Thule 9026 Apex 5-bike - Thule Bike Rack

Thule 9026 Apex 5-bike
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Rating of 4.0/5 on 2 reviews
Product Code: 109026
Status: Discontinued
"The folks at Rack Attack are true experts in this category."
- Fred Clark, CEO Thule
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The Thule 9026 Apex 5-bike

Thule Hitch Mount Bike Rack

The Thule 9026 Apex 5-bike is Thule's new premium hitch rack that combines security, convenience and revolutionary new cradles with Road Dampening Technology (RDT) making it the most complete hitch rack on the market.


  • Hold Fast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) Cradles absorb the shock of the road, thus protecting your bike during transport
  • Snug-Tite receiver lock virtually eliminates hitch rack movement in receiver and locks the hitch rack to the vehicle
  • Arc design of the arms gives bikes greater clearance off the ground and provides greater distance between bikes preventing contact
  • Increased mast height for improved ground clearance
  • Patented No-Sway to prevent bike to bike contact - now designed with rubber bumpers for frame protection
  • Heavy-duty integrated lock allows you to lock your bikes to the rack and store your bikes on the hitch rack when not in use
  • Hitch Switch allows the arms to fold down when not in use and tilts the carrier down for rear of vehicle access
  • Integrated handle for easy carrying and handling
  • Fits 2" receivers only
  • No-tool installation, simply load into the hitch receiver, then tighten & lock the receiver knob
  • Non-standard bike frames without a top cross bar may require the use of a frame adapter (sold separately)


Weight: 45lbs

Length (carton): 44.1"

Width (carton): 16.8"

Height (carton): 10.5"

UPC: 091021008175

Manufacturer: Thule

Manufacturer Part Number: 9026

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This is so easy to use and it is great for my 5-person family. Everything fits snugly but nicely, and there is minimal movement when driving. This unit is highly recommended, and all of the RESEARCH that I have done for 5-bike units shows the Thule Apex is better than the Thule Vertex and Yakima Full Tilt models.

2014 Jeep Cherokee / Wagoneer


Bought this for our family who travels every weekend back and forth to cottage. Goes on the car in April and off in September. Well made product. Easy to tilt with the latch. Does not tilt well with bikes on. Will only carry 5 bikes IF they are road bikes. Does not carry our 5 mountain bikes. Difficult to carry children's bikes on it- need to be creative with bungee cords. Challenging and time consuming to put on bikes to rack as all our frames are different in sizes. We have recently purchased a different system- where you click your tires into the trays and clamps and this is so much more user friendly and accommodates all size of bikes. Only comes in 4 though, but I am told that most well constructed bike racks are made for 4 bikes.

2016 Volvo XC90


Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions for this product. If you need more assistance you can email a rack-install technician, or call us at: 1-877-432-8301

No! Any tools required for installing this rack product come included in the box!

Rack Attack sells three types of hitch bike racks. The first is a hanging racks where the bikes sit upright. These racks will carry pretty much any bikes under the weight limit. The second type of bike rack is a platform rack where the bikes mount via the tires. These racks can carry any bikes under the weight limit as long as your tires aren't too fat to fit into the cradles. The final type of bike rack we sell is a hanging rack. Two-arm hanging racks can cause difficulties with some frames, wo