Bike Rack Weight Limit

Ansel Koehler

Asked by Mar 18, 2015 at 06:24 PM about the 2008 Subaru Outback Basic

Question type: Car Customization

Hello, I am looking to put a bike rack on an 08 subaru outback. The bike rack will extend outward and I am looking to put 3 bikes on it (4 if lucky). These are mountain bike which can way up to 35lbs.

Will the wait of bikes + bike rack excede what is suggested/capable of my 08 subaru outback? (going on a 2" hitch)

bike rack = 35lbs
bike = 35 lbs
4 bikes + rack = up to 200lbs (added another 25 pounds due to physics of rack and forces of bumps)

6 Answers

Tom Demyan

The vehicle can handle the weight, but check the bike rack weight limit, (there will be one). That will determine what type of bikes you can load onto it.

Best Answer

Saris makes the best bike racks for cars and they come with a lifetime guarantee, how can you beat that! Go to their website and see their full line of products, you will be impressed.

Ansel Koehler

Those 1Up racks though... expensive but they look tough to beat


I know they're expensive, but, I purchased one years ago for a different car I no longer own and was able to sell it on eBay later and recoup some of my money. Everyone who really knows bike racks is aware that these are the best and gold standard for performance. These products are built so well, they're practically indestructible. I would advise you to shop for them on Amazon and read what people say about this product.

Tom Demyan

I personally recommend the 'Thule' brand.


They're both good racks, depending upon your needs. See below, Your budget.

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