Top of the line bike rack given a run for it’s top-end money
After years of using a bike rack that you strap to the back of your car (and worrying that the rack and bikes will come crashing through the rear windscreen), the Thule 929 G6 EuroClassic is a bit of a revelation.
The 929 is a bike rack that attaches to your tow bar, using some awesome engineering that means there’s just 1 attachment point (the tow ball), but with easy access to the boot. The rack carries 3 bikes, but you can extend this capacity to 4 by purchasing a 4th rail kit. You’ll need to get a copy of your license plate, this can be done at your garage, or online. The electrics connector is a 13 pin socket.
The rack took me about 10 minutes to assemble. The 4th rail kit took a bit of figuring out. I eventually realised that the instructions were slightly wrong (they assumed that some parts were not pre-assembled). But I got there in the end, about 20 minutes. Once assembled, the bike rack folds up and can sit against a wall. It may be able to be hung on a wall, but I haven’t tried that.
Attaching it to your car, and fitting the bikes, is a pleasure. What used to take many minutes, searching for straps and cords, and a fair bit of head scratching, now takes about 5 minutes in total. Because of this ease of use, I’m now far more likely to seize a weather window to take the family out cycling.
I’ve been quite nervous driving on long journeys with a strap on rack, for a number of reasons. With the Thule, those reasons go away. The visibility is very good, the bikes don’t extend past the width of the car, and I feel quite sure the bikes won’t work loose. Bikes simply go onto rails, and are attached to one of 3 arms that have an adjustable clamp. The clamp attaches to the bike’s frame, and then the wheels are secured with plastic ratchet straps. I was a bit sceptical about their durability at first, but there have been no signs of wear having put bikes on about 10-15 times. The 4th rail is easy to add, and it comes with another clamp that secures the 3rd to the 4th bike.
The rack has a set of keys that allow you to lock the clamp that secures it to the car, and also to lock the clamps that secure the bikes. These would deter a casual thief, but for extra security I simply put a couple of chain locks through the wheels of all the bikes once they are on. The 4th rail has a different key (on mine) to the main rack.
Access to the boot is fantastic. There is a lever that you push with your foot that allows the whole rack to tilt, which allows your boot to open, with plenty of space for access. This feature of the rack looks very improbable, but it works. I’ve done it with 3 full bikes on, to the amazement of my mates.
This is an expensive bit of kit, no getting around that. But in my opinion it is far superior to the strap on rack in every respect. And if you find that your desire to get out with the bikes is dampened by the faff factor, then you’ll probably find this rack pays for itself by getting you to use that expensive MTB a lot more often.
By Ian White
EuroClassic G6 929
- Load capacity Bikes 3(4)
- Load capacity (kg) 60 kg
- Max bike weight 25 kg
- Length (cm) 137 cm
- Width (cm) 65 cm
- Weight (kg) 20.5 kg
- Fits frame dimensions 22-80 mm
- Detachable frame holders
- Tiltable with bikes
- Locks bike to carrier
- Locks carrier to car
- One Key System compatible
- Fits most bikes with disc brakes
- Rear lights
- Powerplug 13-pin
- TÜV EuroBe approved
- Fulfils City Crash norm
- Maximum weight for Adapter 928-1 is 15 kg