THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack

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$199.95

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THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack
 
3.4

(based on 8 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Stable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain bikes (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    its big, but holds a 29er with wheels on

    By MrPeteSays

    from Toronto, Canada

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Pre-assembled

    Cons

    • Takes lots of space

    Best Uses

    • Carry odd shaped bike

    Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

    I got this as an alternative to a fork mount for a 29er so I don't have to carry the big wheel inside.
    It works as advertised, though I'm not entirely convinced the bike is a stable as with a good fork mount. The 29er just fits.

    The packaging is huge and the carrier takes up as much space as the cross rails and the two other bike rails I use when not on the roof.

    It comes as a passenger side carrier and instructions on how to make it a driver side carrier - I didn't test how well it goes to the driver side.

    The grabber is stiffer than I expected - which is good, but it might surprise you first use. Tightening the 'ratchet' seems to be a matter of brute force.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By Dan

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Competitive Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Install
    • Stable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Bikes
      • Road Bikes
      • Small Cars

      Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

      This rack is amazing! Its a little hard to use but once you get the hang of it its second nature and takes less time to pack up and get on the road. I'll be buying another ASAP.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Hate it.

      By Lindsay

      from Jackson, NH

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard to Install or Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

          I hate this rack. I got it because I thought it would be a secure and easy-to-use carrier for my mountain bike, and I didn't want a fork-mount rack. I wish I had just gotten another Big Mouth instead. Getting my bike on and off my car is a challenge, mostly because the arm is nearly impossible to operate with one hand. I have to balance the bike in the tray, then hope it doesn't fall on my head while I get the arm in position. I also can never seem to get it tight enough on the wheel to make me feel like the bike is 100% secure.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          1.0

          A complete disaster

          By John

          from Danbury CT

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

            Cons

            • Hard to Install or Use
            • Scratches Car
            • Unstable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

              This entire experience between the customer service at ems and the quality of the product from THULE has me dumbfounded. I wasted hours at EMS have items installed and then reinstalled.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Easy to use, holds the bike tight

              By gingerdiver

              from Philladelphia PA

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Bikes

                Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

                Had to switch it to the drives side setup. Have been using the rack for just over a month. Directions and tools to switch sides were included and well writen. Have driven at highway speeds for long distances and had no problems.

                Only downside is that it is a bit bulky and came setup for the passenger side.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Challenged by 29in MTB

                By armyschus

                from Forest Hill, MD

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Bikes

                  Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

                  Bought this alng with a complete Thule rook rack for my 2005 Jetta TDI. At the price I would have expected the mounting brackets to fit better to the Aero Bars. Holds a 29in MTB but the bike can be rolled back with the arm pulled down on the tire. Had concerns of the bike coming out while driving so added another strap for the front tire.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  sweet sidearm

                  By jwo

                  from BC

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Tall

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Bikes

                  Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

                  i had to get a sturdy bungee to hold down the front tire or it kept hopping out of the groove. no locks so i threw on a krypto cable and my u-lock. looks sweet on my new cx-5 and fit onto the OEM mazda rack just fine.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Security Lacking?

                  By Tribester

                  from Northeastern Colorado

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stable

                  Cons

                  • The Locks are a waste

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Bikes
                  • Small Cars

                  Comments about THULE 594XT Sidearm Bike Rack:

                  This is a nice tray. Don't trust the locks though! The locks are a small theft deterrent. They are too easily bypassed. Lock your high dollar bikes with a cable too. It would get 5 stars with better security.

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