Thule Epos 2 with Lights bike rack review - feature-packed and foldable for storage

A fully-featured rack that makes no compromises when it comes to bike security

Thule Epos 2 bike rack attached to a car
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Thule’s attention to detail comes through in many ways while utilizing this hitch mounted rack. It works with a wide range of bicycle types and sizes, and, even more impressively, folds up into a very compact footprint for storage. The price is high, but locks and lights are included, as is a license plate holder. Its only significant shortcoming, other than expense, is the fact that it doesn’t pivot out of the way vertically while mounted on a vehicle.

Reasons to buy
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    Folds up for storage

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    Lightweight

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    Holds bikes securely

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive

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    Does not fold out of the way while on vehicle

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The Thule Epos 2 with Lights bike rack requires zero assembly out of the box: an impressive feat given its complexity. It did take watching the installation video (worth viewing for its soundtrack alone) several times, however, in order to work out how to operate it.  

How does it compare to the best bike racks for cars? It is both the most feature-laden bike rack I’ve ever encountered (it has wheels!), and also the most compact in storage mode. Read on to find out more about it's construction and how the bike rack performed in use. 

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