Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack Review - 2020 Mazda CX-5

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Review of the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack on a 2020 Mazda CX-5


Andy: Hello, everyone. Andy here with etrailer.com. And today we're going to take a look at the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack on our 2020 Mazda CX-5. If you're looking for a bike rack that's easy to install and very straightforward and gets you out on the trail quickly, this would probably be one of your better options. This bike rack is designed to hold two bikes.Now, there is a three-bike version as well, but as you can see, the two mounting points here are going to be rubber coated. That's going to protect your bike, whether it's a finish, a custom paint job, whatever it be, it will protect that.

And there are channels as well to help you alleviate any pressure that's going to be on your brake cables. The quick ratcheting system to hold the bike down makes it very easy to get things on and off. And it does have an anti-sway ratchet right here as well that will go down the seat post. Very easy to take off.As you can see, we're just going to undo the pressure here on the straps, pull them out. I like to do the seat post first and then the crossbar.

We'll then grab from the seat post on the front of the bike and just remove like so. Now we'll take a closer look at where the bike actually mounts to the rack. As you can see, those channels that I stated before earlier will help alleviate any pressure that's going to be on your brake cables. The strap system here as well will be coated with a rubber material on the backside to protect that finish on your frame.We do have a built-in lock that will go over the frame of the bikes as well. This is coated and has a protectant on it to protect that finish on your frames as well.

And it will be keyed alike to our anti-rattle knob. One nice feature about this specific rack is the tilt-away option. We do recommend that you remove the bikes off of the rack to prevent any damage to your bikes or to the rack itself. There is a lever here on the backside. We will just lift that up and lower it.

And from there, we will open our hatch and there is plenty of clearance to get any equipment in or out.Now, we're going to take a look at some of the measurements and clearance that we have with this specific rack. From the back of our bumper to the end, roughly about 31 inches. Just be mindful that with the three-bike option that could extend that clearance, if there was going to be anything that's going to be behind your vehicle. As far as ground clearance, to the lowest point of this rack, we're looking at 11 and a half and to the extended portion out here, roughly 14 inches. So if you we're to drive up or down any type of inclines, you will have that 14 inch clearance to the base of the rack.One nice feature as well, being able to move the hanging portion down into the lower position, frees up any room for clearance issues that you might have when it comes to parking in a garage or on a narrow street. And that also will reduce the clearance to 19 inches roughly. This rack will fit one and a quarter inch hitches as well as two inch hitches that we have here on our CX-5. There is a built-in hitch pin, as well as the anti-rattle knob that is keyed alike to our bike lock. This is a tool-less option, which makes it very easy for installation and removal and gets you on the trail quickly. When installing this rack, in order to make sure that everything is secure, move the rack back and forth in order to make sure that anti-rattle is secured all the way.If you're looking for a premium option for your Mazda CX-5, this would probably be one of the better ones. The small features is the built-in bike lock, the tool-less installation process and the anti-rattle adjustment knob, along with the aluminum construction, makes it a very durable, easy, but yes, premium option. What I like most about this is the easy ratcheting straps and the rubberized pads that they've put to protect my bike. 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 a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Andy: And that's going to do it for a look at the Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack on our 2020 Mazda CX-5. I'm Andy with etrailer.com. Thank you and have a great day.


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