Thule 2 Bike Platform Hitch Rack

November 12, 2013 - Comment

It’s quick and easy to take your bikes on and off the Thule Transport T2 with STL2 Lock. This two-bike carrier holds your bikes on a trailer-hitch-mounted platform that requires a minimal amount of bike-lifting (no more heaving and sweating while packing).SecureHook holds bikes securely by the front wheel, while an adjustable strap secures the

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It’s quick and easy to take your bikes on and off the Thule Transport T2 with STL2 Lock. This two-bike carrier holds your bikes on a trailer-hitch-mounted platform that requires a minimal amount of bike-lifting (no more heaving and sweating while packing).SecureHook holds bikes securely by the front wheel, while an adjustable strap secures the back wheel to the reinforced tray (there’s no bike-frame contact)Hitch Switch lever folds and stores platform when it is not in use, or tilts down so you can access the rear of the vehicleSnug-Tite receiver lock sits tightly in your trailer hitch and locks the hitch to the vehicleAccommodates bicycles with disc brakes and thru-axles2 One-Key locks are included for maximum security while you are under way and at rest stopsFits bikes with 20 to 29in wheel diameters and bicycles with up to 3in-wide tires

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.
View larger. 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.
View larger. 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.
View larger. 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 Features

  • 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

Comments

James R. says:

Well made, security features are a nice touch 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…

Mike82 says:

You will love this thing!! 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…

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