Thule Raceway PRO 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule Raceway PRO 2 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be reviewing the Thule Raceway Pro, 2-Bike, Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, part number TH9001PRO. This is also available as a 3-bike rack with part number TH9002PRO. The Thule Raceway has a lot of unique features, we're going to start out with how it fits on the vehicle. It has these nice rubber padded protectors as well as the vinyl coated hooks so it's going to protect the paint and finish on our vehicle. Right here in the cradles, it's RDT technology, this is going to be Road Damping Technology providing a nice cushion ride for your bicycle. It's also going to feature your anti-sway cradles so your bikes don't make contact with one another. It's got the fully adjustable arms that way you can scoot them closer together, separate them, you can also change the angle so it's going to fit a wide variety of bikes.

Right here you're going to notice that it has the patented fit dial system so it's also going to fit a wide variety of vehicles. There going to be a lock located on each end of the bike rack. These locks are lock the rack to the vehicle for full security. Here on the end of one of the arms, we're going to find a cable lock system so not only does your rack lock and secure to your vehicle but it's also going to lock your bikes to the rack. It's going to use the same key system so any of the keys provided will work on any of the locks on the rack. The Thule Raceway is constructed of a gas injected molded nylon which makes it very strong and durable but yet light-weight. This bike rack has the carrying capacity of two bikes with the weight capacity of 70 pounds.

The distance between the adjustable arms, from outside cradle to outside cradle, can range from 6 1/2 inches to 10 1/2 inches. Now when loading up a woman's bike, alternative frame bike or a children's bike, you may need to use the Thule Bike Adapter Bar that's available right here at etrailer.com, sold separately with part number TH982XT. Now we're going to show you how to install the Raceway on your vehicle. As you can see it folds up nice and compact for easy and convenient storage. Now you want to refer to the Thule Fit Guide, you can either use our website or they're going to include a fit guide in the instructions. It's going to show you how you need to adjust your arms and where your arms need to be sitting in relation to your particular vehicle. On ours today, we need to go ahead and set our fit dial to the appropriate number, once we have it set, we can close these tabs right here, it's going to lock that upper arm in place.

Now for our particular fit, our upper arm needs to sit here on top of the trunk and then our lower arm needs to seating on the upper tier of our bumper. Now we did go ahead and clean our surface so you want to make sure you do that before installing this. Once we have this situated correctly on our trunk, the next thing to do will be to go ahead and place our hooks. Now these have the nice protectors right here that way it protects the cable but mainly it's going to protect the finish on your vehicle. To adjust the cable, to get the hook in the proper place, we need to open up this cover here, place one of the four included keys in there, move it to an unlock position and then lower the hatch door there. You can see that we have an arrow pointing up that's going to indicate this cable here, pull that back, it's going to allow it to extend out and then we can place the vinyl coated hook directly into that gap right there on our trunk. We're going to use the ratcheting side handle to just get that line snug for now that why we can position the other three cables.

Now we need to place our bottom hooks. To do so, we're going to repeat the same process, flip up on this lever here, it's going to allow us to gain some slack in the cable. Now in some applications, you're going to have to open the trunk in order to get the hook to fit. For ours today, we found out that we can go to the side of our trunk and get the hook to fit in there and then just slide it to where it needs to be positioned. Once we have it there, we can use the larger dial to operate the lower cable. I'm just going to tighten in up and remove any slack. With our rack in place, we can go and fine tune it, make sure everything is nice and tight and secure and then we can close these locking covers. Now once these are locked in place, you can see how that cover cannot be removed so that nobody can gain access to those little levers, loosen up the cables to remove it from our rack. It's fully locked on there and secured. The Thule Raceway can stay on your vehicle even when you don't have any bikes installed. You just want to make sure that your arms are in a down position. Now we're ready to load up our bike. First thing we need to do, open up the lever to allow us to adjust our arms as needed. Now we want to make sure that our arms are level or slightly inclined. Once we have it set to the correct position, all we got to do is close that lever and that arm is going to be secured in place. Now the next step to loading our bike is to undo the cradle straps. It's going to open up our cradles, allowing them to receive the frame of our bike once we have it placed in there. Now we're ready to load up one of our bikes. We're simply just going to take it, place it onto our frame cradles, now if you come in here you can see that these have little grooves in it that's to accommodate if we have any cables mounted underneath the frame. Once we have that in place, we can simply bring our straps over and tighten them down around the frame of our bike. Go and secure the anti-sway. It's going to prevent the bikes from swaying back and forth making contact with one another. Now with the second bike loaded, we can bring our cable lock system over the frame on our bike, place into the groove right there, lock into place that's going to keep anybody from being able to take this bike off the rack which if you can't this bike off the rack, you're not going to be able to get your first bike off the rack either. Now Thule also includes a nice blue strap, this can be intertwined through the bikes' frames and the bikes' wheels that way it's going to ensure that your bike wheels don't rotate, twist and turn as you're going down the road. Really simple installation, all we're going to do is take it through the wheels here on our bike, we're going to run it through both bikes. Simply take it through the other wheels as well and then we're just going to connect it to itself. Once we have that strap ran through the buckle, we simply just pull on one end, take out any slack within the strap. Now another option for attaching the blue strap is to run it through that lower frame on the Thule Raceway, through the bike frames and simply just run it through the strap. You've got numerous ways on which you can install the blue strap that Thule provides. Just keep in mind that it's meant for additional security. Now that we've gone over the features of the bike rack and showed you how to install it, we'll go ahead and take it out on our test course and show you how it performed in action. First, we're going to hit our slalom course, this is going to show you the side to side movement of the bike rack which simulates evasive maneuvering or having to make sharp turns or corners. Then we're going to hit the alternating bumps course, this is going to show you the twisting action of the bike rack which will simulate going over uneven pavement or hitting a pothole. Finally, we're going to take it through the solid bumps course, this is going to show you the up and down movement of the bike rack which is going to simulate going in and out of your driveway or going over a speed bump. That's going to complete today's review of the the Thule Raceway Pro, Trunk Mounted 2-Bike Rack, part number TH9001PRO. .


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