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

Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - 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 with ratcheting wheel loops. Long trays give you more space to move the bikes back and forth to avoid handlebar contact. Call 800-298-1624 to order Thule hitch bike racks part number TH44VR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Thule products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Thule Helium 2 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
  • 2 Bikes
  • Thule
  • 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 bikes in mind, this premium rack holds your bikes by the wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. Long trays give you more space to move the bikes back and forth to avoid handlebar contact.


Features:

  • Premium, hitch-mounted platform rack lets you carry 2 bicycles on the back of your vehicle
    • Ideal for bikes with carbon frames and bikes with custom paint jobs
  • Wheel loops on pivoting upright arms ratchet over your bike's wheels - no frame contact
  • Cradle-less wheel trays allow bikes to be moved side to side to prevent handlebar contact
    • Unlike other racks, the trays don't have to be moved to optimize spacing
  • Front-mounted HitchSwitch lever lets you easily tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilt the rack down with or without bikes 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 bikes
    • Locking hand knob secures the rack to your vehicle
    • Built-in cable lock secures your bikes 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


Specs:

  • 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: 37.5 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheel width: 3"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 50"
  • Wheel diameter: 26" to 29"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest point on carrier (folded up): 5"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to furthest point on carrier (folded up): 12"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to furthest point on carrier (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

Thule Helium loaded on vehicle

The Helium is a great rack for cyclists with carbon frame bikes or bikes with a custom paint job. It grips your bikes by the wheels so it won't scratch the frame, it's easy to load, and you can tilt it with your bikes 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 bikes firmly by the wheels, rather than the frames. These upright arms allow you to rapidly load and unload your bikes. Simply set your bikes onto the trays, 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.


Since each arm moves independently, you can move the bikes forward and backward on the trays so the handlebars don't bump into each other. Racks with wheel cradles or hoops don't allow you to do this, or they require tools to move the trays to create this same spacing.


Thule Helium pivoting upright arms

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


Grooved Wheel Trays

Thule Helium wheel tray

The Helium doesn't have wheel cradles like most 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" 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.


Folding and Tilting Design

Thule Helium folded away from vehicle

The rack tilts down - with or without bikes 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 bikes 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.


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 bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle. The integrated cable lock threads around your bikes' frames and inserts into the lock that slides along the cable. The cable stores inside the inner 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.



904010 Thule Helium Platform 2 Bike Rack for 1.25 Inch and 2 Inch Hitches - Aluminum - Tilting

Item # TH44VR

Installation Details TH44VR Installation instructions




Customer Reviews

Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Wheel Mount - TH44VR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (11 Customer Reviews)

Designed with your carbon frame or custom-painted bikes in mind, this premium rack holds your bikes by the wheels with ratcheting wheel loops. Long trays give you more space to move the bikes back and forth to avoid handlebar contact.

- TH44VR
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Service from Etrailer was excellent. The bike rack is great, although the instructions (just drawings, no verbal directions) were difficult to follow, and I had to call the manufacturer for help. Nevertheless, I'm happy with the rack, and delighted with the service from Etrailer.



- TH44VR
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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.



- TH44VR
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The rack arrived earlier than expected and the product is great, was easy to assemble and works great.



- TH44VR
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Great price, Quick and easy ordering and delivery



- TH44VR
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Thank you etrailer for being so easy to work with! And yes the product is outstanding (Thule, do I wouldn't expect anything less).



- TH44VR
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Second time around with this company. Excellent customer support! Very knowledgeable and responsive.



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- TH64VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


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.



- TH64VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


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.



- TH64VR
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Review from a similar Helium in Hitch Bike Racks


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.


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