Go the hassle-free route with Saris’ Gran Fondo 2-bike rack. There’s no need to take your wheels off, the bike frame never comes in contact with the rack, and you get an aerodynamic setup for better fuel economy. Your bike is safely strapped into the front and rear wheel cradles, while the rack itself is held tight with grippy rubber feet and six straps, each equipped with coated hooks to protect your car’s finish. Plus, the rack folds down flat to keep out of the way when not in use.
Introducing the Saris Gran Fondo Bicycle Rack
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Got this rack because it fit both a Toyota Prius C and a Chevy Equinox. i know! I was amazed too. Easy to put on both cars. Hangs on garage wall otherwise. Looks cool and get lots of comments. Yes the bikes sway, but they are secure. Only negative is when larger framed bike on rack on Prius and going up sudden steep grade (driveway and parking lot entrance), I think the tire may have touched! YIKES, so if you can demo it before purchase, do it. Also, zip locks securing the bike wheels to frame have been cut into by spokes on tires...worried it will be weak there and finish tearing. Also worried the plastic material of the zips is that which easily becomes fragile and breaks.(had snowboard bindings do so at the top of a run, start of the day. :-( )
I use this rack on a 2009 Toyota Venza. I had trouble finding a rack to even fit my car (as I have no trailer hitch) that would carry two bikes, and this fits the bill. I am pleased with the rack overall. I did have to purchase a separate part from Saris to use with my Venza. You can't use the metal clips on the window on the side (there's no metal around the sides of my rear window), so I had to buy different straps with little foam cylinders to go inside the window. It would have been nice if those had been included. As another reviewer noted, no matter how I crank down those bottom straps, they keep coming undone from the bottom of the hatch and flopping around. I don't think it makes the rack less stable, because it's really being held in place by the top and side straps, but it's really annoying. The other modification I had to make, and this isn't really the fault of Saris, is that, because I have an Electra Townie, it doesn't fit perfectly in the rack. Because it's a pedal forward design, the bike has a longer base than a regular bike. It rests _almost on_ on the bottom holder but the included strap wouldn't quite fit. I bought a small nylon buckle-style dog collar, and it works well. My car is kind of tall, although it's not as tall as a regular SUV, and I'm 5'5". My bike and my son's bikes are not super lightweight, and it took some time before I was very good at getting those bikes up there. It can be kind of unwieldy and a bit of a knuckle-buster, especially for a woman, to load. I think I've gotten pretty smooth at it now, and it's a good opportunity to work on that upper body strength, but if you've got a bad back, you want to think twice. I don't want this to sound like a negative review...it's not. I do like the Gran Fondo, and I don't know what I would have done without it. Not have a bike rack at all, I guess. It looks cool, it fits my car, I feel confident that my bikes aren't going to fly off the back of the car on the highway, and I can load it myself. But it wasn't pop it on the car and done.
Wanted something different as did not like carrying bikes across the width of my car. Fits my Citroen C4 very well and gives good visibility to the rear. Easy to build, although did notice that some of the nylocks rotated within the plastic holes they fit in, like another reviewer easily solved by use of a screwdriver. Easy to fit onto the rear of my car. Very easy to fit bikes on to the rack, and for me a bonus that the bikes do not go any where near the bodywork of the car. Have just taken my car out for a test drive with both my bikes on the racks. Rack did not move on the rear of my car at all as I drove around a few country lanes with plenty of corners; although took a little getting used to seeing the bikes wobble from side to side but they remained firmly fixed in place on the rack. In summary I like it; easy to fit on my car, easy to load, bikes secure on the rack. Only downsides for me; is it is expensive and would be nice if it could carry three bikes - there is enough space to fit in a third bike holder.
New car didn't have a tow bar so needed a new rack. This lived up to it's advertising in that it was much easier to load the bikes, we didn't need extra bungess cords or lighting board and the bike position is lower drag than across the car. However, the top wheel holder is a bit narrow for 2.2" MTB tyres, a squeeze to get them in and then you have to roll them out. Secure when in though despite only having two clicks of strap available! Plastic bolt handles a bit fiddley during set up & would have preferred plain cap heads. On the road, very secure at the max 70mph tried & normal 65mph cruise. Bumps produce a side to side wobble but quickly damped out. No problem with straps fitting or staying tight, tie them up to prevent flapping around noise (around wheel to back up straps). Overall, very pleased with bike security and loading/unloading. Not as easy to store as tow rack - found hanging from garage roof was best. Conclusion: Excellent, lives up to the advertising. 4 star not 5 due to MTB tyres being a tight fit and storage
I bought it last Saturday. I painted its metal surface same original colour with my car. It is very cool now. I went out of the city. Gran Fondo has a very attractive design. Everyone was looking at it, behind my car. But it was swinging very much and making me nervous at the beginning of the road. My eyes was at the mirror always. But after some bad road conditions, I calm down. I believe that; It is a really reliable product. If it did not felt down, on the road until now, it will not fall anymore. :) I wish it had 3 bicycle capacity. While I installing it, I saw that one of nuts was corrupted. So I bought a new nut for it. Now no problem at all. Thank You Saris.
Amazing product, well planned out! In the first 2 months of owning the rack it traveled over 3000 miles carrying 2 bikes without a single issue. The rack is quicker and easier to load than just about any roof rack, trunk rack, and some trailer hitch racks. There are a couple snags I've ran across carrying mountain bikes. The 26" tire setting only fits tires up to 26x2.2 (depending on tread sometimes 26x2.1) which means you have to use the 29" setting to carry a bike with 26x2.25 or larger tires. That leaves a lot of room for the bike to sway in the wind but the straps keep the wheels securely in place. I've had the rack for 7 months and don't plan on replacing it anytime in the near future.
I bought this bike rack to transport my road bike from Louisiana to California. It was expensive. It is relatively easy to place on the back of the car alone even for a woman and I guess my bike made it to the destination, but I was worried about it all the way. The bike was moving quite a bit in the air, kind of like a flag. I know partly it is the design, the way the bike is perpendicular to the back of the car, but still. I ended up tying it tighter by using extra bungie cords. And it was ok I guess, just wasn't sure it was not going to fly off of it from the force of the wind. But my main issue with the rack was that the bottom straps kept sliding off of the door so every time I stopped I had to put them back. That meant that out of the 8 straps that held the rack and the bike two kept getting lose. The angle of the end of the straps seemed to be sharper than the door of my car and they didn't lie flat on the surface.
This DOES NOT fit the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback, regardless of what is says on the selector. This looks like a very good product, I only wish I could use it. Only slight negative note is that the plastic moulding for the nylock nuts is not sufficient in some cases to hold the nut and you need to wedge a screwdriver in to stop it turning. This review should not stop you getting one - unless that is you have an Insignia Hatchback and you trust this website. It appears that the UK distributors website is correct, but I didn't know that.
I've left this rack on our car. Can still open the hatch to our RV easily.
I drove over 500 miles without having to tighten the straps or readjusting it. Very good rear view in car with rack and bikes on.