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Comparing Thule Passage and Saris Bones Bike Rack

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Have been comparing the Thule and the Saris Bones 801. Is one better than the other? My wife and I have recently started riding, and need a good, dependable carrier. We have a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek without a trailer hitch

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If I personally had to choose between the two, I'd go with the Thule # TH911XT. I actually prefer the looks of the # SA805BL Saris Bones, but I don't care for the way that the weight of the bikes and the rack rest on feet that small. Spreading the weight over a larger area like the Archway does lessens the chances that the vehicle will be damaged, and makes the whole unit more stable. Both rack manufacturer offers a limited lifetime warranty, so you really can't go wrong either way.

If you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may also be interested in purchasing a Kuat Bike Frame Adapter Bar # UB01 to provide a horizontal top tube on your bikes to provide an attachment point. I attached a review video for this product also. This will allow the bikes to be carried more level and will provide more ground clearance.

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