Thule T2 Pro hitch rack system

Thule improves one of the most widely used racks in the market

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The new T2 Pro transports road bikes to fat bikes securely without any contact to the bike frame.

The new T2 Pro transports road bikes to fat bikes securely without any contact to the bike frame.

Thule made some major updates to their hitch racks to improve usability and to accommodate the growing array of plus bikes and fat bikes. Quality seems more refined and the rack is now even easier to use.

One thing we learned in our conversation with them is how seriously they handle testing. Road tests in a closed course are regularly performed to subject the racks to extreme cornering and deceleration conditions. But the lab is really their crown jewel as they’ve designed many testing apparatus to abuse the racks. These tests are repeatable and adjustable as the video below shows.

The Thule T2 Pro Rack – From $550 for 2-bike system

The T2 Pro rack is available in a 2-bike hitch mount, with a 2-bike module that can be added to create a 4-bike hitch rack. The T2 Pro secures the bike via a front wheel hook, which compresses down on the front tire to hold the bike securely on to the tray. A ratchet strap holds the rear tire in place. The front tire is cradled by a large tray that can accommodate fat tires, 29er plus tires or even road tires.

The easy to access lever folds up the rack or tilts it down.

The easy to access lever folds up the rack or tilts it down.

A new feature of the T2 Pro is a lever placed at outermost area of the rack to allow tilting of the trays. The lever is very easy to reach and activate to fold up, lay the trays flat for use or tilt them to allow access to the hatch.

The previous design meant you had to reach through all the bikes on the rack to release the mechanism on the other side of the rack. Now you can simply squeeze the trigger on the handle, and use the leverage of the design to lower the bikes down onto the crown so you can access the back of your car. This may seem like a small detail but for a feature that is used regularly, it can make a huge difference over the years in terms of usability.

ProRide Rack features an arm that holds the bike in place while making it easy to secure the bike on the roof.

ProRide Rack features an arm that holds the bike in place while making it easy to secure the bike on the roof.

Thule ProRide Rack

Allowing cyclists to carry the bike on the roof without having to remove the wheels, the ProRide rack provides a good solution for the confusing arena of bikes with ever-changing front axle standards. The new G-clamp hold the bike in place with a well-defined hook, to clamp on to the frame. Soft traction rubber helps to increase grip on your bike, and protect the finish at the same time. At the other end of the locking arm, the twist-dial has been equipped with a clutch system to ensure that the user doesn’t clamp down too hard on the frame.

For more information visit 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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  • Augsburg says:

    I’m in the market for a tail hitch rack and one thing I am curious about is whether the tilt down feature on these racks provides enough clearance for a swing tailgate, like my Jeep Wrangler has. The reviews and product literature always show a hatchback opening, but nothing about a swing tailgate.

    • Jon says:

      I needed extension between my Thule and my receiver so it would fold up with the spare tire and lowers enough to open the tailgate with out bikes on the rack. 2013 JK Jeep.

  • RP says:

    Ouch, $599 gets you a 4 bike NorthShore rack that holds anything from 20inch kids bikes to fat bikes in a more compact configuration.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>Ouch, $599 gets you a 4 bike NorthShore rack

      That is a good option indeed. But a NorthShore rack is a big commitment both visually and accessing the hatch.

  • JDUB says:

    Looks like a Kuat Sherpa..

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