etrailer | Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review – 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

etrailer | Thule Hitching Post Pro Hitch Bike Rack Review – 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Hi there, Jeep owners. Today on your 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee we're going to be taking a look at and test fitting Thule's Hitching Post Pro four bike hanging bike rack. This hanging style bike rack is going to give you four different slots so you can bring along four bikes with you, so every passenger in your vehicle can have their own bike.It will work with most bikes. I do recommend not using carbon fiber bikes with it. If you have a smaller or specialty frame bike, like a children's bike, or one with a special frame, we do have adapter bars available so that way they can work on here as well.But if you've got your regular standard mountain bike, you should have no problem getting it on here. It's held in place with two cradles, one on each side, so we've got two points of contact holding our frame.

And there’s a third point down below here, this is our anti-sway to keep our bike from moving around, preventing bike to bike and bike to rack contact.The straps have multiple loops in them to give you optimal tightening. It’s a rubberized strap that’ll ensure your bike can’t slide around. If we take a closer look here at the bottom, we can see we’ve got grooves in the bottom of the cradle here, and that’ll allow your brake cables to easily pass through them, so they’re not pressed up against the frame causing any scratches or abrasions. You’re going to have this on each one of your cradles.Once you’re ready to use your bike, simply remove your straps that hold it in place, and then your bike just lifts and slides right off of it. We’re just going to bring it around.

The cables, just going to work those up if it’s a little tight. Over your cradles there, and then we’ll set it off and set it aside.Now that we’ve got our bike out of the way, we can get a little bit better closer look here at our cradles and straps. They are all going to be identical going down. When you’ve got your bike off of here, one of the things that’s nice about this is that we can tilt it down to minimize the distance and also tilt it away, so we can access the back.Before we move it, though, I’m going to go ahead and give you some measurements so you can see how much this is going to add to the length of your vehicle. From the bumper to the furthest point here at the back, we’re looking at about 39 inches that it’s adding to the length of the vehicle.

Our closest point is going to be here at the loop at the back, and that’s going to be at about six inches.The pin located up here at the top is going to allow us to tilt this down, so we’re going to go ahead and just pull this pin out. The assembly can then be slid down. We’ll line the hole back up, and then we can just reinsert the pin.Now the maximum distance we’ve got here that we’ve added to the length of our vehicle is at about 16 inches here at the end of our cradle. Down here at the bottom the closest point is the loop here, and this loop allows us to pass through a cable lock, so we can ensure that our bikes stay with our vehicle and with our rack.You’ll also notice that there is a pin down here. This pin is our tilt away pin.

If we go ahead and remove this pin, the entire rack assembly can then be tilted away, and this will give us access to the rear of our vehicle. We’ve got our bikes removed. We need to maybe get a few things, water bottles, maybe some snacks that we want to throw in our bags with our ride, and then we’re ready to hit the road, and we didn’t have to take our bike rack off to do so.This bike rack is designed to work with both one and a quarter and two inch hitches. There’s a sleeve that comes with it to make it larger for your two inch hitches. It secures with an anti rattle bolt. I’ve got it just a little bit loose now so you can see what it would be like if it wasn’t an anti rattle bolt. Your other bike racks and competitors out there are going to be bouncing around like this and your bikes are going to be getting all that momentum. But with our anti rattle bolt here, we can tighten it down using a three quarter inch socket, which we have wrenches and sockets available here at from Performance Tools.Once we snug this down, we have no more play and we don’t have to worry about all those vibrations transferring to the frame of our bikes anymore.Here on our test course, we’ll start by going through the slalom. This

1 Comment

  1. Daniel Pineda on November 27, 2022 at 8:47 am

    why no carbon fiber bikes?