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All-New Thule Epos Rack Has a 160lb Weight Limit and Will Fit Any Bike

Thule Epos unloading hte bikePhoto Credit Jussi Oksanen
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Thule is starting the Sea Otter Classic a little early, unveiling an all-new rack with versatility, lights, and a ramp. The all-new Thule Epos is the standard EasyFold XT rack on steroids. It can carry up to three bikes of any discipline and has an impressive 66 lbs per bike (136 lbs for the 2-bike and 160 lbs for the 3-bike) weight limit.

What is it?

Thule Epos on the truck
All photos  Jussi Oksanen

The all-new Thule Epos is a tray-loading bike rack with telescopic arms. The Epos holds the bike by the frame, wheel, or fork, allowing the rider to choose the best mounting solution.

Photo: Villella

The bike stays in place via new steel reinforced straps, the telescopic arm, and a pivoting head.

Will the Thule Epos fit my bike?

Thule Epos Loading

The shining point of the Epos is its versatility and safety. The Epos can fit wheel sizes from 16-29″, which is excellent for adult and kid bike transportation. As for tire width, the tray can fit road, gravel, cross country, etc — up to 3.2″ tires. If you’re looking to transport your fat bike, you’ll need a 5″ accessory strap, which Thule has.

Thule Epos in the trunk

Thule added extra length to accommodate all manner of bikes; the maximum wheelbase of the new Epos is a solid 1350mm (53.14″). So don’t worry about transporting those super-slacked 29″ downhill bikes.

Thule Epos new steel straps

Did you say ramp?

For those that don’t appreciate the heavy lifting e-bike ownership can entail. The new Epos folds up similarly to the EasyFold XT, and the addition of the wheels makes it much easier to move from the car to its storage slot. The new Epos offers an accessory ramp that makes loading easy. For easy storage, the new Epos follows the T2 and other Thule racks, adding two wheels to the bottom, aiding in transporting and maneuverability.

If you’re concerned about safety and visibility (who isn’t), the new Thule Epos also comes with an additional light and plate option. You can add the attachable Abus cable lock kit for those looking to double up with security.

Thule Epos Rack Specifications

Thule Epos close up
  • High load capacity with 66 lbs/bike and 132 lbs for 2-bike and 160 lbs for 3-bike carriers, enabling transport of all types of bikes, including heavy e-bikes
  • It fits all frame designs from 20mm to 90mm in diameter
  • Enables easy transport of larger bikes with generous bike spacing of 9.8 in and longer wheelbases up to 53 in
  • Fits sizes from 16″ to 29″ and tire sizes up to 3.2 in and up to 5 in with accessory strap (sold separately)
  • Prices:$1000 for the base two-bike model, $1,249 for two bikes w/lights, and $1,099 for the three-bike model.
  • Available in MId-Summer from your Thule dealer.

We have a sample of the new Thule Epos on the way, so be on the looks for a full review and thoughts coming soon. For more information, check out Thule.com

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Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago

Thule racks always look like such an also ran in comparison with Küat or 1up. Lots of chintzy looking plastic considering how stupidly expensive these things are. Pretty wild. Harbor Freight will sell you a rack that’ll hold a 600lb motorcycle for 1/4 the price.

Mitch Erwen
Mitch Erwen
1 year ago
Reply to  Fake Namerton

The HF rack holds one bike. I’ll one up that and save you $250 by recommending you just take off the wheels and put your one bike in the trunk.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

I love how they’re hyping how much weight their new rack holds but the only photos of the rack show one gravel bike. Better not break anything on the rack either parts if available are like printer ink it’s cheaper to buy 1up!

Sundance Kid
Sundance Kid
1 year ago

Cyclists in those marketing pics –

” I need a lightweight and efficient carbon bike. But my vehicle can be a massive gas-guzzing truck or SUV. I’ve no problem with that and I don’t see the disconnect”

Johann
Johann
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance Kid

There’s no disconnect: they are both unecologic and cost a bunch of money for what they actually are.

Sundance Kid
Sundance Kid
1 year ago
Reply to  Johann

Well there is. A restored 80s steel 10 speed would be a bit more ecological but the difference in efficiency of vehicles per mile is a different scale of impact and can make up for the production carbon impact of many bikes. Not understanding how efficiency is about weight and power is my point.

The point is also about the tone-deaf messaging of the rack maker ads. They have a choice in which vehicles to show, fitment type needs aside.

Bret
Bret
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance Kid

There is no disconnect…cycling, regardless of the type is a hobby, not a lifestyle for most peopel. I drive a Volt for commuting and a F150 on the weekends for camping…both have their purposes. I couldn’t use the volt for pulling anything beyond a bike rack. Get over yourself.

Sundance Kid
Sundance Kid
1 year ago
Reply to  Bret

An F150 for camping… lol. Your F150 is an inefficent gas guzzler there and you know it.

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance Kid

I remember being poor an unable to afford nice things.

Akrupper
Akrupper
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance Kid

100% I was thinking the same thing. Each one of these models are shown driving these bloated, hyped, dumb machines that are actually notorious for killing people on bikes because of their bad designs. Disconnect is right!

Mitch Erwen
Mitch Erwen
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance Kid

Not surprised the rack is on the Range Rover. The owner needs some way to get home after dropping it and his mechanic yet again.

Hamjam
Hamjam
1 year ago

This product fills a serios need for bike shops. Older couples come in buy a pair ebikes with rear racks and fenders all the time. They need a rack and don’t care about the price.

raoul
raoul
1 year ago

the yakima stage two take up to 140lbs andthe old HOLDUP was taking 120lbs yeas ago…there’re just making catch up

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Where is the rack for my Nissan LEAF cause thats about the only car I will ever take to drive my bike to go bike, cause usually I JUST RIDE MY BIKE not my GIGANIC SUV.

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

Cool story bro

Collin S
Collin S
1 year ago

Next up will be the Home Grown Hero rack AKA: HGH
The follow up for the small car will be the Low Transporter Solution: AKA Low-T Solution
A similar roof setup will be called the Roof Factoids. For ease of remembering, well call it R.Oids.

Who thought EPO was a good name for a cycling product?

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
1 year ago

This still won’t fit my big dummy.

eng
eng
1 year ago

bah, I bought a hollywood racks 4 bike rack that will take my 70 pound schwinn tandem and my fat tire bike and my gravel bike and my road bike and STILL have a few pounds to spare AND I put a yakima backswing between my track and the hollywood rack. So I have a 4 bike rack with 150 pounds that swings out of the way and I can use it as a two bike most of the time. It also folds up when not in in use and drops down if need be and swings ALL the time. I’m sure with LED technology I can easily add lights

Hello
Hello
11 months ago

Is this coming to the US

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