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Comparison Between Thule Helium And Swagman Semi Bike Carriers For 2015 Audi Q5


What are your thoughts pros/cons on different styles of bike racks such Thule Helium Aero 2 bike rack vs. Swagman Semi 2.0 for Audi Q5? I think the Swagman sturdier tray unit but I like the fact bikes seem to sit higher on the post style such as the Aero. Analysis paralysis setting in. Thanks.


Expert Reply:

The two bike racks are different as you mentioned, but are bot nice carriers.

The Thule Helium Aero, part # TH9042PRO is a hanging bike rack that has anti-sway cradles that cushion your bikes and holds your bikes securely at 3 points. This carrier will work with 1-1/4 and 2 inch receiver openings and has a weight capacity of 35 lbs per bike. This rack also tilts when empty to give you access to the rear cargo area or trunk of your vehicle.

If you are planning on carrying bikes with alternative frames like kids bikes or women's bikes I recommend using an adapter bar like part # 64005. This attaches between the seat post and the handlebar stem and allows the bike to be carried more level in the carrier while providing additional ground clearance. I have attached a product review video for this adapter bar.

The Swagman Semi 2.0 Bike Rack, part # S64686 is also a nice carrier with some great features. This carrier holds the bikes in place by the wheels which avoids frame contact with the bikes. The carrier also folds up when not in use for easy storage, and includes a hitch lock and cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack and the rack to the vehicle. This carrier has a weight capacity of 45 lbs per bike. Another nice feature is that this bike rack will tilt for cargo area access or for easier bike loading.

I have attached links to some product review videos for these racks you can check out.

You will want to check your owner's manual or with your dealership to make sure you do not exceed the tongue weight capacity for your Q5.

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Jeffrey L

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