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Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Saris Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Hi everyone. Aiden here, at etrailer.com, and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Saris Superclamp HD platform style bike rack, here, on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Now this bike rack is going to hold the bike by the tires, which means no frame contact. We're gonna be safe to use our carbon frame bikes, alternative frame bikes, and with the 60 pound weight capacity per bike we can even fit some E-bikes with that battery removed. I like how well it holds it, too. You don't just have the two wheel hooks on the top.

You also have ratcheting straps down at the bottom in these cradles giving us a really solid hold on the bike, in the rack. So that's really nice for me to see. I'm not worried about my bikes going down the road. Like some other platform style bike racks on the market, this does tilt away with the bikes loaded to access the back catch. So we're gonna just go ahead and remove this pin clip here, and then we can grab these arms, and push down on this lever with our foot.

And it'll lower down into that stopped position right there. Giving us plenty of room to pop the trunk, sit down, maybe change our shoes before or after a ride, get whatever we need to get out of the back, and be on our way. The bike rack does stick out pretty far from the vehicle. So if you didn't want to go through the process of tilting it down, you just need to grab something outta the back real quick, there's tons of room. I can fit comfortably in here, roll the window down, just grab something really quick if I need to.

Now we will go ahead and replace that pin down at the bottom. Now that we've got it folded back up, and we can actually get the bike unloaded. We're gonna start with those straps on the bottom, because the hooks up top are the thing that are actually holding the bike upright. There we go. And now, we'll come around and get a hold on the bike, pushing these gray buttons in to lift the hooks up.

And then, if need be, we can rotate these arms out just a bit more, with those gray levers on the top. Then, lift the bike up and off. Overall loading it's really easy. Some bike racks you have to fight a center mast. It might make the whole process a little bit more difficult, but this one's not too bad. Now, personally, with some other bike rack styles similar to this, like the Inno Tire Hold, or the RockyMounts Guide Rail. I tend to prefer those, just because I like the tray style a bit better. I feel like it's easier to load the bike up. If you need to, like, make some side to side adjustments. But, this one does really well too. Now with it like this, let's go ahead and get some measurements. We're gonna start with our ground clearance. We do have a bit of rise in the shank, and with the 4Runner being pretty high up off the ground, we're gonna be getting 22 inches of ground clearance to the bottom of the rack. That's gonna be plenty. I don't think you're gonna have to worry about bottoming out with this one. And then, like I said before, it does stick out a bit further from the back than some other bike racks do. And, that's gonna be getting us, to the end of the cradle here, probably 33 inches. Right at 33 inches, sticking out from the back. That is a fair bit, but you can fold it upright, using that same push lever we used before, and folding it up against the vehicle like that. That's gonna cut down on our length quite a bit, and now only be sticking out about 20 inches. Now even so, that is still adding a fair bit to the back of the 4Runner. It's a bit of a longer vehicle. So I'd be hesitant to say you could fit this, with your bike rack, in the garage, with it fold it up. So just keep that in mind, when you're picking this up, there are some that will sit closer to your 4Runner. Just up to you if that matters. Now down at the bottom, we can see it will be fitting into a two inch by two inch receiver tube, and comes with a locking anti-rattle bolt. That lock is key too, like with the lock up top, for the integrated cable locks. Those are a bit short. They lock in the center here. So, just depending on your bike setup, it might be hard to loop it through a good spot in the frame, and make it to the lock, but we found ours to work just fine. So it should be okay. And overall, it's a good bike rack. It's gonna hold the bike really well. Nice and solid like we saw earlier. And with the 4Runner, and it's very large tailgate, it does clear really easily. We have found that some bike racks that do tilt away don't have the clearance to clear that tailgate. So that's nice to see that it works here, and it's gonna be a good fit for the 4Runner down the line. Thanks for watching..


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