The new Thule Vertex 4 bike hitch rack carries up to 4 bikes and is easy to load and unload with the unique arc design that provides better ground clearance and creates greater distance between bikes.
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Thule Vertex 4 Bike Hitch Rackis rated4.1111out of5by9.
Rated4out of5byND49fromsolid bike rackThis is a solid four bike rack. It is ready right out of the box. Fold down feature(s) allows me to leave it on the car all the time. I've read one review about the straps breaking but they are tough rubber and I'm not expecting any issue and they've said they have improved them. The fit is snug in my two inch hitch. I don't hear a rattle or clank that others mention. Maybe that is something with the older design? I would prefer a bolt that goes completely through but I leave the tool in the car and I've never found the fitting loose.
I fit full suspension bikes on it but they sit a little slanted, along with my wife's bike. I believe there is an add on for this if I decide I cannot deal with it cosmetically.
All in all, well worth the money I paid for it.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5bylrogadofromI love it!I love this bike rack, and I strongly recommend it to others. I would've rated it a 5-star, except I wish it was 2 inches longer so that 4 adult bikes can easily be loaded and unloaded. Looking back, I probably would've bought the 5-bike rack, so that I can haul 4, if that makes sense.
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated2out of5byjarushafrom3 NOT 4Pros: Sturdy and the plastic straps don't slide during use (they slide on the 5 bike rack).
Cons: It doesn't lock into the hitch. The plastic straps are very stiff and hard to use. It does not fit 4 bikes.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated5out of5byandes2529fromVery satisfiedWas very satisfied with this bike rack. Loaded 4 bikes easily and drove nearly 1,000 miles without any issue. A good fit for a Ford Explorer
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated4out of5byKJ in PDXfromNice Rack!Great rack that it is easy to use. Most importantly it holds bikes securely and the straps works well/ easy to use. The Other than being a bit heavy, which makes it slightly challenging to install solo, this is well worth the $$$.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated5out of5bySnazzy ChickenfromA Great rack for a Subura Outback!We just purchased a 2014 Subura Outback and installed a 2" Hidden Hitch with the main purpose of transporting bikes. We tried the Thule T2 platform hitch but it could not fold without hitting car. Next we tried the Thule Apex but the tightening knob hit the bumper and therefore it didn't work neither. With some reservation we tried the Thule Vertex. This hitch worked with the car and held the bikes securely. If you are looking for a bike rack, this is great, relatively inexpensive and easy to use this rack is worth considering.
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated4out of5bySirius9024fromAwesome piece!! So easy!!So quick and easy ti install with the tow hitch. Once it's on the car it simple to load the bikes on.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated5out of5byNCStephenfromDoes what it was designed for very wellThis product is well made and does what it was designed for very well. It isn't designed to allow tilt when loaded but might be done if a very small clearance to open a hatch is needed. If fully loaded with 4 adult heavier bikes this would be a load to hold, tilt a little and then lift back into place. Do so with care if you attempt this. If you need full rear vehicle access when fully loaded, you need a side swing mount made for that.
The use of 4 bikes can be done with some planning and careful placing. Bikes with rear racks and other features will eat up valuable room in successfully figuring this out. It can be done but they will be packed tight. Less than 4 bikes are a breeze. If you routinely carry 4 bikes that aren't pretty naked and you aren't the best at puzzles, then consider the 5 bike model. You will be glad you spent the extra 30 dollars
The cradle mounts all work well, easily, quickly and reliably once you realize the mechanics of how the straps work best along with the anti sway vertical mounts. Loading on the 4 bike rack is easy enough for the first few bikes as you reach back with the bike over the arms. The first bike being placed all the way onto the rack might be a little difficult for a lightweight person and a heavy bike. The others follow easier with each.
It is best to plan your loading before starting and to place the cradles about where they need to be. By design they do not move easily. Once in place with a bike they are pretty solid. To move them unloaded takes some twisting and rotating to slide them a little at a time. It is more difficult to do this if you already have bikes on the rack.
We began with the 4 bike version when we had changed cars and had to change mounting abilities. The price seems steep at first but then you see how the product works so well and remains solid over time. The 4 bike rack we have has been in use for a year now and continues to work as when new.
It first was used on a Volvo XC90 SUV. That model has a split rear hatch with 2/3 being the window and door going up and 1/3 being a tailgate. We are lucky with that in that both will just work with the rack in place and unloaded. With bikes on it, a road bike just barely allows the hatch to open still. With a mountain bike, the bars are wider and just block the hatch from opening. If only 3 bikes it can be loaded so this is avoided. THIS IS NOT THE DESIGN intent. Full size hatches aren't going to open. We are just lucky with that on this car.
Our son had to modify his carrying of bikes and began to borrow this carrier. His Saab 9-3 only has a 1 1/4 in hitch. This model can be adapted to both (the XC90 has a 2 in receiver). His hatch back lacks 1/2 inch of clearing the top of the carrier. He regular lifts the latch to release the carrier and accesses his vehicle. It is such a small thing he now leaves the hitch on his car all the time. He is an avid cyclist and is always putting 1-3 road and mountain bikes on it. The latch after a year still works well and isn't a bother.
When loading a bike with no top bar the accessory for putting a temporary top bar works very well. If you are talented workshop person you can make one. If you aren't and have to carry a bike like this regularly, buy this even if you use another rack
It is a heavier piece of equipment to hold and while only needing a simple bolt into the receiver pin area with a wrench provided, we prefer to just leave it on the vehicle all the time.
It also works as a great work stand when other things are available.
* Great product, expensive price but glad for the quality of it after regular use after a year. (on a vehicle all the time out in the weather)
*Holds 3 bikes easily, 4 with care in packing and some puzzling over how best to fit things
*Once familiar with the mechanics easily moves out of way when unloaded
*Holds bikes securely
*Design of cradles and straps works well.
*Works well with our SUV XC90, our midsize V70 Wagon and small car Saab 9-3 Hatchback.
Good enough product that when son took it over we bought the 5 bike model for our use!
Date published: 2013-01-14
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