THULE Bike Carriers

Ah! We’ve finally arrived at this vital driver-cyclist point. Well, when asked about Bike Carriers – who other than THULE?

We stepped into their flagship store in IKANO Power Centre and cannot help but are all in awe of the things they have there… For this grueling interview session, we were speaking to Ryan Low – Division Sales Manager of THULE.

BB: Explain to us what is THULE’s current standing in the Malaysian cycling market. How has the cycling market grow lately?
RL:  THULE has always had Bike Carriers as one of the main products, but in the recent 2 years, we saw tremendous growth in Malaysia – up to 200%, doubling up the demand!

BB: Please recommend some of the Bike Carriers in THULE. Especially for Malaysian cyclists who like participating in races across state borders.
RL: We recommend Roof Racks (Bike Carriers) as they are more stable and long-journey-friendly in comparison to the strapped-on Rear Racks.

These are some of the most popular Bike Carriers of THULE:-


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Prices last updated on 22nd Feb 2012: ProRide (RM880); OutRide (RM880); FreeRide (RM520)

Short-distance travelers can opt for Rear Racks (RM450), but not all cars are compatible.

BB: Difference between Roof Racks & Rear Racks?
RL: Other than literal physical difference, Rear Racks are more affordable but not long-journey-friendly (ie. 3 hours journey from KL to Penang). 1 Rear Rack can fit up to 3 bikes; but to carry 3 bikes on Roof Rack, you will require 3 sets of Bike Carriers.

BB: Which is the best seller in Malaysia?

Product shown above – ProRide

RL: The best seller is ProRide as it is an “up-a-grade” from FreeRide, stylish aluminum finishing, and it fits most bicycle sizes. However some bikes are not compatible, ie. Carbon Fibre bikes – the strongest part is not where ProRide’s frame holder is holding on to.

BB: There is a growing Downhill market in Malaysia but since the bikes are much sturdier, what are the recommended carriers for this niche segment?
RL: Downhill bikes are relatively bigger therefore we are recommending OutRide as the cheaper alternative (RM 880) in comparison to products specifically designed for Downhill Bikes (Approximately RM 1,200: Imported from the US – which will require a special order and waiting period is 6 weeks to 2 months, depending on the shipment date.)


Product shown above – OutRide

BB: Tell us what cars do most Malaysian cyclists use to mount Bike Carriers.

RL: Perodua Myvi, Viva, Alza; Proton Exora; Toyota Vios; Honda City
(Normal cyclists will not want to bring their Porsche Cayenne into the dirty muddy jungle….! *winks*)

BB: How much does it cost for a starter?
RL: The entire system consists of a Roof Rack System (RM 1,300) & a Bike Carrier (Entry Level -FreeRide is RM 520). In total, it is RM 1,820.

BB: Will the system damage/scratch the car?
RL: No – each car is unique and THULE has a range of “brackets” which fits onto different cars to ensure perfect hold and installation.

BB: What are the other competing brands?
RL: There are definitely many other brands in the market but we are confident to say that we are the worldwide market leader, and the demand for THULE’s products is strong. THULE has competitive edge over other brands other than just good track record, but also the superior product feature, eg. the fixed upright position of Frame holder (as seen in ProRide).

BB: Where can we purchase THULE Bike Carriers?
RL: Headquarters is in Hicom-Glenmarie Industrial Park, Shah Alam; whereas our flagship store is in IKANO Power Centre, where our largest collection of products are. The products are also made available in major bicycle stores.


(DAHON Folding bikes are also sold here)

Well, for more information about THULE, visit the Official Website

Thanks Ryan for giving us a good tour! =)

Prices last updated on 22nd Feb 2012

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Photographer: Justin Low

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  • S H Lion chong

    Hi, do your have dealer or brance at north like Penang because I am from kedah,

    • http://www.baikbike.com/ BaikBike.com

      Hi, at Kedah you can contact Unique Concept Cycle (Specialized) Alor Setar, or Cyclyclone at Butterworth :)

  • eugene wong

    Hi Suhui,

    Perodua Myvi Thule Roof Rack Set = RM 1330
    Kindly contact 03-77258797 for more information. Thanks!

  • Deen

    Really like it. need to see the thing first. By the way, any suggestion for Toyota Avanza?. i need some advice from the expert. which one is easier?. Tq

    • eugene wong

      Hi Deen,

      You may visit Thule Concept Store at IPC Shopping Center (Ikea Damansara) to visit all our product.
      Toyota Avanza can be fitted with Thule Roof Mount or rear Mount Bike Carrier.
      Kindly contact 03-7725 8797 for more information.
      Thanks!

  • eugene wong

    Hi Farid,

    Thule 754 Rapid System for Grand Livina
    = RM 1330

    You may visit Thule Concept Store at IPC Shopping Center (Ikea Damansara) to visit all our product.
    Kindly contact 03-7725 8797 for more information.
    Thanks!

  • zack

    Dear sir,how much complete set bicycle rack for perodua myvi

  • Mohammad Ikram Yusoff

    Bos, How much for Kia Sorento 2013 model with Sunroof cross bar ?

    • eugene wong

      Hi Yusoff,

      Complete Rack Set for Kia Sorento 2013 = RM 1270

      You may visit Thule Concept Store at IPC Shopping Center (Ikea Damansara) to visit all our product.
      Kindly contact 03-7725 8797 for more information.
      Thanks!

      • Mohammad Ikram Yusoff

        can I used wingbar edge model + proride without facing any problem to open up my sun roof? if can how much it will cost?