attached on the vehicle can handle. Its the same principle as using a long wrench to loosen a lug nut. To carry 3 bikes on your 2015 Toyota Prius II you can use a trunk mount carrier such as # TH911XT. It will work with models...
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  • We have numerous trunk mount carriers that will fit your 2015 Toyota Prius, see link. For a 2 bike carrier I recommend the Thule Archway, # TH9009XT, or for 3 bikes, # TH9010XT. These carriers come with built-in cable locks to secure the bikes to the carrier as well as a passive security strap to deter theft of the carrier itself. I have linked a video review for you. If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame bar that goes straight across (like a typical...
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  • Yes, you can use a Yakima High Roller Bike Rack part # Y02107 with a fairing like the part # Y07048 installed on a Yakima roof rack. You will simply want to make sure the two items' mounts don't interfere with each other by offsetting them on the crossbar The bike rack will basically just need to install between the mounts for the fairing.
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  • I checked with Thule and for your 2015 Toyota Prius they recommend the Fit Dial setting of 7 with the Thule Passage part # TH911XT. Here are all of the fit tips: 101. Place top clips in the gap at the front edge of the top of the trunk, hatch or door. 102. Place lower clips in the bottom edge of trunk or hatch. 121. Caution: Rear wiper can not be used when carrier is mounted. 138. Lower arm of carrier will rest in the bottom of the license plate well. FIT DIAL:7
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  • I recommend the Yakima Fullback trunk rack part # Y02633 because we recently asked our install and demo team to pick their favorite trunk rack based on performance and ease of install/use and they all picked this trunk rack. You will really like this rack. The four easily adjustable straps will make it easier to install than the other racks that use 6 straps and the adjustable arms of the rack allow you to load your bike level on this rack regardless of the shape of your vehicle. Check...
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  • The # HTAD adapter would allow you to install your Thule T2 # TH916XTR bike rack into the Class I hitch installed on your 2015 Toyota Prius. However, using an adapter isn't the best practice. The adapter moves the weight of the rack and the bikes further away from the hitch, increasing the leverage that's applied to the hitch. Because of this, using an adapter will lower the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by half, from 200 to 100 lbs. This means that the weight of the rack...
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  • There is an option for you to carry up to 4 bikes on your 2014 Toyota Prius, but it would involve putting two of the bikes on the roof of the vehicle with roof rack mounted bike racks. The reason for this is that there are only Class I hitches available for your Prius, and they can only carry up to 2 bikes at a time due to their lower capacity. The first thing you will need is a hitch, for that I would recommend the Draw-Tite hitch # 24847. Thisis a very high rated hitch...
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  • The issue is that if the arm that holds the tire is too far down on the tire the bike could work itself free. These types of racks are not ideally for bikes with fenders though it could potentially work depending on the length of the fenders. The Thule DoubleTrack, # TH990XT, is a better option since it holds the bikes at the frame instead of the tires so fenders would not be a problem. I have linked a video showing the rack on a 2013 Prius.
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  • I have a solution for you that won't put you at odds with Toyota or Thule. A trunk mounted bike rack would work well on your vehicle and would not void any warranties or cause any damage to your vehicle. To determine if installing a hitch on your Prius would void the warranty you will need to contact Toyota since we cannot speak to their warranty policies. For an excellent 2 bike carrier that would attach to your trunk and would not require the installation of a hitch you would...
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  • Based on what you are looking to do with the Yakima Highlite Bike Carrier part # Y02438 I think I have a more ideal bike rack for you. I think you would be best served getting the Softride Dura Parallelogram 4 Bike Rack # SR26247 this rack tilts down level and will allow you to load your bikes at a lower height. Check out the review video I attached for this rack. The Yakima Highlite Bike Rack part # Y02438 that you referenced cannot be loaded with the rack tilted down....
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  • Class I hitches have a stop welded or punched into the receiver tube that will prevent accessories meant for a Class II hitch from sliding in far enough for the hitch pin holes to line up. This is purposely done by Hidden Hitch to prevent the hitch from being overloaded. The Thule Vertex you mentioned, part # TH9029XT would work in your hitch, but you'd be limited to carrying 2 bikes. The Thule Doubletrack, part # TH990XT is a Class I compatible bike rack that would work great...
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  • Since the hitch of your 2014 Toyota Prius would be a Class I, 1-1/4 inch hitch you would be limited to only carrying two bikes with the hitch. The Thule Hitching Post part # TH934XTR that you referenced can fit Class I 1-1/4 inch hitches, but when in a Class I hitch you can only carry up to 2 bikes. Since the third and fourth bikes end up being pretty far away from the hitch the increased leverage ends up being too much for the hitch to handle. To carry the third and fourth...
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  • The Thule Gateway 2 Trunk-Mount Bike Rack # TH9006XT and their Passage 2 Rack # TH910XT both are confirmed fits for the 2014 Toyota Prius except for the Prius V version. The Yakima SuperJoe Pro 2 Bike Rack # Y02629 is not a confirmed fit for your vehicle. The linked page to our site will show you all racks that are a confirmed fit for your Prius, as long as it is not the Prius V. I have linked an article on trunk-mount bike racks that may help you consider the best options...
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  • I spoke with my contact at Thule and she confirmed that the Thule Archway XT 3 part # TH9010XT that you referenced will fit your 2014 Toyota Prius with a glass roof. The fit info that you referenced would be for roof racks as their roof racks do not work with the glass roof. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well. If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing...
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  • The ability of the Swagman XTC-2 Bike Rack, # S64670, to securely hold a woman's bike without a bike adapter bar will depend on the style of the bike's frame. If the bike has a step through frame with a sharp downward curve or angle, then a bike adapter bar, like part # 64005, would be required. If it has a typical woman's style bike frame with a less dramatic curve or angle, then you should have no problem securing the bike without the adapter bar. I have attached a picture...
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