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  • Product description

    The Saris Bones 3 car rack is made from heavy duty 100% recyclable plastic and is one of the strongest and most environmentally friendly car racks on the market.

    Injection moulded arms and legs won’t rust and can support up to three bikes weighing 15kg with ease, separating them on different levels for the ultimate assurance that they won't rub or touch during transport.

    Key Features

    • Strong, non-rusting plastic
    • Holds up to 3 bikes (35 pounds or 15kg per bike)
    • Secure ratchet straps - Fits most cars

    If your bike(s) cover your vehicle number plate or lights we recommend you fit a lighting board to comply with road vehicle lighting laws.


  • Saris Bones Coloured Car Boot Rack - 3 Bikes Reviews

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    Overall Rating:
    4.7
    out of 5
    4.75
    Build Quality
    4.75
    Performance
    4
    Value For Money
    4.50

    Customer Reviews (4)

    4
    Check your rear bumper type

    The quality of this rack is good. It's solidly made out of industrial strength plastic, and the retaining straps to secure the bike to the rack are well thought out and robustly constructed. I had no concerns about bikes falling off. In addition, the metal clips which secure the rack to your tailgate are coated in a kind of plastic rubber so they shouldn't damage your paintwork provided the surface is clean when you strap it on. The only fault I would find in the construction is with the knobs that you use to adjust the angle of the arms and legs - because they are plastic too I suspect they would shear off over time, backed up by the fact I can see you are able to readily buy them as spares, and have also read a number of reviews where people have complained about them breaking within a few weeks. You could minimise the risk of this by just being careful with them though. I actually ended up sending the rack back, but this was mainly because of the way the rack attaches to the car, and my car type, which is a VW golf Mk6. It's important to note that the design of this rack is that the bottom legs sit on the top of your rear bumper. Most of the weight from your bikes will therefore be pushing down on the 2 bottom feet of the rack, which is a relatively small surface area. With only 1 bike on the rack I could see substantial deflection in the bumper on my Golf, which like many cars is only made out of a hollow plastic. I'd be pretty certain that with 3 bikes on the rack I would end up with permanent dents in the bumper within a fairly short period of time bouncing over the speed bumps near my house - hence the reason for the return. I have seen a number of people positioning the rack so that the bottom legs rest against the boot lid itself instead. It's perfectly possible to do this, but you need to be aware that you are transferring all the load bearing away from the rear bumper and onto the 4 straps and clips which are secured along the top and sides of your boot, which is not how it is designed to operate. So in other words your boot/tailgate via the 4 straps is taking all the load, and all that load is going to be borne by the two hinges at the top of the boot lid, and the lock at the bottom. That wasn't really an acceptable alternative to me, and in addition the side clips on the golf are clipped around glass rather than metal, which would make the stresses more of a concern. In summary then, I think the design of the rack is actually great and fits a wide variety of cars - and if you have a solid rear bumper on your vehicle I wouldn't hesitate to use it. However if you have a softer rear bumper and you need to carry 2+ heavier bikes, I would be tempted to look at different models which transfer the load in a different way. I actually ended up going with a roof mounted option. It's also worth noting that while this rack does have the potential to lift your bike clear of the number plate, the letter of the law in the UK actually states that your bike cannot obstruct any of the rear lights either. That includes any rear window high mounted break lights you might have. This is a problem with all these type of rear mounted racks, but I mention it because I always read about people saying it doesn't block their number plate, but this is not the only consideration and it doesn't make the rack legal if the bikes obstruct any of the rear lights.

    The quality of this rack is good. It's solidly made out of industrial strength plastic, and the retaining straps to secure the bike to the rack are well thought out and robustly constructed. I had no concerns about bikes falling off. In addition, the metal clips which secure the rack to your tailgate are coated in a kind of plastic rubber so they shouldn't damage your paintwork provided the surface is clean when you strap it on. The only fault I would find in the construction is with the knobs that you use to adjust the angle of the arms and legs - because they are plastic too I suspect they would shear off over time, backed up by the fact I can see you are able to readily buy them as spares, and have also read a number of reviews where people have complained about them breaking within a few weeks. You could minimise the risk of this by just being careful with them though. I actually ended up sending the rack back, but this was mainly because of the way the rack attaches to the car, and my car type, which is a VW golf Mk6. It's important to note that the design of this rack is that the bottom legs sit on the top of your rear bumper. Most of the weight from your bikes will therefore be pushing down on the 2 bottom feet of the rack, which is a relatively small surface area. With only 1 bike on the rack I could see substantial deflection in the bumper on my Golf, which like many cars is only made out of a hollow plastic. I'd be pretty certain that with 3 bikes on the rack I would end up with permanent dents in the bumper within a fairly short period of time bouncing over the speed bumps near my house - hence the reason for the return. I have seen a number of people positioning the rack so that the bottom legs rest against the boot lid itself instead. It's perfectly possible to do this, but you need to be aware that you are transferring all the load bearing away from the rear bumper and onto the 4 straps and clips which are secured along the top and sides of your boot, which is not how it is designed to operate. So in other words your boot/tailgate via the 4 straps is taking all the load, and all that load is going to be borne by the two hinges at the top of the boot lid, and the lock at the bottom. That wasn't really an acceptable alternative to me, and in addition the side clips on the golf are clipped around glass rather than metal, which would make the stresses more of a concern. In summary then, I think the design of the rack is actually great and fits a wide variety of cars - and if you have a solid rear bumper on your vehicle I wouldn't hesitate to use it. However if you have a softer rear bumper and you need to carry 2+ heavier bikes, I would be tempted to look at different models which transfer the load in a different way. I actually ended up going with a roof mounted option. It's also worth noting that while this rack does have the potential to lift your bike clear of the number plate, the letter of the law in the UK actually states that your bike cannot obstruct any of the rear lights either. That includes any rear window high mounted break lights you might have. This is a problem with all these type of rear mounted racks, but I mention it because I always read about people saying it doesn't block their number plate, but this is not the only consideration and it doesn't make the rack legal if the bikes obstruct any of the rear lights.

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    4.3 out of 5
    Build Quality: 4/5
    Performance: 4/5
    Value For Money: 5/5
    5
    Excellent bike rack

    Super fast and free delivery from Tredz and they have the cheapest price anywhere. The product itself is great and fits our 2013 Toyota Auris hatchback very well. It is dead simple to install and very secure.

    Super fast and free delivery from Tredz and they have the cheapest price anywhere. The product itself is great and fits our 2013 Toyota Auris hatchback very well. It is dead simple to install and very secure.

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    4.7 out of 5
    Build Quality: 5/5
    Performance: 5/5
    Value For Money: 4/5
    5
    Saris Bones 3

    Best bike rack I've ever had! Lightweight but sturdy fits my car and my wife's car with minor adjustments. Easy to set up secure and built in straps make it hassle free! If your bike has an angled top tube then the Saris Bike Beam is worth getting too this allows the bike to be fitted horizontal across the bike carrier. Overall a great bit of kit!

    Best bike rack I've ever had! Lightweight but sturdy fits my car and my wife's car with minor adjustments. Easy to set up secure and built in straps make it hassle free! If your bike has an angled top tube then the Saris Bike Beam is worth getting too this allows the bike to be fitted horizontal across the bike carrier. Overall a great bit of kit!

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    5 out of 5
    Build Quality: 5/5
    Performance: 5/5
    Value For Money: 5/5
    5
    Amazing Bike Rack!

    Does a great job of keeping your bikes safe and secure.

    Does a great job of keeping your bikes safe and secure.

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    5 out of 5
    Build Quality: 5/5
    Performance: 4/5
    Value For Money: 4/5

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