Thule Spare Me Bike Rack

2.71/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $199.99


Product Description

Thule Spare Me Spare Tire Bike Carrier (963XTR). Carry up to 2 bikes on this heavy duty bike locking rack that connects right to your rear mounted spare tire.


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Sam a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2012

Strengths:    Can be customized
Easy to install


Weaknesses:    Rusts out very quickly
warps if you do not use center mounting location


Bottom Line:   
I purchased this a few weeks ago and I remove it whenever I am not planing on biking, however I did leave it on the back of the Jeep overnight once. Although it did not rain over night the vehicle was covered in dew in the morning. This was enough water to cause the rack to start to rust. I would not have expected something of this price to rust so easily. I went to lift up the arms and rust water poured out of the ends. Quick way to ruin a white shirt I might add. Anyway, I ended up removing the caps and spraying the inside of the tubes with rust protector and let it sit overnight. Hopefully this slows down the rusting process. After reading several reviews on other sites it sounds like this thing will not last me over a year. I am not about to spend $200.00 every year to haul my bike around. I guess it is time to start looking for other options.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by SCVANABS a Cross Country Rider from Canaan, NH

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2010

Strengths:    Fits nicely on back of a JEEP Liberty spare tire. Useful for carrying two bikes. Went on easy.

Weaknesses:    Rusted out, Contacted Thule and there was no response. Poor customer service. Heard nothing back after several attempts.

Had to saw it off the back of the JEEP.


Bottom Line:   
Check out other bike racks.

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Favorite Trail:   Rail TRail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by dgreenberg a Weekend Warrior from Cairo, Egypt

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, reliable, holds bikes securely

Weaknesses:    The rack sticks way out

Bottom Line:   
Very good rack. Held 3 bikes very securely driving from Cairo to Dahab, roads not very good. Nice security feature, the knobs "lock" so that a thief cannot unscrew and ride away. And the rack locks in the same fashion. I'm very happy with this rack.

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Favorite Trail:   Wadi Degla

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by chriscolemanMTB a Weekend Warrior from woodstock

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2009

Weaknesses:    clip that the bike mounts on broke on the first day that i had it. I kept it about a month before returning it. It already had a significant amount of rust on it and beat my bike up pretty bad. i bit the bullet and bought a yakima roof rack system. thank goodness for rei's great customer service.

Bottom Line:   
this thing is easy, cheap, but is NOT awesome

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Favorite Trail:   United States

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   yakima rail grabber

Bike Setup:   novera

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mward58 a Cross Country Rider from Oakdale, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2008

Strengths:    Reasonably Priced compared to Hitch rack or rack mounted

Weaknesses:    Somewhat difficult to put on the first time because I had to take off the tire and rack to get the plate through the center and remove the center piece of my spare.

Bottom Line:   
Excelent durable rack for money. The pads slide when you have a bike on so I used electricians tape to prevent them from sliding because one time the bikes slid together and they banged together. I always use a bungee cord to prevent the front wheels from spinning and then one to strap each bike to rack. That works well for long trips and to prevent bikes from banging together.

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Favorite Trail:   Gateway

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Raleigh Mountain bike and Trek hybred

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Gill from Germantown, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2007

Strengths:    Easy to install, simple to maintain, compact design, no straps, sturdy.

Weaknesses:    Lowering the rack from the 45 degree angle can be difficult.

Bottom Line:   
Would highly recommend this rack for anyone that has a rear mounted spare tire and wants to mount 2 bikes or less. Really like the compact nature of the rack and the fact that you do not have worry about straps dangling about. Once the rack is installed you can essentially forget about it b/c it is not bulky nor does it get in the way of closing the rear door. Also, it is solid in terms of mounting b/c it feels like it is an extension of your vehicle and does NOT move.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   None


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mike a Weekend Warrior from saint clair shores

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007

Weaknesses:    After 3 months of use I just returned mine today. GARBAGE!!!!! This rack left several dents in the underside of my frame where the bike rests on the rack. Also, I had one of the straps break.

Bottom Line:   
GARBAGE!!! DO NOT PURCHASE.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   rei


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