Thule 9042 Helium Aero 2-Bike Hitch Rack

Bike carrier for vehicles with a trailer hitch

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Transport your two-wheelers

Thule's 9042 Helium Aero bike rack supports two bikes, and its lightweight aluminum frame adds less weight to your vehicle than conventional racks do. The 9042's Snug-Tite Stinger™ system eliminates any gaps in the trailer hitch connection, which makes for a snug hitch attachment. The Helium Aero's bike cradles and No-Sway™ cages ensure your bikes stay secure and protected while heading down the road.

You'll be able to easily install and remove the Helium Aero bike rack with the included AutoAttach lock knob, so you don't need any special tools for the job. Thule's Hitch Switch™ lets you get the rack's arms out of the way when you're not hauling bikes, and it also provides you access to the rear of your vehicle. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

Product Highlights:

  • carries up to two bikes and supports up to 165 lbs
  • mounts to trailer hitch
  • Hold Fast™ cradles and No-Sway™ cages secure and protect bikes
  • lightweight aluminum construction
  • AutoAttach system allows for easy installation and removal
  • rack arms can be folded down and rack can be tilted for access to the rear of the vehicle
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Light and strong

Written By Chuck, San Diego, CA on Thursday, November 07, 2013

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The hitch I installed on the back of my Infiniti G37 sedan has a weight limit of 200lbs so I needed something light to transport my mountain bike. The Helium fits the bill because it's super light. Fits both 2 inch and 1.25 size receivers when you use the included adaptor. The installation and removal is quick because the knob you turn to engage the lock mechanism. It's secure and fits better than pin-type attachments and more comvient than a bolt that needs a wrench to remove. The built-in lock on the knob helps to prevent thieft of the rack. A second lock on the rack helps to keep the bike secure.

The problem with the rack is that it's a bit small. It's for 2 bikes, but 2 full-sized bikes will be tight. It's really best as a single and 2 in case of emergency. Other than that, it's a great rack.

Pros: light and strong. the hitch mechanism is easy and secure.

Cons: little small for 2 large sized bikes. expensive at $300+

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