The Thule Apex bike rack was designed to preserve the brand's reputation for strength and reliability, with an updated
and elegant design.
Nexus worked closely with Thule to create a brand-new award winning line of hitch rack products. Based on a D-shaped tube and flowing arc profile, the new design radically updated the Thule image of 'boxy functionality'. Nexus was involved with all stages of the development process from concept model/sketches to engineering layouts and final CAD details. The major force analysis issues were tackled with FEA analysis and prototype fabrication and test.
Along with the rack Nexus developed a new line of bike cradles that feature a patented shock load compression element.
Nexus design has been a trusted partner in our product development process for over 10 years. Aside from their creativity, what sets them apart from other design houses is their ability to listen well, maximize budgets and deliver on time."
Product Director, Vehicle Solutions North America, Thule Inc.