Saris Bones Car Bike Rack, Trunk or Hitch Carrier, Mount 2-4 Bicycles, Multiple Colors
- Best Fit Around compatible with the largest array of popular vehicles Unique dog leg fits over most spoilers including those on popular sedans hatchbacks and SUVs
- Lightweight at 11 lbs Rack carries 2 bikes (35/bike)
- VIP Treatment premium bike hold downs that are easy to use and quick to load
- Arc–based design separates bikes on different levels; Articulated rubber feet to protect paint
- Strong & Rust-Free injection-molded arms and legs keep the rack solid for years to come built with 100% recyclable materials
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- Package Dimensions : 22.4 x 19.1 x 9 inches; 13 Pounds
- Item model number : 804
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : March 13, 2020
- Manufacturer : Saris
- ASIN : B085WTVV18
Best Sellers Rank:
#6,424 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #8 in Bicycle Car Racks
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For practice I just mounted this rack on my 2013 Hyundai Genesis and then on my Cadillac CTS 4. Neither of these vehicles are allowed to get a scratch. That was the main requirement. The rack definitely passes the no-scratch test for the three pads that touch your trunk and bumper. You could probably drive a few hundred miles without any abrasion under the three main pads. I will probably put a decent coat of wax under the pads anyway.
The straps are a very sturdy design. There is plenty of extra strap. They are easy to latch down and loosen. I think they will survive a long trip if they are strapped according to the instructions. The buckles are metal, which is a good idea.
The rungs that hold the bike are well designed. They are easy to use once you get used to how they work. The anti-sway rung is a very nice touch. Many other racks make you deal with keeping the bike from swaying.
I want to share a mistake that I made during my first installation that you should try to avoid. On my first install, I put the top pad as far back on the trunk lid as I could. It was near where the trunk lid meets the back window of the car. This configuration allows the inner bike's inner pedal to strike the back trunk lid, and also allows the strap buckles to strike the surface of the lid. The solution is to move the top pad toward the back of the car a few inches (away from the back window). Just rotate the top spar downward until the spars that hold the bike are further from the car. It is that simple.
The first time you install this rack, it might take you 20 minutes. The second time you install it will take 5 minutes. Once you figure it out, the rack is very easy to install. Taking it off the trunk takes a minute or two.
As is probably true for most racks, it is our responsibility to keep the front wheel from turning and flopping in the wind. I would love it if racks had some way we could lock the front wheel down. It would be a nice touch if these racks came with the Saris straps to take care of that (they have them). For now, I am going to use a bungee cord to keep the front wheel still.
To make matters worse here I’m not really an experienced bicyclist – in fact I had never before transported bikes by rack before buying this. I got this because I was tired of bicycling with my daughter on the same old streets in our neighborhood, and I wanted to get away to somewhere we wouldn’t have to cross traffic every few pedals.
So basically, if there was a way to mess up the installation of this bike rack I would have found it. And then I would have posted a critical review about it. But this thing was foolproof enough that even I was able to do it. And when I say foolproof, I do mean foolproof, because I am a top-of-the-line fool.
Basically the rack consists of three legs that mount against the bumper and the trunk of the car; they’re quite easy to adjust and to lock in place. Then you have little clips that respectively get attached to the top, side and bottom of your trunk. Finally there are three connection points for strapping each bicycle into place. I was able to get the rack mostly into place without difficulties. On the test run I found that I’d not pulled the side straps tight enough and so the rack was bouncing around too much. But I was able to fix that and our subsequent transporting seems to have gone quite easily with the rack staying firmly in place.
Of all the design elements of this rack I’d give the highest marks to the straps for fastening the bicycles – very well designed and easy to manipulate and keep the bikes secure. Of course I still managed to do things imperfectly at first, not positioning the second bike in the optimal way on the first run (had a little trouble with the curved bar of the girl’s bike). But I figured that out by the second run.
The most challenging (relatively speaking) element of the rack is the set of clips for attaching to the sides of the trunk. It takes a little work to make sure those straps are tight enough. And the clips take a little dexterity to get in and out of the slots. Now, this was where my natural incompetence truly came into play – after taking the rack off I belatedly noticed that the clips are clearly marked “TOP,” “SIDE,” and “BOTTOM.” And of course I’d reversed the side and top clips. No wonder it was hard to get those side clips out – they were actually the top clips, made to attach to another place entirely! I’ll get that right next time.
Anyway, well-designed, foolproof, easy to transport and store. Very easy to detach, fold up and store in one’s trunk. Quite happy with this!
Pros: Folds up nicely for storage on a garage shelf, holds the bikes really well with minimum movement of the bikes in transit, and relatively easy to install.
Cons: The wide, upper hooks that are placed on top of the tailgate leave dents in the car; they are slight, but you can see them. Also, there is a "technique" to installing these six different straps and hooks, especially if you're alone doing it. I got it done, but its a bit of a challenge.
Recommendation: To Saris...pad the internal surfaces of the hooks. To customers, I'd suggest placing a thin piece of sturdy plastic or some other material under the bottom side of the hooks that attach to the top of the tail gate in order to prevent damage to your car.
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It attaches with straps under tension, they do loosen a bit whilst driving, so you need to get out and tighten them once a day at least. I dont know when they would fail, but it doesnt fill you with confidence if there is any movement in the rack.
Security is pretty bad because it attaches with nylon straps. In addition, it takes a while to put the bikes on the rack, so its tedious to take them off and lock them to a lamp post. If I were to do it again, I'd fit a horizontal bar onto the roof of my car which I can then lock the bikes to with a suitable chain. People could steal the bike rack still by cutting the straps, but I think at that point you're just being paranoid.
It takes about 30-45 mins to attach, bikes and all. You could probs get it down, if you work out a system. I like to bungie cord the bikes a bit to they dont swing, and take some wheels off for better light visibility. I dont know if thats necessary, probably would do it for short journeys.
Cons: Arms and straps are a little fiddly to adjust evenly at first
This is a very sturdy bike rack which remains stable with two full-size bicycles on it, even over rough/bumpy roads. It's relatively easy to fit, although changing the angle of the arms and adjusting the straps evenly normally takes a few goes and is easier done with two pairs of hands. It would be best if you don't need to adjust it constantly for different vehicles (unfortunately in my household it needs to fit on the back of a hatchback and a saloon on different occasions).
All in all though, I'm happy with this rack and it feels well-built and durable.
Not sure why people say it takes a long time to set up.... i swear it took me less than 10 mins, in the back room, before i took it and tried it on car.... but that may just have been luck
Love the fact that folded it will stay in my boot, or sit behind drivers seat if i am transporting the dog
Well constructed and lovely and light, with a lifetime guarantee, what more can you want
I did not want to trust the rack I had been using for years on my previous car as being made of tabular steel it was very heavy. This is a one handed carry round. The straps are marked top, bottom and side and fasten very simply to my car.
My tiny gripe is with the fitted bike fasteners they are not a very clever design and are fiddly when it comes to releasing the bike. It's not worth adding yourself to the Saris mailing list as I've found it caters only for Americans when it comes to special offers.