Apex Swing has all the perks of the Apex hitch bike rack - folding, arced arms; shock-absorbing anti-sway cradles; cable and hitch locks; a built-in hitch pin for tool-free installation - plus a swing-away arm for easy access to your rear cargo area.
Premium hitch-mounted rack with swing-away design carries up to 4 bicycles
Hinged arm in base allows rack to swing away from the rear of your vehicle
Permits complete access to your rear cargo area
Works with a full load of bikes on the rack - no need to unload bikes to get to your stowed cargo
Operates with a spring pin and hand knob
Dual arching arm design allows fast and easy bike loading
Provides more space between bikes than standard dual-arm racks
Cradles are attached at varying heights along the arc, allowing handlebars and pedals to hang at different heights
Reduces scratches and dings when you are loading bikes
EasyMount system with integrated locking hitch pin and tool-free anti-rattle device
Enables quick and easy installation - no need for tools or a pin and clip
Locks your bike rack to your hitch
Eliminates movement and rattle in hitch receiver with a hand knob
Hold Fast cradles offer road-dampening technology (RDT) and detachable anti-sway arms (No-Sway Cages)
2 Layers of cushioning absorb road shock and minimize vibration
Anti-sway cradles with bumpers hold bike frames at 3 points to prevent sway and bike-to-bike contact
Reinforced cradle straps provide maximum strength and durability
Tall, arching, upright mast improves both ground clearance and clearance from the rear of your vehicle
Ergonomic quick-release lever (HitchSwitch) enables you to fold down the dual arms for convenient storage
Audible click lets you know that the arms are locked in position
Integrated cable lock built into the mast allows you to lock your bikes to the rack
Stores inside the mast when not in use
One Key System locks in cable and hitch connection
Locks are keyed alike and can be keyed to match other Thule racks and carriers
Built-in handle makes it easy to carry, install and remove the carrier
Attractive, two-tone design with molded black covers and premium silver finish
Made in USA
Carrying capacity: 4 bikes
Weight capacity: 140 lbs
Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
Distance from center of hitch pin hole to upright bar of the carrier, with arms folded down: 16-1/4"
Distance from center of hitch pin hole to foot of carrier: 7-1/2"
Limited lifetime warranty
The sleek and stylish Thule Apex Swing is every bit the premier hitch rack as the standard Apex - with an upgrade. This bike rack offers the same arching arms, RDT cradles and tool-free installation, plus the ability to swing the fully loaded rack away from your vehicle for easy access to the rear cargo area.
The rack has a hinged arm at the base that lets you completely swing the rack away from the rear of your vehicle with your bikes still loaded - no need to unload the bikes or remove the rack to get to your stowed cargo. To open the hinged arm, simply pull a spring-loaded pin, loosen the hand knob and swing away.
The Apex Swing features an innovative EasyMount system that lets you quickly and securely install the rack in a 2" trailer hitch without any tools. You'll no longer need to find a hitch bolt and clip to hold the rack in place or a wrench to install it. And best of all, you'll no longer need to take a knee while doing it. Once the integrated hitch pin snaps in place after you have slid the rack into your hitch receiver, simply turn the easily accessible knob to activate the anti-rattle. This takes all of the play out of the hitch-and-bike-rack connection. You can even lock the rack in place with the same key used to secure the cable lock.
The Apex Swing also introduces Thule's new Hold Fast anti-sway cradles with Road Dampening Technology (RDT), designed for use with carbon-frame bikes. RDT is composed of two layers. The inner layers of the cradles are made of soft "fingers" that flex to absorb large shocks and jolts from the road. The second, upper layer is composed of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), a gel-like substance that gently but firmly cups your bike frame and enables the cradles to both absorb road shock and reduce vibration for a smoother ride. The cradles also include No-Sway Cages that provide a third contact point for the bike, preventing sway and bike-to-bike contact. The cages also have TPE bumpers that protect your bike frames from scratches.
The arching dual arms of the rack stagger the Hold Fast cradles so that the bikes hang at varying heights. This is just one of the ways that the Apex Swing prevents pedals and handlebars from hitting each other when you are loading your bikes and during transport. In addition to allowing different bike heights, the rack arms on the Apex are longer, adding more space between the cradles than standard dual-arm racks to protect your bikes even better. The arching arms, just like standard dual-arm racks, give great bike support, and it's less likely that you will need a bike adapter bar. However, adapter bars might be needed for smaller, alternative and women's frame bikes.
The upright bar - or mast - of the rack is taller than standard hitch-mounted racks and is arced slightly to offer your bikes greater clearance from both the ground and the back of your vehicle. A built-in handle in the mast also makes it easy to transport the rack to and from your vehicle and to install it in your hitch receiver.
The Apex Swing includes an ergonomic quick-release lever (HitchSwitch). This lever enables you to fold down the arms for storage. Also, the lever audibly clicks to reassure you that the arms are locked in place.
For security, the Apex Swing offers a built-in cable lock along with the locking mechanism on the hitch connection. The cable secures to the end of one arm, locking all your bikes to the rack, and it stores inside the mast when not in use. Both locks use Thule's One Key System lock cores that make it easy to key all your Thule locks alike.
9027 Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches - Tilting
Video of Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches - Swinging
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Video Transcript for Thule Apex 4 Swing Hitch Bike Rack Preview
Today, well cover a few bullet points on our Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier part number TH9027. This premium hitch-mounted rack with swing away design carries up to four bikes. Its hinged arm in base allows rack to swing away from the rear of your vehicle which will permit complete access to your rear cargo area. This will work with a full load of bikes on the rack - no need to unload bikes to get to your stowed cargo out. Easy mount system with integrated locking hitch pin and tool-free anti-rattle device enables quick and easy installation-no need for tools or pin and clip. The dual arching arm design allows fast and easy bike loading.
These arching arms provide more space between bikes than standard dual-arm racks. Also, the cradles are attached at varying heights along the arc allowing handle bars and pedals to hang at different heights reducing scratches and dings when youre loading your bikes. Hold fast cradles offer road-dampening technology and detachable anti-sway arms. The tall, arching, upright mast improves both ground clearance and clearance from the rear of your view vehicle. The ergonomic quick-release lever enables you to hold down the dual arms for convenient storage.
The integrated cable built into the mast allows you to lock your bikes to the rack, it has attracted two-tone design with molded black covers and a premium silver finish and that will complete our preview of part number TH9027, the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier.
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Average Customer Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (11 Customer Reviews)
by: Y Mireles03/19/2013
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This rack is a little on the expensive side but is totally worth it, you can get a more stripped down model but if you start adding the "extras" like locks and such you will end up with almost the same cost.
We love it! great looks and very sturdy it holds the bikes very well. It can be mounted on and off with minimal effort, and the swing option is a blessing (we have a 1 year old child and we need access to the back of the vehicle all the time for stroller and other stuff).
It fitted perfectly on my 2010 Murano using the hidden hitch we got from etrailer.com (of course).
The only issue I have is that I was expecting the integrated hitch pin to lock in the closed position when the EasyMount system is secured (it does not).
I highly recommend the Apex Swing, great product and great service from etrailer.com THANKS71585
This is my second purchase from etrailer.com. I am completely satisfied with my entire shopping experience on the website, including the following; the quick shipment after placing the order, the online instructions and videos explaining how to install the items I have purchased, the prices were very competitive, and the website design is simple and easy to follow. The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier for 2" Hitches - Swinging - TH9027 is an overall impressive product full of useful features. However, I must agree with some of the other reviews. It will be a little hard to fit 4 bikes on here. The bikes nest together very closely and a little close for my comfort as we have carbon fiber road bikes. I don’t want any abrasion or dings on my frames from an adjacent bike. I haven’t tried, but it appears I may be able to adjust the bike mounts on the tubes forward and backward to find a better fit between bikes. Overall the rack works well and seems like a very well thought out design. I own other Thule products and functionality is where they excel.53111
The Thule TH9027 is the best yet!
Very well constructed and well thought out, this unit not a lightweight, and has the high marks of a quality Thule carrier.
I appreciate that very much for my clients; thanks Thule!
It nice to know that it is versatile to be able to fit in either size box hitch, and fits like a glove in the 2" box with the supplied adapter.
An improvement might be to add a lock for the T-handle release at the swing out hinge. 5 stars!52147
I got my bike rack today and it was very easy to assemble and mount to the car. It is a bit heavy to put in and out, but that just makes it more sturdy when the bikes are loaded. It gives a very secure feeling that the bikes are safe.51024
The products were shipped out immediately and came quicker than expected. The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier is a great bike rack! We did have to purchase a hitch extender for our 2012 Jeep Wrangler due to the location of the release pin on the bike rack. The placement of the release pin did not allow enough room between the spare tire to get your hand in to release the swing out feature.46390
We've notified Kristina that you have questions regarding her review. We've seen this rack work just fine on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited with the stock spare. Often times, aftermarket wheels and tires are the culprit of fit issues on Wranglers.
The video above shows the rack working on a stock 2012 Unlimited.
Patrick B - 10/3/2012
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assembly instructions could be little b etter36187
LOVE, LOVE OUR NEW BIKE RACK. MY FRIENDS WILL NOW BE ORDERING THIS ONE BY CHRISTMAS.!!
THEY HAVE A THULE BUT AFTER SEEING MINE WANT TO UPGRADE TO THIS ONE.
MY HUSBAND THOUGHT IT WOULD NOT LOOK GOOD ON OUR LEXIS RX330 BUT NOW IS RAVING ABOUT THE LOOK AND THE PREFORMANCE OF IT. I LOVE THAT IT SWINGS
AWAY TO ALLOW ENTRY INTO THE REAR OF THE SUV.
I found the Thule Apex Swingaway very easy to assemble and attach to my 2001 Honda Odyssey. The included instructions were simple to follow and etrailer has a video. I ordered my hitch from etrailer for my van and I had plenty of clearance for this bike rack. If you have any concerns about clearance on your vehicle, follow the etrailer recommendation for measuring your vehicle clearance. The Swingaway is a little heavy and my wife will not be able to lift and attach it. WORD OF WARNING: The anti-sway bar, which attaches below scratched my bike up slightly, which will require my having to get some touch up paint/nail polish. Lesson learned: I now place a thin cloth rag around my frame, where the anti-sway bar rests so my bike will not get scratched. If you want to lower the risk of scratching up your bike go with a roof mount (w/ roof mounts a rock can get kicked up from a car in front of you and nail your bike, but the roof system won't harm it). I got this hitch for my van as going with a roof mount on my van is a bit too high to reach up for me. Aside from the scratch-factor, I am very pleased with this bike rack. It is very stable and operates flawlessly. Having no pin to wrench on and off, and being able to quickly attach this rack was a real plus. The swing away feature allows us to access our rear cargo on trips. I only gave the Thule Apex Swingaway a 4-star rating because my bike was scratched by the anti-sway cradle.45415
I'd always wanted a nice bike rack, so I decided to get a Thule to go with my new mountain bike. My Suburban barely fits in the garage, so I wanted a rack that was easy to get on and off. Getting to the luggage in the back was also important to me. So I felt the swing away Thule Apex 9027 with no tools attachment was the way to go.
The experience didn't start off so well as the product was backordered and delivery dates were changed a couple times. In the end though, it ended up arriving a couple weeks before I expected it. Then I found that it had been packaged without instructions. But with the Internet, I was able to find the instructions online. Assembly was fairly straightforward and took only 30 minutes.
My biggest disappointment came when I put the rack on my truck. It mounted easily, but would not tighten up. There was considerable sway. I immediately regretted not getting the 9031 which would tighten with a wrench. I was looking for a way to get more torque on the receiver clamp knob, and found a pair of leather work gloves in my truck. Once I put on the gloves, I was able to get another turn and half on the knob so that it was fully tightened. This eliminated most of the sway so that I am now satisfied.
Overall, the materials are of the highest quality and the aesthetics are impressive. The only downsides are that there is still a slight amount of sway and the pins rattle a bit. But there is not another bike rack on the market that I would rather have than this one. Because I expect to mount and dismount the carrier over 50 times this summer, I think that the no tools attachment feature is worth the extra $100 and worth tolerating a little sway.
Overall, I'd give the Thule 4 stars, but I'll give etrailer.com 5 stars. Their customer service was really outstanding throughout the backorder and the shipping delays.30281
You should need nothing other than a Class III or higher 2 inch hitch. We have four 2 inch hitches available for your 2004 MDX. I have linked to them below.
The Thule Apex 4 includes the locking hitch pin to secure the rack to the hitch and deter potential thieves. view full answer...
Yes, the Thule Apex Swing Away Rack, item # TH9027, will fit in the hitch on your 2011 Toyota Rav4. The Apex has enough clearance between the center of the hitch pin hole and the upright bar on the bike rack.
We installed a 2 inch receiver hitch on a 2010 Rav4 with rear mounted spare tire and the measurement from the center of the hitch pin hole to the farthest part of the back of the vehicle was 4 inches, see video at the 2 minute 20 second mark. You can measure your vehicle to be sure this view full answer...
There is a way to use a towing bike rack on your Honda CRV that would allow you to have access to the hatch of your vehicle.
You would want a SportRack Escape 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Folding Towing Rack for 2 inch Hitch, part # A30404TW200. This rack has a tilting feature that will allow you to have access to the hatch of your CRV while the rack is still on your vehicle.
I have included a review video of how this rack functions, as well as a video of how it is installed below for you to check view full answer...
Unfortunately, you would not be able to use the # TH9027 bike rack on the back of a motor home. The rack simply cannot handle the amount of sway that will be passed back through the vehicle. This is stated in the instructions for the bike rack. I apologize for the confusion, and I have notified Jeff of this mistake.
I am including a link to all the bike racks we offer that would be compatible with an RV, camper, or other trailer. Swagman 4-bike rack # S64400 works well for motor home appli view full answer...
Yes, from the photos I could find on the Web, your 2011 Roadtrek RS Adventurous should have a 2 inch receiver hitch and the hitch pin hole should be very near the rear bumper so the 7-1/2 inches from center of pin hole on the hitch to upright bar of bike carrier will leave plenty of room to clear the bumper and install the Thule Apex 4 Bike Hitch Mounted Swing Away Rack, item # TH9027.
You will need to pay special attention when swinging open the rear doors of your Adventurous so that the you view full answer...
In terms of bike racks that swing out to the side of the vehicle, the 2 most popular are the Yakima SwingDaddy, # Y02422, and the Thule Apex, # TH9027, that you have referenced. Each carries up to 4 bikes. A 2 bike version of a swing out bike rack is not available. I have included links to installation details and video reviews for each rack for you to view.
If clearance is an issue, you can also take a look at a bike rack that tilts down away from the vehicle. I recommend the Rola TX-102, # view full answer...
Any time you use an adapter to go from a 1-1/4 inch to 2 inch hitch or from 2 inch down to 1-1/4, the tongue weight capacity of the hitch is reduced by 50 percent. Because the available trailer hitches for the 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen are all Class I hitches, you will be limited to carrying 2 bikes.
The reason is that a Class I trailer hitch is not designed to handle the weight and torque associated with carrying 4 bikes. It can damage the hitch, the rack, bikes, and perhaps worst of all, ca view full answer...
As long as you stay within the tongue weight capacity and gross weight capacity of your vehicle, the trailer hitch and the dual ball mount and you have clearance for the bike rack and bikes over the tongue of the pop-up camper, you can definitely use the Multipurpose Ball Mount, # D210, to tow your camper and carry your bikes.
If space is sufficient between the truck and trailer this is the best option for carrying bikes and towing a trailer.
You may want to go with a bike rack that is lig view full answer...
I went down to our showroom to take some measurements of the Thule Apex, # TH9027. From the top of the shank that fits into the hitch receiver to the top of the first cradle (where the bottom of the top frame bar on a bike would be) it measures approximately 36 inches.
I do not recommend using a hitch extender because it will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent. If you can measure from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the distance required to clear the rear of view full answer...
If the hitch on your 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has a 2 inch receiver opening then the Thule Apex Swing Away Bike Rack, # TH9027, will fit in the hitch. The problem will come in with the spare on the back of the Jeep.
I did the math and your 255/75R17 tire and wheel combination works out to be 10.04 inches wide, which will not allow the Thule Apex to be inserted fully into the hitch. Your Jeep also has a spare tire carrier between the spare and the back of the vehicle increasing the view full answer...
According to my contacts at Thule, the Apex Swing, part # TH9027 would indeed be a good choice for your Roadtrek 210 Popular, as long as it is equipped with a 2 inch Class III receiver.
For womens bikes or bikes with sharply angled top tubes or step-through frames, using a frame adapter like part # TH982XT is recommended. The adapter spans the distance between the seat post and the handle bar gooseneck, and provides a level attachment point to the bike rack so the bike is not carried at an an view full answer...
You should not have any issue using the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier, # TH9027, on your 2009 Toyota Sienna. I spoke with my contact at Thule and this bike rack weights 53.5 lbs and has a weight capacity of 140 lbs. Even at maximum load this rack is well under the tongue weight capacity of your hitch.
You should also check the tongue weight capacity of your vehicle and never exceed the capacity of the lowest rated tongue weight.
I would also recommend the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, # TH982 view full answer...
The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Rack, # TH9027, will fit on your 2007 Toyota RAV4 as long as you have a 2 inch receiver on your trailer hitch. There are no additional parts needed to begin using this bike rack, however, you may want to use the Thule Bike Adapter Bar, # TH982XT, for bikes with slanted or alternative bike frames.
If you are also looking to get a trailer hitch, then I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, # 70785.
I have attached demonstration videos for you to check o view full answer...
Only certain bike racks are rated for use behind a trailer but neither of the Thule racks can be used for this application. I have included a link to the bike racks that are rated for this application.
The 2 bike racks, # TH9027 and # TH9031, actually have identical measurements. I have included a picture that shows them. The important measurement for a spare tire is going to be the A and B measurements of 10-1/2 inches (10.53). You will need to measure on your vehicle from the center of the view full answer...
The outside-outside arm spacing of the Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier, # TH9027, is 14 inches including the cradles. I did a short video showing this measurement for you, see video link.
On the Yakima SwingDaddy, # Y02422, the arms measure 12-1/4 inches apart, outside to outside.
Both the Thule Apex and Yakima SwingDaddy racks will have anti-sway cradles for each bike so two cradles on each arm, 4 total, will have the anti sway parts attached to them.
You may need to purchase a bike ad view full answer...
Since you have expensive carbon fiber framed bikes I believe our first priority is to keep them from getting damaged by a bike rack. The best way to do this is to get a bike rack that only makes contact with the wheels. This keeps the frame from having any undue stress put on it.
Now, there are a few bikes that are wheel mount only and can fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch like is on your Mazda 3 and a 2 inch hitch like what is on your Ford Flex. I believe you would be most interested in a Kuat Sherpa # view full answer...
The Thule Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier, # TH9027, will work on your Toyota Rav4 and allow you to fully open the back door. The back of the 2012 RAV4 only swings open to 90 degrees or slightly more, so once the bike rack is swung all the way to the right and the bikes are swung around, the rear door will be able to be opened for access, we have a video review of this rack on a mini-van that shows the rear door of the minivan swinging up at the 40 second mark, see link.
The RAV4 will not be as wi view full answer...
The anti-sway feature on the Thule Apex, # TH9027, is something that will A) vary from user to user as some can get it tighter than others and B) tend to work better as it is broken in some. The benefits of the Apex over the Vertex, # TH9031 will provide an overall better bike carrying experience.
The cradles are one of the biggest differences. The cradles have road-dampening technology; cushioned cradles to absorb shock and vibration. This is ideal for higher end bikes with sensitive frames view full answer...
The Apex, # TH9027, and the Vertex, # TH9031, both have the same measurements, but the Vertex does not have an anti-rattle knob so it will most likely fit. I have included a picture. You can see on the shank there is no anti-rattle knob and housing. view full answer...
I recommend switching from the Apex to the Vertex, # TH9031. The biggest reason is that by using any type of extender or adapter you will reduce the tongue weight capacity of the hitch by 50 percent and that could create too much stress on the hitch and can damage it and the vehicle.
The similarities between the two racks also means that you are not losing too many features and you still get a rack that is going to fit the vehicle and work well for you. You can always add a Snug Tite lock, # view full answer...
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