Thule T2 916 XTR Vs. Yakima Holdup
This is a battle of the big dogs in the hitch mount bike rack market. Actually Thule and Yakima are pretty much the biggest companies in the rack market. Be that for bikes, kayaks, boats you name it, they are even starting to make lumber and ladder racks for homeowners and contractors. Both of these companies are at the top of their game and put out really great products and the Thule T2 916 XTR and the Yakima Holdup 2 are no exception. Which ever rack you choose rest assured it will be well made. These racks are both tray style racks meaning that your tires sit in a tray and hold up the bike. I love this feature, no more removing a tire to put it on the rack. I also much prefer the tray style rack to the beam type of bike rack where a beam holds your bike by the top frame tube. Mainly due to the beam style getting too crowded on the beam and the bikes coming into contact with each other or even your vehicle. Who hasn’t seen that SUV or truck rolling down the freeway with that telltale spinning tire rub mark on the back tailgate, where a spinning tire slowly ate away the paint. Not to mention some say carbon bikes can get damaged by that type of bike rack however I have not seen this to be the case.
Thule T2 916 XTR
The Thule T2 916 XTR is a tray style 2 bike hitch mount bike rack. If you want to carry four bikes your can get the Thule 918XTR T2 2 Bike Add On Hitch Rack to extend your rack to carry up to four bikes. I like this type of system where if you add more bikes you simply buy an addition to your regular bike rack and you don’t have to buy a whole new one. It has a Secure Hook that latches over your bikes tire to secure the bike to the rack. That way there is no rack touching your bike frame. In the past the Secure Hook was the only way your bike was secured to the rack and some people said you could simply deflate the tire and remove the bike from the rack. This has been alleviated by the addition of cable locks to go around the frame of the bicycle which solved this problem. Some of the things I really like about this rack are that it is very sturdy. This thing is a tank. It actually weighs 56 lbs out of the box so while this helps in how sturdy it feels you also feel it when you want to put it on or take it off your hitch. I also like the fact that when you put your bikes on it they stay where you put them. There is no movement and they don’t crash into each other with bumps in the road nor are there any spinning wheels to leave that telltale mark on the back of your car from the wheel spinning and cutting into the paint. The bike trays themselves are adjustable forward and back so if you put two bikes on the rack and they are touching pedals or the handlebar is on the seat post simply adjust one or both of the racks and voila they are no touching anymore. This is so great. Another great thing about the T2 XTR is that it’s simple to put together and it comes with its own locking cables. Get it out-of-the-way. When you are not using the T2 XTR it simply folds up tight against your vehicle. Actually this is one of the best racks in this department it sucks up pretty tight to your vehicle when it is in the up position.
The Yakima Holdup is a tray style 2 bike rack which uses a pivot arm to grasp the tire of your bike to hold it securely to your bike rack without touching your bike frame. If you want to hold up to 4 bikes you can get the Yakima Holdup Plus 2 Add ON. This will extend your rack to a rack bike rack. Both of these racks do this very well they will hold pretty much any bike from 20 inch wheeled bmx bikes all the way up to 29 inch mountain bikes. The Holdup is a big bike rack it weighs 49 lbs. without any bikes on it. That is a lot but 7 lbs lighter than the Thule T2 XTR which is not that much of a difference but if you are someone who puts your rack on and off your vehicle very often this could mean a lot to you. The Holdup 2 comes with cable locks to securely lock your bikes to the rack but as with most bike rack cables they are pretty small so if you want to really be secure you need to put something better on. I like this rack as well because it has the adjustable racks to keep your bikes separate. How did we all get along for so long smashing our bikes together on those beam style racks and letting the tires and cranks spin into the other bikes. These racks are such better options. The Yakima rack assembles fast and loads bikes fast and I it even comes with a bottle opener what more could you ask for.
Which Rack to Put On Your Hitch
As you can tell I really like both of these racks. Simply because they are both very good racks that do the job pretty similarly and very well. But for my money I would buy the Thule T2 916XTR I like the fact that it’s built like a beast even though to me it’s a negative that it’s heavier. It just seems more well-built to me, and the bikes just don’t move around as much as they do on the Yakima Holdup and at the end of the day to me that is the true test. But I wish the Thule came with the bottle opener because I mean you can never find one at the end of a ride. Either way if you end up withe either one of these racks you will be very happy and wonder why you didn’t upgrade to a big boy rack sooner.