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Thule T1 1-Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Thule T1 1-Bike Platform Rack


Speaker 1: Today you're gonna be getting a good look at the Thule T1 Classic platform-style one bike rack. This is for two inch, and inch-and-a quarter inch hitches. Part number TH9041. With the Thule T1 you can have all the quality you'd expect from a Thule bike rack, in a one bike version. It's perfect for meeting up with your friends at the trail head, or getting your bike to the starting line on race day.When it comes to single bike racks, most options are gonna require a roof rack. Many roof bike racks require you to remove your front tire.

With this one, it's not required. The lower height also makes your bike much easier to load. It's a heavy duty bike rack, it's perfect for your mountain bikes and road bikes. It's also fat bike ready right out of the box. In fact, its versatile design is gonna fit most bikes, regardless of their size, weight, frame style, suspension or brake style.With its 65lb weight capacity, it'll even work with most e-bikes.

It secures your bikes with zero frame contact. This is especially nice for carbon fiber bikes. It has a wheel hook, putting down pressure on your front tire, into the front wheel cradle. Here at the rear, the rear wheel strap keeps your rear wheel in place.The integrated cable lock makes securing your bike easy. And the hitch lock keeps your rack secure, its key alike to your cable lock.

For more security, here on the adjustable arm you have the option to add an additional locking core. You can find one here at etrailer.com to match your other two.The wheel hook is padded to help grip our wheel, and to ensure no harm comes to our bike. It's adjustable to fit wheel diameters up to 29 inches. The front wheel cradle's gonna fit fat tires up to 5 inches wide. It's also gonna work great with mountain bike tires, and road bike tires.

The rear wheel cradle is adjustable along the platform, to fit wheel bases up to 48 inches. And the strap easily converts to fit your fat bikes. As you can see, it's much longer. The platform can be loosened up, allowing you to center your bike on the bike rack. Here you can see, it goes back and forth, and side to side. And the tool is included.When not in use, the arm folds flat and the whole thing folds up against our vehicle. We'll use that same handle, raise it up, and lock it in place. This is ideal for pulling into your garage, or a tight parking spot. It's made out of sturdy steel construction, with a black powder coat finish. So it's gonna resist corrosion.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We're working with a two inch receiver here today. We've got our two inch sleeve installed. Let's go ahead and load up.So we'll just feed the shank into the receiver tube, and line up our pinholes. Once we get it lined up, we can take our included anti-rattle bolt, and thread that through on either side. Once we get it hand-tightened, we can take a 3/4 inch wrench or socket, and tighten it down the rest of the way. Get it nice and snug. On the other side, we'll take our included lock, push it in place, and then lock it. The nice thing about that anti-rattle bolt is, it's gonna help reduce all that play and rattle within our receiver tube and our bike rack, to make a nice solid ride for our bike. Which you can see, I'm giving a good shake there, and I'm shaking the whole vehicle.In order to load up our bike, we'll need to lower it down to the platform position. We can do that by raising up on the gray lever here, folding it down until it snaps into place. Then we can raise out our wheel hook, need to make sure it's up all the way, and then we can also undo our rear wheel strap. To load up your bike, you could set the front wheel into the front wheel cradle first, and then bring the back wheel around, try to get ahold of that strap, and then you can gently set it in place.With your bike in position, you can raise up your wheel hook, and it's gonna stop right in front of your brakes, or your fork, whatever comes first. You can lower it down until it makes contact, and give it one last good push. And then you know it's secure. For your rear wheel cradle, you can adjust it until it's center. And then just feed the ratchet down through, and then pull it tight. Now you can run your cable lock, so you wanna pull it all the way out, then go through my frame, and since we're long enough, to go through my wheel and then back into itself. With it in place, you can take your keys and then lock it up.Now with the bike loaded up, we'll go out on our test course and see how it performs.Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is gonna show side-to-side action, such as going around corners, or evasive maneuvering. The onto our solid speed bumps, this is gonna show an up and down action. Such as pulling in and out of a driveway, or out of a parking lot. And then finally onto our alternating speed bumps. This is gonna show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. And now you've had a good look at the Thule T1 Classic platform-style one bike rack. Part number TH9041.


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