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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I have a lot of Thul products and all have been great. This bike rack does not compare well with my other purchases. The rack design is comprised by what looks like a design for a smaller 1 1/4 inch hitch receiver. The rack came with what looks like an adapter to fill up the 2 inch receiver. The rack always leans over to the right and looks crooked on the car. Also, the cradles move on the rack arms after driving on some bumpy roads and the bikes on the rack started rubbing on each other. I bought the rack for the swing feature and this works really well,as expected.




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.




I Would Buy this Product Again


This Apex 4 bike swing away is the best built, best looking, versatile and convenient bike rack I have ever owned/used. With a small SUV, the swing away is great. I have owned for over 4 years, and have had no issues, including any strap breaks. The straps are not expensive, so carry a few spares in trunk,,,just in case (However, as I said, none have broken yet). The rack is left on all season. May have posted this same review to swing away 4 bike Vertex rack site. Sorry, I have the Apex 4 bike swing away.


Northern Minnesota


Thule Apex Swing 4

3.9 15


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