The idea behind the Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack was to have all the great features of a roof mount rack, but at a reachable level.
The Saris Trunk Rack comes pre-assembled and ready to use right out of the box.
Its design is sturdy but there are some flaws in the design which you really need to consider prior to purchase to be sure that your a happy biker in the long run.
Features of the Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
- Fully assembled out of the Box
- Ratcheting tie downs (4 each) can accommodate two bikes
- Pivoting anti-sways and hold-downs adjust to any bike size
- Hooks are rubber coated and spring loaded metal buckles
- Arms and legs fold to stow
The Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack arrives fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box.
Ratcheting tie downs (4 each) can accommodate two bikes
With 4 Ratcheting tie downs, two bikes can easily be loaded. Ratcheting ensures a snug fit and a less worrisome ride when using the Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack.
Pivoting anti-sways and hold-downs adjust to any bike size
If your concerned about bike damage the pivoting anti-sways and hold downs are engineered to prevent that sort of damage.
The Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack Hooks being rubber coated should prevent scratches which will occur with a non-coated finish.
Arms and legs fold to stow
With Standalone Arms and legs you can fold them and have the achieve a smaller profile on the back of your car when not in use.
Pros and Cons of the Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Assembled right out of the box. Great feature, a ready to use product.
The six strap system, make this Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack compatible with a large variety of cars.
The pins which hold the standalone arms in place are too short. When the rack is flexed like when hitting a road bump the pins can pop out. This will if your fortunate only damage your bikes and your car, and not any vehicles which may be following you. This actually occurred to one consumer who was less than thrilled.
The bikes petals need to be position so they don’t scratch the other bike during transport, also the sway bars allow enough sway that the handle bars could scratch your bumper depending on the type of bike and type of car.
Extra parts required. If you are transporting a women’s bike you’ll need to purchase an extra bar which provides the cross member like a male bike has, this is required for mounting. This adds a hefty amount to the price tag. You also need to buy cushions for extra protection against the bikes rubbing together. The kind of thing we feel should be standard.
Final Thoughts on the Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
While the price isn’t outrageous, its high enough that you need to consider it carefully. Its got enough consumer complaints that we think you might just as well get a better rated bike rack for your money and satisfaction.
The Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack isn’t a terrible bike rack, but you could do better.
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The Saris Guardian 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack as reviewed by Bike Racks reviews.com