The Thule 971XT Helium 3-bike has been replaced by the Thule 9043 Helium Aero 3-Bike
Thule 9043 Helium Aero 3-Bike

Thule 9043 Helium Aero 3-Bike

The Thule 9043 Helium Aero is nearly half the weight of most hitch racks and is the only ultra-light rack to integrate maximum convenience, bike protection, and security into one sleek aero-design. The Thule 9043 Helium Aero safely carries 3 bikes.

Thule 971XT Helium 3-bike

Thule 971XT Helium 3-bike
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Product Code: 100971XT
Status: Discontinued
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The Thule 971XT Helium is an ultra-light aluminum hitch rack bike carrier that is near half the weight of a traditional bike carrier. The Thule 971XT Helium makes installation and removal easier and safely carries three bicycles behind your vehicle.


  • Holds up to three bikes, two bikes on a Class I hitch
  • No-tool installation, simply load into the hitch receiver and tighten receiver knob
  • Narrow cradle arms hold a wider range of bike frames including smaller children's frames
  • T3 Cradles hold bikes in place for maximum frame protection and stability
  • Patented No-Sway Cage prevents bike-to-bike contact
  • Hitch Switch lever tilts carrier from vehicle for trunk, hatch, or tailgate access
  • Includes integrated locking cable and receiver lock knob to secure bikes to hitch rack and hitch rack to vehicle
  • Hitch adapter included to accommodate 1 1/4" or 2" receivers, no accessory purchase required
  • Bike arms fold down when not in use or for storage
  • Hitch switch for fold down arms
  • Stinger for improved receiver fits and better ground clearance
  • Lanyard for receiver pin
  • Models: 970 2 bike; fits both 1.25" or 2" receivers 971 3 bike; fits both 1.25" or 2" receivers
  • The Helium will not fit a Class I hitch made by Hidden Hitch, Drawtite, or Reese without modification
  • For all 1 1/4" hitches, Helium stinger foot must be able to extend 2 5/8" from center of pin hole into receiver hitch without obstruction
  • Need a receiver hitch? Try our Curt Hitch Finder (US Customers Only)


Weight: 26lbs

Length (carton): 36.5"

Width (carton): 15.75"

Height (carton): 9.5"

UPC: 091021879447

Manufacturer: Thule

Manufacturer Part Number: 971XT

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