Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch-Bike-Racks on a 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon


Today on our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon we've got the Thule Roadway. We're doing a testing on it. This is a hanging style 2-bike rack. It's been designed for use with the 1.25 or with 2 inch hitches. Part number on it is TH912XTR. Now the Roadway does a really good job of keeping our bikes in place.

As you can see we're going to have 2 top frame tube cradles, and then we've also got out anti-sway cradle here on the back side. Now that anti-sway cradle is going to help to limit the movement we're going to get front to back with the back. You can see the straps themselves. Nice stretchy, rubbery straps. They're going to do a really good job on different size frames to give us a good custom fit. With all the options, you can see there the larger and smaller diameters work out really well.

We'll move the bike out of the way. You'll notice in the cradles there's going to be the grooves in there to help accommodate your brake cables, shifter cables, whatever you might have. Keep those from getting smashed while you're heading down the road. Get my strap replaced here and we'll go over a couple measurements. The first we're going to do is going to be the overall length that we've added to the back of the vehicle. It looks like that's going to be about 27.5 inches.

Now if we pull the gray lever located here on the top, we can actually rotate those dual cradle arms down to their stored position. In this position we're adding about 14.5, so a nice and compact 2-bike rack there. Let's go and get our ground clearance while our tape measure's out. It looks like we've got about 12.5 inches worth of ground clearance. The closest point of the rack to the rear of the vehicle there is going to be about 5 inches away. Now if I lift the gray handle here on the front side, that allows me to rotate this down out of the way.

It's going to give us nice access into our hatch area there. Anything we'd want to get in and out of there, we should have room to do it. Now you've probably noticed how nice and sturdy the rack's been as we've been messing with it and flipping it around here. What we've got is an anti-rattle bolt that's provided from Thule. They're also going to send you the tool. Basically when you tighten it down, it just draws the shank over against the receiver tube and really keeps all that movement and all that play to a minimum. Now that we've had a good look over the Thule Roadway and we've seen how it's going to fit our 2016 Subaru Outback Wagon, let's take a look and see how that rack performed when they headed out on the test course. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action. This simulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway.


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