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Thule Apex Swing Away Bike Rack - 4 bike


Item # THU0363

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Reach your apex of joy when it comes to transporting the steeds.

The Thule Apex Swing Away Bike Rack was already trusted by serious road and mountain bike enthusiasts the world over, and now it sports new designs as well as improved features. Now, not only can you bring three friends, your spouse and two kids, your parents and uncle, or any triple-combo of biking enthusiast along with you, but there's no need to take all of the bikes off to access the cooler that 'someone' forgot to keep within arm's reach.

  • Swing-Away design lets you effortlessly move a fully loaded rack out and away from a trunk, tailgate, or hatch door
  • Improved Hitch-Switch design allows the bike carrier arms to fold down as well as the entire carrier rack to fold down (when not loaded)
  • Thule EasyMount system features a Receiver Lock Knob to quickly engage the rack receiver into the hitch, tighten, and lock it with limited effort and no tools
  • Thule Road Dampening Technology (RDT) in the bike frame cradles reduces vibrations
  • Soft Touch Anti-Sway Cage features soft thermoplastic (TPE) that gently grips the bike frame to prevent swinging
  • Reinforced Cradle Straps are 25% stronger to last longer than in the past
  • Arched bike arms disperse weight better and make loading/unloading easier than straight designs
  • Integrated handle at the back of the mast makes transport, install/removal easy
  • Integrated Locking Cable secures the bikes to the rack

  • Swing-Away hinge
  • Hitch-Switch folding design
  • EasyMount hitch-mount system
  • Locking Receiver Knob
  • Soft Touch anti-sway bike cages
  • Thule Road Dampening Technology
  • Reinforced cradle straps
  • Integrated locking cable

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
2-inch receivers
Locks Included:
Recommended Use:
transporting your bikes
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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Unanswered Question

We have a Nissan Frontier and are traveling cross country. We were wondering how far out does the rack swing out? Does it swing out far enough so we can open up the truck bed without having to remove the rack/bikes? Also, How far out does the rack extend from the truck hitch?

3 5

4 rubber straps broke on first trip

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

To begin with, my box was missing the assembly instructions and the safety strap. My first trip with the rack was a 6 hour drive on vacation with 4 bikes attached. During the trip out, one rubber strap cracked and another broke entirely. By the time I returned home again two more straps had broken through the holes and one cracked all the way through the rubber. I like the other features of the rack such as the swing away arm, but the rubber straps need a re-design.

Tightening knob

Tighten the knob and it allows the mechanism to expand and secure itself in the hitch.

Tightening knob

Hitch mount

The rack allowed for a secure fit in the hitch without any wobble or movement.

Hitch mount
4 5

Good for the family car

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Putting this rack together was simple. I was concerned about the adaptor for the 2 inch hitch but has not been an issue. The cam system that tightens the rack in the hitch works well and is secure. While tightening the knob it helped to gently rock the rack so the corners of the adaptor found the corners of the hitch. (Compared to the Yakima Swingdaddy, the Swingdaddy would not secure itself in the hitch despite cranking down on the knob to the point it wouldn't even turn or loosen). There is also a lever that clicks into the hole in the side of the hitch for added security.

Swinging the bikes aside is easy and there are some locking pins to prevent it from swinging back on you (one is semi- automatic and one needs to be put in place by hand).

A lock for the hitch and a lock for a small cable in the rack are included. If you want further security purchase a long cable and u lock.

I haven't had any issues with the adaptor as the previous reviewer.

This rack is good for the family lower end kid bikes and adult hardtails. Full suspension bikes have a difficult time being mounted on these style racks and a lot of the high end carbon bikes do not recommend using a rack like this.

Good for the family car
1 5

Expected more from Thule

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

We had the old version of this rack and there were a couple things that weren't optimal, but the back of our car was smashed and we had to pry the old rack off in pieces. This rack seemed the most similar but when we got it realized Thule now uses an adapter that fits both 1 1/4 and 2" hitches to cut costs. Installed it and 3 days later the pin broke inside the plastic piece at the base. PLASTIC?! Thule used to use metal. They've made a few small improvements, but overall this is a terrible product from a company who is clearly relying on its name and not quality. Backcountry was cool enough to handle the return.

Responded on

same thing happened to ours - would only by 2' product, not the adaptable one. Ended up getting it off with a hack saw...
But the swing function is essential, so buying a 2' receiver product.

5 5

Thule Apex Swing Away

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great experience ordering from BackCountry. I ordered the carrier and it arrived 2 days later. The bike carrier is outstanding. I put it together in about 10 minutes and its very easy to load, secure, and unload all of our bikes quickly.

Is this a rack that I can buy other...

Is this a rack that I can buy other accessories so that in the winter season I can use it as a ski rack?

Responded on

Unfortunately, that's not how this works. It doesn't really disassemble, so if you want a ski rack you'll need a whole new setup.