Malone Trunk Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Review of the Malone Trunk Bike Racks on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Today on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek we're going to be test fitting the Malone Pilot trunk-mounted platform-style bike rack. This is going to be part number MPG2133. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike actually attaches to the rack, we're going to have three points of contact. We're going to have this frame clamp up at the top. Right now we have it set over the bike rack like you see here, but this can also be gripped from underneath like so.

It is padded to make sure there's no scratches or abrasions on the frame of your bike. Going down to the base here, we have two wheel straps on either side. These cradles are adjustable by loosening up this knob on the other side completely and shifting it two or three spots to the front or back. This is to accommodate bikes of different sizes and helping out with loading. The spacing in between both the cradles here ensures that there's not going to be any bike to bike contact when you install this. Also, along the backside here, you can see these foam pads, so if it is pretty close to your vehicle, you can place these on for a little piece of mind to make sure there's no contact there and to protect your vehicle or your bike. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside.

To do that, we'll push in like so on both sides. Then we'll unscrew our knob here. Now it is important to also mention that this is lockable. When you do lock it in place, this will just free-spin and do nothing. We'll turn it to the left to loosen it up, holding onto the bike as we do this because we won't want it falling off.

Lift our bike up and off. With the bike rack in this position, I want to give you one quick measurement. That's going to be how far it sticks out from the rear of our vehicle. Going to measure from the edge of our bumper. That looks to be about 16-1/2". That's going to be to this edge here.

How it connects to the hatch, you're going to have six points of contact. We're going to have two rubber-coated hooks up at the top, two to each side just below our taillights, and then two at the base. We're also going to have padding where it makes contact with your vehicle here at the base, as well as the rear windshield. This is, again, to protect your vehicle from scratches and abrasions. One thing to note, while this is attached you will not be able to use your rear windshield wiper blade, and it does also come with a stabilization strap for when you have two bikes attached to wrap around those and keep them secure as well. Also, by removing these two pins at the base, you can fold this up to a flat position once you're finished using it for better storage possibilities. There you have it for the Malone Pilot trunk-mount bike rack on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

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