Hold Fast cradles and the patented FitDial mounting system make the Gateway an affordable trunk bike rack with high-dollar features. This rack includes independently adjustable arms and a body designed specifically to fit over factory spoilers.
Factory spoilers are always a potential hurdle when you are searching for a trunk-mounted bike rack. The Thule Gateway is designed to clear that hurdle with long, arcing body tubes and a patented FitDial mounting system that ensures easy and irritation-free installation on your specific vehicle.
The patented FitDial system lets you easily adjust the rack body. Simply press the levers on the base and move the rack so that the arrows line up with the correct number on the dial. These numbers are specified in the instructions included with the rack. Just find your vehicle, identify the correct number, and dial away.
The Gateway has Hold Fast anti-sway cradles that grip your bike frame at 3 different points - twice along the top bar and once along a downward bar, such as a seat post. This 3rd point of contact that is created with Thule's No-Sway Cage prevents not only sway, but also front-to-back movement and bike-to-bike contact. The cushioned cradles include reinforced rubber straps to secure the bikes in place. The cradles also include advanced grooves that accommodate bike cables.
The Gateway has narrowly spaced arms that make loading and unloading bikes hassle free. These arms are independently adjustable with the built-in Cinch Levers. All you have to do is flip the lever up, rotate the arm to the desired position, then flip the lever down to lock the arm in place. This enables you to carry bikes with unique frames, and it helps to keep your bikes level on the rack. An adapter bar may be required, however, for some women's, children's, and alternative bike frames. These levers also allow you to fold down the arms when the rack is not in use and to fold the rack flat for storage when it's not mounted on your vehicle.
While the FitDial system ensures that the body of the rack is correctly spaced on your vehicle, it is the 6 nylon straps that keep the rack anchored in place. Padded hooks on these extra-strong straps prevent scratches on your vehicle, and the straps tighten in place with easy-to-use, backpack-style cinches. Holder with hook-and-loop tabs are included to bind up the excess strap length when the rack is mounted. Simply wrap the holders around the straps to help protect your vehicle from flapping straps.
The Gateway includes molded rubber pads on the body to ensure that your vehicle is protected at all contact points with the rack. These pads prevent the rack from scratching and abrading your vehicle's paint.
To lock your bikes to the rack, you can add a Thule cable lock (TH538 - sold separately). This cable lock features a Thule One-Key lock core that can be swapped out to make all your Thule products keyed alike. A passive security trunk strap (TH533 - sold separately) is also available to lock your bike rack to your trunk. This strap is threaded through the frame of the rack and around your trunk lid, securing the rack to your vehicle when the trunk is closed and locked.
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 Customer Reviews)
by: Dan B.08/23/2013
Product looks good (haven't used it yet) and easy to install. Etrailer was awesome to deal with. Ordered the rack on a Saturday, didn't expect it to be shipped till at least Monday or Tuesday. Not only was it shipped on Saturday, Etrailer bumped the shipping priority up a notch (at no cost to me) and communicated frequently. I recieved the delivery the following Wednesday. Highly recommend using Etrailer for any of your needs, I will.96515
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