Graber B.A.T. Rack Bike Rack

2.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Carries bikes, skis and snowboards
  • Super-cushy rubber components protect your gear without marring it up
  • Bikes and skis stay separated
  • Rack doesn't touch your vehicle -- just your hitch
  • Tilts out so you can get to the rear of the vehicle
  • Rack and bikes are lockable
  • Hitch-Tite(TM) feature eliminates wobble, slop and other evils
  • Can be upgraded to carry more gear with additional B.A.T. Wings (part #995)


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Peter H a Weekend Warrior from NJ

    Date Reviewed: May 23, 2008

    Strengths:    Saris 'Bat Wing' is simple and flexible to use

    Weaknesses:    Bat Wings are brittle and fairly expensive to replace

    Bottom Line:   
    I have owned Saris Batwing carrier for about 10 years. I have found none of the issues mentioned by other reviewers. I have driven thousands of miles over interstates with variety of bikes on this rack (I am not a slow driver). The rubber straps are very secure. My only mishaps have been at too high of a speed on a dirt road with huge dips or holes. My Ford Expedition almost went air borne and one of two batwings broke (but bikes stayed strapped to the broken wing). Another was in my Jeep on sand road in Jersey Pine Barrens. Dip was too deep and the bike tires bottomed out and jammed back up through rack. Once again the bikes stayed strapped into broken bat wings.

    I've always have concern of wheels not being supported by other than quick release hub. At times I have duct taped them to the frames, but I've never had them slip or fall, only worried about it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Pine Barrons

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mike B from Denver

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2001

    Strengths:    None at all.

    Weaknesses:    The BAT wing, which is what Saris prides themselves in, is flawed from the get-go. It's necessary to re-adjust it for each new bike you put on it, which is a hit and miss operation. Also, the wing is so small, that it is necessary to slide the bike towards the headtube or seattube to get the bottom swinging BAT wing to attatch, bringing the entire bike off center from the car and off center from it's balance point. The rubber straps are too stretchy. Saris claims this is won't mar your finish on the frame, but I argue that your bike bouncing off the interstate will leave a much larger scratch, because the straps inspire no confidence at all. It tilts, but Saris doesn't want you to tilt it with bikes on it...so what's the point, then?

    They tried to please everyone with the BAT design, claiming it would fit all kinds of frames. In reality, it ends up being mediocre at best on a few types of frames. It's complexity of use and set-up lend to an inherent risk of failure, coupled with weak straps.


    Bottom Line:   
    If I could give it less than one flaming log, I would.

    DO NOT BUY THIS RACK!

    Saris has done well with other racks, such as the Bones, but you'll do yourself a favor getting a Thule or Yakima or other rack. The Saris prides itself on being compatable on non-traditional frames, but what they fail to mention is that even the most radical frame is far more secure on a simple, but effective, design such as the Thule Hitching Post. Yakima and other companies offer variations of the Thule, and all offer simplicity in design, ease of use, quickness of setup, and far greater stability, and at a more affordable price.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   Thule racks(various designs), Yakima racks(various designs). Even with a radical frame design, if you want a hitch rack, go with a Yakima or Thule. The designs are simpler, and even non-traditional frames will fit securely on them, far, far more safely than the Saris BAT.

    Bike Setup:   Tried various frame designs on it. Full susp, rigid standard, front susp. sloping.

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ted Jones a Cross Country Rider from Stoneville SD USA

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2001

    Strengths:    Flexibility in mounting bikes

    Weaknesses:    Poorly designed

    Bottom Line:   
    DO NOT BUY THIS RACK!!!

    The rack looks sturdy and is fine for around town driving. However at highway speeds this rack becomes a death trap. The rubber pads that the bike sits on and the rubber straps are far to weak and at around 50 miles per hour the bike will slide off the pads and be tethered to the rack by the cheasy rubber straps. I returned the rack that day and got a Yakima Rimroc

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Scheels

    Similar Products Used:   Yakima Rimroc

    Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Ted Jones a Cross Country Rider from Sturgis, SD, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

    Strengths:    adjustability

    Weaknesses:    poorly engineered

    Bottom Line:   
    DO NOT BUY THIS RACK!!!!!!

    The rack looks sturdy and is fine for around town driving. However at highway speeds this rack becomes a death trap. The rubber pads that the bike sits on and the rubber straps are far to weak and at around 50 miles per hour the bike will slide off the pads and be tethered to the rack by the cheasy rubber straps. I returned the rack that day and got a Yakima Rimroc

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   Scheels

    Similar Products Used:   Yakima Rimroc

    Bike Setup:   2001 Trek Fuel 90 Disk

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Rob Guillen a Weekend Warrior from Wilmington, DE, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 15, 2001

    Strengths:    Sturdy construction, large capacity (four bikes), BAT wings adjustability allows for frames of many different sizes and shapes, tilts away for access to rear of vehicle.

    Weaknesses:    BAT wings must fit around main support tube, which is big, and have a locking ring that flares out, making the area the frame has to clear in the center significant. Although the BAT wings do allow much adjustment for odd shaped frames, frames must have a lot of clearance in the center to fit around support tube and locking ring. Smaller frames (my daughter's 12.5 inch Raleigh M20) and/or with oversized tubing are a tough fit (after many attempts did find one configuration that worked -- took a photo so I will remember). Also, water bottle cages tend to get in the way (perhaps another reason to switch to a Camelback?). Have checked the fit on my mountain bike, my road bike, my son's mountain bike, and, as noted above, my daughter's mountain bike. Have not yet tried my wife's bike (it's out in the shed behind lots of things and I'm not ready to face that yet), but I believe it should fit. The road bike fits great, so any road bikes should be okay. My mountain bike also fit well (although had to work around the bottle cages!) so most adult standard diamond frames should fit.
    Also, the instructions say "it is not recommended to tilt the rack at the tilt bracket while rack is loaded with bikes." I wish the advertising and brochures had noted that instead of just saying it was tiltable for access to vehicle. If you can't tilt it while loaded, what good is it? However, I think this is just legal mumbo-jumbo so they are protected when someone tries to tilt a loaded rack and it smashes down, destroying several bikes and the front end of the Lexus parked behind you. I tilted it with two bikes loaded -- seems okay for a brief time or if you have someone who can hold it for a few moments.


    Bottom Line:   
    Graber sells this under its Saris line, so it is usually/often listed as the Saris BAT Rack.
    I have only had it a couple of days. Have played with the various configurations of the BAT wings for several bikes (every bike will have a different set up, so photos, drawings, or notes will be helpful). Have driven around town with the rack unloaded and loaded with two bikes. Test will be this weekend -- going camping/biking with Scouts at Jim Thorpe and will be hauling four bikes.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   Performance

    Similar Products Used:   Graber trunk rack -- can't remember the model name, have had it since 1993. Has been okay, but with the disadvantages of a trunk rack, and only holds three bikes, so now that my daugter is on a full-size (okay, a really small-framed full-size) bike, I needed a rack that could carry four.

    Bike Setup:   Diamondback Expert road bike (about 1993 or 94)
    Trek 830 mountain bike
    Bianchi Lynx mountain bike (son)
    Raleigh M20 mountain bike (daughter)
    I can't even remember the make of my wife's bike -- it's not well known and only one step up from a department store bike.

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