Thule Easyfold XT2 tow bar bike rack review

Simple and easy to fit, with great build quality - this tow bar rack left us with very few gripes

Thule car rack
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Thule's usual high standards of thought and attention to detail are evident in the XT2 rack. This shows in how quick and easy it is to attach to the car's tow bar and to set it up for use. The solid construction means it's heavy, so beware of lifting this 17.9kg rack even though it comes with a convenient carrying handle. With slight changes to the position of the ratchet straps and perhaps the inclusion of a carrying bag in the substantial price, the XT2 would score a full five-star rating.

Reasons to buy
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    Very quick to fit

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    Build quality

  • +

    Ease of locking bikes to rack

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive for a two-bike rack

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    Rear ratchet position is awkward to reach

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Thule has a well-earned reputation for how easy and intuitive its products are to use, and the XT2 tow bar-mounted two-bike car rack is not about to upset that apple cart. It comes in the box ready to fit to the car, so there’s no pre-assembly required or messing about with Allen keys, straps, or bolts.

As it comes out of the box, the XT2 is in its folded storage position, which means the two halves of the rack base are in the vertical position and form a built-in carrying handle. Just as crucially as this, the handle is placed so the 17.9kg weight of the Thule rack is perfectly balanced, making it much easier to carry to the car and lift on to the tow hitch. This makes fitting the XT2 a true one-person job, where other tow bar racks we’ve tried have required two people to attach them safely.

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