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OutWay Platform Bike Mount - 2 Bike

3.75 out of 5 stars
16 Reviews



Why We Like The OutWay Platform Bike Mount

For those of us that don't have a vehicle with a tailgate hitch, hauling bikes from one location to another often requires a trunk-mounted bike rack. We'd prefer to transport our trusty steeds with a reliable platform rather than allow the frames to swing freely in the wind, but options are limited when a hitch isn't accessible. That is, until Thule designed the OutWay Platform Bike Mount to haul your bike with the tires supported, all from the trunk of your car. The OutWay Platform rests on the back of your car much like a traditional bike rack, and goes further to provide a stable platform for each tire, allowing you to haul up to two bikes while keeping your rear lights and license plate visible. AcuTight clamps secure the frame of your bike to the rack, thereby reducing vibrations over potholes and speed bumps, and the rack is secured to your car with similar AcuTight technology, preventing strangers from swiping your trusted hauler.


  • Trunk-mounted bike rack features a reliable platform design
  • Functional platform style keeps your license plate visible
  • Designed to fit a wide range of vehicles, including sedans
  • AcuTight clamps apply constant tension to the bike frame
  • Lockable tightening system keeps your rack from disappearing
  • Supports up to 66 pounds of total weight
  • Item #THUZ3G5
Bike Capacity
Fits most sedans, station wagons, CUVs, and SUVs
Locks Included
Part Number
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Overall Rating

4 based on 16 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 2 reviews
4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 8 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

February 21, 2024

Great product

Love it. you can leave it on the car or once you have it set up it very easy to put on and take off. Also i like that the bikes sit higher so it does not effect review camera.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

2 out of 5 stars

July 5, 2023

Didn’t fit Volvo xc60

I purchased the product as it has potential to be an excellent solution to not having a hitch, but also not wanting to use the roof rack for my bike. I ordered the rack to the specifications of my 2019 Volvo XC60, and unfortunately it didn’t fit. The hooks don’t fit at the top of the hatch. They need to really be jammed in, which was difficult to do without damaging the car. Once in, the hatch won’t open without damaging the car. Could potentially be a great solution if it fit properly, which I suspect it does for some cars out there. But not for a volvo xc60.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 20, 2023

Excellent for vehicle without hitch

I bought this bike rack this spring and I love it. It is mounted on a 2015 Subaru Outback, my roof rack was already loaded with a Thule Force Alpine and the two of them fit well. It cleared my back up camera and plates, bikes hold up tight on any road, take about 15 min to install and adjust and attaching the bike can be tricky sometime, but no big deal. My only negative point is that my hatch doesn’t hold up open when using it (too heavy) and don’t even think to open it with bike. But you adapt!

J-P Bouf

Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

June 10, 2023

Perfect for mountain bikes

Bought this a few weeks back and very happy with the product. I recommend a second person for installation (mainly to hold the tailgate open slightly) and the rest is a breeze. The removable arms are crucial for attaching and locking your bikes securely no matter the shape of your frame. Feel sturdy and rides smooth on the back of the car. Recommend minor tightening after your first trip to make sure it is settled and secured. Highly recommend for those who don’t have a hitch and need a platform style rack. There is some movement in the platform when driving over bumps, but I feel this is intentional in the design to relieve pressure off the frame. Nothing concerning!


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

2 out of 5 stars

March 11, 2023

I didn't use it but somebody did. I need a hitch.

It could work for old cars and old bikes, but not a new car and not for carbon fiber bikes. New car: Rub marks will develop in the paint in six (eight?) locations: 1, 2, 3, 4: the top and bottom of the hatch door, as the strapping stabilizes the rack based on how much torque you create as you cinch the rack down. 5 & 6: The feet that may or may not sit on the spoiler in the middle/lower part of the hatch door. 7 & 8: the spoiler adapter that potentially prevents the spoiler from bending under pressure created by the torqued straps. Not a good design for a Nissan Leaf, although you wouldn't know it by looking at Thule's fit guide (in which I could not find installation instructions). Carbon bike: The rack grips the bike on the down tube. It will crush the carbon fiber over time, as the bikes go jostling up and down dirt roads, even with the adapter they recommend. NOT a good plan. And there is the box the rack came in. 20 years ago I worked for a retailer that sold Thule products: racks and accessories. At that time, many of the boxes came from the distributor THRASHED. The cardboard they used was soft and not well adapted to the products inside. Their boxes also appeared to have been opened and taped shut a second or third time. Tape was all over the box, as if somebody had used packing tape to seal holes and reinforce the boxes. This was frequent. Our Thule rep asked us to focus on the product itself, which really was pretty well designed stuff. Fast forward 20 years. That is EXACTLY how this box was. I repacked it and sealed it with masking tape so that they cannot reuse it and send it out to the (at least) third person.

Rack Dog Past

Originally reviewed on manufacturer

3 out of 5 stars

October 23, 2022

Buyer Beware

Neither the installation video nor the description convey that the rack does NOT work if you have a water cage on the downtube. You must either remove the cage entirely or remove the upper screw and turn the cage 180 degrees down. Obviously only an inconvenience (although some possibility that the cage thread will get worn or, worse, misplace the screw), but misleading advertising, IMHO. Also, carrying 2 bikes does require some advance planning so that you properly position the longer of the 2 clamps. I didn't want a hitch or roof rack or the variety that hangs the bike. I've had better prior experiences with Thule.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

October 17, 2022

Great Product…Difficult to install

Works great. Very secure. Would travel a thousand miles with my bikes in tow and have no worries. It was difficult ti install though.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

1 out of 5 stars

October 16, 2022

Piece of Garbage Broke on First Use

This piece of crap broke the first time I used it, stranding me four hours from home with no way to transport my bike. The right cable pulley stopped catching, rendering it impossible to secure the rack to the car. Ridiculous rip off.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

5 out of 5 stars

September 27, 2022


Fit perfect on my outback. Easy to use. Solid material.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer

4 out of 5 stars

September 8, 2022

A good solution for non-hitch racks

I wanted a rack that could fit both my road and mountain bike. This mounts easy, bikes go on quickly (you do need to be able to lift your bike shoulder height). Yes, you do loose the use of your hatch, but it has been a fair compromise.


Originally reviewed on manufacturer