Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks Review - 2017 Toyota Corolla

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Review of the Rhino Rack MountainTrail Roof Bike Racks on a 2017 Toyota Corolla


Today on our 2017 Toyota Corolla we're going to be test fitting the Rhino-Rack MountainTrail rooftop bike rack, part number RBC035. We already have our bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features. How the bike is attached to the rack, we're going to have two points of contact with no frame contact at all. Instead, we're going to have a rear wheel strap here, and then we're going to have this skewer mount here which will grip our bike by its front fork mounts. The skewer is lockable, so once you attach this bike to the bike rack and lock it in place, it's secured to the bike rack as well. With everything installed as it is, we're not going to have any issues of clearance between the trunk and the bike rack itself, as you can see here.

Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll start by removing the rear wheel strap here. We'll push it in like so and loosen it up like so. This also is adjustable along the arm of the bike rack here, which means it can actually fit bikes of varying sizes as well. With our front skewer mount, we want to make sure we're holding onto the bikes so, once we release this, it won't fall into the vehicle.

You just release it like so and lift the bike up and off. How the bike rack is attached to our roof rack, we'll have this padded bracket here with the two turn knobs to secure it to the rear bar. Then up at the front here we'll have two rubber-coated steel straps that wrap around the front and tighten down with this bolt here. Our top plate is also lockable, so once you install this on your roof rack, it's secured to your roof rack. Now we have it on square bars right now. This also will work with round, elipitical, and aero bars as well, and some factory roof racks.

There you have it for the Rhino-Rack Mountain-Trail rooftop bike rack, part number RBC035, on our 2017 Toyota Corolla. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is 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'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement.

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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