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Comparing the Thule Helium Aero and Swagman Titan Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks


Is the rack discussed in this response better than the Thule Helium 2-bike ?


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If you are referring to another question and answer where I recommended the Swagman Titan, # S63400, I would not say it is better than the new Thule Helium Aero, # TH9042PRO. They do have many of the same features: anti-sway cradles, cable lock, tilt feature, anti-rattle.

The Helium is lighter at only 19 pounds making it easier to handle and putting less stress on the hitch. It has better cradles that absorb road shock and the anti-rattle device is integrated into the shank rather than using a thread bolt.

The Titan is still a good rack packed with features at a good price but if you are looking for the top of the line then the Helium Aero is the rack for you.

If you will be carrying any bikes that do not have a top frame tube that goes straight across (like a typical mens bike) then I recommend using adapter bar # TH982XT. This will allow you to carry those bikes more level and will provide better ground clearance. I have linked a video showing how the adapter works.

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