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Thule Helium Platform XT Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

Thule Helium Platform XT Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

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Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bikes in mind, this premium rack holds your bikes by the wheels - no frame contact. Long trays give you more space to move the bikes back and forth to avoid handlebar contact. Tilts with bikes loaded. 1-800-496-5010 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH53GC or order online at Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Helium Platform XT Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks - TH53GC

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Wheel Mount
  • Thule
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bikes in mind, this premium rack holds your bikes by the wheels - no frame contact. Long trays give you more space to move the bikes back and forth to avoid handlebar contact. Tilts with bikes loaded.


  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Pivoting upright arms ratchet over your bike's wheels
  • Cradle-less wheel trays allow bikes to be rolled front to back to prevent handlebar contact
  • Front-mounted handle lets you tilt and fold the rack with ease
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Tool-free installation with hand-tightening cam system
    • Tightens rack inside your hitch to reduce movement and noise
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Removable sleeve lets you convert rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Durable aluminum construction is corrosion resistant
  • Made in the USA


  • 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: 45 lbs per bike
  • Maximum tire width: 3.0"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 52"
  • Wheel diameter: 26" to 29"
  • Distance between bikes: 10"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack: 5"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded up: 12"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded down: 27"
  • Carrier weight: 43 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Note: May interfere with bikes with front fenders.

Pivoting Upright Arms

Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

The Helium Platform XT has pivoting upright arms that grab your bikes firmly by the wheel, so it won't scratch or scuff the paint. These upright arms allow you to rapidly load and unload your bikes. Simply set your bike onto the tray and pivot the upright arms against the tires. Ratchets hold the arms in place, so once you squeeze the arms against the wheels there's nothing left to do.

Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

To remove your bikes, press the gray handles to release the ratchets, then lower the arms.

Grooved Wheel Trays

Thule Helium wheel tray

The Helium doesn't have wheel cradles like many platform bike racks. Instead, it has wheel trays with grooves that accommodate a wide range of tire sizes from narrow 18c road bikes up to 3.0" wide mountain bikes. Because the grooves run the length of the trays, you can position your bikes exactly where you want them, rather than in a fixed location. This allows you to optimize bike spacing so your bikes don't bump into each other.

Front-Mounted Handle for Easy Tilting and Folding

Thule Helium front-mounted hand leverThule Helium tilt and fold

The rack tilts down with your bikes loaded. So, whether you're at the trail or the grocery store, you don't have to remove your bikes to access your cargo area. It also folds up when not in use. This leaves a smaller footprint, so you can keep the rack on your vehicle to park in your garage. And if you want to remove it, it doesn't take up as much space to store it.

Thule Helium folded away from vehicle

To make tilting and folding easier, the Helium's release lever is mounted on the front of the rack. This means you won't have to reach through or around your bikes with one hand to reach the lever, while supporting the rack's weight with the other, when lowering the rack. Instead, you'll be able to hold the rack with both hands the entire time.

Tool-Free Installation with Anti-Rattle Device

Thule Helium anti rattle deviceThule T2 Pro XTR cable locks

The rack quickly installs in your hitch receiver, without the need for tools. Just slide the shank into your hitch and turn the knob until snug. Turning 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.

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

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.

Complete Security

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The rack includes locks to secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. Integrated cable locks thread around your bikes' frames and inserts into the lock at the top of each arm. The cables store inside the arms when not in use.

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The lock on the hand knob secures the rack to your vehicle. Once locked, the hand knob will spin freely so a would-be thief can't operate it. The locks are keyed alike, so you only need to use 1 key. Additional One-Key System locks (sold separately) let you make all your Thule products keyed alike.

904011 Thule Helium Platform XT 2-Bike Rack

Replaces TH44VR

Installation Details TH53GC Installation instructions


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