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Thule T2 Pro XT - 2 Bike Hitch Rack

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Item # THU005E

Simplify.

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:
2
Compatibility:
20 - 25 in wheels, up to 5 in tires
Locks Included:
yes
Part Number:
9034XTB
Recommended Use:
travel
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited lifetime

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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: 41m per week
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Versatile and easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This rack is awesome! Installation of the rack was simple but takes a little time. The use of the handle to move the rack from the vertical position to horizontal is super nice. I had two concerns about this rack: size of tire tray (I needed it to fit 2.5” tires up to stump jumper fattys) 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. 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. I’m very satisfied and look forward to using this rack for years to come!

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.
    sgolsan@backcountry.com
    801.204.4674

    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.

    801-736-6396 extension 4695
    jehall@backcountry.com

    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.