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Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2022 Ford Escape

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Review of the Saris Freedom Hitch Bike Racks on a 2022 Ford Escape


Hi everyone, Aidan here with etrailer. Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Saris Freedom on the back of our 2022 Ford Escape. The Saris Freedom is a platform style bike rack. It's gonna hold the bike in these wheel cradles at the bottom and by our frame up top it's gonna be a cradle with a strap that runs around the frame to hold it in place. Any sort of frame contact means we do wanna avoid carbon frame bikes but with the way this slides up and down along the mast independently from the other one and rotates 360 degrees it is gonna be able to adapt to alternative frame bikes. The other great thing about this is that it does support a weight of 60 pounds per bike.

So if you do need this for e-bikes, it's gonna be able to handle those. That's something that really can't be said about a lot of other entry level platform racks. This one definitely is sturdier and can handle that weight but it does make some sacrifices for ease of use along the way. The first of that being that it doesn't tilt away. This is a fixed rack, so if we want to get access to the back of our vehicle we need to get the bike unloaded.

To do that it's pretty simple. We'll undo these straps on the wheel cradles first pressing in on the button on the side. to release that strap. I like to tuck it in this hole right there so it's out of the way. These cradles can be adjusted to accommodate for different wheel bases, so if you do have some different size bikes it should work pretty okay.

And then once those are undone we can do the same thing for the strap around the frame. This one, I just like to keep my arm around the bike so that I can ensure it doesn't tip into the vehicle. And once that strap is undone, all you gotta do is just lift the bike up and away. Now, typically with a center mast, it does present a bit of an obstacle for loading and unloading just because you have to lift the bike up and over it. This one though, isn't super tall and for me it's not that big a deal.

I think it's actually pretty okay for loading and unloading and I don't think it really adds too much difficulty. Now one thing with this is that the mast does fold down. You can pull this pin at the bottom and tilt this to the right or left and with that you can open up the back hatch. One thing I did notice earlier when we we're testing things out though is that if you have this cradle set low enough, you can also have the door clear just fine without having to do that. So that's really great if you don't want to have to take that extra step to fold it down. And maybe you've got a smaller bike on here where the cradle can be lower and it works out that you don't have to fold it. With this though, let's go ahead and get some measurements. We'll start off with our ground clearance which at the back end the lowest point's gonna be the cradle. To the bottom of of the cradle is gonna be 17 1/2" which given the good rise from the shank is pretty nice. I don't think we'll have to worry about ground clearance with this vehicle. And then it does add a bit of distance to the back coming in right at 23" to the end of the strap right here. Overall, not too bad, but in addition to not being able to tilt it also doesn't fold up against the vehicle. So if we do want to leave this in the hitch between rides it's gonna be taking up that much space. There's no folding it to save space. One thing I would do while you're driving around without bikes loaded, is still have this folded down just because it's gonna make your license plate and your backup camera less obstructed. Moving down to the hitch, it's working with our two inch by two inch receiver tube, but it'll work with 1 1/4" as well if we remove that adapter sleeve. And then it comes with an anti-rattle bolt to keep things solid in the hitch. That isn't a locking anti-rattle bolt, but you can't upgrade down the line if you want to and you can always pair that up with a cable lock for the bikes too. I do wish that it came with those things personally but it's not a deal breaker for me. And overall, I like the Saris Freedom quite a bit. It's a pretty basic rack and does lack some of those quality of life features that I might look for but for an entry level rack that can support e-bikes there's really none other like it. So if you need that weight capacity that's definitely the way to go. Thanks for watching. Speaker Here we see it out on our test course. First, we'll go through the slalom which will show you the side to side action such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Next, we'll show you the alternating speed bumps which will show the twisting action like you might see going over uneven pavement or hitting a pothole or maybe running over a curb. And last but not least, we'll go over the solid speed bumps which will show you the up and down action such as going through a driveway or parking lot. Speaker 2 Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side to side action. This stimulates turning corners or evasively maneuvering. Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Once we get to the full speed bumps we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, parking garage, or driveway. Speaker 3 This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes road debris, or uneven pavement. And 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 the driveway. Speaker 4 Here it is on our test course. First is the slalom area, which simulates side to side action like turning the corners or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternate speed bumps which show you the twisting action like hitting a pothole, road debris, or hitting a curb. Finally, we are at the solid speed bumps. Will show you up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out your driveway. Speaker 5 Here you see it out on our test course. First is the slalom, which shows the side to side action to simulate turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternating speed bumps which show you the twisting action, such as hitting a pothole, road debris, or going over a curb. Finally, we will finish with the solid speed bumps which show the up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out of a driveway. Speaker 6 Here it is on our test course. First is a slalom area which simulates side to side action like turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next are the alternating speed bumps which show you the twisting action like hitting a pothole, road debris or hitting a curb. Finally, we are at the solid speed bumps, which show the up and down action to simulate a parking garage or coming out of the driveway..


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