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Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel or Frame Mount

Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel or Frame Mount

Item # TH69XE
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This 3-bike rack is perfect for carrying bikes of nearly any style, including heavy electric bikes with fenders. Integrated wheels let you roll the rack, so you don't have to carry it to your vehicle. Tilts with bikes loaded. 1-800-940-8924 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH69XE or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel or Frame Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH69XE

  • Platform Rack
  • 3 Bikes
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Folding Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Electric Bikes
  • Heavy Bikes
  • Frame Mount
  • Wheel Mount
  • Thule
  • Class 3
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

This 3-bike rack is perfect for carrying bikes of nearly any style, including heavy electric bikes with fenders. Integrated wheels let you roll the rack, so you don't have to carry it to your vehicle. Tilts with bikes loaded.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 3 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Telescoping masts have rotating heads with ratchet straps that grip your bikes' rear wheels or frames
  • Pivoting wheel straps let you carry bikes with different wheelbases
    • Adapters (sold separately) accommodate bikes with fat tires
  • Front-mounted foot pedal lets you tilt the rack with ease
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Rack folds up for easy transport and compact storage
    • Integrated wheels and handle let you roll rack to your vehicle
  • Dual reflectors help keep the rack visible at night
  • Tool-free installation with hand-tightening lever
    • Tightens rack inside your hitch to reduce movement and noise
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
    • ABUS cable lock (sold separately) provides extra security for your bikes
  • Aluminum ramp (sold separately) helps you load heavy bikes
  • LED tail light kit and license plate holder (sold separately) increase safety and visibility
  • Durable aluminum and ABS construction with black powder coat is corrosion resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 3 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 160 lbs
    • Weight capacity (for 1 or 2 bikes): 75 lbs per bike
  • Maximum tire width: 3-3/16"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 53-1/8"
  • Distance between bikes: 9-13/16"
  • Dimensions: 35-3/16" long x 49-5/8" wide x 8-11/16 tall
  • Dimensions when folded: 35-3/16" tall x 10-5/8" wide x 29-1/2" deep
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Nearest edge of carrier: 6"
    • Farthest edge of carrier: 44"
  • Carrier weight: 51.4 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Thule EasyFold XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Locking Cable

Note: The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the face of the hitch must be 1-1/2" or greater to use this rack.


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

Rear Wheel or Frame Mount

Thule Epos wheel mount clampsThule Epos frame mount clamps

The Thule Epos has telescoping masts with padded, rotating heads and ratcheting straps that grab your bikes firmly by the rear wheels or by the frames. This makes the rack perfect for carrying bikes with a carbon frame or custom paint job, bikes with fenders, and bikes with nearly any other frame style. To load a bike, lift it up onto the tray, wrap the mast strap around the rear wheel or the frame, and use the built-in lever to ratchet the strap tight.


Thule Epos pivoting straps

The wheel trays have ratcheting straps to secure your front and rear wheels to the rack. The straps pivot to accommodate bikes with a variety of wheelbases. To secure your wheels, run the straps over each rim and back down through the strap buckles and use the levers to ratchet the straps tight. To remove your bike, press the ratchet levers to release the tray straps, then press the lever on the mast head to release the mast strap.


Thule Epos keepersThule Epos keepers

Keepers on the masts and on the trays prevent the straps from getting in your way while loading your bikes.


Grooved Wheel Trays

Thule Epos front wheel cradles

The Epos doesn't have cradles for the wheels like most platform-style bike racks. Instead, it has wheel trays that allow you to position your bikes on the rack exactly where you want them, not where the cradles dictate you place them. This helps prevent your handlebars and other bike parts from bumping into each other. Additionally, the trays have grooves in the tracks that accommodate narrow 18c road bike tires up to 3-3/16" tires. And, if you have a fat bike, straps (sold separately) that fit larger tires are available.


Spring-Loaded Foot Pedal for Easy Tilting

Thule Epos Tilting

The rack tilts down with your bikes loaded. So, whether you're at the trail or the grocery store, you don't have to remove your bikes to access your cargo area.


Thule Epos rear wheel cradle

To make tilting easier, the foot pedal is mounted on the front of the rack. This means you won't have to reach through or around your bikes with one hand to access a lever, while supporting the rack's weight with the other, when lowering the rack. Instead, you'll be able to hold the rack with both hands the entire time.


Thule Epos folded up

The trays and the shank fold up and the masts telescope down when not in use, so the rack doesn't take up as much space to store. Additionally, integrated wheels and a handle make the rack easy to roll to and from your vehicle.


Tool-Free Installation

Thule Epos InstallationThule Epos Installation

The rack quickly installs in your hitch receiver, without the need for tools. Open the SnugTite hitch pin, slide the shank into your receiver, close the pin so it slides through the pin hole and shank, then crank the lever until snug. Rotating the lever deploys an anti-rattle wedge in the shank to help take play out of the hitch connection.


Complete Security for Bikes and Rack

Thule Epos Locks

The Epos includes One-Key System locks to secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. Locks on the head of the telescoping masts prevent the ratchet straps from releasing.


Thule Epos Lever Lock

The lock on the lever secures the rack to your vehicle. The lever can't be pulled out when locked, so a would-be thief can't operate it to remove the rack from your hitch. The locks are keyed alike so you can use the same keys for all the locks. Additional One-Key System locks (sold separately) let you make all your Thule products keyed alike.


Available Accessories

Thule Epos brake lights

To keep you visible and safe, an LED tail light kit and license plate holder (sold separately) are available. The lights are powered via the built-in wiring harness that plugs into your vehicle's existing 4-way connector. The holder keeps your license plate in full view so you can avoid costly tickets while traveling.


Thule Epos Ramp

An aluminum ramp (sold separately) lets you roll your heavy e-bikes on and off the rack, with no heavy lifting required.


Thule Epos Cable Lock

The ABUS cable lock (sold separately) adds a second layer of security for your bikes.



903310 Thule Epos Platform Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2 Inch Trailer Hitches

Installation Details TH69XE Installation instructions



Video of Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel or Frame Mount

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Thule Epos 3 Bike Rack Review

Hey everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer and today we have the Thule Epos three bike platform rack. This is gonna be a versatile bike rack that has different features so you can carry bikes of different shapes and different sizes but it also has some other features that may look different from other bike racks. We'll take a look at all of those right here at etrailer.com. So the main thing about the Thule Epos is its versatility where you have your mast that can be moved around on your frames or your wheels and you also have different straps and that way you can adjust your bikes back and forth whenever you carry multiple bikes. That's a lot of factors that you have to deal with. So I have four main factors for versatility that we're gonna go through, and that way you can see if this fits your bike and more importantly, your bikes.

So first is frames. Notice how we have a normal mountain bike frame here but on the other side we have our carbon fiber frame bike. So we're using the mast to secure the rear wheel on our carbon bike and then we're securing the frame on our other bike where we don't have to be careful of that material. Now there is a downside to that though and you can notice here in our wiggle test. So securing the rear wheel does have a little bit more movement compared to securing the frame.

But later on this video you'll see in our test course that even though there is movement, it's still secure. So when securing your bikes with that mast you can secure it along the frame and this quadrant of the rear wheel. You cannot secure it by the handlebars or the front wheel because those are not as secure of a fit. And the next check for versatility is fenders but that also includes other accessories like front baskets or rear panniers or bottle cages because you can adjust that mast up, down, left, right and even around you can adjust for those different accessories and make this bike rack fit you. The third check is fat bikes.

So let's talk about tire sizes. The minimum tire size is gonna be 16 inches the maximum is gonna be 29 inches. We have a bunch of 29ers on our bikes here. They fit perfectly fine. As for the width of the tire though maximum is gonna be 3.2, which our three inch tire kind of maxes that out.

If you have fatter bikes though, you can get the adjustment or extra, extra large Thule straps and that's gonna be adapter that can accommodate for those wider wheels. Now that strap looks like it could carry those wider tires but that's because they're made for adjusting for where you're putting your bike. So even if you have a thinner tire maybe you have it opposite side so it has to reach further. So let's talk about wheelbase. The wheelbase maximum capacity for this bike rack is 53 inches technically 53 and an eighth of an inch. But as you are sliding your bikes back and forth to make them fit around each other you'll really see that wheelbase capacity come into play. Here's a good example. For our middle bike, notice how our front tire is pretty far off of the edge but we do have a good base here towards the center of our wheel and then the strap is holding it down in the back so we still have a good secure fit even though it's further off. And finally, let's talk about weight capacity for your really heavy bikes. So this is gonna have a different weight capacity compared to the two bike platform rack because you have more weight towards the end, but it's still pretty high up there. So the total capacity is 160 pounds, but keep in mind that you want your heavier bikes closer to your vehicle and your lighter bikes further away. And with that, that's about 53 pounds per bike to make 160 pounds. If you do have electric bikes on there if you can remove the battery, please do, keep that inside of the car because that extra movement on the road isn't good for the battery life. Plus you will have a slightly lighter bike that you have to lift onto the rack. And speaking of lifting, two things to think about. The first is you can get the add-on ramp. You can see on the sides of the bike rack where this can fit into. Unfortunately not included with a rack like the Thule EasyFold was but easily available here at etrailer.com. The second thing is check your ground clearance on your vehicle. Here on our vehicle, the hitch sits pretty high up so the bike rack sits pretty high up. If your hitch sits lower to the ground you might not even need a ramp. So some other features about this bike rack that aren't just specific to the versatility of how it works with different bikes. One of them is gonna be security and it does this in two different ways. The first way this does it is it secures your bikes. So rather than using a cable lock that you have to remove before you start driving, this has a lock core on the mast. So usually you just press the lever to disengage that strap but if you don't want any other people pressing that lever easily, you can lock it here. So in concept, you press down on the lock core in order to engage it. These are with two hands, but still doable with one hand. So push down and turn and now it's secure and this lever cannot be engaged. The second is going to be your lock core on your anti-rattle lever. So this secures your bike rack to your hitch receiver. This is gonna be keyed alike to lock cores on the mast so you only need one key to access the whole system. This also has a tilt away feature. If you needed access into your hatch, your trunk or needed to lower your tailgate, there's this lever here that you engage. So hold onto your bikes, step on that lever bring this bike rack down to a tilt and you'll do this in order to open up your hatch, open up your trunk or lower your tailgate. Since it comes down super far, we have all that space between our door and this point in order to clear. We're not worried about our pedals or our handlebars. Some things you might be worried though is the distance or the clearance for this bottom base since this never moves or tilts away as well as the distance for the tilt. Let's take those measurements. So some quick measurements here is from the center of the hitch pin hole because no matter what vehicle you have that will be the same. We have a distance of five inches for this bottom part, eight inches up here, and then 26 inches for that tilt away. So this will help you figure out if you have clearance for if your hitch is close inside of your bumper if you have a spare tire or if you have a large hatch. To bring it back up, you do have to hold onto your bikes for that support. So I'm not the biggest fan of that because I don't like putting that much weight on those bikes. But at the same time with how it does tilt away, it does take off a little bit of that weight. So pros and cons to that. Another measurement here is the length this will add to your center of the hitch pin hole. Measuring from there to this foot lever that's going to be 44 inches. If you have a small garage or need to park into a tight spot, this is gonna add to the back of your vehicle and help you figure out if you have space. This does have reflectors over here to help people see that your bike rack is extended out and you also have a license plate relocation kit if you wanted to stay legal in certain areas. If you wanted to, you could also get the taillight kit which requires wiring for your vehicle but that way you can upgrade from reflectors to actual wide lights that may mimic the lights of your vehicle. So this includes the hardware to tighten it, your license plate down as well as the tool. So we saw those features and we saw how the bike rack carries the bikes. Now it's time to put this into action and take it out onto our test course. We're gonna see how the bikes move as we go on the bumps course. So first is the regular speed bumps. You can see that up and down movement. There's a little bit of sway there but it moves as the car moves. Then we have our alternating speed bumps and that middle bike is holding strong even though it's only wheel mounted. So you can see that it performs sturdily and everything stays on the hitch receiver. As I make those sharp turns I do not notice any excessive leaning of the bike rack although it does tilt side to side but minimal movement overall. Now we're going to take the bikes off so we can show you the compact position. And this is a good time to talk about this process of putting the bikes on and taking them off. This does have three different touch points starting with the straps. And once those straps are released you then go over to the mast. And the thing about this is the mast can get in the way of your pedals, your handlebars get in the way of your seat. So the first time you have to load up your bikes I do recommend having a friend help you out. Just hold one bike in place as you get the second one lined up because here up top you can already see how we have two handlebars and a seat all interfering with each other. You have a very small space here that can actually put our bike. So figuring things out that out the first time will take some time, but after that if you remember where everything goes it should be easier from there. For longevity, there are specific strap keepers for your bike rack. This goes down and then the strap goes into its keeper for the mast. The trays also have a keeper for their straps and once all that is secured on all the trays the entire rack folds up. So notice how the mast might wanna go down as well. We're gonna bring that back up. Bring this one back up and that's gonna be the compact storage position. Now please do not drive with it in this position. Thule does not recommend it because this is not secured and it's not rated for driving. It's gonna be for how you store it in your garage or in your shed. So that's a pretty big overview of the Thule Epos, the different features and hopefully all that information helps you decide if this is a good fit for your bikes. Now if you're trying to compare this with some other bike rack options for the three bike bike rack range that has a good weight capacity honestly your options are limited. But a good direct comparison would be the Saris MHS for three bikes. That one is an even sturdier rack. It's larger, it's heavier but has a dual wheel mount design that makes it faster and easier to load those bikes up compared to this where you have to deal with a bunch of different levers and the mast and the straps. If you want something faster and easier to use that might be an option for you. The downside though is it does have less weight capacity than the Epos, so that is gonna be a main difference. Also, this one has wheels and it's easier to cart around in store while the MHS is humongous and takes up a lot of space in your garage or your shed. So it really is about what features do you prioritize and need and what are you interested in but may not need as much. Now using your bike rack though starts with putting it on your vehicle. Out of the box it actually is all set up, which is great. It is kind of hefty, but it does have wheels. So this is how you're gonna be storing it in your garage or in your shed. Unfortunately, it only has two wheels so notice I have to lift here at the end and then I can pivot it back and forth. And if I was a taller person, you'd have to just crouch down a little to get to that handle. So not the easiest thing to do, but still slightly easier than lifting the whole thing by hand. Once you do get to your vehicle though lift this stinger out of the way and then you can step on this lever and that will bring this shank down. Continue pushing down on the shank as it lifts the bike rack up and then it snaps into place. From there, you can lift the entire system up and into your hitch receiver. This is kind of a tall hitch though so definitely hefty to get it up in there. Once you get it close, push the stinger in and then continue pushing the bike rack and see how it automatically engages. To tighten it down no tools are required. You do have to get your keys though to unlock this lever so that you can lift it out of its tab. And then from here it's gonna be interesting because you can't fully turn it, so you have to push in on that lever, which helps with clearance but does make it a little trickier sometimes to get that leverage to tighten down completely but continue tightening down until there is no longer any wobble in that bike rack. So we have this tightened down where the bike rack no longer moves. It's just kind of a thing where you have to do that full rotation if you need to put it back into its tab. So if you have it fully tightened down at the bottom, you're just gonna have to tighten it a little bit more to get there or just keep going until it's secure. So it's not like a super precise way of tightening down, but it works. And just like that, everything is secure, you're ready to push these trays down and load up your bikes. But this right here was a look at the Thule Epos three bike platform rack. My name is Evangeline and I hope you enjoyed the journey.

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Customer Reviews

Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel or Frame Mount - TH69XE

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

This 3-bike rack is perfect for carrying bikes of nearly any style, including heavy electric bikes with fenders. Integrated wheels let you roll the rack, so you don't have to carry it to your vehicle. Tilts with bikes loaded.

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I purchased the Thule Epos bike rack to replace a defective Thule Easyfold XT2 bike rack. This rack is a significant improvement and after using it for a month now really like it's design and performance.

I use it to carry two Riese & Muller ebikes (combined weighing over 100 lbs) and the rack is very stable with the two bikes installed; virtually no lateral movement of the rack while driving and the ratcheting strap that is the primary attachment is rock solid in design and application. The Epos is a little wider than the Easyfold rack which allows the two wheels to be in more contact with the rack. I also noticed the spacing between two bikes was fat better on the Epos versus the Easyfold. There is no concern for contact of the two bikes which also makes it easier to remove each bike off the rack.
Although we only use the Epos for two ebikes, having the ability to transport a third bike is a nice bonus when having a solo friend to join on a ride.

Our ebikes both have full fenders and the Thule Epos rack provides a super secure frame connection that works great on bikes fitted with fenders. I was skeptical of the racks that secure the bike using ratcheting arms on the front/rear wheels with fenders.

The one addition that Thule offers is an optional lighting accessory that is a nice add on if you need it.

Overall, this is a great rack!



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I'm so happy with this rack and docked it a star because of issues I had with Thule - NOT with eTrailer

I purchased this rack to hold 2 e-bikes and a third child's bike. I watched all of the videos and knew this is what I needed. Ordered and it was out of stock - of course with it being so new. I had to wait about a month to get it.

Once I received it, I took it out the box and it sat for a week before I could use it. Went to install it on to my truck and one of the wheels fell off. Upon inspection, the hole for the screw was stripped, so the screw just fell out. Used the chat feature on eTrailer and a new one was on the way in less than a day. (OUTSTANDING Customer Service)

Got the second rack, and one of the pads was missing from the third holding bar. Again - not eTrailer's fought. I contacted Thule and a they sent over a replacement part right away.

I get it. These are very popular and Thule is trying to meet that demand. I just wish they had some better "pre-flight" inspections.

Overall, this rack is dang near perfect. Bikes go on easily, they are secure and you can lock them down - no need for that extra cable that they sell.

Buy with confidence - but check you unit right away!!



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Great service. The perfect e-bike rack.



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Easy to use and great for our E-bikes



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To expansive qualifié price



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great product!



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Well built. Fits 2 Aventon Sinch bikes nicely.



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See what our Experts say about this Thule Hitch Bike Racks

  • Does Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes Have Folding Feature
    The Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes # TH69XE has a folding feature, but not like standard racks that fold up closer to the vehicle. Since this is a different style of rack it's designed for the trays to fold up together like wings. This helps make it more compact for storage and easier to move since this rack is also equipped with wheels. Attached is a review video for you to check out!
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  • Does the Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes TH69XE Tilt w/ all Three Bikes Attached?
    Yes, it will. The Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes item # TH69XE was designed so you could use the tilt function with all three bikes on the rack. I have linked a review video below that we made on this bike rack. If you skip ahead to the 6:15 point you will see the tilting feature demonstrated with all three bikes on the rack. The Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes item # TH69XE fits a class III 2" hitch receiver. It has a total capacity of 160 lbs but you can transport bikes weighing...
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  • What is Weight Capacity of Thule Epos 3-Bike Rack
    Excellent question, and I think I can clear up any confusion about the weight capacity of the Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes # TH69XE. The weight capacity is 160 lbs like it says, but that is just the max of all three bikes combined. So you can have three bikes that each weigh 50 lbs. But the maximum any single bike on the rack can weigh is 66 lbs. Let's say you just wanted to go riding by yourself and your bike weighed 66 lbs - you can! But you could NOT take three bikes that each weigh...
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  • Recommended 3-Bike Bike Rack For A Bacchetta Recumbent, Mountain Bike, And Road Bike
    The last time we talked you had the Bacchetta listed as a 58" wheelbase so with the wheelbase being 50" instead we do have some other possible options now. With the Bacchetta having fenders you'd still want to go with a frame mount style instead of a wheel mount rack. For a 3-bike rack that's a frame mount with a large enough wheelbase to fit the Bacchetta you would need the Thule Epos Bike Rack for 3 Bikes # TH69XE. This rack has a 53lb per bike capacity and maximum tire width of 3-3/16"....
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