Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike 9043

Hitch bike rack

Nearly half the weight of most hitch racks.

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Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike 9043
 
3.3

(based on 8 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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4.0

Pretty good

By 

from Vancouver, BC

Pros

  • easy to use
  • integrated lock
  • light weight

Cons

  • down-tube stabilizers fall off

Best Uses

    Comments about Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike 9043:

    We use this rack regularly to carry 1-2 bikes (we have the 3-bike version but have never actually tried to carry 3). It's easy to use and holds bikes securely. The only real problem we've had is that the stabilizers that hold the down tube to prevent the bikes from swinging have fallen off. Doesn't affect our use of the rack, so far.

    Although folding the rack down with bikes on isn't recommended, we do it all the time. It hasn't been a problem, and it makes it much easier to access the hatch and let the dog in and out!

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    5.0

    Greta rack! Glad I got this one!

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    from Exton, Pa

    Comments about Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike 9043:

    I bought this a month ago and am very pleased. Its light, sturdy, very easy to install, take off, secure, load bikes, move to open tailgate, etc. Used it for 1 or 2 Bikes so far and they mounted/rode securely. Very happy I got this one and not one of those monster platforms!! The main concerns voiced in other reviews almost caused me to avoid, however glad I didn't pay attention to them. While its true the rubber straps can come off that won't happen if BOTH ends are connected even when no bike is being transported. The weakest part of the design appears to be the main anti sway brackets which will come off, however just make sure the rubber strap is connected in both places to the post. I had minor sliding of the rubber mount one time, moved it back easily and hasn't shifted since.

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    3.0

    Lightweight but not repairable

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    from Walnut Creek, CA

    Comments about Thule Helium Aero 3 Bike 9043:

    Nice rack for local trips with 2 bikes - we bought the 3 bike rack but really too tight and too much weight on hitch. Straps work fine but we lost two when they were not coupled and fell off on road. Had to replace.
    We had the lock cable cut and Thule could not repair. Bummer.

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    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
    Tilt function (with bikes)
    Fits 1.25" receivers
    Fits 2" receivers
    One Key System compatible
    Bike lock included
    Receiver lock included
    Model number 9043

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