Saris Bike Beam Bike Rack

2/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $38.49

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Product Description

Use this for the hard to mount frames onto standard car racks. Ideal for lady, kids or full suspension bikes.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Keith a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2010

Strengths:    Sturdy construction. Variable length to fit a variety of bikes and frames.

Weaknesses:    No clear instructions on how to use the product

Bottom Line:   
After I took the beam out of its packaging, I was kind of surprised to see that there are no clear instructions on how to use it. All it says is "Clamp large clamp on stem, clamp small clamp on seat post, hang bike from beam" and that's it. It also doesn't come with any product info and/ or safety info. And this being a Saris product, I find it hard to accept.
I did not know how to get the clamps open cos the buttons that open them doesn't look like buttons at all. They look like rivets that holds the whole thing in place. Even the user guide on the box fails to mention anything about any button that opens the clamp. In the end I ended up having to log on to the internet and Google for online instructions and which, thankfully, came in the form of a video from BikeOutfitters. Thanks a lot Saris, for making me feel like a complete idiot that does not know how to use a simple bike beam. This product reminds me of the type which u pay good money for, but the engineer/ designer simply doesn't want you to use it w/o first encountering some difficulties. If I could rate it a half chili, I definitely would

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Favorite Trail:   T15

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Tomac Snyper140

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by qazokm a Cross Country Rider from Lincoln, RI, USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2009

Strengths:    Easier to use than Yakima and Thule frame adapters; feels sturdy.

Weaknesses:    Location of two screws can scratch bike's top tube; make sure the grips close securely when purchasing.

Bottom Line:   
This frame adapter is easier to use than the ones from Yakima and Thule. Those have small buttons to press in order to release the locking arms which care difficult to push down (relatively speaking). Also, the Yakima feels unstable when extended too much. The Saris felt secure and was easiest to use. However, there are two screws that protrude from the bottom of the adapter that can scratch the bikes top tube. I want the scratches on my bike to come from the trail, not the adapter.

Also, be sure that the grips close securely when you buy them. When I bought mine, there was another one in the store that would close, but you could open the grips without pushing the release button. After using mine a couple of times the grip that attaches to the seat post is already getting loose (it still remains closed, but you can pull it apart a little bit - could have developed into be a bigger problem down the road if I had kept it).

Finally, when using any one of these types of frame adapters make sure your seat post is securely clamped. If not, you could have a serious problem when transporting your bike. Using a bungee cord on the this side of the bike is a good idea for this reason.

I'm giving the Bike Beam 4 chilis for value since it's only $25 and is cheaper than the Yakima and Thule. I'm giving 3 chilis for overall rating because of the design problem with the screws and the weak grips (if I could give 3.5 stars I would since it's easier to use than the competition).

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Similar Products Used:   Yakima Top Tube & Thule 982 Frame Adapter

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro (stock with Time ATAC XS Carbon pedals).

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