I finally gave up on trying to stick two bikes in the back of my Cube and after much searching I have found a great bike rack solution at a relatively reasonable price.
My initial debate was roof rack or hitch rack. I decide on a hitch rack for two reasons, easier accessibility and fear that my wife would forget the bikes were on top when she drove in to get coffee in the morning.
I was surprised after doing some research that the hitch rack that was popular with owners was not a brand I’d ever heard of but the Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1.25-Inch Receiver). Now that I have had the rack for a few weeks I have to agree, it is simple but does a great job of keeping the bikes stable even at highway speeds. I like the way the bikes are supported by their own wheels and clamped down onto wheel supports. No fear that my new bike will get scratched by the other bike. Clamping the bikes down that way keeps the front wheels pointed straight so the bikes can’t move. The rack also folds into a small package that can easily be stored or carried in the car.
The rack is available on Amazon for $119.99, Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1.25-Inch Receiver), a good price compared to other racks and a rack that works well, recommended.
Note: the Amazon ad says for 1.25″ hitch only but my rack can set up for a 2″ hitch. By removing the adapter it also fits a 1.25″ hitch, the only size hitch available for the Cube.
I also had a Draw-Tite 1.25″ hitch installed on the Cube. The hitch fits onto the Cube beautifully. Much better that the standard UHauL hitch.