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Saris MHS Modular Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Saris MHS Modular Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

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Modular platform bike rack is perfect for carrying an e-bike. Add an accessory or swap the a bike rack for another accessory without removing the base from your vehicle. You can add another bike rack to convert the carrier into a 2-bike rack. 1-800-940-8924 to order Saris hitch bike racks part number SAR23MR or order online at Free expert support on all Saris products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Saris MHS Modular Bike Rack for 1 Bike - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Saris Hitch Bike Racks - SAR23MR

  • Platform Rack
  • 1 Bike
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Wheel Mount
  • Saris
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Modular platform bike rack is perfect for carrying an e-bike. Add an accessory or swap the a bike rack for another accessory without removing the base from your vehicle. You can add another bike rack to convert the carrier into a 2-bike rack.


  • Modular platform bike rack carries 1 bike using your vehicle's hitch receiver
    • 1-bike add-on (sold separately) lets you convert to a 2-bike rack
    • Add an accessory or swap the bike rack for another accessory to match your outdoor activity
  • Pivoting upright arms with ratcheting loops hold your bikes by the wheels - no frame or fork contact
    • Perfect for use with carbon frame bikes or bikes with large forks
    • Fold down when not in use
  • Front-mounted hand lever allows rack to tilt and fold
    • Tilts down with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Wheel trays swing out of the way for easy loading, transport, and compact storage
    • Extra-wide trays accommodate a fat bike
  • Hitch lock and 2 lock cores included for rack and bikes
  • Durable steel and aluminum construction with black powder coat is rust resistant


  • Application: 1-1/4" and 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 1 bike
  • Weight capacity: 60 lbs per bike
  • Wheel diameter: 20" - 29"
  • Maximum tire width: 5.0"
  • Maximum wheelbase: 53"
  • Limited lifetime warranty

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

Note: May interfere with bikes with front fenders.

4640 Saris MHS 1-Bike Platform Rack Tray

4610 Saris MHS 1-Bike Platform Rack Receiver Base - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting

Installation Details SAR23MR Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions SAR23MR Installation instructions

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

Video Transcript for Saris MHS Modular Bike Rack Review

What's up everybody, it's AJ, with Today, we're be checking out the Saris 3-Bike MHS system. So it gonna come ready to go with three trays to carry your three bikes on the road with you wherever you go. And if you decide on the line you wanna add another one, there's a spot to add an add-on kit to make it a fourth. That way it can grow with you. Let's check it out.

The MHS system is gonna be a platform style bike rack. So what that means is, you can see the bikes sit in these trays and then it holds 'em by the tires. So that's kinda unique, because these arms just come on the tires. There's no frame contact whatsoever. The great thing about this bike rack is its versatility.

So we're gonna accommodate a bunch of different style bikes on here, just the way it's set up. So we have mountain bikes on here right now, but it can also handle road bikes, it can also handle kids bikes, alternative frame bikes, because it doesn't make any frame contact. Carbon fiber bikes are fine too 'cause it's held by the tire, kids bikes, it can adjust to that. So it really holds a wide range of bikes for you to be able take wherever you wanna go. When you are carrying the heavier bikes, I would recommend putting them towards the vehicle.

So these can hold 60 pounds per bike, the two trays close to the vehicle. When you get to the third one or have an add-on, it can only handle 35 pounds. So, if you got that fat-tire bike or that e-bike, I would put them closer to the vehicle. You're also gonna be able to use bike racks with up to 53 inches of wheel base. So that means from here to here, the maximum will be 53 inches.

And then you can also adjust this here, for different tire size or different tire diameters from 20 inches to 29 inches. Another thing it has is cable lock built-in. So it's right here at the bottom. So I like that it's attached to the bike rack, which means I don't have to put it in the back of the car and remember to find it when I need it. It's always right here when I'm using the rack, and it's easy as pulling both sides out, connect 'em up here. Make sure you have the keys, they're included. We'll just unlock that, we attach the cable lock, and then keep it locked. Now it can keep your bike on the rack when you're not around. The one thing I would know, is sometimes you wanna go around that front tire to keep that safe too. It depends on the wheel base of your bike but looks like on this instance, we can't exactly get it around to fit. So we're just gonna have to go with the frame to lock this one up. The bike rack will also tilt away with the bikes loaded on there. Now, I will say with three bikes on there, and this bike rack, and it is kinda heavy, so be careful when you're going to do this section. If you have three bikes on there, hopefully you have somebody else with you riding. So maybe they can help you out. Maybe they can grab one of the trays over here, but this is the best place to do it. You got to handle here, you're gonna pull out on this, and it's gonna fall down. So, I can put one hand here, and one hand grabbing this, slowly lower it down. Just about there, you can back up and get out of the way. Depending on what vehicle you have and the bike you're putting on there, they will give you back access. Now on this one it's gonna hit our handlebars about there, but you still have this open, and you can get back here if you need to just grab a cooler or something, or you forgot your helmet without loading. You can throw it back in here. Just easy access partially to the back. Something else I like about this is that when you go to lift it back up, that handle's gonna snap back in place on its own. So I don't have to worry about putting it back in place while I'm lifting this up. So you probably come down here, grab that handle and just lift it up. And snap it in place just like that letting you know that it's locked in. Something I also wanna point out down here, is this stopper here. I like that it's in place because sometimes with some of these racks, they get pretty heavy. Especially you get four or three bikes on there, you go under this latch. If your hitch is lower on your vehicle or your vehicle's lower the ground, it could make contact. So instead of the bottom of the bike rack just scratching the ground, or maybe pinching your hand on that handle, I like that the stopper's here, 'cause it'll stop it at the ground before that happens. Now we've got the bikes loaded up. Let's take it out in the parking lot and see how it handles. Drive around just keeping an eye on the bike rack itself. I wanna see how much the bike shake while we're going down the road. We're gonna hit our speed bumps here first, and they're going soft, slow they're gonna alternate, and then get it more aggressive as we go. Just simulate with hitting the pothole, or going up a driveway, or any kind of bump you might hit. Looks like they are moving a little bit back and forth but the whole rack is moving back and forth. So the bikes aren't moving individually, so that looks like a good sign that it's gonna stay put. Now we'll go to another part of the parking lot where I can go a little bit quicker and do some aggressive turns. I'll see how it handles there. On these turns, you go ahead and turn left and right. Pretty aggressively, bikes are staying put. Again, the bike rack kind of moves a little bit, but the bikes aren't moving back and forth or vibrating or anything like that, So I know that they're gonna stay. Now that we're back inside, we can go ahead and move the bikes and take a closer look at the rack itself. So how we do that, is first of all, go ahead and do the wheel strap here. We're gonna push in on this tab, move our strap here the wheel strap, get it out of the way. Make sure you get through the spokes and kind of sits aside over there. Then come back, put one hand on the frame, then come over here and release our arms on the side. So you push in on this silver part here, so you can pull it in like that, that's a little bit easier. And then you should be able to move the arm out of the way. So then it goes down like that. Keep one hand on the bike over here, and do the same thing. That way it doesn't fall when you release it. Now, you can easily just remove the bike. I like it because there's no center posts on this one. Sometimes with the platform style racks that have center post here with hooks that come down, and it just gets in the way. This one, there's nothing on the way. You can just lift it up and out, and straight away from the bike rack. Now, before I remove this one, I just wanted to show you that these arms are ratcheting. So you can just put it in to place. You can pull against that other one so you get a couple notches, that way it stays there. And that's how it gets such a firm hold on the tires. With the bikes removed, we can take a closer look at the tray. We'll see our wheel strap can move wherever you need it to go. So that's where those different wheel bases like we talk in different size bikes, this will be able to adapt to that. Another thing with this, you can remove it. And what you can do is to keep up the strap. You can run it all the way through and loop it to the other side. So if it is unloaded and you don't want the strap going around on you, you can do that to keep it in place. We're actually just gonna go ahead and leave it like that 'cause we're not putting the bikes back on right now. Look at the cradle itself. This groove in the center is for road bike tires and so it's so small, and it gradually gets bigger for bigger size tires. So the mountain bike tires are in there, this can adapt to that just 'cause of the way the cradle's built. There's also a wheel chock built into the trays that's kinda unique to this bike rack. So if you have the bigger tires, they'll sit on this end. So when you push the arm forward, it'll push against that side. Small tire can go on this side and still be pushing on that side, just to keep that bike in place. Now, when that's not loaded up, you can just fold down the arms, and they stay in place. Push it down like that, just to show you it doesn't pop up on its own. I'm pulling on it pretty hard and the arm's not coming up. So you know that they're gonna stay in place. Something else to think about, is how much it's gonna add to the back of your vehicle. So it's gonna be 15 1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin, all the way out to end of this handle here. So you do wanna keep that in mind when backing up, you know, in tight spaces or even pulling your garage, you don't wanna close the garage down on it. Something you can do though that'll help take up some of that space, is you can use that same handle we did before that tilt it away, except this time you can just push it up. That's gonna have two parts where it stops at, you can stop it there. Some vehicles you will be able to open up the back hatch slightly to get to something from here, this one's not gonna work. But, you can also pull it one more time, push it into this final position, and it latches in right there. So it's gonna save you a whole bunch more space because it's not sticking out as far, 'cause why do it that way if you don't have any bikes on there Now, with it folded up, we'll get the measurement again. And from the center of the hitch pin hole, it's out here, it's gonna be 14 1/2 inches. So that's considerably less than the 15 1/2 we had before. Something else I wanted to check out and see if we could even see the turn signals or anything while this' folded up, it looks like on this vehicle, it's not too bad. It is blocking a little bit, but you can still kinda see the flash on these lights or our tail lights here too. So the same thing goes with. If you have it loaded with bikes, you need to be careful 'cause some of those bikes might cover up those turn signals as well. It's gonna be for a two inch by two inch hitches, that comes with a anti-rattle bolt that threads in there. And you see takes all that . I'm gonna shake the whole vehicle here about the shank, and there's no rattling or movement here at the base. Includes a lock too on this side, so it's gonna be key to like to those cable locks. So that's gonna be nice that you can have that key system to keep this bike rack locked to the hitch, and keep your bike locked to the rack. And the MHS system is available in different sizes too. So you can go from a one-bike carrier, a two-bike carrier a three-bike carrier, and all of them accept an add-on. So you can turn it into a two-bike, a three-bike, or a four-bike just depending on what you need. So I like that it can go with you. So if you maybe not need it right away, you don't need that fourth bike rack on here, but down the line, somebody else comes riding with you or you get another bike, you can get that add-on and make this a four-bike. Comparing it through some other tires, holding style bike racks, you know, platform style, there's a Thule Helium. I've got that one too. I've messed with that one, and I like the way it holds the bikes on there as well. I like that one's a little bit lighter than this one, so it's easier to pull it and out of the hitch but that's only a two-bike and you cannot expand on that. So if you get the two-bike version of the Helium and that's great, that's awesome, but you cannot expand. So if you decide you need to add a third bike, you can't do anything about it. You're gonna have to get another bike rack. And I like that this eliminates that whole thing of, "Oh man, I need to add one more bike. "What am I doing "I gotta buy a whole new bike rack" No, you just buy one more add-on and you're good to go. Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out, and I hope this helps..


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