Some things in life just fit too well together; like pancakes and syrup, chicken and waffles, or an outdoor bike and a Subaru. If we didn’t make you hungry with the first two pairs, maybe that last pairing sounds more enticing for you. If it does, then you’ll be happy to know that Subaru recently released a new single-speed bike that pairs well with any its SUV offerings.
The Subaru Duke II is a two-wheeled complement to a four-wheeled companion
Whether or not you can consider it a stereotype or just truth, many Subaru owners love to take part in the great outdoors. Whether it’s camping, skiing, kayaking, or biking, Subaru owners use their four-wheeled companions to go just about anywhere and do just about anything. But with the new Duke II bicycle, those owners can go even farther.
Of course, you would probably think that Subaru would offer buyers a mountain bike, but the Duke II is still a great two-wheeled transporter on paved roads. The Subaru Duke II is a single-speed bike that features front and rear hand brakes, bottle cage eyelets, and a “flip flop hub” for cruising as a single speed or on a Fixed Gear. The bike is made by Sole Bicycles and also offers the brand’s signature construction and only weighs 26 pounds.
According to Torque News, the Duke II is priced at $699 Canadian and around $569 in U.S. dollars, however, it’s not clear yet if Subaru of America is going to offer it to U.S. customers. For now, it can only be ordered on the Subaru Canada website.
You’ll need something to carry the bike on your Subaru
In case you do end up buying a Subaru Duke II, then you’ll be happy to know that the automaker sells a couple of different racks in which to transport it. If you currently own or are planning to buy a Subaru SUV like a Forester, Crosstrek, or an Outback, then you can opt for either a roof-mounted carrier or hitch-mounted bike carrier.
The rooftop bike carrier is great if you want to access the rear cargo area without having the bikes in the way, however, it can be tougher to mount and dismount the bicycle. For an easier time, you can get a hitch-mounted bike rack that can store up to two bicycles. And while a hitch-mounted rack does hinder access to the rear cargo area, it’s also more user-friendly when it comes to mounting the bicycles.
The Duke II and any Subaru SUV go together well
Just like biscuits and gravy or peanut butter and jelly, it’s easy to see that the Duke II bicycle pairs well with any Subaru SUV. If you currently own or planning to buy a Crosstrek, Outback, or Forester, then you’ll likely need one of the aforementioned racks to carry the bike in.
However, if you would rather buy the three-row Ascent, then you might just be able to fold the seats down and throw the bike in it. Either way, buying a bike and one of the most capable all-wheel-drive vehicles on the market sounds like a pretty enticing combination.