Thule outride 561
I do use Thule Products for quit a while now (about 10 years at least), I was ever a very satisfied costumer , I do recomend Thule bike supports for anybody how asks me. Today I use an thule outride 561 on my car which I was sure is the best.
As I know about the great reputation from Thule on safty I ever used them , and as big was my surpise of the following incident.
I was going to spend a week at the beach while training for my 70.3. therefore my specialized bike was on the top of our car, fixed to the thule. when I suddenly heard i big noise coming for m the top, I could see inn the mirror my bike mouving, the rear road was loose and the rear part of the bike was swing loose. Hitting my car when I saw this I braked and the bike swang forward and than lost complitely the connection to the thule , it fall down on the road , all that at about 80 KM/h….
Actually we were very very lucky, as the freeway was complitely empty no cars at all, the bike hit the asphalt and that it. I do’n’t want to imagine if there would be any car behind us … a carbon bike hitting in car could have created big damage and even could have injuired or killed someone… But luckely only material damage…
So what happend:
The rear part of the outrage 561 has a plastic tape which fix the rear wheel of the bike, the part is in itself fixed with a kind of metal clip..
As this part did strech (open a bit) the tape opend and the rear part of the bike swang loose. As I hit the brakes the generated force to the bike freed it complitely, hitting my car…
– XLab carbonwing and Gorilla Cages 250 US $
– Shifters 375 US$
– Bike seat 200 U$.
As a lot of small things which could be solved in a full revison of the bike itself…
– The car demages shown above which till now I do not have a idea of reparing costs….
– The Thule support
As as well the loss of confidence to my thule support….
Today I am in contact with Thule to understand what happend , and thule is till now very willing to help… Lets see how this will end I will keep you posted…