Why We Like The Helium Pro Bike Rack
Incredibly lightweight and unbelievably easy to use, the Thule Helium Pro Bike Rack has a strong, yet featherweight aluminum construction and quick-release Hitch Switch to make sure installation and loading and unloading bikes aren't a fifteen-minute-long cursing session.
Easy, breezy, no-tool installation saves you tons of frustration, and once it's on, fiddling between rides is kept to a minimum thanks to the aforementioned Hitch Switch system, which folds down and tilts away from your car for easy rear access. The industry-leading seven-inch spacing between bikes ensure protection on the road, while confident stability and fit comes with the integrated anti-sway design that prevent bike-to-bike contact and even folds away when not needed. Narrow cradle arms accommodate a wide range of bikes from your child's beginner bike to your off-road rig, which are safe during pit stops thanks to the integrated, retractable cable that easily locks the bikes down to prevent theft.
- Seriously light, convenient hitch bike rack for three bikes
- Aluminum construction saves weight while retaining strength
- Fast, tool-free installation for speed, stability, and security
- HitchSwitch system folds neatly away for tailgate or trunk access
- Integrated anti-sway design keeps bikes locked-in place
- Seven-inch spacing between bikes eliminates contact
- Integrated cable lock secures your bikes with confidence
- Carries up to three bikes (112.5lbs total)
- Item #THU009B
- Bike Capacity
- [hitch] 1.25in, 2in
- Locks Included
- Part Number
- Manufacturer Warranty
- limited lifetime
What do you think about this product?
July 7, 2021
Much worse than the old version
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
The bike rack does everything you want except carry bikes. I bought this because I loved my discontinued model that used rubber straps. This system uses hard plastic straps which have a few fatal problems: - They are not very flexible, especially in the cold. In warm conditions, you can attach and remove the straps with one hand (with practice). In cold weather, forget about it. You will need two hands. - I am constantly worried that the straps will damage the finish on my bike. There is a thin rubber rail that seems to protect the bike from the strap, but it's not as nice and soft as the old kind. - If you forget to connect the straps when your bikes are not on the rack, the straps will fall out of the hangers. I have gone through two bags of straps and am down to my last three straps. This was the first time I questioned CC/Backcountry's curating. The individual features, like tool-less installation, the joint that angles the rack away from the back of the car so lift gates can clear, and the weight of the rack are all nice. It's just that the straps are terrible. When I saw the reviews, I thought they just hadn't figured out how to use the rubber. I didn't realize they went to a completely different system. While I fault CC for selling a bad product, I do want to recognize that they were reasonably helpful. The overall experience was not what exactly what I would want, but they made a more than token gesture to assist. I ordered this mid-winter, so didn't put it on until about 45 days after I received the product. I put a request for assistance into a "support@" e-mail address at about 80 days but did not receive a response. I didn't really want to go through the hassle of a return, but the item was just not acceptable, so i thought maybe they'd give me a discount on a future item. After the 90 day return period, I reached out to an account manager. He was apologetic, and offered a free bag of straps, which arrived the day after we communicated. I suspect had I been more forceful at requesting a replacement item or a discount, he would have offered more, but I didn't have the energy to pursue. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if I raised the issue now they would go ahead and do that. So the lesson learned is: this is a terrible product, so don't buy it. CC/Backcountry do curate their stuff but this one is a miss. Figure out whether you want to keep your items within the 90 day return period. Reach out to your account manager if you need special assistance.
June 4, 2021
- I've used it several times
- True to size
I bought this due to good reviews, the fact that is is very lightweight and becasue I have always had good experiences with Thule products. It was also recommended by a gear head. I hated it! It sways back and forth in the hitch and doesn't seem to tighten well in the hitch. The straps that hold the bikes on were difficult to undo. The plastic caps on the side came off. And the bikes were too close together! It was very difficult to have both bikes on the rack. I returned it.
August 12, 2019
I used for a long time their 2 bike version and liked it a lot. I used this one twice and sent it back. The new straps they are using already braking up.
June 30, 2019
Terrible product....hard to set up
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Terrible product. bought it and couldn't get it to work. Thule product support was unhelpful.