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Swagman Roof Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Review of the Swagman Roof Bike Racks on a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Speaker 1: Today on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek, we're going to be test fitting the Swagman Race Ready roof bike rack, part number S64705. 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 is held into the place, we're not going to have any frame contact at all, so for bikes such as this one, where it's carbon frame, it'll grip it by your wheel instead, and protect everything else.It does come with a lock up at the front here, so once you have this pushed into place, you can lock it down and the bike will be secured to the rack. I would like to point out though, this does not have a lock to secure your bike rack to your roof rack. It does have wheel cradles on either side that can slide back and forth to accommodate bikes of different sizes.The wheel cradle here is adjustable back and forth as well, by loosening up the bolts on either side, and sliding it back and forth to accommodate wider wheel width. And while we do have a road bike on here, this will also fit mountain bikes, and fat bikes with an additional strap that you would have to replace.With everything installed as it is, we're not going to have an issue of clearance, between our rear hatch and the bike rack, as you can see here, there's plenty of space in between.

So, let's go ahead and take the bike off. To do that, we'll start with the wheel straps here. You push this top tab, which will release it, and this also does have a rim protector here as well. And this can be removed for those larger tires.And then, holding onto our bike, we'll release our wheel hook. You push this button in, that'll release it, and it ratchets down when you want to tighten it down.

We'll push that out of the way. Bring the bike forward, and lift it up and off. When you're finished using it, it does fold up, back, flat. As well as our wheel cradle here.And how this attaches to your roof rack system, we have this clamp and these four turn knobs at the front. And just two turn knobs at the rear.

And this will fit around your aero bars, square bars, round bars, as well as elliptical, and most factory roof racks. Although you may have to switch out these bolts to accommodate those for the thicker widths. And that can be kind of a pain to do, but other bike racks you may not have that issue.And there you have it for the Swagman Race Ready roof bike rack on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.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. And 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.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Ted B.
Is the clamp reversible? Meaning if two carries are mounted on the roof will both lock down arms be facing out toward the edge of the vehicle?
Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

You are able to reverse the side that front wheel clamp is on to accommodate different sides of the vehicle.

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