Saris SuperClamp Ex 4 Review

July 8, 2023
David Sunnyside

Saris may not be as well known as Yakima or Thule, but they’ve carved out a nice segment of the market with their competitive prices and creative designs. This platform-style rack is a good example. It’s one of the lightest four-bike car racks on the market and takes up less space behind your vehicle than many tray models we’ve tested. It also offers a more compact and eye-pleasing look than some other four-bike racks, as it uses two shepherd’s hooks per bike instead of one. This allows the arms to secure over the bikes’ wheels (no concerns about frame contact), but it limits side-to-side movement and can be a pain if you’re hauling fenders or e-bikes with very different wheelbases.

Load it up with mountain bikes, electric bikes, kid’s bikes, road bikes or insert-your-bike-type-here and this mtbr-approved rack is ready to roll. It’s rock solid and ultra-light, with a low profile that makes it easy to load and unload and fold up when not in use.

We were lucky enough to tour Saris’s Madison, Wisconsin manufacturing facility this spring, where the SuperClamp is made. It’s a massive operation in a converted Civil War-era farmhouse, and they’re busy enough to employ 180 people on two shifts a day. It’s a great reminder of just how much American manufacturing still thrives. And when you consider that this rack undergoes unparalleled testing right here in tundra country, it’s no wonder that they guarantee it for a lifetime.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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