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  • Swing-away design allows a fully loaded hitch rack to swing away from the vehicle for rear access and trunk use without removing your bikes
  • Heavy-duty integrated cable lock lets you secure your bikes to the rack and stores inside the hitch rack when not in use
  • Cradle fasteners cushion your bike and provide maximum security for your ride
  • Unique arc design allows easier bike loading
  • Fits 2 in. receiver hitch
  • Integrated handle for easy carrying

Made in USA.

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Best Use Cycling
Number of Bikes 4
Hitch Receiver (in.) 2
Rear Liftgate Access Yes
Weight 53 pounds
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Rack I decided to go with this rack on my Jeep Wrangler because it offered the ability for me to leave the rack on my vehicle throughout the summer and I would still be able to access the rear door. I have the Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock - the tire is a little larger and one of the locking knobs rubs the bottom of the wheel when I am unscrewing and screwing it back on. This is a small problem, just takes a little longer to screw/unscrew - make sure when you tighten you don't leave the knob rubbing on the tire. I haven't had a problem with this. I also think the rack looks great on the back of the Jeep. Loads easily and easy to attach and tie down the bikes. I have the 4-bike version but have only ever had two bikes on it with no problems. Easy assembly. Easy to attache/remove from vehicle, if needed. Overall, I like this bike rack and am glad I sprung for the extra cost.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best all-around rack for me! The Apex didn't work for me; my hitch is slightly under my bumper, and I couldn't access the angled adjustment hitch knob the Apex uses. I've also heard the system the Apex uses to fit both the 1 1/2 inch and the 2 inch hitches also allows the Apex to make noise and, the Vertex for me! I love my Vertex. I have a couple of small gripes about it, but they are minimal. In the big picture, this is a great rack. I have a Subaru Outback and use my rear cargo area regularly, so the convenience the swingaway feature provides, to me, is well worth the extra price over the standard tilt down rack. I completed a 10 day driveabout through SE British Columbia and SW Alberta, and being able to just swing the bikes out of the way to access the back was invaluable. Also, at highway speeds and on logging roads the bike rack was stable and didn't sway. My small gripes: I wish there were a way to lock the bikes to the rack without using the integral cable. Also, sometimes the locking bolt wants to cross-thread, and it sometimes requires a bit of a 'hunt' to align the bolt with the threads. These are very small gripes, and in the scope of things don't materially affect my perspective on this rack. Well-built product that functions as it should. Five stars.
Date published: 2016-05-22
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On my 2017 Subaru Outback, I have a 1 1/4" hitch (Class II), can I use a 1 1/4" to 2" adapter for this rack? 

Asked by: pelican
Please contact Subaru and then Thule about using this product with a hitch adaptor.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-28

which direction should you load the first bike to get four bikes on the vertex? Chain facing the car or away?

Asked by: sjbell
Thule recommends loading the heaviest bike first on the Vertex XT Swing. The wheels of the bike should face the passenger side of your vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-20

Do the arms fold down when not in use?  If so, how easy is it to fold them down?

Asked by: Crabbymom
The arms do fold down when not in use. There is a lift switch lever on the top of the mast that you pull up when you want to fold the arms up or down. When moving up, the arms will "click" in place when they've reached the correct position.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-10

Is there a 2 bike version of this rack? Is it available in Denver?

Asked by: Linda Ross
Below is a link to the 2 bike version of the Vertex XT: Store inventory can be looked up by clicking the Find in Store button next to Add to Cart.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-27

For this Thule product, do we need to also buy a trailer hitch for the car?

Asked by: John Faubert
To attach the Thule Vertex XT Swing 4 Bike Hitch Rack to your car you will need a 2 inch receiver hitch on the vehicle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-03

Is the hitch receiver 2 in or is it made with an adapter to fit 2 in hitches?  I want one that is made for only 2 in hitches.  

Asked by: Cwestfall
This hitch rack is only compatible with 2 inch hitch receivers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-25

How does this rack handle women's or kids bikes?  Does it require and adapter?

Asked by: Dtown
To use the Vertex XT with multiple bikes, the Thule Frame Adapter XT is recommended for women's step-through frames and kid's bikes:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

Will this rack hold two fat tire bikes, with 4 inch wide tires and two standard mountain bikes?

Asked by: Ironhide
The Vertex XT Swing 4 Bike Hitch Rack fits most fat bikes and mountain bikes with no problem. You can fit all four bikes on the rack at the same time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07
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