Thule DoubleTrack Pro bike rack review

Reasonable hitch tray rack

Gear
Thule DoubleTrack Pro

Solid and compact with its 35 lb weight.

What is it

Hitch racks are gaining popularity now with vehicle compatibility and convenience, mileage and wind-noise advantages. But most of the tray rack offerings these days cost over $400 and weight over 50 lbs. Thule offers a hitch rack that’s easier on the wallet.

Pros
  • $349 is lower than most premium tray racks today
  • 35 lb weight makes it easier to install and remove
  • 1.25″ and 2 inch wobble-free compatibility
  • excellent build and materials
  • Fat bike and Plus bike compatibility
  • Fairly compact yet accommodates bikes with up to 48″ of wheelbase easily
Cons
  • Down tube clamp style is not as versatile as those that rachet on to the wheels
  • 35 lb bike capacity does not allow the heaviest bikes
  • Straps are long and cumbersome
  • No tilt down to open hatch with bikes mounted
  • Pretty low to the ground so not ideal for low hitch mounts
Mtbr’s Take

Features
  • Versatile design holds bikes at a variety of heights due to pivoting cushioned bike frame clamps
  • Easy to install and securely holds the bike using the frame-friendly clamps that come with locks
  • Holds a variety of bike sizes including road, mountain and fat tires using the sliding wheel trays with adjustable straps (up to two bikes)
  • Folds when not in use
  • Fits both 2″ and 1.25″ receivers with STL2 bolt included to lock carrier to vehicle

It’s not the high end of hitch racks but this Thule surprised us with its usability and build quality.

Thule DoubleTrack Pro

Carries two Hightowers confidently.

Rating: 4 out of 5 4 Flamin' Chili Peppers
Price: $349
More Info: www.thule.com

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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