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I’m looking at picking up a Thule T2 Pro XT and am looking for feedback from current owners. Have you been happy with the rack? Any issues with the design, function, or durability? One thing I’ve seen in a couple personal reviews is that the rack sits crooked in the hitch. Most reviews don’t mention this, so I’m wondering if this is a rare problem, or perhaps due to user error.

I prefer the design of the Thule, but would also consider the Kuat NV 2.0 if there’s a good reason for it. I know there are a ton of people who love the One Up rack, but it’s just not for me.
 

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I like the Thule T2 Pro XT, the rack is super robust, fits my Fat Bike, 29'er and gravel bike without issue and even adjust for my kids 20". The outboard handle alone will make you happy you bought it.

The only draw back is weight but thta's what makes it robust. As far as the tilting i believe that is hitch dependent. Mine looks fine on my wifes SUV but does tilt slightly on my pickup but nothing i'm worried about.
 

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Mine sits square in the hitch too. I use it for everything from 4" fat bikes and 29+ wheels, to 26" mtbs and it's been great with all of them. The fact you can easily re-position the rear wheel strap as the wheel size changes makes it very versatile, and there's enough space to run 2 fat bikes without any problems.

The only drawback is it didn't survive being backed into a large light pole. But I like it enough to buy another one.

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I've had one for a year, and really like it. The only negative I can think of is the weight, but it's not that difficult to manage. I have not used other racks to offer a comparison, but I am guessing that I will not have to buy anything else for a long time.
 

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I have had mine for several years and I like it a lot. For the weight and for storage I picked up the Hollywood Racks Valet. The hole does not line up with the clamp thing but it makes no difference. I have seen folks drill another hole. I've never see the need to do that.
 

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I didn't do a lot of research before buying mine but I read the reviews from this site:

https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/reviews/biking/bike-rack/thule-t2-pro-xt

https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/biking/best-bike-rack?specs=n&n=5&sort_field=#compare

Only had a it a short time but here are my thoughts:

-Slightly higher off the ground than my previous tray style hitch rack
-Longer than my previous tray style rack
-Heavy and big (this is a very common issue) so if you need to store it off the vehicle, make sure you have space for the rack somewhere.
-Cable locks are a nice feature but not really necessary, would forego this for a lesser price and lighter weight rack.
-Have not had to adjust the spacing yet but wish it was tool free, who knows I may never need to adjust it, the spacing is pretty good and I haven't had issues with interference yet.

As someone mentioned sitting crooked is likely a hitch thing, it would be difficult for the hitch to be perfectly true along with frame of the vehicle where it is mounted to.

Overall happy with it, I did get it on sale, so that kind of helps, probably would not have paid retail for it.
 

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I've been using my for a couple years now, and I don't really have any complaints. It's sturdy, easily accomodates 24" to 29" wheels, and I personally really appreciate that it has the built-in locks. The part I appreciate the most is how quickly it can be put on my car and then taken off again. I thought I would be turned off by the weight, but it really isn't a factor.

I do appreciate that the Kuat has the built-in bike repair stand, but all the other features of the Thule T2 Pro XT win out for me.
 

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I have had mine for a couple months now and really like it. It is simple and robust. I really like the retracting cable locks too. I wouldn't rely on them for overnight protection but it keeps the honest people honest if you stop for lunch after a ride. Also, the tilt handle is an awesome design as well. Tilting the bikes back to open the rear hatch of a SUV or folding the rack up after unloading the bikes takes seconds.
 

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I have had mine for a couple months now as well and really like it. It is simple and robust. I really like the retracting cable locks as well. I wouldn't rely on them for overnight protection but it keeps the honest people honest if you stop for lunch after a ride. Also, the tilt handle is an awesome design as well. Tilting the bikes back to open the rear hatch of a SUV or folding the rack up after unloading the bikes takes seconds.
Totally forgot about the tilt feature when I posted earlier. I agree - its fantastic and really easy to use. I also agree on your feedback regarding the built-in locks - I wouldn't rely on them to lock the bike overnight, but they are sufficient for a food stop after a ride. I've even relied on them to lock my bike for the workday, but it isn't a place I worry about theft.
 

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I've had mine for about a year. No major complaints. It's definitely solid and sturdy. Built in cable lock is pretty cool. Won't stop a prepared thief though. I weave a second much thicker cable if I'm traveling. It sits the bikes up high so the exhaust is not really close to the wheels. No problems with fit or unevenness. The rack also works well in all kinds of weather. I had to lift it up and down covered in snow and it was totally fine. The biggest draw back is the weight and size. Taking it off is more or less easy but with a bad back I am concerned moving it. I usually it is on an old skateboard and roll it into the garage. I don't have a big garage so that doesn't help. Usually the rack stays on 24/7. It makes getting to the rear hatch a little annoying having to lift down the rack, but not a big deal. I use the backdoors most of the time. Watch out for foot activated tailgates and also accidentally pressing the tailgate button if your car is new. I imagine bad scratches would easily happen. Nice rack overall. Kind of overpriced IMO.
 

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I've just returned from a 1,500 mile round trip using the rack. While I set it up so the rear wheel "cup" on both bikes sits directly under the rear axle, when I checked it after about 400 miles the cup had slid towards the front of the bike a good 4" or more.

This put a lot of angular pressure on the wheel strap and the teeth that hold the strap in place as the wheel rotates up and away from its starting position, to the point that the teeth were worn down. I stopped this happening by placing a voile strap around the cross bar in front of the strap so it couldn't slide forward as easily.

This hasn't happened on shorter trips.

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I’m looking at picking up a Thule T2 Pro XT and am looking for feedback from current owners. Have you been happy with the rack? Any issues with the design, function, or durability? One thing I’ve seen in a couple personal reviews is that the rack sits crooked in the hitch. Most reviews don’t mention this, so I’m wondering if this is a rare problem, or perhaps due to user error.

I prefer the design of the Thule, but would also consider the Kuat NV 2.0 if there’s a good reason for it. I know there are a ton of people who love the One Up rack, but it’s just not for me.
Have you decided between the two? I'm currently in the same position you were in back in January.

After reading up on these two models, I like both equally minus one factor on each. The NV 2.0's release lever being on the inner part of the rack seems to be a big disadvantage to the XT Pro's external handle. But the lack of a hitch lock on the XT Pro is sort of a concern for me after reading many posts of Thule hitch racks being stolen, yet not many stories of stolen Kuat racks. Before I continue, I do realize that no rack is safe from those who are equipped with the tools to bypass any lock available on the market, but I would like something a bit more substantial than the internal wedge playing the part of a security lock.

Is there any way to add a lock (or locks) to the XT Pro and hitch to add at least one form of deterrence for thieves?
 

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I have this rack and for many years. I have never thought of the hitch locking mechanism as a problem. Where can I read about this being a problem?

If there is concern you can easily run a cable lock from your car hitch to several areas on the rack.
 

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I have this rack and for many years. I have never thought of the hitch locking mechanism as a problem. Where can I read about this being a problem?

If there is concern you can easily run a cable lock from your car hitch to several areas on the rack.
https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1177211-stolen-thule-t2-pro-xt-hitch-rack.html

https://electricbikereview.com/forums/threads/problem-with-thule-locks.10058/

There were a couple other articles I came across as well. I'm probably being more paranoid than I need to be.
 

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Oh wow. Looks like the Thule rack only has a hole on one side where the safety clamp goes. Does not seem like a lock pin can go through.
 

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Oh wow. Looks like the Thule rack only has a hole on one side where the safety clamp goes. Does not seem like a lock pin can go through.
Yeah. Some discussion boards have said they put a third party pin through it, but based on Pro XT videos, I've never seen a hole on the other side, so I'm not sure if they're talking about the T2 Classic rack. And since stores aren't open, I'm unable to see any of these racks in person, which is why I'm asking on these threads.

I'm also wondering about that spring loaded pin on the Pro XT that slides into the hitch receiver... is the only function to prevent the rack from slipping out of the receiver? It's not a lock of any kind, correct?

(Sorry for the barrage of questions. As I've mentioned, not being able to see these in person makes it a bit tricky; I don't want to order something online and be surprised or disappointed by anything when I receive it. I'd rather have all the info I need and make one purchase if possible.)
 

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I'm also wondering about that spring loaded pin on the Pro XT that slides into the hitch receiver... is the only function to prevent the rack from slipping out of the receiver? It's not a lock of any kind, correct?
You're right, the spring loaded pin is only a safety device, it's not a lock.

The lock is part of the wedge in the stinger that sits in the receiver. You tighten it with a knob at the rear to remove all movement. Once it tight you turn the key to lock the knob and it then just spins. Various people have reported that this isn't very secure.

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You're right, the spring loaded pin is only a safety device, it's not a lock.

The lock is part of the wedge in the stinger that sits in the receiver. You tighten it with a knob at the rear to remove all movement. Once it tight you turn the key to lock the knob and it then just spins. Various people have reported that this isn't very secure.

Tim
This was the first thing that alerted me to the possibility of getting these T2 Pro XT racks stolen. You can start from the 4:00 mark.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DM0JkyNicc&t=659s

Just throwing that out there for anyone else who may be in the market for these racks. I'll probably end up still getting the Pro XT and just hope for the best.
 
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