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  • THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier

    For the ultimate in sleek design and ease of use, Thule's new Echelon fork-mount bike carrier leads the way with an improved clamping system and wheel tray/strap combination.

    Features/Benefits:

    • New ergonomic adjustment knob allows quick loading/unloading of bike with a centrally located cam lever
    • Fits all disc/suspension combinations with standard 9 millimeter axles (not compatible with 20 millimeter thru axles)
    • Dual-lock design locks bike to carrier and carrier to rack
    • Wheel tray fits tire widths up to 2.6-inches wide with high-profile rims
    • Fits bikes with wheelbases up to 48 inches
    • Thule One-Key System compatible
    • Minimum bar spread 12 inches
    • Thule base rack components sold separately
    • Fits Thule and Yakima (round) bars
    • Please consult the Thule Rack Finder to match the correct Thule parts with your vehicle

  • THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier

    Mount Position Fork
    Bike Capacity 1
    Fits Factory Racks Yes
    For Tandem Bikes No
    Shipping Surcharge Yes
    Fits Thule Aero Bars With adapter

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THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Stable (10)
  • Easy to install (9)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road bikes (7)
    • Mountain bikes (5)
    • Small cars (5)
    • Large cars (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (6), Casual/ recreational (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works very well.

    By WingedFoot

    from Southern NH (USA)

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Stable

    Cons

    • Front bolts a challenge
    • Rear Straps weak

    Best Uses

    • Likely works w Mtn Bikes
    • Road Bikes
    • TouringHybrid bikes

    Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

    Excellent product. Have carried Road bikes, Hybrid and Cyclo-Cross (equivalent to Touring Bikes) on this rack with no problems. Very stable and relatively easy to place bikes on roof. Very nice product. Fork locking mechanism appears to be better than some competing products.

    Front bolts, which fasten fork locking mechanism to bar, where challenging to align with lower bracket, but once installed they were very stable.

    Recommend that if you care about your new vehicle roof, you do seven things:
    (1) Wax your roof before installing rack.
    (2) Place mounts close to roof edge, making pulling on/off of bikes easy for you from ground.
    (3) Protect your roof while installing with old towels and cardboard. Also protect roof near fork area when pulling bikes on and off rack.
    (4) Clean fork on bike and mount, as sand and particulate matter can jam mechanism.
    (5) Lubricate locks with graphite to prevent jamming.
    (6) Clean your chains and gears regularly, as during wind/rain this stuff will fall off on your vehicle's roof, rear window and trunk areas and possibly scratch the finish. I think people overlook this detail.
    (7) As rack gets older, consider buying spare rear straps and bolts in case these should break or fall off when not being used. It might be challenging to find spare parts while on vacation...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I highly recommend this product

    By Dave O.

    from Boulder, CO

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Install
    • Easy to Use
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Cars
      • Mountain Bikes
      • Road Bikes
      • Small Cars

      Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

      I originally purchased a different model but returned it because some of the mounting pieces were plastic and broke during installation. This rack is much more durable with all the mounting peices make of metal. This one was much-much better and I'm very pleased with it. Moreover, I mounted it on my wife's car and she finds it very easy to put her bike up and secure it to her car.

       
      5.0

      Very slick

      By Andrew the biker

      from Concord, NH

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Install
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Stable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Bikes

        Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

        Paired this with the new Thule aero bars and it looks and works great. Virtually no noise.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Sturdy

        By spl

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Stable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

            Much better made than my old Thule bike rack. A little harder to put on the bars than the old one but you only do that once.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Best roof top bike rack available

            By SteveE

            from Orlando, FL.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Install
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Solid
            • Stable

            Cons

            • You need to buy locks

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Mountain Bikes
            • Road Bikes
            • Small Cars

            Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

            After reading other reviews this was the winner. Now I see why. It is a solid nice piece of gear.
            I thought of using it without locks but realized that you need them in order for the fork clamps to lock or keep tight. Without locks the fork clamp has a tendency to pop open, which would be real bad.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was very fast.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A 3 Year-Old Could Use This!

            By Zigg

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Install
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Stable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Cars
              • Mountain Bikes
              • Small Cars

              Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

              I'm going to keep this short and sweet. I use my Thule rack on two cars, both greatly different in size, and it works beautifully on both setups. This carrier seems to work best with Mountain and Hybrid bikes, but for some of the competitive road/trit bikes, I do wonder if it is slim enough to adapt to the front fork. In case you didn't read in advance, like myself, the minimum fork width is 100mm.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Love EMS and the Echelon mount.

              By Johnnyh

              from Westchester, NY

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Install
              • Easy to Use
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All vehicles

                Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

                Love this Thule mount. Went in to buy the Peleton Fork but liked this one better. Thank you EMS for the great price [...] All is good at my favorite outdoor store.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Sturdy secure fork mount carrier

                By Rob

                from Middleboro, MA

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy to mount the bike
                • Secure
                • Tough

                Cons

                • No lock for rear wheel

                Best Uses

                • Mountainbiking
                • Road biking

                Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

                Easy to install and easy to mount the bike. Simply close the clamp and the bike is on tight. Get the Thule lock cores for security and it's off to the trails (or elsewhere).

                I wish the rear wheel had a lock, but a cable lock can easily solve that problem.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Comfort Driven
                 
                4.0

                This is the best bike carrier available.

                By Shane

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Install
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Stable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Large Cars
                  • Mountain Bikes
                  • Road Bikes
                  • Small Cars

                  Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

                  If you are looking for the best quality and the fastest release system, this is it. This is a great carrier because you only have to adjust the front mount system once. After that, simply drop the forks onto the skewers, push down the lever, and you are set. This is way better that the Yakima fork mount, and the Thule carrier fits Yakima racks too. I am actually using this on my Yakima bars. The Thule decal is easy to remove too.

                  The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is because the mounting hardware is just a little cheesy looking. It is strong, and works well, but the aesthetics are not perfect.

                   
                  4.0

                  Solid BIke Rack

                  By beastieboy

                  from Allentown, PA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Install
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Mountain Bikes
                    • Road Bikes
                    • Small Cars

                    Comments about THULE 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier:

                    overall, it is a great rock solid rack. only complaint was that I had to exchange the rack after my initial purchase as the clamping mechanism wouldn't release on one side. [...]

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