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Saris Bones RS (3-Bike)

Saris Bones RS (3-Bike)

Model # (851)
Product Rating
 
4.0 stars
 (13 Reviews)
 

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Saris Bones RS (3-Bike)

The Bones RS is Saris' premium rear rack. This amazing bike carrier utilizes a pair of steel-belted bands and a ratcheting system for a solid attachment to your vehicle. The rubber-coated clips and feet keep your auto's paint scratch-free. The pivoting anti-sway bike mounts keep up to 3 bikes from banging into each other. Plus, an integrated locking system makes sure your rides stay secure.

 

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    4.0 stars

    (based on 13 reviews)

    76%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install  (12)
    • Stable  (12)
    • Durable  (10)
    • Easy to use  (9)
    • Lightweight  (3)

    Cons

    • Poor quality  (3)
    • Best for 2 bikes not 3 
    • Cost v's durability 
    • Not great for small bikes 
    • Ratchet mechanism poor 

    Best Uses

    • Mountain bikes  (5)
    • Road bikes  (5)
    • Small cars  (3)
    • Kid bikes 
    • Large Cars 

    Reviewed by 13 customers

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    5.0

    As good as it gets for trunk racks

    By Bikeguy

    from NY

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Easy to Install
    • Locking
    • Stable

    Cons

    • Best For 2 Bikes Not 3
    • Not great for small bikes

    Best Uses

      Comments:

      I own one of these and sell them. This rack is as good as it gets for a trunk rack. Make sure that your car is compatible through the Saris fit system. Make sure you don't over-tighten the ratchet, as I've seen them dent trunks. I've seen a couple of defective ones (always the ratchet), but Saris takes care of that immediatly. All of that being said, it's the easiest to install car rack out there. Once the initial set-up is done installing it is as easy as pulling up on the ratchet. There's nothing else to think about, no straps to tension against each other. It works for 3 bikes, assuming all the have a level top tube. Otherwise, it's best for 2.

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      2.0

      Shoddy construction

      By Rekha

      from Milwaukee

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cost v's durability
        • Weak Construction
        • Straps fall out again

        Best Uses

          Comments:

          As a newer biker, I wanted to ensure that I was getting good and solid equipment. After a very short period, no more than 4 months, one of straps fell off the bike rack. We attended the bike expo and were able to locate a rep(I believe one of the owners of Saris) and made him aware of the situation. It was evident that he was not even slightly concerned or apologetic about the issue. He was however able to provide us with a replacement strap which he pulled off of another bike rack. Unfortunately not even 3 months later another strap fell off of the rack. We are firm believers of supporting local/regional businesses and I am sorry to say that this was certainly a miss for us on two counts.

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          1.0

          Slipping Ratchet Saris Bones RS

          By Grand pa Fixit

          from Toronto, Ontario

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Stable
          • Easy to Use
          • Easy to Install

          Cons

          • Weak Construction
          • Ratchet started slipping

          Best Uses

            Comments:

            I loved this rack when I first got it. Very stable and easy to use. After one year the right ratchet started slipping and now I can't use the rack. The ratchet assemblies are an Achille's heel for this otherwise excellent product. Unless the ratchet mechanisms have been upgraded I would caution consumers not to buy this product.

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            2.0

            Works great, (for about a year)

            By Disappointed

            from MD.

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Stable
            • Lightweight
            • Easy to Install
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • Ratchet mechanism poor
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Small Cars
            • Road Bikes
            • Mountain Bikes

            Comments:

            I bought rack in 2010. It fit my Mercury Mariner great. It appeared to be the dream rack I had been looking for. I used it maybe 20 times and then the ratchet mechanism on right side started slipping. For as much as this thing costs, I would hope that it would last longer than barely a year. Saris offers a warranty, but it costs about a third of the value of the rack just to ship it. Not to mention that more likely than not, the warranty claim will be refused. As much as I loved this rack (in the beginning), I will not buy another, nor recommend others to buy it.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            On and Off in an instant!

            By Larry

            from Shaker Heights, Ohio

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Stable
            • Durable
            • Easy to Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Bikes
              • Mountain Bikes

              Comments:

              This product installed in minutes. Select correct groove and lock down. 2 straps and a ratchet systme makes tightening an ease.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Excellent rack with one caveat

              By Jayhawker

              from Lawrence, KS

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Easy to Install
              • Stable
              • Easy to Use
              • Durable

              Cons

              • Scratches Car

              Best Uses

              • Sedans

              Comments:

              This rack fills the bill for an easy to install, solid stable rack. It is perfect for quickly removing and installing. The one problem is that if you own a hatch back like my Subaru Forester, the straps that hook on to the top of the hatch back rest on the paint as they come over the top and bend down towad the rack itself and scratch the paint. The local bike shop where I bought the rack communicated with Saris, and, after two tries, got some plastic strips from them to apply to the car to prevent the scratching. I actally like this solution as I don't have to be so worried about the car being clean when I install the rack. I removed one set of plastic strips without problem and am assuming the set currently on the car will come off as easily. If you own a station wagon or hatch back and don't want to risk applying plastic strips to the car, you might wait until Saris solves this problem before you buy this particular rack.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Great Find!

              By Dave

              from Illinois

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Pros

              • Easy to Install
              • Durable
              • Solid
              • Easy to Use
              • Stable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mini-van
                • Small Cars

                Comments:

                I looked long and hard for a solid bike rack that would carry several bikes, not scratch my vehicles and be easy to install. I pretty much narrowed my search down to the Bones 3, but after talking with a bike store manager over the phone, he convinced me I needed to look at the Bones RS also. The Bones RS, by far, turned out to be the best trunk rack I ever saw. It wasn't cheap, but I feel I got a great rack for the investment. It fits my 2002 Ford Windstar and 1999 Ford Contour perfectly. The adjustable arms (width) was something I also found very useful. The first Yakima rack I tried (Big Joe 3) had arms that were too far apart. Yakima suggested the King Joe 3; however, none of their trunk racks would allow 3 bikes to be placed on my 2002 Ford Windstar -- 2 was the maximum! The Bones RS allows 3 bikes because it mounts on more solid areas of the mini-van's back door. You'll love how easy it mounts and dismounts! You can do it in seconds. No messing with straps that get all tangled and have to be adjusted. The ratcheting system is great! I highly recommend this rack to others!

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                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Easy to put on the car, secure & stable

                By Sterne

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Install
                • Stable

                Cons

                • Hard to use w/diff sizes
                • Hard to fit bikes to rack

                Best Uses

                • Road Bikes
                • Kid bikes

                Comments:

                I am using the Bones RS to take my bike and my small child's bike to various parks and trails. While it is extremely solid, and unbelievably easy to install and remove from the car, I do wish the rack used a different system to secure the biles to the rack - I find it hard to fully tighten the straps to the bikes. The Yakima King Joe that I used for a couple of days, while inferior in every other respect, used thick, stretchy rubber bands and I found those easier to adjust. I also have not found a way to use two adjacent locations for the two bikes - the tires from the large bike interfere with the handlebars of the small bike. So I use the first and third positions. I have only used the rack for 2 bikes; I'm not sure it would be usable for three bikes of different sizes. Overall, though, the ease of installation, and incredible solidity of the rack make it worth the high price, despite my quibbles.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Rack

                By Joel

                from Oak Hill, VA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Easy to Install
                • Stable
                • Lightweight
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Bikes
                  • Mountain Bikes

                  Comments:

                  Rack was installed in less than 8 minutes. It is very solid with no rocking. It feels as if it is part of the car. I especially like the steel reinforced belts and the locking mechanism which allows you to lock your bike to the rack itself while you are away. It's a bit expensive but it will last a very long time.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best rack out there!

                  By Tombss

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Stable
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Easy to Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Cars
                    • Mountain Bikes
                    • Road Bikes
                    • Small Cars

                    Comments:

                    I use it on my 2003 BMW 330i. There isn't another rack in existance that is this durable, stable and easy to use.

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