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Thule Helium Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

Thule Helium Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

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Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind. Call 800-298-1624 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH64VR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Helium Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH64VR

  • Platform Rack
  • 1 Bike
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Thule
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Wheel Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 1 bike using your vehicle's hitch receiver
    • Ideal for a bike with a carbon frame or a bike with a custom paint job
  • Wheel loops on pivoting upright arms ratchet over your bike's wheels - no frame contact
  • Cradle-less wheel tray allows bike to be placed at optimal position on the rack
  • Front-mounted HitchSwitch lever allows rack to tilt and fold
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • One-Key System hand knob and cable locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Quick and easy installation with SnugTite system - no tools required
  • Removable sleeve lets you convert rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Durable aluminum construction with black powder coat is rust resistant
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and Class II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 1 bike
  • Weight capacity: 37.5 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheel width: 3"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • Wheel diameter: 26" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 7-3/4"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 5"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded down: 21"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded up: 13-1/8"
  • Carrier weight: 23 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The Helium is a great rack for cyclists with a carbon frame bike or a bike with a custom paint job. It grips your bike by the wheels so it won't scratch the frame, it's easy to load, and you can tilt it with your bike loaded for cargo area access and fold it up for storage.


Pivoting Upright Arms with Ratcheting Wheel Loops

Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

The rack uses pivoting upright arms with ratcheting wheel loops to grab your bike firmly by the wheels, rather than the frame. These upright arms allow you to rapidly load and unload your bike. Simply set your bike onto the tray, pivot the upright arms against the tires, and ratchet the loops down until snug. The loops have grooves on the inside that accommodate thin road bike tires, standard bike tires, and mountain bike tires up to 3" wide.


Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

To remove your bike, press the gray handles to release the loops, then lower the arms.


Grooved Wheel Tray

Thule Helium wheel tray

The Helium doesn't have wheel cradles like most platform bike racks. Instead, it has a wheel tray with a groove that accommodate a wide range of tire sizes from narrow 18c road bikes up to 3" wide mountain bikes. Because the groove run the length of the tray, you can position your bike exactly where you want it, rather than in a fixed location.


Folding and Tilting Design

Thule Helium folded away from vehicle

The rack tilts down - with or without your bike loaded - so you can access your vehicle's rear cargo area.


Thule Helium front-mounted hand lever

Because the HitchSwitch lever is located at the front of the rack, you don't have to worry about crawling through your bike or squeezing between the rack and the vehicle to hit the tilt-release lever. Simply squeeze it then lower the rack. When you raise the rack back up, you'll hear a click to indicate it's secure.


Thule Helium folding up against vehicle

When the rack is unloaded you can squeeze the lever to fold it up for storage. This means you don't have to remove it to park in small lots at the trail head or in cramped parking garages, and it keeps the rack out of the way of other vehicles and riders.


Tool-Free Installation with Anti-Rattle Device

Thule Helium anti rattle device

The Helium installs quickly and easily with the AutoAttach system. Simply open the SnugTite hitch pin, slide the shank into your receiver, and close the pin so it slides through the pin hole and shank.


Thule Helium integrated cable lock

Once installed, turn the knob to deploy an anti-rattle wedge in the shank. This helps take play out of the hitch connection.


Complete Security

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The Helium includes One-Key System locks to secure your bike to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. The integrated cable lock threads around your bike's frame and inserts into the lock that slides along the cable. The cable stores inside the wheel tray when not in use.


Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The lock on the hand knob secures the rack to your vehicle. The hand knob will spin freely when locked so a would-be thief can't operate it. The locks are keyed alike so you can use the same keys for both locks. Additional One-Key System lock (sold separately) let you make all your Thule products keyed alike.


Hitch Compatibility

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The rack works with both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. To use it in a 1-1/4" hitch, simply remove the adapter with the included Allen key.



903900 Thule Helium Platform 1 Bike Rack for 1.25 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Aluminum - Tilting






Customer Reviews

Thule Helium Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - TH64VR

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (19 Customer Reviews)

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind.

- TH64VR
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My second purchased Thule bike rack. The Thule bike rack is quality designed and built. It almost looks and feels like an light aerospace designed product. It is easy to assemble and load into the 2 inch trailer hitch, tighten with turning a knop and locks with a key. Once a person places their bike on the rack, it is a simple process of pressing two levels, folding against bike tires, and snaps with a tight fit. No straps to deal with or moving bike rims/tires. The best part of this bike rack is it very light (22 pounds) and folds up with ease. Now, I can drive the truck into the garage with the folded bike rack (without removing the rack). I am happy with the order processing and Thule product.



- TH64VR
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Very easy to use bike rack. Don’t need any tools to put it on or take it off. Takes me 3 minute to put the rack on my car and my bike on the rack. It only takes me 2 minutes to take my bike off the rack and the rack off my car. I put this rack on my 2019 Infiniti Q50. The rack fits in all dimensions except in the up stowed position- it contacts the bumper before it clicks into position. Still give it maximum rating for ease of use.



- TH64VR
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Great service. It got here sooner than expected which was helpful. Online videos were instructive on how to use the bike rack. I found one on You Tube to show how to assemble the rack out of the box, maybe include a video of how to assemble it on your website. I like the feature you have of plugging in the car make model year etc so I knew for sure this rack would work on my Honda CRV. Seems very sturdy, but I haven't tried it out yet.



- TH64VR
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Easy to set up and use. I really like that it doesn't touch the frame or fork.



- TH64VR
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Overall pleased with the rack. Nice to find one for a single bike made of aluminum, so it's light weight. I was hoping the tilt back would be enough to clear the back doors on my Class B, but it's not. However since it's fast and easy to take off and on it won't be much of an issue. Have not yet driven the RV since the installation so not able to comment on that. Appreciate the free shipping. Thanks for offering this nice product.



- TH64VR
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I'm very happy with my Curt hitch and Thule platform bike rack. I was able to install the hitch myself. Putting together the bike rack was easy. I like the weight and simplicity of the rack. I was really surprised when my order arrived a day early.



- TH64VR
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- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


We have owned 4 bike racks and your Thule Helium 2 bike rack is superior in every regard. It is rock solid so our carbon fiber bikes don't bounce around. It is easy to mount and secure the bikes. The profile/design allows me to use my vehicles rear camera with the rack mounted. The design also allows me to keep the rack mounted on my vehicle while parking it in my garage, this is due to only 12 inch rack thickness. It allows use of the SUV tailgate by simply swinging it down out of the way. It's attractive design allows me to keep it mounted full time. Absolutely excellent engineering. On the "Room for improvement" side, the lack of written instructions required us to rely solely on pictorials which proved a mite challenging. Also, I will not be using the bike locking system because it fails to allow locking both bike wheels to the bike frame and rack or vehicle.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


We really like this rack. But be careful backing out or pulling in to driveways that have a slant. You can rub bottom of hitch and rack which can loosen the bolt and cause rack to come loose and pop off. It happen once to us.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Service from Etrailer was excellent. The bike rack is great, although the instructions (just drawings, no verbal directions) were difficult to follow, and I had to call the manufacturer for help. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the rack, and delighted with the service from Etrailer.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


I love this product and love etrailer. 5 stars to both. I did my homework ahead of the purchase and with carbon fiber bikes I selected Thule's Helium 2 bike platform rack. I needed a quick shipment as I was going to use it for the upcoming weekends out of town ride (4 days out). I called on Monday afternoon and talked to Steve Z. The product was in stock and Steve said I would receive it Thursday or the latest on Friday, well I received it on Wednesday. Life couldn't be better. I assembled the bike rack that afternoon, easy assembly, good instructions, all parts fit perfectly and the rack was in my Curt receiver 25 minutes later. The Helium platform rack I received was packed very well no damage to any parts, I laid out all the parts and followed the instructions and 25 minutes later the platform rack was on my Rav4 ready for use. I have since used the rack a number of times and it's super simple to use, the bikes are very secure, the rack looks great. I am extremely pleased with Thule's Helium 2 bike platform and with etrailer's customer service.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


The rack arrived earlier than expected and the product is great, was easy to assemble and works great.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Easy peasy lemon squeezy.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Great product - arrived quickly with great packaging !!



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Thank you etrailer for being so easy to work with! And yes the product is outstanding (Thule, do I wouldn't expect anything less).



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Great price, Quick and easy ordering and delivery



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


Second time around with this company. Excellent customer support! Very knowledgeable and responsive.



- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks




- TH44VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks



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    The Thule Helium rack you looked at, part # TH64VR, is a single bike rack that can carry a bike weighing up to 37-1/2 pounds. Additionally, bike racks are rated per bike because that is the limit all of the parts can handle. So if it's rated for 35 pounds it can only carry bikes that heavy because the cradles themselves are not rated any higher than that. The single bike rack I recommend is the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo # RKY10007. It carries bikes up to 60 pounds. I also like this rack...
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    I strongly suggest that you get a bike rack that attaches at the frame to ensure that the fenders won't break. The Rola Convoy 1 Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4" Hitches # 59307 is a great choice because it is a single-bike platform rack that can attach at the frame. From photos I researched, it looks like the backup camera on your 2021 Honda CR-V EX-L is up and to the left of the license plate. If this is the case, you can manipulate the attachment of the bike so that the frame and pedals...
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  • Thule 1-Bike Rack Recommendation For Men's 3G Newport Deluxe BIke
    We have a really nice option from Thule for a 1-bike rack that will work with your men's 3G Newport Deluxe bike, but the Thule Helium # TH64VR won't be able to handle the wider tires or the weight of that particular bike. So instead, I recommend a different option from Thule: - Thule T1 1-Bike Platform Rack # TH9041 Just like the Helium, the T1 is a wheel-mounted rack so there will be no contact with the frame of your bike, and the T1 is similarly lightweight at just 29 lbs, so it...
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    There one outstanding and very user-friendly bike rack that we know will give you access to your 2020 Toyota RAV4 with the bikes on the rack, the Thule Helium bike rack. This rack is available in either 1-bike or 2-bike options: - 1 Bike: Thule Helium 1-Bike Platform Rack # TH64VR - 2 Bikes: Thule Helium 2-Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR I have added a photo for you which shows this rack tilting down with the bikes on so you can see that your hatch can open with the rack on, and also...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 1 Carbon Fiber Frame Bike Used in Various Weather Condtions
    The Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum part # TH64VR is the best option for your carbon fiber bike that may be exposed to various weather conditions. The Thule Helium is a wheel mount bike rack so it holds the bikes by the wheels rather than the delicate bike frames. The bike rack is also aluminum so it can withstand the elements for longer periods of time without rust. However, I do recommend to periodically take the rack out of the hitch (maybe...
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  • Best Single Bike Rack for 2011 Honda Element
    Sounds like you did your research! I'm a big fan of the easy wheel mount design of both the Inno Tire Hold # INH110 and the Thule Helium # TH64VR. The main differences between the two are carrier weight and bike capacity. I actually just made a video of the Inno Tire Hold where I compared the Inno Tire Hold, the Thule Helium, and the Saris MTR # SA4032 different wheel mount designs. That video is attached at the bottom of the page. The Draw-Tite Class III # 75659 will work great for...
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    The Thule # TH64VR Helium 1-bike rack weighs right at 23 lbs. We've never test fit the rack on a Porsche Macan, and Thule doesn't test hatch clearance on individual vehicles so I couldn't say for certain if the rear hatch of the vehicle would clear while the bikes are installed. That being said, I have a method that would help you determine the likelihood of the hatch clearing the bikes. It's fairly involved, but it will provide you with a fair approximation of whether or not you'll...
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    The Thule Helium Platform # TH64VR will work with your Specialized Roll Sport XL if the wheel diameter is no more than 29 inches and the wheelbase is no more than 50 inches. It will work with your 2018 Jeep Renegade no problem, you just have to have a hitch receiver. It'll fit in both a 2 inch and 1-1/4 inch hitch receiver. I recommend getting a 2 inch hitch receiver like # 76021 because you won't be limited with the capacity of the hitch since it has a 675 lb of tongue weight. It will...
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    Thule doesn't list a maximum speed that could be driven with their bike racks, so they have no opinion to offer as far as that goes. As long as you're at a reasonable highway speed, you shouldn't have any difficulty. Keep in mind that having a bike instatlled on the rack will have an effect on the aerodynamics of the vehicle. These effects will multiply as the speed increases. As long as your bike doesn't have a carbon fiber frame (which don't like hanging style bike racks) the...
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    The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13534 will allow you to carry a Thule Helium bike rack with your 2012 Toyota Highlander whether you are looking at the Helium Pro Hanging Rack, part # TH9042PRO or # TH9043PRO, or the Helium Platform Rack, part # TH64VR or # TH44VR. One thing to note though is that Curt currently has the stipulation for this trailer hitch that you need to use the stabilizer strap # 18050 for any non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier. If you'd like to avoid this...
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  • Bumper Clearance for Bike Rack Provided By etrailer Brand e98853 Class III Hitch
    When we installed the etrailer brand # e98853 Class III hitch on a 2019 Toyota Sienna, we found that the bumper clearance distance between the receiver hitch pin hole and the rearmost edge the vehicle is 4 inches, as shown in the provided photo. Most of the racks on your list with the exception of the # TH64VR and # TH44VR Helium Platform and the # TH9045 T2 Classic would work perfectly with the # e98853 hitch.
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