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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 with and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Saris MHS 2-bike rack here on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. That's gonna be a bike rack that holds the bike by the tires. And that's really great for our carbon frame bikes like we have here, excuse me. Alternative frame bikes and with a 60 pound weight capacity per bike, we can even fit some e-bikes on here with the bike removed. Again, holding the bike by the tires here is one of my favorite ways to hold it just because it makes it really easy to load and unload.

I've got nothing in my way right here at the center when I'm putting the bike up there. And I especially like this tray design because it gives us more maneuverability and just flexibility with different wheel bases and everything. We don't have cradles that we have to adjust, it just works really well. And like other platform style bike racks in this class, we have the ability to tilt away with the bikes loaded. All we gotta do is come to the handle right here, give it a squeeze and lower it down.

Super easy to do, that handle isn't too hard to squeeze and we get plenty of room even with the larger tailgate of the 4Runner to open that up with the bikes loaded, we can sit back here change our shoes before or after a ride and get full access to the back. That is a relief because there are a lot of bike racks that we've tested on this 4Runner that don't quite clear with the 4Runner tailgate being so large. Now we can just tilt it up and it'll lock in place, you hear that nice audible click to let you know that it's safe. Now on the center of the trays here, we've got something that I really like which is the integrated cable lock system. And the reason I like it so much more than a typical system that you might find that's integrated is it's set right here in the center.

When I lock my bike up, I wanna run it through the frame right here. And having the cable lock here at the end of the tray, or here at the end of the arm, it's not quite where I want it to be. It may be a little bit harder to get it through that frame and back. With this setup, it's just right here, ready to go. So I like the positioning of that a lot.

Now, as far as getting this bike unloaded goes, we're gonna start with this wheel strap here. So we can push this button and undo the ratting strap. That slides back and forth to accommodate for those different wheel bases. One hand on the bike and then we can squeeze right here on this gray lever. Now be careful here. I'd be a bit worried about that being a pinch point just because it is open here and if I'm squeezing it, I can feel my hand getting caught in there right away. And just be careful, you don't let that go, it will fall. Now on this side, we can do the same thing. And then like we talked about before, we're free to just lift it off and walk it away from the vehicle. Again super easy to load and unload. So that's a big benefit for me, especially if you have it fully loaded with a 60 pound e-bike, it's a lot of weight to be lifting up and over like this. Now I like to replace the straps here and we can set those arms down. I sometimes like to just hold that trigger here just so it's a little bit quieter going down. Now with it like this, let's get some measurements. We can start with our ground clearance which will be 20 inches. Luckily our 4Runner does sit high up off the ground. So we don't have to worry about that too much. And for the distance added to the back, we are gonna be adding a bit of length, at 39 inches here. So just keep that in mind when you're in any sort of tight parking spots or when you're trying to pull in your garage, probably aren't gonna be able to pull in with the bike on like this, the bike rack. Now, one thing we can do to help with that is squeeze that handle and fold it upright. That's gonna take up a lot of that length, make it way more manageable and give us a new distance of 17 inches adding to the back of the vehicle. I'd still maybe be cautious in your garage. It's still a long car. This is still a bit added to the back. So just keep that in mind. Now, down at the bottom, we can see we've got a two inch by two inch receiver tube here, and it's comes with a locking anti rattle bolt. That lock is key to like to those ones up top. So it's all under the same system and you can see it holds a bike rack really steady. Now, overall, I really like this Saris MHS. I think it's a really nice solid bike rack. And compared to other options like it, I think it performs really well. My one complaint really is the way that those arms fold up and down. I don't like that. It's a potential pinch point, but overall it gets the job done and it does it really well. Thanks for watching..

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