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Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting

Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting

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

Yes, if you:

  • Are a frequent rider who prefers a time-tested rack
  • Have carbon frame or custom painted bikes

No, if you:

  • Don't want to pay a premium price for a bike rack
  • Don't want to mess around finding a tool every time you install or uninstall the rack
  • Want a rack that's super easy to tilt and fold
This heavy-duty, platform-style hitch rack is fat bike ready. Ratcheting arms grip your bikes' front wheels so there's no frame contact. Rack tilts down for easy cargo area access and folds up for storage. Easily converts to a 2-bike carrier. Call 800-298-1624 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH9044-TH9046 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks

  • Platform Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • 4 Bikes
  • Thule
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Electric Bikes
  • Fat Bikes
  • Heavy Bikes
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 3
  • Wheel Mount
  • Hitch Lock

This heavy-duty, platform-style hitch rack is fat bike ready. Ratcheting arms grip your bikes' front wheels so there's no frame contact. Rack tilts down for easy cargo area access and folds up for storage. Easily converts to a 2-bike carrier.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style rack carries up to 4 bikes on the back of your vehicle
    • Front 2 bike positions can be easily removed if you only need to carry 2 bikes
  • Versatile design fits most bikes regardless of size, weight, frame design, suspension, or brake style
  • Ratcheting hooks on pivoting upright arms hold your bikes securely by the front wheels - no frame contact
    • Add One-Key System lock cylinders (TH450400- sold separately) to secure bikes to rack
  • Large front-wheel holders and rear-wheel cradles make it easy to load bikes
    • Sliding rear-wheel cradles with ratcheting straps adjust to fit bikes of most lengths
    • Deep wheel holders and extra-long wheel straps accommodate fat bike tires up to 5" wide
  • Adjustable bike trays slide front to back and side to side to optimize bike spacing
  • HitchSwitch lever lets you tilt the rack down or fold it up
    • Tilt the rack down with or without bikes loaded for cargo area access
    • Fold the rack up when not in use
  • SnugTite hitch lock secures the rack to your vehicle
    • Eliminates movement and rattle in the hitch
  • Solid steel construction with black powder coat finish is stylish and rust resistant
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 4 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 160 lbs
    • Single-bike weight capacity: 60 lbs
  • Wheel diameter: 20" - 29"
  • Strap length: 18"
  • Maximum tire width: 5"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 48"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest bike carrier rail: 19"
    • Closest bike carrier rail when folded: 4-1/2"
    • Closest part of pivoting bracket: 7-7/8"
    • End of bike rack: 55"
  • Carrier weight: 85 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


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

Note: The T2 Classic includes 1 One-Key System lock cylinder to secure the rack to your vehicle. However, if you want to add lock cylinders to the ratcheting arms you will need to purchase the lock cylinder 6-pack (TH596 - sold separately) to have all the locks keyed alike.


T2 Classic with Add-On for 2" Hitches

The Thule T2 Classic platform-style bike rack lets you carry 4 bikes using your vehicle's hitch. The rack is designed to carry bicycles of varying sizes and styles, and it can hold bikes with fat tires up to 5" wide. The bike trays adjust to optimize bike spacing and reduce bike-to-bike contact. The ratcheting arms and wheel trays secure your bikes by the wheels so there's no frame contact. The rack tilts down with bikes loaded so you can access your vehicle's rear cargo area, and it folds up when not in use.


Wheel-Mount Design for Easy Bike Loading

Ratcheting Wheel Hook

The rack allows you to quickly and easily load and carry 4 bicycles on the back of your vehicle. The ratcheting arms and front wheel cradles securely hold your bikes by the front wheels so there's no frame contact. Simply set your bike on the rack and pivot the upright arm up and over the front wheel. Then just ratchet the hook down so it firmly grips your wheel.


Wheel Hook Lock Core

The arms can also be locked in place with Thule One-Key System lock cylinders (TH450400- sold separately). One-Key System cylinders can be swapped out to make all of your Thule gear keyed alike.


Sliding Rear-Wheel Cradle

The sliding rear-wheel cradles allow the rack to accommodate bikes with wheelbases up to 48" long, and they accommodate tires up to 5" wide. The cradles include ratcheting, rubber straps to hold your bikes' rear wheels securely in place on the tray.


Regular Strap Length

For road bikes and mountain bikes insert the strap into the hole at the bottom of the cradle. Then run the strap along the side and over the top of the cradle.


Fat Tire Strap Length

For fat tire bikes insert the strap under the bracket on the side of the cradle. Then simply run the strap over the top of the cradle.


Fully Adjustable Bike Trays

Adjustable Bike Trays

The front and rear bike trays are fully adjustable to ensure you have enough space when mounting your bikes. Just loosen the 4 bolts where the tray attaches to the rack base, slide the tray front to back and side to side to achieve the desired spacing, and then tighten the bolts. This will prevent your bikes' handlebars from becoming tangled, and it eliminates the fear of bike-to-bike contact during transport.


Tilting and Folding Design

HitchSwitch Lever

The integrated HitchSwitch lever allows the T2 Classic to easily tilt. The rack tilts down with or without bikes loaded for convenient rear cargo area access.


Rack Tilts Up for Storage

It also folds up for storage when you're not transporting a bike. This is great for parking in places where space is limited such as a parking garage.


Hitch Lock and Anti-Rattle Device

SnugTite Hitch Lock

The rack includes a SnugTite hitch lock and anti-rattle device. The hitch lock secures the rack to your hitch with the included One-Key System lock cylinder. And the threaded hitch pin eliminates movement and rattle in the hitch.



9044 Thule T2 Classic 2 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting

9046 2 Bike Add-On for Thule T2 Classic for 2" Hitches

Item # TH9044-TH9046

Installation Details TH9044-TH9046 Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions TH9044-TH9046 Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - Tilting - TH9044-TH9046

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (130 Customer Reviews)

This heavy-duty, platform-style hitch rack is fat bike ready. Ratcheting arms grip your bikes' front wheels so there's no frame contact. Rack tilts down for easy cargo area access and folds up for storage. Easily converts to a 2-bike carrier.

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This rack is fantastic! We've had it a year and I would purchase it again for sure! Lightweight, easy to maneuver, never lost a bike:) Great buy!



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Product is excellent. Have used a four stage bike rack. Only problem I have had this year is the locking bolt which holds the rack to the trailer hitch stripped out while in the middle of a bike trip. I highly recommend carrying a spare locking bolt with you at all times. This is a single point of product failure. Luck would have it, a local bike shop (one of three in the area checked) had a replacement part. The bike rack also handles my wife's electric bike, along with three other bikes in the family. Have had great success this year and much happy family time together with it in northern MI.



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Loved this rack, I got the add on so I can use it just for me or make it so it can hold bikes of friends. Easy take on and off.


Comments
It is still working awesome, love the product
Kim - 01/28/2020



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I really have no complaints about this rack. What I can say is you get what you pay for. I first tried out a less expensive rack from etrailer and it did not fit my girls bikes well and the construction I was disappointed in. But etrailer took back the old one and I upgraded and spend about an additional $350 more and got the Thule - which I have always been very satisfied with. I tried to save a little money for which it only created additional down time and disappointment. With this rack you wont make that mistake. My only complaint is it helps to have two people fit this rack into your receiver. It is like a Sherman Tank - which is great for feeling confident in keep your bikes in tack - but lifting out of garage and onto the back of my trailer can be a little bit of work if doing it by yourself. Thanks etrailer for your great Customer Service and help with the replacement!



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Overall I really like the bike hitch. If there was any down side I would possibly point to the locking bar that engages when you change positions. It doesn't always engage fully unless you play with the rack some either by lifting or shaking it side to side. Not a major problem though. Unless I am missing something, I would like to see some locking device that locks the add on to the front two bike section. It bolts on with two bolts that could be unscrewed and the whole back section removed. Just an added note, one of those 12mm hex head bolts were missing from my hardware packet. It looked as if the package had been opened and the bolt possibly taken out sometime before shipment. I did call customer service and have another bolt coming in the mail. Once the weather warms up I hope to send pics of the rack installed with bikes loaded. Thanks for a great product! I hope to get years of enjoyment out of it.



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Wow!!! etrailer really came thru and figured out a way to get this to me last minute before we started our holiday travels. Hats off to Greg S at etrailer for going truly over and above to help us out. Best price on the internet AND incredible customer service; what a winning combination! I will come to etrailer first for my next purchase. Thank you etrailer and Greg S!!!!



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Though i have only put together the Thule bike rack everything delivered quickly and in great shape. It took me a month and a half to get time to start putting it together and i was missing one lock nut. I called customer service and Brian helped me with the bolt as well as another item i forgot to order initially. By the way i loved the email link do the videos and pdf's.



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Great bike rack for the money. Easier to attach to hitch that I originally expected. Initial assembly was a bit long, but not too difficult. Plan to use it for long trips, and I expect it to do great. Would recommend over hanging bike racks for sure. Bikes load with absolutely NO difficulty, which I love.



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Like the product, but the installation instructions which came with the product were less than desirable. I had to download a YouTube video to make the process easier than noted in the written instructions.



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Needed a 4 bike carrier and once I watched your review videos that really helped me make my decision on which one to buy. Great product and was a little difficult to put together, but once I got into it I figured it. Had to make some adjustments once I put it together to fit my bikes and probably will down the road if I put newer bikes on the rack. Other than that seems solid and cant wait to try it out with all of our bikes on it.



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Very fast shipping and excellent bike rack. It fits our 4 mid-fatty bikes. It is heavy to put back up in its storage position so is a bit of a pain to get in and out of the back of the car, but I don’t think you could help that.



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Delivered in two days. Minimal assembly went well. Rack feels exceptionally sturdy.



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Easy to install



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Works as advertised. Install is pretty easy and quick if you are mechanical.



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Great product lowest price fast delivery



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


Thule bike rack installed on our 1995 wrangler. Very tight but actually got it to close up against a 31x 10.50 spare. We measured 12 inches from the pin to the edge of the spare. Very solid well built rack, should last us many bike seasons! Easy install and set up.


Comments
As anticipated this rack has been sturdy and dependable. Carried bikes on back of our fifth wheel to Key West and all over Florida-no issues! Back on our Jeep again, great product!
David - 05/19/2020


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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


This is my second Thule bike carrier. I downsized from a 4 bike to a 2 bike platform. I did have trouble with lifting the latch to fold the carrier down for use. The small metal bar inside the latch would not align on both sides of the slot preventing the latch from opening all the way. I would use a screwdriver to maneuver the bar to fully open the latch. This was very frustrating. I have since loaded the latch and metal bar with grease and it is now moving easier. I've also found the platform hard to move up and down and requires a bit more strength than I have. I do love the way the bikes load and mount. I still highly recommend Thule products.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


Box arrived pretty beaten up but contents inside were packed well and not damaged. Assembly instructions were pretty simple particularly after watching a video specific to this model. Tools provided were sufficient for assembly but having a 3/4” socket wrench would have made assembly faster. All parts fit as intended. The bike rack appears to be solid and top quality. It looks like it will be easy to load the bikes securely. I’ll know more after I use it this weekend.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


I have had trouble keeping the bike secure during long travels with considerable winds. Almost lost my bike on a trip from Minnesota to Illinois last year. Since then, I double down by using a rubber strap to hold bike(s) in place when on long vehicle trips. Other than that concern, bikes are easy on and easy off and the rack is compact enough that I can keep it on the back end of my vehicle and park it in my tight garage.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


I have to get a trailer hitch extension in order for the bike rack to fold up when not in use. Definitely will go through etrailer for this item.


Comments
Thanks for your review, Mike. Please note that using a hitch extender for your bike rack will reduce the hitch tongue weight by 50 percent.
-- Etrailer Expert Laura E - 07/13/2017


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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


The service from etrailer was perfect. Delivery of the Thule rack was on time and easy to put together. It does have some weight at 49 lbs but manageable and very sturdy. etrailer honored the low price guarantee when I found the rack for less on another website. I also Installed the trailer hitch with my brother. Its easier with a helper. It went well as described on the video. Having the correct tools is a must including the 18mm deep socket and poly rivet tool. Comments about making the facia cut at least 2.5 inches is good advice.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


Installed the Thule T2 Classic onto a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I am a data analyst, so all I do all day is work on a computer and have no real experience with tools, but the installation was easy. Before installing the bike rack, I would load two bikes into the back of the SUV, and it was becoming annoying. With the bike rack, I am able to quickly load and unload bikes.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


Bike rack itself is very high quality; I look forward to using it for our new bicycles. I love that we can still open the back of the SUV. It's actually pretty easy to install; we used a socket wrench instead of the tool that was provided which made it much easier. The markings for installing the brackets are just vinyl tape, which peeled off while we were sliding the brackets in place so we used a silver sharpie to mark the spots. YouTube has several videos which can help with install, if needed. Just be sure to install the correct bike holder on first (the locking arms need to both be towards the inside) or you will not be able to use the lever to lower it from the "stored against the vehicle" position.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


Great product. We just got a new convertible and I could not use the roof mount or trunk mount. Using the bikes was important. Taking care of the bikes is important too. This bike rack is really the best I have ever had. It is extremely easy to use. I like that it has built in locks. I can use the hard top convertible on the VW Eos if I only have one bike positioned outward. It also works with no bikes installed. I could not be happier with this product and the incredible price, fast shipping and overall value from etrailer.com.



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Review from a similar T2 Classic in Hitch Bike Racks


I wanted to replace a 31 year old trailer hitch bike rack that was serviceable however created a lot of drag due to the distance from the hitch of my car. After reading about the available hitches and reviews I decided to buy the Thule rack and could not be happier. I just completed a 2600 mile round trip and was thoroughly impressed with the rigidity of the rack there was no wobble or hitch noise and the bikes were secure with no movement. I would recommend this rack.


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    That's a good question and I wish there was a locking bolt or something similar we could recommend but for the T2 the only theft deterrent for the add-on is going to be the nut and bolt. It would take some serious premeditation for a thief to steal the add-on of the # TH9044-TH9046 as they'd have to happen upon your bike rack with no one around and the right tools on them. You could use a cable lock like part # TH538XT wrapped around the extension and through the safety chain loops of...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation that Can Safely be Used at the Back of a 5th Wheel Trailer
    There are only certain bike racks that are rated for use at the back of a trailer. None of the Thule bike racks are rated for this application because they are not designed to withstand the additional stress associated with the bumpy ride at the back of a trailer. I have included a link to the bike racks that are rated for use at the back of a trailer. If your trailer bumper is 4 inches square, steel, and welded the entire length of the bumper then you can use # S80600 which you can...
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  • Recommended 4-Bike Rack Approved for Use Behind Motorhome to Carry 2 Fat Tire E- Bikes
    There is a bike rack that can fit all your needs, the Thule T2 Classic # TH9044-TH9046. This 4-bike rack is approved for use behind a motorhome, has a weight capacity of 60 lbs per bike and can fit tires that are up to 5" wide. It is a wheel-mounted rack that will fit wheels that measure 20" - 29" and have a wheelbase up to 48". The T2 Classic # TH9044-TH9046 can fit bikes that are different lengths because its rear wheel cradles slide to adjust to your bikes's dimensions. It also...
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  • Is There An End Cap for the Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack When Used As A 2 Bike Rack
    Correct, the Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Platform Rack part # TH9044-TH9046 actually comes with two main pieces. The first main piece is a two bike rack and the second main piece is a two bike add-on. If you only wanted to use the bike rack with two bikes then you would just not install the add-on or if you have the add-on installed and only need to carry two bikes you can remove this by taking out the lynch pin. There is a cap to plug into the end of the two bike rack when not being used...
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  • 4- and 5-Bike Hitch Rack Options for Chevrolet Suburban
    Four or five full-suspension bikes will have a substantial total weight so a hitch-mounted bike carrier is really your only option. There are no trunk/hatch-mount bike carriers in a 5-bike capacity. The hitch on your Suburban could be either a 2-inch or a 2-1/2-inch size. There are no bike racks made for 2-1/2-inch hitches but it is easy to use a 2-inch rack even in a 2-1/2-inch hitch simply by installing a reducer sleeve such as # 58102. This slips into the larger hitch and drops its...
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  • Can Cargo Carrier Be Installed on Thule 4-Bike Platform Rack TH9044-TH9046
    The Thule T2 # TH9044-TH9046 isn't designed, intended or recommended for use with a cargo carrying tray. Due to the size of the square tubing, the shank of the carrier wouldn't fit in the bike rack. A bike rack set-up like the Hollywood Racks # HR1400Z-85 IS an excellent idea, but it only carries two bikes and if you take a close look at the specifications, when used with the bike rack the cargo tray will be limited to a 90 lb weight capacity (which isn't much). This is because the cargo...
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  • How to Determine if Rear Door of 2017 Ford Transit Will Open Over Thule T2 Bike Rack
    From the center of the hitch pin hole on the Thule T2 Classic 4 Bike Rack # TH9044-TH9046 out to the nearest railing edge of the bike rack measures 19 inches. And then the height above the center of the hitch tube measures 8.9 inches. So you'll just need to measure out 19 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole and then up 8.9 inches and that's the highest point of the rack.
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