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Old 07-09-18, 08:06 AM
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Rear hitch bike rack for truck with shell...

Folks,

Looking for a rear trailer hitch rack to transport my hybrid bike.

I have a truck with a shell and am looking for some options in the Thule line.

Do not want to damage the truck / shell or the bike and still have some access.

Any recommendations / experience or options?

Thanks in advance.

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Not a recommendation, but I like to be able to open the window without tilting the rack which is usually the case. It's also handy if tilted with bikes on, you can open the tailgate flat.
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Not a recommendation, but I like to be able to open the window without tilting the rack which is usually the case. It's also handy if tilted with bikes on, you can open the tailgate flat.
wow, I can see the convenience, but how far does that rack extend rearward from your truck?
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It all depends on hitch, rack, shell, and bed design. often the shell sits high enough for the window to clear.
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It all depends on hitch, rack, shell, and bed design. often the shell sits high enough for the window to clear.
oh sorry, just re-read that. I was thinking tailgate. my bad
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Truck is a full size GMC with a shell ….

Ideally would not mind having to tilt it back - just want something that gives me enough space between handle bars and pedals - as to not scratch up paint or put any dents in truck or damage bike.

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The best (and most expensive) rear hitch rack you can buy is a 1upusa rack. Here's a pic of the silver model, it also comes in black which is nicer looking:


It's a really nice rack, and made of aluminum it won't rust, but it's also very expensive...I think around $500 for 2 bikes and $1000 for 4 bikes (with a 2" hitch).

You can get much cheaper racks elsewhere though they're not as nice and usually made of steel which has rust drawbacks. Like for $130 here's a swagman 2 bike rack on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross...dp/B0001VO1YY/

I call this style of rack the "hold by the wheel" style of rack, you don't need to worry about the bikes rubbing against each other or against the vehicle with this kind of rack.
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Kuat racks I have one of their NVs it tilts down enough for me to open my tailgate on my Toyota Tacoma.

NV 2.0 ? Kuat Racks
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
The best (and most expensive) rear hitch rack you can buy is a 1upusa rack. Here's a pic of the silver model, it also comes in black which is nicer looking:


It's a really nice rack, and made of aluminum it won't rust, but it's also very expensive...I think around $500 for 2 bikes and $1000 for 4 bikes (with a 2" hitch).

You can get much cheaper racks elsewhere though they're not as nice and usually made of steel which has rust drawbacks. Like for $130 here's a swagman 2 bike rack on amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross...dp/B0001VO1YY/

I call this style of rack the "hold by the wheel" style of rack, you don't need to worry about the bikes rubbing against each other or against the vehicle with this kind of rack.
Thanks - I like the 1up.
https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-...ble-bike-rack/

The problem is that the are not local and do not appear to have any local distributors. I would like to be able to test it to see if it will give me the clearance between the back of the vehicle and the handle bars. I measured the handle bars and it is approximately 15" from center front tire to end of the bars. I like the tire mounted vs. the hanging but may need to go that route to get a "swing away" .
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yeah getting the "fit" that's best your our particular vehicle is the most bizarre & disappointing aspect of bike racks, especially hitch racks.

my 1st hitch rack was from REI. went outside to try to install it with the salesman after I paid for it & it would not fit (could not slide the rack into the hitch enough to use the only hole). returned it right away even tho we couldn't get all the parts back in the box. hate when that happens, but they couldn't be nicer. got an REI near you?

eTrailer tries really hard to show exact fit on many vehicles including showing measurements & clearances. but with the # of vehicles in use multiplied by the growing # of racks for sale, they can't possibly show a video of every rack on every vehicle. but you might check them out for some clues. I just took a quick look but either the web site wasn't working correctly or they don't have racks for p/u trucks?

also do you have one of these rack shops within driving distance of you?

https://www.rackattack.com/info/store-locations.aspx

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Put the bike in the bed of the truck. Forgetabout the rack
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Put the bike in the bed of the truck. Forgetabout the rack
they have tailgate covers so the front wheel hangs over & uses less of the truck bed
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Originally Posted by JohnnyMordoc View Post
The problem is that the are not local and do not appear to have any local distributors. I would like to be able to test it to see if it will give me the clearance between the back of the vehicle and the handle bars. I measured the handle bars and it is approximately 15" from center front tire to end of the bars. I like the tire mounted vs. the hanging but may need to go that route to get a "swing away" .
I hear you...I wish you luck though. I don't think you'll find anywhere that actually lets you try the rack on your vehicle before buying it because the moment you slide the rack into the hitch you scratch up that part of the rack and it's no longer new. No big deal if a friend owns the rack or something but the store can't sell somewhat scratched racks as new (even though the moment someone puts it on their own car it will scratch no matter what they do).

You might be able to find a place that lets you measure out the rack but I don't think you'll find any store that lets you put it on your car to try it before you buy it.
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Folks - trust me. If I could just put the bike in the bed of the truck I would - just would not have any room for the family camping gear. .
I may have found an option to clearance issue, receiver extenders.

https://www.curtmfg.com/towing-acces...ders/extenders

I am also going to visit one of local shops that do nothing but racks and hitches...…and bring my bike.

https://www.therackspot.com/

They should have demos and I should be able to find something that will have the clearance between the bike handlebars and shell.

Getting closer......
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Some are made to swing out of the way , on a hinge...

costs more than those that don't have that feature , of course..
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https://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-...der-69882.html

I had to build something similar to use my 1 1/4" rack in the 2" hitch of my full size conversion van with a rear door mounted spare tire. Even without the size difference the spare stuck out too far to use the rack without an extension. Back then I couldn't buy what I needed so I picked up the needed square steel and welded up my own.
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Performance Bicycle has one built for them by Hollywood. https://www.performancebike.com/shop...h-rack-40-0175 Don't use the adapter with the rack. Get the adapter from U-Haul for 2" to 1 1/4". Brings it out a little further.
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Thanks for all the feedback and information.

I decided to go with the Thule Helium Aero 2 -
https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...ro-2-_-1680099

Although the Thule T2 XT Pro 2" was my original choice -
https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-...---2-_-1691037

I was able to stop by a local shop - https://www.therackspot.com/ that deals in nothing but hitches and racks.

We were able to mount some demo racks on my truck and check the clearance between the tailgate and rear shell window. I was able to lower my tailgate with both of these with the tilt function.

I was also able to load my bike on the racks and check the clearance between the handlebars and rear shell.

Both provided plenty of room to avoid any rubbing against the shell window or tailgate.

While the T2 Pro XT 2 was my target rack - the gentlemen at the shop was able to show me the alternative one - the Helium Aero 2.

He had mentioned that the T2 Pro XT 2 was more geared for the high-end carbon frame bikes since it mounts using the front wheel as opposed to hanging on the cross bar of the frame.

Price was the other factor to consider - the T2 is $579.00 vs. the Helium at $379.00.

Both did not need any trailer hitch extenders either which also saved some $$$$.

The local shop is also able to key the locks to my existing Thule roof rack that I have for my shell (another + - one key to lock the rack to the receiver, lock the bikes and .lock my cross-bars on the roof rack.)

I am glad that I was able to find a local shop that does nothing but racks for their business (https://www.therackspot.com/ ) and check out the demo racks on my vehicle - I was even able to confirm my rear backup camera even works!!

Thanks again for all the information.


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