Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 GMC Yukon XL

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Review of the Thule Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 GMC Yukon XL


John: Hey guys. John here etrailer.com. And today on our 2020 GMC Yukon XL, we're going to be taking a look at the Thule T2 Pro XTB. That's part number TH9034XT. This is a great solution for getting up to two bikes to your favorite biking destination. Can accommodate a wide variety of different bike styles.

That's because it has a tray here that can hold up to five inch wide tires. It can handle 20 to 20 inch diameter wheels, and the ratcheting arm here secures over the tire so it's going to avoid making contact with your bike frame, which allows us to carry bikes anywhere from eBikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, and bikes with a sensitive frame like a carbon fiber bike, or maybe if you have a paint job you don't want to make contact with.This is the black version of the bike rack. We also have a silver version. That's part number TH9034XTS. And the only difference between those, is that these trays here that the bikes sit on, it's silver instead of black.

One of the main features of this bike rack is the tilt away feature that allows us to gain access to the rear hatch of our Yukon. To activate it, you will pull on this lever here at the end. Rotate the bike rack down.This then allows us to open up the hatch honor Yukon, but I would like to point out, you need to be careful because your bike handlebar might make contact with the rear hatch. From the center of this bike to the rear handle part is about 13 inches. So if you have a similar handlebar length, you're going to want to make sure that you don't just open up the hatch and you're not paying attention to it.

With that being said, the hatch does open up enough that we can easily gain access to any cargo here in the hatch here.Go ahead and raise our bike rack back into the towed position. Raise it until you hear that audible click. I'll show you how to remove your bike. It's going to have two points of contact here. One is the rear strap.

To remove that, you're going to press this lever, remove the ratcheting strap. And then again there's this front hook that secures your tire. Go ahead and grab your bike and then pull the lever, and lift the arm out of the way, and remove your bike.With your bike removed, make sure you put your arm back in place, and secure your ratcheting strap before you head down the road. Both arms do come with a cable lock here integrated into the arm. This helps prevent theft of your bike. Let's go ahead and take a few measurements so you can determine if this is a good fit for your lifestyle. From the rear bumper of the Yukon XL back to the rear part of the handle here, it's about 38-1/2 inches. That's a good measurement to know in case you have maybe a smaller garage or a tight parking space, you can use that to determine whether you might be able to fit this with bikes loaded or in the towed position. The closest part of the bike rack to the rear bumper here, is going to be this bracket. And that measurement it's about four inches. Still, plenty of room, you don't have to worry about the bike rack making contact with your vehicle.The other feature aside from the tilting feature is the folding a part of this bike rack, which gives us more room at the back of our vehicle. Go ahead and pull that same lever and tilt it up until it clicks. As you can see, it does give us more room here. From the rear part of our bumper, to this back area is probably about 17, 17-1/2 inches. And then the closest part is going to be from the bumper to this tray, which is still about four inches. So the measurement to the vehicle is still about the same, but it really reduces the length of the bike rack so you can more easily fit into maybe a tighter space like a smaller garage.In addition to the locks here for the bikes, there's also a locking knob here that serves a dual purpose. Not only does it lock, but you will twist this to initiate the anti-rattle device for this bike rack. As you can see with it tightened down, we can really shake the bike rack and it moves the vehicle because it fits so nice in the receiver. Simply use your key to lock that, and helps prevent theft of the bike rack. The pin here, as you can see, it looks a little different. You'll pull this out, and then when you push the bike rack into the hitch, it snaps in place automatically, which really makes it easier to load the bike rack onto your vehicle.And that's going to complete our look at the Thule T2 Pro XTB on our 2020 GMC Yukon XL. Thanks for watching. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb, or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement. And finally we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.


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