Thule T2 Pro XT/XTR Review

The heavy-duty, award-winning Thule T2 Pro is now even easier to install, remove and store thanks to the integrated wheels.

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Heavy Duty

Generous spacing between bike mounts with the ability to adjust side to side.

Versatile

Fits 20 – 29″ wheels and up to 5″ tires without adapters making it ideal for carbon frames, mountain, downhill, or fat bikes.

Easy Mounting

Integrated wheels help to maneuver the rack on and off the vehicle.

Rating: EXCEPTIONAL

Capacity: 2 bikes (4 bikes with add-on)

Hitch size: 1.25″ and 2″

Fat bikes: yes

Best for: Families needing to transport a variety of bikes

Hitch-mounted bike racks offer extra stability and durability while being extremely versatile with capacity of carrying a variety of bike styles (ultra secure for full suspension bikes and crazy aero TT machines alike). The Thule T2 Pro XT / XTR sets the standard for tray-style bike carriers. This is an evolution of the popular T2 Classic, now being easier to install, remove and store. Thule recently released T2 Pro XTR which is the newer version of Pro XT but this time featuring the new rolling wheels for ease of transportation and storage (‘R’ comes from rolling). 

HIGHS (+)

User friendly

Extremely durable and sturdy

Compatible with a wide range of wheel and tire sizes

Hauling a wide variety of wheel or tire sizes

Fat bike riders – fits tires up to 5″ wide without an adapter

LOWS (-)

Expensive

Heavy

Performance

Thule’s T2 Pro XTR is one of the best SUV bike rack ever built. That’s a bold claim but its features come in support: easy-to-use tilt lever, built-in locking system, sturdy ratcheting arms, carries almost any type of bike. Despite many other carriers now having the same features, Thule maintains the top spot due to its flawless execution compared to its competitors. Carries up to 4 bikes with Thule T2 Pro XT Add-On (sold separately, 9036XTB, 2″ receiver only). If you’re looking for one hitch-mounted carrier to rule them all, that could be T2 Pro XTR, even if the competition is tough: KAC Overdrive Sports K4, Yakima FullSwing, or RockyMounts Backstage. Top to bottom, it’s thoughtfully designed and executed, an ideal bike rack for families.

Ease of use

The T2 Pro XTR is one of the most user-friendly carrier ever tested. It still has the smoothest and most user-friendly release mechanism on the market. The tilt mechanism and ease of loading bikes counts the most on ease of everyday use. Thule has slowly made its carriers easier to install with its auto attach system, and the T2 XTR looks to have a more robust version of the feature. However, it may take a little bit longer to set up, compared with other platform-style bike racks like the Kuat NV Base 2.0. Loading and unloading bikes is easy, taking no more than 10-15 seconds per bicycle. Ratcheting arms are easy to use –  place the bike on the carrier, lift the arm up and over the front wheel, then pull down on the handle until it cinches on the tire. The anti-wobble system keeps the rack secure, and also eliminates the need for a locking hitch pin.

Key features

Tire width – Thule’s front tire tray has 3 different sized groves to match with various tire widths. This hitch rack is designed to hold any tire up to 5″ in width – road bikes, standard-width tires and fat bikes. 

 

Wheel size – T2 Pro XTR can secure without any adapter any wheel sizes from 20″ to 29″; kids’ bikes, 26″ fat bikes, and 27″ mountain bikes. By comparison, Yakima HoldUp and RockyMounts can also transport 20″ and 24″ bikes without an adapter, while Kuat NV cannot.

Bike spacing – T2 Pro XTR is quite generous in offering spacing between bikes featuring a 12″ space. 

Folding and tilting – one of the best features is the ease with which the T2 Pro XTR folds up, with the lever placed at the end of the main mast of the carrier. Just squeeze the lever and push up. For access to the rear hatch, the carrier tilts down.

Technical Specifications

 

Verdict

Thule’s T2 Pro XTR is probably one of the best hitch-mounted bike racks you’ll ever use. It just sets the standard for tray-style carriers. The design might not be perfect but the execution of the design is exceptional, with every feature working as intended making it user-friendly and versatile being capable of handling almost any bike on the market.