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      Thule Apex 5 Bike Hitch Rack

      With a new shape and less wobbling, the Thule Apex 5 bike hitch rack securely carries up to 5 bikes, and has greater distance between bikes and better ground clearance than previous Thule hitch racks.
      • $449.95

      Item # 831926

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      • Increased mast height improves ground clearance and arc design in mast and arms offers easy bike loading and carrying
      • Tilt-down design with Hitch Switch™ quick-release lever allows arms to fold down when not in use and tilts carrier away from vehicle for fast rear vehicle access
      • Included Snug-Tite™ Stinger receiver lock secures rack to the hitch receiver; 4 walls of fastening contact within receiver eliminate vertical and horizontal movement
      • New Hold Fast Cradles are shaped to cushion bike frames and feature Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE) road damping pads that absorb road forces and vibrations to protect bikes
      • Anti-Sway Cages with integrated soft-touch TPE strips protect bike frame finishes and prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact; reinforced rubber cradle straps
      • Thule Apex 5 accommodates only 2 in. receiver hitches
      • Integrated locking cable secures bikes and stores conveniently in the rack's support arms
      • Easy mounting of hitch rack requires no tools; push rack into receiver until auto-pin engages, tighten knob and lock the hood of the housing
      • Not intended for tandem or recumbent bikes; carrying bikes with step-through frames requires the purchase of an adapter (sold separately)

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      Thule Apex 5 Bike Hitch Rack

      Specification Description
      Best use Cycling
      Number of bikes 5
      Hitch receiver (in.) 2
      Rear liftgate access Yes
      Weight 41 pounds

      Thule Apex 5 Bike Hitch Rack

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      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat choice for larger family There aren't many choices for 5 bike racks, and this one has proven solid. Installation/removal is very simple, and the rack attaches quite solidly--the screw mechanism prevents wobbling. It folds down when not in use (or when parked at a trail head) and tilts to allow access to a rear liftgate. The included lock provides some deterrence from casual malice, and also provides additional assurance that a bike won't work loose and fall off. Note that this product is designed for a 1.25" hitch, and comes with an adapter for a 2" hitch. This is contrary to the listed specs (which say that it is only for a 2" hitch) but great for the many people whose vehicles have the smaller receivers. You do want to make sure that you use it with a class 2 or higher hitch (probably what was meant in the specs) as the weight of 5 bikes could rip a class 1 hitch off your car. (Check for a "tounge weight" of at least 200 pounds--which likely excludes those with cars smaller than a minivan or SUV.) You can confirm the receiver size requirement by pulling up the installation instructions from the manufacturer's site.
      Date published: 2013-05-29
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromholy bounce batman! -as expected kids bikes without big cross tubes have to cradle on only one arm but they work. -my jeep liberty needed a 4" inch extension to get around the spare tire and the gate can open to about 45 degrees but i wouldn't get a bigger extension. -installs onto 1 1/4 hitch natively and can adapt onto 2" hitch -bike antisway and hitch tightener seem to work ok for side and forward motion -my heart can't take looking in the rearview mirror and watching 40" of rack and 120-150" of bike bounce up and down after every small bump. i can't imagine what the bounce would be with a longer extension. -prob best for road bikes with their light weights and cross tubes. family of 5, living in a world made for families of 4...
      Date published: 2013-05-01
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromVery solid and easy to use Love the integrated locks. Rock solid on a 400 mile round trip last weekend. Probably could hold 5 bikes of similar frame designs. We have two adult and two kids bikes so it's hard to get them to lock together tightly. I'm glad we got the 5 bike model. Some kids bikes are a challenge to mount on this sort of rack due to the size of the opening in the frame. I have a frame adapter on order for use with the less conventional frames.
      Date published: 2012-08-11

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