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4.0 out of 5 starsRecommended With Some Small Caveats
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on September 9, 2022
Once I figured out a few key things, this rack turned out to be very effective with three or less bikes. We travelled about 800km in total at expressway and passing speeds, large bumps, and corners and nothing moved, everything stayed in place. But there were some caveats.
First, the design is generally good, it's quite sturdy, and the instructions are relatively clear. Take note that the two side straps are the most important in keeping the top part against the rear window. The top straps over the spoiler steady and help centre the rack and don't appear to have damaged the spoiler like I feared, even when quite tight. However, they will not go tight enough to push the rack against the window to steady it; the side straps easily did this. I did add two straps wrapped around the end of the bike holders and my RAV4's roof racks for extra security but am still unsure if they were necessary (green in the image). They did snug the rack up against the rear window, so I would likely use them again.
The bikes are affixed quite nicely, but the straps and ties included are not the easiest to use, especially when removing them, plus they could get lost -- this could be easily improved by developing integrated ties, like other racks employ -- until then, don't lose them! One more recommendation, I used lot's of foam and bubble wrap between the bike and the rack, just to reduce any chance of paint wear, etc.
Overall, I'd recommend this bike rack.