Thule Easy Fold – e-bike Carrier – Hefty, Hefty, Hefty


Having an e-bike is wonderful.  Getting the bike itself from point A to point B, not quite so wonderful.  Many conventional bike carriers say they have a 40-pound weight limit per bike.  But an e-bike can run upwards of 60-pounds with battery.  Fortunately, Thule has created the Thule EasyFold 9032 Hitch Bike Carrier.  This hitch mounted bike carrier (2″ or 1 ¼” receiver) can carry two 65-pound e-bikes.  It has a couple of very nice features that show that Thule was paying attention to both the geometry of e-bikes as well as the audience that’s using them.

Not All Riders Are Created Equal

For some of us, hoisting a 65-pound bike even a foot or two is not an easy prospect.  Thule figured this one out and supplies a removable ramp with the EasyFold so you can roll your bike right onto the carrier.  No strain, no pain.  Then you unhook the ramp and put it in your vehicle.

The geometry of e-bikes can be markedly different from that of traditional bikes, especially those with low step frames.  If you were using a standard bike carrier you needed to put an adapter bar to span the space between the seat post and the stem.  But the EasyFold solves the issue by using two swinging bars that grip the frame. There are locks using the Thule one lock system to prevent anyone from tampering.  The wheels are secured in a tray with ratchet straps.

The whole rack can be tilted downward to give you access to your vehicle’s rear hatch or trunk.  The two wheel trays fold up and together (hence the name EasyFold) so they are out of the way if you are traveling without bikes.  The rack fits snuggly into the receiver and tightens so there’s no annoying wiggling or shaking when you are driving.

Price is just about $700.  But if you’ve struggled to deal with e-bikes on your car, this is probably worth the money.

Here’s a video review of the EasyFold

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