Thule Ultimate Upright Rack 599xtr Bike Rack

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Thule Ultimate Upright Rack

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 29, 2001]
EDDIE
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

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

Weakness:

PAIN IN THE BUTT TO USE.

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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[Oct 28, 2001]
railtrailbiker
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Stability, security.

Weakness:

Ease of use.

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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[Jul 21, 1999]
deric
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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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[Jul 18, 1999]
Ray
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Ease of use
Lockable
Stability

Weakness:

None

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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[Apr 06, 1999]
Mitch Small
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

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

Weakness:

A little on the expensive side.

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

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None

[Oct 06, 2000]
Pan
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

-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.

Weakness:

-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)

-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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none, these have worked almost perfectly for me

[Aug 23, 2000]
robert
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

At one time it held the my bikes securely.

Weakness:

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.

Don't use a Thule rack.

[Jun 27, 1999]
Peter
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Ease of use and flexibility of mounting most bikes.

Weakness:

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

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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[Jun 20, 1999]
andy
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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

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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[Dec 25, 1998]
olymtb
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING

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.

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