Thule Trailblazer 4 Bike Carrier Bike Rack

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $190.00


Product Description

The Trailblazer is Thule's premium hitch mount carrier. It carries four bikes and provides full rear vehicles access, thanks to a swing away design that moves the rack away when you aren't using it.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joboo a Cross Country Rider from Hibbing, Mn. USA

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2010

Strengths:    this rack folds away from vehicle, and that's sold me on this rack, very nice. holds four bikes nicely, even odd ball frames. locks to rigid-hitch, stays put, with min. wobble.

Weaknesses:    not a one. performs flawlessly.

Bottom Line:   
you get what you pay for

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   saris bones, and many others

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darren Beeson a Weekend Warrior from Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2005

Strengths:    Built in lock, swing for full rear of vehicle access, secure points.

Weaknesses:    I have not found one yet.

Bottom Line:   
This rack meets all of our family's needs. I would not change a thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Big Bear

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Chick's

Similar Products Used:   Same style, less extras

Bike Setup:   Mountain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Cross Country Rider from Sugar Hill, GA

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

Strengths:    This rack is just plain tough. I have the 996 and it's sweet. Not much in the way of play and really holds the bikes well. Had a buddy with a Yakima and his bike came off in the middle of the highway. It was probably his fault but I wasn't taking any chances. Locks into the hitch and also has a cable lock.

Weaknesses:    It's a little costly but well worth it.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome rack. Easy to install and maintain. I leave it on all of the time but might suck if you had to constantly remove. It's very tough but that toughness comes with a heavier weight.

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Favorite Trail:   Conyers Horse Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Onilne Store

Similar Products Used:   Other hitch based racks that didn't hold up. I drive a truck with the spare on the back so it's tough to find a good stable rack that can hold the bikes out there past the wheel.

Bike Setup:   It's a rack but I ride an 04 Specialized Stumpy Disk Expert

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Altanta, GA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2004

Strengths:    Ease of use, integrated locks, sturdy build

Weaknesses:    Price, but you get what you pay for. Retail is $399 I think, which is way too much- look around and get it on sale.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet rack. The hitch lock keeps the rack tight in the receiver. It started to move around on me after awhile but I found out it was just because the lock bolt wasn't torqued down enough. No problems after that. This rack couldn't be more user friendly. Swings clear of tailgate quickly and easily. This is a heavy (edit for profanity) though, so I wouldn't recommend it if you plan on taking it off and putting it back on frequently- it's a bear. Cable lock keeps the bikes on lockdown but could be cut easily enough- more for peace of mind than anything. Zip stick helps keep the bikes from moving around during transport. Rack doubles as a stand for trailhead maintenance. Excellent overall package.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   POS trunk racks

Bike Setup:   Yeti Kokopelli (which, by the way, is like the only frame ever made that won't fit on this rack without an adapter)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ed Young a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2004

Strengths:    Very well made, and many convenient features

Weaknesses:    The integrated locks are great, but don't be fooled into thinking the bikes are secure. (what is?)

Bottom Line:   
Awesome rack as far as convenience and construction. The swing away design is great. I haven't seen a better design so far, but there is room for improvement. The screw in clamp works well but is slightly inconvenient, though I wouldn't consider it a problem. It means that if you want to swing it away you need to reach down and unscrew the clamp thing which takes about 5 seconds. To secure it again you need to reach down and tighten it again. No big deal and it works well.

The integrated locks are great and keep the bikes secure when going to the grocery store or a movie but I can think of several ways to defeat them. I wouldn't feel safe leaving them locked up overnight in the rack in a college town or in Moab, etc. I think Thule should add some loops where the base meets the swing away unit so the swing away mechanism can be secured with another lock. I may even weld them on myself.

All in all it's a fantastic rack and I have no problem opening up the rear door and accessing the ton of stuff back there. I can even use the rack as a bike stand to do maintenance and stuff.

The best part is I won't be a victim of the infamous drive-into-the-garage-with-bikes-on-top-of-the-car syndrome.

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Favorite Trail:   can't decide

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $265.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   none other than a pickup bed bike rack.

Bike Setup:   Car settup: Honda CR-V with 2" receiver hitch.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from Nelson, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Easy to put bikes on and off. Swings out easily and simply. Locks tightly in place, very little movement during driving. Tie down straps with "zip stick" work "okay"

Weaknesses:    None I have found yet. Might not work as well with non traditional frame designs.

Bottom Line:   
Before I got this rack I had the Yakima that tips down so you can open your trunk. This works well unless you have 4 heavy bikes on it, then you need two people to lift it up again. Also, the Yakima rack had the system where you clamp your top tube into the rack. I learned the hard way that if the rubber bumber gets folded into the clamp you can bend your top tube because in uses quite abit of pressure. That mistake cost me a frame. I wouldnt put my road bike in the rack because the length of the clamp is very short and I worried that the top tube would bend just from driving over a bump. Anyways the Thule works great. I got it because I need something that would swing far enough out that I could get into my Camper. Because of the pivot system, it swings WAY out if you need it. Also because it swings rather than tips, you can easily open and close it with 4 bike without any effort. The system that locks it in place is great and it bolts closed for when you are travelling. The only thing that is not perfect ( and Im really getting picky here) is that the pin that you pull to swing it away is abit hard to get at if there are 4 bikes. Also it should really be abit longer for 4 bikes, it holds three nicely but with 4 there is quite abit of contact. All in all a great product so far. Its expensive but in my mind worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Yakima four bike carrier that tips down. Cant remember name.

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg Deluxe.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chris a Racer from front range

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2004

Strengths:    Sweet rack. My wife had to join the SUV crowd and got an expedition so instead of getting a forklift to put the bikes on the car this was the only option. Great rack. I thought I would be taking it on and off whenever we were to transport bikes but the thing is heavy ~50 lbs. The thing is sweet I can have the bikes on the rack swing it open and get into the back. Total versatility. Comes with integrated lock.

Weaknesses:    Lock is too short to lock wheels in to so plan to buy another 8-10 foot lock for your wheels...that is if you like your wheels. Don't buy the ski rack attachment for it. thing is a peice of garbage and it will not clear the tail gate when you swing it open.

Bottom Line:   
Don't worry about the price. this thing is really nice and it's great not having to throw your muddy ass wheel in your car. (This is great if your prone to leaving your wheel at home ).

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Favorite Trail:   Won't tell you! Don't ask!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   sports rack.

Similar Products Used:   roof racks.

Bike Setup:   a his and hers set of racer-x's.

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