Thule Express 970 Vs Thule 5301
Originally Posted by Looigi
Lots of choices. I recently got a Saris Thelma II hitch rack which works well supporting the bikes by the wheels. Depending on your bikes, you may want the type of rack that supports the bike by its wheels rather than suspends them from their top tube. Some bikes don't have top tubes and/or if you have really nice bikes you may not want the top tube getting abraded or otherwise damaged.
Been looking at the Thule racks. My LR has a Tow Hook as standard so thatīs a good option for me to use. Last night I did quite a bit of searching and the base Thule model would seem to suit my needs... We will only be doing very short distances, no actual car touring, so I think a light one should be OK - The "Express 970" looks amazing, has anyone got one of these ? Would love your thoughts - It looks perfect except for the point you mention Looigi, I am a little bit worried about the hanging bikes swinging to and fro (and potentially into each other) when accelerating, decelerating - The cross bar is supported fair enough,and I am not too conerned about that as there is rubber protection much like on a Mechanic Bike Stand, but will the bottom of the bike not swing - There are no fixed struts to stop this and that is concerning for me, as I said before would love any Thule client feedback on this point !
The other one of interest to me is the Ride On 9502, this comes with a light board attached too so would resolve the issue of Mr PoliceMan getting unfriendly, I guess using the Express 970 would just have to have a separate light/plate board to be sure.
I have to say, I think I would be more comfortable with the bikes being supported by the wheels rather than hanging, although for the short distances we will be doing (10 - 15km only) maybe it is over-kill. I would prefer to buy this one if the swinging could be confirmed by someone, obviously with the 9502 there will be no swinging as the wheels are fixed as well as the frame, but it is a much bigger unit (and more money lol) which is a concern for storage etc.
Decisions decisions - If anyone has either model, or similar options, would love to hear from you.