Thule 9025 Apex 4 Bike Hitch Rack

November 9, 2013 - Comment

Thule’s new premium hitch rack combines security, convenience and revolutionary new cradles with Road Dampening Technology (RDT) making it the most complete hitch rack on the market. The Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier transports up to four bicycles securely at the rear of vehicles, while allowing access to rear door hatchbacks by leaning

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Thule’s new premium hitch rack combines security, convenience and revolutionary new cradles with Road Dampening Technology (RDT) making it the most complete hitch rack on the market.

The Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier transports up to four bicycles securely at the rear of vehicles, while allowing access to rear door hatchbacks by leaning the carrier back when not loaded. The carrier is compatible only with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers. Additional features include: an integrated hitch pin, bike arms designed along an arc for easier loading and carrying performance, increased mast height, Thule Hold Fast cradles and No-Sway cages, the ability to fold arms down flat, bike and rack security from theft with included hitch and cable locks, and an integrated carrying handle.

Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier mounted on a car Stable hitch mount receiver stowage for four bikes while maintaining access to rear vehicle openings.
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Four-Bike Hitch Receiver Carrying Capacity

The Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier is designed for frequent cyclists and/or families that want the stability, and functionality of a hitch receiver carrier that can be left on vehicles when bikes are not loaded without interfering with hatchbacks. The carrier is compatible with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers and has a four-bike carrying capacity managed by its two retractable bike support arms that curve along an arc. The naturally supportive arc design of the bike arms allows for easier bike loading and carrying performance. Thule Hold Fast cradles are installed on the arms. They feature a soft, rubberized cradle with a groove design that accommodates bike cables, cushions bikes and secures them during transport. To provide maximized bike stability, bike arms also feature patented Thule No-Sway cages. No-sway cages are rigid rubberized bike rack components that attach to the lower edge of the bike arm, hanging below the bike cradle (one for each bike). As the top tube of bike frames rest on the carrier arms, the No-Sway cages attach to the vertical tube section of bike frames with included straps. This holds bikes firmly in place without the need of a heavy wheel tray sometimes used on hitch mount carriers. Bikes can be locked to the carrier along the driver’s side bike arm with a cable lock (included). The cable is retractable, pulling out of the carrier’s mast section when needed, and automatically stowing there when not needed. The carrier itself can be locked to a vehicle hitch receiver using a hitch receiver lock (included).

The Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier in the down position with vehicle hatchback open Improved lower hitch switch leans an unloaded carrier back for access to hatchbacks.
View larger Cyclists using the Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier during a ride Ease of use allows you to stop anywhere, and get on the road in seconds.
View larger The Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier unloaded with bike arms down and the vehicle hatchback closed Arms fold down and out of the way when not in use, and the carrier is secured to the vehicle with an included hitch lock.
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Access to the Rear of Vehicles

The 9025 Apex ensures easy access to hatchbacks is available through its leaning functionality, and its easy-to-use hitch switch. With a pull of the lower hitch switch — located at the rear base of the carrier — the upright mast of the unit leans to the rear of the vehicle. The carrier should be unloaded before it is leaned to the rear to avoid unnecessary strain on cradles and no-sway cages, or damage to bicycles. The upper hitch switch, located at the top rear of the carrier, controls the ability to fold bike arms down into a vertical position when the carrier is not loaded. This minimizes the possibility of driving and parking issues when the empty carrier is left on a vehicle.

Integrated Hitch Pin and Locking Functionality

Another valuable feature of the 9025 Apex four-bike carrier is its integrated hitch pin, referred to as an auto pin. This pin provides the main connection between the carrier’s hitch and a vehicle’s hitch receiver. The auto pin is spring loaded and built into the stinger section of the carrier, terminating in the carrier’s hitch. To install, simply lift the auto pin slightly as the carrier’s hitch section enters the vehicle’s hitch receiver. The auto pin can then rest and move along the surface of the hitch receiver. and will click into the hitch receiver’s pin hole automatically. The carrier’s locking knob can then be twisted tight to secure the connection further, and locked into place with the knob’s embedded lock (included), securing the carrier to the vehicle.

Key Features

Hitch mount carrier for transporting up to four bikes Compatible with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers Hold Fast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) cradles absorb the shock of the road protecting your bike during transport Snug-Tite receiver lock virtually eliminates hitch rack movement in receiver and locks the hitch rack to the vehicle Arc design of the arms gives bikes greater clearance off the ground and provides greater distance between bikes preventing contact Increased mast height for improved ground clearance Patented Thule No-Sway cages to prevent bike-to-bike contact Heavy-duty integrated lock with cable allows you to lock the bikes to rack and stores in the hitch rack when not in use Separate hitch switch levers allow the arms to fold when not in use, and tilt the carrier down for rear of vehicle access Integrated handle for easy carrying and handling

Specifications

Capacity – Four bikes Hitch receiver compatibility – 1-1/4″ and 2″ Weight limit – 150 lbs. (68 kg.) Bike to carrier locking functionality – Yes (cable lock included) Carrier to vehicle locking functionality – Yes (hitch lock included) Fits most bikes with disc brakes – Yes One Key system compatible – Yes

What’s in the Box

Thule 9025 Apex four-bike hitch mount carrier All necessary assembly hardware and tools 2″ hitch adapter Integrated hitch pin Buckle strap Hitch lock and cable lock, with lock keys and lock cylinder change key User’s manual/instructions 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

  • 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch mount carrier for transporting up to five bikes, that leans back when 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

Comments

Peter Bartzen says:

unreliable cradles To start of what I like about this rack is the hitch locking mechanism that wedges tight into the receiver and can be locked quickly without any wrench or tool it is the greatest idea for hitching a bike carrier rack. I also like being able to load 4 bikes on a rack that can attach to an 1-1/4″ receiver.What I don’t like about it is the cradles slide on the rails leaving your bikes to be positioned in ways they rub up against each other or the vertical support of the rack…

eeyora says:

Holders slide around I got this bike rack a few months ago and took it for a 3hr drive. We had 2 commuter bikes on the rack. I don’t like the fact that the holders slide around. 1 hr into the car drive the bikes were crooked. The one in the back was butt up against the post of the rack and resulted in some scratches on the post. The second bike was also touching the other bike and scratched each other. The arc design makes the bikes slide toward the car. I just wish the holders didn’t slide around so much…

SD Family of 5 "SD" says:

Nice Looking and Good Quality Bike Rack I don’t have a lot of experience with bike racks, this being my first, so this review is based solely on my experience with the Thule 9025 and not relative to other bike racks. While bike racks are utilitarian by nature, I also wanted one that would look nice on the back of my new SUV. The Thule 9025 not only looks nice, but it’s very well made, feels solid (it’s heavy but not overly so), is easy to install, folds easily, and holds my bikes securely. The bikes go on and off fairly easily and…

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