Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount Review
Thule knows a thing or two about innovation and are a brand many bike owners turn to when in search for a new bike rack. The Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount was designed to provide you with the premium features normally found on hitch mounted racks such as an anti-sway system and rubber padding, whilst still being easily adjustable and easy to store.
The Thule Raceaway is also available in a two bike model, for those who only need to carry one or two bikes. Read on to discover if this trunk-mounted rack is right for your requirements.
Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount Features
- Tray Mount design for easy loading
- Folds down flat
- Fits bike tires up to 3-inches
- Patented FitDial™
- Rubber molded pads
- Sure-Tight™ ratcheting cables
- Lockable cable with locks
Raceway – a new breed of rack from Thule
The build quality of the Raceway 3 is very high, with the use of injection molded plastic and durable metal. The sleek aerodynamic design helps prevent loud wind noise whilst driving and also looks great.
Rather than using straps like old style trunk-mounted racks do, the Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount uses strong, padded cable attachments which provide a higher level of stability to hold the carrier firmly in place without scratching your car. Due to the high strength of these cables, only four cables are used so attaching the rack isn’t a chore like in times gone by.
Thule’s patented FitDial technology is designed to make attaining the perfect fit to your vehicle a breeze by utilizing an easy-to-use lever which changes FitDial number to the appropriate setting for your vehicle. Due to the versatility of this technology, it allows the carrier to fit almost any vehicle so you’re unlikely to encounter the headache of it not being compatible and returning it for another rack.
Load bikes quickly
Something we often look out for is how easy it is to load a bike onto the rack. The tray mount design with rubber straps makes it quick and easy to place your bikes frame onto the carrier so you can set off on your journey without delay.
Ample Bike protection
Thule has put a lot of emphasis on bike protection when designing the Raceway. The anti-sway cages eliminate the risk of bikes swaying during transport so they don’t knock against each other or your vehicle. While the rubber cradles ensure your bikes frame doesn’t come into contact with hard metal and get scratched. Vehicle protection is not overlooked either, with the presence of molded rubber pads on the area of the frame which contacts your vehicle.
Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount Pros and Cons
The Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount is robustly designed and easy to mount due to its FitDial system and sure-Tight ratcheting system. It holds a wide variety of frames due to the use of narrow arms in the mount.
The inclusion of a cable and lock means you can secure your bikes as well as the carrier without purchasing additional kit.
Certain bikes such as women’s or children’s bikes without a crossbar aren’t compatible so will require you to purchase a Thule 982 Frame Adapter.
Final Thoughts on the Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount
If you don’t have a hitch on your vehicle then the Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount is a great alternative for hauling your bikes both safely and securely. The well thought out design elements which prevent theft and bike damage with features that make loading and unloading your bikes a doddle make the Thule Raceway a real winner. We give this rack a grade A.
Thule Raceway 3 Bike Mount as reviewed by Bike Racks Reviews