Saris – Interbike 2011

Saris Grand Fondo Saris has been one of our most popular rack companies to date, and with each passing season, they bring new ideas to the table. This year was no exception. Aside from the new racks, one of the most exciting aspects of what we saw was the use of common parts across the entire line. Where a number of competing companies design all new racks from the ground up, leaving replacement parts hard to find, Saris looks to previous racks for established designs. This means the new rack already has been proven in some ways and that it’s serviceable should you need to replace a part.

Saris Grand Fondo

The Saris Grand Fondo is a rack that Saris designed for and has sold in Europe for a few years now. Unlike most rear mount bike racks the Grand Fondo is designed to not block the rear taillights of the vehicle. It shares the same wheel based mounting system found on the venerable Saris Thelma hitch rack for quick loading of most bicycles. The Grand Fondo is primarily designed to fit hatchbacks, SUV’s and minvans, but as always check out the Saris fit guide before making any buying decisions.

Saris Axis and Axis AL

For 2012 Saris sets the bar for lightweight hitch racks. The Axis is made of steel with the same bike cradles as the popular Bones 3 and is 8 pounds lighter and a $130 cheaper than the next closest light weight rack option. The Axis AL features an aluminum main frame construction with integrated locking and drops another 2 pounds over the standard Axis.

  • 3 bike capacity
  • 1-1/4″ and 2″ out of the box
  • Axis $230
  • Axis AL $330

Saris Freedom

The Saris Freedom is a new entry level tray style hitch rack. Again, like many of the other Saris racks, it uses parts from the Thelma series. A simple design not unlike using the front rack on a bus, only on the back of your car. This is an excellent option for those

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