Thule Trailway 4-Bike Hitch Vehicle Rack

Thule Trailway 4-Bike Hitch Vehicle Rack is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 58.
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Thule Trailway 4-Bike Hitch Vehicle Rack
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The Thule® Trailway 4-Bike Hitch Rack provides multiple frame spots for you and your fellow cycling enthusiasts. This car rack fits both 1 ¼” and 2” receivers with the included adaptor. Fit up to 4 bikes in the anti-sway cages for secured protection. When you’re away from the trails, the switch levers allow arms to fold down and tilt the carrier away from the vehicle.

FEATURES:

  • Carries up to 4 bikes
  • Fits both 1 ¼" and 2" hitch receivers with the included adaptor
  • Bike cradles with detachable anti-sway cages hold bikes securely and prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact
  • Hitch switch levers allows arms to fold down when not in use and tilts carrier away from vehicle for trunk, hatch or tailgate access
  • High-strength steel construction
  • Style: 959
  • Brand: Thule
  • Country of Origin: United States of America

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Thule Trailway 959 Bike Carrier for 4 bikes We bought this Thule bike carrier (Trailway 959) on the strength of a Thule 2-bike carrier that our daughter and son-in-law use that is strong, easy to use and reliable. This 4-bike carrier has those attributes, but the horizontal arm on which the bikes rest needs to be longer to fit 4 bikes on it without straining beyond human imagination your spatial engineering capacities. We simply could not get 4 bikes on it (2 guys, 2 girls bikes). Three can be loaded on it ok, with some creativity and physical strength. We could not find a way to configure loading on 4 adult bikes in any way that would fit. Thule or Dick's needs to add further instructions and photos to prove it can be done, and to demonstrate how. Otherwise, they should stop advertising this as a 4 bike carrier. Note, searching on the Thule website for this product results in a "no results" response to the search query. Looks like Dick's has this product specifically made for their stores.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great product Great product. However had to return as being 5 foot tall and rack on a Trailblazer, I was unable to load the bikes on safely
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bike Rack! I purchased this rack after much agonizing about different brands and types of bike racks. This rack was easy to install on the hitch and is extremely easy to use. It easily folds down for trunk access. We've used 4 bikes on the rack (2 adults and 2 kids). It has taken me a bit of practice to load the bikes on and off, but overall I'm very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heavy duty I purchased the bike rack for about 6 month and been using it since I got it. It is well made and strong. Well worth the money spent. Love the rubber snap on straps that hold the bikes secure.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Three Bike Rack Probably don't want to jam four bikes on here. Especially not adult bikes. But three bikes no problem. Great design, fittings, and easy assembly. Fits securely and works great for long trips. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK, but not the easiest to put multiple bikes on. Really wild angle for women's bikes unless you add an after bar that mimics the upper bar of men's bikes. I need to alternate between mounting the rack on the rear of an RV and a Honda CRV. It would be easier and arguably more secure if the bar that fits into the receiver hitch had the standard through holes instead of the threaded bolt, enabling the rack to be locked in place. And, the rubber supports for the bikes can be difficult to position to match a clear point on a frame. Those drawbacks aside, it is a sturdy rack and the hinge points work flawlessly. This particular rack would be fine for some people but not everyone.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chose this over many others I needed to upgrade from an old 2 bike carrier to a larger 4 bike rack, and the choices are plenty. After lots of researching, I narrowed my choices down to 3. I wanted a rack that had; anti sway cradles; easy to use tilt back feature (meaning an easy release lever vs pins); was solidly constructed; lockable to the receiver; and I wanted to be able to fold down the arms as well , (again with an easy release lever). This is handy to me for either getting in the garage or while in the parking lot of a trailhead to minimize the chance of someone running into it.At first glance I was sold on the Yakima Ridgeback 4. It seemed to check all the boxes and it's a very sharp looking rack as well. Unfortunately several reviewers on Amazon claimed that the rack broke at the 90 by the base. It appears at least some of these people had it on the back of an RV or trailer, (which apparantly Yakima now claims will void the warranty) and is not recommended. This is apparently due to extra rocking and bouncing being on a long wheel base vehicle. OK, that makes sense but still, it scares me about it's durability. Even if a trailer or RV bounces 10 times what my minivan does, does that mean there is a finite number of bounces until the rack fails? I didn't want to take the chance so ruled that one out.I also considered the Softride dura 4. It appears solidly built and I also like the idea that you can tilt it back with the bikes on, this seems very convenient to me and as far as I know is one of the few carriers that can do this. Reviewers did state though that with bikes on it, it is HEAVY to get back up in place, (probably why they came out with a hydraulic assisted one). Anyhow what finally crossed this one off my list was it isn't able to fold the arms down. Yes, you can take them off and put them in the trunk but that seems an extra hassle. Plus, what if you decide to just leave them on as you go riding, it sounds like anyone could just pull them off, (as far as I know they don't lock).So, that led me to the Thule Trailway. At first look I wasn't sure how it tilted back or the arms fold down until I saw one at Dicks. It does indeed have very easy to manipulate levers which you simply pull on, (similar to the Yakima). The Trailway I believe is also manufactured specifically for Dicks or some other big box stores as you won't find it on Thule's site. Another dealer said it was identical to the Hitching post Pro or the parkway but from what I've seen, this isn't true. Those both use a pin and clip system to tilt back or fold the arms. The quick release levers on the Trailway are awesome and super easy to use, no fussing around trying to align holes, etc. Plus, at only $199 it's a steal. That's 100 cheaper than the Yakima and Softride mentioned earlier. The only box it didn't check for me was an included lock to the receiver. Thule does sell these for around $50 I believe, (seems like a lot for what you're getting), however that still leaves this rack $50 below the competition. Finally, congrats if you've read this far, but I often read people have issues putting 4 bikes on 4 bike racks. Just for reference I have 2 24" Diamondbacks, one 20" Diamondback and one older Novara safari. I was able to install all four with out much issue. I found it easier to rotate all the cradles inward before putting on the bikes one at a time. Then roll the cradles around as you need once you get the bike in place. Oh, that's another plus for the Thule in that the cradles move, (not easily), allowing you to position them for the best fit. Again, I was able to get all four of these bikes on relatively easily without any top bar adapters.I would definitely recommend this rack, for the price I think it's very hard to beat.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid well built product. Great bike rack- only complaint is it's a bit tight withfour bikes, but doable.
Date published: 2016-07-01
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