Loading and unloading made easy with this single bike roof mounted carrier. Simple dial adjustment secures a clamp around your bike's tube, while the push of a button releases it. The wheel tray design further helps to stabilize your bike. Lowest Prices for the best Roof Bike Racks from Thule. Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp part number TH598 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp

Thule Roof Bike Racks

(3 reviews)


Code:   TH598

Price:$189.95


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Thule Roof Bike Racks - TH598

Loading and unloading made easy with this single bike roof mounted carrier. Simple dial adjustment secures a clamp around your bike's tube, while the push of a button releases it. The wheel tray design further helps to stabilize your bike.


Features:

  • Clamp design holds most types of bikes
  • Low-profile wheel tray and dual-action wheel strap fit many tire sizes without the need for a wheel adapter
  • Simple-to-use level adjustment dial closes clamp around bike tube for ultimate transport stability
  • Easy bike loading made convenient with sleek design
    • Sculpted wheel tray and support arm clamp work together
    • Bike is held in position when securing to carrier
    • Straps secure bike wheels to mounting system
  • Unloading bike is a breeze with fast, push-button, clamp release
  • Optional One Key System Locks are available to secure the bike to the bike carrier and the bike carrier to the roof rack
    • Requires 2 lock cylinders
  • Disc brake compatible


Specs:

  • Holds 1 bike
  • Requires minimum 18" bar spread
  • Accommodates bike frames up to 3-3/8" in diameter
  • Fits tire widths from 20mm road to 2.5" MTB tires
  • Fits Thule square and Yakima load bars
    • Requires Xadapt8 (sold separately) for use on Thule Rapid Aero, AeroBlade and Xsporter bars


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The hook and dial can be placed on either side of the rail which makes it easier to place the rack on the driver or passenger side of the vehicle.



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Turning the dial closes the clamp which grabs the bike frame. To open, simply push the button located to the side of the dial. A lock cylinder (pictured) can be added to secure the bike to the Criterium rack.



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To secure the wheels, straps are slid through the wheel and tightened with ratchets. Again, with a push of a button, the strap is let go to make bike removal quick and easy.



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This innovative, upright rack provides a great roof mounted option for your bike carrying needs. The mounting system of this bike rack minimizes frame contact, making it ideal for today's monocoque and aggressive frame designs. A sculpted wheel tray and support arm clamp work together to simplify loading your bike, and unloading is accomplished in seconds with a convenient dial release. Whether you tackle the mountains or hit the streets, you can ensure the safe and easy transport of your bike there and back with Thule's Criterium.



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Video Transcript for Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review

Today we are going to review part number TH598 from Thule. This is the Thule Criterium roof-mounted bike rack. And what this rack does is, it mounts to a variety of different rooftop racks on vehicles, be it a factory roof rack or other brands that are out there. We will go ahead and cover the points of this bicycle rack and show you how it works, how it gets connected, and how it looks on a typical application.

We will cover some of the features of this bicycle rack first off, the rear wheel tie-down that goes over the rim of the rear wheel and latches it into place. This is moveable up and down the rail, too. And moving up the rail is the rear tie-down point, where actually this rack right here wraps around the rail of your roof rack and gets latched into place. The next point is the jaws right here. This actually grabs the downtube of your bicycle and holds it into place. It is padded, with some light grooves in there to give you some room for the cables on your bicycle. And this jaw is activated by this knob down here. And basically the operation of this is you tighten down the knob here. It clamps down on the bicycle frame. And then when you want to release the clamp, there is a little trigger on the bottom here. And on the bottom there are, of course, two more hooks that will latch onto the front bar of your roof rack. And at the front of the bicycle rack here is a front wheel tie-down point. It works just like the back wheel, so obviously in this case you do not have to worry about taking the wheel off the bicycle to mount it on this rack.

We have got a rack just sitting on our crossbars for now. Let us go ahead and install it and clamp it into position. Just get that latch there and then just go ahead and tighten the handle down. When you get it just snug, then you can go ahead and lock down the handle itself. OK, and then we just go ahead and repeat the same thing for a clamp on the back side. You will have to move the cradles for each individual bike, and also the jaw that actually clamps onto the bike is adjustable, too, on there. It is a good idea to put the jaw up at about a 45-degree angle and then go ahead and install your bike. Just hold your bike up there with one hand. Take the other hand and tighten the knob, and it clamps into place. Then all you have to do is go back to your wheel cradles and strap them down. All within a few seconds, your bike is strapped down on the bicycle rack and it is ready to go on down the road. All right, and that covers our review of part number TH598 from Thule, the Thule Criterium roof-mounted bike rack.

Buyers Guide



ProductPrice DifferenceBike CompatibilityBike LoveEase of UseBike Frame ContactLocks Rack to roof barsLocks Bike to rackInstallationRoof Rack CompatibilityTest Video

TH598
$189.95
current product
746Yes, Frame ClampNoNoTool FreeRound, Square 

TH599XTR
$179.95
$10.00
less
746Yes, Frame ClampNoNoTool FreeRound, Square 

TH594XT
$199.95
$10.00
more
865No, Wheel HookNoNoTool FreeAero, Round, Square 

S64720
$46.80
$143.15
less
725Yes, Frame ClampNoYes, FrameTool FreeAero, Round, Square

Y02103
$179.00
$10.95
less
866No, Wheel HookNoNoTool FreeAero, Round, Square

TH516
$139.95
$50.00
less
454No, Fork MountNoNoAllen ToolRound, Square 

Y02093
$134.10
$55.85
less
735Yes, Frame ClampNoNoTool FreeAero, Round, Square 

S64710
$46.80
$143.15
less
445No, Fork MountNoNoTool FreeAero, Round, Square

Y02098
$159.00
$30.95
less
457No, Fork MountNoNoTool FreeAero, Round, Square

RBC035
$152.10
$37.85
less
478No, Fork MountYesYes, ForkQuick Link and AllenAero, Round, Square
ProductPrice DifferenceBike CompatibilityBike LoveEase of UseBike Frame ContactLocks Rack to roof barsLocks Bike to rackInstallationRoof Rack CompatibilityTest Video

Buyers Guide Columns

Bike Compatibility - A higher score indicates that the bike rack is designed to be used with a wider variety of bikes. Racks with a lower score are designed for use with specific bike types.

Bike Love - Higher score racks do a better job of keeping your bike safe, theft and damage free while on the rack. Locks, stability and how the bike is supported are important aspects of Bike Love.

Ease of Use - Ease of use is determined by how easy the rack is to use on a daily basis, and how easy it is to install and remove the rack from your roof.

Bike Frame Contact - Important if you are concerned about scratches and marring of your bike frame.

Locks Rack to roof bars - Bike rack locks to the roof bars on the vehicle to help deter theft of the rack.

Locks Bike to rack - Secures the bike with a lock to help deter theft of the bike.

Installation - What tools and method are used to attach the bike rack to your roof bars.

Roof Rack Compatibility - Aero means that the rack will fit most modern elliptical shaped roofbars and factory roof rack bars. T-Slot means that the bike rack installs into a T shaped channel that is found on some roof bars. Round and square means that the bike rack can attach to the tradition Thule and Yakima roof bars.




Customer Reviews

Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp - TH598

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

Loading and unloading made easy with this single bike roof mounted carrier. Simple dial adjustment secures a clamp around your bike's tube, while the push of a button releases it. The wheel tray design further helps to stabilize your bike.


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by: Jeff W.07/12/2015


etrailer.com came through with a replacement that was difficult to source. I already knew this bike rack was a great product -- they have been mounted on the roof of my last two cars. One of a pair got damaged in a collision with a low overhead structure. (The kind of mistake you hopefully only have to make once!) The Volvo dealer was able to get only the current model, which would have involved replacing both racks plus the roof bars. etrailer.com had the old model in stock, and got it to me in a few days -- for about 1/3 what I would have had to spend at the car dealer. Now I will always try them first for equipment and parts. This Thule rack is really well designed, durably built and easy to use. We leave them mounted year round, and they will outlast several cars (provided you avoid driving into fixed structures with a bike mounted on the car roof!) 211160






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by: John Missar07/31/2012


Itlooks like a great product. just wish it would have fit my car... 49992





Comments

This rack fits my 2005 Honda Element factory crossbars perfectly without the ride-on adapter.

comment by: Chris - 01/14/2014


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Thanks for the info! It's good to have. Glad to know it fits well.

Patrick B - 1/23/2014




- TH598

by: Sooyen08/25/2014


Fast shipping, product was is great condition, this is my second carrier. a new customer forever. I will recommend this site to all my friends 148425




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  • Availability of Replacement Parts for Thule Criterium Roof Bike Rack # TH598
  • All of the replacement parts for the Thule Criterium Roof Bike Rack, part # TH598, you have mentioned are sold individually. The Thule Replacement Ratcheting Wheel Strap, part # 853-6512, will be the replacement strap for the Thule Criterium bike rack. It is not a replacement for the button and strap. You will still need to use the button with this strap. The Thule Replacement Wheel Holder, part # 852-2040-007, will be the wheel holder that works with the ratcheting strap mentioned...
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  • Best Roof Bike Rack that Fits a 2015 Subaru Outback Factory Roof Rack
  • At this time, in order to use the Echelon bike rack 518 you would have to have aftermarket crossbars installed on your 2015 Subaru Outback. It would be easier and less expensive to go with a new compatible bike rack. For a similar bike rack that is listed as a fit on the factory crossbars on a 2015 Subaru Outback you can use the Yakima ForkLift, # Y02098. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you.
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  • Will a Thule Roof Mount Bike Rack or Cargo Box Fit Rola Crossbars
  • The Thule Criterium Bike Rack, # TH598, fits on crossbars no wider than 2-3/4 inches and no taller than 1-1/2 inches. The Rola Crossbars included with # 59829, are 3-1/8 inches wide, so the Thule rack will not fit. The Atlantis Cargo Boxes used the QuickGrip mounting hardware which will fit the Rola crossbars.
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  • How to Carry 5 Bikes on a 2003 Honda Odyssey with Factory Roof Rack
  • As far as the roof goes for your 2003 Honda Odyssey, there will not be enough space for 5 bikes. You could get 3 up there probably at most though you would most likely need to alternate the directions the bikes are facing. Because of this I recommend installing a trailer hitch, # 87479, and using a hitch mounting bike rack. We have several 5-bike racks, see link to the right. All of them will fit the Class III trailer hitch mentioned above or any 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. On a...
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  • What Frame-Mount Rooftop Bike Carriers will Best Fit Carbon Fiber Frame With Downtube Over 3-Inches
  • The Thule Big Mouth Roof Mounted Bike Rack, part # TH599XTR, can fit frame down tubes as large as 3-3/8-inch diameter. This same frame tube size limit also applies to the Thule Criterium, part # TH598. You can measure your particular bike to check compatibility. We do not offer any frame-mount carriers that can fit larger frames and my contact at Thule confirmed they offer no other frame-mount carriers with compatibility with frame tubes larger than 3-3/8-inches. If your frame size...
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  • How to Replace the Button for the Wheel Holder on a Thule Criterium Roof Mount Bike Rack
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Thule Criterium Roof Mount Bike Rack, # TH598, to determine the best way to replace the button, # 7522300001, onto the wheel holder on the bike rack. The easiest and quickest way is to remove the bike rack from the roof if possible so it is easier to work. Remove the end cap nearest the wheel holder that is affected. Slide the wheel holder off of the end. Once off, place the new button on the wheel holder, the button should be facing up. The...
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  • Will the Thule Criterium Bike Rack Work on a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
  • To use your Criterium bike racks, item # TH598, on your 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen, I'd recommend going with the Thule Complete Crossroad Kit with 50 inch Long Bars, item # TH45050, to attach to the factory side rails on your Jetta. You can then attach the Criterium bike racks to the Thule cross bars. If your Criterium bike racks do not have the Lower Attachment Brackets, item # 853-6509, they will be needed in either of the options mentioned above. The attachment bracket is part of the...
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  • Will the Thule Criterium Bike Rack Fit the Factory Crossbars on a 2007 BMW X3
  • I have a Thule bike rack that should work for you, but the Thule Criterium Bike Rack, # TH598, will not fit the factory crossbars on your 2007 BMW X3. The clamps on this bike rack are only designed for use with Thule square load bars or Yakima round bars. At this time there are no adapters available that will allow this bike rack to mount to factory bars. For a bike rack that will mount directly to most factory crossbars, I recommend looking at the Thule Sidearm Bike Rack, # TH594XT....
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  • What is Needed to Adapt Thule Criterium Roof Bike Rack # TH598 to Thule AeroBlade Crossbars
  • Thule offers an easy fix that will allow you to mount your Criterium rooftop bike racks to your new AeroBlade crossbars. Thule's # Xadapt8 kit includes the longer hardware needed to allow the Criterium's clamps to fit on the larger aero-style bars. The T-bolts slide into the tracks built in to the AeroBlade bars.
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  • Will 3 Thule Criterium Roof Rack Mount Bike Racks Fit on a 2012 Kia Sorento
  • The Thule Criterium, # TH598, is listed as a fit for the factory roof rack on your 2012 Kia Sorento. You can probably get 3 of these on the roof rack but you will have to alternate directions to get them to fit closer together. To determine if three bikes will fit on the roof, I recommend standing the bikes up next to each other to where they are almost touching. Then measure the width from the center of the tire on one end to the center of the tire on the bike on the other end. Then compare...
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  • Roof Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2011 Honda CR-V with Factory Roof Rack
  • The SQR Quick-Release Rooftop Bike Carrier, # RBC011, has uniquely shaped feet that will only fit Rhino-Rack Aero and Sportz crossbars, and Rola elliptical bars. Thule lists several roof rack mount bike racks that are a direct fit to the Honda factory bars on your 2011 CR-V. I have listed them for you below. Thule Prologue, # TH516 Thule Sidearm, # TH594XT Thule Criterium, # TH598 Thule Sprint, # TH528 Thule Paceline, # TH527 Thule Circuit, # TH526 Thule ThruRide, # TH535 Out...
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  • Using Thule Rack System and Stacker # TH830 to Equip 2010 Corolla for Carrying Two 10 Foot Kayaks
  • Thule offers a good solution for carrying your kayaks on the roof of your Corolla. You will want to begin by checking your owners manual for the roof capacity of your vehicle, and make sure you do not exceed it. You would first need to attach a roof rack system to the roof of your Corolla. By combining Thule Load Bars, part # THLB50, The Thule Traverse Foot Pack, # TH450 and the vehicle-specific fit kit, # THKIT1515 you would have a great rack system to carry your kayaks. The roof rack...
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  • Roof Rack Bike Rack for a Thule Xsporter Ladder Rack on a 2012 Toyota Tacoma
  • The Thule Sidearm, # TH594XT, will fit the Xsporter ladder rack # TH500XT without the need for other accessories or adapters. We also have the Big Mouth # TH599XTR but you would need adapter # Xadapt2 to fit the Xsporter bars. And we also have the Criterium, # TH598, which requires adapter # Xadapt8, to install to the Xsporter bars. All other Thule racks require removing the front wheel to mount the bikes. I have linked instructions and some videos for you.
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  • Saddlebag Recommendation For Land Rover LR3 With Factory Roof Rack
  • If you are looking for a cargo bag which attaches to the roof rack on your vehicle I recommend the Rightline Cargo Hatch Saddlebag for Vehicles with Roof Racks, part # RL100B90. This is a 13 cu ft waterproof bag that has a weight capacity of 100 lbs. I have attached a video for this cargo bag you can check out. If you are looking for a crossbar to attach a cargo bag to that will work with your roof side rails, I recommend the Yakima round bar (qty 1), part # Y8810021, along with the...
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  • Comparing the Thule Sidearm and Criterium Roof Mount Bike Carriers
  • The biggest difference between a wheel mount and frame mount roof bike carrier is exactly what you'd expect: one holds the bike at the front tire and the other holds it at the frame. If you have a carbon frame bike or the frame is large or a unique shape then going with a wheel mount is the way to go. If you have a regular bike and not an expensive carbon bike then the frame mount carriers work well too. It is also a good option if the bike has front fenders that would block the part...
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  • Roof Bike Rack that Fits 2009 GMC Yukon XL Denali
  • I have a solution for you, but Yakima does not list any of their bike racks as fits for the 2009 GMC Yukon. Instead Thule has the Criterium part # TH598 that has been confirmed as a fit that would work great on your vehicle. Check out the review video I attached as well.
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  • Wheel Tray Endcap Needed for Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Carrier # TH598
  • It sounds to me like you are looking for Wheel Tray Endcap, # 853-6520, for your Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Carrier, # TH598. This cap fits over the end of your wheel tray and keeps your mounting hardware and wheel holders from sliding off.
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  • Can a Roof Cargo Box and Bike Rack Be Installed on a 2012 Acura TSX
  • That shouldn't be a problem at all as long as you stay under the roof capacity of your 2012 Acura TSX as stated in your owners manual. A cargo box like the Thule Force Medium Rooftop Cargo Box # TH624 that you referenced is 34-1/2 inches wide which should be narrower than the width of your crossbars (might measure to be certain) and would leave you room for a roof mounted bike rack like the Thule Criterium bike rack part # TH598. I attached a review video for you to check out as well. If...
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  • Recommendation for a Thule Criterium Bike Rack with Broken Cradle Arm
  • I checked with Thule and they do not offer a replacement clamp arm for the Criterium Bike Rack part # TH598. Your best option would be to replace the entire rack unfortunately.
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  • Roof Rack Bike Rack with Longer Strap Recommendation for Fat Bike
  • I have a solution for you, but the Thule Criterium does not have a replacement strap available that is longer than what comes with it. I checked with Yakima and the Replacement Extra Long Wheel Strap # 8880229 will work on the Yakima ForkLift bike rack part # Y02098. This should give you enough strap for your Fat Bike.
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  • Roof Mount Bike Carrier for a 2004 BMW 3-Series with BMW Crossbars
  • There isn't an adapter that would allow the Thule Criterium bike carrier # TH598 to fit on the BMW roof rack crossbars. However, we do have a similar bike rack option that will fit. The Yakima FrontLoader, # Y02103, is listed as fit on the optional crossbars on your 2004 BMW 3-Series. It is similar to the Criterium with the main difference being that the FrontLoader holds the front wheel instead of the bike frame. I have linked a video review of the FrontLoader for you.
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  • Will the Swagman Roof Mounted Bike Rack Fit Factory Crossbars on a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • The u-bolts that are used to mount the Swagman bike rack, # S64720, will fit on crossbars that are less than 3-1/8 inches wide x 1-7/8 inches tall. You will need to measure the factory crossbars on your van to determine if the u-bolts will fit around them. A similar rack that is a direct fit to the factory crossbars on your van is the Thule Criterium, # TH598. I have linked instructions and videos for both bike racks for you to view.
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  • Roof Rack and Roof Rack Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2015 Toyota RAV4
  • You will need to first install a roof rack on your 2015 Toyota Rav4, but yes the Thule Criterium part # TH598 would work well for you at that point. What you will need to do is follow the link I attached that will take you to a page where you can select your roof style from a drop down menu and all of the roof styles for your vehicle will be listed. Once you select your roof style all of the roof rack fits for your vehicle will be listed.
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  • Roof Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation that Locks the Bike to Carrier and the Carrier to Rack
  • For a roof mounted bike rack that will secure your bike to the rack and secure the rack to your roof you should check out the Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH598. I attached a review video and installation instructions for you to check out. You will need to also pick up a set of Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH512
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  • Criterium 598 Aluminum Tray Replacement Availability
  • I wish the tray of the Thule Criterium part # TH598 was available as a replacement part, but I checked with Thule and they do not offer that piece. Based on how expensive most Thule replacement parts can be you would probably be better off just replacing the entire rack anyway since it would most likely have been about the same price. Especially since you may have damaged other parts that you aren't aware of, and this way you get an entirely new rack.
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  • How To Tow a Pop-Up and Bikes with a 1999 Toyota Camry
  • The hitches available for a 1999 Toyota Camry are all 1-1/4 inch, either Class I or II. You cannot pull a trailer and use a hitch or trunk mounted bike rack at the same time. Your best and safest option would be to use a roof-mounted bike rack while towing your pop-up. I have included links to a Thule Roof Rack system for your 1999 Camry and a couple roof mounted bike racks that will work well.
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  • Roof Mount Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara with Factory Roof Rack
  • Based on the picture you sent of the roof rack on your 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara it looks like you have bars that are very similar to Thule Rapid Aero or AeroBlade bars or Whispbars. We do have several roof mount bike racks that will fit these bars. For roof mounted bike racks, there are basically 2 styles: those that require removing the front wheel and those that do not. Out of all the options (which I have linked individually below) I recommend the Yakima FrontLoader # Y02103 if you...
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  • Roof Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Land Rover LR3 with Factory Roof Rack
  • The Thule Criterium, # TH598, has a front mounting foot that is likely to fit the factory crossbars on a 2006 Land Rover LR3 but the back mounting foot will only fit a square Thule bar. A similar bike rack that will fit the factory crossbars is the Yakima Raptor Aero, # Y02093. I have included a link to the installation details for you.
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  • Will Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH598 Fit Factory Roof Crossbars on 2009 Subaru
  • We do offer many roof bike racks that will fit your Subaru factory bars and those can be seen on the linked page. These include frame-mount types that will fit your factory bars, such as the Swagman Upright # S64720 and the SportRack Upshift Deluxe # SR4612. The Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH598 is compatible with Thule's square load bars and Yakima's round bars. It is NOT compatible with factory-installed roof rack bars like that on your 2009 Subaru. The linked article...
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