Thule Helium 2 Bike Hitch Rackis rated4.0out of5by1.
Rated4out of5byActiveRVAfromGreat 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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