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Old 06-05-07, 03:07 PM   #1
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Yakima or Thule?

Are there any differences between the two companies? I would think their products would be pretty identical, but I thought I would ask before I spend over $500 on a rack system. I need to order a top rack for my car before I move out to Colorado in a few weeks.

The Yakima set-up came out at $519, and the Thule was $579. That includes a mid-level bike mount and kayak mount.

Those are the only two rack companies I know of, are there any others I need to check out?

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yakima is a US company but thule's products are been easier to install/use. just the thoughts of a shop employee who deals with both.
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Old 06-05-07, 03:56 PM   #3
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Just bought a Thule! Easy to install and it works really well.
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I've been very happy with Yakima. I've used the stuff through 3 cars now and all I've had to change are the Q clips.
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both of my parents have Thule racks on their vehicles, they've been used many a time and never failed.
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I have a Thule and am happy with it for the most part, but the short roof adapter for my coupe makes it kind of a pain in the butt to put on. (I take the rack off if I'm not expecting to need it for a while for the tiny mileage boost).

Both are good products as far as I've seen. A few pros and cons with each as far as I can tell.
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Old 06-06-07, 03:59 PM   #7
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+1 for yakima. Installed it myself just a few months ago. I love it, but on the other hand, I've no experience with Thule..
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Both, Yakima and Thule racks are on sale 15% off at Eastern Mountain Sports

http://www.ems.com/catalog/assortmen...ssrcid=060607A
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got mine from rackattack.com, fwiw. I think they're cheaper than EMS/REI even with the 15% off sales?..
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Looks like I can't go wrong with either!
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I have a Yakima system that I carry skis and bikes on. It mounts to factory roof rack. Over the years its been transferred from a chevy suv, to a dodge minivan, to a subaru, to another suv, and has served well.

For bikes, I have the mount which clamps to the downtube, and has core locks on both the bike mounts and the q-towers. I never had any worries, with regards to security, when throwing my old mtn bikes up there, but as I recently upgraded to a shiny new road bike, I sometimes have second thoughts about leaving it up there for hours while parked in the parking lot at work. How easy is it to spring bikes out of those mounts despite being locked? Has any one had a loss with these things?
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I know you are looking for a roof rack, but I thought I would post my experience with Yakima, even though its on hitch racks...

I am on my second Yakima hitch rack. The first one I bought was a 2 bike rack, which I have outgrown, and I traded it back in for a 5 bike rack. I had the 2 bike rack for 4 months and used it daily without a single scratch on it (It has a very tough finish!). I used the rack lock kit on the 2 bike rack, and I added a second lock kit (matching keyset) to the 5 bike rack (The tube is longer and can take a cable on each side now, but I had to drill a hole on the left tube to take the locking pin and the tube is so tough it dulled out 3 drills in the process!). It works great and the bikes stay safe and stable.

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Both companies make comparable quality products. You'll be happy with either.
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I recently picked up a yakima Kingpin 4. Two problems:
1. It's not a tight fit between the rack and the car. I have a 2 inch hitch and the rack does not fit in there snug. This means the rack sways back and forth.
2. The pieces holding the bike against the racks bars move. My bike slid down one side of the rack over the bumps and before long my bike wasn't sitting properly on the rack.

I thought I'd take it back and try another type/brand and honestly I would prefer one that held the wheels instead of the top bar, but I was hoping to save a little money.

I'm wondering if it's an issue of you get what you pay for.
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