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Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum
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Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum

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Ultra-lightweight aluminum 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. 1-636-306-4830 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH9042PRO or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH9042PRO

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

Ultra-lightweight aluminum 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:

  • Ultra-lightweight, hitch-mounted bike rack lets you carry up to 2 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 7" 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
    • Removable sleeve lets you convert rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Durable, aluminum construction is lightweight and rustproof
  • 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: 2 bikes
  • Weight capacity: 37.5 lbs per bike
  • Spacing between bikes: 7"
  • Length of arms: 13-1/2"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest edge of carrier: 8"
    • Farthest edge of carrier: 33"
    • Farthest edge of carrier with arms folded down: 22"
  • Distance between arms:
    • Outside cradle to outside cradle: 13"
    • Inside cradle to inside cradle: 6-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 19 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Thule Helium Pro 2-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 Helium Pro 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack

This premium, hitch-mounted bike rack lets you transport 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle. It's made of ultra-lightweight aluminum so you can install it, carry it, and move it from vehicle to vehicle with little effort. It has fold-up anti-sway cradles and ratcheting straps that make it easy to load and unload your bikes. The cradles are set 7" apart, so there's enough space between your bikes to prevent them 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 Helium Pro 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Dual Arms

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


Thule Helium Pro 2-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 Helium Pro 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Anti-Sway Cradles

The Helium Pro 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 7" apart on the arms, so there is more space between your bikes when compared with many other hanging-style racks. The added space helps prevent your bikes from becoming tangled on the rack.


Thule Helium Pro 4-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Grooves

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


Thule Helium Pro 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 Helium Pro 2-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 Helium Pro 2-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 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack Locking Cable

The Helium Pro 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 2-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.


Hitch Compatibility

Thule Helium Pro 2-Bike Hanging-Style Rack 1-1/4

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.



9042PRO Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Hanging Style Bike Rack for 1.25 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Aluminum - Tilting

Replaces Thule 9042

Installation Details TH9042PRO Installation instructions



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Customer Reviews

Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - TH9042PRO

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (70 Customer Reviews)

Ultra-lightweight aluminum 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.

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Very lightweight and sturdy..that's pretty much the standard for Thule products though! I love the built in locking features and also the pivot points on the rack to give you more access to your trunk. Please keep in mind that if you're using this for a full suspension mountain bike you will have to buy an adapter bar in order to mount it more securely. I found this out the hard way!




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This is the second Thule Helium rack that I have purchased. I plan to gift this rack to my daughter. I have been using a Thule Helium rack (for 3 bikes) for a few years and found it to be an easy-to-use, easy-to-install/un-install and lightweight bike rack. This is the best rack that I have owned. It folds up compactly and stores easily.




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The rack is good but the straps to hold the bike onto the rack are terrible. They are very difficult to use. The “teeth” in the straps don’t always loosen easily to remove and often don’t stay tight. My last Thule bike rack used Velcro straps and they were very easy to use and held the bikes on the rack more securely. Very disappointed with my purchase. The only attribute is the light weight of this bike rack.


Comments
Many of the back rack manufacturers now use this design of strap. While velcro straps are hard to find in a bike rack you might consider a bike rack like part # S63400
Swagman Titan Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting
$265.00
which uses a rubber strap to help secure the bikes.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 10/27/2021


by:

This rack is exactly what I was looking for! It is light weight, insatllation was super easy, offers maneuverability to access the lift gate and keeps the bikes secure with key locks at the hitch and at the rack.
Additionally, the rack is on a Draw-Tite Class III Max Round Tube Receiver Hitch which was also purchased from E-trailer. The combo is outstanding and eliminated the need to have my bumper modified to support hitch installation.




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Awesome bike rack. So easy to remove and install. Lightweight and sturdy. I’ve actually owned three and keep replacing them after selling them before moving.




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I did lot of research get appropriate hitch rack for my SUV (Nissan Rogue). Finally I found what I needed!! It is very good quality item from trusted brand. It seemed a little confusing to assemble it at the very beginning but actually it is quite easy to do that by yourself and it doesn’t take long time either. It is very light and easy to carry if you wanna remove it from your vehicle. It is solid and it does carry our both bikes securely I am very happy with prompt response and fast delivery of etrailer.com. I purchased with 4 business days delivery option and I actually received it 3 days after I purchased it. It was impressive. FYI, I live in Maine. Thank you.


Comments
It’s working perfectly fine. Great product!
Harun - 06/24/2021


by:

This is exactly what I was looking for! I previously had some of the larger, heavier Thule hitch racks. I bought this one because right now (a) I only need to carry 2 bikes max, and (b) I wanted something super light that would be easy to mount/de-install and store in the back of my 2020 Ford Explorer ST. It is light enough to pick up with one hand, and has no extra screws or other parts for mounting. The straps are a big improvement over my old racks, and I like the locking cable. I appreciate all the videos that etrailer posts, I watched several before making a decision - and it really helped me pick the right model for my needs. Super happy.




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My husband was the one who bought this for my car. Unfortunately, it only works with his bike. I have a "girl's bike" I bought about 7 years ago, and it doesn't have a straight bar. So it cannot attach to this bike rack. So, I wish that information had been given in the description. You don't know what you don't know. Neither of us thought to inquire about that.

Do they make bike racks that girl's bikes can fit on?


Comments
Thank you for leaving a review! Part # TH982XT
Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes
$54.95
a Thule bike adaptor bar would be an easy solution for you. This would give the shape to your bike so make it a fit for part # TH9042PRO
Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum
$382.95
. One end attaches at the handlebars and the other attaches under the seat giving a straight bar to load onto the bike rack.
-- Etrailer Expert Brooke M - 10/20/2021


by:

The hitch itself is fine. It's the straps that are terrible. They come loose causing me to stop and retighten multi times when transporting. I now have to use other means to add to the strapping of the bike on the hitch. Would not recommend because of the straps. Tried contacting Thule, no response.


Comments
Thank you for your review. I apologize that you are having such a hard time with your bike rack. To me, the straps should lock into place so they sound defective. Here are the replacement straps for this rack that should fix your issue:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/23/2021
Thank you for your review. I apologize that you are having such a hard time with your bike rack. To me, the straps should lock into place so they sound defective. Here are the replacement straps for this rack that should fix your issue:
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 06/23/2021


by:

My experience with etrailer.com was great from start to finish. I ordered a Thule Helium Pro 2 Bike Rack and was pleased to see that etrailer.com offered a used item at a discount in addition to new items at full price. I took a chance and opted for the "used item" to get the discounted price. Almost immediately, I received an email confirmation for my order. Afterward, I received a follow-on email from etrailer.com letting me know my order had shipped and including a UPS tracking number. My rack arrived on time, securely sealed in its factory carton and with all the necessary parts and tools for assembly intact in factor sealed bags, including a manual. If this was "used" I certainly couldn't tell!

Now, about that instruction manual - lol! I found it a bit odd that there were no actual instructions (just illustrations) to help guide you with assembling the rack. Not to worry. Some basic mechanical instincts together with information on the etrailer.com website will get you through just fine.

I love the light weight of the Pro 2 and the features that enable you to fold the arms of the rack down, and also tilt the rack away from the rear of your vehicle for accessibility. This thing is light years ahead of the cumbersome, heavy and non-adjustable hitch mounted bike rack that I owned previously. (Did I say, "heavy"?)

Great product, best price, excellent quality, fast shipping and superb follow up! Thanks, etrailer.com!




by:

Lightweight yet sturdy. Easy to hook up. Excellent design. Very pleased with this purchase. Thanks.




by:

extremely well made item. Easy to install-etrailer videos were very helpful. I would purchase from this vendor again.


Comments
excellent product
chris l - 06/23/2021


by:

Best products best service best information. Best company I do business with!!!




by:

etrailer is always a reliable source for quality products at great prices, and very speedy delivery. Also their instructional videos are the best!




by:

Lightweight and easy to install.




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I love this bike rack. It is light yet sturdy. I love that it locks at the hitch and only needs one key for both locks.
Better yet was the price, excellent customer service and FAST delivery from etrailer. I was searching for three days and every sporting good store was sold out. I was ordering a part for my travel trailer when I saw etrailer sold this rack and at a LOWER price What a win win!




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I like the tilt mechanisms. I can fold the rack out to get into my trunk and fold the carrying arms down to get them out of the way. The latches are positive and very sturdy. I also like the locking cable that locks the bikes onto the rack. The rack connects very sturdily to the receiver. It's just a good, solid bike rack. I'm very pleased with this purchase.




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I just received rack very satisfied was pretty easy setting up very light in comparison to my last 4 bike holder. I wish in directions would show you how to put bike holder for securing bike but was easy to figure out. Will give future reviews after using few time. Customer service excellent Kira was very responsive to my needs purchasing this rack. Positives has locking mechanism securing bikes from theft and tilt down feature for me to lower my trucks tailgate. Thankyou.




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Just received rack from etrailer and have put together but have not had an opportunity to put bikes on and take for a test drive. Looks to be very well constructed and east to use.
Love the light weight which will make it easy to install on car and remove when necessary.
Good purchase and good company that backs up their sales.




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Although I had to wait a month while it was on backorder due to COVID-19, the rack is really great...much lighter than my old one and some nice features like the lock for both the hitch and the bikes, and the tilt feature for access to the back of my Xterra without having to remove the bikes or the rack.




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Great website and company offering outstanding products




by:

The bike rack arrived in 1 day as promised. It was exactly what I needed and was an easy install on a Audi Q7. It tilts back for easy access and is light enough to easily take on and off. Michelle at etrailer was very helpful to make it all happen!! THANKS!!




by:

This bike rack is perfect! Lightweight and easy to put bikes on/off. Two bikes fit perfectly. Highly recommend!




by:

Love this bike rack. Half the weight of my last bike rack. Very easy to use.




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As expected



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