Thule Raceway 9001 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Review

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Thule Raceway 9001 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack

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Thule Raceway Pro 2-Bike Strap Rack


This Thule Raceway 9001 rack is one of the trunk mounted bike racks that can be favorably compared with any hitch mount carrier when it comes to the stability it provides.

It offers extremely secure bike transportation, without it being necessary to have a hitch installed onto your vehicle.

The rack comes with some great features such as: lockable ratchet cables that, provide excellent stability; FitDial system, offering a guaranteed perfect fit onto your car, anti-sway and anti-contact cages that prevent bike-to-bike or bike-to-vehicle contact, to avoid causing damage.

There are two features that make this rack a winner: its ability to fold flat and the quality of the locks that secure your bikes and the carrier.

Thule Raceway 9001 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack
Innovative Design and Robust Build

With the Thule 9001 raceway, you get an innovatively designed trunk mounted rack that combines easy mounting and storage with the stability of hitch mounted racks.

Thule’s FitDeal system allows fast and easy use, with many types of vehicles, which makes the 9001 Raceway a very versatile and flexible product.

The rack can be easily fit on various types of trunks, just by lifting the release lever, placing it onto the desired opening then locking it into place by pushing the lever.

The bikes and the vehicle are both protected against scratches by molded rubber pads and the fittings are made easier with numbered openings, for each possible position of the frame.

The high strength cables efficiently secure the raceway 9001 to the car, safely holding the rack to ensure secure transportation.

There are two cables that extend from the top of the rack, and two from the bottom, with adjustable tension, released by flipping the upper and lower levers.

Now you can pull out the cables to fit your vehicle and once the cable hooks are in place, you can tighten them with the side-by-side dials. Even though cables are quite strong and rigid, they are also padded to prevent scratches to your bikes or vehicle.

You can easily load and unload up to 2 bikes on the 9001 raceway, which is a rack that can safely hold them, thanks to narrow cradle arms, featured with pads and straps.

The rack also includes strong anti-sway, hang-down cages, attaching to the bikes’ vertical tube and holding each bike frame like a bracket.

In addition, the rack also comes with a strap that runs through the bikes’ frames, to securely hold the lower halves to the rack.

When the carrier is attached to the vehicle, but not in use, the arms can be easily folded down, in line with the vehicle’s body, to ensure you can easily drive and park the car, without being inconvenienced by the rack.

High Level Security, with Two-Way Locking

The Thule 9001 raceway can provide 2 levels of security, to ensure the safe transportation of your bikes.

First of all, the bikes are very well protected thanks to the cable lock, which runs around the cradles, to ensure extra protection. Then, secondly, the entire rack is snugly locked in place, providing excellent stability when being attached to the trunk or hatchback.

Thule 9001 Raceway 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Features:

  • Excellent security with Sure-Tight cables.
  • Guaranteed perfect fit, thanks to the patented FitDial system.
  • Firmly holds onto the vehicle and protects both the car and the bikes from scratches, due to the moulded rubber pads.
  • No bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact, due to the included anti-sway cages.
  • Safely holds most types of bikes (including children’s bikes), within narrow cradle arms that can fold down when they are not in use.
  • Convenient storage, due to the vertical folding feature of the bike arms.
  • Strong cables and included locks safely hold the bikes onto the rack and the rack onto the vehicle.
  • High degree of durability due to the very robust, but stylish design and build.

Thule 9001 Raceway 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack Specifications:

  • Can hold up to 2 bikes.
  • Fits up to 3″ tire dimensions.
  • Carries up to 70 lbs.
  • Anti sway cages included.
  • Bikes are locked onto the rack and the rack onto the car.
  • Suitable for most types of bikes with disc-brakes.
  • Not SKS compatible.
  • Not designed for tandem bikes.

Lifetime Manufacturer Warranty

The warranty is limited to the first owner of the bike rack who gets the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty; however, this is terminated once the product ownership is transferred to a different owner.

It’s nice to know what people think! …

Thule Raceway 9001 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack
OWNERS & USERS PROS AND CONS

Pros:Cons:
  • Sturdy bike rack
  • Folds down and stows away neatly
  • Easy to install and take off
  • Safe and secure carrying
  • Ratchet cables rather than straps
  • Awkward to fit a bike with center shock
  • Issues fitting a Honda
  • Need better instructions
Thule 9001 Raceway 2 Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack User Review:

“For a truck-mounted rack, the most important requirement is that the bikes are safely carried and the rack itself is securely attached to the vehicle, no matter the speed.

The Thule Raceway rack can definitely meet all these needs. I have previously used Bell and Allen racks, but this one is way better. It’s really easy to install and I’m pretty sure that it will fit virtually any factory car.

The steel cables are quicker and easier to use and are more efficient than the straps. Additionally, the fact that the rack can be locked onto the car and the bikes onto the rack is another great feature, which is really useful as an anti-theft measure.

The bikes are hardly moving at all, no matter the speed. This is due to the very strong arms holding the bikes quite firmly. Also, as most of us leave the rack attached to the car, another very convenient feature is the fact that the arms are folding down when the rack is not in use.

Very well thought out product, I highly recommend it.”

The Thule Raceway rack can definitely meet all these needs. I have previously used Bell and Allen racks, but this one is way better. It’s really easy to install and I’m pretty sure that it will fit virtually any factory car.

The steel cables are quicker and easier to use and are more efficient than the straps. Additionally, the fact that the rack can be locked onto the car and the bikes onto the rack is another great feature, which is really useful as an anti-theft measure.

The bikes are hardly moving at all, no matter the speed. This is due to the very strong arms holding the bikes quite firmly.

Also, as most of us leave the rack attached to the car, another very convenient feature is the fact that the arms are folding down when the rack is not in use. Very well thought out product, I highly recommend it.”

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