OEM rails are weak and flimsy, and a 1UP roof rack doesn't spread the load wide enough like that of a Thule or Yakima.
It’s a hardtail single speed. It’s not heavy… I know it was the cross wind because it was fine the day before. I don’t think anyone was messing with it because it was never out of my sight (coffee shop was a walk up and I parked up front).How heavy is the bike? Any chance someone may have tried to pinch it while you were out of sight?
It's a 1up rack, which a lot of people run. I can't imagine its because of bad design on that side of things.That tray is super narrow and is going to put a HUGE side load on the cross bar. I suspect that a tray with a wider mounting width the cross bars would be fine. Most Thule or Yakima trays are maybe 4" wide at the fork mount, which will support side loading much better.
I have a North Shore for it also but that thing is a monster. It seriously weighs so much. I’m just going to go back to using it, even though it’s a pita for everyday use.I recently put factory rails on my Crosstrek. Had planned to install an upright carrier on them but after installing them decided I like my bike too much. Ended up with a hitch rack. Rails just looked too weak.
wood doesn't torque the bars sidewaysI've put some crazy loads on the integrated bars on my Outback with no issues e.g. 10 x 8' pressure treated 4x4s, but they are low and spread across the bars, that OneUp/bar interface does look like it concentrate a lot of force into the bars.
For our Palisade I went with Thule and their Aerowing bars do have a very slight curve to them.
Yea, Impreza wagonThis is on an Impreza?
Doesn't look like factory Outback crossbars.