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Saris Bones Coloured Car Boot Rack - 3 Bikes

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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.

Saris Car Rack Compatibility

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.

More Than Just A Good-Looking Rack.

There is a place where function and form collide. Where practical becomes practically gallery–worthy. And that has never been more true with the wide array of colours to choose from. Or do yourself one better and pick a car rack that matches your personality and a cause close to your heart. It's the same Fabio Pendrini designed car rack with the same 4.5 out of 5-star rating from Bicycle Magazine. Now, it's just a little more you.

Available In The Following Colours:

grey, yellow, blue, orange, black, green, red and pink

Technical Specification:

  • Carries 3 bikes (35lbs/bike).
  • Spring buckle straps with vinyl-coated hooks.
  • Strongest frame on the market.
  • Built with 100% recyclable materials.
  • Rust-free injection moulded plastic.
  • Articulated rubber feet to protect the paint.
  • Ratcheting anti-sway straps for a secure hold.
  • Arc-based design separates bikes on different levels.
  • Frame fits over most spoilers.
  • Available in grey, yellow, blue, orange, black, green, red and pink.
  • Compatible with most vehicles—consult the Saris Fit Guide for approved fits.
  • Meets European Union regulations. View this product's European certification.
  • Patents issued and pending.
  • Lightweight at 11 lbs.

Saris Bones 3 user manual

Saris Bones Coloured Car Boot Rack - 3 Bikes Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.7
out of 5
4.69
Build Quality
4.75
Performance
4
Value For Money
4.5

Customer Reviews (6)

4
Saris Bones

Great service as always from the Tredz Team. The product itself is solid, and good value. May need some additional securing of the bikes when transporting maybe more than one, just around the front wheels. Make sure you check vehicle compatibility to. Otherwise a good produce.

Great service as always from the Tredz Team. The product itself is solid, and good value. May need some additional securing of the bikes when transporting maybe more than one, just around the front wheels. Make sure you check vehicle compatibility to. Otherwise a good produce.

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4.2 out of 5
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Performance: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Saris Bones 3

This is my first bike rack and I am really pleased with it. It fits perfectly on my 3door 2017 Seat Ibiza but I opted to purchase hatch huggers to use with the rack instead of the clips that are supplied. The instructions provided with the rack are clear which helps to make the installation straightforward and I also benefited from a 10% discount from being a previous Tredz customer so the rack was great value for money

This is my first bike rack and I am really pleased with it. It fits perfectly on my 3door 2017 Seat Ibiza but I opted to purchase hatch huggers to use with the rack instead of the clips that are supplied. The instructions provided with the rack are clear which helps to make the installation straightforward and I also benefited from a 10% discount from being a previous Tredz customer so the rack was great value for money

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

Car Rack Guide

 

Car Rack Types

Roof Racks

Cyclist mounting a bike to a car roof rack

Benefits

  • Easy access to your boot
  • No problems when reversing or parking
  • Add accessories to carry any big bulky item, not just bikes

Considerations

  • Can reduce fuel economy by causing drag
  • More difficult to mount and remove your bike
  • Be aware driving under low objects

Boot Racks

Cyclist mounting a bike to a boot rack

Benefits

  • Affordable
  • Very portable for storage
  • Easy to mount and remove bikes
  • Improved fuel economy
  • No fittings needed

Considerations

  • May need a light board if the rack obscures your number plate and lights
  • Take care when reversing
  • Some fastenings can damage paintwork
  • No access to boot
  • Remember to disable automatic rear wipers

Towbar Racks

Cyclist rolling a bike onto a towbar car rack

Benefits

  • Low height for easy bike mounting and dismounting
  • Less risk to vehicle paintwork
  • Very strong & sturdy
  • Improved fuel economy

Considerations

  • Need a towbar fitted to your car
  • Can be expensive
  • You may need a light board
  • Obscures boot (some can tilt giving you access)

What to consider

1

Your budget

Your budget will determine the type of car bike rack you want. Roof racks tend to be the most affordable car racks, starting from around £30, while entry level boot racks begin around £40 and towbar racks from £50. 

If you're planning on transporting more than one bike, you'll want a higher budget to buy a more sturdy cycle carrier.

2

Bike tyre width

Road bikes use slim tyres and will easily mount to most car racks. However, if you're transporting mountain or some hybrid bikes then you'll want to consider the width of your tyres. 

Some MTB's come with very wide tyres (such as 27.5+ MTB’s and fat bikes) that won't fit into the standard wheel holders on roof racks and towbar racks. You can buy specialist bike racks made specifically for these types of cycles, and brands like Thule offer adapters to accommodate wider tyres.

3

Bike weight

Most car racks with come with a recommended maximum weight per bike, which will depend on the style of rack you’re using and the durability of it. Most roof and boot racks have a max weight of 15kg. 

Towbar racks are generally stronger, so can fit bikes up to 20kg. These weights can be found on our product pages. It’s worth remembering that E bikes are heavier than standard bikes, so choosing a rack that can accommodate the extra weight is essential.

4

The number of bikes you’ll transport

Roof racks will carry just one bike, but you can fit two or three racks to your roof, depending on the size of your vehicle. Boot racks often fit three bikes but can go up to four in rare exceptions (check the maximum weight capacity of the rack). 

Towbar racks can also fit up to four bikes as weight isn't so much of a problem.

5

The length of your bike’s wheelbase

Car racks will fit most standard road, hybrid and mountain bikes. However, bikes with long a wheelbase, such as enduro and downhill MTB’s may struggle to fit the length of the wheel holders. 

You can buy extenders and adaptors to help with this, although you can get adaptor beams which fit to your seatpost and headset for easier mounting.

Also, if you’re using a long wheelbase bike with a boot or towbar rack, be aware that the front and rear wheel may stick out on either side of your car. When measuring your wheelbase, remember the distance is from your front axle to the rear axle.

6

How often you’ll be travelling

If you're going to be using the rack regularly, you want it to be easy to use. A roof rack is ideal for securing your bikes out of the way. You don't need to worry about reversing or parking unlike with boot and towbar racks. You'll also have access to your boot.

However, because your bikes are so high up they can be fiddly to mount. Boot and towbar racks make it easy to secure bikes but you'll need to be careful parking up. 

The easiest bike carriers to use are the innovative new vacuum suction SeaSucker racks. All you do is press the vacuum cups down to create an initial seal then press the vacuum pump until low pressure keeps the pump fully depressed. To attach your bike simply remove the front wheel and attach the front dropouts to the metal bracket with the QR lever. The whole process takes a few seconds.

7

How far you will be travelling

Drag reduces fuel economy. If you're heading up to the highlands for an epic weekend away, then a roof rack may not be your best bet. 

Boot racks and towbar racks keep your bikes out of the wind for more efficient aerodynamics.

8

Vehicles with spoilers

If your car has a standard metal sheet rear spoiler, you may be able to use a boot mounted rear rack. It’s very unlikely you will be able to use this type of bike carrier if your car has a plastic rear spoiler (as the plastic will be too weak to support the combined weight of the rack and bikes). 

Please check our car rack compatibility section for more information.


Light boards

Do I need a light board for my car rack?

Before you buy a car rack you should determine if you need to fit a light board to your car. Your number plate and rear lights have to be visible from all angles at all times. The easiest way to do this is by fitting a light board. Don't fit the light board to your bikes (this is illegal), fit it to the car rack itself.

Thule car rack light board

Car rack compatibility

If you have a towball on your car then you can use most towbar racks with no problems. Roof bars and boot racks are a little more complicated. Please follow the links below to find the compatibility for our main brands:

Hollywood | Peruzzo | Saris | Thule

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