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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It's a terrible product


I take my bike to Fl once a year and I have considerable problems because the cradles move on the tube, one back and one forward. I called the company shortly after I purchased my new car in Sept 2016 and they said spray the tubes with hair spray. Ridicules but I tried it and it didn't work. I bought this hitch at the dealer when I purchased my new car. The dealer refused to contact Thule. This rack is useless and should be taken off the market.


Lakeville, MA


Straps Fail in Heat, Anti-sway parts don't prevent sway


Not a fan of this product. While driving in 120F heat, I had 4 of the straps fail, resulting in bikes swinging halfway off the rack on the freeway. I had to use spare tubes to properly secure the bikes. The anti-sway devices don't work all that well. Wind can catch the bottom of a bike and swing it upward, even with the anti-sway strap well tightened. The anti-sway devices also easily become detached if no bike is attached. I've lost two on the freeway.




Undeniably the Best Htich Rack < 3


I love it... I was skeptical at first due to the price, but after receiving the unit I can say it is VERY well priced. Excellent quality. All the features I wanted and essentially everything has been thought of. Thank you.

Bobby the Greek

Rhode Island, USA


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