Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Nissan Armada

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Review of the Saris Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Nissan Armada


Adam: Hi guys, it's Adam with etrailer.com. Today I'm going to be doing a test fit on the Saris Freedom EX Bike Rack, on our 2019 Nissan Armada.As you can tell, it is a platform style rack. It does have three different tie down points, two are going to be down here in these wheel cradles with a zip tie style strap, and same on the back tire. On top of that, a really cool feature that sets this bike rack apart from most, is it does have a 360 degree pivoting cradle right there, that's also a zip tie style strap. And as you can see it does have a rubber insert on the inside with these little ribs, which those are basically there to make room for your bike cables on your frame, so it's not smashing them together while you're going down the road. It does come with a cable lock with a key set that will match the hitch pin down low, so you'll be able to lock your bikes onto the rack and lock your rack onto your car.So let me just go ahead and show you how easy it is to adjust these arms.

Right here as you can see, there's this little twist knob right here, and that basically fastens it down, but when you loosen it, you can slide these up and down these rails to accommodate for whatever bike that you may need to fit on here. On top of that, the same exact mechanism goes for these pivoting cradles, which makes it pretty much versatile enough to take on pretty much any bike you throw at it. They also sell separately these little wheel cradles right here, which will make it compatible with fat bikes as well.Another really cool feature about this bike rack is it does tilt with your bikes installed. So all you got to do is this little lever right here, you can pull that and let it down, and on this Armada, we won't really have any clearance issues with that. So can grab your helmets, your lunches before you guys go on your ride, whatever you guys may have in the back, you won't have any issues accessing any of that.

And then all you got to do is just lift her up, and she will snap into place, and let you know that she's nice and faceted back into place up tight.On top of all that, I guess where I can start now is taking this bike off the rack, and show you how all that's done and how easy it is. So you have this little pressure pin right here, I always like to start with these wheel straps, as they don't really hold the bike upright, so you won't have to worry about your bikes falling on top of you or anything like that. And if you are using the cable lock, you can grab your key, undo that there. And it is a separate piece, so if you're not using this bike rack or you have another use for this locking cable, you can use it however you please. I'll set this to the side.Well, let me take this last one off here and it's just again, a little pressure pin right here, but always be sure to put your hand on the bike to make sure it's not going to fall down on you.

Loosen this up, and once all that's done, all you got to do is let that back down, and lift your bike off. And I always try to replace my strap when I'm not using them, just so they're not flapping in the wind when you're going down the road.Another cool feature about this is if you want to break it down and put it closer to your bumper, you can do that by starting to tilt this top beam down, and adjust these a little bit. If you really wanted to, you can move all the way up here, get a little bit more clearance there, rotate these like that.So let me get some measurements for you before I fold it on up. With it all the way extended, this is probably your farthest point from your vehicle, from your bumper to that point, it's about 27 inches. If we wanted to cut that down a little bit, pull that same lever to tilt it up, which then brings the distance to about 18 inches.

Your closest point to your bumper to the closest point of your bike is going to be about 12 inches. And your clearance, you have a bit of a rised shank right here, but down at this lowest point, you have a little less than 21 inches there.And looking down at the shank, it does have a two inch sleeve that goes inside of this two inch hitch receiver, and you can take that sleeve off and you can make it compatible with any inch and a quarter hitch. So if you have a car as well that has inch and a quarter, you can slide the sleeve off, and you can use it on both of your vehicles. And again, there's another anti-theft device right here, and it's keyed alike with your cable that you get with this kit. On top of that, it has a anti-rattle bolt, which basically what that does, it goes through your hitch and sucks into, and threads into this bike rack, holding it to the side of the inside of your hitch. Basically what that's going do is take all that shake and play out, and as you can see, the whole car moves, so you're not going to have any rattling going on on the inside of your hitch.Well, that's going to do it for our look at the Saris Hollywood EX, on our 2019 Nissan Armada.


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