Thule Vertex 9029 4 Bike Hitch Rack

October 26, 2013 - Comment

This new hitch rack’s unique arc design makes it easier to load and unload, provides better ground clearance and gives you greater distance between your bikes for easy transport. The Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch mount bike carrier transports up to four bicycles securely at the rear of vehicles, while allowing access to rear doors

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This new hitch rack’s unique arc design makes it easier to load and unload, provides better ground clearance and gives you greater distance between your bikes for easy transport.

The Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch mount bike carrier transports up to four bicycles securely at the rear of vehicles, while allowing access to rear doors by leaning the unit back when not loaded. The carrier conveniently is compatible with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers. Additional features include: an arch design for easier bike loading and carrying performance, increased mast height, Thule Hold Fast cradles and anti-sway cages, the ability to fold arms down flat, bike and rack security from theft with locks (sold separately), and an integrated carrying handle.

The Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch rack mounted on a car Hitch mount receiver stowage for up to four bikes while maintaining access to rear vehicle openings.
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Four-bike Hitch Receiver Carrying Capacity

The Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch rack 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 without interfering with hatchbacks. The Vertex 9029 is compatible with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers, and has a 4-bike carrying capacity managed by its two arched bike support arms. The naturally supportive arch 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, single material cradle with a groove design that accommodates bike cables, cushions bikes and secures them during transport. In addition, straps used in cradles are 25% strong than current Thule T3 straps. To provide maximized bike stability, bike arms also feature anti-sway cages. Anti-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 anti-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 in hitch mount carriers. Bikes can be locked to the carrier with a cable lock (sold separately), and the carrier can be locked to a vehicle hitch receiver using a hitch receiver lock (sold separately).

The Hold Fast cradles and anti-sway cages of the Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch rack Hold Fast cradles, anti-sway cages and special arched bike arms in a carrier compatible with 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers.
View larger. The Thule Vertex 9029 4-bike hitch rack carrier in the leaning position Improved hitch switch leans an unloaded carrier back for access to hatchbacks.
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Access to the Rear of Vehicles

The Vertex 9029 ensures easy access to hatchbacks is available through its leaning functionality. and improved hitch switch. With a pull of the lower release of the two-part hitch switch, the upright mast of the Vertex 9029 leans to the rear of the vehicle. Leaning functionality is best used when the carrier is unloaded to avoid unnecessary strain on cradles and no-sway cages. The upper release lever of the hitch switch 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.

Key Features

Hitch mount carrier for transporting up to four bikes Compatible with both 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers Arched mast and bike arm design for easier bike loading and carrying performance Increased mast height for improved ground clearance Hold Fast cradles cushion bike and provide maximum bike security Reinforced cradle straps are 25% stronger than T3 straps Anti-sway cages prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact Improved hitch switch folds arms down when not in use and tilts an unloaded carrier away from hatchbacks Integrated handle for easy carrying and handling Bikes lock to the carrier with a cable lock (sold separately) Carrier locks to the vehicle with a receiver lock (sold separately)

Specifications

Capacity – 4 bikes Hitch receiver compatibility – 1-1/4″ and 2″ Bike to carrier locking functionality – Yes (locks not included) Carrier to vehicle locking functionality – Yes (locks not included)

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

  • Hitch mount carrier for transporting up to four bikes – compatible with both 1-1/4″ and 2″ hitch receivers
  • Improved hitch switch folds arms down when not in use and tilts an unloaded carrier away from hatchbacks
  • Arched mast and bike arm design for easier bike loading and carrying performance and increased mast height for improved ground clearance
  • Thule Hold Fast cradles cushion bike and provide maximum bike security
  • Reinforced cradle straps are 25% stronger than T3 straps and anti-sway cages prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact

Comments

Home Handy Man says:

Information from the Manufacturer I talked to Thule about the Amazon comments, specifically the rubber straps that rip. Their response was “The straps are the same design, but use a different rubber blend. There was an initial version where we had an issue with some of the straps, but that has been resolved”. I then asked how I could identify the old design versus the new design, their response was “when you get it check to see if the manufacture date is after June 2012. If it is then you’re good! There will be a sticker on…

Joe Nuzzolo "Joe Nuzzolo" says:

NOT FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES Here is what I was looking for in a bike rack:1. The ability to easily mount and carry Full Suspension bikes as well as Road Bikes.2. Security in knowing that the bikes will not fall off at 65MPH.3. Theft Prevention features.1.Thule generally makes a fine product. I have been very impressed with the craftsmanship of a Thule products overall. But this rack just does not cut it. I purchased this rack to transport my full suspension mountain bikes. I was in a rush,…

flyer "flyer" says:

Wanted to like it – but cost too much to offset the bad issues. * 1 1/4 inch install is what my intent was for one car, with the option to intall on other car which is 2 inch.* Solid construct, loose installation.* The receiver install bolt did not go all the way through with no nut required, wierd. Bolt should be longer, with a nut.* Rubber straps will definitely go bad over time, should be nylon or something else.* When simulating braking, there is a 1/8 inch gap that will rattle inside the bottom housing that will create a “CLANK”…

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