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ThuleT2 Pro XT Hitch Rack - 2 Bike

$619.95

Item # THU005E

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Item # THU005E
Description

T2 Pro XT Hitch Rack

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 inevitably find it rolling around under the passenger seat), the Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Rack 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 two rides with a stable arm around the fork and a lock around your rear tire without taking all afternoon to set up.

  • Make bike transportation easier with this dependable rack
  • Accommodates up to 2 road or mountain bikes
  • Fits up to 29in wheels and 5in tires
  • Ratcheting arm has no frame contact to reduce risk of damage
  • Folds out of the way when not in use
  • 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 Capacity2
Compatibility20 - 29in wheels, 5in tires and smaller
Locks Includedyes
Part Number9034XTB
Recommended Usetravel
Manufacturer Warrantylimited lifetime

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 2

Assembly nightmare, low quality parts

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This thing is a nightmare to put together. The illustrations are inadequate, the tolerances between holes are all off, and the coating of the bolt threads is so thick you have no idea if it's aligned as you screw it in. Don't even think about buying the 2-bike add-on as a thing you'll take on and off as needed. I returned mine after realizing what a pain that would be. The key difficulty is connecting this little screw on the activating handle to an internal shaft that controls the rack's up and down motion. You have to do it blindly, and it doesn't look strong. Every time you actuate the handle it feels like it's straining, not solid- like it'll eventually break. The plastic teeth on the rear tire ratchet are poor quality- they deformed after just once use! You'll quickly learn a little trick to save them.... but for $620 I'm not interested in hacking my 2-bike rack. Snowboard bindings eliminated this problem 10 years ago.... seems Thule hasn't caught up. And the keys for the lock cores are totally blank... so you'll have to paint them with nail polish or something to differentiate from other cores you might have. That said once it's set up it holds the bikes ok. I took mine cross country and had no issues. The hitch interface is nice, and the lock cores are functional. I'm keeping mine because it's set up and I don't want to deal with it again on a competitor's product that may not even be any better. However if I did, I'd probably get the Kuat... it seems slightly better,

>Rating: 2

Love it til your bike falls off

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I liked this rack, but last night had a bike fall off and get dragged when driving down a windy mountain road. Bike damaged and could have caused a messy accident. The stabilizing brace swung open while I was taking what were reasonably sharp turns (I drive a Subaru for the record, so no I was not up on two wheels on those turns). I never loved the design of the stabilizing brace, and this is definitely a rack that prioritizes ease of mounting over bomber security, but I figured Thule engineers had done their homework to make sure that G-forces of driving couldn't do this. They make an obvious trade off with the stabilizing arm toward ease of use, given that a one-way ratchet as it moves to vertical with an unlocking feature would solidly prevent this. Owner's manual, which I reviewed when I got home, is silent on what I now think are major concerns - like whether the brace needs to be locked at something less than 90 degrees on a large diameter wheel for it to be properly secure. I'm not even certain whether this is doable on some bikes (the one that fell last night had relatively small wheels). The brace itself lacks any kind of positive indicator that it's locking or secure - no discernible ratchet noise as the j-hook closes and nothing to flag whether the j-hook release is jammed in the unlocked position, for example. A bike will naturally bounce against that hook as you drive. In fact, given that this is a home assembly job and I've seen numerous sites calling out manufacturing flaws, Thule should give owners some way of telling that the thing is properly functioning when assembled. It's basically just friction that keeps the stabilizing arm in place. I'm actually assuming here that it functioned as designed. I now have a banged up bike and am pretty freaked that this will happen again. No one is putting cheap bikes on rack this expensive, and Thule needs to get this right.

Thanks for the detailed comment. I'm sorry your bike was damaged. Hopefully, the manufacturer has some sort of program to make this right.

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Can you buy an adapter to make this rack go from 1.25 inch insert to 2 a inch hitch insert?

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Can you buy an adapter to make this rack go from 1.25 inch insert to 2 a inch hitch insert?

>Rating: 5

Intuitive & Sturdy

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

Amazing bike rack. I have used it 4 times carrying two bikes and have no complaints. It was extremely easy and quick to assemble. I have a 2in hitch and have experienced no wobbles when bikes are loaded, even on the highway.

>Rating: 1

Plastic will not last

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Ease of use very good, but after 2 yrs. 3 plastic parts have broken. One of the plastic struts holding wheel tray, one of the screws holding wheel hook stripped, and worst the handle for folding rack up was destroyed when some one hit it while parked at trailhead. The problem is Thule will not provide repair parts for this handle, which is vulnerable to careless driving. They offered a new rack at half price $300, not what I expected. Handle probably $10 part. I vote with my feet, never Thule again. You should know that plastic for stressed parts is not a good choice. Stay away. I have no idea why this rack is so highly rated outside of its ease of use.

>Rating: 5

Solid, Secure, Super Easy to Use

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Great rack...easy setup...quick on and off of vehicle, secures bikes solidly, no rattling. It's not light, but why should it be when your expensive ride is on the line? Great for post-ride hose-off too. Just leave the bikes on the rack and wash away.

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I understand this bike rack tilts, which seems like an important feature. Does it fold out as well? I've never had a bike rack and evaluating to make a purchase. Thank you

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Will this rack fit a fat bike with 27.5" wheels and 4.5" tires?

Hi Andrew, Yes this rack will accommodate tires that are 20 - 29 inches in diameter and up to 5 in wide tires so you should have no issues with 27.5x4.5 tires. Let me know if I can set up an order at mbova@backcountry.com Cheers, Mike

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Will this rack hold two electric bikes weighing 75 pounds each?

It would not, the max load capacity is 120lbs. A max bike weight of 60lbs each.

>Rating: 5

Solid Bike Rack

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Used this rack on our camper & it performed excellent. We traveled close to 1200mi from OH to TN, NC & back to OH & had no issues with it. I was a bit sceptical at first but the wedge system secured the rack well. Did not back out & come loose. Keep in mind you have to use this rack with a 2” receiver only. It will not secure properly in a 2.5” with an adaptor Incase you were thinking going that route. Overall excellent bike rack. Def recommend

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Will this rack hold 2 Rad e-bikes that weigh 75lbs each? If not can you recommend one?

>Rating: 5

Bomb Proof

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

I’ve had a few different styles that I bought because they were “cheaper”. I always hated how those cheaper ones would have play on the road or had cheap components or would rub the bikes against each other on the ride. This thing is expensive but is solid and protects my investment much better than all the other systems I’ve had. Only gripe would be how heavy it is but that’s what it takes to build a tank and not a sled.

>Rating: 3

Frustrating Quality Control

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

I'm sure the rack will suit my needs nicely. I'm just frustrated that it took a trip to the hardware store with one of the trays over my shoulder to put it together. It was missing the 8 screws and 8 washers that hold the trays to the rack.

>Rating: 5

Easy of loading and unloading bikes.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I have been thinking of buying this to replace the current Saris rack and finally I bought it in the Sales season. It was easy to install and very convenient to load and unload the mountain bike.

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thule t2 pro xt applies 15%

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Will the Thule T2 Pro hitch rack carry a 29er MTB with a 48 inch wheel base?

Great question Joe, thank you! The Thule T2 rack is ideal for carbon frames, mountain, downhill, ebikes and fat bikes as it fits 20 - 29” wheels and up to 5” tires without adapters. The base for the front wheel is adjustable so you can tune it to suit your bike best. if you have any other questions, please feel free to shoot me an email or give me a call!

>Rating: 5

Great bike rack

it's very steady

>Rating: 5

Reliable

It's the best bike rack that i have own to this date. Least time consuming of them all and very secure.

>Rating: 4

Best all around rack

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I had the previous version of this rack and when I picked up my fat bike, well I needed one that would accommodate the big 5" doughnuts and why mess with a good thing right. Adjustable rear straps, rubber on the straps so no scratching the Carbon hoops. ratcheting rear strap holds the wheel tight and it's long enough for a deep 808 zipp wheel or your 5" fatbike tire. All aspects of the rack are top notch and I'm very happy with the fact that I can carry my road bike, cross bike, TT bike, MTB bike, dirt jumper and my Fatbike (ok I have issues). So all is good right? well here's my only complaint. by making this rack accommodate the 5" tires they moved the fork arms out wider and now when you go to access the handle to lift and lower the rack it gets in the way and makes it awkward. You either need to move the arm or grab it at a weird angle. Granted this only comes into play if the rack is in the up position or you are folding it up with no bikes on it but this is every time I go to the grocery store.

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