Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on this 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, we'll be test fitting the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop Bike Carrier, part number RBC035. We already have a bike installed on the rack, let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. Now how this actually attaches to the roof rack, we have two points of contact with absolutely no frame contact at all. We have a fork mount up at the front here, which is controlled by this lever here, which is lockable, so that adds a little bit of security to it and we also have this wheel strap in the back. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. Then start with the wheel strap, just push in this tab and the strap comes right out. The front, loosen up a handle here and you turn it to the right to tighten and the left to loosen, to wrap around the forks. Lift their bike off. Now with the rear wheel strap, I'm going to go ahead and put that back in place just so it doesn't flap around while I'm driving.

We would like to mention that this is adjustable to go up and down the bike rack to accommodate different size bikes. How it attaches to the rear crossbar here on our factory roof rack, it has this metal plate here plus two turn knobs, which will make it nice and tight. Then at the front here, it has these rubber coated steel straps, as well as this cover here, which is also lockable. To tight and loosen those, you need an Allen tool, which is included with the bike rack, to loosen this and these will just pop right out and you can take off your bike rack. There you have it for the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail Rooftop bike rack, part number RBC035, on our 2026 Subaru Outback Wagon. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom and this going to show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we will see the twisting action.

This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven payment. Finally, we have the full speed bumps, where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.


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