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Saris Bones 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Saris Bones 2 Bike Rack

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Saris Bones hitch mounted 2 bike rack part number SA882. This sturdy lightweight rack is ideal for carrying 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle. The arched arms allow for optimal bike spacing and ground clearance. They secure our bike in 3 spots. We have 2 straps for the top tube and then 1 for the down tube. This one is going to be our anti sway strap. We've gone ahead and removed our 2 bikes so we can get a closer look.

Our soft plastic straps are ratcheting and our dual arms fold down for compact storage. This is ideal for pulling in a close corner parking spot or in a garage overnight. When our bikes aren't loaded the whole bike rack tilts away so we can gain access to our rear hatch. It's made from a 100% recycled injection molded plastic and a black powdered coated steel so it's going to stand up to the elements. It's got a weight capacity of 35 pounds per bike and features a limited lifetime warranty. Now that we've gone over the features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed.

Now this can be used for either 1 1/4 or 2 inch hitches. We've got our adapter sleeve on there to accommodate our 2 inch receiver here today. Let's go ahead and load it up. We'll start by raising the shank up in position and the lining up the pin holes. Once the pin holes are lined up we'll take our included anti rattle bolt and thread that through.

Once that's hand tightened we can take a wrench and finish tightening it down and you will have to provide your own wrench. Once it's tightened down, we'll take our clip and put that on the other side. Now to get ready to load up our bikes we'll need to rotate our dual arms up. The way we do that we'll come over here to this black thumb screw, we'll loosen that up, bring the whole arm in, rotate it up realigning the notches here, pushing it back out and then tightening it down. We'll repeat that same process for this side. Now we can undo our straps.

Now we'll go ahead and load up our bike. We'll just come up over the arms work our way to the back and position it just like that. We want to position our bikes so that this strap here goes around our down tube this is going to help prevent bike to bike contact as well as bike to vehicle contact. Bring that around get it nice and tight and then for our last 2 just over the top. We've gone ahead and loaded up our second bike. Some bikes such as women's, children's and bikes with alternative frame styles may require the need for a bike adapter bar to sit evenly in the cradles. Saris makes one and that's part number SA3040. Now with both bikes all loaded up let's go ahead and take it on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course let's go into our slalom, this is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternative speed bumps, this is going to show a twisting action such as going over pot holes or uneven pavement. Then finally onto our solid speed bumps, this is going to show up and down action such as pulling in and out of the driveway or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Saris Bones hitch mounted 2 bike rack part number SA882.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Richard H.
My wife has a 35 lb ebike that she cannot lift high enough to hang or the hangers of a rack. Could a bike be loaded on the rack while it is tilted down, and then pushed into the upright position. If not on this rack, is there a rack where this would be feasible. It would require that the release mechanism be suitable for this purpose.
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Reply from Jon G.

With any hanging style rack you will need to remove the bikes when using the tilting feature. The only time they should be loaded up is if the rack is in the upright position. Since your wife is having problems lifting the bike up I recommend going with a platform rack that uses a ramp like the Yakima OnRamp. Please note that you do need to remove the battery when transporting your e-Bike so that might help with the weight when loading the bike.

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