Saris Sentinel 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack (Sports)
Online Cycling Store Your no 1 Customer Review Site – Got a more family oriented mode of transportation? Then the Sentinel three-bike trunk rack from Saris is for you. Designed to carry bicycles on vehicles with atypical body styles such as hatchbacks, sedans and passenger vans.
It can be mounted over most spoilers or lighting arrays, and carries up to three bikes. Made with adjustable arms that can be mounted securely in multiple positions, and they can also fold flat for storage. The hold-downs secure each bike independently and keep them crashing into one another or wobbling while in transit. The hooks that secure the rack to the trunk seam are neoprene coated so they won’t scratch your car’s finish, and the bottom bar brace has a vinyl covered foam pad to separate the rack from your trunk lid. No assembly is required.
Some Reviews by Customers:
Great value – This rack works great! I was not ready to invest in a hitch for my car and tried a few different trunk racks before getting this one. The six straps really help to keep the rack secure…make sure you tighten them before AND after you load the bikes. There is plenty of room for three bikes with the adjustable length arms and the individual straps to secure the bikes are much more secure than I thought they would be after my first glance. I did not feel the need to use bungee cords in addition to the straps…but might for longer car trips. This rack also fits very well over my spoiler. Great value for a trunk rack!
Nothing fancy – just well built and does its job well – I’d been looking for a bike rack for my old focus hatch for a while. The options generally seemed to be cheap $30 tat, or a limited selection of branded products. The latter option wasn’t clear cut though, as some required tow bars, and others just simple didn’t fit on my specific car.
The most popular option seemed to be the Saris Bones. Quite expensive, but looked well built and fairly small when not in use. However, I couldn’t quite confirm it would fit correctly on my car.
Then I found a local shop were selling the sentinel off cheap. The 3 bike was about $10 more than the 2 bike option, so despite it never likely to carry 3 bikes, I went for that option. I now use the 3rd bike hooks to hold a id plate in place.
The Sentinel isn’t as pretty as the bones, but come on – its a bike rack! Its very well built and feels very strong, and it costs less than the bones as well.
Fits well, folds down small and comes with protective foam pads, something you’d need to buy separately if you go for the dirt cheap options.