Hitch bike rack

Thule Helium Aero 2

Premium and super-lightweight hitch bike rack (for 2 bikes).



  • Easy handling, installation, and removal due to ultra-lightweight aluminum construction. Half the weight of most hitch bike racks
  • Maximum bike protection and suspension with HoldFast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) Cradles and No-Sway cages
  • Tool-free installation with SnugTite stinger design delivers maximum stability and security (lock included)
  • Complete bike security with integrated cable lock (included)
  • Sleek Aero-Design improves ground-clearance and increases distance between bikes for maximum protection
  • Convenient access to rear of vehicle - HitchSwitch feature allows rack to be easily tilted down

Technical specifications

Max number of bikes 2
Load capacity 70 lb
Max bike weight 35 lb
Dimensions 14 x 38 x 34 in
Folded dimensions 14 x 38 x 22 in
Weight 19 lb
Distance between bikes 5.5 in
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 9042
Spare parts



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Lightweight and strong


I love this rack... lightweight and as an older woman I am able to get the rack on and off with ease. It is so easy that I don't have to leave the rack on everyday. Very secure rack as well. Initially went to big box store and the lightweight rack was made of plastic. This one is made of aluminum. Well worth the price!




Love this bike rack


Previously had a high quality Thule trunk rack but it was very difficult to get on and took two of us to do it. I can easily mount this rack and it only takes about a minute to get my bike on and secured. Well worth the money. Had a hitch installed at U-Haul and put the rack on myself. Well worth the cost.


Ann Arbor, MI


Good, but not great.


I purchased this rack with my wife in mind. I wanted something light that was easy to mount and dismount, which it is. I have the two bike rack. The two problems that I have is that there isn't enough space between bikes. With two bikes mounted the bikes touch. I would suggest if you only need a two bike rack to get the three bike model to have enough space. The second problem are the straps. The holes never seem to line up for good tension, they most often are too loose are too tight. My wife always has a problem connecting the straps. Also the straps aren't long enough. They fit ok if your bike has regular size top tubes, but if they are over sized or odd shaped it can be a problem. My wife and I have Orbea bikes, which have a more square top tube, and we have to use the last hole on the strap, which isn't easy to do. If any one from Thule is reading this I would suggest going to a ratcheting type system.

Quincy of Anniston

Anniston, AL


Thule Helium Aero 2

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