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Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

by Saris
74 customer reviews
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  • Strap-free, trunk-mounted rack holds up to three bikes of any size
  • Ratcheting System replaces straps with a pair of steel-belted bands and two tightening ratchets
  • Integrated locking system for added security
  • Pivoting, anti-sway frame grips offer greater bike stability on the rack
  • Fits almost any vehicle from sedans to minivans; lifetime limited warranty
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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

The Bones RS features steel bands replacing nylon straps for a more secure fit that does not need adjustment.
  • Replaces straps with a pair of steel-belted bands and two tightening ratchets
  • Provides a stable and secure fit
  • The first "set it and forget it" rear rack
  • Adjusts to fit most vehicles
Item Specifications
Unit of SaleEach
Number of Bikes3

One of the annoyances with trunk-mounted racks has always been the straps. With the Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack, the straps have been eliminated. In their place is a ratcheting system with rubber-coated clips and steel-belted bands for a quick, secure fit on a wide variety of vehicles, including sedans and minivans.

In addition to eliminating clumsy, unreliable straps, this rack also eliminates the hassle of wrestling bikes onto a roof rack. The Bones RS is at the most convenient place possible--right in front of you, on the rear of your vehicle. The pivoting, anti-sway frame grips can be tilted for greater bike stability and the support arms can be moved closer together or further apart to fit just about any bike from road to mountain, adult to child.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 23 x 10 inches ; 20.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 22.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 851
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,240 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By DonSutt on March 13, 2009
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I purchased this rack to haul my bike around. I drive a Cadillac CTS-v. The rack works as Saris markets. I have not hauled three bikes but have done two. No problems what so ever. The rack secures nicely to my trunk lid. The fit is a little awkward as the suction cup brace things don't fit well on the edge of my trunk lid BUT the rack still secures nicely - doesn't move around, doesn't damage the pain, doesn't bend or scratch the trunk lid.

One thing that was not mentioned in the instructions is the fact that the front wheel kind of swings (from the unrestricted turning of the bars and wheel) back and forth in the wind. I used a small bungee cord to tie the front wheel to the rack. This isn't a big deal and the wheel wasn't turning back and forth to much but I simply want everything solidly attached and not moving. Plus if for some reason my skewer decided to vibrate loose and let my $400 front wheel fall from the bike, the bungee will hold on to it. - probably a bit over protective on my part.

Overall this rack is nice. The locking straps work great and the key really does as advertised. They have plenty of torque with the ratchet system so be careful not to over tighten. The bike is very stable once strapped in. The straps themselves are VERY easy to secure and to release. Installing the rack on the car took a little effort the first time. Now it takes all of 30 seconds - 45 seconds if I lock the straps. Taking it off consists of giving the straps some slack and then simply removing the rack from the car. Literally it takes 15-30 seconds to remove it from the car. You can open the trunk with the rack on. You may have to assist it when you hit the "pop trunk button" but opening the trunk is no problem - obviously don't try to open the trunk with a bike on the rack.

Great rack overall. I would highly recommend this rack!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Ray on July 13, 2010
I bought the Bones RS for use on my 2003 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon. I recently completed a 1200 mile trip with two bikes on the back of my car using this rack and the rack was on as tight at the end of the trip as it was when I started out. I would say this rack is as stable and sturdy as any trailer hitch type rack but costs only half as much.

I have previously owned both Thule and Yakima racks and found neither would stay securely mounted to the back of my car. The problems with these racks was that because of the design of the rear of the Subaru, either the ends of the bent metal grips at the ends of the straps weren't sufficiently long enough to securely grip the car (Thule) or the nylon straps and buckles would not maintain tension (Yakima) and in both cases the racks would inevitably loosen up after several miles of driving. I considered installing a receiver and hitch type rack, but it would have cost me $500 and if I sold the car I would have to pay again to install a hitch receiver on whatever I bought. The Bones RS eliminated all these problems.

The rack is very sturdy, goes on quite easily, and stays very tight even after prolonged driving. The use of metal straps and a ratchets for tensioning is a huge improvement over trying to tighten nylon straps with plastic buckles.

As for cons:

1. You have to be careful not to over tighten the metal straps when you mount the rack as it then becomes difficult to release tension on the straps for removal.

2. The plastic straps for securing the bikes to the rack can get in the way when mounting or removing a bike.

Overall I would highly recommend this bike rack. It is as secure as a hitch type rack for a lot less cost and you don't have to worry about straps loosening up.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Petula1216 on May 21, 2009
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I've been using this rack for a few weeks now, and I really like it. The initial set-up took a little while, mostly because the fit guide is online, rather than in the instructions, so we had to guess a little bit to set it in the right notch for my Saab 9-3. But after that it's very easy to install and remove from the car. It's also very stable and the bikes are very secure. I love the feature that locks the rack to the car - I don't know of any other bike rack that does that. So if you have a cable lock, you can also lock your bike to the bike rack to deter theft. All in all I'm very pleased with this purchase.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jermaine Stewart on July 22, 2011
I needed I bike rack for my carbon fiber race bike and ended up settling on this one. It hasn't been 24 hours yet since I've been using it but I must say that so far it has met all my expectations. Here's a little background. I recently purchased a carbon fiber race bike from the LBS and had no way of taking it home (10 miles away). Well, I shouldn't say "no way", I just didn't want to ride it home although I could. Furthermore I wanted a bike rack so I could travel with my bike. My #1 concern was damaging my car. I needed a rack that would attach to a 2008 Infiniti G35 sedan without damaging anything. The #2 concern was damaging my bike. Its a full CF bike afterall; the last thing I wanted to do was cause damage to the frame. So I spent roughly 3 weeks researching bike racks (Saris, Thule, Yakima). My car doesn't have a tow hitch receiver so I counted those out, plus I preferred a rack that I could move to another car if needed.

I initially ordered the Thule 9003 Platform rack. After analyzing the majority of complaints for trunk mounted racks (scratching or denting bumper), I also bought a bumper protector from My thought were if it scratches the bumper, then protect the bumper. Both products were to be delivered on the day I was to pickup the bike. However, 2 days before picking up the bike, I got an email saying that the order was canceled due to out of stock. So I figured that everything happens for a reason (actually I was pissed), then did some more research. With a last minute decision it came down to the Bones 2 or the Bones RS. After watching utube videos I decided to go with the Bones RS for its simplicity plus it can be locked to the car; although the lock is a minor deterrent for a bike rack thief.
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