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Old 06-27-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Which Bike Rack to use on Thule 753?

Sounds like I have 3 options?

517 Peloton rack
518 Fork Mount
599XTR Big Mouth

Pros and Cons?

Other Options?
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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I went with the 518's on rapid aero bars, albeit it is on an Accord, I can snap a pic if you want.

The XTR is a nice tray if you need the space in your truck or you ride dirt and your tires get muddy. I prefer the security and look of fork mounts.

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Old 06-27-2011, 06:25 PM   #4
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I recommend the thule 598 criterium for ease of use. No need to take of your front wheel.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:59 PM   #5
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Big Mouth for me, no fussing with bike, just lift bike and clamp down.

Plus it has a locking key and works across all fork platforms (If you ever buy a cannondale Lefty down the line, you wouldn't need to buy new carriers)

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How do these affect wind noise ?
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:19 PM   #7
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I have 753 and use 516 Prologue racks. Have a road bike and mtb. The fork clamp has to be positioned juuuuuuuust so on the mtb fork so that the lever doesn't hit the bottom hardware on the fork. But it fits.

I don't use the system a lot since most of the time, I just fold down the rear seats and put the bike in the trunk. So I might be a less-frequent user than some others. But the 516 has been just fine for me.

I have a fairing but haven't installed it yet (as I said, light usage so far). There's a noticeable increase in wind noise with the rack and or rack/bike, but it's not horrible at all.
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Hey noob here. I have a road bike and a mtn bike do I need two different racks or are the racks adjustable?
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How do these affect wind noise ?
only ever have noise issues when the sunroof is open...I heard the fairing reduces noise. never bothered with one myself
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I don't have a fairing and I can't hear any wind noise. Then again I have no sun roof.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:51 AM   #11
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Echelon if you want a fork mount. The full bike mount is six of one, half dozen of another. They make lots of noise and will reduce your fuel milage noticeably, but they're much easier to use and you don't have to put a muddy wheel in your trunk.

I have a 594XT Sidearm and the Echelon.

The Big Mouth might be a good compromise, however with many modern mountain bikes and their huge gusseted/hydro-formed/ridiculous diameter down tubes it may be a problem.

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The Sidearm makes audible whistling and makes the sunroof unuseable (not literally, its just very loud) when it's mounted. The combination of two Echelons and a Thule Fairing produces no real wind noise increase as long as the sunroof is closed, it is useable with the sunroof popped, and decent with the roof open.

All of them are "pretty loud" with bikes attached.

I'd imagine the Big Mouth is in between the Echelon and the Sidearm for every day use.

I don't mean to pollute your thread but here are some side by side pictures of the profiles of a full mount vs fork mount comparison bike on and bike off, I'll take them down if you wish. I thought maybe they'd be helpful






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Hey noob here. I have a road bike and a mtn bike do I need two different racks or are the racks adjustable?
They sell adapters for most Thule racks, little rubber inserts for the skinnier rubber of a road bike. Some of the new ones have channels that fit both I believe.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:41 AM   #12
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^ By no means are you polluting the thread with the pics. That actually helps me out visually. Thanks
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^loving the Lefty man, I loved it so much I had my frame customized to fit one



zhp makes a good point about odd shape downtubes on MTBs, I have a Ti frame so the tubes are pretty small, but I have seen a couple of bikes with huge, almost triangular downtubes.

I do think the Big Mouth is big enough to handle them (though I haven't tried them out). If you have a outdoors store like an REI or even a specialty rack store you can take your bike in and try out a couple.

The sidearm is the same exact mechanism I had on my Sportsworks Hitch Mounted rack a few years ago (before they got bought out by Thule). It worked well...though I had some reservations about having to clamp down on my wheel with so much force (I never had any problems with damaged wheels though
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Did you intentionally purchased an over sized faring or was that the one specified for your car? Reason I ask, when I purchased mine a few years ago I thought it was a bit undersized and always wondered if a larger fairing would cut down on wind noise since mine does not cover the feet.
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Did you intentionally purchased an over sized faring or was that the one specified for your car? Reason I ask, when I purchased mine a few years ago I thought it was a bit undersized and always wondered if a larger fairing would cut down on wind noise since mine does not cover the feet.
I bought the one that looked the best to me, I thought the smaller one looked a little funny on the roof. Wind noise is reduced considerably with the fairing, and it does a very good job. I haven't had a small fairing so I can't tell you what difference it could make.
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I bought the one that looked the best to me, I thought the smaller one looked a little funny on the roof. Wind noise is reduced considerably with the fairing, and it does a very good job. I haven't had a small fairing so I can't tell you what difference it could make.
What size is it? 44"
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I can fit bike with wheels off in trunk without putting seats down

it can get muddy but that's why i have an extra piece of carpet there
and assembly sucks since i bike very often

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What size is it? 44"
That sounds right, but don't quote me.
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I have 753 and use 516 Prologue racks. Have a road bike and mtb. The fork clamp has to be positioned juuuuuuuust so on the mtb fork so that the lever doesn't hit the bottom hardware on the fork. But it fits.

I don't use the system a lot since most of the time, I just fold down the rear seats and put the bike in the trunk. So I might be a less-frequent user than some others. But the 516 has been just fine for me.

I have a fairing but haven't installed it yet (as I said, light usage so far). There's a noticeable increase in wind noise with the rack and or rack/bike, but it's not horrible at all.
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