If you are buying a 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, or Crosstrek, you likely lead an active lifestyle, and you might also be looking for a bicycle. Many Subaru owners are outdoor enthusiasts and go mountain biking on the weekends. Subaru Canada just introduced a new speed bike called the Duke II. It’s a single-speed bike they say is ideal for gliding down a mountain trail.
The Subaru Duke II features a front and rear hand brake, bottle cage eyelets, a “flip-flop hub” for cruising single speed, or you can turn it up on Fixed Gear. The bike also features Sole signature geometry, upgraded components and weighs only 26 lbs.
What is the price of the Subaru bicycle? $699.99 Canadian, and about $569.00 USD. We aren’t sure if Subaru of America will offer the new Subaru Duke II to its customers. But regardless, you might need a bike carrier to transport your mountain bike to the trailhead.
What is best for your Subaru Forester, Outback or Crosstrek, a rooftop carrier, or trailer hitch carrier? If you haven’t already purchased a roof carrier, you might want to consider a trailer hitch bike rack instead. Consumer Reports did a study of roof vs. trailer hitch bike racks, and here is some of the data.
Rooftop bike racks are a bit more secure and allow you to access your rear liftgate and load cargo easier. Roof racks are a good choice if you don’t mind lifting the bike onto the roof and low-clearance garages or ceilings aren’t an issue.
Hitch bike racks allow you to quickly get to your bikes with moderate lifting (unlike roof racks). A rear carrier can be easily swung away from your tailgate so you can access your rear cargo area.
Mountain biking is one of the fastest-growing sports around the globe. In the mountain regions of the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, France, and South Africa, it’s gaining popularity. We think the best way to transport your bike is a hitch-mounted bike carrier instead of a roof-mounted bike rack. A roof-mounted bike rack can be challenging to load and unload, affecting aerodynamics, which increases fuel consumption.
For its U.S. customers, Subaru of America offers the Thule two-bike hitch-mounted carrier that allows tailgate access. Its lightweight aluminum rack is nearly half the weight of most hitch racks for easy handling, installation, and removal. The carrier is unique to Subaru and designed to properly attach to the Subaru trailer hitch. It fits newer Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent models.
If you don’t own a bike, you can check out the Subaru Duke II Single Speed Bike here. It’s a great addition for outdoor enthusiasts who are thinking of buying a 2021 Forester, 2021 Outback, or 2021 Crosstrek.
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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