Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Review of the Saris Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Adam: Hi everyone. Adam with etrailer dot com. Today we're going to be taking a look at the Saris SuperClamp EX 2 bike rack and cargo carrier on our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. At first glance, yes this is one piece that has both a two bike platform style rack on top of that with this cargo carrier, it honestly sets it apart from all the other bike racks.Let's start with the cargo carrier. It is going to be 48 inches by 18 inches interior diameter. It is going to be a steel construction with a nice powder coated finish, it's going to resist against corrosion and rust.

Also, it does have 120 pound weight capacity.As far as how does it interact with the truck We don't have any contact with our tailgate when it's in this position. So you can grab anything you would like out of there. It does take up some of our storage area here so you're going to be left with 11 inches inside this bar to your tailgate when you take your tailgate down. But one thing I did notice when you use the tilt feature, it does take away on that clearance and we will have a little bit of contact here.So let's focus on our bike rack portion of this. Yes it can tilt with all of the bikes installed.

And to do that, all you really have to do is go down here and take off this pin and clip. And then you can go ahead and push this lever. It does say "push" on it, just in case you forget, and it's going to tilt down. But this is where we're going to have a little bit of contact with our tailgate so I don't really suggest tilting and using your tailgate because it will have metal to metal contact right here with your tailgate but if you really need something out of the bed of your truck, just put it in the normal position and then you can grab it all fine without any contact.Whenever you're done, all you really have to do, lift it back up. It'll snap into place but be sure to replace your pin and clip.Another feature that sets this bike rack apart from most, you have two different wheel cradles.

Usually platform style racks with wheel hooks, you do only have one. This one has two, which is going to be great for your carbon fiber bikes and all your other higher end bikes, it's going to protect that frame.And if you're worried about protecting your bike, they also thought of that as well. We do have an integrated cable lock down here. You just press this button and it slides out. You can wrap it around your frame however you'd like and place it in this hole right here.

And you will get a key with your kit. And there's one on both sides so you can you have both of your bikes tied down with two individual cables.And all you've got to do, push this little tab in, slide it back in there and you can hardly tell it's there. We do have some adjustable wheel cradles with three inches of wheel width. It won't be available to carry your fat tire bikes, but it will be able to accommodate for a bunch of different types of tires. It also just slides up and down all the way to this center mast here, making it very, very useful for all those different types of bike you throw at it.So we do have a cam buckle type strap on this wheel cradle and that's where we're going to start. So if you want to get this bike off the rack, you've just got to press these in, feed them through and you can do that on the other side as well. I do recommend, highly recommend doing these first, as they don't really hold your bike upright and in place. That's what those wheel hooks do. And you wouldn't want to have your bike either fall into the tailgate on your cargo, or fall into you.So, whenever you're ready to do that, put a hand on your bike and then you can go ahead and grab this clamp here. And once it's up above your wheel, there's another release tab here, click that down and it'll go to the side. And do the same exact thing for this side. Then you can go ahead and remove your bike.And once you're done, I always just try to replace my straps. You don't have to, it's just personal preference. And then you can go ahead and bring these in.So that's what it's going to look like when your bikes aren't installed. This does have a stowaway position but first, let me grab some measurements for you.It's going to add about 43 inches to the back of your Silverado with these wheel hooks here. It's always nice to know whether you're going to have to put this in the stowaway position or remove it out of your hitch for it to fit into your garage.If you would need a little bit more space, you can just press the same exact lever that activates the tilt feature after you take this pin and clip out.And that's going to allow you to fold it up very easily there. You don't have to replace your clip here just because it doesn't really fasten that down, but you don't want it dangling there. So definitely replace it back where it was. And that's going to cut our length down to about 18 inches from this wheel cradle right here.It doesn't really get too close to your tailgate. Probably the closest it's going to be this wheel hook here. And that's about 10 and a half inches away from your tailgate. And as you can see, it's really not moving so you're not going to have any issues of your bike rack hitting your tailgate.One thing I did notice, we do have some really sturdy straps. So if you need to strap anything down that you're putting on this cargo carrier, you have these along with holes right here, to be able to accommodate for whatever straps you may have. These don't come with straps, but we do have them available on etrailer dot com.This is going to be compatible with only two inch hitch receivers. Also, our ground clearance at the very end of our shank here, is about 19 inches. The Silverado does sit relatively higher than most SUVs and sedans, so you won't have to worry about bottoming out there.There's an anti-rattle bolt with a locking core on the end of it. And that's going to be key to life with your cable locks up top. And what that anti-rattle bolt does, is it takes all that shake and play out of the inside of the hitch. As you can see, this truck's really moving and there is no play inside our hitch.Well that's just about going to do it for a look at the Saris SuperClamp EX 2 on our 2019 Chevy Silverado.

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