Thule's 970XT Helium bike rack carries two bikes on your 2" and 1-1/4" trailer hitch receivers. Its lightweight aluminum design makes it easy to install and remove.

The Hitch Switch™ lever tilts the carrier away from the vehicle for rapid rear vehicle access, and the carrier's bike arms fold down conveniently when not in use. Thule's anti-sway system prevents bikes from knocking into each other as you transport them. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

Product Highlights:

  • carries two bikes
  • attaches to your vehicle's trailer hitch (convertible for 2" or 1-1/4" hitch receivers)
  • Hitch Switch lever tilts carrier for rapid rear vehicle access
  • bike arms fold down for storage
  • lightweight aluminum construction for easy installation and removal
  • anti-sway system prevents contact between bikes
  • optional cable lock sold separately
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • Helium bicycle hitch rack (supports up to 2 bikes)

Product Research

Overview: The Thule 970XT Helium Bike Rack is designed to carry 2 bikes and attaches to either a 2" or 1-1/4" receiver hitch.

Light Weight Construction:  The Thule 970XT Helium bike rack is 40% lighter than conventional hitch racks due to the use of high strength 6061-T6 aluminum. This high grade light alloy material provides the strength at nearly half the weight making installation and removal easier.

No Tool Installation: The Thule 970XT also features a simple no tools tightening knob to attach the rack to your vehicle's hitch, which further simplifies installation and removal.

Hitch Switch: Thule's Hitch Switch quick release lever to tilt the rack away from the rear hatch for easy access. Another quick release lever makes it simple to raise and lower the bike carrying arms for transport and storage. No more fumbling around with antiquated cotter pins

No Sway Cage: Your Bikes' frames rest in rubberized T3 cradles and will not swing due to the No Sway Cage design. The T3 cradles easily adjust along the support arms to position bikes as you like until you want to secure them down.

Theft Prevention: Thule designed the rack's quick release hitch knob with a locking feature and it is key matched to the integrated locking cable for the bikes to prevent theft.

Overview: The Thule 970XT Helium Bike Rack is designed to carry 2 bikes and attaches to either a 2" or 1-1/4" receiver hitch.

Light Weight Construction:  The Thule 970XT Helium bike rack is 40% lighter than conventional hitch racks due to the use of high strength 6061-T6 aluminum. This high grade light alloy material provides the strength at nearly half the weight making installation and removal easier.

No Tool Installation: The Thule 970XT also features a simple no tools tightening knob to attach the rack to your vehicle's hitch, which further simplifies installation and removal.

Hitch Switch: Thule's Hitch Switch quick release lever to tilt the rack away from the rear hatch for easy access. Another quick release lever makes it simple to raise and lower the bike carrying arms for transport and storage. No more fumbling around with antiquated cotter pins

No Sway Cage: Your Bikes' frames rest in rubberized T3 cradles and will not swing due to the No Sway Cage design. The T3 cradles easily adjust along the support arms to position bikes as you like until you want to secure them down.

Theft Prevention: Thule designed the rack's quick release hitch knob with a locking feature and it is key matched to the integrated locking cable for the bikes to prevent theft.

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