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Thule Passage 3 Bike Strap Rack w/Cradles

$149.95

Item # THU0288

4 5

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Description

Easy, no-fuss bike transport.

You don’t need a truck or an empty SUV to transport your mountain bikes to the trailhead when you have the Thule Passage 3 Bike Strap Rack. Six adjustable nylon straps hold the rack in place; vinyl-coated buckles at the end of the straps hold the carrier firmly to your car without scratching your paint. Thule’s patented FitDial gets the fit just right for maximum security.

  • Narrow cradle arms hold a wider range of bike frames, including small child’s bike-frames
  • SoftCushion pads protect trunk and hatch, while padded rubber cradles cushion the bike frame and hold it securely
  • Arms fold down when not in use
  • Thule part number 911XT


Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
3
Locks Included:
no
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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2 5

Mediocre product (you get what you pay)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pros:
- Easy to install and use.
- Would fit mostly any car (worked with my Mazda 3 HB, 2014)
- Price

Cons:
- Couldn't mount my mountain bike (specialized crave 17")
- The parts that attach to the trunk DO NOT have rubber/plastic coating and left scratches

Ended up returning it. Will update the post after I get a different rack

4 5

Good bike rack, great for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best part about this rack is that it is thule and surprisingly cheap! I just drove from NJ to CO in a very roundabout route and still have all three bikes I started the journey with. It is super light but shockingly strong. One of the bikes I was transporting is an older specialized BigHit DH and is a very solidly built bike. There are a few negatives though. I found that it rubs on the top of my rear hatch so maybe some padding under the straps will help. Also the placement/spacing of the bikes is very important but can shift slightly on extended road trips. It should also fit fairly universally but check the thule approved applications and if you can test fit it before buying/using.

will this rack fit on a 2014 Honda CRV??

will this rack fit on a 2014 Honda CRV??

Responded on

Hey Bmenasco,

Thule does not have a rear mount listed as being compatible. If you have a hitch installed I think that is your best option.

Does anyone have any suggestions on security?...

Does anyone have any suggestions on security? I purchased the passive lock with the rack. About to go cross country and then some. Any advice would be helpful. I will also try to give some feedback in a few weeks.

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Mike,

These kinds of racks have the least amount of security compared to the rest. Its a nice start with the passive lock to keep the rack to your car, next you will need a cable lock to keep your bike to your rack. Also, maybe a rough looking dog to keep bike thieves at bay.

Responded on

Thanks Wayne

I was definitely intending to use some chain locks to keep the bikes on the rack as well. If you have any other tips, please I'm all ears!

5 5

Easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had this rack for awhile now and it works great. Easy to use takes no time to put on the back of our car.

5 5

Fits Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The THULE fit guide says this will not fit on a 2010 Mercedes Benz GLK class....but fits great without putting strain on the spoiler.

3 5

It works

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fits both a 2013 Prius and 2005 Subaru Outback fairly well - the lower straps don't really seem to accomplish anything, but I haven't had any issues with the rack seeming loose.
I can only fit 2 bikes on the rack without removing front tires, but I'm convinced that all racks are that way and generally buy a rack that "fits" one more bike than I actually want to transport.
Bikes with a vertical rear shock fit well on the rack, but anything else is a little tricky. Specialized bikes are just a goddamn nightmare, but in my experience that's not the rack's fault.
Bikes tires tend to stick out from the profile of the car, not enough to worry about taking up two lanes, but it does kill gas mileage. I think the hit is less than a top rack would be, but it's about a 25 - 30% loss on the prius.

will this fit a 2008 Santa Fe Hyundai

will this fit a 2008 Santa Fe Hyundai

Responded on

Hello - thanks for the question.
I used the Thule Fit Guide (http://www.thule.com/fitguide/default.aspx?language=en-us&market=us) to check for compatibility here.

This Passage 3 Bike Rack was listed on the compatible options produced by this search. (This was for a Santa Fe, not a Santa Fe Sport model, so you may need to double check depending on which model you own). If you need more info or have additional questions don't hesitate to give our Gearheads a call or use our LIVEchat feature.

Does it fit to 2003 mercedes Benz ML...

Does it fit to 2003 mercedes Benz ML 320?

Responded on

Hey christopher yankiling,

I checked with Thule and it doesn't look like the Thule Passage 3 will fit on your 2003 Mercedes Benz ML 320. It would be best to go with a roof option for a bike rack on that particular vehicle. Please visit the following website to look up your vehicle to see which bike racks are compatible:

http://www.thule.com/fitguide/default.aspx?Language=en-US&Market=US

Unanswered Question

Will this mount on the trunk of a 1994...

Will this mount on the trunk of a 1994 Buick LeSabre?

will this rack fit a Lexus 450h?

will this rack fit a Lexus 450h?

Unanswered Question

will this rack fit a 2012 mazda CX9 please...

will this rack fit a 2012 mazda CX9 please ?
Thanks

5 5

Excellent Purchase

Backcountry answered my questions straight away which lead to my purchasing this product. We tried it out straight away and with a little adjusting, worked brilliantly. Great service and price, excellent product. Very happy customer.

Unanswered Question

will this thule passage 3 bike strap rack...

will this thule passage 3 bike strap rack w/cradles fit a chevy equinox lt with a spoiler?
jimi castine

Will this fit a ford explorer or it it...

Will this fit a ford explorer or it it just for a car?

Responded on

Hey Angelia Gregory,

Thanks for the question. I did some checking on the Thule Passage 3 Bike Strap Rack w/Cradles and I did see that it will fit on the back of the more modern Ford Explorers. I did the check for the model years between 2005 and 2012 so if you have one that is older, go to www.thule.com and use their fit guide to find out if the Passage 3 fits on any models older than 2005.

Unanswered Question

Is this a better or mre secure option than...

Is this a better or mre secure option than a platform or the hitch mounted version for a car?

Will it fit an Audi Q5. It is more of a...

Will it fit an Audi Q5. It is more of a hatchback instead of a trunk/sedan style?

Is there another model or brand that would fit better?

Responded on

It will fit your Q5 without issue. You'll just have to change the angle of the feet and arrange the straps differently than you would on a car with a trunk.

Unanswered Question

will this rack fit on a 2004 volov xc90?...

will this rack fit on a 2004 volov xc90? I don't have a hich nor do I want to do a top rack.

IS Thule Passage 3 Bike Strap Rack w/Cradles...

IS Thule Passage 3 Bike Strap Rack w/Cradles can be used for any Hatchback car ?

Responded on

I on't see why not. We use ours on our Hyundai accent hatchback

Unanswered Question

Hello, my name is Mark,I'm wondering if...

Hello, my name is Mark,I'm wondering if this bike rack will work on a mini cooper ?