Hitch bike rack

Thule Helium Aero 3

Premium and super-lightweight hitch bike rack (for 3 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 3
Load capacity 110 lb
Max bike weight 35 lb
Dimensions 14 x 38 x 39 in
Folded dimensions 14 x 38 x 22 in
Weight 20 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 9043
Spare parts



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Poor design. I would not buy this product again.


Two things (maybe three): 1) The parts that hang down to keep the bikes from swaying are not attached when you receive the rack. You push the part onto the already-mounted hanger and rotate it down to keep it in place. This keeps it from falling off when in use. Unfortunately, when not in use, a rotation of the anti-sway part (either by the wind or when mounting another bike) can (and DID!) cause the anti-sway part to fall off. To prevent this from happening by accident when the rack is not in use (or some of the bike positions are empty), I attached the rubber strap that is used to secure the bike to one of the attachment knobs on a part that can't fall off. This works for all but the bike position closest to the car trunk. That anti-sway hanger has TWO pieces, both designed to fall off in the same way. With no alternative, I now just take them off the unit entirely and store them in my trunk when not in use. This is not at all convenient, and I'm guessing that eventually I will just stop using the anti-sway pieces for short trips. 2) I would have bought the 2-bike model, but I decided to buy the 3-bike unit because there is only 4 inches between hanging positions. As I suspected, the rear rack on one bike gets in the way of the handlebars on the other. So I mount the bikes in position 1 and 3, leaving position 2 empty. This works fine, except: 3) Thule specifies that this 3-bike rack, which is sold in a 1.25" hitch version., should not be used with 3 bikes in the 1.25" version. Really? Why even sell a rack that's not supposed to be used in the configuration it's designed for? Besides, isn't the total weight on the hitch what really matters? 100 pounds or less should be the criterion, not the number of bikes on the rack. 4) Just as a point to consider: The product information for the 1.25" hitch I have warned that one should use a support/stabilization strap (available from U-Haul for around $9) when using a rack (vs towing). Seems like a good idea to me.




My wife loves it


I'm glad a spent the extra money to get this lightweight version of the Thule. Easy for my wife to handle and the stinger lock is much easier and quicker than my older Thule that takes a wrench.


Atlanta, GA


Love it.


Never take it off my car. Always ready for a ride. And the best part is that my wife can open the back door with no trouble at all.


Florida. Usa.


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