2014 Mini Cooper: The Bike (Sorta) Fits
April 2, 2015
It's been quite some time since the last installment of my (future) award-winning 783-part series, "Will the Bike Fit?"
So how hard is it to put a mountain bike into the now-larger 2014 Mini Cooper? It's far from a cinch, that's for sure. Not that the 29-inch wheels of my mountain bike were helping anyone. Well, except for me out on the trails. Then they're nice to have.
It took more finagling to stuff the bike into the Mini than I'd envisioned, even with a dropper seat post. Plus, my goal was to do this without taking the rear wheel off.
Finally, with the front passenger seat slid as far forward as possible and the forks resting on the back window sill (protected by a blanket), the bike was in. The handlebars just barely cleared the hatch.
It worked, but definitely had me longing for the 2015 Mini Cooper four-door model.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 11,850 miles