Thule 518 Echelon Bike Rack

Fork-mount single-bike carrier

  • Thule 518 Echelon™ Bike Rack


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Thule's top-of-the-line 518 Echelon roof carrier lets you transport a single bike on any Thule or Yakima rack system. This carrier's all-metal construction provides maximum stability and protection for your bike.

The Echelon works with most disc brake and suspension combinations, and its unique clamping system allows quick loading and unloading. All Thule equipment passes tough European safety standards for car racks.

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  • fork-mount roof carrier for a single bike (up to 48" wheelbase)
  • fits Thule and Yakima rack systems
  • all-metal construction for stability and protection
  • fits most disc brake and suspension combinations w/9mm axles
  • ETC clamping system allows rapid loading and unloading
  • included strap secures back wheel
  • warranty: limited lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

  • Echelon head assembly
  • Wheel strap assembly
  • Road bike adapter
  • 2 Carriage bolts
  • 2 Square plates
  • Two M6 x 1" wing nut
  • Under bar bracket
  • 2 Locking washers
  • M5 Hex-key
  • 2 Lock plugs
  • Tray endcap
  • Square nut
  • M6 x 12mm allen bolt
  • 43" silver wheel tray
  • Two M6 x 45mm bolt
  • Instructions

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Overview: The Thule 518-Echelon is a fork mount bike carrier with an ETC (Equalized Twin Cam) clamping system.

ETC (Equalized Twin Cam) Clamping System: Its centrally located cam lever and ergonomic adjustment knob allows rapid loading/unloading of bicycle.

Dual-Lock Design: Its dual-lock design, locks bike to carrier and carrier to rack.

Capacity: Fits all disc/suspension combinations bikes with standard 9mm axles. It will carry a bicycle with a wheelbase up to 48". Its wheel tray fits tire widths up to 2.6" wide with high profile rims.

Note: Front tire of bicycle will need to be removed.

Compatibility: The bike carrier will fit Thule and Yakima (square and round) load bars. This carrier requires the use of Xadapt9 when using the Thule Xsporter or rapid aero bars.

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