Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon

Today on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon, we've got the Thule T2 Classic out, and we're test fitting it just to see how it fits on the rear of the vehicle. Now, the T2 Classic is a two bike platform style rack. It does tilt up against the vehicle, and also folds away. See, it's going to hold our bike by both wheels. We've got no frame contact here, no pressure downward on the frame. It's going to be especially nice for the carbon bikes.

It's going to use a wheel hook here in the front, and we've got a strap-in cradle here in the rear. Now, to release the strap, we want to press in on the gray lever. It's located here. It's also easy to get to the front release lever that's here. Before we remove the bike, let's take a look at the tilt away feature. There's a silver pin located just underneath where your handle is.

You're going to pull that out, pull on that lever, you'll see how that's going to tilt away. Now that gives us plenty of room. The hatch on the Outback comes up, and there's a lot of clearance there, so even with really wide handle-barred bikes, you're not going to have any issues there. And the same thing here at the pedal, plenty of room there. Now, to get it back road ready, we're just going to lift up on the rear, that levers going to click back in place, and we'll reinsert the pin. That's just got a ball detent on it that holds it in place.

All right. Now, we'll touch those two levers we talked about, that allows us to release our wheel strap. There are two positions for the wheel strap, which does help accommodate fat tire bikes. Just move that down and away. With this off, we'll take a little bit better look at those. There's two positions that the strap can be in.

You'll see in this position, this is going to give us a nice large opening, and with our cradles, the strap, and with the upper wheel duct, this is going to help us accommodate up to up to a five inch bike tire. Also, the 20 inch to 29 inch wheel range is where you want to keep it. You see that's going to fold up really nicely. You'll see with our strap in the other position, it's going to be much smaller here. Even for those smaller road bike tires, we're going to have a good area for those to fit in. The strap will come down, and we've got the bumper there to protect our rim. Also, that little groove right there is going to run both the front wheel cradles, helps to keep those tires in line. Let's take a look at a couple of measurements here. We're going to do the closest point of the rack to the rear of the vehicle, and that'll be about seven inches here. Overall, we've added about 36 inches to the length of the vehicle. The lowest point, all the way here at the rear of the rack, looks like it's going to be right at 19 inches. Now, it does off a stored position. We're going to pull this lever again and rotate it toward our vehicle. You see, that's going to open up a lot of parking spaces and things like that, not having that hanging off the back. Now the low point of the carrier is going to be right down here at about 13.25 inches. Looks like our closest point will be, right here, it's about two and a half inches from that wheel cradle to the back of the bumper. With that anti-rattle device, there's not going to be any worry about it actually going up and making contact with the vehicle. Overall, to the length, we've added about 13.5 inches. Now, this rack uses a locking bolt, that way we can secure the rack to our vehicle. You'll see it's got the Thule key in it there, but that bolt also helps keep everything nice and tight. You see how there's no movement or no play there, unlike some other racks you've seen them kind of bouncing side to side down the road. This is going to give us excellent support for the bikes we plan on carrying. Now that we've gone over our measurements, and we've seen how it's going to fit, that's going to complete the test fit of the Thule T2 Classic, part number TH9044, on our 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon. Now let's take a look-Speaker 2: First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps, this will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots.

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