Across the entire range, Thule will start offering a Limited Lifetime Guarantee on everything they sell as of January 1, 2015. Fortunately, it’ll cover anything sold prior to that date, too, effectively covering any Thule product your already own, which will be repaired or replaced at their discretion. Full details of the program will go live on their website first of the year.
Above, the new Thru Ride universal roof tray is designed to fit any fork thru-axle standard now or in the future, from 12mm to 20mm. It will mount on most roof cross bars whether they’re from Thule or not, and they use their lock cores so you can have them keyed to match any other Thule parts you already have.
Close the lever and the Wide Jaw clamp slides a ramp inward to trap the axle under the silver hook with adjustable pressure to securely hold the axle without crushing it. But, it should provide enough pressure to keep thieves from simply unthreading your axle and lifting the bike. It’ll also hold an optional adapter to work with standard 9mm quick release forks.
Different versions will slot into their T-Track cross bars or clamp around stock bars to fit most any vehicle. Retail is $219.95, available in February.
Two new roof cargo trays are coming in January. The Canyon is a more traditional looking basket style tray, above, and the Trail is the sleeker shaped rail version shown below. Both can mount with the T-Tracks or clamp-on style mounts to fit most any cross bars, and both can fit additional cross bars on the top of them to add more storage options (like putting bike trays above your cargo).
The Canyon comes with an aero shield to reduce drag and can be extended by 20″ to fit more essentials. Retail is $299.95.
The Trail has a rubber floor and eight tie repositionable down attachment points. Two sizes are available, retailing from $499.95 to $599.95.
Following the design cues of their amazing hardshell Roundtrip Transition, the new Roundtrip Traveler soft-shell bike case gets plenty of key features like high quality roller wheels, separate wheel pockets and rigid mounting plate on the bottom.
It’s lighter weight, too, which may save you on transport costs. The outside is a durable ripstop nylon and the inside is tarpaulin for easy cleaning. Interior pockets hold the little stuff to keep it from scratching your bike or getting lost. The wheel pockets will hold a 29er wheel with tire.
The fork mount works with QR or thru axles. Retail is $479.95, available now.
For protecting your smaller goods, they’ve expanded their line of iPhone and iPad Atmos hardshell cases. They use multiple layers of materials to protect against splashes and drops, are fingerprint sensitive for newer models and have a textured back for better grip.
The Pack ‘n’ Pedal line was introduced in 2012 with a massive range of pannier and cargo bags, and it just keeps growing. The new Shield Line (shown in green, also available in black) is a water- and dust proof panniers with reflective graphics.
A rolltop closure and welded construction keep the elements out. The bottom has magnets to keep it from bouncing around when mounted to their racks, and a quick release handle makes them easy to get on and off. Available as pairs in Large ($149.95) and Small ($129.95). Their other bags get a couple other color options, too.
To create their new line of technical backpacks, Thule recruited the folks from Wookey Backpacks, a former Mountain Hardware designer and production expert. The result is a line of good looking packs with some clever features. Things like frame suspension that puts the bulk of the pack’s weight onto the hips and legs, adjustable torso heights, gender specific sizing and shaping, and adjustable shoulder strap yokes.
A pivoting hip belt, which comes in several sizes, allows the pack to move with you as you’re scrambling up the mountain. The larger Guidepost bag has a top section that doubles as a removable day pack. The Capstone has a tensioned mesh back panel to maximize breathability. Retail ranges from $129.95 to $399.95.
The new Ride Along Mini child seat fits onto the top tube and gives your wee one a better view of the world ahead. It adjusts as your child grows, fitting kids from 9 months to 3 years. Retail is $159.95, available March.
Thule has rolled their Chariot brand into the Thule name, so now all of their jogger stroller/bike trailer kid haulers enjoy the same lifetime guarantee.