Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule Doubletrack Hitch Bike Rack


Today were going to review the the Thule Doubletrack platform style bike carrier part number TH990XT. The Doubletrack is designed to work with both 1 -inch and 2-inch trailer hitches. Theres an adapter sleeve that youll need to use for 2-inch trailer hitches but it can be easily removed using one Allen bolt to adapt to 1 -inch hitches. Its high strength steel construction will support weight capacity of 70lbs and will carry a total of two bikes and will accommodate bicycles that goes with wheels and tires up to 3 inches wide and bikes with wheel bases up to 46 inches. Its built in the USA and Thule covers with a limited lifetime warranty. Included with the rack is Thules snug tight lock system.

Its an anti-rattle bolt that will thread into the shank of the carrier to take out any rattle between the carrier and the hitch. That bolt can be secured with Thule snug tight lock on the other side. Included with the bike rack are two of the one Thule key lock system cores. Well use one for our anti-rattle bolt and the other one youll use on the top ratcheting hook of our bike carrier. These two locks allow us to secure the bike rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the carrier.

The bike carrier can be folded flat against the vehicle. That way, you can maintain a shorter profile so you can still fit your vehicle in the garage even with the bike carrier mounted to it. You can then fold the bike carrier down flat and fold up the upright mast in order to load and carry your bikes. For each bike, you have a padded ratcheting frame hook that will hold the bike by its cross tube on the top of the frame. Each wheel cradle has a wheel strap so that both the front and the rear wheel of the bicycle are secure.Now well go ahead and show you how to mount it into the vehicle and mount a bicycle.

Well insert the shank into the receiver tube of our hitch and line up our hitch pinholes. Well then thread our snug tight lock bolt and tighten it down using a wrench then well secure the bolt with the lock on the other side. Now we can fold our bike rack down in order to our bike. Well use the hitch switch at the base of the carrier to lay it down flat. Then well use the slide release here at the base of the upright mast in order to tilt it up.

Well extend ratcheting frame hooks out and open our wheel straps. Well fit our bike in and secure it first by the frame using that ratcheting hook and then well come back and secure the front and rear wheels with the wheel straps. Thats it; our bike is all loaded up. Now were going to take it for a quick test drive to see how it does. Thats it for our review of the Thule Doubletrack platform style bike carrier part number TH990XT. .


Questions and Comments about this Video

Steve

I see that this bike rack is rated for a 70lbs. capacity and I am assuming that would be for 2 bikes @ 35lbs. each. With that being said, my question is, would this bike rack be sufficiently rated, (base on its 70lbs. rating), to carry just one bike @ 60lbs, and would one bike tray cradle be strong enough hold that 60 LB. load? Or is the 70 lbs. weight limited based strictly on the two bikes @ 35lbs. per tray holders? My goal is to carry one 57 lb. e-bike, that's on just one rack. Any help would be appreciated.

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Reply from Jon G.

You are correct that the 70 lb weight rating is based off of 2 bikes. Each bike tray and cradle set is compatible with up to a 35 lb bike. If you were to load a 57 lb bike on one of the trays I would be afraid that the bike rack wouldn't be able to hold it very well. I recommend checking out one of the following instead: Thule T1 - # TH9041 Thule T2 Classic - # TH9044 Yakima HoldUp - # Y02443 Yakima OnRamp - # Y96FR

Reply from Steve

@JonG Thanks Jon for your response. That is what I thought. I think I have narrowed it down to the Swagman E- Spec Black #66689 design especially for e-bikes. Just looking at all options and less expensive ones, as well. Are you aware of any single e-bike rack that may be available?

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Reply from Jon G.

@Steve The E-Spec # 66689 is a good bike rack in that cost-effective range and it will do well for your bike. The only single-bike bike rack that I know of that can handle the weight of your bike is the Thule T1 # TH9041 . It's about the same as the E-Spec in regards to price, but the quality is better and it's easier to use (just easier-to use features really). The T1 secures bikes by the front wheel so it means no bike frame contact, but it won't work if your E-Bike has a front fender.

Reply from Steve

@JonG Thanks, and yes I have looked at the Thule, but I have front and rear fenders on my e-bike....so it would work for me..... now you can see my rack choosing dilemma with regards to weight and select type. I think Swagman E-Spec is my best bet or the Swagman Current (if I can ever find one). I see that E-Trailer does not carry the Swagman Current....is that because it might be a discontinued item? and if not, am I able to order one thought you guys? Are you able to tell me if the Swagman Current is a current item or if it is discontinued? Thanks Steve

Reply from Steve

@JonG Never mind Jon....I just found the Current on your web site. Thanks again for your help.

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Reply from Jon G.

@Steve Glad you were able to find it!

Thomas H.

The bike rack in this video looked very easy to use .The only thing I saw is that it looked like the hitch pin was to small

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Reply from Patrick B.

The hitch pin is a bit smaller because it is a threaded bolt. It works very well to secure the rack and pull out any play between the bike rack and the hitch which helps things keep quieter.