Comparing Thule, Malone, and Saris Bike Rack for E-Bike

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I am looking at the Thule EasyFold 2, Malone Pilot solo 2 and Saris Freedom EX 2 to carry my wifes ebike and my road bike. We have a 2018 Honda CR-V with a 1-1/4inch hitch. The Thule appears to be the best suited for our needs but it is considerably more expensive than the other two. What advantages does the Thule have over the Malone and Saris? I dont see a max wheel base dimension for the Malone do you have that dimension? Thanks

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The biggest advantage the Thule EasyFold part # TH903202 has is that it comes with a ramp to make loading the heavier e-bikes a bit easier. It has a slightly higher capacity at 65 lbs per bike compare to the other racks that have a capacity of 60 lbs per bike. This rack is the heaviest at 40 lbs, but even for a platform bike rack that's lighter than most. The clamp system also allows it to easily grab even the most unique frame styles as well.

The Saris Freedom part # SA4412F is the lightest at 27 lbs and the Malone PilotSolo 2 Bike Platform Rack # MPG2109 is 30 lbs. If you are looking for the best rack for the money the value choice is the Malone. It does have a bit more movement when driving in the rack.

The Saris is a good middle ground choice but if you are wanting the best and easiest rack to use/load the Thule EasyFold is the best route. I attached links to all three rack's "test course" video which shows them loaded and driving. You can see how solidly the EasyFold secures to the hitch when compared to the other racks that have quite a bit of movement. That's something that you really only do find with the more expensive racks.

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Thank you for your quick reply and helpful information. I do have a follow-up question re the Thule rack. I understand from the video that the lamps lock to the frame. What keeps the clamp arm from being removed from the upright frame of the rack when the clamp is locked to the bike? Thanks,

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I attached a picture that shows that there is a lock core built into the handle of the EasyFold which prevents someone from being able to release it unless they have a key.

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