Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review - 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack on a 2019 Subaru Outback Wagon


Rob: Hey, everybody. Rob, here, at etrailer.com. And, today, we have a 2019 Subaru Outback wagon, and we're going to be doing the test fit of the Thule Hitching Post Pro. It's going to be a four hanging style bike rack to allow us to take four bikes to and from the trail. Now, we're going to have three points of contact that's going to hold our bike in place. We'll have two on the upper tube, and then one on the vertical support here.

Now, the cradle is going to be on our vertical support here. That's going to act as the anti-sway cradle. So, we shouldn't have to worry too much about our bikes moving back and forth, making bike to bike contact, or bike direct contact when we're going down the road. The straps are going to hold it in place, they're a nice, soft, rubber material, so they're going to grip our bike real well, but we're not going to have to worry about any kind of scratches or abrasions on it. So, I'm going to go ahead and pull this off so we can take a closer look at the rack.inaudible 00:01:02 looking inside the cradles, we'll see we're going to have these channels.

These are going to be specifically made if the bike has any kind of cables for your shifter linkage, that way it doesn't get crammed on there. It has a spot to sit where it won't get damaged. I always like to put the straps back whenever I'm done, not that they're going to go anywhere, but that way, we don't have to listen to it when I'm driving down the road. Another thing I really like about the cradles is that these are actually moveable. So, if we need to tilt them or kind of position it into a different spot along the arm, we can.

It will just make it a lot easier to get those alternative frame style bikes, either kids bikes, womens bikes, anything like that, and we can move them just a little bit if we have any kind of pedal to pedal contact with the handlebar started getting in the way. It just makes it a lot easier so we can adjust it to our bikes.Now, being able to carry four bikes with you to and from the trail is really nice, especially when it's in a hitch-mounted carrier. It's going to prevent us from having to worry about putting a roof rack on. And, if you're a little bit on the shorter side, like me, I really don't want to have to worry about reaching all the way up, putting my bike on a bike rack on the roof, because I might be scared that I might damage my car. But, at the same time, you can see that we're adding quite a bit of space to the back of our car.

So, I like to give you a few measurements.If we measure from the very back of our bumper to the very edge of our arms, we're getting right about 41 inches. Now, at the closest point, it's going to be the back of the mast here, and that's going to be right about nine and a half inches. So, we got a pretty good amount of distance. I know there's those situations where we don't have that full space. Well, if we're not carrying our bikes, we have the option to fold the arms down out of the way to save some of that space. Just going to come to the pin and clip, it's right here at the top of the mast. You're going to remove the clip, pull the pin out. You can actually rotate the arms down, we can reinstall the pin to lock it down.And, that's going to save quite a bit of space. If I measure from the same point on the back of our bumper, now we're only going to be adding right about 18 inches, so it made a really big difference there. Now, another measurement that's going to help you out is going to be your ground clearance. It's going to come in handy if you have a really steep driveway, just to make sure if you have enough room, and we're not going to bottom out with our bike rack. So, the lowest point of our rack, it's going to be right about 12 inches, but you do want to keep in mind, it is going to be effected by what hitch you have in your car, but you can see that our bike rack is going to come straight out of our hitch, so we're not losing any ground clearance there.Now, at this point, you may be at the trail, you're ready to go, but you forgot something in the back, maybe you have a drink back there, somebody left their socks, whatever it is, you need to get in the back of your hatch. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't want to take my bike rack out just to get back here. And, I also don't want to climb from the front seat all the way into the back. Well, Thule took that into account, and we're going to have another pin and clip it's going to be the bottom of the mast. It's going to work the same way, pull that pin out. And, this time, we can actually lower the whole thing down, pivot it out of the way, so we have plenty of space to get into our hatch, get wherever we need or put it in there, and then we can close it back up and lift our bike rack up, then we just put that pin and clip back to lock everything down.Our Hitching Post Pro's going to be a very versatile bike rack. It's going to work with both the inch and a quarter and the two inch hitches. And, Thule went ahead and provided us with a threaded hitch pin hole, and that's going to take a lot of that slop and slack out of the receiver tube. So, when we're driving down the road, we don't have to worry about that rattling noise. In fact, if I grab the bike rack, it started shaking, you can see the entire car's moving, and that's because we have a solid connection point with no movement inside of here. But, again, I'm Rob here at etrailer.com, and that'll finish up your look in the Thule Hitching Post Pro on our 2019 Subaru Outback wagon..


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