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  • Increased mast height improves ground clearance and a unique 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 your rack to the car 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 4 accommodates both 2 in. and 1.25 in. receiver hitches with included hitch adapter
  • 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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Specs

Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 4
Hitch Receiver (in.) 1.25 and 2, 2, 1.25
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 40 pounds
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Depends on the bike I love this rack as far as hanging racks go. If you have conventional bikes, it's a great rack. Light. Easy to install and remove. The folding action is very solid and high quality. But I found that it was tricky getting full suspension mountain bikes of various geometries onto the rack, and messing w/ the rubber straps and anti-sway brackets was a pain. I just returned this rack after a single use and went w/ the T2 Pro, which is a platform rack that holds the bikes by the wheels. Super easy and fast to get the bike on and off, and you can even lean the rack away from the car w/ the bikes still on to get access to the rear hatch.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Nice Rack! Originally we had purchased the Yakima Swing Daddy but immediately took it back due to inconvenience. That rack required pulling two pins and unscrewing a knob to swing it out. Doesn't sound like much but it was not convenient if you just want to put groceries in! We have a Subaru Outback and need quick and easy-access to the hatch. This rack is great! It does require a few free fingers to open/drop it but it is the best product out there for hatch cars. Thule really does make a better product, as well. The lock on this is much better and user friendly, too. Highly recommend this one.
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Quality Bike Rack I was looking for a High quality & easy to use hitch & after some extensive research I choose this one, very easy to set up only took 5 mins out of the box & on the van. Loading the bike take a bit more time, especially with womens bikes & kids bikes where the cross tube is not straight across but with some doing I got 4 bikes on there & securely mounted. First trip out it was perfect, bikes all stayed put & did not shift at all. all & all I would give it a 4.5 only because it is a little difficult to mount womens & childrens bikes
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thule Apex 4 Hitch Rack I have been using the Apex 4 all summer on my Jeep Liberty. The overall quality is good but a few minor issues should be noted. First the rack protrudes further from the rear of the car than it needs to. It's advertised feature of being higher for better ground clearance is true and on a Jeep it is really high...not a problem for me at 6'3" but for folks under 6' it is a lift. Major sticking points include the fact that the saddles slide back an and forth. Also, the sway prevention set up is goofy and keeps falling off needs more positive attachment. The bikes still swing more than I thought they would however. In the end, I am glad I bought it and with a little field fabrication I should be able to solve all the issues noted.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bike rack! I did extensive research on the Internet. When I went to REI I had already made up my mind on the Apex 4. The Yakima rep was actually there that day and when he asked why Thule I listed the several that he could not respond to with any reasonable remarks. We just traveled 200 miles with3 bikes, a mountain bike, a hybrid and a toddler bike with training wheels. The bikes did not move a bit going 75 mph on the highway or 30 mph on back roads with a bunch of pot holes. I had read that the sway cages can fall off when not in use so I strap them in and so far so good. I recommend taking off straps and cages when not in use for a prolonged period of time. They are easy to put back on when needed. Finally I planned on removing the rack when not in use but with it locked and the fold down feature it will likely remain on our MDX forever.
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 bikes with alot of patience I went into REI to buy the 5 bike apex but they were out. I wanted the five knowing a four would be tight. It was extremely tight for 26", 24" and 2 20" mountain bikes. It took quite some time to figure out how they would all fit. Now I have a plan. Overall its sturdy rack and I would recommend the product but if you expect to fit 4 bikes easily buy the 5....
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thule Outstanding Warranty! I purchased my Thule Apex 4 Bike Hitch Rack in April 2014 (from REI). And it broke in November 2016 (adapter screw broke off in the frame). I have experienced the frame cradle moves causing bikes to rub against one another and I have had straps rip and needed to replace them also. I could and did live with everything but the adapter problem was a show stopper. It took four correspondences with Thule over 12 weeks but Thule stood behind their product and I got a new Thule Apex 4 Bike Hitch Rack. So I would recommend the rack because of the warranty but let the buyer beware of the other issues mention in the review I could live with them but make sure you can.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy and easy-to-use bike rack I have the rack installed on my Honda Odyssey. It was super easy to attach to the hitch and very easy to use. Bikes are very stable and secure. For women and kids bikes, need to have the Thule Adapter bar. Unfortunately, the adapter bar does not fit my daughter's 18-in bike. I have not had to load 4 bikes on it yet. So I am unsure whether it will be a tight fit given the differing dimensions of different bikes. Definitely one of the better looking and easy-to-use bike racks in the market.
Date published: 2013-08-12
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Which hitch should we install....

Asked by: Mike Mc
The Apex 4 bike hitch rack is compatible with 1.25" or 2" Class 2-4 hitches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-24

What are the dimensions of the box this rack is sold in? What's your opinion of whether the box sturdy enough to check in on a plane?

Asked by: carpediemer
The box dimensions are 40 x 14 x 10 inches. The rack is packaged well but we can't advise how safe it will be traveling by airline.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-28

Wondering if this design allows for the rack to fold down when loaded with bikes? Or would I have to remove the bikes in order to fold rack and access the rear hatch. Thanks.

Asked by: Mark82
While it is possible to tilt the Apex 4 down with bikes on the rack, there can be a couple of challenges. First, while rack is tilting, the bikes could impact the ground causing damage to the bikes. Second, due to the added weight of the bikes, it could more difficult to tilt the Apex back to upright position.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-06-01
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