REVIEW: Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack

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Created on : Sun Jan 06 2019 20:43:35

Last Updated : Thu Jan 31 2019 03:07:24

 I wanna just give a quick review of the removable bike rack I have been using now for over a year. I purchased a Saris Bones 3 a while ago and still love this thing. I was a little hesitant at first from hearing some reviews warning about stripping the plastic thumb screws that tighten the Arms down, but well over 30+ uses and mine are still holding strong. I want to be honest and tell you all that I originally purchased a Thule model and after getting it home and mounting it to my vehicle( a 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport) I was not happy with it. It may work for some, but on my particular vehicle, a bar from the bike rack was hitting my rear window wiper blade.

 In full disclosure, I don’t think I could put 3 full suspension mountain bikes on the Saris Bones 3 model. It is just kinda difficult getting a bike with rear suspension to go all the way to the back bike mount. I have successfully had 2 full suspension All Mountain model bikes on it with it not being too difficult to get them on. If you had 3 hard tails, I’m sure it would be easier to get them on, or if you had a mix of the two types of bikes, you could arrange the hard tails to be the first bikes you put on and save the rear suspension bikes till the end.

 I have driven my car on winding mountain roads, at high speeds on the freeway, and never have been worried about the bike rack failing. It is also very quick to attach once you have done it once. It takes me maybe 2 to 3 minutes to mount it on my car now. I would no doubt recommend this rack to anyone and would buy another if someone were to steal it while I was out on a trail… yes I leave it on the vehicle when I park and go ride.!

Originally published on v1.0 on October 21st, 2013


 5 and a half years later, I am still using this bike rack. I have been fortunate to not have either of the thumb screw strip yet, but am also very careful when tightening them up. This bike rack has successfully held my full suspension down hiller on local trips up and down the PCH between Santa Monica and Malibu/Oxnard for years, as well as made it possible to transport my bike on a 2700+ mile trip from the west coast to South Florida with no problems. I would still recommend this rack to anyone that is in the market for a easy to attach, removable bike transportation solution. And as I said before, I think it would be very difficult to have 3 full suspension bikes on this thing.

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The Saris Bones 3 removable bike rack in action along the PCH in Malibu California

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