For a company that is known for their bike racks, Thule’s catalog is rapidly expanding. When you consider all of the different categories they now offer, their tagline of ‘Bring your life’ starts to make a lot of sense. After a series of acquisitions including Case Logic in 2006 and Chariot in 2011, Thule has a lot more to show than just bike racks.
But they have those too. Racks like the newest version of the ProRide. Featuring a number of small (or big) changes since Cory reviewed it in 2015, the upright carrier offers more compatibility for a range of bikes…
The ProRide still uses the same method of supporting bike frames with a locking clamp that attaches to the down tube, but the clamp itself has been reworked. Fitting down tubes up to 100mm, the clamp adds softer, more flexible jaw pads and is secured to the frame with a new torque-limiting dial. Designed to keep both wheels on the bike, the new wheel cradles will have fat bike adapters as an accessory and feature new diagonal quick release wheel straps.
The rack will fit Thule, round, square, and factory bars and will sell for $199 in all black or silver.
Thule has a few new accessories that might be of interest depending on your needs. Starting with a new single handlebar mount, the new mount is easier to mount, cheaper at $14.95, and even doubles as a cell phone mount with an accessory.
If you don’t want to see your cell phone while riding, the mount can be used for the new handlebar bag which is a 7 liter waterproof roll top model with a clear window on top for your phone or map.
We’re told the handlebar bag will look more similar to their waterproof pannier bags in production with a stylish reflective treatment. In addition to a new black color option for the panniers with more reflective hits, the Tour Rack they’re mounted to gets an update with new molded rubber straps. The rack will still have a 50 lb weight limit and will fit any bike.
Similar attention has been given to their seat bag which is a waterproof roll top design as well. Available in 1.4l or 0.8l, the bags attach with high strength velcro.
Thule has some big launches for luggage in the works, but the one bag they were ready to show was the new Aspect Photo bag. Full details weren’t yet available, but the bag will be positioned as a more affordable DSLR backpack with an adjustable storage compartment, laptop sleeve, and additional storage throughout.