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Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long

Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long

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This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body. 1-800-496-5010 to order Saris bike locks part number SA981 or order online at Free expert support on all Saris products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long. Bike Locks reviews from real customers.
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Saris Bike Locks - SA981

  • Cable Locks
  • 8 Feet Long
  • Keyed Unique
  • Saris
  • Steel

This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body.


  • Cable lock helps deter theft of your bicycles
  • 10-mm Braided stainless steel construction is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle
  • Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of the lock body
  • 2 Keys included
  • 8' Long
  • Lifetime warranty

981 Saris 8' Long Stainless Steel Bike Cable Lock

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Video Transcript for Review of Saris Bike Locks - 8 Foot Long Cable Lock - SA981

Hi there, I'm Michael with Today, we're gonna take a quick look at this Saris 8-foot-long bike cable lock. Now this is going to give you plenty of room so that you can attach your bike to your bike rack or other fixed mounting point so that you can help prevent anyone from coming along and taking off with your bike. So once you have that cable passed through the loop end there, then you'll come over to your lock mechanism here. You can very easily pass that through and that's gonna lock in place. And then that's gonna prevent anyone from being able to pull that back through and disconnect your bike.

So it's gonna be very secure for you. Now, this is a 10 millimeter braided stainless steel construction, so it is gonna be very durable, corrosion resistant. You can see we've got this vinyl coating over top of the cable. That's gonna help prevent it from scratching your bikes or your vehicle. We are gonna get these two keys that will allow us to open up our lock here, simple quarter turn will free that so that we can disconnect.

This lock is going to have this rubberized cap that's gonna help keep our dust and moisture out of the lock body, so we don't have to worry about anything getting in there and gunking up the works so that we can very easily operate that with one of our keys. This does come with a lifetime warranty, so if you we're to have any issues with it, you're more than welcome to reach out to us here at But I think this is gonna do a good job for you. That 8 foot length is gonna be a nice amount to make sure that you're getting all of the components that you need to secure onto your bike's mounting point so you don't have to worry about someone taking off with your tire or something like that, anyway. So that completes our look for today.

Again, I'm Michael with Thanks for watching..

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Saris Cable Lock - 8' Long - SA981

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (22 Customer Reviews)

This 8' long, braided stainless steel cable lock helps secure your bikes to your bike rack or other stationary object. Vinyl coating prevents cable from scratching your bike and vehicle. Plastic cap keeps dust and moisture out of lock body.


The Saris Freedom Bike Rack for 2 bikes was recommended to me from etrailer based on my question about needing a crossbar to haul my bike and my wifes. I did not need the cross bar and went ahead and ordered the Freedom. There was a very fast turnaround for shipping to me. i just installed it and took the two bikes for a test run. so far so good. the product seems very sturdy and didnt take very long to assemble.Thanks to etrailor i am very satisfied with the entire purchase!


Added security


Great lock very strong use it all the time,
my bike when I get stolen!


I ordered Saris 8' cable locks & Blue Ox hitch receiver stabilizer & 15' MasterLock steel cable to use with the recent purchase of the KUAT bike rack and extended double 2" receiver. I tried them out this weekend and all worked GREAT together! The rack and bikes are rock solid going down the road behind the motorhome. My wife followed me and kept watch. She was amazed how stable the bikes were. You can't go wrong with this combination from etrailer.


Looks capable of doing the job. Currently being used to secure a generator to my truck. Especially like the cover protecting the lock from weather


this cable/lock system has held up great, I use it to secure my cooler to one of the rear cleats on my boat.

the cable is of a decent gauge, and the lock is solid.

very pleased with this setup .

fantastic, Glad I chose this cable lock . , I use it around salt water, so just to be safe I spray a little corrosion X in the lock every now and then just for preventative maintenance .
Bill S - 09/14/2017


Good product recommended on this site when purchasing Saris Bones 2 truck mount carrier. Secures 2 bikes well.


So happy with our decision to purchase this product! Easy to install on back of our Honda CRV and was exactly what we were looking for.


High quality product. Lock mechanism is tight. Very heavy duty cable. Shipping was very fast


Great product i got it installed but I haven't loaded my bikes yet.
Thank you so much


Excellent produce. Very well designed and easy to use.


everything I expected will do the job Im using it for. ordered other from different company thru it in garbage but this one I will use for years to come













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