I join you liking the ones holding the wheels. My 1 Up hitch rack is first choice and I use same as yours on roof when needed.I've got a Yakima rack that can attach to the factory crossbars with the correct clamps. I have both the High Roller & the older King Cobra (I believe) on mine, which holds the complete bike and they hold just fine. Either one has a adjustment to change for the wheel size which is on the fly. You can also buy locks to go with the cable that's built into the rack. I've used this style for years with never an issue.
Yeah if you've got the 15mm thru-axle w/your bike, I would go for the complete bike on top o' the car. Screw that you have to buy this piece, then that piece plus using it on top of the car is more of a hassle than reg 9mm thru-axle IMO. The Yakima High Roller is MSRP $200, but they have a lower models for $180/$150 & $140 respectively that all work with complete bikes. Thule also makes very comparable designs as well and they are $200/$180/$160 for theirs.You guys had me sole on the Rocky Mounts tie rod, but it must not work with a through axle? Maybe I could have stated that in my original post.
I am quite pissed to see that a link was added into my post regarding the Thule sidearm! It linked to a website (autoanything.com) that I have never visited, nor support. I'm hoping a moderator could explain how this could happen...I sell racks all the time... If I had to buy one it would be the Thule sidearm. Fits factory racks, easy to use and the bike goes on and off in seconds.
:17: excuse my self-bump :gasp:So I've been looking all over the place at roof racks as well, and have a few questions that I'd like input on:
1. Fork Mount vs. Frame Mount? I'm leaning toward fork mount because it sounds more stable, easier to mount (assuming quick-disconnect), and if for some reason I have a carbon-fiber bike I don't have to worry about destroying it in the mount.
2. Related to fork mount: What do you guys do with the front wheel? I'm a mountain biker and there are days when i get off the trail COVERED in mud and my wheels look like brownies. Are the front-wheel rack mounts worth it? What about just bungie'd to the bike?
3. Looking at the racks on "Subaru Online Parts" (https://www.subaruonlineparts.com/p...=1058&osCsid=175563bc49998317fede9c660ecb4a50 )
Is this just a re-labelled Yakima rack? Anyone know if they come with keys, or you have to buy a core set, or can request the same key for 2 or 3 racks?
I know it's a subaru and I shouldn't fret about tossing some mud in the rear hatch, but I'm thinking more along the lines of road trips and having a bunch of stuff in the rear that i *dont* want mud on.
Input is much appreciated!!