Thule Backpac 973

Rear Mounted Cycle Carrier

The high standard carrier with great flexibility designed for vans, minibuses and MPV's (for 2-4 bikes).

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Thule Backpac 973 high mounted cycle carrier

Thule BackPac 973

Thule BackPac 973 with bikes loaded
Thule BackPac 973 folded up
Thule BackPac 973 detachable  frame holders


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Thule Backpac 973


The Thule Backpac 973 is a high rear mounted cycle carrier designed for MPV's, vans and minibuses. The high rise design keeps the number plate and rear lights visible removing the need to fit a rear light board.

All of the contact points have a rubber coating to prevent damage to your vehicle and bikes during transport.
As standard the Thule BackPac 973 can carry up to 2 bikes but it can also be fitted with additional adapters to allow 3 or 4 bikes to be transported.

Locks are included to secure the carrier to your vehicles tow bar and to secure the outer facing bike to the cycle carrier.
Please note that this cycle carrier doesn't have a universal fit.



  • Carries 2 bikes, 3 by adding Adapter 973-23 and 4 by adding Adapters 973-23 + 973-24.
  • The raised position of the carrier keeps the rear lights and number plate visible.
  • All parts in contact with the car and bikes are coated with rubber for extra protection.
  • All bike frame holders are detachable for convenient mounting of bikes.
  • Quick-release straps, adjustable for different wheel sizes.
  • Extendable wheel trays for large bikes.
  • Folds flat for easy storage and handling.
  • Outer bike position lockable to carrier, carrier lockable to car with Thule Lock 567.
  • A special kit adjusts the carrier to fit a number of vehicle models.
  • This product does not have universal fit. Please use our Vehicle Selector for information related to specific car models.



Load capacity Bikes

2 (3) (4)

Fits cars with exterior spare tyre


Load capacity (kg)


Max bike weight

15 kg

For E-bikes


Weight (kg)

14 kg

Fits frame dimensions


Fits wheel dimensions


Detachable frame holders


Mounting of carrier

With customizing kit

Locks bike to carrier


Locks carrier to car

 Thule Lock 567 required

One Key System compatible


Fits most bikes with disc brakes



Placement that does not cover the rear lights or number plate. BackPac adapter kit needed to fit to car.

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Thule BackPac 3rd Bike Adapter 973-23

Thule BackPac 3rd Bike Adapter 973-23

For increasing the load capacity of the Thule BackPac from 2 to 3 bikes.

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Thule BackPac 4th Bike Adapter 973-24

Thule BackPac 4th Bike Adapter 973-24

For increasing the load capacity of the Thule BackPac from 3 to 4 bikes.

Price £58.00 (RRP £108.00 - Saving £50.00)

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Thule Bike Frame Adapter 982

Thule Bike Frame Adapter 982

Frame adapter for easiest possible fitting of bikes with non-standard frames (e.g. ladies’ bikes, BMX's, downhill bikes).

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Thule Light Board 976

Thule Light Board 976

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Delivery Information

Delivery of Clothing, Equipment, Accessories, Paddles & Inflatable Boats/Boards:

We offer a delivery service throughout the UK & Northern Ireland. Most deliveries arrive within 1-3 working days, although some deliveries may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks & Canoes:

We offer a delivery service on most kayaks & canoes covering most of the UK & Northern Ireland - Some products and areas are excluded. We provide a bespoke delivery service for canoes and kayaks to improve the level of service and minimise the risk of damage.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks or Canoes that exceed 4.5m (450cm) is temporarily unavailable - Due to length restrictions with our shipping agents.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide:

We also offer a collect from store service. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores.

For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Thule Backpac 973