Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2017 Honda Accord

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Review of the Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks on a 2017 Honda Accord

Today we're a 2017 Honda Accord. We're going to be doing a test fit on the Saris freedom platform style two bike rack. That's part number SA4412B. I've already got it loaded up on the Accord just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to hold our bikes. It actually secures our bikes with three points of contact. Each of our wheel cradles have a strap that go over our wheel securing that in place.

For our down tube we've got a large padded cradle here with a strap going over it. Not a bad way to transport or bikes. You can see there's not a whole lot of movement there. It's going to be nice and solid. One thing I like about our setup right here on our Accord we can open up our rear hatch without having to make any adjustments to our bike or bike rack. One thing you want to be sure of depending on what kind of bike you have, you may or may not have contact with your rear hatch, or your trunk excuse me, and your handle bars. Let's go ahead and take our bike off.

We'll start by undoing the wheel cradle strap first. Then finally we can undo that center cradle. Once we've got it off we can just lift our bike off. Now, some people like to leave those straps undone. That way they can quickly and easily load their bike and hit the road.

I'm going to go ahead and replace mine just so they don't get damaged. Then we can take a measurement. We'll take a few measurements. Over all from the bumper we've added about 24 and a half inches to our accord. Here at the very back our ground clearance is going to be around 17 and a half inches. The space between we're looking at about 14 inches, and from the center of that hitch pin hole to the closest point is going to be about 16 and a half inches. A few other things to know about the Saris freedom is that the center mast here can fold down to the left or right and secure in place.

It can just give you a little bit more room when accessing your trunk to get anything out you may need. Now it can either be used for inch and a quarter or two inch receivers. That's class one and two. It comes with an anti rattle bolt and clip. The nice thing about the anti rattle bolt is it's going to help reduce a lot of play and rattle within our receiver and our bike rack to make for a nice solid ride for our bikes. As you can see I'm shaking the whole vehicle there. That's going to complete our test fit of the Saris freedom platform style two bike rack, part number SA4412B on our 2017 Honda Accord. Here you see it out on our test course. First is the slalom which shows the side to side action to simulate turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternating speed bumps which show you the twisting action such as hitting a pot hole, road debris, or going over a curb. Finally we will finish with the solid speed bumps which show the up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out of a driveway.

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