Pretty much every rack for a wheelchair has a plate holder on it, do you think they did that just for funsies? As soon as the oldest moves up to a 24, that won't be the case. He completely designed it from the ground up and Recons are obviously more refined. At the end of the day, the Hitch Switch also allows the rack to fold completely vertical and out of the way allowing your car to still fit in the garage without having to remove the rack entirely. Instead of a quill-style hitch insert, the HoldUp uses a threaded hitch pin to securely tighten the rack within the receiver. I have absolutely no complaints about the T2 Classic although I'm sure there are better racks out there. I have a T2 rack, and its been excellent.
This rack is hands down the best on the market and wish I had purchased years ago. The overall construction of the T2 Pro is stout, and it feels that way too at 51lbs. All in all, the assembly time on the T2 Pro should take about fifteen minutes using the included tools. The Sherpa is a lightweight hitch rack with some nice features and a good looking powder coat finish. It's not going anywhere, but there's a bit of rattle to it. Bought the carrier from Halfords for a cycling holiday and fitted it the very next morning before departing on holiday with 4 3 small kids and 1 adult bikes secured to the carrier. They have 2 websites for some reason, with different stock on each.
Head tube is too thick. The rubber-coated cables are threaded through a bike's front triangle and then looped back on itself, where the simple lock latches onto the end of the cable. In general the T2 Pro has a feeling of being overbuilt which inspires good confidence that it will continue to function long into the future. I had a Fttire bike that got puncher and had to pump it every hour but obvoisly on 1500 mile journey you don't and it still due to the shape of the arm held the bike safely inplace the whole way. The above situation of the bracket snapping is odd bolts too tight I would imagine , but for bikes sliding off the back … stupid easy to fix.
There is a reason that the rack was revised. If so I'd love it if the rack had only metric bolts on it. I didn't even bother to read this review as I already read that it was crap compared to the classic, plus it cost at least 150 more!! Smart features like an easy to reach tilt release handle at the end of the rack and a tool-free vehicle mounting system show Thule's commitment to user-friendly design. The quill-style hitch retention system keeps the rack tight within the receiver and affords a tool-less installation, although it does require an additional pin with locking end-cap. The low loading height and easy one-handed front wheel clamps make loading bikes simple and easy. Both models have the convenience of tools free hitch attachment with the auto-pin, wedge and locking turn knob. The T2 Pro is a more universal rack that can carry more types of bikes, has better vehicle clearance, and cuts down on the assembly and install times.
The rear wheel strap is also long enough to easily snug down over any massive tire. Assembly starts with by installing the Thule lock cylinder into the hitch tightening knob and installing the base assembly into the vehicle's receiver hitch, in this case our display stand. The design is similar to the RockyMounts BackStage or the MonoRail, but we had a much easier time setting up the T2 Pro due to the near perfect alignment of the threaded female inserts with the attachment brackets. However, the story I told about the patrol car license plate readers being blocked, causing better enforcement of the law is based on a conversation a coworker had with a cop that pulled him over a few months ago. The problem is that in many other states, unless your rack is for a handicaped rack like for a wheelchair they won't give you a second plate, forcing you to remove the plate from your car to attach it to your rack. This isn't an on-the-fly job as it requires loosening four bolts per tray to make the adjustment, but it should only need to be done a single time. But it's also allowable if you recently dropped off or on the way to pick up a bike.
You gonna indemnify people you sell your rack to for the tickets? I feel like Thule took to heart the needs of a true cyclist when building this rack. Many of the racks we tested use a locking hitch pin for rack security, including the Kuat Sherpa and the RockyMounts BackStage. Cruising down the freeway with expensive toys out back is not a good time for plastic to fail. The main frame is made with very thick and sturdy metals that have a look of great engineering. Buy a 1up rack and you will up have no regrets. With the contents removed from the box, parts identified, and instructions reviewed, the assembly can begin.
The folding mechanism is also still free of any free play, and the release handle on the end of the rack is a nice touch that makes things a bit easier, especially if you have your hands full with dirty gear or a bag of groceries. You can get plate holders for lots of racks, nothing I've said favors 1up in any way. Then the hitch tightening setup broke followed by the release lever to adjust the rack from folded to layed down to store bikes. Plus it hurts my already questionable aerodynamics. In fairness to the various manufactures, bringing these complex products to market must be a daunting challenge without driving prices into the stratosphere. It is a very close fit.
I just picked up a T2 Pro, and that's my biggest complaint at the moment. Though the foam was durable, it could tear and break away over time which would compromise how well it held to your tire. It has a tiny bit of wiggle room when up. I also like how every part of the rack can be repaired or replaced if necessary. Thule was the first brand to bring a hitch rack with a remote tilt release handle to market and despite intense competition from Yakima with the Dr.