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

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

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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

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Saris
  • Fixed Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Electric Bikes
  • Heavy Bikes
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Frame Mount
  • Locks Not Included

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 II only) 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

Installation Details SA4412B Installation instructions


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Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.6 out of 5 stars   (82 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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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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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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Great Bike Rack! After a year, its as stable and as tight as when it was brand new. I feel very confident when I transport my bikes.
Doug M - 06/10/2018

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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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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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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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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


Comments
Fantastic!!!!
Abowen - 05/05/2016

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I can’t get my two senior bicycles on the rack. Too short. Not happy with this product 525414


Comments
I was wondering if you could elaborate on how your bikes did not fit on your Saris bike rack. It does have a maximum wheelbase of 48 inches, and the wheel hoops are intended to be adjustable. If there is anything that I can do to help you out to try to get your bikes to fit I would be happy to give it a try.
-- Rachael H - 07/11/2018

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If the bottom rail was 6-8 inches longer both bikes would fit with no problem.
-- comment by: Stuart - 07/11/2018

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I have checked with my contacts at Saris and if you are needing a longer horizontal bar you can use # SA4451B. This is an extended length adapter bar, and Saris actually uses this for their recumbent bike racks. For this bar you will need to measure the center hub to hub of the bikes and make sure that is less than 57 inches. https:www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-PartsSarisSA4415B.html
-- Rachael H - 07/11/2018

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This is exactly what I need!
-- comment by: Stuart - 07/11/2018

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This product works very well for the type of bikes we got (Electra Townie men’s and woman’s). Not the best rack for the type of vehicle (2013 Jeep Wrangler). Unable to open back hatch to let dog out until the bikes are off the rack. First trip was 600 miles with bikes in tow and didn’t even know they were there. I love the fact that this is a American made product. I am happy with my purchase. Thanks to the support staff at etrailer it was a great experience 524849



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Excellent product, and EXCELLENT service from everyone at the company. Because of MY ignorance of the length of my elect. bicycle, I ended up having to send the product back, after assembling it and attaching it to my auto. The company (Greg) was very understanding helpful in my returning process. Thank you. 828738



- SA4412B
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We like it, much nicer to transport e-bikes then the the ones that the bikes hang from the frame (also since the wheels are secure, no need to keep wheels from turning with the hanging type) 785145



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Bike rack arrived fast, easy to assemble, looks sturdy. Won't be able to use it for a few weeks, but sure it will be fine. 757503



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Nice rack for the price. 750185



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Excellent product. Very easy to put together. Just bought 2 new ebikes. Because they have fenders this is the perfect carrier. 738777



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This is a great rack. I use it all the time and it is very easy to use. 677107



- SA4412B
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This rack was purchased to replace a much heavier 4 bike rack. It is much lighter. Also, the threader mounting bolt is well done resulting in no noise from the mounting when traveling. There are 2 weaknesses which do not recommend the rack. First, the spring loaded pin for holding the vertical bar in place works very poorly resulting in the bar flopping around while loading bikes. More significant is the plastic construction of the brackets for attaching. The ones on the horizontal bar are workable but more difficult to slide than they should be. The ones on the vertical bar are worse. The padding for the frame is fine. But the latching straps and mechanism are awful. You have to adjust the bikes' positions and hardware (petals,etc) to get the brackets as far from everything as possible. Then you can thread the straps where you can closely guide and push them through the latching mechanism. If you try in any limited area, the straps won't be tight and you will just let the bike(s) travel loosely mounted. Fortunately the padding does keep them from getting scratched. Unless the brackets have been redesigned, I would not recommend this rack. I'm keeping the rack because it costs too much to just throw away. I've experimented for a year, so I've gotten everything in a workable position. Even so, it takes twice as long to load and unload bikes as it has on any other rack I've owned in the past 40 years. 657619



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See my review of the lock. An excellent product, aside from the difficulty with the strap mechanisms. A little more work here might be appropriate. 655615



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Secure packing, easy assembly, good quality. The “inside” bike position is a little difficult - will need to figure out a way for 70 yr old to do it solo. 651759



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I have used my carrier a couple times.... easy to load my bike..... need additional tools to secure rack... and I like that I have access to my hatch door on my car.... lock for rack is extra..... I added caution markers to rack .... hard to see in dark places 643937



- SA4412B
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Very solid rack. I have it mounted on a 2018 Kia Niro and it's perfect. Holds two 29" bikes well. Only complaint is the weight and it's not the most compact thing to store. 640049



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Thank you. Package was delivered. I have yet to open it. But as always it is a pleasure dealing with your team. 625526



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Nobody could beat your price or the timely delivery. I had a super customer experience thanks to Jamie. Thank ! 538337



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Excited to use this rack! Assembly amounted to 3 bolts....super easy put together. Really like the clamps and straps as I have used other racks where bikes came off!!!! 519197



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Great bike rack no issues to report 513153



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


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