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Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

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Review of the Yakima Hitch 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 Yakima HoldUp Evo 4-bike platform rack for 2" hitches, part number Y02479-2. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's take a closer look and show off some of the features.This bike is already fat bike capable, able to carry bikes with a tire width up to 5". It also can carry ebikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, and most alternate frame bikes as well. It can tilt away from the vehicle with all four bikes attached. To do that we have this lever here at the front, which is a lot different than the previous model which had the pins that you would have to pull out on one side and one to pull out on this side as well.

Holding onto the bike rack and pulling towards us, we'll let it come down. With that, we have full hatch access to get whatever we need. There's plenty of space in between the handlebars and the hatch, as you can see here. And there's plenty of space in between the bike rack and the vehicle, as you can see here.To put it back in its original position, just simply lift up on the bike rack until you hear a click like so. How the bike is held into place, we'll have two points of contact.

We'll have a rear wheel strap here to hold that in place, being sure not to get too close to either of the spokes. Then up at the front we'll have this padded wheel hook. This is how it's able to carry all those different styles of bikes on the bike rack. Also at the end here, we do have an integrated cable lock which you would wrap around the frame of the bike and bring it back to this point here to lock it in place.Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. We'll start with the rear wheel strap, pushing the gray tab in to loosen that up.

Then we'll come around to the front, holding onto the bike while we do this. There's a gray push button trigger at the base. Push that in to release it. To put it in place, it simply ratchets down. Then we'll grab the bike and lift it up and off.Now we can fold everything up.

We'll start off with the wheel tray, then bring our hook in. When it comes to the hook, you can actually secure that in place with the wheel strap, because if not, this thing can move around quite a bit. I'll wrap it around and tighten that up.With it in this position, I'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. Measuring from the edge of the bumper to our outermost point, we've added about 55" to the rear of the vehicle. Our ground clearance to this edge here is going to be about 18". Our closest point to the bumper, it's going to be about 7-1/2" to this edge here.Now for close quarters situations such as parking or putting it in your garage, this does fold up against the vehicle as well. To do that, again you pull the lever towards you and then just lift up. Once you hear that click, it's locked into place. Now to put it back down, it does have this kickstart plate here which you can just push down with your foot to lower it down that way. Again measuring from the edge of the bumper, now we've added only about 15". That made a huge difference. Our ground clearance is about 10". Our closest point to that edge is going to be about 4".How this attaches to the hitch, we're going to have tool-free install here. You simply push it into place, push the gray tab on the side there. Then we have our speed knob at the end. You tighten that down by turning it to the right and that will take the shake and play out. Then it also comes with a lock. Once that's locked in place, all it does is free spin. This is keyed alike with the integrated call backs. You just simply put your dust cap back into place. This is to make sure no road dirt or grime gets in the lock while you travel. There you have it for the Yakima HoldUp Evo 4-bike platform rack on our 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek.

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