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This review is from: Thule 591008 ProRide Locking Upright Cycle Carrier (Automotive)
I rarely write reviews but I have just bought a set of four of these carriers to go onto my existing Thule Aerobars and they are quite simply superb.
The carrier comes with both T-bolt fittings (which slide into the slots in the Thule Aerobars) and wrap around clamps for other types of roofbars. If you don't already have roofbars then I would recommend paying the extra for the Aeros, particularly if your car has roof rails like mine. (I drive a 2004 Merc E-class estate).
Fitting the carriers to the Aeros was a piece of cake, with 2 T-bolts for the front bar and a single T-bolt for the rear. You can also switch the orientation of the locking arm if you need to load bikes from either side of the car, which is a straightforward job requiring an allen key (which is not supplied).
I have 4 chunky mountain bikes (2 adult and 2 teenagers) and the four carriers fit nicely across the Aero bars with enough separation between each bike and enough room to get to the tightening mechanism on the arm.
The moveable arm has been very well designed and with the jaws fully open you don't need to be too precise setting the initial angle when loading the bikes. This is very useful if you have a heavy bike as you will only need to be lifting it unsupported for a few seconds. I would say that if you have a carrier near the centre line of the roof then you would probably need to be about 6 foot tall to comfortably reach it. (I am 6 foot four).
If you need multiple carriers then I would recommend keeping them permanently attached to the roof bars as it is not a five minute job to slot them into the bars and get every thing adjusted just right. It is possible though, and the T-Bolt clamps have a quick release mechanism (one of which is lockable on each carrier).
My main concern before buying these was the maximum load capacity on the roof of the car. For me the numbers were:
Max load for the roof rails on the Merc: 100kg
Max load for a pair of Thule Aero bars: 100kg
Each carrier weighs 4kg and a pair of Aeros is just under 4kg giving a total carrier weight of just under 20kg for my set of 4.
Each carrier has a quoted max load of 20kg (which is a heavy bike!) My big Carrera Vulcan mountain bike is 17kg and my 10 year old's Carrera is 14kg. Even with a large 17kg bike loaded, the carrier felt rock solid.
Once loaded, the handlebars on my own large frame bike were 9 feet off the ground (so you may want to avoid multi story carparks!)
The best bit!...
I can load, secure and lock from a standing start 4 bikes in less than 5 minutes and take them all off in less than 2!
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2011 17:00:11 GMT
G. Booth says:
Quality review many thanks. Tells me just how much I need to know. One question? Would the jaws expand wide enough to hold a full suspension bike with a monocoque welded frame using not standard tubing such as Marin, Whyte etc. Thanks again.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 10:41:15 GMT
D. Ashford says:
The bottom jaw is fixed and is 50cm from the arm pivot point. The jaws open to a a maximum of about 10cm. I can only comment on regular frames but it handles quite a size range, from my ten year old's bike to my own large framed version (I am 6' 4"). The carrier will let you know where it wants to grip the frame so you need to slide the wheel guides to where they need to be. Might take a while to sort that as the amount of slide depends on where the carrier attached to the roof bars.
Not familiar with the more exotic types of two-wheelers but hope this is useful!
Posted on 18 Apr 2013 22:12:58 BDT
what length are your aero bars as I was informed by thule that 4 wouldn't fit across on mine, or do you have 2 facing the opposite way??
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