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  • Sleek aero design improves ground clearance and increases distance between bikes for protection
  • 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
  • Hold Fast Cradles™ are shaped to cushion bike frames and feature Thermal Plastic Elastomer road damping pads that absorb road forces and vibration 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 Helium Aero 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 2
Hitch Receiver (in.) 1.25 and 2, 2, 1.25
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 18 pounds
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Rack This is the best bike rack I have ever had (3rd). I had the previous model Aero rack, but the integrated bike lock would no release, so REI ordered me the new model. I loved the last one, held the bikes while driving on a wash-board dirt road at 55 mph, hitting large sand holes. The new one is slightly improved. The hitch lock is really nice. The integrated bike lock is simplified and easier to use. Looks sleek and is extremely light-weight (reason I bought). Fits 2 mountain bikes snuggly. Probably best suited to road bikes with the horizontal bars. I have one men's bike and one women's bike (use frame adapter tube). I couldn't ask for a better rack.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bike Rack We picked up this bike rack on a Monday and left Thursday to drive from Indiana to Colorado. A 3000 mile road trip, up and down mountains west of Denver and through a couple of rainstorms and the back rack performed admirably. It never worked itself loose, stayed securely attached, and allows access to the back hatch door of our SUV. I love the light weight, easy to install/remove, and built-in security features of this rack.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not the best Just bought the Thule Helium Aero 2-bike rack and like many of its features, including: ease of installation and removal from my car, a Subaru Outback; locking features (although these could be negated with a couple of wrenches); solidness / lack of wobble and sway; and that I can lower the rack when loaded just enough to access my car through the tailgate. What I don't like is the amount of contact between bikes when 2 bikes are loaded. And this problem is exacerbated when the bikes are strapped tight to the rack's mast. I feel that this strapping feature is fairly primitive when compared with the other mechanical features of the Aero. Fortunately I have bikes, mountain and road, that are old and can be beaten up a bit. It will be fine when I'm transporting just one bike on the rack.
Date published: 2015-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use bike rack I took my new bike rack out of the box, and within about 15 minutes I had it installed on the hitch to my car. The unit is so light that it is hardly a chore to put on and take off of the vehicle. Another advantage is that the rack is secured to the vehicle by using a key to unlock a knob that you then tighten by hand. Thus, no wrenches are involved in your normal use. This rack comes with the adapter so that it can be used on either a 2-inch hitch or a 1.25-inch hitch.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rack Bought an suv and needed a rack that would fit a hitch. This one is lightweight and can be folded down out of the way of the trunk. Very easy to use. Only negative comment is the instructions for use of the key lock is not very clear.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Rack!! Love this rack! Easy to install and use. I did have to get the frame adapter for my small frame but it works great! If you have to remove your rack frequently you will love how light this is!
Date published: 2013-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great carrier I use this for my wife and my bike that are hybrid between mt. & street bikes with great success. Easy to mount and heavy duty for a lighter car rack. I like the lock features that help prevent theft of the rack and bikes. Only drawback is price but wait for an REI sale. This is a very sturdy rack that easily attaches to 2 inch or less hitch.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stabilizer Destroyed 2 bikes I purchased this a few months ago. At first I loved it, light, easy to install and all around very convenient. I took a trip a decent drive away from my home with my 2 bikes on my car. They rack performed well (a little tight for two bike but manageable). When I got to my destination I found that the vertical stabilizer had rubbed the paint off the tube down to the bare metal. I am super angry.
Date published: 2015-03-10
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Am I reading this right that the rack can only tilt down when the bikes are not loaded onto it? So with bikes on the rack, you can not tilt it down to access the rear hatch.

Asked by: Lacyl
You are correct, the tilt feature works when the rack is empty, but it does not work when the rack is loaded up with bikes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29

We have a Novara women's bike (i.e., no top bar), Forza, I think. Can this rack be used with this bike?

Asked by: Lucille1234
If you bike does not have a top tube, you would have to purchase the frame adapter from Thule in order to haul your bike on the Helium. http://www.rei.com/product/816691/thule-frame-adapter-xt
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

I have a 2017 Subaru Outback with a Subaru factory installed 1 1/4 " hitch.  The pin hole is 1" from the end of the receiver.  Will the Thule Helium Aero 2 bike rack safely work with this hitch?

Asked by: 4Kmtnman
​This rack will work with your hitch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-26

I am considering a Curt hitch on my car, along with a lockable Thule helium bike rack for use with my 2012 Lexus IS350C. Given the size of car &  hardtop convertible, I am concerned that I won't be able to find any other way to haul my bicycles . 

Asked by: Dorene157
This hitch rack is a great choice for transporting bikes if you do not have an option to carry them on the roof. We recommend entering your vehicle information through Thule's Online Fit Guide to make sure the rack is a good fit. https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-20

I have a Toyota FJ w/ a rear spare tire, will this affect how this rack fits?

Asked by: 42yroldvirgin
It may be possible to attach the Helium to your FJ. There are two measurements that will let you know if your spare tire will clear the rack. The first measurement is from the point where the hitch pin goes into the rack to the most forward point on the bottom of the rack. That is 10.81 inches. The second measurement is from the point where the hitch pin goes into the rack to the most forward point on the top of the rack. That is 13.23 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-21

Would the 2" adapter that comes with this rack also fit the Thule T2 XTR with a 1 1/4" hitch mount?

Asked by: HiMtnGirl
The 2 inch adapter that comes with the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Hitch Rack will not be compatible with the T2 XTR 2-Bike Hitch Rack.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

how much weight can it carry

Asked by: Kenneth
This bike rack has a maximum weight capacity of 70 pounds (35 pounds per bike).
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-12

I have a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Will this rack work with my vehicle?

Asked by: jeep62
This rack is compatible with your vehicle. The measurement from the mounting hole in your hitch to your bumper needs to be a minimum of 10.815" not to interfere; that measurement needs to be at least 13.25" to clear a rear mounted spare tire.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-29
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