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Thule Apex XT Swing Away 4-Bike Hitch Rack$699.95
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Thule Apex XT Swing Away 4-Bike Hitch Rack

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The Thule Apex XT SwingAway 4 bike hitch rack is a masterpiece of engineering that combines functionality and elegance. It allows you to bring your entire cycling entourage without compromising on the accessibility of your vehicle's cargo area, thanks to its revolutionary swing-base design that effortlessly swings the rack out of the way with bikes loaded.

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  • Swing arm allows easy access to the rear of vehicle with bikes loaded
  • Cradle width 1.5 inches
  • Tool-free mounting system makes install and removal quick and easy
  • Bike arms fold down when not in use
  • Bike cradles with ratcheting straps make bike loading and unloading quick and easy
  • Anti-sway mechanism helps prevent bike to bike contact
  • Locking cable locks bikes to rack and locking hitch knob locks rack to your vehicle
  • Compatible with 2" hitches only

The Thule 9027xt Apex Swing XT 4 bike rack is a premium hanging hitch mounted swing away bicycle rack with a sleek and stylish design that incorporates convenience, safety, and security. Thule's Apex Swing XT is designed with a built-in swing arm that allows easy access to the rear of your vehicle. The swing away arm allows you to conveniently swing the rack out 180 degrees, providing full access to the rear of your vehicle with the bikes loaded. To use this feature, simply loosen the hand tightened knob on the backside of the base, pull out the spring-loaded safety pin and swing away. The Apex Swing XT is compatible with 2" hitches only. The 9027xt Apex Swing XT has a convenient tool-free SnugTite Locking Stinger mounting system making installing or removing your bike rack quick and easy by simply loosening or tightening the hitch knob. To install the rack, simply push the bike rack into your receiver hitch until the integrated auto-hitch-pin snaps into place or engages with your hitch. The tightening knob will activate the anti-rattle mechanism to help eliminate vertical and horizontal movement for a secure and stable fit. The 9027xt Apex Swing XT has a compact cradle design accommodating a wide variety of bike sizes and frame styles. If you have a odd shaped bike frame or traditional women's bike you may want to consider Thule's 982xt bike frame adapter (sold separately - see below). Thule's compact cradles use a ratcheting style cradle strap - making loading and unloading your bikes quick and easy. The bike cradles are spaced 7" apart providing a greater distance between bikes for a safe and secure fit. Bike cradles also include Anti-Sway fasteners which help provide extra stability, protection and prevent bike-to-bike contact. The Apex Swing XT includes a quick release Hitch Switch which enables you to fold the bike arms down when not in use. For bicycle security, the Apex Swing XT includes a built-in cable lock that pulls out of the mast and locks into the end of one bike arm. A locking knob on the hitch connection locks the bike rack to your vehicle. Please check the following fit compatibility chart above to ensure this bike rack will work with your particular hitch style.

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Product Specifications

Maximum Bike Capacity4
Carrying StyleHanging
Hitch Size2
Bike SpecsFenders, 20-29inch, Fat Tire
FeaturesLocking, Tool-Free, Swing Away


Installation InstructionsDownload
Hitch Fit Tips ChartDownload

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Is the Apex Swing XT 4 bike rack compatible with Thule's Tram Ski Attachment?
It sure is! The Thule Tram Ski Attachment (9033) works great with the Apex Swing XT. Thanks to the ability to swing the bike rack out of the way, accessing the cargo area of the vehicle is much more convenient than the traditional Thule Apex XT models. No need to remove any ski's or snowboards when it can be swing out of the way instead.
Will this bike rack work with step-through and children's bikes?
This bike rack is certainly compatible with both bike styles. However, it does have more to do with the bikes than the bike rack. Step-through bikes will require what they call a bike frame adapter as that is how this style of hanging bike rack transports bikes. This adapter essentially simulates a top tube on bikes that are lacking one, like step-through bikes. Thule makes a really easy to use model that we recommend, Part #982XT. Children's bikes can be really tricky to fit onto bike racks in general, as the frames sometimes are just too small for a bike rack designed primarily to transport full size bikes. On a hanging style bike rack like the Apex XT Swing, the limiting factor of whether or not your child's bike will fit comes down to the width of the frame triangle that connects the head tube, seat post, and bottom bracket where the crank arms and pedals are mounted. The arms of the Apex Swing XT. are 13 1/2" in width at the outermost points. You'll want to measure the frame triangle on your child's bike and if it is greater than that measurement in width then you should be able to transport that bike on this bike rack.

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