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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're gonna be checking out the Kuat NV hitch-mounted bike rack on our 2020 Subaru Outback. So, when it comes to hitch-mounted bike racks, these Kuats are top-notch. These things are put together really well. And are super easy to use and have a ton of cool features.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon

Zack: Hey guys. Zack here at etrailer.com and today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule T2 Pro XTB on our 2020 Subaru Outback wagon. This is going to be a really versatile bike rack regardless of what type of bike you're looking to carry. It's going to be a wheel mounted style. So it's going to be really suitable for carbon fiber bikes, but has a really high capacity at 60 pounds. So you can even get some electric bikes on here.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 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.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Rob: Hey everybody, Rob 00:00:00 here at etrailer.com. And today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima TwoTimer platform-style bike rack, on our 2019 Subaru Outback wagon. Now our Yakima is going to allow us to carry up to two bikes, to and from the trail. But it's also going to alleviate the problem of having to put our bikes on top of our roof, which if you're a little bit on the shorter side like I am, I really don't like roof rack systems because me having to lift my bike up over my head, I just get worried that I might scratch my car. Not to mention having it on the back of your car is just going to make it easier, not have to lift it up, and we're going to save some space from trying to cram it into the back of our wagon here.But our bike is going to have three points of contact. We're going to have two wheel-cradles, there are some straps to hold it down.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hey everyone. Today we have a 2018 Subaru Outback, and we're going to do a test for the 2E Apex XT four bike hanging style rack. Notice the hitch mounted bike rack, so it mounts to the hitch receiver on your Outback. It allows you to carry up to four bikes to and from the trails. This bike rack is going to have an onboard cable lock. It comes from the base right here, comes all the way over and locks into that slot.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Hey everyone. Today we have a 2019 Subaru Outback, and we're going to do a test with the Thule Helium Pro two-bike hanging style rack. Now this is a hitch-mounted bike rack, so it's going to mount to the hitch receiver on your Outback. It's going to allow you to carry up to two bikes to and from the trails.It's got a pretty awesome design to it. It comes in at just under 20 pounds so it's going to be very lightweight and easy to handle so you're not going to have to strain your back at all when putting it in your hitch receiver or taking it out. A lot of times those platform racks can get up 30, 40 pounds and just can be a hassle.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE4 platform style four-bike rack. That's part number HR1400Z. I've already got it loaded up just to give you a good idea of what it looks like on your Subaru and how it's going to hold our bikes.I did say it's a four-bike rack, but this can also be converted down to a two-bike rack, and you can also take off the two-bike extension and put on a cargo carrier. This bike rack has a ton of options. As I said, it can be converted down to that two-bike rack. If we're not carrying all of these bikes, we can take off that extra weight, we're going to have more clearance off the back, and just carry our two bikes, or our two bikes and some cargo.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2019 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Tooly T2 pro XTB platform style two bike rack. That's part number TH9034XT. I've already got it loaded up just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it looks on our Subaru Outback. It holds our bikes by their front tire, so we have zero frame contact. This is a nice feature when we're carrying those carbon fiber bikes or bikes we don't want any abrasions or scratches done to that top tube. You can see here how it's going to push down on that tire right in front of our brakes or our fork, whatever comes first, into that large front cradle.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today, in our 2019 Subaru Outback, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack which is part number NV-22B.This is a very high quality bike rack that's going to do a great job of securing your bikes with no frame contact and getting you from point A to point B wherever you need to go.The first feature I want to point out right away, which a lot of platform style racks have, is that it can tilt away from the vehicle so you can gain access to your trunk.There's a handle right here, we're going to pull down on and it just tilts away. Now we can just slide in here and open up our trunk. Doesn't even come close to making contact with our bike and we've got plenty of space to get in here and get whatever gear, cargo or even groceries that we might have in there.Now, to tilt it back up, you've just got to reverse the process. We're just going to grab a hold of the bike rack down in here, just tilt it up until it locks into place.Another cool feature is that we have a cable lock integrated in the back wheel platform right here. You will just wrap around either the wheel or the frame of the bike and it locks into itself like this. Just locks into itself, you get a key that's key to like for both of the cable locks and it's a great security feature so that no one can remove your bike without that key.Now, the bike itself is held in at two different points of contact.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today our 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon. We're going to be doing a test within the Hollywood racks trail rider platform style two bike rack, that's part number HR200Z. Now this bike rack, I've already got it loaded up on our Subaru just to give you a good idea what it looks like on a bike loaded up to it so you can see how it's going to hold our bikes.Now, it holds two bikes with the top tube here, the rubber coated frame hook puts down pressure on that top tube into the cradles, not the bad way to carry two bikes. You can see I'm giving it a little bit of a shake here and there's not a whole lot of movement. So again it's going to be a safe way to transport our two bikes.Now this bike rack doesn't have all the bells and whistles but that's okay because it's extremely easy to use. Now it also doesn't tilt away like most platform style bike racks, instead it has a unique way for loading and unloading your bikes, but we'll get to that in a second.



Hollywood Racks Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback we're going to be doing a test-fit on the Hollywood racks over the top two bike carrier. And that part number is HRF2. This bike rack is specifically designed for vehicles that have these spoilers at the top of their hatch so that it can prevent any type of damage from occurring.As you can see the connection points for straps from the bike rack to the top of the hatch isn't adding on any extra weight or pull onto the spoilers, which is going to help protect it from any type of damage. Seeing our bike installed right here we're going to see it secured at three different points of contact.We have two straps on the top of our frame and we have this anti-sway strap securing it into this cradle. Once that's secured, that's going to prevent the bike from swaying too much while we're traveling and prevent the bike from making contact with the rear of our vehicle or with the other bike we could have installed.Let's go ahead and remove it. I'm going to just remove these straps like that.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test fitting the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4 and 2" Hitches, part number RKY10007.We already have a bike installed on our rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look here. This carries up to one bike, and like most platform-style racks, this does tilt away from the vehicle so we can gain better hatch access. You can see there's no issue of clearance between the bike and the hatch itself, and there's plenty of space between the bike rack and the bumper to get what you need.To put the bike rack back in its original position, just push up on the bike rack itself until you hear it click. It does come with an anti-theft cable here to wrap around the bike's frame, and it attaches to the bike rack itself here with the included lock, and this is keyed alike with the hitch lock, which we'll get to a little bit later. Let's go ahead and take that off.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today we're on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're gonna be test fitting the Rocky Mounts Monorail Solo 2 Bike Platform Rack for inch, and a quarter inch two inch hitches, part number RKY10007-05.We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go and take a closer look here. And one of the more interesting things about this bike rack is you can split it up into a single bike rack by removing the two screws on either side here and pulling this back section out. Like with the other platform style racks, this can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes attached to gain rear hatch access, although the handle is pretty far forward here, so if you had two bikes on here, it might be a little difficult to do this on your own. You may need an extra set of hands, but for today's purposes, you can just pull towards us and let the bike rack come down holding onto the bike rack.Now you can see, we have plenty of space in between the bike and the hatch itself and we have enough space in between the bike rack and the bumper to get what we need as well.To put it back in it's original position, you simply lift up on the bike rack itself until you hear that click. It does come with an anti-theft cable here that you wrap around the frame of your bike and it gets attached to a point just underneath the front platform here and there is a lock that comes with that and it is key to like with the hitch lock which we'll get to a little bit later.So, let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll grab our key here for the lock, remove our cable.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback wagon we're taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0. This is a two bike platform style rack, this has been designed for use in two inch by two inch hitches. The part number on it NV22G. Now there are several options available in colors and sizes for the NV, this is the gunmetal gray and orange, we also have it in the metallic black, two bike like what we have here or four bike. For those of you with the inch and a quarter hitches we have it available in the gunmetal gray and orange and metallic black limited to the two bike version only.Now the biggest benefit we get out of the envy here is gonna be the access that we can gain into the rear of the vehicle. Some platform style racks don't have quite this much tilt feature which a lot of times run into interference as we're opening our door but you can see we've got plenty of clearance here with the Subaru, allows us to get anything in or out of the back that we might want.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're taking a look at the Thule T2 Pro XTB. This is a platform-style two bike rack. It's been designed for use in 2 inch hitches. The part number on it is TH9034XT. Now, this rack's going to give you an excellent solution for just about any type of bike. It's been designed to work with road bikes, mountain bikes, even fat bikes.It's also a tilting-style rack.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback wagon we're test fitting the Kuat Transfer. Now this is a 2-bike platform-style rack designed to tilt away from your vehicle with or without bikes loaded. Part number on it is TS02G. These are also available in three-bike configurations, and if you prefer the color black, available in two bike or three bike black as well. Now the big benefit you get here going to be the tilt-away feature is really nice. Tilts the back out at a good angle from the rear of the vehicle.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Ryan: Hey, everybody. Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Helium Pro 2 bike rack. Now this rack can hold up to a total of two bikes. However, if you need to carry an extra one, there's also a three bike version available as well.One of the biggest questions we get asked in regards to hitch mounted bike racks is if you're still going to be able to have full access to your hatch. Well this one does fold down out of the way and allows us to do that.



Rhino Rack Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer.com.Today we're going to be taking a look at the Rhino Rack 2, hanging style bike rack on our 2017 Subaru Outback.So, this bike rack is going to be able to carry two bikes to and from your destination, and they're going to have three tie down points per bike. Also, it's going to have 33 pounds per bike, so even your heavier bikes, you're going to be able to fit those on here. With the three different straps that we have, we have two here up top and one down at the bottom so we are going to have some soft durable rubber straps, so they're going to withhold overall the elements and also protect the top of that bike frame. They're all going to be the same. Let me just kind of pull them, get them off that lip here.



Hollywood Racks Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: We're rolling. Speaker 2: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon, we're going to be doing a test fit on the Hollywood Rack Sport Rider SE2 2 part platform rack. Part number HR1450Z.Now, with the rack installed, let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.To start, we can tilt this bike rack away to get access to our trunk. I'm going to come pull this safety pin right here. You might want to lift up, just a bit on the bike rack so you can pull that out. And then I'm going to pull on this pin, on the other side and tilt it away.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're doing a test fit of the Yakima TwoTimer platform-style 2-bike rack, part number Y02468. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features. We're going to come around here to the back and we're going to pull out on our lever. When we pull out on our lever, we can actually tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle. We can do this with our bikes fully loaded.



Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Saris Freedom EX Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is SA4412F. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over one of the key features of this rack.The main feature is going to be our tilting feature. We've got two levers. We're going to come to our lower lever here, it's going to be the black one at the bottom.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon we're doing a test fit of the Rockymounts BackStage Platform Style Two Bike Rack. That part number is RKY10002. Now, we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over a couple of the main features of this rack.A great thing about this rack is that we can actually tilt this away from our vehicle when our bikes are fully loaded. We're going to come here to the back to our blue handle. This is going to allow us to tilt that away.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're doing a test-fit of the Thule Double Track Pro Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, that part number is: TH9054.Now, we already have our bike secured down, we're first going to show you how we secure our bike into place. At our rear tire back here, we're going to have a cam-buckle strap. We'll just push on the cam on the opposite side and pull our strap through. At our front tire, we'll have the same thing. Once again, just pushing on our cam buckle and pulling our strap through. Now, as for the center, we're going to have a frame clamp.



Yakima Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback wagon we're going to be test fitting the Yakima HalfBack 2-bike rack for trunk mounts, part number Y02636. We already have a bike installed on our rack, so let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.At the ends of both of our arms we do have bottle openers, which is pretty unique to most bike racks. The cradles are stationary but have this SuperCush material to ensure that the frame of your bike doesn't get any scratches or abrasions once it's being installed. We also have the ZipStrips, two of them up top holding it in place, as well as one to the side, which is going to serve as an anti-sway cradle to keep the bikes from moving too far back and forth and making bike to bike contact.We do have a stabilization strap around our first wheel here. If you we're to have both bikes attached, there is a much longer strap that would wrap around both bikes, as well as the bike rack itself, to keep it stable in those situations.Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. It's very easy.



Malone Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Speaker 1: Today, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we're going to be test-fitting the Malone Hanger 3 Trunk Mount Bike Rack, part number MPG2139. We already have our bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and showoff some of the features. How the bike is held in place, we're going to have three points of contact with your bike. We're going to have two straps up at the top here and two choices as to where you need to put those. We're also going to have this anti-suede cage here on the side.





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