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Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule EasyFold 2 Bike Rack

Today we'll be taking a look at the Thule EasyFold Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part number TH9032. The Thule EasyFold's going to allow you to carry up to two electric bikes, or any other types of bike styles. Its 132-pound weight capacity is going to give you the extra strength you need to carry those heavy electric bikes. It comes with a lightweight aluminum ramp to make it easier to unload and load up those heavier bikes. Another great feature is that it tilts away, even with bikes loaded up, so we can gain access to our rear hatch. Simply push on that lever down there. As you can see, we're able to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. The bikes are held in place by these cushioned clamps, so we can protect its finish.

We can also lock them up so nobody can gain access to them. As you can see, with it locked up, it spins freely. The same lock is located right here on our shank, making certain that no one can remove our bike rack. The whole platform is made out of a weather-resistant ABS plastic. The remaining is made out of aluminum construction, so it won't rust or corrode. As you can see, we've got a road bike loaded up here.

Just wanted to point out real quick that our cradles will accommodate a wide variety of bike tire sizes. With our kids' bike all loaded up, I just wanted to point out two more features. If you're only using one bike, you can simply remove the second clamp and just use just the one. Another great feature is because of the way the clamps are designed, it eliminates the need for a bike adapter bar. Now that we've gone over some of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to install it. As you can see, we've got it folded up for compact storage.

It's got a nice easy handle here, so we can lift it up. Let's go ahead and begin by folding down our shank. Now we'll open up our anti-rattle pin here. Real quick, as you can see, this can be used for either 1 1/4" or 2" hitches. We've got our adapter on there for our 2" receiver here today.

Let's go ahead and put it in there. We'll line up the pin holes. Then once we've got that lined up, let's go ahead and push the pin back in place. Just like that. Then we'll come down to our anti-rattle knob. We'll just need to make sure that it's unlocked, that way we can tighten that down. Now the next thing that we need to do is we'll need to fold down our two platforms here. We want to reach our hand in between here, push down our gray lever, and fold it down until it snaps in place. Then right here we've got a good view of the gray lever on the inside, so once again we'll just push that down and then fold out our platform. Now we're almost ready to load up our bikes. The next thing we'll need to do is we'll need to make sure our clamps are opened up. The way you do that is just loosen up your lever here. You want to make sure that its opened up wide enough to receive the bike here. Then we can come down to our wheel straps here. Then finally, the last thing to do is make sure our clamps are up out of the way, then we'll grab our telescoping ramp, extend it out, clip it on the end here. This is going to come in particularly handy for our heavier electric bikes, but it's going to work out just fine for our mountain bike here today. Okay, now with our bike up on our platform, we can go ahead, and bring our clamp around, and pick the best location for it on our bike. As you can see, I've chosen about right here. We can go ahead and tighten that down. Now with our frame secured, let's go ahead and secure our wheels with the provided straps. Now when loading up a second bike, I just want to show you how that's going to work. Both of our arms are detachable. I just want to show you how to do that real quick. We'll come down here, we'll pull up on the collar. That's going to free up the clamp, so we can take it off and position it best for our bike. Now that we've got our arm detached, let's go ahead and run it through the frame of our first bike here. We won't want to attach it to our bike just yet, we just want to make sure that we're still going to be able to attach the clamp back here at the front of our bike rack. Bring that back around, close it up, raise up the collar, and bring it back down in place. Now, we'll just finish up with this bike just like we did the other one. Then we've got it. Then, of course, let's not forget our straps, front and rear, and then we can hit the road. Now with both bikes all loaded up, let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performed. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway. That's going to complete our look at Thule EasyFold Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part number TH9032. .

Questions and Comments about this Video

Aaron Z.

Will this rack work for a 2017 Honda Accord EX-L? Does it come with a hitch mount, or do I need to purchase that separately? (meaning - my car currently has no hitch at all).

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Reply from David B.

First I suggest you check your owners manual to make sure your specific vehicle can support a hitch and the added weight. You will need to get a hitch receiver # 24899 before you can use any ball mounts or accessories. The # TH903202 will fit the receiver I linked for you, it weighs 50 pounds and you have a 200 pound tongue weight limit so you are down to 150 pounds so as long as you don't have suuuuuuuper heavy bikes you will be in the safe zone. And Aaron, let me know if you need anything else answered or need more clarification on anything ok.

Michael L.

Will it work on a Radrover Stepthru with Fat Tires?

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Reply from Chris R.

The Thule EasyFold # TH903202 is a great choice for your RadRover Stepthru. Its versatile clamp design won't have any trouble attaching to the step-thru frame and it has more than enough capacity. You'll just need to add the Fat Bike Straps # TH985101 for those wider tires.

Noe H.

Could I put this on a 1-series BMW?

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Reply from Mike L.

The Thule EasyFold XT2, part # TH903202 is compatible with a Class I hitch, which is what a BMW 1-series would use.