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Hello all,
I have learned now that Subaru's Heavy-Duty Roof Cargo Basket is actually a Yakima Load Warrior rebranded. My question is;
-Does anyone know who makes Subaru's Bike Carrier-Hitch Mounted? Is it rebranded for Subaru?
Thanks for the help here.
 

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I was wondering the same thing, hopefully someone has the answer. Still trying to figure out what direction to go on an 2 bike carrier that probably won't be used real much.
 

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The high mount hitch carriers I've seen are re-branded Yakima. You will see Subaru printed but Yakima in the molded parts.

YMMV, but I wouldn't spend a dime on a high mount hitch carrier if it wasn't a bargain or simple bike. It is so much easier and fit is so much better with tray rack types.

The light weight best value wheel mount is Saris Freedom, and 1 Up is what you get if you like things that score 11 on the 1 - 10 scale. Make sure you understand all the 1 Up system has to offer before you buy another other premium tray or low mount rack.
 

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imwjl,

I will need the carrier to handle 2 bikes that would be used seldom at best. I was looking to perhaps go the Yakima route. I really don't want to stick to much money into a carrier that will not be used much at all. Any ideas??
 

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I will need the carrier to handle 2 bikes that would be used seldom at best. I was looking to perhaps go the Yakima route. I really don't want to stick to much money into a carrier that will not be used much at all. Any ideas??
The Saris Freedom does not cost a lot for what you get - superior set on (vs hang on) type that is light. The Freedom does not fold up 90 degrees like many but also does not hang out as much as bigger racks. It's also about 1/2 the weight because of the simplicity.

Finally, I see you're in WI and both of Saris and 1 Up are made in WI. The owners of Saris are super people and same for many who work there. I do a lot of volunteering and that's how I met them.
 

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The Saris Freedom does not cost a lot for what you get - superior set on (vs hang on) type that is light. The Freedom does not fold up 90 degrees like many but also does not hang out as much as bigger racks. It's also about 1/2 the weight because of the simplicity.

Finally, I see you're in WI and both of Saris and 1 Up are made in WI. The owners of Saris are super people and same for many who work there. I do a lot of volunteering and that's how I met them.
How would you rate this -v- the Subaru one? Wife wants one for her new 2012 with SAP and she is a bit of light weight 100lbs or so (and 61 yrs old)... The Subaru unit, I think, I can get for about $180; however, am concerned about weight and rusting.
 

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How would you rate this -v- the Subaru one? Wife wants one for her new 2012 with SAP and she is a bit of light weight 100lbs or so (and 61 yrs old)... The Subaru unit, I think, I can get for about $180; however, am concerned about weight and rusting.
You won't worry about rust if you get a 1 Up because everything is made of anodized AL or stainless steel. Nothing is in the same league.

The Saris products are known for super customer service and lifetime warranty.

Yakima (the Subaru) is of course a maker of good stuff. I have a lot of other Yakima stuff but hang with a bunch of riders, am a trail builder, board member of a bike club, neck deep in it. For hitch racks my posse for the most part likes 1 Up, Saris, and a few Kuat fans are thrown in to.
 
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