THULE 9027 Apex Swing Away Bike Rack
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- 2" hitch mount carrier for transporting up to four bikes that swings to the passenger side whether the carrier is loaded or unloaded, allowing access to vehicle hatchbacks
- Bikes lock to carrier, and carrier to vehicle using the included cable and hitch locks
- Integrated auto pin functions as hitch pin, and moves into place with an audible click
- Hold Fast cradles absorb the shock of the road protecting your bike during transport and patented No-Sway cages prevent bike to bike contact
- Top-oriented hitch switch lever allows the arc style bike arms to fold down when not in use
- DO NOT install on a trailer or other towed vehicle
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Easy Access to Rear of Vehicle
Swing-away design that allows a fully loaded hitch rack to swing away from the vehicle for rear of vehicle access.
Snug-Tite receiver lock virtually eliminates hitch rack movement in receiver and locks the hitch rack to the vehicle.
Shock Absorbing Cradles
Hold Fast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) Cradles absorb the shock of the road protecting your bike during transport.
Arc design of the arms gives bikes greater clearance off the ground and provides greater distance between bikes preventing contact.
Integrated Cable Lock
Hide-away, heavy duty integrated cable lock allows you to lock the bikes to the rack and stores inside hitch rack when not in use.
Patented No-Sway Cage to prevent bike to bike contact.
Integrated handle for easy carrying and handling.
Folding Hitch Switch allows the arms to fold when not in use.
|Thule Apex Swing||Thule Apex||Thule Helium Aero||Thule Vertex Swing Away||Thule Vertex XT||Thule Parkway|
|Part Number/Maximum Number of Bikes||9027 (4 Bikes)||9025 (4 Bikes) 9026 (5 Bikes)||9042 (2 Bikes) 9043 (3 Bikes)||9031XT (4 Bikes)||9028XT (2 Bikes) 9029XT (4 Bikes) 9030XT (5 Bikes)||958 (2 Bikes) 957 (4 Bikes) 956 (4 Bikes)|
|Hitch Receiver Fits||2" (Class 2-4)||9025 (1.25" & 2" Class 1-4) 9026 (2" Class 2-4)||1.25" & 2" (Class 1-4)||2" (Class 2-4)||9028XT (1.25" & 2" Class 1-4) 9029XT (1.25" & 2" Class 1-4) 9030XT (2" Class 2-4)||958 (2" Class 2-4) 957 (1.25" Class 1-2) 956 (2" Class 2-4)|
|Hitch Receiver Locks Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Bike Locks Included||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Rear of Vehicle Access||Rack Swings to Side||Rack Tilts Away||Rack Tilts Away||Rack Swings to Side||Rack Tilts Away||Rack Tilts Away|
|Product Weight||42 lbs||34-35 lbs||19 - 20 lbs||42 lbs||32 - 34 lbs||25 - 27 lbs|
|Maximum Weight Capacity (per bike)||35 lbs||35 lbs||35 lbs||35 lbs||35 lbs||35 lbs|
|Distance Between Bikes||5.5"||5.5"||5.5"||5.5"||5.5"||5"|
|Item Dimensions||18 x 11 x 49 inches|
|Item Display Weight||54.35 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||56.2 pounds|
The Thule 9207 Apex Swing Away Bike Rack provides convenient access to the rear of the car, even while loaded with bikes.
Color: One Color | Size: One Size
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A couple of strange things that I noticed during assembly -
1) while this rack offers built in locks both at the hitch and a cable lock for the bikes, there are two exposed bolts that could be easily removed and would allow the majority of the rack to still be stolen...
2) While the rack is listed as for 2" receivers only, the hitch mount is in fact a 1" and it ships with a 2" adapter that I had to install... so this may very well work for people with the smaller 1" receiver hitches.
3) The hitch lock/tightening mechanism while a good idea, is very large and bulky. If your receiver is set back in and under your bumper even a little bit you may find the fit to be tight if not impossible to mount.
I was extremely disappointed when I ran into issue #3 above. When I went to mount it on my 2012 Chevy Traverse, which has the receiver underneath the bumper and set back a little bit, I found that the large bulking locking mechanism hit the bumper before the hitch mount had slid into the receiver far enough for the hitch pin to engage... Without modifying my hitch or the rack, there is just no way to successfully attach this particular rack to my vehicle even though the fit guide on Thule.com says it will work.
Thankfully Amazon was very understanding and within 5 minutes of initiating a return, I had receved a return UPS label.
After reviewing the other offerings, it looks like the Thule Vertex should work for my vehicle as it does not have the large hitch lock/adjustment piece. I have one on order and will find out for sure in a couple of days.
EDIT 4/17/2012: Received the Thule Vertex 4-bike swing rack on a few days ago. The Vertex works fine with the 2012 Chevy Traverse and actually seems to provide more clearance from the back hatch then the Apex did. The absence of the bulky lock/adjustment mechanism on the Apex allows the Vertex rack to fully engage the hitch and be attached properly with the provide hitch pin bolt.
The Tiguan has a pre-fabricated location for a hitch receiver so I did not opt to purchase that from my dealer. I bought a specific hitch from another website (Amazon was on back order) and installed it in 10 minutes.
I'll second the reviews that state the instructions, specifically covering the anti-sway attachments, are lacking. It took a little head scratching to figure out A) what they were for and B) how to attach them. Its easy to put them on backwards and not realize it.
Some reviewers complained of the anti-sway parts coming off or getting lost. When the carrier isn't loaded with a bike, I simply use the straps to attach them to the bike cradle (since there are two pins on those, and only one is used).
There are two exposed bolts that, with a couple of good-sized wrenches, a thief could probably make a getaway with part of your rack. Honestly, if someone wants your stuff bad enough, nothing's going to stop them, so I can't really knock Thule for this. The nuts are lock nuts so its going to take some work to get them off. Plus, even if it wasn't loaded, the carrier is heavy so getting the stinger bolts out without any flexibility to adjust the load like you can when it isn't mounted, theft would be a chore and probably require some hammering, hopefully alerting to something going awry.
Once assembled and properly tightened, this thing doesn't budge. I stood (150 lbs) on the sway arm and also stood on the ground and pulled back as hard as I could and couldn't make it move. Since tension is the only thing keeping the rack mated to the hitch, periodically checking the tension would be important. Don't just set it and forget it for six months. When using any kind of hitch and towing vehicle or accessory, rechecking tension is important anyway and this is just another reason to do it.
Another reviewer states that the knob that applies the tension is quite large and they're right (so that you can get good leverage to tighten it to proper force by hand). I could see this possibly being a problem on a hitch that is pretty far recessed under the bumper, as well as very close to the bumper. This is no problem on the Tiguan, which should also hold true for Model Year 2011 - 2013, just in case someone reading this is using a similar vehicle. There were some design changes in 2011 so can't vouch for what can be done prior to then.
If there was a minus, I was unable to transport 3 road bikes using the carriers in order (closest to vehicle outward). Loading as instructed, the third bike had to go on the outermost carrier, leaving the 2nd to last empty. I'm not sure how/if four road bikes would fit. I bought this intending to carry 3 at the most, so that really isn't an issue in my case. Perhaps being able to adjust the position of the carriers on the arms would be helpful to squeeze the fourth bike in there.
Another oddity would be that an adapter was required for the 2" receiver hitch, as another reviewer stated. I did not measure the receiver prior to adding the adapter to see if the smaller hitch would work. Adapter or not, Thule only advertises this product for 2" hitches, and its printed on the outside of the box. Why isn't it one part? I don't know, but I'd recommend still planning to use with a 2" hitch. The adapter was easy to assemble, and made of steel like the rest of the mounting components. It wasn't a flimsy foam or similar expansion adapter found with lesser racks. Again, tension is the name of the game for this rack when it comes to a good fit and security on the hitch, so I wouldn't bet on using it with a smaller 1.25" hitch.
The Swing feature is great! I have full access to the back-end of my vehicle pretty easily, loaded or not.
I'd have loved to have a 2nd cable lock (e.g. one through frames, one through wheels) but the one that's there is a great feature.
Solid construction, seems to fit the bill quite well. Bonus for being made in the USA.
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