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Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp

Thule Roof Bike Racks

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Code:   TH598


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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.


  • 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


  • 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
    • Adapts to factory-installed roof racks with optional Ride-On adapter (TH532; sold separately)

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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.

598 Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp

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Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp - TH598

Average Customer Rating:  ratingratingratingratingrating4.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

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ratingratingratingratingrating by: John Missar07/31/2012

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


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

comment by: Chris - 1/14/2014


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

Patrick B - 1/23/2014

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  • Will the Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack Fit the Factory Roof Rack on a 2006 Ford Explorer
  • The Thule Criterium Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Frame Clamp, # TH598, will fit the factory roof rack on your 2006 Ford Explorer if it has cross bars that run side to side, but you will need to add Thule Ride-On Adapter - Factory Roof Rack to Thule Bike Rack Adapter, # TH532. I have included a video review and installation details of this adapter below. I have also included a video review and installation details for the bike rack.
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  • Will the Thule Criterium Bike Rack Work on a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
  • There are two options for using your Criterium bike racks, item # TH598, on your 2011 VW Jetta Sportwagen. I would 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. The next option is to purchase the VW cross bars for your vehicle and use the Thule Ride On adapter,item # TH532, to attach your Criterium bike racks to. The ride o
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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 above.
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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 the Thule Criterium Bike Rack Fit the Factory Crossbars on a 2007 BMW X3
  • The Thule Criterium Bike Rack, # TH598, will require the Ride-On Adapter, # TH532, to 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. If you wanted to mount a bike rack directly to your roof rack crossbars, then you may be interested in the SportRack Roof Bike Rack, # SR4882. This bike rack is designed to fit most factory crossbars with a width up to 3-1/2 inches and a crossbar spread
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  • Will the Thule Criterium Roof Mount Bike Rack Fit the Factory Roof Rack on a Honda Element
  • You can use the Thule Criterium bike rack # TH598 with the factory roof rack on a Honda Element but you will first need to install the Thule Ride-On Adapter, # TH532. The bike rack is not a direct fit to the factory bars. I have included a link to a video that shows how the adapter works. If you can tell me what year your Element is, I can determine what bike racks will fit the vehicle.
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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 tha
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