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Thule 2 Bike Platform Hitch Rack

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1.25-Inch Receiver
  • SecureHook with integrated cable lock secures the bike without making frame contact
  • Hitch SwitchTM lever folds and stores platform when not in use or tilts down for rear of vehicle access
  • Reinforced tray provides maximum strength and rust-free protection
  • Adjustable wheel strap quickly secures backwheel to tray
  • Fits 20 to 29-Inch wheel diameter bicycles with up to 3-Inch wide tires
  • DO NOT install on a trailer or other towed vehicle
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Technical Details

Product Description

The Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack is a premier platform hitch rack that offers maximized features, performance and convenience fit for both serious and casual riders. The rack utilizes a combination of a reinforced bike tray providing maximum strength and rust-free protection from below, with effortless ratcheting SecureHook supports at the top that keep up to two bikes secure and scratch-free during transport. Additional features include: two separate models specific to 2-inch (916XTR T2) and 1¼-inch (917XTR T2) hitch receivers, compatibility with bikes up to 20-inch to 29-inch wheel diameters with up to 3-inch wide tires, locks to secure bikes to the rack as well as the rack to the vehicle, and a 4-bike expansion option for the 2-inch 916XTR T2 model with an added accessory (sold separately).

The Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack mounted on a car
Maximized 2-bike hitch carrier features, performance and convenience that can be expanded to 4-bikes.
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The Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack not in use but using Hitch Switch functionality to fold up and out of the way
Quickly folds up and away when no in use.
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The Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack not in use but using Hitch Switch functionality to lean back allowing rear access
Also leans back allowing for access to rear hatches without rack removal.
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Individual bike locking functionality built into the Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack
New cable lock functionality built into each SecureHook stabilizing arm.
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Secure 2-bike Hitch Mount Carrying Capacity

A hitch mount rack, the T2 attaches to your vehicle's pre-installed hitch receiver located below the rear bumper. The two models available in Thule's T2 product line are design for use with different sized receivers - the 916XTR T2 working with 2-inch receivers and the 917XTR T2 with 1¼-inch receivers. Both contain two heavy-duty tubes, each with two molded wheel trays that cradle and support the weight of bikes from below via its two wheels. Bike tray assemblies accommodate bikes from 20 to 29-inch wheel diameters and with up to 3-inch wide tires. Bike trays work in conjunction with wheel straps that hold bikes to the wheel trays and two independent SecureHook support arms -- one for each bike -- that ratchet down on the top of mounted front bike tires, holding the whole bike securely in place without any contact with the frame. When not in use these two arms fold down inline with the bike trays. This combination of wheel trays secured at hitch receiver level and SecureHook arms allows for fast loading and unloading of bikes with minimal lifting for ultimate convenience.

The Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack also protects your mounted bikes from thieves with its multi-tiered locking system consisting of an integrated cable lock that secures bikes to the carrier without making frame contact, and the Snug-Tite lock that secures the rack to your vehicle at the receiver hitch. In addition, the unique Snug-Tite lock does double duty for owners by virtually eliminating hitch carrier movement.

Leaning and Folding Hitch Switch Functionality

The T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack product line also contains unique folding and leaning functionality via its Hitch Switch feature. Based on a pin-based mechanism located at the base of the unit, this feature allows for maximum flexibility as users can fold the bike trays completely up when not in use and lock them into place. This allows for ease of driving and parking with the carrier remaining mounted. This same feature also makes it possible for bike trays to be temporarily angled back towards the rear of the vehicle and automatically held in place when not driving, allowing for rear vehicle access.

Easily Upgradable To a 4-Bike Carrier

Thule's T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack (Thule 916XTR T2 only) can also conveniently and economically be upgraded to a 4-bike carrier with the additional purchase of the Thule 918XTR T2 2-Bike (2-inch hitch receiver) add-on. This accessory connects via the same sized 2-inch hitch receiver doubling capacity without limiting functionality, including Hitch Switch folding and leaning functionality.

Features and Specifications

  • SecureHook ratcheting arms with integrated cable lock secures the bike without making frame contact
  • Hitch Switch lever tilts carrier away from vehicle for trunk, hatch or tailgate access
  • Reinforced tray provides maximum strength and rust-free protection
  • Adjustable wheel strap quickly secures back wheel to tray
  • Can be converted to carry up to 4 bikes with the T2 plus a 2 Bike Add-On (sold separately, 2-inch receivers only)
  • Fits 20-inch to 29-inch wheel diameter bicycles with up to 3-inch wide tires
  • Accommodates bicycles with disc brakes, thru-axles and other nontraditional frame designs
  • Included Snug-Tite lock virtually eliminates hitch carrier movement at the hitch receiver connection and locks the carrier to the vehicle
  • Models: 916XT; 2 bike; fits 2-inch receivers only 917XT; 2 bike; fits 1¼-inch receivers only 918XT; 2 bike add on; fits 2-inch receivers only when used in conjunction with 916XT

Technical Specifications

  • Load capacity (bikes) - 2
  • Hitch receiver compatibility - model 916XT fits 2-inch receivers only; model 917XT fits 1¼-inch receivers only
  • One Key system compatible - Yes
  • Fits most bikes with disc brakes - Yes
  • For tandem bikes - No

What's in the Box

Thule T2 2-Bike Platform Hitch Rack, user's manual 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 Details

  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: TTAA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,847 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

From the Manufacturer

EasyFold T2 T2 2 Bike Add-on Doubletrack
Max number of bikes 2 2 4 2
Tilts or swings away with bike on
Fits 2" receivers 916XTR
Fits 1 1/4" receivers 917XTR
Locks to receiver hitch
Includes bike locks
Arms fold down for storage

Customer Reviews

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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful By James R. on February 24, 2012
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In the market for a good platform rack, I narrowed my choices down to the Thule 916XTR T2, the Yakima Hold-Up, or the Kuat NV. I didn't want to spend more than $400, so the Kuat was out (plus it seemed a little quirky.) I liked the Yakima Hold-Up (used my cousin's for a few rides) but two things bothered me about it. 1 - the lock cable was separate from the actual rack, and 2 - sometimes we would have issues with pedals hitting or seats and handlebars coming together. The Thule 916XTR T2 had solutions for both of those issues: each lock arm had a built-in locking frame cable for each bike, and the rails that the bikes would ride on were adjustable both side-to-side and fore-aft, allowing me to position each rail with as much spacing as I needed.

Assembly took all but 30 minutes, and once I had it on the Toyota Highlander I began to see the features of the unit more clearly - for example, the hinge - it's beefy, using two pivot points instead of one, allowing for little if any side-to-side wiggle or wobble. The individual frame cables are a nice touch - not to mention that the included 3-lock set all use a single key for convenience (though I needed 5 - see "Weaknesses"). I don't know about you, but having a total of 5 locks seems to be more of a theft deterrent compared to the single separate cable lock that the Yakima comes with.

The hook arm that grabs onto your front wheel is easy to use and ratchets down tight. The rear ratcheting straps are also easy to use, and is versatile thanks to the sliding rear wheel mount. Loading up two full-suspension bikes is very easy and quick. Oh, and about spacing: the lower rack "legs" that the bikes are held to can be adjusted fore/aft to vary the space between the vehicle and each individual bike.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mike82 on October 17, 2012
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So this is what my bike rack had to do: 1) The rack had to attach to the hitch and not directly to the car. 2) The rack had to hold two bikes in such a way that they could not touch. 3) I had to feel absolutely confident that the bikes would be secure and that the chance of them falling off was "0%". 3) The bikes needed to be securable with some form of lock. 4) The rack needed to be highly durable and good quality. 5) Getting the bikes on an off had to be super easy. 6) The bikes did not need to be taken apart in any way. Now I know what you are thinking, there are not many racks on the market that can do all this and you are right. This rack, however, meets all these requirements and does it very well. For each of my six criteria, the bike rack has by far exceeded exceptions and is will worth the money. One of my cycling friends bought the roof mounted system, and he has to take his front wheel off each time, his bike gets an excessive amount of bug splatters, and his wife has a hard time getting the bike onto the roof. He is now looking into this rack. If you do alot of traveling with your bike, this is an absolute must. My only problem is that my dog is afraid of the thing, and I have to take it off to get him in the back of my SUV. Not a problem with the rack, but just so you know, the receiver part of the rack has a threaded bolt and it does take a wrench to get it on an off. It takes only about 5 minutes, but the rack is heavy, so if you are needed to take it on an off frequently, it can be a nuisance - remember it is quite heavy and bulky!! So criteria 7) the rack cannot scare my
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on December 2, 2011
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On the positive side, Thule is one of the best bike rack makers today I believe. Their products are classy looking, have good ergonomic designs and are well made. This particular type of rack is one of the best kind for general purpose use and for mixed types of bikes because it holds the bikes by the wheels. Thus there is no issue of how the frame will fit on the arms as with the common type of rack. The wheel holders are adjustable as to spacing between the wheels as well as side to side on the main tube of the rack. The spacing between the two bike sections is also adjustable. The rear wheel goes into a strap type holder with a quick release and the front is held by the Thule racheting gooseneck holder. Easy to hookup and it holds very well. Makes on/off an simple and easy task. The rack folds up with the flip of a lever when not in use.

One negative point is that Thule says it will not work on a bike with a fender. That should be stated in the ad for the rack since it does limit use of this rack quite a bit. All my bikes are cruisers and half have fenders so that could be a serious problem. Fortunately, the front wheel holder will work over a fender (IMHO) but you have to be careful to see that the fender is secure to the bike and (note) it may scratch the paint so beware.

The assembly instructions are not as clear as I would like, but I did figure out finally that the completed assembly drawing has one bike holder mirror imaged. Also I was a bit annoyed that the first thing you have to do to assemble the unit is to DISASSEMBLE it from the way it is packaged. There are a couple of half inch bolts that are put in one way for shipping and have to be taken out and put in another way before you can begin the actual assembly process.
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