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Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount

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  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Fixed Rack
  • Saris
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Locks Not Included
  • Frame Mount
  • Electric Bikes
  • Heavy Bikes
Experience the Freedom of transporting 2 bikes of nearly any size or shape with this compact platform rack. It has cradles with cushioned straps that grip your bike frames, sliding wheel trays for different wheelbases, and an anti-rattle hitch pin. Call 800-298-8924 to order Saris hitch bike racks part number SA4412B or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Saris products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.


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Saris Hitch Bike Racks - SA4412B

Experience the Freedom of transporting 2 bikes of nearly any size or shape with this compact platform rack. It has cradles with cushioned straps that grip your bike frames, sliding wheel trays for different wheelbases, and an anti-rattle hitch pin.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style rack carries 1 or 2 bicycles on the back of your vehicle
  • Soft rubber cradles with cushioned straps grip your bikes by the downtubes or top tubes
    • Adjust independently along upright mast to hold bikes of various shapes and sizes
    • Won't scratch or scuff your bike frame
    • Built-in grooves accommodate brake lines and cables
  • Sliding wheel trays fit different wheelbases
    • Twist knobs let you adjust wheel trays
    • Ratcheting plastic straps secure bike wheels to trays
  • Upright mast folds down for easy access to your vehicle's rear cargo area
  • Shank rise provides extra ground clearance
  • Anti-rattle threaded hitch pin reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
  • Hitch adapter sleeve converts 1-1/4" shank for use with 2" hitches
  • Lightweight, sturdy construction
    • Rust-resistant steel base and mast with black powder coat finish
    • Injection-molded plastic wheel trays
  • Compact design allows for simple storage
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 60 lbs per bike
  • Maximum wheelbase: 48"
  • Maximum tire width: 3"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to closest wheel tray: 12"
  • Shank rise: 8"
  • Carrier weight: 22.5 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, or towable campers

Saris Freedom 2 On Vehicle

The Freedom gives you the liberty to rapidly load and safely transport 2 bikes of nearly any shape, size, or style on your vehicle's 1-1/4" or 2" hitch. This compact, platform-style rack is easy to use and weighs just 22.5 lbs, so you'll spend more time riding and less time wrestling with the rack or loading and unloading your bikes.


Pivoting Cradles with Cushioned Straps

Saris Freedom Cuscino Cradle

You'll sleep tight knowing that your bikes are lovingly cradled in Saris' patent-pending Cuscinos - or pillows. These pillows are built into the ratcheting straps that hold your bikes by the downtubes or top tubes in the rubber-lined cradles. These straps are specially designed to avoid scratching or scuffing your bike paint during transport. The rubber-lined cradles also have grooves that accommodate brake lines and cables.


Saris Freedom Adjustable Cradles

The cradles pivot and slide up and down the central mast. This allows the rack to grab your bike's tube at the perfect angle. Plastic twist knobs secure the cradles in place.


Adjustable Wheel Trays

Saris Freedom Wheel Holders

You can adjust the injection-molded plastic wheel trays along the rack's horizontal arm to accommodate bikes with different wheelbases. These trays secure in place with plastic twist knobs. Ratcheting plastic straps secure your bike's wheels to the trays.


If you want to carry a fat bike on the Freedom, you can replace the rack's wheel trays with fat bike cradles (SA4419 - sold separately). Or, if you want to carry 2 recumbent bikes, you can replace the horizontal arm with a longer arm (SA4415B - sold separately) that accommodates recumbents with up to 57" wheelbases.


Folding Mast

Saris Freedom 2 Folded

You can fold down the upright mast by pulling a lever at the base. This allows you to easily access your vehicle's rear cargo area, and it means you can leave the rack in your hitch without it interfering with your cargo hatch or backup camera. The compact design also lets you easily store the rack in your garage when it's not in use.


Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin and Adapter Sleeve

Saris Freedom 2 Anti-Rattle Hitch Pin and Adapter Sleeve

The threaded hitch pin helps to prevent the rack from moving and rattling around in your vehicle's hitch receiver. And the included adapter sleeve ensures that Freedom will fit both 1-1/4" and 2" hitches. An anti-rattle hitch lock (SA3022 - sold separately) and cable lock (SA981 - sold separately) are recommended to deter theft of the rack and your bikes.



4412B Saris Freedom 2 Bike Tray Style Hitch Carrier for 1.25 and 2 Inch Hitches - Frame Mount



SA4412B Installation InstructionsInstallation Details SA4412B Installation instructions


Video of Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Rack Test Course

This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side-to-side action, such as turning corners for evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, pot holes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and out of a driveway.


Customer Reviews

Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Frame Mount - SA4412B

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (52 Customer Reviews)

Experience the Freedom of transporting 2 bikes of nearly any size or shape with this compact platform rack. It has cradles with cushioned straps that grip your bike frames, sliding wheel trays for different wheelbases, and an anti-rattle hitch pin.

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I bought this rack for several reasons, including its price point and light weight. I also like where its designed and made. The American flag on the back is a nice touch. I also wanted a solid platform rack that would hold two bikes securely for long road trips and highway speeds. I didn't see much need for a heavier tilt-away rack since I can easily access the rear of my small hatchback through the back the seats. This hitch is easy to assemble and ready to go in minutes. Its light weight makes it easy to slide into the hitch and the threaded hitch pin holds the rack tight. I also bought a cheap socket wrench and a deep 19mm socket to keep in the car. There is still a small amount of side to side wobble when the bikes are loaded, but not much. You won't notice any wobble when driving unless the road is really rough. Be sure to check out ETrailer's road test video of this rack. This is a good sturdy rack. I also got the hitch strap that Curt recommends to secure the center upright support to the car. I also recommend getting the Saris locking hitch pin and cable combo with matching keys. This rack does not fold up completely because the hitch arm is fixed, but its still light and easy to move around and store. And you could always take the hitch arm off for longer term winter storage. It does take some fiddling to get the tire mounts and drop bar mounts lined up for each bike so if you have four different bikes like I do, you'll find yourself doing that quite often. Eventually I will memorize the locations for each or mark them somehow on the rack. My two large road bikes fit like a glove but I could see there being some difficulty with getting seats and handle bars to clear sometimes, which means more time fiddling with the mounts when loading up a friend's bike. I also like how well centered the bikes are and how little side overhang I'm able to achieve, which is also important for long road trips and highway speeds (less drag = better mpg). All of my bikes are well centered and only my big 29" mountain bike with its long wheelbase sticks out to the side much. On the downside, but not for me, it does take some strength to lift the inside bike up and over the center support, and doing so carefully without hitting the back of your car. This could be a problem for some, especially if you have a big heavy townie or mountain bike. This is also dependent on how high your hitch receiver is off the ground. Mine happens to be very low to the ground so I don't have to lift the bikes as high as I would on a larger SUV for example. So other platform racks may be a better choice if you're concerned about lifting your bike up to or over shoulder height just to get it on the rack. To sum it up, the Saris Freedom 2 is a great rack for a good price and I couldn't be happier with my purchase, and for all the great info and advice from the wonderful people at Etrailer.com to make it so easy! Etrailer rocks! 346699



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First off I give ETrailer a 110% rating. I placed my order and received it. The same day I was looking for some bike accessories on another site and they had this rack listed for less. I sent the link per their guarantee and shortly after it was sent I received a response that there is a credit to my credit card. The rack assembles very easily. It only requires bolting ta few pieces together is is almost self explanatory. It would be nice if the 2 " adaptor would screw onto the 11/4" tube instead of just slipping on. it has a tendency to slide off. The instructions have a few cautions. One is not to drive over 70 MPH. The other is to avoid placing the wheels near any exhaust. I find this almost impossible as I have a Flex with dual exhaust and there is no way that the bikes can be put in the rack without the tires being close to the exhaust. It also recommends removing the unit when not in use. initial set up of the bikes took some time and readajustments. I had to swap the tire holders from outside to inside. The holder come off the tubes very easy. There is a tab that can be depressed for the units to slip off. I had to one them because the larger bike is supposed to be near the car and the way that they were bothe bikes wouldn't fit. It was then a lot of shifting to get both bikes to fit and for the handle bars not to hit the seats on the other bike and for the cranks to clear the upright post. I did finally manage to get both to clear everything but the wheels of the bikes do extend a little beyond the side of the vehicle. The bolts that hold the tire holders in place have a nut on the bottom that can and will fall off if loosed too much. It is not a problem if you notice that the nut fell off and are able to find it. Once adjustment is found the bikes are securely held in place. If your an on carrying different bikes it may make the unit a little difficult changing the settings. I don't know how other carriers are since this is my first rack. It doesn't fold as compact as other racks as the upright unit is the only thing that folds down by pulling out the spring loaded pin. With the upright down it doesn't interfere with the back up camera. A wrench is required to install and remove the hitch. I have a flex so there is a lot of space in the back to store the hitch when not in use. With a regular vehicle it may be difficult as it doesn't really fold into a compact shape. This may also present a problem when storing in a garage if limited for space. 194833



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etrailer.com is without question, the best website I've ever seen when it comes to product description and installation instructions. The installation videos are incredible. Thanks to the ease and simplicity of the installation videos, I knew I would have absolutely no problem whatsoever doing the work myself...and I was right. You guys are a class act from the young lady who took my order over the phone to the speed of shipping. I've already referred a co-worker to your site...thank you! 190744


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Fantastic!!!!

Abowen - 05/05/2016

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Completely inadequate for my application (heavier-than average eBikes; within the weight specifications of this Saris Freedom rack). eTrailer customer service should have advised against this rack, and for one more suitable for the task. But eTrailer did not recommend a more suitable rack. The rail from the hitch receiver to the rack is too long - on my installation, at least eight inches of wobbly lever could be removed and there would still be plenty of clearance between the rack and my vehicle bumper. That cartoonishly-long lever evokes the memory of Archimedes' long lever to move the world - in the case of this Saris Freedom rack, that long lever just makes the bikes and the rack wobble unacceptably. Of course, if the end-user modifies the rack in an attempt to do the design engineering job that was not done in Madison, WI, the lifetime warranty is voided. Replaced this rack with a Thule Easyfold. Way more money, but it does the job because it was designed to do the job. 420946



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Although I have net transported bikes yet ( picking up 2 bikes later today), I do want to share that purchasing it thru etrailer.com was very easy and it shipped very fast to my home. The Sarris Freedom was extremely easy to put together. It took about 10 minutes, basicly 3 bolts. Its very sturdy yet light, not bulky. Looks easy to store in my garage when not in use. Straps and wheel holders appear to be very well built. Got it on sale and the price was very good. Looking forward to trying it out later when picking up 2 new bikes. I plan on transporting somewhat locally between 5 and 25 miles each way. Initial feeling its a very nice rack. 460675



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Etrailers website was easy to use and the product choices were great. We found the exact product that we were looking for to accommodate our two folding "Bike Fridays". We will use the rack on the back of our Mazda CX-5 and on the front of our Ford F450 pu truck. Your service was outstanding shipping, tracking and delivery. The onsite videos were helpful. Thank you very much. Pics are attached. 391484



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I received my Freedom 2 rack yesterday. It took me about 10 minutes to assemble it with no issues at all. This morning, I put the rack on the back of my 2014 Ford Explorer, and began to load my bike. The rack attached easily to my 2" hitch receiver, and when I tightened the bolt, it was a very sturdy and stable fit. I made the adjustments required to mount my bike on the rack, and found that it traveled securely and very stable. My only issue with the Freedom 2 is the hold-down straps on the wheel and tube brackets. I think a better ratcheting system and a better qualitty strap would greatly enhance the unit. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the rack. My carbon fibre hybrid and my grandson's road bikes will be easily transported to wherever we want to ride! 391673



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I bought this bike rack to use on my girlfriend's Jeep Liberty. We chose this model because her hybrid bike has a sloped top tube and when placed on other style racks the front of the bike it very low and the back end is up in the air. With this style it does not matter what type bicycle you have !! We got it adjusted to each of our bicycles in a matter of minutes. It is very well made and such a pleasure to use. I would recommend this to anyone considering a hitch mounted rack. P.S. We had to purchase the hitch extender to clear the spare tire on the back of the Liberty. It also works great. 247430



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After reading many reviews, and youtube'n it, I purchased the Saris Freedom 2 bike rack. Ups delivered package within 5 days of ordering. I was kept informed of status.Put together and installation was a snap. Light weight, sturdy, and seemed to secure bikes well. Will be testing this week and checking sway and movement of rack. From another reviewer, I installed a light, turn and brake light bar for safety,(no holes drilled in unit, just strapped on) but actually my vehicle lights are visible thru the bike wheels. Seems to be a good product. Lifetime warranty was a deciding factor. 269823



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i give it three rating it is a nice rack and really light and easy to handle...The only two things I don't like about it are. I cannot put my short wheel base recumbent on it unless I do a lot of rigging... and two the cups for the wheel are plastic and I have had one break. Look up the replacement part and is a reasonably priced but the shipping is ridicules. I have patch it with gorilla tape and is working fairly well.. Am looking for another type so I can just put the recumbent on easily. 281792



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Spoke with Vince and he was very helpful in deciding which bike rack fit my needs. Very knowledgeable on all the racks and totally satisfied with his recommendation. I've used it now several times over the past few days. Now transporting my bikes is extremely easy and have no excuse not to use them! Great service and shipping was extremely fast. Vince had the rack shipped that day even though we were a couple of minutes after cutoff time for shipping. Thanks Vince! KL 210016



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This arrived in record time along with the hitch for our SUV from etrailer.com Putting it together was fairly simple. The 2" hitch adaptor is already mounted and is very secure. I really like the way the center section locks the bikes in. Both of our bikes (Ladies Townie 3i, Scott Sub 10) have curved or slanted top bars which present a problem with a traditional carrier. This holds the bikes in rock solid. Highly recommended. 283552



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Very well designed bike carrier. Fits perfectly in my 2003 Silverado receiver and locking bolt tightens down to provide a solid wobble free mount. My Gary Fisher bike fits snug in the carrier and I can strap the cross bar without removing the water bottle bracket. However we have to remove the bracket on my girlfriend's Trek. Overall very happy with this carrier. Great way to get your bikes to the mountains without damaging them. 410344



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I ordered A Saris Freedom rack on Monday of this week. I was between two racks and decided to order the Saris after speaking with one of the experts. He seemed very knowledgeable and was quite helpful. The amazing thing was ordering it on Monday and receiving it on Tuesday. What great service from Jennifer! I will report back after I have had a chance to use it some. 306021



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This is a great product. It is easy to use. The bikes stay separated and do not bump into each other as they did on our 4 bike hanging rack. It does not require any extra set up for the women's bikes we have which is a real plus. We love that it is made in the USA and that it can be used with a 2" and 1 1/4" hitch. Etrailers were great to deal with. 148369



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The Saris Freedom 2 Platform Rack fits my needs very nicely. It is lightweight, so it is easy to handle, and is plenty strong to hold 2 bikes. The platform format supports the bikes nicely and is convenient to load. etrailer has been very helpful and cooperative with getting me set up with this rack. 289339


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I still remember how cooperative etrailer was with me. I use the bike rack rarely, but I did use it to take two bikes up to Oregon recently in order to view the eclipse of the sun. Our motel was about 10 miles from our chosen viewing point, and we rode bikes to get there.The Saris Bike Rack isn’t as convenient to use as some heavier and more expensive racks, but it did the job for me just fine. It gets easier with practise. I am pleased with it and will be using it in the future. I also would point out that the Saris company also was very helpful to me.

Mike M - 10/27/2017

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Our Townies fit great on this well designed rack. The website was very detailed and told me everything I needed to know to make the right selection. Even better, customer service cinched the deal with their help answering any additional questions. Top quality product and even better service. 302431



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I love my new bike rack It came quickly was easy for me to put together myself as soon as I received it The pricing was better than anywhere else and by combining it with the receiver included free shipping Now I'm able to transport my bike and I'm ready to ride! 407406



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Excellent product, service and delivery. Detailed description and videos on your website made it easy for me to select the correct bike rack. Reviews from other purchasers were also helpful. This is a great bike rack. 170712



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5 stars 312951


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This bike rack works perfectly!. Easy to use and keeps bikes extremely stable while traveling - even at highway speeds. Very Satisfied!

Todd B - 11/02/2017

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These products are working just fine, glad to say. Although we haven't used the bike rack on the road a great deal, it sure comes in handy for storing the bikes when we leave our vacation home. 453923



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Great website. It was laid out very well with very helpful videos for their bike racks. The Safari bike rack fits perfectly on my 1999 Jeep Wrangler and for my 29" full suspension mountain bike. 293588



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Order received promptly. Directions for installing hitch its self was very good. Instructions for cutting trim were almost useless. Other than that pleased with ordering from Etrailer. 203157



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Very stable on the back of our car. Easy to load and unload bikes. Is somewhat difficult to clasp and unclasp tires on bike closest to car may try and flip clamp for easier access. 225799



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I was very impressed with the design and construction of the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Platform Rack and would recommend it to anyone who wants quality in their products. 138072



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Works great. 2 beach bikes fit well. I bought the optional trailer hitch receiver lock for security since we usually end up parking in the middle of nowhere. 430043



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Top clamp does not raise high enough to hold bike frame from above. Other than that a very solid and easy to use rack. 295645



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I bought this for my Townie and love it I use 4 to5 times a week just so I just keep it on my pathfinder. 285916



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Great product, great service from the etrailer. Item quickly arrived. My new go to site. 279059


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It is a very good system. However I have changed vehicles and on my new one its not as user friendly. My get vehicle is a jeep that carries the spare tire on the back. The rear door of the jeep. Will not clear the rack even when it is folded down. No fix other than to replace. I guess.

sam r - 12/28/2017

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Sam, Thank you for the follow up. This rack does not clear standard sized spare tires. If you like the Saris brand the Saris Freedom 2 Bike Rack - Platform Style - Spare Tire Mount Item # SA999TB mounts to your spare tire and will carry 2 bikes.

-- Heather A - 12/29/2017


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delivered quickly. looks great. now the weather needs to warm up so we can use it 120687



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Well made carrier. Very easy to assemble and sturdy. Bikes fit great. 408057



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Good product for the $. Easy set up..works well and as advertised. 316110



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solid and lightweight. About 1/3 the weight of all the others. 457319



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Service was great along with the rack. Thhank you 155487



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So far it is a great bike rack! 253109



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Great product - fast delivery 423056



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Bike Rack is Awesome! 411311



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works really good 352898



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Review from a similar Saris Freedom in Hitch Bike Racks


Tire Mount for a 2015 Wrangler Unlimited. Installation is easy. However the mounting bracket doesn't fit well. If you look at the video on Saris website, (I believe this is a wrangler they are using) the top two tire bolts and the mount have very small contact point. The contact point is so small that all the weight and pressure seems to be concentrated on such a small area on the bolts. I would think that this could damage the bolts. I placed the bracket on its side which gives a much better and greater contact surface area. The problem with doing it this way is that its not perfectly square, thus in the end, the rack is slightly off level. Too me it's worth having the better contact area for this offset. I also used a little Silcone lubricant spay on the attachment bolt. Too keep it clean, rust free etc. The Rack itself is of excellent quality, Bike racks live on our SUVs. This is the first Saris rack we have tried. The only time, we plan on taking the rack off is for extreme off roading. The only reason for that is to ensure rear clearance of the rack. Of course you would have to do this for any platform rack including anything that could be mounted to any trailer hitch. In any event, we just recently put the rack on and it seems very stable, strong and everything you would want in a bike rack. I found the attachment points to the bike to my liking. After the first setup, the bikes really fit nicely, they could not be any easier to put on and take off, just a great rack. We are using it for our 26 inch Specialized Stump Jumper and Eros. Total weight of both bikes is about 56 lbs. True, this doesn't come with locks but personally I think such locks give a false sense of security and we don't use them on our other hitch carrier that comes with them. Any crook can easily get through any such device quickly. The other issue I saw on reviews of this product is it doesn't fold up. It sticks out 18 inches from the Wrangle gate tire , My folded up bike hitch on my other SUV sticks out 10 inches. To me this is a non issue as I am aware of it. Overall, I would have given this Saris bike rack 5 plus stars if it wasn't for the mounting bracket. I would even pay a little more money for a better bracket as this rack is that good. 180020



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I was worried that the rack would be flimsy and not very sturdy, but this rack is anything but that. It is extremely solid works exactly as advertised. I have a CRV with an offset spare tire, so the bottom of the rack extends further to the left. This does not present any problems and it is extremely stable. The only two small things I'd mention are these. 1) Situating a bike in the rear position takes a little bit of effort until you figure out the best way to get it on. It literally takes about 30 seconds to put one on the front positions, but a lot longer in the rear. 2) The plate that attaches to the spare tire mount did not quite fit so that it was resting on the bolts while being centered through the hole in the tire. I had to position it so that it kind of floated in the middle while tightening the spare tire lugs. It seems to be holding though, so no worries so far. Overall, I've been completely satisfied and would highly recommend it. 125341


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Hi,Could you explain what you mean by a lot longer, when referring to putting a bike on the rear position. How much more complicated is it, and why?Thanks,Dave

-- comment by: Dave h - 07/02/2014

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I love the rack. It is easy to use and take on and off. Absolutely no regrets.

Don S - 05/19/2015

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Bike rack works great for my truck. I was able to load all the bikes and still fold down the tail gate which was real important to me. Folds up easy when not in use. I would also like to thank etrailer for getting the bike rack shipped out quickly. It arrived the day before I had to leave on vacation which made loading up the truck a lot easier. 146064



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Purchasing the product, pricing and speed of delivery were all awesome. Have used etrailer before and they have always been great. Assembling the bike rack was not too difficult. Their instruction manual could use a little work though. It took some decifering to figure out. But I LOVE the bike rack. Much easier to use than any previous bike rack I have owned. And it can stay on the vehicle for extended periods, without being bothersome. I LOVE IT! 501659



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Works as described. Had to figure out that the piece that goes behind the tire doesn't hang on the lugs on my 2016 wrangler. It is simply suspended and held in place by the spare. I hope the weight of the rack and two bikes isn't adversely affecting my door. I like the fact that since it is attached to the door it swings with the door and moves out of the way. 432938



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This is a great product -- sturdy, USA made product. It was packaged very well for shipment. Ordering was easy, and the delivery was very fast. Last of all, it was easily assembled and mounted with clear instructions. I added the reflective strips as a safely factor. 199326



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Mounted on a 2006 Toyota Rav4 - fits perfectly and is exactly as described. Really easy to put together. Holds the bike securely. Adjusts easily to the right bike size/location for the straps. 509046



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This is a fantastic product! Customer service via phone was also excellent. The bike carrier fit my Jeep Wrangler perfectly and stayed secure for all my trips! I recommend it highly! 451558



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Solid. Sturdy. Well made; Made in the USA! Easy assembly and installation. 249369



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Well made. Carried four bikes a thousand miles without any problem. 141230



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Very easy to install and holds bikes great. Very Pleased 372787



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Love this rack! 208735


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