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Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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Is this right for you? Product Expert Matthew S says:

Yes, if you:

  • Want a rack that you can upgrade so it uses the same key as your other Thule gear
  • Don't want to mess around finding a tool every time you install or uninstall the rack

No, if you:

  • Are budget minded and would prefer a more cost-effective rack
Premium, powder coated steel hitch bike rack offers hassle-free bike loading with fold-up anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps. Cradles are set 7" apart so bikes won't become tangled on the rack. Includes locks for bikes and rack. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH9026XT or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH9026XT

  • Hanging Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Thule
  • 5 Bikes
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Premium, powder coated steel hitch bike rack offers hassle-free bike loading with fold-up anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps. Cradles are set 7" apart so bikes won't become tangled on the rack. Includes locks for bikes and rack.


Features:

  • Premium, hitch-mounted bike rack lets you carry up to 5 bicycles on the back of your vehicle
  • HideAway anti-sway cradles with ratcheting straps provide hassle-free bike loading
    • Fold up against arms so it's easy to slide bike frames over cradles
    • Sit 5-1/2" apart on arms to provide optimal spacing for bikes
    • Rotate on arms to accommodate wide variety of bike sizes and frame styles
    • Hold bikes at 3 points to prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-car contact
  • HitchSwitch levers let you fold down arms and tilt rack for cargo area access
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of the rack and your bikes
    • Locking hand knob secures rack to your vehicle
    • Built-in cable lock secures your bikes to the rack
  • Easy, tool-free installation with SnugTite stinger and hand knob
    • Integrated, anti-rattle hitch pin eliminates movement and rattle in hitch receiver
  • Durable, black powder coated steel resists corrosion
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 5 bikes
  • Weight capacity (per bike): 37.5 lbs
  • Weight capacity (overall): 150 lbs
  • Spacing between bikes: 5-1/2"
  • Length of arms: 28"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest edge of carrier: 7-1/4"
    • Farthest edge of carrier: 43-1/4"
    • Farthest edge of carrier with arms folded down: 16"
  • Distance between arms:
    • Outside cradle to outside cradle: 13"
    • Inside cradle to inside cradle: 6-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 35 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Thule Apex XT 5-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, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels or towable campers

Note: This dual-arm rack reduces the need for a bike frame adapter bar (sold separately) to mount a children's, women's, or alternative frame bicycle. However, to mount certain bikes or to keep your bike level on the rack, a bike adapter bar may be required. Most step-through bikes, dual-suspension bikes, and small children's bikes will require a bike adapter bar.


Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack

This premium, powder-coated steel hitch-mounted bike rack lets you transport 5 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It has fold-up anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps that make it easy to load and unload your bikes. The cradles are set 5-1/2" apart, so there's enough space to help prevent your bikes from becoming tangled on the rack. It also has an anti-rattle hitch pin and integrated cable with keyed-alike locks that secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.


Folding Dual Arms with HitchSwitch Lever

Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Folding Dual Arms with HitchSwitch Lever

The Apex XT has dual arms that provide your bikes with excellent support and ground clearance during transport.


Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Hitch Switch Lever

The upper HitchSwitch lever lets you fold the arms down when not in use.


HideAway Anti-Sway Cradles

Thule Apex XT 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Anti-Sway Cradles

The Apex XT has HideAway anti-sway cradles that secure each bike twice along the top tube and once along the seat post or downtube. This reduces rocking to help eliminate bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact. The soft rubber cradles rotate around the arms to accommodate your bikes' frames. Each cradle is set 5-1/2" apart on the arms, so there is enough space to help prevent your bikes from becoming tangled on the rack.


Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Grooves

The cradles have grooves on the surface that prevent your brake and shifter cables from getting pinched.


Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Folding Cradles

Durable, dual-molded ratchet straps hold your bikes firmly in place on the cradles. You can remove the lower straps and fold the cradles up against the arms to make it easier to slide your bikes onto the rack.


Tilting Rack with HitchSwitch Lever

Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Tilting

The rack tilts for easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area. Just pull up on the HitchSwitch lever at the base of the rack, and lower the rack into position. When you're ready to go, lift the rack up until it snaps into place with an audible click.


Thule Apex XT 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Lower HitchSwitch Lever

The HitchSwitch lever is located right behind the base of the mast. This makes it easy to reach with one hand and steady the mast with the other.


Tool-Free Installation

Thule EasyFold XT

The knob at the front of the shank lets you quickly and easily install the rack. Just slide the shank into your hitch and turn the knob until snug. The knob deploys an anti-rattle wedge in the shank to help take play out of the hitch connection. It also sets the integrated SnugTite hitch pin into place, securing the rack to your receiver.


Complete Security for Bikes and Rack

Thule Helium Pro 5-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Locking Cable

The Apex XT includes One-Key System locks to secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. The integrated cable lock threads around your bikes' frames and inserts into the lock at the end of the left arm. The cable stores inside the mast when not in use.


Thule Helium Pro 5-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Locking Pin

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 to remove the rack from your hitch. The locks are keyed alike so you can use the same keys for both locks. Additional One-Key System locks (sold separately) let you make all of your Thule products keyed alike.



9026XT Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Hanging Style Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Steel - Tilting

Replaces Thule 9026

Installation Details TH9026XT Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - TH9026XT

Average Customer Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars   (47 Customer Reviews)

Premium, powder coated steel hitch bike rack offers hassle-free bike loading with fold-up anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps. Cradles are set 7" apart so bikes won't become tangled on the rack. Includes locks for bikes and rack.

- TH9026XT
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I initially purchased a 4 bike platform rack (it was a different brand than Thule), but unfortunately there were defects and I couldn't use it. etrailer.com was excellent about returning it for a refund. I would definitely use etrailer.com again for the great customer service. After a lot of additional research, I decided to purchase the Thule Apex XT 5 bike hanging rack. I needed something that could hold 5 bikes. Here are my thoughts: The Thule Apex XT arrived in one box and did not require many parts to assemble, so assembly was super quick and easy. However, the instructions are pictures only and my only minor issue was the key locks/plugs were not explained very well in the instructions. You have to use a control key to insert and keep the lock where it is supposed to go, and then you can use the locking keys that actually lock/unlock it afterward. Once that was clear, it was pretty much assembled. Compared to the platform rack, this hanging rack takes up much less space, is lighter, and easier to hook up to your hitch. The assembly was much easier/quicker also. I liked the simplicity of this rack. It fits either 1.25 or 2 inch hitches and the knob used to tighten the rack in the hitch is excellent. No tools were required. Just turn the knob and it expands the rack inside the hitch to fully tighten it and eliminate wiggle/rattle. There is a bar on the side of the rack that snaps into the hole in the side of your hitch for additional security. I have a 2 inch hitch and so didn't have to adjust anything, however if you have a 1.25 inch hitch, you'll have to slightly modify the rack first, which is covered in the instructions. I tried to wiggle the rack after fully tightening it and it felt very solid. Then you can use the key to lock the knob and after that the knob will just turn, but not actually loosen the rack. I thought this built in security feature was great. The rack can be tilted or lowered away from your vehicle by simply using one lever near the base of the rack. Again, super simple and easy to use. You can't lower the rack away from the vehicle if the bikes are on it, unlike some platform racks, but that is something I'm willing to live with for the smaller size and ease of use for this rack. The hanging arms are super easy to raise/lower by using one lever on the top of the rack. Inserting the straps to secure the bikes was also very easy. Each bike is secured by 3 straps. The rack has a built in cable to lock your bikes to the rack, which uses the same key. I really like that feature as well. When not in use the cable slides inside the main body of the rack. I tested this rack with a men's fat tire bike and it fit great. You will likely need an adaptor bar if you have kids bikes or step-through bikes, etc. and plan on using all 5 spots. I also tested it with a kids bike and was able to get it on the rack fine, but the issue without having an adaptor bar for these smaller frames, is that it raises the rear tire higher than normal, which would then bump into the handle-bars from the previous bike on the rack---making them not fit. So, prepare for that, but there are plenty of adaptor bars out there for reasonable prices and the overall total cost will still be less than most platform racks. After assembling a large 4 bike platform rack (at least until I ran into the defects), this hanging rack really impressed me with it's small, easy to use size and simplicity. These are not recommended for carbon frame bikes, but if you want something for non-carbon frame bikes that could actually hold enough bikes for the whole family, this is a great option. It also takes up a fraction of the space in your garage that the platform rack would. If all you have are carbon frame bikes, or only need a 2 bike rack, then I'd go with a platform rack. I plan on using this for family bike trips when I'm not using my carbon frame bike and when I need to be able to hold all 5 bikes. My garage space was also very limited, so this rack solved that problem as well. I will have to add to my review after using it for much longer since it is brand new, but so far looks and feels like it will last a long time. I'm very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to others. 797684



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I have placed several order with etrailer. Excellent Service as always. 924191



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I called the Etrailer to place an order and spoke with Dena W, who was very helpful letting me know the part is on backorder but will ship soon as it’s available and two weeks later I received the Thule Apex xt5 bike rack. Dena also helped out with getting the Thule bike adapters which I need it for certain bikes. Very pleased thanks to Dena! 856963



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I tried ordering this rack from REI and could NOT get it. I waited 2 months for them to finally cancel my order and not get a rack. etrailer got it to me in a months time (it was on backorder). 855914



- TH9026XT
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This is my first purchased from etrailer and I was happy with the transaction. Customer service and price matching guarantee was a great experience. The Thule Apex 5 bike rack was easy to install. It appears firm but I did have to re-tighten a few times to ensure no movements. My only complaint are those zip tie straps holding down the bike. These straps appear cheap and will probably diminish in time in the sun. The zip tie straps are a pain to use; they can hurt your fingers. This rack is also not kid bike friendly. The kid bike frames are too smaller and will not fit onto the rack. 854808



- TH9026XT
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Product is great! 854359



- TH9026XT
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I haven’t installed this yet, but I wanted to leave a review for etrailer as a company. True legit, they’re awesome. Dena and Katherine really went above and beyond in helping me get my product. Most retailers would have said “that’s your problem not my problem.” But they actually listened and helped. I’m really appreciative of that. Customer service is a lost art nowadays. You never know when you need help until you need it. This was my first purchase from them. Now I’m looking for stuff to buy from them cause I’m that appreciative. Customer for life. 853938



- TH9026XT
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Thule Apex XT 5 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches - Tilting we love it! Perfectly fits our 4 bikes. Easy to install! 838048



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Solid construction and slick features. 829714



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Great customer service and product. 828750



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Very sturdy and a great price. The shipping was delayed but I know most companies are right now with COVID. I love that we can carry 5 bikes since that is the size of our family. 828338



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The notifications were great, after ordering and the price was awesome. The only reason it is not 5-stars is that I was not aware the item was not in stock at the time of purchase. Due to COVID, I cannot complain and will definitely use e-trailer in the future. 825920



- TH9026XT
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Great place to order from! If your order is not in stock at the time you order they don’t charge you until your order has shipped. Great customer service, I called with a few questions and they were answered quickly! Our Thule bike rack is awesome and very easy to use. It’s tough fitting all five bikes on but not impossible. Overall, great purchase and great company to buy from! 824509



- TH9026XT
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Thule bike was a perfect fit on the hitch purchased together from etrailer. Install was easy if you are used to reading Swedish instructions. I can’t wait to take it on a family trip this summer. 819056



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etrailer customer service is top notch! Matt K saved my vacation trip when my original rack was back ordered. He helped me and walked through the options. I landed on this Thule rack and Matt helped fast track the rack, hitch, and cross bars in time for my families vacation. I had 4 bikes on this rack for its maiden voyage 10+ hours to the beach one way. My little guys bike is just plain to small for the rack but it fit my mountain bike, road bike (carbon), my wife’s road bike, and my daughters mountain bike no problems. Because of the long trip I took the pedals off to make my life easier but they fit with pedals too. Also cross bars are a must for odd frames like kids bikes and mountain bikes etc. I’m super happy with how easy the rack is to throw on and off and having no issues after 10 + hours of hwy drive time is a testament to the Thule brand. (Note all my other racks were Yakima before this one, I really like the Thule rack) Thanks again Matt! And the etrailer team, you will be my first stop for future needs. P.S. I never usually leave reviews, but these guys are good to go! 815483



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


I love it! It is so easy to use and it isn't that heavy. I really like that I can leave it on and still access the back of my Forester. We go biking all the time and this just made it that much easier to get to the trails. 803595



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


Love it but the straps could be better. 659698



- TH9027XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


Happy to find it in stock. It took a couple of hours to assemble both the rack and the tram. Looking forward to many years of use! 850725



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


My Thule bike rack 9024XT arrived last night. My first bike rack. It was exactly as described by etrailer's web site and Carol, the sales rep who I talked to. Assembly and mounting was so, so very easy and only took a few minutes. I would buy this bike rack again hands down! Highly recommend!! 770278



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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


I have owned this bike rack for only a year. Used very little thus far. First time after Winter to load bikes. Ratchet that the strap feeds into came loose and had I not had two auxiliary straps around the bike frame and hitch post .... my bike would have flown off and possibly onto a car behind me on the freeway. I am sick thinking of the damage or loss of life that could have caused. Should never happen with an almost new bike rack that cost $3[XX].00. I am done with Thule. Cannot take the risk of strap failure. 775675



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


Great fit Great Product. 636920



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


Excellent product. Well made, heavy duty, tilts away from rear hatch allowing access to the back of the car (Lexus RX350) without removing the bikes, or the rack if no bikes are loaded. Easy to install, load and lock. Thule isn’t cheap but it’s worth the price. Great service, as always, from eTrailer. 795989



- TH9027XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


Excellent swing rack! I can open both rear doors of my 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500. I couldn’t be happier. 704166



- TH9024XT
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Review from a similar Apex XT in Hitch Bike Racks


The 24xt is easy to install and store. At 30 lbs it still seems heavier than I wanted but anything lighter would probably not ride as well. Very pleased with product. 628256


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