Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Malone Pilot 2 Bike Platform Rack


Speaker 1: Today, we're gonna be taking a look at the Trunk Mount, Malone Pilot 2-Bike Platform Rack, part number MPG2133. The Malone Pilot Platform Trunk Mount Rack is great for pairing up to two bikes of varying types and sizes. It can carry mountain bikes to road bikes, to alternate frame bikes, as well as kids bikes, although some may require the use of a bike adapter bar, which is sold separately and can be found on etrailer.com.Since this is a platform style bike rack, you're gonna have less bike to bike contact to worry about. Another assurance to make sure that doesn't happen is, we do have cradles that are adjustable, so you can shift the bikes to the right or to the left to make sure there's no contact as well. As opposed to most trunk mount bike racks, which are hanging style, these grip your bike by the frame up at the top. And then we have two wheel straps at the base to hold your tires in place.Once you have your bikes installed, there is a locking in cap here that, once turned, it'll just free spin and not loosen up or tighten.

It also comes with a stabilization strap to ensure the bikes will stay in place, and not move around so much while driving. For those situations where the trunk is pretty close to the bike rack, or if your bike is pretty close to the actual bike rack itself, we do have these foam pads as well to supply a little bit of cushioning in that area.We've gone ahead and removed the bikes to show off some additional features. For example, now that the bike is removed, we can see the padding on the inside of our clamps here and how it has these grooves to accommodate your wires or cables on the bike as well. With the ratcheting wheel straps at the base here, we're able to accommodate bike tires up to two and a half inches wide, same as the cradles. I'd also like to point out that our clamps here are adjustable side to side, and can be clamped from up top or from underneath.

The bike rack itself is made from a powder coated steel construction, which is corrosion resistant.And to connect it to the vehicle, we're gonna have 6 points of contact. At the top, we're gonna have two hooks, which are rubber coated to help protect your vehicle from scratches and abrasions. We're also gonna have two hooks to either side, which has this protective piece here to protect from scratches and abrasions on both your trunk or your light. And then, at the base, we're gonna have two hooks as well. And to tie up the slack, it also comes with hook and loop straps to make sure these stay in place while you drive as well.

This has max load capacity of 33 pounds per bike, and a limited lifetime warranty. And when everything's finished, you can actually have it in this nice folded position here for easy storage.When comparing this with other bike racks, one that does come up is gonna be the Thule Raceway Pro 2 Bike Platform Rack, part number TH9003PRO. And the biggest difference is, between these two racks, the Thule only has four points of contact with the trunk, while the Malone has six. Also, the Thule straps are retractable and use turn knobs to tighten them down, as opposed to the cam buckle straps with Malone as well.Now that we've gone over some of the features of the Malone Truck Mount, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. Right now, we have it in it's folded up position.

And we'll take the bottom two pads here, and set 'em at where the trunk meets the bumper. Then you come to the inside with these two knobs here. You turn 'em to the left to loosen 'em up, until these separate from each other. And then, you can lift that up and adjust accordingly to your trunk. Then, we'll tighten it down, get that situated. Then, we'll come to the base here where you can see these pins. We'll pop those loose, remove them on both sides. And then, we can fold out arms. We'll reinsert the pins once it's in its lowered position.Then, we'll take our top hooks . and these are rubber coated. Place them at the top portion of our trunk, and pull tight to our cam buckles here. We'll do this on the other side as well. You wanna pull nice and tight. Next, we move on to our side straps. And to do that, we'll pop open the trunk. Now, it should be noted that if your lights extend out to the trunk area here, you wanna make sure you put 'em below or just above them, because you don't want the hook to make contact with your light.We'll get it snug. And we'll do this on the other side as well. These are going to get pinched in between the trunk and the light, as you can see here. But that's okay because that is exactly what they're intended to do. We'll do this with our lower hooks as well. And then, we'll finish tightening down our straps. Our bike rack is nice and sturdy. Next, we'll take up the slack of our straps. Then, this comes with hook and loop straps to wrap around and hold those in place. Now that we have our bike rack installed, we get ready to take our bikes in, we'll just move our arms up and out of the way. We're gonna make sure that they're in their open position, so we'll loosen up the knobs at the top, get 'em as open as they can be, because the first bike we're gonna install is gonna be the closest one to the vehicle. You always wanna make sure that's the first one you install. And you also wanna make sure the first one that you install closest to the vehicle is the heaviest bike, and then work your way out.Now we can start loading up our bikes. But the first thing we need to do is test fit and make sure our cradles are where they need to be, which, in this case you can see they're a little too close together. So I'm gonna take the bike back off and make some adjustments. To adjust our cradles here, we'll loosen up the knob on this side here all the way. And then, we'll slide this forward. And you can see an indicator here on the side you wanted lining up with that arrow when you get to your destination. So pull it out to this section first, retighten it down, check it, and then make another adjustment if necessary. You have three points of adjustment you can do on this bike rack. And this goes for both sides.All right. Let's grab our first bike. Bring our clamp . you can bring it up underneath like so, or over the top as well. Turn the knob to the right to tighten it down. All right. Our next step is we're gonna strap our wheels down. We'll be sure to go through or in between our spokes here. Bring our wheel protector back up. We'll do the same with the other side. Right. Now we'll load up our second bike as well. Something to know with this bike rack is how close the bikes are actually together. We did spread 'em apart enough 'cause we don't want these two connection points here to be rubbing up or possibly hitting each other while traveling.One of our final steps is to place our foam pads on these bars here, on either side, between the vehicle and the bike rack. It doesn't necessarily apply in this case, but if this was particularly closer to either your trunk or hatch. These simply slide around like so, and just give you that a little bit of extra cushioning should it bump into it or make any contact at all. Now, our final step before being whisked away to our magical bike trip . we're gonna have our stabilization strap to go between the two bikes and the bike rack itself.So what we'll first do is we'll go to the other side here. Kind of drape this over so our buckles hanging down. Then we'll actually wrap around our first bar here. And then, the top bar of our first bike. Then, with our buckle in, we're gonna wrap that around the top two of our outer bike. This around the bottom just gives a little bit of extra leverage here. So when we pull this tight, we pull nice and tight. Now, we'll take our excess and tie that off. And now, we're ready to hit the road. We're gonna go ahead and take it out on our test course, and show you how it looks.First, we'll take it on to our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now, we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. And there you have it for the Trunk Mount, Malone Pilot 2-Bike Platform Rack, part number MPG2133.


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