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ThuleApex XT Bike Rack - 5 Bike

$449.95

Item # THU008W

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Description

Apex XT Bike Rack

Designed for premium travel, the Thule Apex XT Bike Rack provides improved ground and bumper clearance, and makes loading and unloading your bikes easier than ever before. The SnugTite stinger system allows for easy and secure installation without tools, while the the HideAway anti-sway cradles keep your bikes stable when you're on the road.

The compact cradle design accommodates a wide variety of bike sizes and frame styles, meaning there's room for the whole family, and all five bikes sit seven inches apart on the arms to provide optimal spacing and eliminate contact. The reinforced cradle straps are now 25% stronger than the previous version, and Thule even included an Integrated Locking Cable to secure your bikes to the rack. The Hitch-Switch design allows the carriers arms to fold down and the entire carrier rack to fold away when it's not loaded, giving you easy access to the rear of your vehicle.

  • Secure, convenient hitch bike rack carries up to 5 bikes
  • Easy, tool-free installation with SnugTite stinger and hand knob
  • HideAway cradles with ratcheting straps makes loading a breeze
  • Fold up design makes it easy to slide bike frames over cradles
  • Spacing of seven inches offer optimal spacing between bikes
  • Carries bikes at 3 points to prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact
  • HitchSwitch levers let you fold down arms and rack for rear access
  • Built-in cable lock secures your bikes to the rack during pit stops

Tech Specs
Bike Capacity5
Compatibility[hitch] 1.25in, 2in
Locks Includedyes
Part Number9026XT
Recommended Usetravel
Manufacturer Warrantylimited lifetime

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>Rating: 3

High hopes but fell quite short

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Fits 5
Height
5` 9"
Weight
170 lbs

Bought last year for my new mtb 27.5 full suspension. Had to get Thule adaptor separately as full suspension frames cannot be installed directly to the rack. Worked great even with 2 bikes on it, when my wife had one of her own. But when I got my son his bike, problem arose- all 3 would hit each other constantly. Had to put towels on areas where there’s contact to avoid scratching or denting the bikes. Even with those in place, i saw scratches on 3 bikes. Pro’s: Easy to install and take away and store if not in use Good workmanship Cheaper than platform racks Easy installation Con’s: Bike would sway a lot especially on bumpy rides and speed bumps Have to purchase adaptor separately for full suspension bikes, women’s bikes, and kids’ bikes Don’t think 5 bikes would actually fit as advertised.