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Thule T2 Pro XTR 4 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Thule T2 Pro XTR 4 Bike Rack


What's up everybody it's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we're gonna be checking out the Thule T2 Pro XTR. It's gonna be a four bike platform, style bike rack. And it's gonna hold the bikes by the wheels right here with the hooks. So that's gonna open it up to carry a bunch of different kinds of bikes. Let's check it out.

Let's take a look at the wheel mount first, and this is how it's gonna hold the bikes in place. So this hook comes down, it's padded and it puts pressure on this wheel. And that's what's holding it into place. Well, that's what opens up this bike rack to hold the different styles of bike racks, 'cause normally on a platform style, you'll have a center of mass or a push pressure down here on the frame. And you can't do that with all the bikes.

That's not gonna work with alternative frame bikes, and it's not gonna work with carbon fiber bikes. You might scratch him or mess up the frame. This one, holding by the tire really opens up those other kinds. So carbon fiber is not a problem. And alternative frame is not a problem.

Looking at the backside of our bike, you can see this is how it holds the tire here in this cradle. You just have the straps that come down and get they're really tight and see it's not moving back and forth and trying to shake, that tire side moving. It's got grooves in there to accommodate that too. And this can also slide back and forth along the bike rack. That way it adjusts for different size wheel bases.

Now, the nice thing about the cradle is that it is ready to go with fat tire bikes right out of the box. So I really like that. Sometimes you have to get a different strap here and switch it out if you we're to use a fat tire bike, but you don't have to do it with this one. The only thing you're really limited by is the weight capacity of the bike rack when it's in the four bike configuration. So right now, if you only hold 40 pounds per bike, and that's what we don't have our fat tire bike on there, it exceeds that. One of the things people really like about platform-style racks is that even with them fully loaded up, they can still tilt away from the vehicle because they can handle that weight. So let's go ahead and see how this one works. We've got the handle here. You're gonna pull in on this gray handle and that's gonna release. You will hear a click and you'll lower to the ground. Now one thing I will warn you on this lower vehicle, like our rapport today, this is gonna go all the way to the ground. So just be careful and make sure you don't put your hands on the underside. 'Cause you don't want to put your hand in between the bike rack and the ground. So I'm gonna start it like that. And use my other hand here on the post. And now you can access back there. Let's say you've forgotten to throw something in there or take something out before your trip. You don't have to unload everything to get there. Now put it back into place. It'll snap back into place. And actually, this is the easier platform-style four-bike bike rack to lower down because the handles out here, I can't stress that enough. That's very nice and it's out here. This one gets compared to this bike rack. Its compared to the Kuat NV 2.0, a whole bunch. That's 'cause they got the same way capacity. They hold the bikes the exact same. The only major difference is that the handle that you would use to lower the bike rack is all the way up front. So I'm gonna show you up here on the NV 2.0, it'd be up here. So you almost need a second person to come up here, hit that so that you can lower it over here. And on this one, you don't need that second person. You're just pulling this handle, use this to help stabilize it and slowly lower it or raise it back up. Now we're gonna take it for a drive in the parking lot. I'm gonna go over some speed bumps, which we'll see how it handles. Now every bike rack is gonna move around a little bit and this one's got four on there, and its extended out from the back of the vehicle. So there's gonna be some movement, but that's okay. That's a normal thing. I see a shift around just a little bit and getting some more aggressive bumps rapidly here. The bike rack seems to be moving, a decent amount, but the bikes aren't going anywhere. So that's a good thing. That means the clamps are holding down while the bike rack shifts around. All right, now we're gonna speed up just a little bit in the parking lot. I can't get a feel for it. See we can feel any difference in our driving or hearing anything. So far, so good. I think that anti-rattle device keeps it nice and tight in the hitch. That's why I'm not hearing anything. Now we're gonna get to the parking lot and we're gonna speed up a little bit and do some sharp turns. See how it handles that. It's shifted around a little bit, but again, those bikes aren't moving. We're gonna unload the bikes, so we can take a better look at the bike rack. First, we're gotta undo our integrated cable locks. It's nice that these are on there. That's just one extra thing you don't have to think about all the time of adding a new cable lock and putting it somewhere when you're done, and all stores in the South. Now there's gonna be four of these on each of one of the hooks. It just goes back into place like that. Snaps back in. Now it's gonna stay put. So if there's one of these on each of the wheel hooks, so each one of the four bikes has its own cable lock and you can lock up. That way, all your bikes are safe when you're not around. Over to the locks, we noticed that, that is not key to like, and now that's because you have the two-bike bike rack with the two-bike add-on. So these are two separate parts that they put together, and that's why they're not key to like. So you can still fix that though. And look at the Thule lock cylinders. You can either look at the key itself. There's a key code on there. You'll see you, you look that up and order individual new lock cylinders to replace what you got on your bike rack, or you just get a kit of six lock cylinders and replace all of them on your bike rack. That where they're all worked with the same key. Now let's go and move the bike. It's pretty simple from here. Let's come back here or we can do the back wheel cradle first. Push on this tab. The strap's gonna come out. Now, that's good to come out of there. And then put one hand on the frame and use the other hand to hit the button here, to bring the hookup and fold it down nice and out of the way, and just take the bike off the rack. And we're gonna repeat that for the other three. Now we're gonna take a look at the back wheel cradle. Just want to show you how easily that slides back and forth. It's not a big deal. I like how easy that is. Just makes it easier when you're gonna throw that next bike up there and you can adjust it really quickly and get it tied down. Now, if you come over here and look at the other wheel cradle, you can see how it's got the different groups. We've got the small group here in the middle. That's when we use should road bike tires, it gets bigger for mountain bike tires here, and then the whole thing, you can fit big fat tire bikes tires too. So it's kinda good that a lot of the gate, it can accommodate all those different tires you're gonna get any add-ons or anything. And when it's not in use, you can just pull the hook down here. I would recommend just go ahead and rationing it down to the wheel cradle just to help it stay in place. Now it's not gonna move around on you. Let's talk some measurements. So first up we're gonna do ground clearance. Now each vehicle's gonna be a little bit different 'cause your hitch sits in a different spot or your vehicles, just lower the ground. So what we did was up here at the hitch, we measured from the ground to the bottom right there, and then up here towards the back of the bike rack and measure from the ground to the bottom here on the back. And that's gonna be a 10 half inch rise that it has built into the bike rack. So that's gonna help you out with that ground clearance, no matter how low your hitch is, you will get that rise out of it. Another thing to think about is how far it sticks out. Now this is a four-bike platform style bike rack. So it's gonna stick out quite a bit. It actually sticks out from the center of the hitch pin to here, 63 inches. And then the closest point, if we came up here to the bumper, it's gonna be from the hitch pin hole again. The closest point of the bike rack will be seven inches. So you have seven inches of space and you don't have to worry about this thing moving too much. It does not move any closer or anything. So you don't have to worry about that. Now you can also tilt it up to take some of that out. So coming to the same handle back here, you need to tilt it away. So just pull up on it, we're gonna fold it up towards the vehicle the handle and snap into place, just like that. And now it's only gonna be 20 inches from the center of the hitch pin to the furthest out point. So that saved you a whole bunch there, but still remember it's back there. And now it's gonna be the closest point from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest point. This time it's gonna be be five inches now. So that changes things drastically and really saves you some space. When we pull up, we're gonna be get a better look at the underside of the bike rack. And right here, you're gonna be have these bolts, you can loosen and you can slide the whole tray three inches either way. And that's just gonna help you out with bike-to-bike contact. That way, if you have two bikes that are similar in size and they're right on top of each other, and you can shift one one way and then that way the handlebars aren't hitting each other or making contact with the seat or anything. Another feature you might not think about right away, that's nice, is it has wheels on the bottom. So that's gonna be nice when you go to move this around, let's say you're taking it out of your hitch, or even put it in your hitch, wherever you're putting your garage. You don't have to lift up this thing and carry it around in your garage. This is gonna be 96 pounds of weight. So that's just a little cumbersome to lift that up and move it around. This way with the wheels, you just tilt it and roll it up to the vehicle to go put into place. Sometimes some people say they can go like that, but really you can just get it right here to the hitch or when you're unloading it, getting it set up. So all you really have to do is lift it from here and get it in the hitch. So I'm just gonna go ahead and do that now. And grab this bar, lift it up, and slide it in. And the other thing I like is this thing here on the side. So you can just push this in. So when I slide this forward, this is gonna go right in to place in the hitch pin hole. That just makes it easier to align that up. I don't have to constantly look at it. I can just push the bike rack forward and it latches in there by itself. And with that in place, you can come back to the anti-rattle knob, and keep turning until it tightens up. You can actually feel. I can shake the bike rack back and forth, but you can't do that. The more I tighten this down, it's gonna take that shake and play out completely. All tightened up. You can actually lock it. Then it's gonna just free spin. That's just another way of protecting your bike drag. Nobody can mess around when you're not around. Another feature this bike rack has, is since it is a two-bike bike rack and an add-on, you can remove the add-on if you just wanted to carry two bikes, Let's say you wanna carry two e-bikes. Those are gonna be heavier. So to do that, you'll have to remove the add-on, which is gonna up the weight capacity to 60 pounds per bike. So you'll be able to carry two e-bikes that way. To me, that's not as convenient as it seems. I don't like the idea that I have to take this all apart, if I just want to carry two e-bikes here, or if I want to carry two e-bikes and extra bikes, I just can't do with this rack. I think the better solution for that would be looking at the Saris SuperClamp, because it's front two bikes. So the one close to the back of your vehicle, the two bikes its gonna hold there, is gonna be 60 pounds per bike. So you can put those two e-bikes on there and then take two more bikes if that's what you want to do. Or maybe you just needed a more weight capacity, something more than 40 pounds per bike. We ran into today, one of our bikes exceeded that, so we couldn't put it on the bike rack, so we can't take it with us, but we can use the Yakima HoldUp instead, where it handles 50 pounds per bike. Weight capacity isn't everything though. So when you are looking at some of the other bike racks, just remember they're not gonna have the exact same features like in this one. For instance, the Yakima HoldUp we mentioned has the same problem as the Kuwait one we mentioned earlier. That means you're gonna have to reach it aside to tilt it away from the vehicle instead of having the handle nice here at the back, this just makes it so much easier. It makes it a one person job. With it on the side, it's gonna make it a two person job. So you automatically have to have somebody else there helping you tilt it down. And that's just one of the things that you might not want to have to worry about. Really, just look out for that stuff when you're looking at the different racks. Overall, I think it's how you're gonna use the bike rack and what bikes you're putting on there. If you have four bikes that are under 40 pounds, then this is gonna be a great bike rack for you. You can load it up with all your bikes and you don't have to worry about it. It only gets a little difficult when you have some bikes that are way heavier than the other ones. If you have some e-bikes and you want to carry other bikes, this one might not be for you, but at least you can have all the information to make that choice. I forgot which one of these bike racks is gonna work best. Well, thanks for hanging out. And I hope this helped..


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