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Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Rack


Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Saris SuperClamp EX Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part number: SA4025F. This lightweight, platform-style bike rack holds two bikes by their wheels; there is no frame contact. The rack has the ability to tilt away with bikes loaded so we can gain access to our rear hatch. We'll pull out on the black lever here, tilt it away. As you can see, plenty of room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries; anything we might have with us on our trip. It features two integrated cable locks so we can secure our bikes.

It also features an anti-rattle hitch lock, which is gonna prevent anyone from removing our bike rack from our vehicle. I've gone ahead and removed one of the bikes so we can go over some additional features. The wheel cradles will accommodate road bike tires, mountain bike tires, and fat tires up to 4-1/2" wide. The wheel cradles are adjustable along the platform to fit wheel bases up to 48" long. The ratcheting hooks firmly grip your bike by its tires, and because they're adjustable, they're gonna work with a wide variety of bikes; fat bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, women's and children's bikes. With our bikes removed, as you can see, our arms are adjustable as well to work with a wide variety of bikes.

When not in use, the arms fold flat and then the whole thing tilts up towards our vehicle for compact storage. This would be ideal for pulling in your garage or in a tight parking spot. Here at the rear you can see our wheel cradles have reflectors for increased visibility at night. It has a weight capacity of 60 pounds per bike and it 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 either be used for 1-1/4" or 2" hitches.

We've got our include sleeve installed on our shank for our 2" receiver. Let's go ahead and put it into our receiver tube. So we'll feed it in and we'll line up our pin holes. Once we get those lined up, we can take our included anti-rattle bolt and thread that through here on the driver's side. We get it hand tightened, we can take a 3/4" wrench, and you will have to provide your own, and tighten that down the rest of the way.

Here on the other side, we'll take our included lock and then just push that on until it snaps in place. As you can see, with our anti-rattle bolt installed, we've reduced all the play within our receiver tube and our bike rack fits nice and solid. Now, in preparation for loading up our bikes, we'll need to tilt out our platform. Make our way to the lever back here, we're gonna pull up on it, tilt it out until it snaps into place. Now we can fold out and raise up our wheel hooks. To do that we're gonna push in the gray button at the top here, fold it all the way out, and then raise up the hooks with the button at the end here. We'll also want to undo our straps. You can press another button there, guide the strap out. Now, it's recommended you load the heaviest bike first. For us it's gonna be our fat bike. We'll set the tires in place within the wheel cradles. Let's go ahead and secure our wheels. So we'll take our wheel hooks, we're gonna come up to about this position here, and then push down. With our other hook we'll do just the same. We'll come up to the 10 o'clock position and then push down. Now we can secure our straps. Go between our spokes and run it through our ratchet on the other side. I've gone ahead and loaded up the second bike the exact same way. You'll just want to be sure and alternate the handle bars. Now let's run our cable locks. We'll locate the cable lock here at the end of the bike rack, we'll push down on the gray button here, and then pull it out. I'm just gonna go through my wheel, over my frame, and then connect it to the center here. With both of my cables run, let's grab our key; we can make sure it's unlocked, push them in place, and then lock it back up. Now we're all set to take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course, let's first go into our slalom. This is gonna show side-to-side action, such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our solid speed bumps. This is gonna show and up and down action, such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. And then finally, on to our alternating speed bumps. This is gonna show a twisting action, such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. And that's gonna complete our look at the Saris SuperClamp EX Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack, part number: SA4025F.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Mandy A.

Hi, I am looking for a bike rack and my bike has pretty thin tires, as well as fenders. Will this rack work?

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Reply from Jon G.

You should be able to adjust the arms just outside of the length of your fenders. I have seen some rear fenders that are pretty long though so if this if your case then you'll need a bike rack that connects to the frame instead. Something like the Sport Rider # HR1000Z could do the trick.

Becca

I have a saris ex super clamp 2 bike rack. It is not level. I returned it and it is the same problem. This hitch is level. Has anyone else had this problem?\

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Reply from Jon G.

Is it slightly unlevel or pretty significant? Also are you talking about unlevel right to left or side to side and is that with any bikes loaded? Another thing to check out is if you got all of the play out with the anti-rattle pin?

Randall S.

I need to the bolt and lock for this bike rack. Do you have these in stock?

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Reply from Jon G.

For the locking hitch pin you can use the part # SA3022 but for the cable lock for the bikes you'll need a standard cable lock like part # SA981 instead as there is no replacement for the one that fits inside the bike rack.

Don S.

I need a part for the bike rack that I bought from you, can you help out?

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Reply from Chris R.

Of course! What particular part are you needing?

Jim L.

Can this rack be made to work on a bike with fenders?

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Reply from Jon G.

If you have bikes with a similar setup to what we have in the video I suppose you might be able to get it to fit if your bike has shorter fenders but since that isn't guaranteed it would be a better fit to go with a bike rack that secures your bike(s) by the frame instead. Attached are links to our selection of Saris platform bike racks that secures bikes by the frame as well as other manufacturers if you are open to other options.

Brett J.

Can this be used with the Curt 11431 hitch?

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Reply from Rachael H.

Yes, Curt # C11431 is a 1-1/4 inch hitch for the 2013-2018 Ford Focus, and the Saris Super Clamp EX is compatible with both 1-1/4 and 2 inch hitches. Please be aware of the lowest rated component and abide by that weight capacity.

Sue

Could you use this bike rack on a [5th] wheel camper

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Reply from Rachael H.

This bike rack is not rated for use on a 5th wheel, motorhome, or camper. But I have provided a link to bike racks that are and that platform style. Of these options we currently carry, my recommendation is for the Swagman # S64693 Escapee 2 bike rack. It is a 2 bike platform rack that uses wheel cradles and ratcheting wheel hooks.

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