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Yakima or Thule roof rack?(9 posts)

Yakima or Thule roof rack?lancewannabe
Nov 23, 2003 4:09 AM
These seem to br pretty similar. Is there any performance difference? Personal preferences?
I think they're exactly equal.Spoke Wrench
Nov 23, 2003 5:02 AM
I personally prefer Thule, but I think that it's because I've worked with Thule the longest. I also prefer the Velo Vise bike mounts.
I'd have to say YakimaB2
Nov 23, 2003 6:33 AM
even though I don't really know much about Thule.

Yakima customer service is outstanding. They actually sent me two new pair of ski racks (with expedited shipping since I was leaving town) at no cost. The problem was my old ski racks were designed to fit the vehicle manufacturer crossbars and not the Yakima crossbar I had just purchased for a new car. Since they didn't make any adapters (the original reason for my call to Yakima) they apologized and said "how about we send send you a couple ski racks from our basement... they may have been demo'd...". Well when they arrived they were brand new in unopened boxes.

Now that's what I call customer service.

Good luck,
I like Tule.the bull
Nov 23, 2003 10:25 AM
I Think they fit on the cars better.
You cant beat the Velo Vise, it is quick.
I like the way Tule racks lock to the loadbars by putting the allen inside the flap(velovise)so when it is locked you can't unscrew it.
Last I rember Yakima bike carriers would not lock to loadbar. So someone could just unscrew it.
Now if I could only spell!the bull
Nov 23, 2003 6:53 PM
Geez, I really need to start proof-reading my stuff.
It is getting bad again!
Sorry everyone.
Nov 24, 2003 11:22 AM
Like their bike carriers better. Still, both companies put out high quality stuff.

re: Yakima or Thule roof rack?mtpisgah1
Nov 24, 2003 4:53 AM
I like using Thule crossbars and Yakima mounts. The Thule bars are rectangular and don't allow the wheel mount to turn like the Yakima does. I like the Yakima mounts because the way they work. The Viper does lock to the bar and cannot be removed. Some of the less expensive mounts can be removed with the bike still attached to it, it wouldn't be easy but could be done.

If you are really that worried that someone would do that though, remember that by removing just 2-3 bolts, you can seperate the fork from the frame and be gone.
Yakima, but........Alexx
Nov 24, 2003 6:25 AM
I own a Yakima roof rack. It was about $40 cheaper overall than the Thule, and it's a good bit stronger, too. Not only have I carried 2 bikes on it, but also have used it to carry a 28' ladder.

The problem with Yakima racks, though, is the dealer network. None of the dealers around me carry enough stock! I had to buy half of the unit at my LBS, and the other half at a local sporting goods retailer.

Now that it is winter time, I want to get a ski-holder for the rack, but nobody is carrying them! The sporting goods dealer still has tons of bike attachments in the display, and the lackey who runs the department tells me they aren't planning on ordering anything until they get some of the old stuff moved. None of the local ski stores carry the Yakima ski holder, either. HELP!!!

Well, maybe the Thule ski holder will fit. I know that Thule bike holders do. Guess I'll have to get a Thule....
re: Yakima or Thule roof rack?MShaw
Nov 24, 2003 4:56 PM
The thing that sold me on Thule were the Fit Kits. You get a kit to fit each specific vehicle, rather than using rotating parts of the tower to match up with your roofline.

I don't have too much experience with Yakima racks, but from what I've seen, its about 6 of one, half dozen of another.

Both companies make great products. Pick the rack that's going to be easiest to upgrade in your neighborhood. First its bike carrying, then kayaks, then skis, then a space case, then...