- Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack
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Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack
The easy-to-install, bone-solid, fun-to-look-at Bones rack. With a three-bike capacity and non-marring resin construction, you'll be on the road and wandering in no time.
Top Features of the Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack
- Three bike capacity
- Fits most mountain, road, women's and children's bikes
- Engineered-resin construction is the strongest on the market
- Built with 100% recyclable, non-rusting materials
- Absorbs road shock and other bike-jostling evils
- Easily adjusts to fit most vehicle styles: sedans, hatchbacks and minivans
- Non-marring thermoplastic rubber foot pads adjust to the contours of the vehicle
- Integrated straps are designed to hold and stabilize bikes
- Arc-based design fits over spoilers and separates bikes on three different levels
- Comes with manufacturers lifetime guarantee
Green, blue and red racks may vary slightly in colour.
About Car Racks
Travelling by car with your bike is much easier if you can carry it on the outside. It doesn't take up any room inside the vehicle and you don't get mud and grease all over your upholstery. The simplest racks to use fit onto the rear of the car. Most grip the vehicle with plastic-coated hooks which must be positioned where they can spread the load. With all these racks, it's vital that the rack is firmly attached to the car and it's best if you then fix the bikes to the car itself, not just to the rack. If you have a tow-ball, use it! That way, the rack won't even touch the car and the whole setup is really secure. If your car has roof rails, you can mount cycle carriers to them. This works well but be careful when entering car parks with height barriers! Whichever type you choose, make sure you lock the bikes to the car if you want to keep them.
About the Saris brand
Home for CycleOps/Saris is in an old farmhouse in bike-crazy Madison, Wisconsin. Their production facilities are behind the farmhouse. Believe it or not their origins are in curtain rods. Two brothers had a company that made window products. After the Graber brothers sold their company they needed something to do. They experimented in their garage and came up with a bike rack. They sold lots of racks under the Graber name and then sold the company. That was sometime back in 1973. Chris and Sara Fortune purchased the company in 1989 when it was selling 80,000 bike racks a year. In 1990 and 1991 Sara and Chris introduced a high end brand of bike rack, renaming them “Saris.” Today Saris is a leading supplier to the bicycle industry in 30 countries. The company expanded in 1999 by acquiring the Cycleops brand of bike trainer. As usual they set out to improve on the design and by 2001 they created a new trainer frame and in 2002 they debuted the world’s first progressive resistance magnetic trainer. It was in 2001 that they heard about a hub that could measure power output and they jumped at the chance to bring this product to cyclists. They bought the company that invented Powertap and started a new round of innovations Dede Demet won the gold medal at the 2002 Montreal World Cup on her powertap.
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Magazine reviews for Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack
Review from Cycling Plus
The Saris Bones has been around for a few years, but the design still looks fresh. That's not top priority when choosing a rack, but when most rear-mounted carriers look a bit agricultural, there's no harm in a little bit of style - especially when the performance backs it up.
No assembly is needed - the Bones 3 is ready to use straight out of the box. Fitting it just requires loosening the arms and legs and adjusting them to suit the shape of your car.
The instructions are clear, with an easy-to-follow mix of diagrams, pictures and clearly written steps. Even the hooks (six in total) are labelled so you know if they should attach to the top, the bottom or the side of the boot opening. The Bones 3 can carry three bikes, and a lifetime warranty is included in the price.
Extremely easy to use, well built and secure. Not cheap, but worth it
Review from What MTB
Once mounted is very secure and solid
Rating: 9/10 Performance 7/10 Value
Review from 220 Triathlon
This funky and futuristic-looking rear-mounted rack is fully adjustable, both vertically and horizontally, so can be made to fit most cars, vans and hatchbacks. The width can be altered to fit most bikes too, including smaller frames or fancy carbon race numbers.
It has an air of quality and is easy to use, with most adjustments taking place around the splined main beam. It takes a little bit of time to set up but, once sorted, can be left without any worries. Also, being lightweight means you won't need an extra set of hands to set it up. Once fitted the Bones feels incredibly stable. There are three quality mounts for your bikes, all of which have long straps with which to cope with even big aero-tube frames. There are even anti-sway straps underneath to stop the bikes flapping around. It's not cheap but it's a great performer.
Sturdy, lightweight, simple to use; bikes held seperately
Review from Singletrack
The Bones rack has been around for quite a few years now and yet it remains as distinctive in design now as it did when it first appeared. The seemingly complex and 'art college project' looks belie a very simple design. As each leg can be independently adjusted for position around the central tube this rack can be made to fit a large range of cars from saloons to vans.
In terms of looks and designs it wins points. In use it also works well for its versatility and stability.
Rating: no rating given
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Really a great piece of kit. Use all time for road bike which never moves.
The saris looks like it is not that strong but is great and looks great.
Only some of the non tow bar carriers tend to move and even slip off!
I can only comment on one bike being carried on a Bones 2, but I hope my comments will be of use.
The rack itself rests on rubber feet which grip the bumper and window (for instance). There are then 3 pairs of straps which attach to the top and bottom of the boot, and the sides of the boot. When tightened fully, and tied off, the rack is rock solid. With previous racks I had to retighten the straps after mounting the bike, and again after every 50 or so miles.... but not with the Bones.... it starts off tight and stays that way. It is still advisable to check the straps regularly.
To finish, an anecdote...
On Saturday I was on the motorway doing 80 in my wife's little micra, with my heavy touring bike on the bones 2. Some ninny in a Range Rover swerved into the lane I was justing moving into, meaning I had to instantly swerve out the way and straighten up. Despite this 80mph swerving, the bike didn't even wobble, and the rack stayed rigid. An unintentional test which proved to me the quality of this rack.
As a general rule, the legs of the rack that fit on the bumper are 50cm long. This means the central "spine" from which the bike mounting ribs extend is 50 cm above the rear bumper.
So, if you angle the bike struts horizontally, they'll be approx 50cm above the bumper.
In general terms though, most bike racks will be at a height level with the bottom of your rear window, which I guess means lifting the bike 2-3 feet off the floor - not too much effort required really.
Sorry, it does not secure to the car, but it is very easy to collapse and reassemble... so I would stick it on the back seat or something whilst you're off cycling.
You'll also require the additional Hatch huggers, linked below.
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