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Saris Bones RS 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
|Price:||$319.98 & FREE Shipping|
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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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|Item Dimensions||10 x 23 x 30 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||22.93 pounds|
- 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
|Unit of Sale||Each|
|Number of Bikes||3|
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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 zetaproducts.net. 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very Very happy with this bike rack. Started cycling as a family again and needed to find something that would work on a car. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Krweiss
I've had this rack for over 4 years and I think it is by far the best rack ever. My honda accord has a spoiler and it was hard to find a rack that fit under it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alex S.
This bike carrier is very strong and adaptable to various car/SUV/mini-van back ends. I needed a part and the service staff was very helpful and accommodating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary P
I really like this bike mount for it's ease of getting on and off the car. It's tricky to get three bikes on this rack though... tight fit for thee adult sized mountain bikes.Published 14 months ago by JMB
I had a saris bones 3 on my car for 2 years and absolutely loved it. It fit three bikes very well and was very stable. I thought I would go ahead and upgrade to the RS. Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Jarrett
This is my favorite bike rack of all times. It is super easy to set up and I have loaded it with three bikes and it doesn't move at all. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tom
Best bike rack ever. Puts every other trunk mounted rack to shame. In this case, you get what you pay for.Published 23 months ago by thomas s beeson