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Thule Speedway vs. Saris Bones rack

Old 07-30-08, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
No experience with the Thule, but their stuff in general is just awesome.

I love the Saris Bones. Really simple and reliable rack.



I now own two cars it won't fit on: Acura TSX and Volvo V70. The rear bumpers aren't deep enough to support the feet... VERY frustrating.

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This might be another vote for Thule Speedway because there are some smaller cars in the works that will have shorter bumpers than currently like the 2010 Ford Fiesta. The Speedway will not be limited by the car bumper and if the foam deteriates then I will get some from Home Depot and make my own padding for it. I really like the Bones for overall looks but with the screws being plastic and the cheesey rubber bike straps keep me from going with it.
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Originally Posted by trek1 View Post
This might be another vote for Thule Speedway because there are some smaller cars in the works that will have shorter bumpers than currently like the 2010 Ford Fiesta. The Speedway will not be limited by the car bumper and if the foam deteriates then I will get some from Home Depot and make my own padding for it. I really like the Bones for overall looks but with the screws being plastic and the cheesey rubber bike straps keep me from going with it.
Yeah, I had a 4Runner and a Yak roof rack. When my wife got the Volvo, I went to order clips for it, and there weren't any to fit it! The Yak will not fit on top of a Volvo.

So, I had to replace it with a Thule. Man, they do a nice job. Extremely precise. They have like 3x as many fit kits as Yakima because they don't re-use any that are a "close fit." The kits actually come with the car model printed in the instructions. They are badass.

That same company makes a trunk rack, I have to say it should be on everyone's short list.

Still, I did like the Bones. No problems with it at all. Also, they have replacement parts for cheap. You could build one from parts, and come out VERY close to MSRP. Seriously. I bought one from a garage sale for $10, with a crushed arm. One week and $15 later, I sold it in like-new condition on Craigslist for $75. Saris is a good company (just ask anyone who's needed PowerTap customer service).
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I am going to see if my local R.E.I. has them on display to really check them out completely.


The reason I think Saris Bones has plastic screws is because if they were metal you could strip the actual threads in the rack......IMO.

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Old 07-30-08, 10:06 PM
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you are right on that trek1. That's why.
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Old 07-31-08, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by TriEngineer View Post
you are right on that trek1. That's why.
Right but to bad they didn't incorporate a metal threaded insert in the molded arm.
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/guideBrowse.shtml
Saris could save alot of postage and parts costs and even if they broke even in the increased cost, their design and reputation would be better overall. Maybe it could be added but would void the warranty and as long as the original plastic screws are just snugged down an not over done.

Overall my biggest concern is the unpadded rubber hold-down straps causing marks on the bike frame paint.
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Originally Posted by trek1 View Post
Overall my biggest concern is the unpadded rubber hold-down straps causing marks on the bike frame paint.
If paint is a big concern, fork-mount is the way to go. There are fork-mount hitch, roof, and trunk racks (Draftmaster).

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FWIW, I did a 4,667 mile road trip in three weeks, with my road bike on the Thule Speedway for probably 95% of those miles. The anti-sway bar scratched the paint on the down tube, but the top tube was ok. I would generally check the straps at the first pit stop of a leg of the trip (~200 miles into the leg), and I generally couldn't tighten the straps any more than they already were tightened. The one thing that worried me was the arms (which are detachable from the rack itself) would sway a bit, but it didn't get worse over time and I decided it's not really a problem.

After 4,667 miles, the marks on the trunk came off with a good wash and wax.
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Originally Posted by chinotex View Post
FWIW, I did a 4,667 mile road trip in three weeks, with my road bike on the Thule Speedway for probably 95% of those miles. The anti-sway bar scratched the paint on the down tube, but the top tube was ok. I would generally check the straps at the first pit stop of a leg of the trip (~200 miles into the leg), and I generally couldn't tighten the straps any more than they already were tightened. The one thing that worried me was the arms (which are detachable from the rack itself) would sway a bit, but it didn't get worse over time and I decided it's not really a problem.

After 4,667 miles, the marks on the trunk came off with a good wash and wax.
Wow that is a lot of miles for a valid opinion of the Thule Speedway rack but I am sorry to hear that the anti sway cage scratched your paint. I thought that it was a rubber type cage and fairly plyable so it wouldn't scratch the bike. It would probably take me 10 years to drive as far with the rack since I will be driving to local spots.

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If paint is a big concern, fork-mount is the way to go. There are fork-mount hitch, roof, and trunk racks (Draftmaster).

I like that design but for now I have a 2 door hatch back and can't do the trunk mount, I don't want a roof rack to have to take on or off for the amount of times I will use it.

I really appreciate all the BF members input that have experience with hauling their bikes.
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Wow that is a lot of miles for a valid opinion of the Thule Speedway rack but I am sorry to hear that the anti sway cage scratched your paint. I thought that it was a rubber type cage and fairly plyable so it wouldn't scratch the bike. It would probably take me 10 years to drive as far with the rack since I will be driving to local spots.
The anti-sway thing is hard plastic... it doesn't look like it could scratch the frame, but I did a few 13 hour days driving at 85 mph, so that's a lot of vibrations in the same exact place. I wouldn't worry about it too much if you're not planning on driving very far.
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Originally Posted by chinotex View Post
The anti-sway thing is hard plastic... it doesn't look like it could scratch the frame, but I did a few 13 hour days driving at 85 mph, so that's a lot of vibrations in the same exact place. I wouldn't worry about it too much if you're not planning on driving very far.
Everything has to be considered in what performance the rack will provide for sure.
Saris says:
CAUTIONS:
1) All requirements for compatability/fit as stated in the current Saris vehicle/carrier compatability guide must be followed. (Available at any Saris dealer). If your
vehicle is not listed or you have any questions, please call our customer service at 800-783-7257.
2) Bones is a bumper-supported bike rack. Bumper legs must rest on bumper.
3) Bones is not intended for use with tandem or recumbent bicycles.
4) Read and follow instructions carefully. Save owner’s manual for future reference or parts information.
5) Replace any mounting strap at the first sign of wear. Replacement parts are available through your local Saris dealer or call 1-800-783-7257.
6) S-hook straps must be parallel with the rear leg to prevent shifting.
7) Make sure bike tires are not directly behind exhaust pipe.
8) Never place more than three bicycles (maximum weight 105 lbs) on carrier. Secure properly and adjust for even load distribution.
9) Do not mount to any type of trailer.
10) No part of carrier, including straps, should ever come in contact with spoiler.
11) Do not open rear deck (trunk) with carrier installed.
12) This carrier is not recommended for off-road use or for use at speed exceeding 65 mph.
13) Remove carrier from vehicle when not in use.
14) When cleaning rack, use only water soluble cleaners.
15) Rear window wipers may not be usable while carrier is attached to vehicle.
16) It’s the end users responsibility to ensure that use of this product meets all local and state laws.
17) To prevent potential damage, secure the front tires of bicycles (part number 3033 recommended).

Thule says:
WARNINGS / LIMITATIONS
• Number of bicycles carried should not exceed
designated carrying capacity for your specific
Seedway model.
• 961XT (2 bike) max carrying capacity = 70lbs.
• 962XT (3 bike) max carrying capacity = 105lbs.
• Check tightness of all bolts and knobs
periodically.
• Check straps for wear and replace if worn
• Not intended for off-road use.
• Not intended for tandems or recumbents.
• Do not install on a trailer or other
towed vehicle.
• Failure to use blue safety strap may result in
loss of bicycles.

I was thinking of adding these cut to fit the bike during transoport.
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...3+90072+527383

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