2016 Honda Civic: Will the Giant XL 29er Mountain Bike Fit?
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on March 18, 2016
My bike is big. It's a giant, in fact. In this case, that's more than a description because it's an XL-sized Giant XTC 29er, which means it has the large 29-inch wheels. Others might take up more space, I suppose. Mine is a hardtail, not a full suspension bike, but still.
I'd been planning to go for a weekend ride in the nearby Chino Hills State Park, but that was before I decided to sign out our new 2016 Honda Civic. Peering at the trunk for the first time, I was starting to think I'd have to change my plans and go for a hike instead.
There was only one way to find out which it was going to be.
The trunk opening is pretty broad and fairly deep. Notice that the seat is still inside the confines of the trunk, and that's without loosening or lowering the seat post. The only thing I had to do was remove the front wheel, but I'd have done that anyway.
The rear seatbacks had to come down, of course, but a pair of prominent release handles made it easy to do that from back here. The pass-through opening is fairly narrow, so I had to use care and monkey with the position of the pedals as I scooted the bike into position. It was a bit like playing Operation, but without all that buzzing.
One nice side effect of the 2016 Civic's generally enlarged backseat accommodations (1.2 inches more rear legroom than the last model) is that you probably won't have to scoot the front seats forward to create sufficient room for the rear seatbacks to flop down.
When they do flop down, they get pretty close to fully flat. If I'd wanted to, I could have strung a bungee cord between the two exposed seatback catches to keep the bike from shifting around.
Sure, a trunk may not be the best option for regular bike hauling, but then this approach does offer excellent security if you need to mix in a few errands on the day you go for a ride. And if the Civic's trunk and pass-though can handle this, it's a sure bet it can haul a lot of other odd-shaped things, too.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,382 miles