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Hitch Bike Rack for 2017 Cadillac CTS-V

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Which of the these two racks will be the highest off the ground? and the shortest? I want to make sure that it doesn't drag when I go up and down driveways and grades. Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR or the Rola Convoy 2 # 59307-2?

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It looks like the best fit for your 2017 Cadillac CTS-V is the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11900. It is a 1 1/4" Class I hitch, and it's a perfectly good hitch for carrying bikes.

Most of the best bike racks have integrated adapters or 1 1/4" versions anyways. One thing worth noting however, is that Class I hitches are not rated for more than 2 bikes. You did mention you're only carrying 2 bikes, so you're fine.

When you're ready to put a bike rack on your hitch, I have a couple of recommendations. The first is the Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR. It's super lightweight (yet still sturdy!) and easy to install. It has its own adapter for 1 1/4" and 2" hitches. This is a more premium option, but I had the best experience with how effortless mounting, securing, and dismounting the bike is with this. It has wheel mounts which protect your carbon frame bikes as well as accommodate a variety of bikes.

Another option is the Rola Convoy 2 Bike Platform Rack # 59307-2. I like how this has a heavier weight capacity and it's great with mountain bikes and fat bikes. It can also be converted into a one-bike rack if you're not planning on using the extra length.

There are plenty of great bike rack options for your Class I Cadillac hitch. I attached some videos of the mentioned bike racks in action, but if you need another in-depth recommendation once your hitch is in, go ahead and send me a question! Enjoy the ride!

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Hello, I have a 2017 Cadillac CTSV and I am looking for a hitch that I can put a bike rack on for 2 bikes. not using the hitch to tow anything ever The best bike racks look like they use a 2inch hitch, but some have 1.25inch hitches. Do you have a hitch solution for me by any chance?

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Between Thule Helium 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH44VR and Rola Convoy 2 Bike Platform Rack # 59307-2, the Thule Helium 2 Platform Rack is a little higher and shorter. It will depend on how low your sedan is to the ground so I attached a video measuring it on an Audi A6 which is another lower sitting car. This rack has a knob on the end as the last line of defense in case you forget it's there when you go up a steep hill or driveway.

If ground clearance is an absolute priority, another option is a hanging bike rack. There's the Thule Helium Pro 2 # TH9042PRO which is the hanging style version of the recommended platform rack. I attached another video of it in action on a Cadillac SRX. A hanging rack like this would require a little more effort for mounting and dismounting bikes, but then you would not have to worry as much about ground clearance.

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