Hitch bike rack

Thule Apex Swing 4

Premium hanging hitch bike rack in a swing-away version for convenient access to rear of vehicle (for 4 bikes).



  • Super-convenient access to rear of vehicle, thanks to patented SwingAway design. No need to remove bikes
  • Maximum bike protection and suspension with HoldFast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) Cradles and No-Sway cages
  • Greater bike clearance above ground and between bikes, thanks to unique arched arm design and increased mast height
  • Complete bike security with integrated cable lock (included)
  • Tool-free installation with SnugTite stinger design delivers maximum stability and security (lock included)
  • Easy carrying and handling, thanks to integrated handle

Technical specifications

Max number of bikes 4
Load capacity 64 kg
Max bike weight 16 kg
Dimensions 67 x 101 x 107 cm
Folded dimensions 67 x 101 x 41 cm
Weight 19 kg
Distance between bikes 14 cm
Carbon frame compatible
Tilt function (with bikes)
Fits 1.25" receivers
Fits 2" receivers
One Key System compatible
Bike lock included
Receiver lock included
Model number 9027
Spare parts



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Accessories for Thule Apex Swing 4

Thule Frame Adapter

Modifies women's bike frames as well as BMX and non-standard frames in order to be carried on hanging-style hitch and strap mount bike racks.


No I would not.


The rack is very loose in the 2" receiver. Not sure I trust it. Also very difficult to put four bikes on the rack. The adapter bar may help, but I have already spent about $500 on this and not willing to spend anymore for something that may not help.


Longview, Wa.


Nice product, might get something different though


I've used this rack now for almost three years and I have only two real complaints. The rack is designed to hold four bikes, but they must be pretty narrow (like road or cyclocross or triathlon bikes) to be able to get four on at one time. I ride a mountain bike so when myself and anymore than one other friend ride, it's a struggle to get even three mountain bikes on it. Also difficult to use the cages with mountain bikes. My other complaint is that it's heavy. Otherwise it's been a good purchase, everything else works as it should.


Raleigh, NC


Get to know how your bikes will fit on this rack.


This rack is great for entry into the back of a Toyota 4Runner and other such hatchback SUVs. The assembly directions that come with the rack are pretty barebones, but overall the rack was moderately easy to assemble. We used the 2" receiver hitch adapter that came with the rack. Once I installed the rack on my vehicle, I felt like it was still pretty loose and that my bikes would be really beat up if we were to drive down a bumpy road. It took both my husband and I working together to tighten the rack up. I moved it up and down and side to side while he tightened the knob. This seemed to help tremendously. I wish this tip had been included in the directions. Another tip that I found out later, was that our full suspension mountain bikes don't fit on the rack. It was necessary for us to purchase two additional frame adapters (982XT) in order to make this rack work for us. Another critical element that I wish had been included somewhere either on the website or in the directions.




Thule Apex Swing 4

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