Thule Ultimate Upright Rack 599xtr Bike Rack

3.57/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $140.00


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Thule Ultimate Upright Rack


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TJ a Weekend Warrior from oceanside, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2008

Strengths:    Finally, a way to transport my fixed gear!

Weaknesses:    Those stupid plastic wingnuts that crack after a year. No big deal but wish they would make em out of metal or better mnaterial. THese are the wingnuts on the tray.

Bottom Line:   
Ive been a fork mount guy for 15 years. I found a great deal on a returned upright carrier so I got it. I have a fixed gear for commuting. Occasionally, my wife will give me a ride etc and it was very inconvenient pulling out the 15 mm wrench to remove the front wheel. Mounting the bike on top of my wifes full size SUV is not that bad (Im a guy - 6'0") but there is no way my wife could do it (but I would not expect her to do the fork mounts either). I fond the upright camming lever quite clever and makes securing easy. One thing that I dont miss with the fork mount - accidently slipping the fork of the bike of the carrier - BAM - nice little dent in the roof. It will never happen with this carrier. Seems that this carrier is more bulky than the fork mount, but then again you dont have to worry about the wheel and what to do with it! I will probably end up using this over my fork mounts for my other bikes due to the shear convenience.... I dont care if I dont look like a euro-pro!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $41.00

Purchased At:   REI used gear sale

Similar Products Used:   Thule fork mounts - velovise etc

Bike Setup:   fixed road and mountain

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by EDDIE a Weekend Warrior from MATAWAN

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

Strengths:    VERY SECURE, GOOD PRODUCT, NOT AS GOOD AS THE THULE BIGMOUTH

Weaknesses:    PAIN IN THE BUTT TO USE.

Bottom Line:   
I PURCHASED 2 BIGMOUTH AND 2 STANDARD UPRIGHTS FOR A NEW 4 BIKE, ROOFRACK FOR MY NEW TRUCK. I KICK MYSELF FOR NOT GETTING 4 BIGMOUTHS. THEY ARE FAR SUPERIOR OVER THE STANDARDS. MUCH EASIER TO USE. TURNING THET KNOB SUCKS.

DONT SAY YOU WERE NOT WARNED! GET THE BIGMOUTH!

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Favorite Trail:   RINGWOOD, WAYWAYANDA,HARTSHORNE ALMUCHY

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   BIKE N GEAR, EDISON N.J

Similar Products Used:   SARIS TRUNK MOUNT

Bike Setup:   CANNONDALE JECKYLL

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by railtrailbiker a Weekend Warrior from Bergen County, NJ

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2001

Strengths:    Stability, security.

Weaknesses:    Ease of use.

Bottom Line:   
The method of securing bikes via turning that big knob could prove difficult for those without good upper body strength, particularly with the bikes up so high when the procedure is being performed.

Next time I'm buying a set of BigMouths.

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Favorite Trail:   Old Croton Aqueduct State Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   rackwarehouse.com

Similar Products Used:   Volkswagen roof rack system.

Bike Setup:   Cannondale M400, Cannondale C300, Cannondale H500 - all stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pan a Cross Country Rider from Lafayette, LA

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2000

Strengths:    -super stable at highway speeds (i can do 85mph with no problem)
-the camming-lever, though plastic, is lockable (if you buy a lock core for it)for a modicum of security
-easy to mount to the crossbars
-easy to adjust between bikes
-once mounted, never need to mess with it again.


Weaknesses:    -the beefy plastic camming lever at the bottom of the carrier, which is used to open and close the jaws, can misalign when closing and squirt to the side of the wide plastic adjustable nut it slides against
-jaws could stand to open a bit wider
-have to buy a lock core to lock it
-price ($20-30 lower would be great)


Bottom Line:   
-my carrier is over 3 years old. the currenct version *looks* like a lot of the shortcomings i listed have been solved (the jaw opening, the camming-lever).
-if you own a version that has that camming-lever problem, its easy to solve by simply squeezing on either side of the lever as you close it. works every time for me.
-if it ever fails on me, i'll buy another one without a doubt.

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Favorite Trail:   anything technical

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   none, these have worked almost perfectly for me

Bike Setup:   '00 fsr xc, race face, xtr, crossmax

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by robert a Cross Country Rider from Flagstaff, AZ

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2000

Strengths:    At one time it held the my bikes securely.

Weaknesses:    The plastic covering on the crossbars is peeling off, making the rack look cheap. I also used an ultimate upright and the latch doesn't fit the adjusting knob like it should, catching only one side of it resulting in an insecure attachment.

Bottom Line:   
Don't use a Thule rack.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jamie a Cross Country Rider from Swindon, Wilts UK

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2000

Strengths:    Quick to Fit
Strength - I have had 2 bikes on my Prelude - no problem at motorway speeds (plus a bit!)


Weaknesses:    As rear bar mounting is not fixed one of my bike carriers wrattled - soon fixed by jamming some padding between the silver plate and the roof bar

VERY INSECURE LOCK - BE WARNED


Bottom Line:   
Please be careful when using the Thule bike rack with oversized frames as the jaws do not wrap around sufficiently to stop your bile simply being 'forced' off the roof.

I normally lock the bikes, and wheels to the roof rack, but I was only inside the house long enough for a thief to spot my bike, wrench it off the roof and ride off on it (Klein Attitude comp £1000 !! b^%$£%ds) luckily it was insured!!

My tip is that rather than trusting the simple locking mechanism when fixing oversized frames, purchase a small, but strong cable lock, the type you fix to the down-tube are great as you can fix it to the Thule uprights. pass this lock around the U join in the Thule uprights and around the frame:

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Favorite Trail:   Grindelwald , CH

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   - was an attitude comp, now back to my trusty '85 Gary Fisher Hookoo.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by deric a Cross-Country Rider from SLC,UT

Date Reviewed: July 21, 1999

Strengths:    
Thule fit kits and cross bars seem to work O.K.


Weaknesses:    
Only one day after buying it I noticed that the PLASTIC parts at the lower latch were not working correctly.One of the PLASTIC flanges on the PLASTIC lever would raise over the adjustment knob(knob would also describe the person who designed this thing).The bottom line is the rack would never attach securely to the bike because only one of the two latching surfaces,at the bottom,would stay in it's groove.


Bottom Line:   
My obvious dislike of Thule products was over a year in the making and peaked when I
tried their newest upright bike rack.I also own their previous upright design,which among other things,scratched the down tube on my bike and takes entirely too long to
operate as compared to Yakimas quick release design.Thank God Yak makes a kit that allows me to use their products on my Toolie(as in the tool that designed these racks) cross bars.deric

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Yakima Ankle Biter


Bike Setup:   
Thule bars

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ray a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: July 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Ease of use
Lockable
Stability


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
Excellent rack. At highway speeds it is absolutely stable. It is also easy to use and to adjust between bikes. Removal only takes a few seconds once unlocked.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Rhode Gear trunk mount


Bike Setup:   
Trek 7300

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 27, 1999

Strengths:    
Ease of use and flexibility of mounting most bikes.


Weaknesses:    
Upright threaded rod has a habit of stripping away during hard use.


Bottom Line:   
Bought two of these racks and have been ultra happy despite minor problems. These racks have been places that would see bikes flying into the bush. Try ROUGH CORRUGATED Aussie bush roads at 140km/h hour after hour with no tightening or maintenance required. Just throw the bikes on, one flick and they're mounted. Just hop out and get them down at the other end! Only downside is that they are expensive, however they are the easiest alternative for mounting some of the weirder frame shapes (Fisher FS, Giant ATX-DH). Thule have done well.

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Favorite Trail:   
Thredbo Raw NRG

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Rola Bike mounts.


Bike Setup:   
Gary Fisher Full Suspension 1998 models.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by andy a Cross-Country Rider from saratoga

Date Reviewed: June 20, 1999

Strengths:    
easy to use, my bike never fell off
looks cool on your car


Weaknesses:    
upright bar doesn't stay and slips down my down tube so it ends up doing nothing


Bottom Line:   
not a bad rack, i wouldn't have been happier with the old school rack but it works. it just rocks around a lot up there, i've used it a ton though and it has never been a serious problem. 4 red hots

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
normal thule


Bike Setup:   
fisher hkek

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch Small a Weekend Warrior from Jersey City, NJ

Date Reviewed: April 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Easy to get bike and Rack on and off.
Easy to adjust. Holds bike solid even at speeds over 70 mph.


Weaknesses:    
A little on the expensive side.


Bottom Line:   
An excellent rack, that has never given me any trouble.

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Favorite Trail:   
Round Valley,NJ

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
None



Overall Rating:4
Submitted by David Ray a weekend warrior from Cumming, GA

Date Reviewed: February 26, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I picked up the Thule roof rack for my 81 Volvo wagon and originally got the Velo-Vise fork mount carrier. While installing the rack I started thinking about the convenience of the Ultimate Upright for just $10 more. ($100 vs. $89 at REI) So I swapped the fork mount for the upright and couldn't be happier. Bike seems to be rock solid on the roof and it's a breeze to hook up. Rack is great for traditional frames but could see difficulties with some of the exotic designs. Only downside is expense, but if you're buying Thule racks you're spending some bucks.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by olymtb a cross-country rider from berkeley, ca

Date Reviewed: December 25, 1998

Bottom Line:   


This rack is ok, but not as good as my previous Yakima. The construction is sturdy but the plastic shell is falling appart. Also assembly is not as easy as my previous Yakima.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Larry from Palo Alto, CA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I have tried both the Yakima and Thule Roof Rack systems. I originally bought the Yakima Roof
rack system because or their round bars which I felt would adapt better to curved gutters. Also,
according to their Fit Book, their gutter mount would fit all three of my cars. However, their book
was wrong. It did not come close to fitting one of my cars. The dealer, (REI), couldn’t believe thelr
Fit Book was wrong but came out to my car and confirmed that this was indeed the case and
exchanged the entire system for a Thule system for me.I bought 5 of Thule’s Ultimate Upright bike racks. Their Upright system works better than Yakima’s
in that their latching and locking mechanism is down at roof level rather than up by the downtube. (In
1998 Yakima is supposed to come out with their “Ankle Biter” bike mount however, which attaches
to a bike’s crank arm, making downtube diameter irrelevant. Also, this keeps the cranks from
turning while driving. But it does not use a triangulated mounting system with two upright struts per
bike, but one strut only, which seems inherently less stable.)Furthermore, if you want to switch your racks from car to car, the Thule requires only one knob.
Yakima requires a knob, but in addition, requires you to use a wrench on a bolt on the hard-to-see
backside of the gutter foot. This wrench can only be turned about an eighth turn at a time.
Furthermore, as you tighten the foot, the angle of the foot to the bar changes, which has a tendency
to bend both feet on the bar in towards each other, changing their distance between each other, so
you have to loosen the bolt and start the tedious process all over again, predicting by trial and error,
where the foot will end up after it’s fully tightened. This may not be so tough if you have to set it up
for just one car, but if want to switch cars, repeating this process is very inconvenient.The Thule Ultimate Uprights appear quite sturdy, and can hold road, mtn, kids bikes, or even our
kid’s trailer bike, (Alley-Cat). Thule’s rectangular bars have not been a problem. We even bought
Thule’s Adventurer 16 cu. ft. cargo box, which there is room for on the rack in addition to our
bikes.I also like Thule’s quick release levers to attach and detach the bike uprights. It makes it easy to
slide the outer racks with bikes into the center of the roof while mounting additional bikes. The bikes
lock to the Ultimate Uprights which lock the Uprights to the bars.

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