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Thule Round Trip Transition Bike Travel Case

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Description

Traveling with our prized two-wheeled machines isn't that dissimilar to the road musician who guards his instruments with the utmost care. We carefully package, cushion, and prepare our components with precision, knowing that they'll be subject to a variety of bumps along the way. And when we finally arrive at our destination, building the steed back up is also treated with the same energy. With the right traveling case, the routine is made that much easier, and nobody knows this better than the cycling enthusiasts at Thule. With their new Round Trip Transition Bike Travel Case, you not only receive the ultimate in travel protection, but also an integrated work stand for building up and servicing your machine once you arrive. It's an intuitive package that gives you one less thing to stress about while traveling with your bike.

The real beauty of the Round Trip is its integrated stand. Say goodbye to makeshift hotel floor workbenches, as the fork-mounted, three-legged stand lets you build, tune, and break down your bike with ease. The system works by attaching your fork at the rail's dropout mount, and also back at the bottom bracket, and then clicking the unit into the base of case. Both wheels tuck on either side of the frame. When you arrive at your destination, assemble the base of the stand, attach the bike/rail unit, and begin building your bike up like you would in a traditional repair stand.

The Round Trip Transition was made using a durable ABS two-piece design. The top lifts off from the base, and it's secured back in place with two heavy-duty clamps at the front and rear. An oversized handle on the top makes lifting and moving the case an easy affair, and two smooth roller wheels aid in airport and hotel navigation. It was manufactured in Thule's Chicago facility, right along with its proven rooftop boxes.

The Thule Round Trip Transition Bike Travel Case comes in one size and in the color Black. Two wheel bags are included, and the case's size accommodates both road and mountain bikes (with wheelbases up to 46in). Adapters are included for open dropouts as well as 15- and 20mm thru axles.

  • Hard shell construction
  • Integrated work stand
  • Top-load design
  • Accommodates road and mountain bikes

Tech Specs

Material:
[shell] ABS Hard Shell
Closure:
front and rear clamps
Recommended Use:
travel
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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solid case and super awesome stand

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For an expensive TT bike, this is the best case there is.

I've had this case for 12 months and have traveled with it maybe 7 times. Two things I love about this case: 1. when I check it in at the airport, I have no fear that my bike is safe and secure. The bike locks in, there's very little movement and its protected by the wheelbags on either side. With previous bike boxes TSA regularly broke things on the case to open it, broke or lost bike parts when they repacked the bike, and generally didn't understand how to close the case. With this one, I've had no issues. 2. The bike stand is amazing. Its light and so helpful as there's nothing worse than trying to assemble a bike in a hotel room. Mine is excellent quality, I'm not sure what others are complaining about.

Cons: its big and heavy. Yes, this case is bigger than other cases, You'll need an SUV to pick you up. For me, its worth it for the peace of mind I get leaving my bike with baggage handlers. Its not much heavier than my other cases and I have no problems moving it around (and I'm a girl).

Can you comment on the average baggage charge applied by airlines for this case?

Avg. ride time: 6h 34m per week
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Awesome case for the right type of rider

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Lets get the cons out of the way up front. Yes, it is a very large case. Perhaps just a few inches larger than the other top cases in one direction or another, but enough to limit the type of vehicle you can fit it in. Minivan - no problem. Jeep - on its side but not straight up. Smaller than that - I don't know. And there is no way you are going to avoid paying the baggage fees.

Now the positives. First, the bike stand is awesome, so long as you watch the video and practice it one time before your trip. Remember, the stand keeps the bike in a safe position locked inside the case. Second, you can fit any size bike in one way or the other, with less need to dissemble the bike compared to other cases. All I need for my R5 is one 5mm torque wrench. Or you could fit a standard road bike and two sets of wheels. Third, your 10k dream bike is going to arrive unscathed because it is a Thule hard case.

So - if you don't mind fees or renting a big vehicle and you hate taking your bike apart, but you do want your dream bike to arrive unscathed, this is a great case.

Does the rear derailleur have to be removed or is there enough space that it can remain on?

Thanks!

Not worth it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

While I haven't owned any other travel cases, this is not what I expected. I have owned it for six months and traveled roughly 8 or 10 times with it. It's a big indestructible box with two cheap wheel bags inside. The bike stand is useless. Throw the tripod legs for the stand away. Put the handlebars back on the bike while it's in the case, take the bike out of the case and flip it over to rebuild it. The stand is useless. There is no way to secure the wheel bags inside the case. So if you have a set of expensive carbon wheels, unless you secure them yourself with tape, they just flop around inside the case. Really Thule? You couldn't include a simple way of securing the wheel bags to the case? The inside of the case is the same as the outside. No high density foam liner or anything. Raw hard plastic. Even when the bike is properly secured to the rail, and the rail is properly secured to the case, you can still rock the bike back and forth 5"-6" in each direction. That's a lot of movement and bouncing around...especially if you have ever seen how luggage handlers toss things about. It's heavy and big. With a light road bike it's going to weigh around 45-50lbs, with a big heavy mountain bike it's going to weigh well over 50lbs, with no gear in the case. It is a nightmare to lug around an airport, barely fits in the back of a medium sized SUV. With a little thought and engineering this could be a great case. But for $600, I find it to be a piece of garbage. Add a foam liner, a way to secure the wheel bags and a more secure mounting for the bike and it's a winner. As it stands, it's not worth $100, let alone $600.

My neighbor has this carrier. It goes in his R Rover. Does not fly with it.



I needed this carrier for long shipping. Would not buy it now.

CUMBERSOME

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My boyfriend has one of these and it's heavy, heavy, heavy! It always means paying a huge amount of excess baggage. It also requires a lot of dismantling which isn't so great if you've had a bike fit like me or integrated handlebars like my boyfriend.



The Scicon AeroTech or AeroComfort TRI are better, much better!

A part of the buying process needs to be evaluating the airlines fees. This box fits the bill for me. The airlines I will be flying with are Southwest and Jetblue. Two of the more bike friendly airlines. Up to 99lbs for $75 and $50 respectively.

As for dismantling, taking off handlebars, integrated or not, is also a part of your bike purchasing process. THe new tri bikes are riduculously awesome. But a more simple cockpit will cost you time in a 70.3, but unless you need every second for a WC qualifier, not going to affect me.

Avg. ride time: 26m per week
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Easy to Use.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Adding this review to subsidize the pictures below and add a rating to offset the negative reviews below. This is a large case which keeps the bike safe and makes it easy to pack. Its weight is lighter than your average case, but still in the 25 lb range. Add a 25 lb bike and you're right at most airline weight limits- which is pretty normal for a hard case. Personally I prefer a soft case, but this is my favorite hard case I've seen.

Avg. ride time: 26m per week
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Avg. ride time: 26m per week
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Some Photos

This case is fairly large, but one of the most secure and probably the easiest I've seen to pack. Mount the fork, attach the bottom bracket, put the wheels in bags, and then remove the handlebar. Very easy with plenty of space. Pictures below are with a Small 29er MTB but as you can see there's plenty of room for much more bike.



If you have any more questions you can reach me at 801-736-6396 ext 5630 or adewitt@backcountry.com

Some Photos

Ginormous!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

You truly need a pick up truck or large SUV to carry this thing around. I have an Audi S4 (A fairly standard size sedan these days.) and couldn't get it in with the back seats folded down.

How much does this case weigh?

How much does this case weigh?

I've seen 35lbs. However, be sure to check the airlines policies. The ones I will be using are Southwest and Jetblue. Both have 99lb limits when paying the extra $75 & $50 respectively. Be sure to know the airlines policies and be prepared for the gate agent to be clueless on what to do. Be patient and nice, referring to the policies stated on the website.

hi is this for mtg, if not, which one...

hi

is this for mtg, if not, which one is?

regards

Best Answer

Do you mean mtb? because it can fit mountain bikes. Check out this link below



http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/new-bike-gear-previews/thules-roundtrip-travel-cases

Great! I�m from Mexico and I want to buy a Tallboy 2 bike, send it to my address in the States, it could be the solution to bring it with me in the plane and for future travels.

Perfect, if you give me a call I will be happy to help you out with the Tallboy 2.

Here is my contact information: My direct line 801.736.6396 ex. 4389. Feel free call to me anytime, I?m always happy to talk about bikes or gear or the weather. Whatever works! I?m here Mon, Tues and Friday 1:30-10pm MST and Saturday 9-5:00 as well as Sunday 10-7. I look forward to speaking with you.