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Saris Trunk Rack Review

Made almost entirely of space-age polymers (aka plastic) the Saris trunk rack will not be decomposing for at least a thousand of your Earth years.  This far exceeds the warranty on my Corolla, so I expect to be using this rack for quite some time and on a variety of cars.  The Saris has an almost infinite number of set-up positions.  The design utilizes four claw-like legs and two arms mounted on an aluminum ribbed hub.  Changing the set-up for different vehicles is as simple as sliding an arm or leg to a different slot and finger tightening a knob.  This brilliant but simple design allows for carrying smaller framed bikes as well as those funky non-A-framed frames.

This is an improvement over the old style metal Saris in several ways.  The weight of the bikes is no longer on the back bumper (no more dents in the Corolla bumper) and I can open my trunk without removing the rack.  It’s available in several colors.  The old style had rubber bungee tie-down.  These have been upgraded to cinch down straps which seem to hold well without placing too much pressure on brake and shifter cables.  The old style Saris, made of metal, felt a bit sloppy when driving, especially on curvy mountain roads.  This new design is solid and I couldn’t discern any sway or movement of the bike.

We purchased ours from Bryson City Bicycles and the chief mechanic, Andy, helped us match the color to our personality types so our chakras would not become misaligned.  It’s this attention to detail that makes Bryson City Bicycles one of the leading bicycle shops inWestern North Carolina.

This was an unsolicited review, Jack

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  1. June 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Nice review!
    I remember testing the one with the rubber bungee straps many years ago. I am glad they have changed it now.
    Peace 🙂

  2. The Velo Hobo
    July 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks Chandra.

  3. May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Awesome review, but mounting that rack is a huge NO, NO from the Saris folks 😉 Feet on the bumper!

    • May 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      mounting the rack *that way..doh

      • The Velo Hobo
        May 3, 2012 at 6:23 am

        Well of course there’s a perfectly good explanation why I mounted it that way; I never read the instructions. Thanks for the catch, but now it’s going to be more difficult to get to my cooler in the trunk.
        Thanks again, Jack

        • May 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

          Hah, no worries. I don’t mean to be the trunk rack police. There are plenty of folks who have mounted them that way (myself included) with no issues. Just looking out for a fellow cyclist!

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