Lightweight Hitch Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2014 Mazda 3 Hatchback


I have purchased a Draw-Tite 24914 class 1 trailer hitch for my 2014 Mazda 3 hatchback which will be installed soon. I am looking for a lightweight bike rack that will carry 2 bikes. I am considering a Thule Helium Aero 2 model 9042. Can you confirm that this will work for this application? Any different recommendations, considering light weight and ease of installing/removing are very important to me?


Expert Reply:

My favorite lightweight bike rack to recommend for Class I hitches is the Saris Freedom SuperClamp EX # SA4025F. This is a platform bike rack that only touches the bike at the tires and only weighs 30 lbs. The biggest drawback to platform bike racks has always been the weight of them, but with this rack you get the best of both worlds. The preferred attachment style with the lighter weight.

The Thule Helium part # TH9042 would also work, but the Saris will be much easier to load bikes on as platform bikes are basically the easiest to load.

This would be the bike rack I would recommend for you. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.

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