Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2017 Hyundai Sonata

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Review of the Thule Roof Bike Racks on a 2017 Hyundai Sonata


Today, on our 2016 Hyundai Sonata, we're doing a test fit of the Thule ThruRide Roof-Mounted Bike Rack. That part number is TH535. Now, we already have our bikes secured down. We're first going to show you how we do that. We're going to start off at the back tire. Here, we have a wheel cradle.

This is going to hold our tire in place, and then we have our cam buckle strap, that's quick and easy to remove, and that back wheel cradle is actually adjustable along the length of your carrier, as well. At the front, this is actually designed to work with both fork-mounts and thru-axles. We have a thru-axle fork-mount that actually is included, so if you had the fork-mount, it would sit just as the skewer is sitting inside there, in between those two silver pieces. To loosen and tighten those up to fit the different skewer sizes, or thru-axle sizes, you would adjust that using the grey knob, and then when you close it up, it's going to sandwich that in and secure it into place. Then, to loosen our skewer here, we're just going to open that side, and we can loosen up the skewer using the knob on the opposite side. What's great about this bike rack is that you can use it for fork-mounts, as well as thru-axle bikes. Now, we'll take a look at the back and see how that is secured down to our back crossbar.

We have our bracket here, with two thumb screws and two bolts. These loosen and tighten, and secure our bracket around our crossbar. What's great about this bracket style is that is does fit around many different crossbars, like the Aero ones we have here, or even a round, square, elliptical, and most factory bars. As for the front, we have two brackets under here, with two bolts and their own little nuts there. Those are going to be plastic nuts. If we open up our cams at the top, you'll see on this one, we do have the option to lock it, as well as our cover here, so that's going to help to prevent theft and tampering.

We can loosen and tighten this end using the cam, and then if we needed to loosen and tighten the back end, we would use that plastic nut on the end of the bolt. These loosen and tighten, rotating one way or the other. They cam down, so it's going to give you a nice secure and tight fit. That's going to be our completed look at the Thule Thru-Axle Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH535, on our 2016 Hyundai Sonata. 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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