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Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2022 Ford Escape

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Review of the Saris 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 SuperClamp EX on the back of our 2022 Ford Escape. The SuperClamp is a platform style bike rack that holds the bike in these cradles by the wheels. And then in those cradles, we've got wheel straps up, but primarily we've got two wheel hooks on each tire. So that's gonna create no frame contact on the bike, making it good for carbon frame, alternative frame. And with a 60-pound weight capacity per bike, it's gonna be good for some e-bikes too.

This does have the ability to tilt away with bikes loaded like many other platform racks in this class. There's a handle at the very bottom that you can pull and just lower it down. I recommend holding it by that actual arm, not the hook. That way it doesn't move on you in any way that you don't want it to. But this allows us to open up the back hatch, get things out of the back that we might need, or just have a place to sit down and change our shoes before or after our ride.

There's tons of room to do that here because the SuperClamp does have a great tilt. Lowering this back down, once it's closed, all you got to do is just lift it back into place and that handle will lock back in. Moving our pedals out of the way here, in the very center, right above the handle to tilt it or fold it, there's points where we can lock up our cable locks. These are built-in to the end of each tray of the rack. You can run it through the bike, lock it up in the center right there.

and then just house them back inside the tray whenever you're done. So it's built right into the bike rack. Unloading the bike is really straightforward. We'll start with those wheel straps first. Pressing the gray button on the side and releasing the strap.

Once we're done with that, we can move on to the hooks. There's two buttons here, one for the hook and then one for the arm. After you've got those opened up on one side you'll just repeat it on the other. Making sure to keep a good hold on the bike, so it doesn't tilt. And then, just lift it up and away. I do wish the arms opened up a fair bit more just to give you a little extra room. But at the end of the day, comparing this to something with a center mast, it's going to be a lot easier because there isn't as much you need to work around. And if you've got a bike rack that has a smaller wheel base it's gonna be even easier. I always like to replace these straps and then fold down the arms whenever I'm done. Now taking a look at some measurements here, we'll start off with our ground clearance. The lowest point at the back end's gonna be the cradle. And checking that out, it's gonna be right there at 16 1/2 inches, which is pretty good. It has a good rise in the shank. And I don't mean you have to worry about ground clearance with this vehicle. Checking the distance added to the back, from the bumper to the outer edge it's gonna be right there at 24 1/2 inches, which isn't too bad either. If you have it in the hitch with bikes unloaded and you wanna leave it there to make the next ride just quicker and easier, you can fold it up to save some space. We'll use that same handle that we did before and fold it against the back bumper, condensing things down to just 16 inches added to the back, which is a lot easier to pull into a parking space. The closest point is 3 1/2 inches. And there's very little movement in this folded state, which is great. One other benefit is that we still have access to the hatch. With it folded up, it's very low profile and doesn't get in the way of the license plate or the backup camera or the hatch, which is pretty unique for a bike rack when it's folded up. So if you are gonna leave it in the hitch, having that access is really easy. Down at the hitch, it's working with our two inch by two inch receiver tube, but it will work with inch and a quarter as well, if you remove the included adapter sleeve. And then it comes with a locking anti-rattle bolt. That anti-rattle bolt keeps things nice and solid in the hitch. And then the lock keeps it secure. That lock is keyed like to the lock up top, so everything's under one system and you don't have to worry about it as much. And overall, I'm a big fan of the SuperClamp. I think it's really easy to use. It works with a wide range bikes. And I think, especially in the case of your Ford Escape, it works really well allowing that hatch to open whether you tilt it away or have it folded up in the stored position. That'll do it for our look at the Saris SuperClamp EX. Thanks for watching..

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