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Thule 990XT Doubletrack Platform Bike Hitch Rack

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  • Transports 2 bikes via vehicle's 1-1/4 inch, or 2 inch hitch receivers
  • Wheel trays slide independently along platforms to eliminate bike-to-bike contact
  • Reinforced wheel trays serve as platforms to eliminate bike-to-bike contact
  • Ratcheting wheel strap quickly secures wheels to trays
  • Hitch Switch lever folds and stores platform when not in use
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Product Description

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The 990XT Doubletrack Platform Hitch Bike Rack is a lightweight platform hitch rack that is ideal for small to mid-sized vehicles that have a trailer hitch receiver. The Doubletrack utilizes adjustable mast hooks to support and secure up to two bicycles at the rear of your vehicle, is compatible with both 1¼-inch and 2-inch hitch receivers and features technology to fold and store the platform when not in use. Additional features include: quick loading and unloading while transporting bikes safely and securely and included locks for both wheel trays as well as the hitch connection.

The Thule 990XT Doubletrack Platform Hitch Bike Rack mounted on a small car
The ideal hitch mounted, 2-bike transit solution for small receiver installed vehicles.
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The Hitch Bike Carrier Solution for Smaller vehicles

Although trailer hitch receivers are generally the found on larger vehicles with greater towing power, increasingly they are also found on smaller vehicles. For frequent cyclists who ride in pairs and that already have a receiver on their vehicle or are considering having one installed, Thule's 990XT Doubletrack Platform Bike Hitch Rack is an excellent option. First, the Doubletrack is lightweight and low to the ground. This makes it easy for your car to carry and easy to load. It also fits both 1¼-inch receivers and 2-inch size models (with the included adapter). It accommodates up to two bikes making it a convenient accessory for riding with friends or family. And when not in use, it folds up and out of the way.

Side view of an isolated Thule 990XT Doubletrack Platform Hitch Bike Rack, erect and without bikes installed
Center mast's ratchet hooks move independently to grab, hold and stabilize each bike quickly and easily.
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The Thule 990XT Doubletrack Platform Hitch Bike Rack folded up while still attached to a car, but not in use
Hitch Switch functionality folds and stores platform when not in use.
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Easy, Secure Installation and Use

Along with the convenience of being lightweight, The Doubletrack is also easy and quick to install using a few simple tools provided, and is ultra secure. To install, first, slide the the 1½ inch hitch with attached backbone assembly into the receiver previously installed on your car and secure with the hitch pin. Use the 2 inch hitch adapter if need be. Next attach the upright tube and "frame hold" hook assembly to it with the bolts and Thule hitch tool provided. Mount the two combined bike tube and wheel holder assemblies. The Doubletrack is ready for your bikes.

When you are ready to mount your bikes press the release-button near the base of the upright tube and hook assembly and lower the hooks as far as possible. Place smaller of any two bikes to load on the inner carrier with wheels in wheel holders and handlebars to left side of vehicle. With cam lever in open position, position wheel trays on tube. Move cam lever to closed position to tighten wheel tray in position. The Doubletrack comes with adapters for use in securing road bikes. If need be use them now. Now lift the upright tube release latch and raise the upright tube and hook assembly until it clicks into position, then push the interior bike hook down with firm pressure until it is secure on the bike's top tube. Load second bike with handle bars to the opposite side of of the first, securing bike hook and wheel straps in the same way as the first. Now you can lock the bikes to the tube and hook assembly using the lock cylinders provided and installed earlier. The entire Doubletrack carrier can also be locked to the receiver provided where it overlaps with the hitch with the included Snug-Tite lock. Finally, when not in use the Doubletrack can be folded up towards your vehicle with the push of the Hitch Switch lever and a light push, allowing you to park anywhere you normally would.

Key Features

  • Foldable center mast's ratchet hooks move independently to grab, hold and stabilize each bike quickly and easily
  • Reinforced wheel trays slide independently along platforms to eliminate bike-to-bike contact
  • Hitch adapter included to accommodate 1¼ inch or 2 inch receivers with one product
  • Ratcheting wheel strap quickly secures wheels to trays
  • Hitch Switch lever folds and stores platform when not in use
  • Accommodates wheel bases up to 48 inch
  • Carries up to 2 bikes
  • Fits the widest range of bike sizes and shapes � even cruisers with fenders � up to 3 inch wide tires
  • Includes 2 lock cylinders to lock the bikes to hitch rack
  • Snug-Tite receiver lock virtually eliminates hitch rack movement in receiver and locks the hitch rack to the vehicle

Specifications

  • Load Capacity - 2 bikes
  • Fits 1¼ inch Hitch Receivers - Yes
  • Fits 2 inch Hitch Receivers - 1
  • One-Key System Compatible - Yes
  • Fits Most Bikes with Disc Brakes - Yes
  • For Tandem Bikes - No

What's in the Box

Thule Thule 990XT Doubletrack Platform Bike Hitch Rack, all necessary straps and mounting hardware, and instruction guide and warranty information.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Thule will warranty all Thule brand car rack systems and its accessories manufactured by Thule during the time that an original retail purchaser owns the product. This warranty terminates if a purchaser transfers the product to any other person. No warranty is given for defects caused by normal wear and tear, cosmetic rust, scratches, accidents, unlawful vehicle operation, or modification of, or any types of repair of a load carrier system other than those authorized by Thule.

About Thule

Thule was founded in 1942 by the Thulin family, when Eric Thulin, a true lover of the outdoors, put the Thule name on a pike trap he designed and began to sell in Scandinavia. It wasn't long before he added other practical items to the company's portfolio. By the 1960s, the company began to concentrate on car-related products, including its first roof rack. The Thulin family sold Thule to the publicly listed company Eldon in 1979, and it has continued to grow both organically and through acquisitions ever since. The Thule Group is a world leader in providing transport solutions for an active life.

Product Description

The Thule Double Track XT features Ratcheting Quick Load hooks for quick bike loading and unloading.
  • Includes snug-tight hitch lock and two lock cores
  • Compatible with tires up to 3 inches in width
  • Ratcheting Quick Load hooks for quick bike loading and unloading
  • Independent adjustable wheel hoops accommodate wheel bases up to 48"
  • Folds up for storage
  • Works with both 1.25" and 2" receivers
Item Specifications
Hitch Type2" Receiver,1-1/4" Receiver
Number of Bikes2

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 17 x 10 inches ; 45 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 46.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B0018TFUHA
  • Item model number: 990XT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

Very good quality bike rack, easy to assemble and install.
William Sexton
It also comes with locks for the two bike hooks as well as a lock to secure the rack to the hitch.
Tony
This bike rack has to be the best on the market for any SUV.
bthornton13

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Tony on November 8, 2010
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I previously owned a Saris Thelma II rack and thought it was great. It had a couple problems like the 2.35 tires on my mountain bike didn't fit well and the tire holder warped on one side but it was still much better than a trunk rack.

My Saris was damaged in an accident and I did some homework before I chose a rack replacement. I wanted something I could leave the bike on while if I stopped to eat dinner after a ride without worrying about someone stealing it. The Thule 990XT fit the bill better than anything else I could find. Also, all of the Thule racks that I'd seen were very high quality so I trusted the name.

This rack secures the bike by the frame and not the wheel. The racks that secure the bike by the wheel are not as secure because, even if the wheel is locked down, you just remove the front wheel and its easy to take the bike. Although this rack can be hacked by a determined thief, they will need some tools on had to do so. I believe this rack would be harder to hack than a standard bike cable. I would recommend swaging the bolt ends so a thief can't just take the nuts off the bolts to get the bike. With the bolts secured, the weak point becomes the bike hooks. I assume they can be cut with bolt cutters but I'm not sure.

This rack moves around a LOT less than the Saris did. It also comes with locks for the two bike hooks as well as a lock to secure the rack to the hitch. This is nice since you only need one key for everything and you don't have to buy an additional lock for the hitch and a cable lock for the bike like I did with the Thelma II.

I love the latching system. With the Saris I had to pull a pin out, rotate the rack down then find the hole, line up the parts, and reinstall the latching pin.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By paul857 on January 5, 2013
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I bought this a little over a year ago to replace a Swagman XC Cross-Country. The unit is much heavier than the Swagman but much more sturdy- an understandable trade-off. I initially found it awkward to use and difficult to load the bikes. The biggest problem was that the release lever for the center post was so stiff it could not be released with one hand thus making it very difficult to fold down to remove the inner bike. Over time it loosened up and I became accustomed to using the rack and grew to like it. The reason for the 2 stars is that the paint on both our bikes have been damaged by the rack. The rubber hook covers that are supposed to protect the tube dried and cracked allowing the metal hooks to rub against the bike tube. We have a lot of money invested in our bikes and find it hard to believe that Thule can't come up with a hook cover that lasts more than a year. I would warn anyone that owns this or a similar Thule rack to check the condition of the hook covers. unfortunately it seems Thule does not sell these covers as replacement parts- will try to contact them and update.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Matt Lewis Reese on May 6, 2011
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Before this rack I owned the type where the top tube of the bike sat on the rack, and it was not able to fold in anyway when in use so it made my car huge. This rack is much better since it folds up and only adds at most a foot to the back of the car when not in use. During the spring and summer months I also leave it on my car 24/7.

Pro's
- Folds up and only adds about a foot of extra space to your car
- sturdy bike mounting method, bikes do not move around once attached to the rack.
- Bikes lock into rack, and the rack locks into your car making your bikes safe if you have to run into a store.
- works in a 1.25 or 2 in hitch

Con's
- Not as weather resistant as I would like. I leave this on my car 24/7 during the spring and summer months. That is the whole reason why I bought this type of rack. All the black parts are fine, but some of the bolts which attach various parts are starting to rust as well as some of the moving parts and it is only about 8-9 months old. WD-40 may solve some of the moving part issues.
-the rack does not attach as strongly as I would like to my 2in hitch. Since it uses a 1.25 to 2 in adapter the rack itself does shake. It is not going to fall off as it is securely bolted to my hitch, but if the adapter was a more secure connection.

Overall this is a good rack at a good price. Perhaps some of the more high end racks are better in the weather, I would not know, but so far the parts that are rusting can be easily replaced. Despite this issue I would still recommend this rack.

Update
So I have had this for close to 3 seasons and I want to comment on the wear. One of the locks stopped working and had to be removed but the rack still works, one of the locations just does not lock anymore.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bthornton13 on January 27, 2011
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I purchased this item for my wife and have been very pleased with it. It is lightweight so she is able to install it and take it off herself without my help. She is also able to install her bike and secure it without aid. This bike rack has to be the best on the market for any SUV.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Felix on June 20, 2011
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I bought this rack to fit my non-standard bike. I couldn't have asked for a bette built, engineered or performing rack to properly secure and transport my bike.
Once I installed it into the 2" hitch on my van it even locked into place with the included pin lock. After the trays were mounted and bolted into place it became apparent that Thule thought about anything that I would if I was designing a rack for every day usage.
With a single lever pull the rack lowers into position or stows up for non-bike duties. Way too simple and just ingenious.
Fitting the bike into the tray is also super simple, put the bike up in place, if need be slide the wheel holders into place and then secure the bike with the vertical locking bar. Using the included locks lock the bar into place and there you have properly secured bike that won't go anywhere.

This rack will even work with a 1.25" hitch mount in case you have a smaller vehicle or need / want to move the rack between different cars.

I would highly recommend this rack to anyone having the need to transport 2 bikes securely and without any worries.
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