Saris Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 3-Bike

Last updated date: March 4, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

The Saris Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 3-Bike unit provides great strength for three good-sized bikes. The design works well for cars with spoilers and in addition keeps the bikes separated so they don’t rub against each other in transit. In addition, the feet of the unit are covered in rubber to protect the car from damage. In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the Saris Saris Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 3-Bike placed 3rd when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 25, 2020:
Checkout The Best Bike Rack (Non-Hitch) for a detailed review of all the top bike racks (non-hitch).

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
724 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Arc shape fits over bumpers of spoilers, fun colors, strong frame holds bikes at different levels to protect them rubberized straps prevent damage to car. Easy installation.
- Gearing Out
The feet of the frame are rubberized to protect the vehicle. The straps are coated to protect the bike. It also weighs only 11 lbs. That’s amazingly lightweight.
- Auto Quarterly
Reviewers called this trunk rack “trustworthy,” “solid,” and “flexible for different vehicles.”
- New York Mag
Is very lightweight and affordably priced, and it held our bikes securely.
- New York Times Wirecutter
What experts didn't like
Doesn’t work well with three bikes unless they’re all lightweight. Doesn’t secure front wheel. No theft-prevention built in.
- Gearing Out
This bike rack for cars isn’t lockable. Don’t expect it to be theft resistant. It’s also a bit expensive as well.
- Auto Quarterly
It wasn’t as easy to use as the Kuat Highline, though, because adjusting the arms and position of the rack was more involved.
- New York Times Wirecutter

From The Manufacturer

Injection-molded arms and legs are the strongest on the market. Built with 100% recyclable,non-rusting materials. Ratcheting anti-sway straps secure and stabilize bikes. Arc-based design fits over most spoilers,and separates bikes on different levels.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Allen Sports Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 2-Bike
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Tyger Auto Trunk Mount Bicycle Rack, 1-Bike
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Saris Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 3-Bike
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Allen Sports Premier Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 2-Bike
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Bike Racks (Non-Hitch)

When you are ready to pack up and head out of town, you want to be confident about the bike rack you’ve attached your bikes to for the drive. With countless bike racks on the market, it is not always easy to know which are the best fit for you. It may take some digging but with a few things to keep in mind and a good review of each rack, you’ll surely be able to find a rack that is a good fit for you.

There are several key things that you must know in order to buy the right bike rack. There are three main types of bike racks: roof racks, hitch racks and trunk racks. You will want to decide what will work best with your vehicle. Then consider the type of bikes you have. Most racks will note how much weight they can handle so be sure to opt for a heftier rack if you have heavy bikes. The size of your tires is another thing to check. Last of all you need to know how many bikes you’ll be hauling on the rack. All of these factors will help you determine the bike rack you need for your vehicle.

Of course, you will always have a budget in mind when you are buying a bike rack. They can range anywhere from low hundreds to over a thousand dollars. When you want to keep a reasonable budget, you’ll most likely turn to the trunk racks. This type is usually the most affordable and will get the job done.

If you are only transporting one bike, you can easily find a trunk bike rack for that. The Tyger Auto Trunk Mount Bicycle Rack, 1-Bike is a perfect option for an individual bike rack. It is fit for most vehicles that do not have rear spoilers and offers easy installation. For a two-bike rack, you’ll want to take a look at either Allen Sports Premier Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 2-Bike or the Allen Sports Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 2-Bike. The larger Saris Trunk Mounted Bike Rack, 3-Bike is ideal for three bikes in transit.

There is another type of modern racks designed for trucks. These tailgate pads are a cushy pad that drapes over the tailgate and features a massive web that contains and locks the front tires in place against the tailgate. You can haul several bikes at once with this system.

DYWM Fun Fact

In the mid-1970s, the first bike porter rack was invented by a U.S. manufacturing company. The product was so versatile it could fit on top of a car or strap to the trunk of a vehicle. The Graber Bicycle Racks company was born from the product and since then the company strives to maintain a product that is entirely made in the U.S.

The Bike Rack (Non-Hitch) Buying Guide

  • Always get a bike rack with a warranty.
  • Choose a bike rack that will hold up in rough weather and is rust-resistant.
  • Check the weight of your bike or bikes against the capacity of the rack before buying.
  • It’s always nice to have the option of adding an additional bike onto your rack, in which case you’ll want to think about buying an expandable bike rack.