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Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Wheel Mount

Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Wheel Mount

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Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind. Call 800-298-8924 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH64VR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Thule Hitch Bike Racks

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

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind.


  • Premium, hitch-mounted platform rack lets you carry 1 bicycle on the back of your vehicle
    • Ideal for a bike with a carbon frame or a bike with a custom paint job
  • Wheel loops on pivoting upright arms ratchet over your bike's wheels - no frame contact
  • Cradle-less wheel tray allows bike to be placed at optimal position on the rack
  • Front-mounted HitchSwitch lever lets you easily tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilt the rack down with or without bike loaded to access rear cargo area
    • Fold rack up against rear of vehicle when not in use
  • One-Key System locks deter theft of the rack and your bike
    • Locking hand knob secures the rack to your vehicle
    • Built-in cable lock secures your bike to the rack
  • Quick and easy installation with SnugTite system - no tools required
  • Removable sleeve lets you convert rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches
  • Aluminum construction is durable and rustproof
  • 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: 1 bike
  • Weight capacity: 37.5 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheel width: 3"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • Wheel diameter: 26" to 29"
  • Carrier weight: 23 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The Helium is a great rack for cyclists with a carbon frame bike or a bike with a custom paint job. It grips your bike by the wheels so it won't scratch the frame, it's easy to load, and you can tilt it with your bike loaded for cargo area access and fold it up for storage.

Pivoting Upright Arms with Ratcheting Wheel Loops

Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

The rack uses pivoting upright arms with ratcheting wheel loops to grab your bike firmly by the wheels, rather than the frame. These upright arms allow you to rapidly load and unload your bike. Simply set your bike onto the tray, pivot the upright arms against the tires, and ratchet the loops down until snug. The loops have grooves on the inside that accommodate thin road bike tires, standard bike tires, and mountain bike tires up to 3" wide.

Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

To remove your bike, press the gray handles to release the loops, then lower the arms.

Grooved Wheel Tray

Thule Helium wheel tray

The Helium doesn't have wheel cradles like most platform bike racks. Instead, it has a wheel tray with a groove that accommodate a wide range of tire sizes from narrow 18c road bikes up to 3" wide mountain bikes. Because the groove run the length of the tray, you can position your bike exactly where you want it, rather than in a fixed location.

Folding and Tilting Design

Thule Helium folded away from vehicle

The rack tilts down - with or without your bike loaded - so you can access your vehicle's rear cargo area.

Thule Helium front-mounted hand lever

Because the HitchSwitch lever is located at the front of the rack, you don't have to worry about crawling through your bike or squeezing between the rack and the vehicle to hit the tilt-release lever. Simply squeeze it then lower the rack. When you raise the rack back up, you'll hear a click to indicate it's secure.

Thule Helium folding up against vehicle

When the rack is unloaded you can squeeze the lever to fold it up for storage. This means you don't have to remove it to park in small lots at the trail head or in cramped parking garages, and it keeps the rack out of the way of other vehicles and riders.

Tool-Free Installation with Anti-Rattle Device

Thule Helium anti rattle device

The Helium installs quickly and easily with the AutoAttach system. Simply open the SnugTite hitch pin, slide the shank into your receiver, and close the pin so it slides through the pin hole and shank.

Thule Helium integrated cable lock

Once installed, turn the knob to deploy an anti-rattle wedge in the shank. This helps take play out of the hitch connection.

Complete Security

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The Helium includes One-Key System locks to secure your bike to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. The integrated cable lock threads around your bike's frame and inserts into the lock that slides along the cable. The cable stores inside the wheel tray when not in use.

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

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

Hitch Compatibility

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.

903900 Thule Helium Platform 1 Bike Rack for 1.25 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Aluminum - Tilting

Item # TH64VR

Customer Reviews

Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Wheel Mount - TH64VR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (8 Customer Reviews)

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bike in mind, this premium rack holds both wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. The rack tilts for access to your cargo area without removing the bike, and it includes locks for peace of mind.

- TH64VR

My second purchased Thule bike rack. The Thule bike rack is quality designed and built. It almost looks and feels like an light aerospace designed product. It is easy to assemble and load into the 2 inch trailer hitch, tighten with turning a knop and locks with a key. Once a person places their bike on the rack, it is a simple process of pressing two levels, folding against bike tires, and snaps with a tight fit. No straps to deal with or moving bike rims/tires. The best part of this bike rack is it very light (22 pounds) and folds up with ease. Now, I can drive the truck into the garage with the folded bike rack (without removing the rack). I am happy with the order processing and Thule product. 822683

- TH64VR

Overall pleased with the rack. Nice to find one for a single bike made of aluminum, so it's light weight. I was hoping the tilt back would be enough to clear the back doors on my Class B, but it's not. However since it's fast and easy to take off and on it won't be much of an issue. Have not yet driven the RV since the installation so not able to comment on that. Appreciate the free shipping. Thanks for offering this nice product. 819557

- TH64VR

I'm very happy with my Curt hitch and Thule platform bike rack. I was able to install the hitch myself. Putting together the bike rack was easy. I like the weight and simplicity of the rack. I was really surprised when my order arrived a day early. 802317

- TH44VR

Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks

I love this product and love etrailer. 5 stars to both. I did my homework ahead of the purchase and with carbon fiber bikes I selected Thule's Helium 2 bike platform rack. I needed a quick shipment as I was going to use it for the upcoming weekends out of town ride (4 days out). I called on Monday afternoon and talked to Steve Z. The product was in stock and Steve said I would receive it Thursday or the latest on Friday, well I received it on Wednesday. Life couldn't be better. I assembled the bike rack that afternoon, easy assembly, good instructions, all parts fit perfectly and the rack was in my Curt receiver 25 minutes later. The Helium platform rack I received was packed very well no damage to any parts, I laid out all the parts and followed the instructions and 25 minutes later the platform rack was on my Rav4 ready for use. I have since used the rack a number of times and it's super simple to use, the bikes are very secure, the rack looks great. I am extremely pleased with Thule's Helium 2 bike platform and with etrailer's customer service. 792945

- TH44VR

Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


- TH44VR

Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


- TH44VR

Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks

Thank you etrailer for being so easy to work with! And yes the product is outstanding (Thule, do I wouldn't expect anything less). 868504

- TH44VR

Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks

Second time around with this company. Excellent customer support! Very knowledgeable and responsive. 799263


Ask the Experts about this Thule Hitch Bike Racks

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    There one outstanding and very user-friendly bike rack that we know will give you access to your 2020 Toyota RAV4 with the bikes on the rack, the Thule Helium bike rack. This rack is available in either 1-bike or 2-bike options: - 1 Bike: Thule Helium 1-Bike Platform Rack # TH64VR - 2 Bikes: Thule Helium 2-Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR I have added a photo for you which shows this rack tilting down with the bikes on so you can see that your hatch can open with the rack on, and also...
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  • Recommended Bike Rack For 1 Carbon Fiber Frame Bike Used in Various Weather Condtions
    The Thule Helium 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum part # TH64VR is the best option for your carbon fiber bike that may be exposed to various weather conditions. The Thule Helium is a wheel mount bike rack so it holds the bikes by the wheels rather than the delicate bike frames. The bike rack is also aluminum so it can withstand the elements for longer periods of time without rust. However, I do recommend to periodically take the rack out of the hitch (maybe...
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  • Is Thule Helium Single Bike Rack Good Choice for 2020 Hyundai Kona
    The Thule Helium Single bike rack part # TH64VR that you referenced is a great bike rack and would work well with your 2020 Hyundai Kona as long as you have a hitch installed on it like the Curt Class I part # C11529. This rack would easily clear the rear bumper and also would have great ground clearance due to the rise in the shank and the fact it's not overly long since it's a single bike rack.
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  • Can a Bike Rack Rated for 2 35 Pound Bikes Carry 1 50 Pound Bike
    The Thule Helium rack you looked at, part # TH64VR, is a single bike rack that can carry a bike weighing up to 37-1/2 pounds. Additionally, bike racks are rated per bike because that is the limit all of the parts can handle. So if it's rated for 35 pounds it can only carry bikes that heavy because the cradles themselves are not rated any higher than that. The single bike rack I recommend is the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo # RKY10007. It carries bikes up to 60 pounds. I also like this rack...
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  • Best Single Bike Rack for 2011 Honda Element
    Sounds like you did your research! I'm a big fan of the easy wheel mount design of both the Inno Tire Hold # INH110 and the Thule Helium # TH64VR. The main differences between the two are carrier weight and bike capacity. I actually just made a video of the Inno Tire Hold where I compared the Inno Tire Hold, the Thule Helium, and the Saris MTR # SA4032 different wheel mount designs. That video is attached at the bottom of the page. The Draw-Tite Class III # 75659 will work great for...
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  • Maximum Allowable Speed With Bike Rack Installed on Vehicle
    Thule doesn't list a maximum speed that could be driven with their bike racks, so they have no opinion to offer as far as that goes. As long as you're at a reasonable highway speed, you shouldn't have any difficulty. Keep in mind that having a bike instatlled on the rack will have an effect on the aerodynamics of the vehicle. These effects will multiply as the speed increases. As long as your bike doesn't have a carbon fiber frame (which don't like hanging style bike racks) the...
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  • Is Curt Trailer Hitch for 2012 Toyota Highlander Compatible with Thule Helium Bike Rack
    The Curt Trailer Hitch # 13534 will allow you to carry a Thule Helium bike rack with your 2012 Toyota Highlander whether you are looking at the Helium Pro Hanging Rack, part # TH9042PRO or # TH9043PRO, or the Helium Platform Rack, part # TH64VR or # TH44VR. One thing to note though is that Curt currently has the stipulation for this trailer hitch that you need to use the stabilizer strap # 18050 for any non-trailer loads like a bike rack or cargo carrier. If you'd like to avoid this...
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  • Best Hitch For 2019 Hyundai Tucson
    Of all the hitches we carry for your 2019 Hyundai Tucson I recommend the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" Item # C13240 because the safety chain loops do not sit under the hitch receiver like the draw-tite does. This will give you the most ground clearance of them all and it is the most cost effective option. Rob has installed this same exact hitch receiver on your vehicle, check it out! He does a great job explaining the hitch, it's features and of course how...
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