Brand new from Swedish carrying supremos, Thule is an update to the popular 591 roof mounted bike carrier, the ProRide 598.
The chunky construction belies its light weight which makes it easy to lift onto the roof.
Coupled with the Thule wingbar roof racks the ProRide 598 is an absolute cinch to fit. The ProRide simply slides in to channels on the top of the roof racks and secures down using three plastic levers with absolutely no tools required. It fits other common roof racks straight out of the box and square bars and T-tracks can be used with optional adapters.
Mounting your bike is also very easy. The main stay clamps on to the frame of the bike using a torque limiting dial, this prevents you from inadvertently overtightening the clamp and crushing your frame. The clamp can fit tubes up to 100mm in diameter and is suitable for a variety of frame shapes thanks to the compression material in the jaws so should suit most bike sizes and types.
The wheels sit in wide cupped wheel holders which effortlessly glide back and forth to suit the size of bike, and are secured using quick release rubber straps, it really doesn't get any easier than this.
The resulting set-up is rock solid and gives you confidence to tank it down the motorway without worrying about your beloved bike flying off the roof.
The Thule ProRide 598 launches mid-February and will be likely to retail for a touch over £100.