Thule adds three all-new innovative and easy to use bike carriers for 2018.

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Thule is introducing a premium upright top of car bike carrier with no frame contact, a new compact and foldable platform bike carrier for the hitch, and an innovative tailgate pad loaded with features for pick-up truck owners.

Seymour, Conn. - July 21, 2017


For immediate release- Thule, the global leader in offering smart solutions for the active lifestyle, is launching three new bike carriers for 2018 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show on July 26, 2017. From top of car bike carriers, to innovative platform hitch carriers and feature-rich tailgate pads for pickup trucks, Thule has an easy to use and safe solution for any cyclist, and any vehicle.

Thule UpRide- a universal bike carrier with no frame contact and easy to use mounting hardware

The Thule UpRide is the latest addition to the brand's industry leading collection of bike carriers for the active lifestyle. The intuitive front wheel holder and hook are designed for fast and secure mounting, securely grabbing the front wheel of the bike, and locking the bike into place with no frame contact. The versatile design accommodates bikes with non-traditional frame designs, rear suspension, and is suitable for bikes with carbon frames. A ratcheting rear wheel holder securely keeps the back of the bike in place, carrying bikes with tires widths up to 3 in, and with Thule Fat Tire Cradles (sold separately) able to hold tire widths up to 5 in. Able to be attached and locked to vehicles with Thule Aeroblades, Thule Square crossbars, or most factory installed crossbars, the Thule UpRide features a simple interface for switching the carrier from one side of your car to the other in a matter of seconds. And with a 44lb bike weight limit, a limited lifetime warranty a

nd a City Crash rating for safety and protection on the road, the Thule UpRide is not only easy to use, but safe and secure for years of use.

Available: March, 2018

Price: $219.95 USD

Thule EasyFold XT- a foldable, compact bike rack with a 66-pound bike weight limit

The Thule EasyFold XT safely carries your bikes to any destination, but when folded up, is no bigger than a normal suitcase, allowing users to conveniently store in their car or at home. The bikes are easy to load and unload with the redesigned loading ramp, which now stores underneath the rack. The detachable frame holders can be adjusted individually to fit different types of bikes, and “click” as soon as the optimal torque is reached, ensuring that sensitive frames are not damaged. Whether it’s a lightweight road bike, mountain bike, e-bike, or even a fat tire bike, the Thule EasyFold XT is a perfect fit for any cyclist.

Available: March, 2018

Price: $749.95

Thule GateMate Pro- an adjustable tailgate pad that protects your bikes and your pick-up

Shuttle to the trailhead in style and confidence with this innovative bike carrier for pick-up truck beds. Bikes remain securely in place thanks to all-new anchor straps in multiple positions and integrated bike separation pads. The flexible padding adjusts across a wide range of tailgates and the large opening provides quick access to the tailgate handle and backup camera. Securely store gear, tools and accessories, even while driving, in the inside-facing mesh pockets. Heavy-duty adjustable vinyl padding keeps both your bikes and the truck’s tailgate protected during transport. Available in two sizes (53” & 60” lengths).

Available: March, 2018

Price: $179.95

Thule at ORSM17

In addition to bike carriers, Thule is introducing several new products in various categories for the active lifestyle, including an all-new retractable awning for vehicles. The Thule Awning is a premium lightweight awning that mounts to roof rack or direct to a variety of campers and vans (adapters sold separately). All of the latest products from Thule will debut at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market July 26-29 in Salt Lake City at Thule’s NEW booth location for 2017, #34037.


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About Thule

The Thule brand was established in 1942. Under the motto Bring your life, Thule globally offers a wide range of premium products for active people that allow them to bring what they care most for – safely, easily and in style.

Thule designs and manufactures roof racks, bike, water and winter sport carriers, roof boxes, computer, and camera bags, sports bags and backpacks and child-related products such as baby joggers, child bike seats and bike trailers. The products are sold in more than 140 countries world-wide.

Thule is the largest brand in Thule Group. 



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