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Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Rola Hitch Bike Racks

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Rola Hitch Bike Racks - 59403

With anti-sway cradles and a built-in cable lock, the TX-103 transports 3 bikes safely and securely. Add Rola's patented flip shank and a tilting feature for easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area and you get a near perfect bike rack.


  • Hitch-mounted rack carries up to 3 bicycles
  • Large, soft anti-sway cradles hold your bikes securely in place with rubber straps
    • Accommodate most bike-frame tube sizes (up to 2" wide and 3" tall)
    • Prevent bike-to-bike contact during travel to protect painted surfaces
    • Slide along the arms to ensure proper bike spacing
  • Dual arms offer excellent bike stability
    • Conveniently fold down for storage when the bike rack is not in use
      • Fold arms down by removing pin and clip, and removing handle mechanism
      • Lock arms in place by inserting the pin and clip, and re-inserting the handle
    • Some bike styles may require an adapter bar (64005; sold separately)
  • Integrated, retractable cable lock provides bike security
    • Stores inside the upright support arm of the bike rack when not in use
    • Comes with 2 keys
  • Tilting, upright support arm gives you access to vehicle's rear cargo area without having to unload bikes
    • To tilt support arm, pull pin, lift upright bar and pull forward
  • Patented flip shank rotates to fit 1-1/4" and 2" hitches
    • Switch in seconds by removing a pin and clip
      • Pin and clip included to secure bike rack to 1-1/4"
      • Threaded hitch bolt and clip included to secure bike rack to 2" hitches
    • Lock your bike carrier to your vehicle with a hitch lock (sold separately)
      • Use RH2-XL for 1-1/4" hitches
  • Silver powder coat finish protects against rust and corrosion


  • Carrying capacity: 3 bikes
  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class II only) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Weight capacity: 80 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    • Arms measures 14" wide (outside to outside)
    • 2" Hitch - measures 10" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar
    • 1-1/4" hitch - measures 10-3/4" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar
    • Measures 31-1/2" from the top of the hitch to the top of the T-bar
  • 5-Year limited warranty

The versatile Rola TX-103 hitch-mounted bike carrier allows you to safely and securely carry three bicycles of almost any frame size on almost any vehicle.

Rola TX-103 bike rack anti-sway cradles

The bike rack has large, soft anti-sway cradles that hold your bikes securely in place during travel with rubber straps and that accommodate bike-frame tube sizes up to 2" wide and 3" tall. The anti-sway devices touch your bike frame at three points to keep the bikes from moving back and forth, eliminating bike-to-bike contact during travel and protecting your bikes's painted surfaces. The cradles can be repositioned along the rack arms to ensure that your bikes remain properly spaced.

Rola TX-103 bike rack arm folding leverRola TX-103 bike rack arms folded down

The TX-103 has dual arms that provide your bikes with excellent support. You can fold down the arms for convenient storage when the rack is not in use by pulling pin and removing the handle mounted on the top of the upright support arm. When the arms are lowered, pull the pin and replace the handle to lock the arms in place in the down position.

Rola TX-103 bike rack integrated cable lock

The bike carrier includes an integrated cable lock that stores inside the upright support arm when you are not using the rack. The cable lock secures to a post at the end of one of the rack arms to lock your bikes to the carrier. The cable lock comes with two keys.

Rola TX-103 tilting bike rackRola TX-103 bike rack tilted

The TX-103 offers easy access to the rear cargo area without your having to remove the bikes from the rack. You can tilt the bike carrier away from your vehicle by removing a pin and clip at the foot of the rack. Pull the upright arm of the rack up and forward until it rests on the stops that keep it from hitting the ground. To restore the rack to the upright position, push the rack back into place and insert the pin and clip.

Rola flip shank

The bike carrier features Rola's patented flip shank, which has both a 1-1/4" square end and a 2" square end for use with either size hitch receiver. The shank rotates around a clevis pin and locks into your desired position with a simple pin and clip. This eliminates the need for a hitch adapter and makes moving the rack between vehicles very quick and easy.

59403 Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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Video Transcript for Rola TX-103 Hitch Bike Rack Review

Today well be reviewing the Rola TX-103 Three Bike Carrier for inch and a quarter and two-inch hitches, part number 59403. This bike carrier features large, soft, anti-sway cradles that hold your bike securely in place with the rubber straps. It accommodates most bike frame tube sizes, up to two inches wide and three inches tall. The cradles slide along the arms to ensure proper bike spacing and they also prevent bike-to-bike contact during travel to protect the paint and surfaces. The dual arms offer excellent bike stability and conveniently fold down for storage when the bike rack is not in use. Some bike styles may require an adapter bar, part number 64005, which is sold separately.

It has an integrated retractable cable lock that provides bike security. It stores inside the upright support arm of the bike rack when not in use, and comes with two keys. The patented flip chain rotates to fit inch and a quarter and two inch hitches and switches in seconds by removing the pin and clip. The silver powder coat finish protects against rust and corrosion. It has a weight capacity of 80 pounds and comes with a five-year limited warranty.

Now that weve gone over some features and specs of the Rola bike carrier, well go ahead and show you how to install it. The vehicle we are using for demonstration purposes is equipped with a class three hitch, so we will make sure that the flip chain is on the two-inch side. Now before we begin our installation, we will first need to put the anti-sway block with spring inside the hollow shank of the carrier. Well slide the shank over the carrier into the opening of the hitch, line up our pinholes, thread our anti-ride-up bolt through the pinholes, and tighten with a wrench. Now that the back carrier is installed, were ready to show you how to load the bike.

Well swing out the cradle arms by pulling the silver pin at the top right-hand side of the mast, and the red lever at the top of the mast to swing the cradle arms out, well then put it back in place, securing the dual arms. Well make sure that the cradle straps are undone, well set the bike into the frame cradles, and secure it with the straps. Now well go ahead and show you how it looks driving down the road. That completes todays overview of the Rola TX-103 Three Bike Carrier, part number 59403.

Customer Reviews

Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 - 59403

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.4 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Doug C.05/04/2012

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The bike rack on my 2012 Kia Soul. 39397

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Larry04/17/2011

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Great experience with The bike rack is quality and heavy duty. Comes with very little assembly required. Goes very well with my 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. 11879

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: jfuji03/13/2012

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I've been researching all different kinds of bike racks for months! I even went into a store where they cost twice to three times as much as this one. This rack has a lot of great features, especially at it's price point. The anit-sway straps and the lock are a huge plus! I've seen very few that come with both and none at the price of this one. This rack is great! It does exactly what I'd expect out of a bike rack. On my truck which has a 2" receiver, the rack fits great! I can tighten it so there is close to no wobble. On my wife's SUV which has a 1.25" receiver it is opposite. It doesn't bolt in so it is extremely loose which is a little disappointing seeing as how I bought this one for its versatility. I haven't put my bike on it while attached to my SUV because I was worried it was going to get knocked around. I'm sure I can just buy a bolt and bolt it on, but I have yet to try it. I will be using my truck mainly to transport bikes, so overall I'm pretty pleased. All-in-all and excellent bike rack. 33773

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: VaroujNY07/17/2012

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I read the product description and other review, it sounded this was a great product, well, it is not, look for something else. First, the 2" shank fits very loosely on a 2" hitch. The whole time I was driving, the rack kept swinging left to right none stop. I got worried and got off the highway and put the bikes in the trunk. Second, you really cannot put a womens mountain bike on this rack even with the bar as suggested in the QA section. You will not be able to slide the bike over the rack as the bar will be too close the bike frame at the steering side and you are going to have a problem. So save yourself the hastle and get something better. 48350

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Sara J09/03/2013

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We are very happy with this product. Once we got it set on the hitch (needed some assistance from a bike shop), the bikes stayed on comfortably--with minimal sway--for a six hour trip. It shipped very quickly too, which was much appreciated before the holiday weekend.98084

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Crystal08/13/2012

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The rack is very good quality and workmanship. It's easy to load a bike and figure out how all the straps connect. It tilts enough for me to open the hatch on my volvo wagon. My hitch is 1'1/4' and I find that the rack does wobble a bit side to side. 51609

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tom P.08/01/2012

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The basic rack here is good: the bikes go on easily, the clamps are secure, and the rack stays tight. BUT The integrated cable lock is WORTHLESS. I have to use a separate lock because this one, when it decides to attach properly, may be removed with a single Phillips-head screwdriver.50175

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Tucker S.06/22/2012

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The rack came one day sooner than promised and seems to do everything as advertised. I like the way bike frames can be stabilized against sway, and I like the built-in cable locking system. I am less than fully pleased with the amount of play between the bike rack and my 1 1/4" hitch. If you know of a way I can improve the fit, please let me know. Otherwise I think I will be very happy with this product. 45290

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: R.J.05/20/2012

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Awesome product at a great price!!! etrailer is awesome, have great products, quick shipping & provide real time status updates on your shipment. The bike rack required minimal assembly and was on my truck within 15 minutes. Holds the 3 bikes very easy. My only disappointment is that it can not hold a small frame womans mountain bike as that is what my wife has. Other than that it's great, the anti sway works great & the bikes don't rub each other. 41064

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: David D05/03/2011

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Receivd the rack and it was mostly assembled. Rack feels sturdy. I have not used it with bikes as of yet. It does fit in the hitch receiver quite loosely and it is not a tight fit from the main mast to the hitch receiver. I tightened the bolt down fairly tight but did not want to overtighten the silicone washers for fear of breaking them. Overall, I am very pleased with this product.12738

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Randy03/02/2011

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My new Rola TX-103 bike carrier arrived within 3 days of placing order. Arrived in great condition. Set up was easy. Nice carrier for the money. Customer service was great, emailed tracking data to my inbox. If you have a 1 1/4 receiver this is the one to buy. Way to go etrailer. 8283

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Keith P01/03/2012

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As described. Easy to use. Great for 3 bikes. 29022

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Jane B07/09/2012

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Item arrived quickly and is as advertised. Very pleased with this order.47211

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Gerald P.02/23/2012

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Great price, delivery and excellent communications I will recommend e-trailers to my friends.32282

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: kathy02/10/2012

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bike rack for corolla...item was delivered quickly, great company to work with, very professional and prompt. thanks,31430

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: h williams12/24/2011

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came quickly, was easy to get together.will do what i wanted,good follow up from etrailer.28677

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Debbie Benson03/24/2011

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I have not tried it yet but it looks fi ne.10256

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: Ken P.06/11/2009

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Good quality, heavy duty Rack arrived 80% assembled, good quality hardware. I like that the rack will swing down for access to the back of my car. Etrailer sells replacement rubber straps in case original ones wear out. 1971

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: mike e06/22/2012

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just what i was looking for,works great 45259

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Expert Answers about Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - 59403                                             Do you have a question about this Hitch Bike Racks?

  • Will Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier fit 2002 Toyota Rav4
  • The Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, part # 59403 is designed to work with both 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches. If you have a 1-1/4 or 2 inch hitch on your vehicle then part # 5940, will mount to your vehicle. The other issue with fitment is clearance of the spare tire on your 2002 Toyota Rav4. Part # 59403, measures 10-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the upright bar. You will want to measure out 10-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole, then hold a yard stick
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  • Will a Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, part # 59403, Fit my 2002 Toyta Highlander
  • Yes, this Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch Hitches, part # 59403, will fit your 2002 Toyota Highlander. I went out and measured our floor model Rola TX-103, # 59403, and they are 36 inches from the bottom of the stinger to the top of the arms that the frame of your bike would mount to. The shipping weight is 28 lbs, so it will weigh a few pounds less than that once the packaging has been removed.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack To Use With a 2009 Honda Pilot While Towing a Boat
  • You will want to make sure that the double hitch that you purchased is rated for towing purposes. The item you bought is usually used only for use behind an RV that is flat-towing a vehicle, and not rated for tongue weight, which is the downward pressure placed on the hitch by the hitch accessories and cargo. You will have the tongue weight from the boat, boat trailer, hitch bike rack and bicycles that you will be carrying. Also there is an extender on the double hitch to mount it to your vehicl
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 3 Adult Bikes On a 2001 Saturn Ion
  • You are correct the instructions for the Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, item # 59403, see link, state that the bikes should not exceed 80 lbs. Most adult bikes will weigh in at 25 to 35 pounds so it will depend on the model of the bikes you wish to carry, if the rack would be compatible. We do have 3 bike racks that will accommodate 3 adult bikes up to 100 lbs total, like the Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Carrier, item # S63365. When using the bike carrier with a Class I trailer hitch, like those ava
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  • SportRack Evader 3 Bike Carrier with Anti-Rattle Shank # A30403XT Recommendation
  • If you wanted a bike rack with a built in anti-rattle device I would recommend the SportRack Evader 3 Bike Carrier, part # A30403XT. This rack has an anti rattle device in the stinger of the rack that would prevent it from rattling. I attached a review video for this product for you to check out. The Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, part # 59403, that you referenced does not feature an anti-rattle device. If you wanted to install an anti-rattle device for using with a # 59403 I would recomme
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  • Cable Lock, Flip Shank, and Tilt Features on the Rola TX-103 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • On the Rola TX-103 rack, # 59403, the cable lock is stored inside of the mast (upright bar) of the bike rack. Pull it out when needed or feed it back in when not needed. The current generation of this bike rack uses a pin that allows the rack to tilt. The lock was eliminated because Rola found that road grime can cause the lock to not work so the new design eliminates this issue. The arms can fold down by pulling up on the red handle at the top of the rack. When you change from 1-1/4 to 2 inc
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  • Rola TX-103 Bike Carrier Compatibility with a 2007 Saturn Outlook
  • As long as you have a trailer hitch on your 2007 Saturn Outlook with a 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch receiver you can use the Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, # 59403. This bike rack measures 10 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the upright bar which should leave plenty of room between the rack and your vehicle. I would also recommend using the Swagman Easy-Out Adapter Bar, # 64005, for womens, childrens and alternative bike frames. If you are looking into a trailer hitch as well, then I wou
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  • Recommended Bike Adapter Bar for the Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier
  • The adapter bar we recommend for the Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, # 59403, is the Swagman Easy-Out Adapter Bar, # 64005. This adapter bar is self retracting and fits in the cradles of the Rola bike rack. The ends of this adapter bar are slightly smaller than the ends on the Thule adapter bars. I shot a video for you to check out showing the Swagman adapter bar on the Rola bike rack.
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  • Will the Rola TX-103 Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack Fit the Factory Hitch on a Kia SOrento
  • A 1-1/2 inch hitch is not a common size. Most likely, you have a 1-1/4 inch hitch like in the picture I have provided. I would double check the hitch and make sure you are measuring just the opening side to side or top to bottom. If you do find that it is a 1-1/4 inch, then you can use the Rola TX-103, # 59403, as long as the hitch is rated as a Class II. If it does measure 1-1/2 inches then there are no trailer hitch mounted accessories that will fit. I have included a link to the install
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  • Taking Out Side to Side Wobble when Using a Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack
  • All you will need is an anti-rattle device for a 1-1/4 inch hitch. Take a look at anti-rattle device # 93347. Basically, it wedges itself between the bike rack shank and the receiver opening to take out the play between the two. If you are going to use a strap you can use # 18050. Using just one would be best because it could pull the rack to one side and hold it there.
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  • Compatibility of the Rola Triple X Bike Rack With Bikes That Have Down Angled Frames
  • The Rola Triple X 3 Bike Rack, item # 59403, will work with some alternative frame bikes but if your bikes have down tubes that are extremely angled then you may need an adapter like the Swagman Easy-Out Women and Alternative Frame Bike Adapter, item # 64005. We also have the Swagman XP Folding 3 Bike Rack, item # S64950, which has frame mount cradles that rotate to accept many styles of women and alternative frame bikes. compatibility
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  • Replacement Dust Cap for the Rola Triple X Bike Rack Lock
  • We do not have an exact replacement for the dust cap on the Rola Triple X Bike Rack, item # 59403. We do have a dust cap that will work though. I went down to the warehouse an checked the Replacement Dust Cover for Deadbolt Hitch Lock, item # 40107CAP, and it will fit the bike racks lock although the design is slightly different.
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  • Recommendation for a Folding 3 Bike Trailer Hitch Mount Rack for a 2006 Jeep Liberty
  • To determine what rack, including the Rola Triple X, # 59403, will fit your 2006 Jeep Liberty, there is an important measurement that you will need to take. Place something flat that will reach the ground, like a yard stick, against the spare tire. Next, measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the yardstick. You will need a rack that extends further than this distance in order for it to fit beyond the spare tire. The Rola Triple X measures 6 inches from the center of the hitch pin ho
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  • Will The Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, # 59403, Fit On A 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • The Rola TX-103 3 Bike Carrier, # 59403, will work on your 2002 Honda Odyssey. It will fit 1-1/4 inch (Class II only) hitches and the 2 inch hitch. The weight capacity of the bike rack is 80 lbs. You can use the Swagman Hitch Bike Racks, # S63365. It will work on both 1-1/4 inch Class I and Class II hitches and the 2 inch hitch. It has weight capacity of 100 lbs. If the Swagman hitch bike rack is used on a 1-1/4 inch Class I hitch, you will need to make sure not to exceed the weight capa
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