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Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek


How's it going Ryan here at etrader.com. Today on our 2017 Subaru Cross Crosstrek we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Helium Pro 2 bike rack. Obviously with the rack in this position, you wouldn't have much luck getting in and out of the hatch. What we can do is come down here, flip this lever, and tilt the rack out of the way, then we'll have more than enough room to get all of our gear in and out of our hatch.Now this rack can hold up to two bikes, however if you need to carry an extra one, there is a three bike version available as well. Now the bike is held down at three points. We're going to have two straps here on the top two, and one strap down here.

Now this is actually an anti-sway strap, and that's going to help eliminate side to side movement, and any potential contact with either bike to bike, or your bike to rack.Lets go ahead and take the bike off the other that way we can have a better look at the rack itself. It's really easy to do. Just push in these tabs, pull your straps up and out of the way. Just grab the bike and work it off of the rack. Now the cradles are going to be made from a soft, rubber material.

And that way we're not going to have to worry about them scratching up or damaging our bikes finish. We're going to have that same rubber material on the backside of the straps. Now these can be adjusted somewhat up and down, and that's going to help accommodate for any style of frame that our bike might have. Now what I like to do when we're not actually carrying a bike, is just put our straps back. That way we don't have to worry about them getting off.Now one thing I thought was pretty neat was that the rack actually has an integrated lock and when our bikes are in place, we can loop that over, clip it into place and that'll help prevent them from getting stolen.Now the rack is going to add some overall length to our vehicle.

And exactly how much from the hatch to the edge of the rack is going to be right at 34 inches. That's something to keep in mind when you're pulling into your garage or a tight parking spot. Now the arms actually do swing down to free up some space. To do that, you lift up on the lever, and push them down. Let's see how much space it frees up.

From the hatch to the furthest point is about 22 inches.Now when it comes to ground clearance from the bottom of the rack to the ground, it's going to be right about 12 inches. So keep that in mind if you happen to be going on some rough terrain or up and down really steep hills. Now my favorite thing about this rack is that it's going to be made from aluminum, so it's going to be incredibly light weight and easy to handle. And we're not going to worry about any rust or corrosion issues either. So whenever you're done with the rack, and say you need to take it out of your hitch, throw it in your car, it's going to be really easy. And since it's compact, we're going to have no problem fitting it in the back.One of the things I did notice is that the trim, if you will, on the bike rack itself actually almost matches perfectly with the plastic trim here on our Subaru. Now I think even if the car itself was a different color, it still had that same colored trim package, this would still blend in nicely. It just kind of has that overall rugged look that matches up with the Subaru.Now the rack is going to work with both two inch or inch and a quarter hitches, so you have some versatility there as far as maybe if you have a few vehicles in the household. This could work with any of them. And it's actually going to have this knob too which acts as a stabilization device. Once you put it in your hitch, you'll tighten this down and that'll eliminate any slop or rattle here in the connection point. That'll keep you going down the road with a nice, quiet ride. So to give you an example, I'll shake our bike rack and you'll notice the whole car actually moves. You won't see any vibration or play here in the connection point.This is our test course. Let's start with the inaudible 00:04:14. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or even uneven pavement. That'll finish up our look at of the Thule Helium Pro 2 bike rack on our 2017 Subaru Crosstrek.


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