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Rated 1 out of 5 by from awful engineering - skip it This bike rack connects to the front bar using a single (and fairly small) u bolt. Yes, your 5k bike is held on by a cheap 22 cent piece of metal, which also is a single point of failure. Better double check what your insurance covers. When mounted to the car, it did not fit flush with the bar it was mounted on, causing it tip back and forth. Visibly, it is slight, however, it made a distinct and audible clunk, even at 45 mph. Finally, the construction was flimsy. All together, completely unacceptable for the price. Try the Rocky Mounts PitchFork; same price at REI, 100% better engineered, 100% more stable, and quite a bit better looking.
Date published: 2010-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So much for Swedish engineering The Thule Prologue rack looks good . Unfortunately it did not hold the bike securely, regardless of the tightness adjustment . Were it not for having the bike cabled to the rack , I would have had a $2k bike bouncing down the interstate. I bought the rack back to the REI shop. They attemprted to adjust it. Could not get it to hold the front fork so they replaced it. The replacement worked for about a month before the front fork started popping out . REI replaced it with a Yakima version - does not look as good but holds the bike fork in place. So much for Swedish engineering . Thanks to REI. Forget this Thule product.
Date published: 2010-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay for square bars, intolerable for round bars I bought this rack a few months ago, thinking it would be acceptable for my square bars and my wife's round bars. Was I wrong. There is insufficient lateral support when used with the round bars - the single u-bolt just can't be tighted enough to hold it vertical with a bike mounted. The rack would sway when loaded, resulting in popping noises as the rack shifted and echoing through the roof like hail-stones. I suppose the increased contact area makes this less of a problem with square bars, as I didn't notice this problem mounted on my truck. However, I would skip it and get something with a wider attachment point.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the money. Bought this with a whole roof rack system with feet and cross bars. I can see how the system can be flimsy if it is mounted to stock roof racks or some other round cross bar. I got Aero Cross bars and that required an adapter kit that didn't use the cheap U-Bolts that come with it. It is secure and have had no problems with it so far. Overall a pretty good buy but I would recommend getting a Thule roof rack along with it. I know it can get a little expensive and Thule could come up with a better design but of course it works best with their own design roof rack.
Date published: 2011-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for. I agree with all the comments regarding the instability of the U-bolt. I own two of these carriers based on price and the fact that I don't travel too far with my bike. I recently took road a trip from South San Francisco to Santa Barbara with my bike on the carrier. I was a little weary at first but the carrier kept my bike in place, even through a wind storm that I happened to get caught up in. I could see the bike shaking in the shadow on the road but at the end of the trip the carrier held on to my bike and the bolts stayed just as tight.
Date published: 2013-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Weak, unstable,Borderling dangerous rack I bought this as a ways to transport my 30 pound mountain bike. I was too tempted by the price and regretted it as soon as I installed it. Simply put, the rack is poorly made. The tray and head are cheap, flimsy plastic and the bike sways a lot when driving even on smooth roads. The rack is also secured to the car in by a small piece of metal. I felt like my bike and the rack could go flying off at anytime. I was really disappointed with this rack, I expect more from Thule. I ended up returning it for a Sidearm, a much better rack.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unstable I will second the comments about the instability caused by the cheap U-bolt tightening system. It is a very poorly designed system and if you look at the nicer Thule models they don't employ the same U-bolts. Even when the U-bolts are freshly tightened, my bikes will sway a fair amount. After driving over any sort of bumps the bolts will tend to loosen more and the bike sway gets much worse. Of course, the more the bikes sway, the more stress placed on the bolts and consequently it tends to loosen even more. I have replaced the locknuts in an attempt to improve it to no avail. I had been re-tightening the U-bolts before any significant driving, but am currently replacing it with a better rack. This is a very poorly designed product and I would not recommend it.
Date published: 2011-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid bike rack for the price. I got this rack to carry my mountain bike on my roof instead of in my trunk. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. It's stable on my car and holds my bike securely. Out of the package, it seemed a little flimsy, but once mounted it was fine. What I don't like about it is that it doesn't come with keys to lock it. All of these things should come with some sort of way to secure your bike from thieves, so if that's an issue, expect to pay for the key and lock set.
Date published: 2010-09-12
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Questions & Answers

Do you need the Thule base racks or will this fit on factory installed cross bars? Try to get a rack on a '13 subaru outback.

Asked by: dianatchandler
Yes, the Prologue will work with this Subaru. The Thule Ride-On Adapter™ (sold separately) is needed. This can be purchased directly from Thule.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07
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