Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Subaru Outback Wagon


Zack: Hey guys, Zack here at etrailer.com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro on our 2020 Outback. This is a classic hanging-style bike rack that Thule has. It's been around for a while and for good reason. It's just well-built and it's a good way to get four bikes to the park or the trail, whatever you're looking to do.Now when it comes to hanging-style bike racks, especially with like entry-level ones, something that they're missing as an anti-sway cradle and those bikes are swinging all over the place and running into each other. This one does have an anti-sway cradle, so we're going to get a little bit of movement.

It's hard to completely eliminate that, but it's going to reduce it quite a bit.So you may get a tiny bit of contact in the pedals, but if we didn't have that on there, you can see how much that would move around quite a bit. And get that in place and it eliminates it quite a bit. But let's take a closer look at how this is held on. So we have these nice rubber straps. They're really thick.

They're pretty tight when you first get the bike rack. After you've used them for a little bit or they've sat in the sun, they will get a little softer, a little bit easier. But you want those tight, you want them holding your bike on.You don't want it to be super loose and we'll go ahead and take these off. And what I like is those anti-sway cradles can tilt up because on hanging-style bike racks, especially if you have a smaller frame bike, it can sometimes be challenging. You get that water bottle holder caught on it.

Just trying to navigate that can be challenging at times.I'm going to get my straps put back in place. It's not a big deal if you leave them off, but I like it to be uniform, keep everything nice and tight. But if we take a closer look at that cradle, we'll look at this one here at the end. It's made of a pretty nice plastic. It's got a little bit of give into it.

I think it's got a nice rubber coating on it, and it has some grooves in there to protect our cables from getting smashed. So they'll fit in there and take a little bit of stress off of those.And then we can get a couple of measurements to show you guys how much this adds to the back of the vehicle. And that is going to add from our bumper there about 40 inches. So quite a bit. Another thing with hanging styles is that center mass there creates an issue of getting into our hatch. You can tilt this one away, pull that pin and clip there at the bottom of the mass. Tilt that back. Do not do that with bikes on, it is not recommended. So you can see we can get full hatch access in there. Get that down and then I'm going to get this tilted back up into place. Get a couple other measurements.One thing down here with this pin and clip, there's a little loop right there that the pin and clip is attached to. I think that's a good spot to run a cable lock through. It's not included, but we do have some here at etrailer. I think it'd be a really good solution to keeping your bikes protected. If you run into a store or just leave them on for a while, then we can remove this pin and clip up here. Get those arms tilted down.This is going to be a good way to save space. If you want to leave this on all the time. I see this bike rack around town quite a bit, people just leave it on so they can not have to mess with it every time they want to use it. And that nice black powder coat finish on it holds up well to the elements. There, it's going to add about 18 inches, so we're saving quite a bit of space. It's going to interfere with that backup camera. You'll see it there, but it's not going to fully obstruct your view.We'll get some ground clearance measurements. It's going to be about 12 and a half inches. That's pretty high off the ground, but not the highest we've seen and I think that if you did make contact that's a little plastic end cap, you may knock that out, but I think it's still going to be up off the ground high enough that you probably won't have any issues with it.Then we can take a closer look here at how it attaches to our hitch. So we have it in a two-inch hitch here, but it also works with inch and a quarter. So you can remove this sleeve right here and it's going to work with inch and a quarter and it has an included anti-rattle bolt, which is nice. So it takes that shake and play out of our bike rack, keeps it a nice tight fit in our hitch.But overall, I think this is a really good bike rack. It's a good way to get four bikes to the trail. You don't have to spend a ton of money, but it's a really nice way to get a Thule bike rack. They make really solid stuff. I think you're going to be pretty happy with it, but that's going to do it for our look at the Thule Hitching Post Pro on our 2020 Subaru Outback.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 evasive maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or 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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