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    Saris Thelma reviews/info needed

    I've searched for info and while I can find some, I wanted to ask a little more while also giving specifics about my needs and see if anyone can relate and help. Alrighty, so to begin, I'm looking at a hitch mounted bike rack. My girlfriend and i are just plain tired of loading the bikes in the back of my pathfinder and risking them getting bent/scratched/broken. I have been doing research on different racks and settled on the ones that don't touch the frame. Namely the Saris Thelma. It seems to be a great rack for the price and easy to use. But, I have read they have some issues, namely the holders aren't big enough to handle MTB tires. However, I think this is only a problem with the older models, not the newest revised version. The thing is, this is only a problem until my girlfriend gets a roadbike. I ride a Specialized roadbike and currently she has a Vertical PK7(have little to no info on this bike, just know it's a full suspension MTB that weighs a freakin' ton). I know the weight limit of the Thelma is 35lb/bike, so this is another problem for a short period of time as her new bike will weigh around or less than mine (20lbs). So with these problems, I'm tempted to buy the Cycle-On pro since it will handle the bigger bike with ease, but at almost $100 more after I buy a locking hitch bolt and a locking cable, it's still pretty expensive and quite heavy from what I have read. Anyone have any input on the Thelma? Good experiences? Bad? Should I get one and push for her to get her road bike sooner? Or should I just bite the bullet and get the Cycle-On Pro?

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    I know for sure (well - it's what Saris told me) that the latest Saris Thelma holds 29er mountain bikes, the 2010 model was specifically redesigned so it could do that.

    If you're looking to save money and you just want to carry a regular 26" wheel mountain bike, you might be able to order the older model for cheaper. But I would suggest emailing Saris and asking. Unlike a lot of companies, they were very responsive in their replies and the guy replying seemed to know exactly what he was talking about.

    You're aware that the Cycle On Pro (to the best of my knowledge) comes with the locking hitch bolt and locking cable, right?

    I'm afraid I can't offer real advice, as I'm in the same "doing research" boat. :-(

    The Thelma 3 is 35 pounds per bike, but that's with 3 bikes. I would think the Selma 2 would be able to hold a slightly overweight bike as well.

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    Ah, good to hear all the stuff I read was for the older ones. I think her wheels are 26" if I'm not mistaken. So, they SHOULD fit. The only thing is the weight of this monster. I picked it up and got on a scale and it's gotta weigh 40-50lbs, maybe more. This was the reason for looking into the Cycle-On pro, although the locking hitch bolt and cable were pluses (I was indeed aware ) I just dont want to get the Thelma and end up compromising the holder with her old bike when I know when she gets a new one it'll be fine for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IntegratedPi View Post
    Ah, good to hear all the stuff I read was for the older ones. I think her wheels are 26" if I'm not mistaken. So, they SHOULD fit. The only thing is the weight of this monster. I picked it up and got on a scale and it's gotta weigh 40-50lbs, maybe more. This was the reason for looking into the Cycle-On pro, although the locking hitch bolt and cable were pluses (I was indeed aware ) I just dont want to get the Thelma and end up compromising the holder with her old bike when I know when she gets a new one it'll be fine for it.
    I'm not sure what you mean by "compromising the hold" - the new one shouldn't break because you put bigger or smaller tires in it, it's "just" more expensive (lol).

    As I mentioned, I think the old one fits 26" tires, but you should call or email Saris first if you were going to buy one to make sure. They could probably tell you about the bike weight thing to, though it should work with only 2 bikes.

    On the other hand - 40-50 pounds?? LOL - that is a REALLY heavy bike if it's that much. In my entire recollection, I've only seen a single bike that was anywhere near that heavy. Maybe buying a new bike asap would be in order, lol.

    P.S. Oooooh, you mean compromising the holder because of the weight of the bike. Hmm. Dunno there - the rack itself should be fine, I suppose I don't know about the plastic holding the wheel. Erg.

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