Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Thule T2 Pro XTB Two Bike Platform Rack in Black, part number TH9034XT. This will also come in silver as part number TH9034XTS. The Thule T2 Pro XTB Bike Rack can carry a wide variety of bike thanks to how they attach to the rack, and they carry up to two bikes ranging from fat bikes to road bikes to mountain bikes to kids bikes, to alternate frame bikes as well. One of the nicest features about this bike rack is its ability to tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached. What makes it unique is it has this hitch switch lever at the front, which enables it to tilt down. A lot of other bike racks will have its lever up towards the front underneath the front bike, so it might make it a little more difficult to do this. Instead, you just hold onto the bike rack, engage the hitch switch and let it come forward.

Then we have access to our rear hatch. When you're ready to put it back into its original position, just simply lift up until you hear that click, and it's locked back into place. Now, how the bikes actually attach to the bike rack, we're going to have two points of contact. We're going to have this wheel hook up at the front. Then we're going to have this adjustable wheel strap at the rear. Now, this can move along the arm here to accommodate different size bikes.

These rear wheel straps are actually ratcheting straps. Meaning, they have this ratcheting action to tighten them down. The wheel cradles are able to hold tire sizes up to 5 inches wide, which enables us to put our fat bike tire on this bike rack. Also for added security, we have an integrated cable lock on both ends of our wheel hooks to wrap around our bikes to secure them to the bike rack. Now, these will be keyed alike, and they'll also be keyed alike with anti-rattle knob, which secures your bike rack to the hitch. Also, if you're having issue of spacing between the bikes, you loosen up the screws underneath here, you can actually slide these back 3 inches to the left or right to accommodate that. Now with our bikes off, let's go ahead and show you a couple more features.

Right now we have it in what we call the loading position. However, for those close quarter situations such as parking or putting it in your garage, to gain more clearance in the rear you can fold this up against the vehicle. You again come to the hitch switch lever, pull it towards you, and push up until you hear the click again. Now we have more clearance. Finally, our last feature is the fact that this is a tool-free install to put it into your vehicle.

Instead of having an anti-rattle bolt or a pin and clip, it has the auto pin on the side and the locking anti-rattle bolt to secure it to your vehicle. Now that we've gone over some of the features of the bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We have it set in front of our vehicle here. We'll first come down to our shank here and open up our auto pin like so. Then we'll lift up our bike rack and set it into the hitch. We'll line up the pin holes and push our auto pin into place. Then we'll come to our end here to our anti-rattle knob and start turning it to the right. This is going to take out the shake and play in the shank as you turn it to the right. Now, it's a good idea while you're tightening this to kind of jiggle it back and forth, so you know that it's getting nice and tight up against the hitch while you're doing this. All right, we're good to go. Now we'll lock it into place. Once you lock it, that'll just free spin and not loosen up or tighten up. With our bike rack secured in our hitch, now we'll fold it out to the loading position. We'll come to the hitch switch lever, pull up like so, and let it come down. You're going to hear that click, and now it's locked in this position. Now we'll get it ready to receive our bikes. We'll start by undoing our rear wheel straps. We'll push in on this gray tab at the bottom like so. That'll release our strap. Then we'll fold out our wheel hook. We'll start by lifting it up, and to extend it out the entire way you just push this gray trigger on the inside like so. Push up and then fold it out the rest of the way. Repeat this for our front cradle. Now, since we're putting our fat bike closest to the vehicle, we actually have to remove this strap to make it longer. We'll take off the cover here and just push the strap down where it comes out at the bottom. Then you pull it out all the way, like so. Then we'll come to the back and reinsert it. Now our strap is long enough for the fat bike tire. We'll go ahead and put our pad back on as well. Now let's go ahead and get our bikes. We'll lift it into place, setting it into our one cradle, then our rear. We'll bring up our wheel hook. Push it down so we can attach our rear wheel strap. Push it down, and then we'll ratchet it into place, making sure that we try to keep it in between our spokes. There we go. All right, now that's secure. We'll move on to our outer bike now. We'll just lift this into place, set it down in the cradles. We'll make our adjustment here sliding it forward. Bring our wheel hook down, and then we'll finally put in our rear wheel strap. All right, that's nice and secure as well. At this point, normally we would lift out the integrated cable lock and we put it through the bike around this area here, but there's not enough space to get through so we'll just wrap it around our frame and do it that way. Pull it out all the way. Make sure you secure it around it. Attach it to our lock. Then we'll lock it into place, and we'll repeat this for our front bike as well. Now with everything loaded up and secured to our bike rack, we'll go ahead and take it on our test course. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. That'll do it for our Thule T2 Pro XTB Two Bike Platform Rack in Black, part number TH9034XT.

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