The arch is arguably the most important engineering feat in human history. One look at Saris’ Bones 2-Bike rack would make any ancient Roman proud. With three incredibly strong, arched leg mounts and two arched arms, you can rest assured that your bike is in solid hands. Six highly adjustable straps, each equipped with soft coated hooks, hold the rack down, while the three legs have grippy rubber feet to provide a sturdy base. Ratcheting anti-sway straps ensure a tight grasp on your bikes. The Bones is made out of 100% recyclable, non-rusting parts and fits almost all vehicles—even those with spoilers.
The fit of a trunk rack has to do with a handful of variables, including:
- How the rack connects to the car
- How the bike weight load is supported
- The shape of the trunk and bumper size
- The materials used to make the vehicle
- Design of the trunk, including the presence of spoilers and slope
Understanding how these elements interact is crucial in determining if a bike rack is a fit or not. That’s where the Saris Fit Guide comes in. Complete with vehicle-specific fit notes, the Saris Fit Guide is the go-to resources for all questions regarding trunk rack fits.
1. Q: What’s the difference between the Bones EX and the Bones trunk racks? They look the same to me, yet my vehicle is only an approved fit for the Bones EX.
A: The upper leg of the Bones EX is the key difference from the Bones trunk rack. The Bones EX’s upper leg is specifically arched to avoid contact with most plastic spoilers. By keeping rack straps off the spoiler, the bike load can be distributed through the rack’s contact points as designed and tested. Weight from a bike-toting rack on a plastic spoiler may damage the vehicle.
The need for the Bones EX arose with the prominence of plastic spoilers on many of the best-selling sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs. With this unique upper leg, the Bones EX fits 20% more vehicles than the classic Bones rack. For comparison, the Bones EX fits 90% of the top vehicles sold in the USA, while the Bones fits around 70%.
2. Q: Is it okay to put the foot of the bike rack on my windshield?
A: Yes. Each fit is tested for safety. If your vehicle has a large, glass surface area, such as a large glass hatch, and the Fit Guide says your vehicle make and model are an approved fit for the bike rack, then it is okay to place the rack feet on the windshield/glass hatch.
3. Q: I don’t see any racks listed for my vehicle. Do you have any racks for my vehicle?
A: If the Fit Guide doesn’t list any trunk rack fits for your vehicle, then unfortunately there are no approved fits for your vehicle. This means the only type of Saris car rack compatible with your vehicle would be a hitch rack.
4. Q: Can I transport 3 bikes on a 2-bike rack if the combined weight of the bikes does not exceed the recommended max weight of 70 pounds (aka: 2 bikes, up to 35 lb/bike)?
A: No. Weight limits are shown for individual bikes, and both total and individual limits need to be followed.
5. Q: Can I take my Saris bike rack through the car wash?
A: No. Commercial car washes may damage a car bike rack (or vice versa). Always remove your car rack before going through the car wash.