Hands On: Saris SuperClamp 4 Bike Rack
A hitch rack capable of carrying 4 bikes really changes the dynamics of the weekend group ride. The production of caravaning with multiple cars to a distant riding spot is removed with a carpool-friendly bike rack. With secure transport for bikes up to 35 pounds, the Saris SuperClamp 4 Bike Rack provides a platform that folds up when not in use. The rack we tested was fitted with the standard wheel cups, but wider cups are available for 2017 to accommodate fat tired bikes.
The SuperClamp requires minimal assembly with the two main platforms factory-assembled. After attaching the two platforms to the hitch structure, you’ll be ready to mount the rack to your vehicle, load up bikes and start exploring. The rack locks to the vehicle-mounted hitch with a lock keyed to also open the 4 cable locks that extend from each clamp. The combination of locks ensures the security of transported bikes while inside a gas station or while loading and unloading gear.
Each individual bike rack (of which there are 4) can be adjusted to accommodate different wheelbases and frame sizes. You’ll want to make sure to tighten the individual yellow adjustment bolts after moving a wheel cup and be sure to use the included straps that lock the wheel to the wheel cup. (above right) Note that the rack is a bit heavy and awkward to maneuver into the vehicle hitch, so be sure to get help when guiding into place. (saris.com, $800)