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Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack

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The Thule Helium 2 hitch rack securely carries up to 2 bikes and offers an ultra-lightweight construction that's easy to handle when installing and removing.

  • Easy loading dual-arm design with narrow distance carries a wide range of bike frames
  • Tilt-down design with Hitch Switch™ quick-release lever allows fast rear-vehicle access
  • T3™ cradles lock down bikes and cradles while allowing complete adjustment along bike arm
  • Integrated locking cable secures bikes and stores conveniently in the rack's support arms; includes Snug-Tilt™ lock to secure your rack to the receiver
  • No Sway Cage™ anti-sway device prevents bike-to-bike contact
  • With included hitch adapter, the Helium 2 hitch rack accommodates both 2 in. and 1.25 in. receiver hitches

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Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack Specs
Specification
Description
Best use
Cycling
2
Yes
21 pounds
Number of bikes
Rear liftgate access
Weight

Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rack

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Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rackis rated4.0out of5by1.
Rated4out of5byfromGreat Rack, with few imperfectionsAfter some research, I decided to go with a hitch rack instead of a roof rack for simplicity. Roof rack looks cooler and more stable/secure in certain cases, but the versatility of being able to take off the hitch, drive in garages, take off for car washes, and fuel economy tilted to the hitch rack's favor. It's solidly built, it's hard to imagine this is half the weight of normal hitch racks. As 25lbs is not light weight, I never had a hitch rack so I'm just not used to how heavy they usually are. Even though the tightening knob secures the rack the hitch receiver and allows no play once tightened down, the verticle part of the hitch still has some play. I think it's part of the tilt feature and it's probably hard to eliminate all play in there, no big deal. If you don't use the cable lock, the lock itself will rattle as you go over bumps and such. The lock cable will rattle inside the verticle housing. When you're in store, try to shake the hitch up/down left/right a bit and you will hear the lock rattle. It was annoying in the beginning, once I figured I couldn't easily fix it, I'm learning to live with it, only noticeable at slow speeds, not high way. I like the fact that I can take this on/off in about a minute's time for trips. Be warned, it's really only meant for 2 road bikes, and even then it's a tight fit even with moving the handles as far apart as I can. The sway cages are not integrated and take up a bit of room, plus anyone can come and just take them off, I wish they can improve this design in future and make it fully integrated. If you need to carry 2 bikes all the time and they're not always road, consider the 3 bike version for the extra room. A mtn bike and a road bike might fit, but 2 mtn bikes will not be possible IMO without some frustration. Hope this helps. I'm mostly a roadie so I can live with that, if it becomes an issue will be exchanging it for the 3 version.
Date published: 2012-11-13

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