I recently picked up a 2014 Subaru CrossTrek and have been going about adding on an after-market hitch, mainly so I could justify buying a real bike rack! I did a lot of research, really wanting just a few basics:
– Two bike carrier
– Wheel tray design with either top tube or wheel stabilizing arm
– Locks on the arms
– Lock for the frame to the vehicle
– Not costing a month’s rent
There’s a clique of riders around me who are total gear snobs and basically balked at anything that didn’t say "Thule," which I find ridiculous. The local MTB club chapter shed some better light, and from those conversations, this little guy came up: The SportRack SR2901LR 2-Bike Lock and Tilt Platform Hitch Rack.
After scouring down internet reviews, the general consensus I find is this is made by a Thule subsidiary, has a lifetime warranty, and is quite a steal for the price: $180 plus tax.