the cross bar if needed. When the wheel
holders are positioned correctly, the
bike stays in place with no tendency to
move forward or back. When the second bike is in place, we raise the arm
at the front wheel on the rearmost bike.
Usually there is no interference with the
fork to worry about, but watch to see
where any clearance issues start with
the back of the other bike. We raise the
arm as high as practical with the available clearance, then lock the hook down
with a little pressure.
Move to the rear and lock the hook
over the rear of the bike closest to the
vehicle. Then we move to the front
wheel of that bike. If needed, we read-
just that arm farther up before locking
the hooks down. There is no frame
contact with the rack or between the
two bikes. When the arms are down and
locked, the bikes are extremely secure.
We even had a tire go flat while driving,
and the bike was still held securely in
place. As a final assurance, there is a
plastic ratchet strap to secure the rear
wheels of both bikes to the wheel holders. The optional fat-tire wheel holders
have a ratchet strap for each wheel, and
they are plenty long enough for any fat-bike tire/wheel combo.
Located in the end of the hitch crossbar are cable locks. Pushing another
yellow button releases the cables. Pull
them out and you can lock both bikes
to the rack. We didn’t find the lock had
the length to lock some frames, but we
could get through both bikes. The cable
isn’t super heavy but a mild deterrent. If
we left the bikes for any length of time,
we added a more substantial lock in
addition to the rack lock.
Saris has the rack rated for up to 60
pounds per bike. This rack is a deal at
$429.99, and it performs faultlessly for
any two bikes without fenders. Bikes
with fenders and rear-wheel kickstands
caused some head-scratching. In the
end we used the wheel hook in front of
the front fender, then added a strap to
tie the bike’s rack or rear frame tube to
the ratcheting arm. Again, a super-solid
way to carry a bike. Although the price
of the rack and the fact that it’s made
in America would have drawn us to
this carrier, ultimately, it was the ease
of setup and overall performance that
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Even though the built-in lock
is light duty, it is nice to have
it available. It slides into the
crossbar when not in use.
The plastic security straps are a nice
touch. They are easy to use and plenty
strong for the job. This is for the optional
fat-tire wheel holders.
With the rack completely folded, it is
compact to allow access to the rear of
the car. Note that the rack is mounted
quite close to the vehicle.
The center knob allows you to raise the arms. The other two yellow
triggers are to release the bikes when you are ready to unload.