Thule UpRide

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Thule UpRide. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • Carbon fiber bike owners chose the UpRide, as it makes no contact with their frame or fork.
  • The UpRide fits bikes with 20” to 29” wheels and tires up to 3” wide
    (or up to 5” with Thule's fatbike adapter).
  • With a one-bike payload of 44 lb, the UpRide can carry most non-electric bikes.
  • Some owners say the UpRide holds their bike securely, even in strong winds.
  • Some users find assembly and installation of the UpRide to be a breeze.
  • Reviewers say the UpRide is durable and stands up to weather exposure.
  • Owners say the UpRide is a sound fit for bikes with longer wheelbases.
  • Testers like that the UpRide doesn’t require riders to remove their front wheel.
  • Owners deem the UpRide ‘versatile’, as it is compatible with a number of crossbars.
  • Reviewers say the UpRide is compact and easy to store, when folded.
  • Experts believe the Thule UpRide represents “decent” value.

6 reasons not to buy

  • By owner & tester reports, the UpRide isn’t quick-and-easy to fasten or remove.
  • As owners lament, locking cores for the UpRide are sold separately.
  • Some owners say that the UpRide doesn’t work well with narrow tires
    (road, cyclocross, some gravel).
  • Many owners report a moderate amount of lateral wobble with the UpRide.
  • Numerous buyers struggled with Thule’s instructions for the UpRide.
  • A few owners say the locking mechanism failed, causing their bike to fall onto the road or car roof and causing damage to both their bike and their car.

Bottom line

The Thule UpRide is aimed at owners of carbon fiber bikes, as it doesn’t make contact with a bike's frame. It fastens to a bike’s wheels, achieving peak stability when used with wide, low-pressure tires (mountain, fat, adventure, and gravel). By most reports, it isn’t the simplest to fasten or detach. A non-fatal level of wobble is often reported. Locking cores are sold separately. If you’re primarily a road bike rider or your car is tall, the UpRide may not be the ideal choice.
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Rack Type
Maximum Load Capacity
Vehicle Type
17 lbs

Expert Reviews

69/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews

Thule UpRide 599 Review

The UpRide works well enough but it’s a somewhat fussy design and doesn’t feel as robust as other Thule offerings. It’s adequate but there are better options for most riders.

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Thule UpRide Review

It delivers a very secure hold without any contact with your frame or fork. We found it to be somewhat more difficult to load than some of the competition, but it impressed us with its versatility, ease of assembly, and security.

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Thule UpRide Review

These are by far the best roof racks I’ve had. I’ve had them for just shy of 5 months. The trunk will open, no problem. [Without a bike] it makes your car pretty loud. You kind of have to fight to get it to fit a shorter wheelbase.

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MTB Warrior

Thule UpRide. What They Don’t Show You

If you guys decide to buy one of these racks check this bolt, because I had excessive play. You got to make sure you have the blue loctite. Secure it right in there. Don’t over-torque this. Just make sure it’s nice and tight. Boom.

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Red Riding Bikes

Thule UpRide Bike Roof Rack Real Life Use on a Station Wagon

We already traveled almost 300 km (186 mi) from home. They held up quite nicely. You’ll suffer a little bit with fuel economy but it’s okay. It was good even with high winds.

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User Ratings

86/100 based on 411 ratings
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