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Thule T2 Classic - 2 Bike Hitch Rack

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Fat bikes and enduro sleds have reputations for toughness, but we know their rough exterior is camouflage for the fact that they're just big softies at heart—especially the carbon ones. Thule's T2 Classic 2 Bike Hitch Rack pampers them the way they prefer with a mounting design that completely avoids frame contact and helps to limit the possibility of damage to time spent on the trail, not in the car.

The T2 Classic fits wheels up to 29ers and tires ranging up to five fat inches without requiring any adapters. A SnugTite Lock secures the rack itself to the receiver hitch, and the rack is compatible with Thule's One Key System, so options abound for bike security, too. When not in use, the rack's HitchSwitch lever allows it to fold up and out of the way, preventing the invisible appendage risk that other hitch racks pose while backing up and parallel parking.

  • Secures to 1.25 or 2 inch receiver hitches
  • Accommodates 20 to 29 inch bikes, up to 5 inch tires
  • Frame-free ratcheting arm and rear wheel strap
  • Fully adjustable bike mounts
  • SnugTite lock (locks rack to hitch)
  • HitchSwitch tilts rack away/folds up
  • One Key System compatible

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
1.25 or 2-inch receiver hitches
Locks Included:
yes, includes SnugTite Lock (locks rack to hitch), One Key System compatible (locks bikes down with ratcheting arms)
Part Number:
9044, 9055
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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So Far SO Good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have been using this rack about two months now and have had no issues including one couple hundred mile trip to Moab. The selling points for me were the rack fitting a 2 inch receiver without an adapter, and being able to fully lower the tailgate without hitting the rack (with the bikes off).

So Far SO Good
Avg. ride time: 4m per week
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the classic. Never had an issue with bikes on this thing. I beat the piss out of my old rack and only needed to keep an eye on the bushings. They lasted longer than they thought they were going to but with four bikes they deff take a beating. I was able to pick some bushing up at lowes and beat the old ones out with a hammer and replace them all in under 20 min to have a solid rack again.

I sold my old rack with my old car and got a new rack for my new car.

No more stuffing my bike in the car!

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

What a great rack! This is so simple to use. I cannot believe how much pain I have gone through not having this yet. It is so solid and such a great design. Now I am going to get the add on too and some locks too. I highly recommend this rack!

only rack I will own.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this rack for about 5 years and it has finally been replaced. great rack, way easier than comparable models

Dat rack tho

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The gold standard in hitch mount bike racks. Fits just about everything you can throw at it except fat bike tires. But rest assured that your precious cargo is snug and secure at highway speeds. Load and unload your bikes in seconds with minimal contact to that tricked out paint job.

It's a Thule

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this Thule rack as a gift for my father. He and I have sold many Thule racks over the years, and this has worked out well, even with one small issue with the initial install. It seems the inner bolt that tightens down and takes out the play in the receiver hitch had some flashing on it from the weld, causing the bolt to not easily thread. It did require some work to clean things up, but it now works well. He recently used it on a trip to Colorado from Utah and had no issues what so ever. It's nice that the rack will also pivot away from the trunk area with bikes on, so you can get things out without removing the bikes. He's been quite please with it!

Nice Rack!

    Awesome 2 bike hitch carrier. Pretty easy to assemble- if you can read IKEA instructions. Nice easy tilt away to access trunk with bikes still on. Light enough to install by self.

    Easy Enough

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this rack because it is super easy to pack up the bikes. I always have to shake the bikes a little to make sure they are on tight because it just seems too easy. It is also nice that you can lower the rack with the bikes off or on to access the back of the car. I had to add an extension for our jeep to the large spare tire but no matter what conditions the rack always held up.

    Easy Enough

    Great bike carrier

      The perfect one carrier for your 2 wheel beauty. No need to left it on top of your car where its forgot when you enter your garage. I can look in my rear view mirror with conference my bikes are safe. It's quick and easy to use. I would recommend this to anyone that treats there bike like an extension of your family.

      Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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      Good build quality, but beware bumpers

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I attached this to a 2006 Infiniti FX35, and had to perform minor surgery on the front-wheel scoop to make it not rub up against the bumper. I wish I had known ahead of time, as I might have instead gone with one of the other models/brands where the front wheel scoop is lowered compared to the back (like the Kuat NV2). Nonetheless, after using a saw on the scoop it fits perfectly and I haven't had any issue transporting bikes around securely. The Thule build quality is great and putting it together was very straightforward. Just check your car's dimensions before you commit to this one.

      could have bought a Hitch extension? Harbor Freight

      Great Value

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I would give this rack 5 stars for value (much cheaper than a Kuat) but 4 stars for overall performance.

      Thanks to Backcountry Gearheads for prepping me ahead of time for the takes a little while to put together. Additionally, Thule factory assembled one of the major parts backwards so I had to take it apart and fix that part way through my build of it.

      The pin that holds the rack in place on your trailer hitch is a bit unusual as well. One of the sides is threaded to hold the pin (1/4" diameter) in place and this threading completely fills up the hole on one side of the trailer hitch. The other side of the rack does not have threading so the 1/4" diameter pin sits loosely in the 1/2" or larger trailer hitch hole. This causes some imbalance with the rack when you hit a bump, but isn't noticeable when traveling down the road.

      The rack works great for two bikes and the feature to drop the rack down to allow your tailgate to open is a huge help. Overall I would recommend purchasing this over a more expensive rack and saving yourself some money in the process.

      Great Value

      Solid Rack

        This is a solid rack with basic features. I previously owned another T2 for 8 years. I was looking at other options but the T2 was so reliable I opted to give it another go. So far so good, but I've only used it for a couple weeks now. I'll report back once I have some more time on this new version.

        Thule T2 Classic

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        In the past, I have been using my old Yakima Holdup rack to carry my bikes around. Recently the pin that folds the rack up or down broke in half, making it impossible to use. I decided to try out the T2 because it looks a little bit more sturdy. This rack has been awesome so far. There is no movement at all when you hit bumps and corner really hard unlike the holdup where it will buck your bikes up and down. I love how you can adjust the trays forward and back, side to side to make your bikes fit without rubbing each other. Another thing I like is the new black powder coat finish they put on it. I think it makes the rack moreally sleeker. Couple things that I am disappointed with is the arms no longer have a cable lock built in. You can still lock the arms in place though. Also Thule only sends you one lock for the hitch whereas before they sent 3 locks for the hitch and arms. I would definitely recommend this rack to anyone who wants to carry they're bikes with a hitch. It holds well on the street and does extremely well offroad.


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The T2 classic has been updated a bit (not to be confused with the pro model) with a few nice features: the grooves/teeth on the front arm are deeper denoting a more solid/secure placement of the arm against the front wheel. The rear wheel ratchet is pretty friendly to the fingers compared to the old design and accommodates a wider range of tire sizes. The finish is a lot nicer and seems more rugged. No major complaints; no bike rack is perfect or theft-proof but you get what you pay for. There is probably better out there but this is a great option.

        Best purchase of the year

          Bought this for my Tacoma that has a soft topper, no more Tetris to get the truck packed. Can't say enough. Totally Awesome!

          Works Great

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've used other hitch racks before and the T2 just made the most sense for me. It has all of the features I need in a bike rack: accommodates a variety of tire sizes, folds up against car and down for rear-entry, locks, and is compatible with an extender for 4 bikes. I found that most other hitch racks have identical features, however given the price the T2 was a no-brainer. Using it has been a breeze, and I like that it comes in an all black option. The drawback is having to purchase locking mech seperately, I don't understand why those aren't just included and baked into the price... However even after purchasing those the T2 is still an affordable option.

          Update: If you are buying this rack don't waste your money on the Thule cylinder locks which are designed as the locking system on this rack. It's mind-boggling how poorly designed this system is: Locking the arms provides no security, by removing the bike's thru axle a thief can separate wheel from frame and steal your bike in seconds. I would recommend buying a cable lock and using that with the rack.


            So this is a decent rack- maybe it should get four stars considering the price. However, I cracked two of the bolts while assembling this monster... everything still works for now, but something is weaker than it was designed to be. Also, mine did not come with the lock cores for the bike cradles. That's a cheap way to squeeze another $50 out of the deal. Finally, the rubber strap that holds the rear wheel in place barely, and I mean barely, fits my 29er.

            Pretty hard to beat

              The versatility on T2 is pretty hard to beat. This accomodates any wheel size from 20in to 29in and a tire up to 5in wide. Integrated locks allow you to keep your bikes safe while you run in to snag some beer for your post ride bbq.

              Really simple and easy to use, almost anyone could get the job done. The best feature on this by far is that you can tilt it away from your vehicle so you can open up your hatch, tailgate, or bed topper without having to take the bikes off. Simply pull the pin and move the rack down.

              Not using your bikes but don't want to take the rack off? No problem, when not in use just fold it up and lock it in place. Plenty of clearing from the back of the car so no need to worry about dinging up your new whip.

              Matthew Pizza

              Expert Gearhead



              Pretty hard to beat