Thule 9034XTS T2 Pro XT
Thule has not dug deep when thinking about the name of their rear mounted two bike carrier, but they don't need to. The Thule brand is synonymous with quality and durability, and their customers are loyal, for good reason. If you want the absolute best quality in racks and carriers Thule is the choice, and those who know will seek out the best. The 9034XTS is no exception, although all of the features can be found on less expensive brands the Thule does it a little better. The carrier just feels like a quality product all over, the plastics and finishes are impeccable.
The first thing to note is that this carrier will fit only 50mm (2inch) tow hitch receivers. If you have a different sized receiver you will have to choose another model.
The carrier also features tool free installation with the AutoAttach system, a proven design that makes fitting the carrier a breeze. It also has a lock built into this system to make sure no one can steal your gear. Further to this, each bike can be locked to the carrier with integrated cable and lock knob, adding further to your peace of mind.
As with most new rear carrier designs, the carrier also folds when not in use, but lacks wheels for easy manoeuvring. At 24kg it's not a lightweight so it might take two to handle it, the price of strengthened components is weight, a trade off that we're happy to bear.
The HitchSwitch lever allows the carrier to tilt easily, giving ample access to the rear of your vehicle, a must for any modern rear mounted carrier. The 9034 T2 also allows easy side to side bike distance adjustment, with a maximum allowable distance between bikes of 31.75cm, enough for almost any type of bike. Carrying on in this spirit, the carrier can mount a broad range of bike types and sizes, with adjustability to fit 20inch to 29inch diameter wheels, and tires up to 5inches wide, without the need for any additional adapters or straps.
The way that the carrier secures the bikes is with a frame free racketing arm, this means there is no contact with the bike frame, so you never have to worry about damage to a carbon bike, unless you get rear ended. The only thing lacking in this model is integrated tail lights, available in other models for those who are concerned about this issue.
Dimensions 139cm x 58cm x 110cm