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Thule T2 Pro XT - 2 Bike Hitch Rack

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If you've had enough of taking off your front wheel and stuffing your bike into your trunk, only to lose your quick-release skewer, then find it rolling around under the passenger seat, the Thule T2 Pro XT wants to make your life easier. When you just want to get your bike to the trailhead and go ride, this easy-to-use rack will accommodate your's and a friend's rides with a stable arm around the fork and a lock around your rear tire without taking all afternoon to set up.

  • Make bike transport far easier with this dependable rack
  • Accommodates up to 2 road or mountain bikes
  • Fits 20-29 inch frames and up to 5-inch wheels
  • Ratcheting arm has no frame contact which reduces damage
  • Folds out of the way when not in use with HitchSwitch lever
  • Integrated cable lock and lock knob secures rack and bikes
  • Can carry up to 4 bikes with separately-sold add-on rack

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
20 - 25 in wheels, up to 5 in tires
Locks Included:
Part Number:
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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Access to hatch and easy installation

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

The perfect bike rack that is easy to use. Of course I wanted a good quality bike rack that offered the right fit for my bikes, security and easy loading/unloading, but what put this one to the top of the list for me was the ease of installation, low profile when stowed away and hatch access.

Great rack - I'd definitely recommend it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the Thule T2 Pro 2-bike rack for about a year. That amounts to about 200 uses with various bikes from 29ers to 26ers to 650b's to 5" fatties. I've even used it to transport a couple of cruiser bikes, some with fenders and some without fenders on the front wheel. It'll handle them all!

The pro's:
- Stout, well thought-out design
- Good looks
- Easy operation
- Fits (almost) all bikes and sizes with ease

The con's:
- Didn't quite fit a 5" fattie
- Front wheel tray is so large I had to trim it
- Lock insert on knob never quite fit perfectly

Day one, out of the box, this rack was easy to assemble and easy to install and slid right into place on my 2014 Volvo XC60 with a 2" receiver. The one-hand operation to raise and lower the rack is great and well engineered. This rack lives on my vehicle full-time so having a super easy way to raise/lower the rack with one hand is a very welcome feature. The ability to adjust the horizontal load bars is also handy when you're on the way for a weekend of biking with 4 bikes of various sizes (we borrowed the 2-bike add-on), saddle heights and handlebar widths. We were able to easily adjust it to fit four bikes whose handlebars and saddles would have otherwise interfered with each other. Driving out of the gas station and onto the road I realized the wisdom behind putting a little skid plate underneath the main knob you use to tighten the rack into your hitch. I scraped the rack on the road, went out and checked, and sent a non-verbal "kudo's" to the engineers who put that skid plate there because it saved my hours-old rack from getting damaged. Note to self: these racks stick out a ways...be careful when exiting gas stations.

I've used this rack with bike frames of all sizes, wheel sizes and tire widths. The ONLY issue I've had with the rack is that the ratchet strap for the rear wheel didn't quite fit the 5" fattie tire my buddy decided to ride one day and we had to use a bungee cord to strap the rear wheel onto the rack.

The nice, big tray that is supposed to fit up to a 5" tire is SO big that it actually rubs against my bumper on my vehicle. I'm not aware of a smaller tray you can purchase for the T2 Pro, so I was stuck with having to trim the tray to make clearance for it. If Thule would have made the tray just 1/2" shallower, bingo. But they didn't, so there you have it.

The lock insert on the main knob has never seated properly in the hole. So, this means I have to be extra careful when removing or installing the rack so the lock insert doesn't fall out. Maybe this is user error, but I've had many Thule lock inserts over the years and this one just doesn't seem perfect.

Fun story: I was on the 405 Freeway South of Long Beach with my rack on my car in the folded-up position when a guy crashed into me from behind. His car was messed up. Mine has a bent bike rack tray. Literally no other damage. That's how stout this rack is. But I'm getting his insurance to buy me a new rack and I'm getting the same one I had.

Love this rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I did a lot of research before buying this rack. I definitely made the right choice. This rack is solid as a rock and ruggedly built. It holds both my road bike and 27.5+ MTB with room to spare. The fold down mechanism works perfectly with the well placed and easy to use handle. With both bikes on the rack I can tilt the rack down with one hand and open the hatchback on my SUV, making access to the cargo area a breeze. The bikes are held solidly in place with no wobble and plenty of clearance so they never touch - no danger of scratching. I, as other reviewers, wish the cables for locking were a little longer but that is not a big problem. The only problem I have is that I am always elected to drive my friends and their bikes to rides because they love how easy to use and secure this rack is. I highly recommend it!!

Nice Rack,; one small issue, and a huge

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

The operation of the rack is the best out there, including Kuat NV1. The handle is so great. No more bending over etc. Ample clearance from both back of car and the ground. Assembly took about 15 minutes. My only issue is the cheesy way in which the wheel baskets connect to the arms-- 4 screws that only bite into a thin plastic. I see this being an issue down the road. That said, at 20% off I am willing to take the risk, as this is cheaper than the Kuat NV which we also own, and I prefer Thule lowering system over the NV1.

EDIT: I cannot fully open my rear Ford E350 doors with this rack. The wheel basket is in the way. Not Backcounty's fault, but I am SOL on this rack for my van. Kinda wishing I had paid the $35 shiipping from REI now. Put it on our Subaru Outback, and put the Kuat NV1 back on the van. Oh well. If your car has a rear door, rather than a hatch do not get this rack.

Great for accessing a hatch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best feature of this rack is where they put the lever to raise and lower the rack, because it is so accessible on the end of the rack it makes it really easy to access the hatch even when loaded with bikes. I also really like the wedge design for mounting in the hitch, I was a little skeptical at first but it has been solid and is nice not having the rack wobbling around.

Pretty stoked!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been running a Kuat Sherpa on my car for about 5 years, which I enjoyed, but since I've moved to bigger bikes and way bigger tires I've been struggling to make things fit.
I picked up the Thule T2 Pro first and foremost because of the tire size it can carry. I have a Surly Krampus with a 29+ wheelset, running 3" tires at the moment, but capable of running up to a 5" tire. I couldn't even fit the swing arm on my Sherpa around my tire, so I'm stoked to have wheel baskets that are made to accommodate a massive tire.
A few pro's and cons to the Thule:
+The rack sits super securely in my hitch, there's very little wiggle when making tight turns or in the event of hitting a large pothole, even when fully loaded with two 27.5+ mountain bikes.
+ The lever for dropping the rack or raising the rack is on the end. which sits on the outside when dropped down, this makes it easy to move when fully loaded with bikes. No ducking under the rack to maneuver things through wheelbases.
+Can carry big bikes, with plus and fat tires easily.
-The cable locks that come out of the swing arm, which is nice, but would be more functional if they were a touch longer. You can wrap them around the tire pretty easily, but not the frame as well, which would definitely add some security to the rack when you stop for a post ride beer.
-The rack sits out a good ways from the back of the car, which takes a little bit to get used to after running with my Kuat, which sits about 4" closer to the car
Overall, I'm definitely happy with the rack, it's a huge upgrade and super functional. I'm stoked for a sturdy rack that is easy to load up big bikes on.

Pretty stoked!
Avg. ride time: 6m per week
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Versatile and easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This rack is awesome! Installation of the rack was simple but took ~2 hours without a power drill (probably would have been ~45 minutes if I had my drill). The use of the handle to move the rack from the vertical position to horizontal is super nice, and lowering it all the way does indeed leave enough room for the rear door on my Toyota Sequoia to open, even with my largest bike in the closest slot on the rack. I had two concerns about this rack: size of tire tray (I needed it to fit 2.5” tires up to stump jumper fattys, as well as kids bikes down to 16" wheels) and how secure the hitch connection would be. When I received the rack it became clear that neither concern would be a problem. The tire trays are plenty big enough and keep the fatty tires securely planted without any damage to rims or tires, while the harness for the front wheel easily cinches down small enough for a 16" wheel (despite the specs saying only down to 20"). For the hitch connection, the hitch holes didn't appear to be able to make a strong connection. However, screwing in the locking knob improved stability to the point that it keeps the rack from wobbling or moving at all. Instructions indicate the locking knob should be tightened every 200 miles. At first, it seemed to need tightening more frequently than that, but now that seems accurate. I also purchased the extension to fit up to four bikes, which I love (see my separate review on that product page). I’m very satisfied and look forward to using this rack for years to come!

Versatile and easy to use

Better than the original

    I had the original T2 and sold it to upgrade to this version. I love it. The tool-free installation is super fast and solid. Also I love having the lever for pivoting the rack at the end. Lastly, it now comes in black!

    Is this the perfect hitch rack?

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have to think this is the best hitch rack out today. I was really surprised and how well Thule thought out this rack. I can easily say that my favorite thing on this rack is how you can lower the rack or raise it with the pull lever at the end of the rack. No more having to fumble down near the hinge area of this rack!
    It also has a reverse pivot that allows the rack to hinge down out of the way while bikes are loaded, allowing access to the trunk.
    I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact me below.

    Nice upgrade from the T2

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have owned the original T2 for the past 6 years and it has provided me with solid bike transportation throughout. The only issue I experienced was the trays sliding and becoming slightly skewed on the main bar. This XT is built with a wider loading bar and seems to mitigate those problems. The clamping arms are smoother and easier to operate. And the trays are also accommodating for all tire types so you will never have to leave anyone hanging. If given the choice, I would certainly pay more to go with the T2 XT.

    Easy to load

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

    Ease of use on this is great. The new placement of the lever to drop the rack is very nice as well.

    What could be better!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have always been a fan of Thule hitch racks, such as the T2 Classic. When this came out it caught my eye instantly, and I had to pick one up. This thing is does it all, and does it all well with ease. The cradle allows fitting anything from a 700x23 up to a 5 inch fat bike tire, and ranges from 20 inch BMX tires, all the way up to 29ers. The construction is solid, and with how the trays mount, it allows them to be adjusted from side to side, as simply as loosening a few bolts, sliding, and tightening back up. The wheel arms are easy to use, and fold up quite nicely when not in use, and the included, pre installed locks are a nice bonus feature. On my tacoma, with the rack attached, there is room to open my tailgate completely with bikes installed, and the rack even drops lower for low hatch doors on some SUV's for clearance. Overall I can not complain about this rack. If you like your rack simple from assembly, to use, this rack is hard to beat.

    Feel free to reach out to me if interested or had questions regarding this product.

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    Best rack I've used

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This thing is awesome. Super burly, it gives you the option to stagger the trays so the seatposts/bars are not running into each other, and having the swing release on the outside of the rack so you don't have to reach over it is SO nice. Takes me less than 15 seconds to put a bike on it, and it doesn't touch the frame anywhere.

    Side note, I have the 2 inch hitch version with my Honda Element and it lets me swing the tailgate down fully without hitting the rack, which I love so I can hang out after a ride on the tailgate and enjoy some adult beverages.