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ThuleHelium Platform 1 Bike Hitch Rack


Item # THU008U

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Why We Like The Helium Platform 1 Bike Hitch Rack

As paint jobs on bikes continue to break barriers in appeal and individual customization, protecting your bike's image — as well as its carbon — is understandably a top priority. Thule charges into the frameless contact market with their Helium Platform 1, which clamps directly at the tires, thus avoiding any contact with your frame. Loading the bikes is a time-saving wonder as you'll unfold the wheel loops, set the bikes in the trays, and ratchet down the loops to secure the wheels in place. Stashing last-minute cargo in the hatch is now less complicated, as the Helium tilts via the HitchSwitch to clear the vehicle's hatch even when the bikes are loaded. And finally, lock the bikes for added security during transport en route to the trailhead with the integrated cable lock (included).

Thule's Helium line strives to reduce weight and maintain strength, and the Helium Platform 1 at just 23lb may weigh less than your bike. And still, the Helium Platform 1 can support a 37.5lb load to accommodate a healthy range of bicycle types while fitting wheel sizes from 26-29in and tires up to three inches wide.

  • Frameless contact bike rack for your pride and joy
  • Holds one bike securely with ratcheting wheel loops
  • Aluminum design reduces weight while maintaining strength
  • Easy folding for locking upright when not in use
  • Integrated cable lock helps deter theft

Tech Specs
Bike Capacity1
Compatibility[receivers] 1.25in, 2in, [tires] up to 3in, [wheels] 26-29in
Locks Included[hitch] SnugTit stinger, [tray] integrated cable
Part Number903900
Manufacturer Warrantylimited lifetime

Claimed Weight

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Amazing & Perfect!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

Backcountry offers another amazing product. I was hesitant at first bc I read reviews and answers on other sites saying that it may or may not be compatible with a 2in hitch. It definitely works! The directions were also clear on how to use it if you have a smaller hitch. I have a Subaru Outback and can still access my trunk without having to move it to the down position. It does not obstruct the rear view camera and doesn'€™t make your car lengthier like others. I really could no€™t be happier. The only thing I added was some stick-on reflectors bc when it is up it blends almost a little too well into my car. Easy to assemble (the hardest part was getting the key attachment in correctly, but you have to twist and press until it locks in). Great directions. Installed myself in less than an hour.