Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
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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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Saris Bones RS Racket Strap Trunk Racks feature steel bands replacing nylon straps for a more secure fit that doesn't need adjustment. Replaces straps with a pair of steel-belted b
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.
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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!
The general consensus seems to be that you want a hitch mounted rack. While adding a hitch is not out of the question on my G37, it adds several hundred dollars to the purchase and is not something I really want. We also wanted to have the option of using it on either my car or my wife's car. Research, LBS recommendation and reviews on Amazon lead me to this unit. My LBS guy stressed having as few points of contact as possible with the car's finish. Which makes sense.
I could not be happier with the Saris Bones 3 bike rack. The initial setup for my G37 took maybe ten or fifteen minutes. The instructions are a little vague and you have to look online to find the recommended placement of the middle supports that touch the corner of the trunk lid. I will note that for my car, I believe the setting listed was incorrect. After trying it on the car in the 5 location, I just did not like the way it fit and it did not look like the picture on the box. I ended up adjusting it to the 8th slot and it fits perfectly. Now that it is set installing and removing takes maybe a minute. Loading the bikes take a little practice to find the best configuration of bike and fasteners. But the parts of the rack work great and are very secure.
Have used it dozens of times and there are no marks on my car's finish. With one or two bikes (decently light TREK road bikes) in the closest positions it is solid as a rock and you see hardly any movement. Adding my Daughter's slightly heavier bike (and I suspect most any third bike) produces a little more movement while driving in the two arms holding the bikes - not the rack itself. But nothing alarming.
At this point, I will keep using this rack for the foreseeable future rather than messing with the hassle and expense of a hitch.
All in all, I highly recommend this rack for those without the option of a trailer hitch.
Very versatile and sturdy.
Excellent features for securing the bikes.
The racket mechanism locks preventing theft of the rack.
A simple bike lock can be used to secure the bikes to the rack.(anti-theft)
Bungee cords are great to stop the front wheels from swinging and limiting tire rotation.
If you are using a rack on more than one car, and/or are transporting a heavy bike/ multiple bikes, I would highly suggest taking a look at this rack vs the Bones. If you are transporting a single light bike, you will probably be fine with the high quality Bones 2 if you are willing to put up with straps.
As far as the cost goes, yes, this is an expensive bike rack. But when factored into the total cost of cycling, its really not a huge deal. Additionally, value is not only a function of cost, but also a function of reliability, durability, aesthetics, and ease of use. For these reasons, I submit that this is one of the best values out there when it comes to trunk mounted racks.