The Saris MTR hitch rack is coming soon and aims to address the bulk of the bugaboos of all previous bike hitch racks. Foremost is the Saris MTR hitch rack’s clever tray design (the MTR stands for modular tray rack). In place of one long unit are separate left and right trays that can be rotated 90 degrees to lie nested and parallel to the hitch beam.
This gets the trays out of the way for loading and unloading multiple bikes, and provides easy access to tailgates and hatchbacks. The Saris MTR hitch rack’s nested arrangement also forms a much lower rack profile for avoiding accidental contact from following vehicles or in a parking lot. Finally, it makes removing, carrying and storing the rack much easier, especially with a thoughtfully provided built-in carry handle.
With the Saris MTR hitch rack, bike wheels are secured by wrap-around internally ratcheting arms that can accommodate every tire width from fat and e-bike to road. Arm clamps can be adjusted from 29er down to 20-inch wheels, while the trays are long enough for up to 52-inch wheelbases.
The Saris MTR hitch rack’s single-bike base unit comes in 1¼” and will include an adapter for 2” hitches, while the two-bike base is 2-inch only. Both bases will take one or two bike add-on. The bases, as well as the single bike add-on are capable of carrying bikes up to 60 pounds. The two bike add-on will be limited to two, 35 pound bikes.
Securing the beam to the hitch receiver is tool-free. The hitch pin of the Saris MTR hitch rack has a collapsible knob needing only hand force to screw it in and at the same time engage the internal expander enough to keep the beam tight in the receiver. For anti-theft, the Saris MTR has a hitch lock with the same core as separate locking cables for each tray — one key for all.
And there is no protruding knob or mechanism to get whacked in case of a low-clearance vehicle hitting a water bar or driveway curb. A convenient pedal switch activates three rack positions — upright, flat and tilted down.
Nearly all of the Saris MTR hitch rack will be user-serviceable, with the possible exception of the ratchet pawls. The single rack has a claimed weight of around 40 pounds, with the dual is at 60 pounds, and four-by at a little over 100 pounds. It will come to consumers completely assembled.
Machining, fit and finish are all top notch. The prototype Saris MTR hitch rack shown to Mtbr featured a polished gunmetal that was said to be close to the final color.
Release date and pricing have not been announced. And while it won’t come cheap, the Saris MTR hitch rack appears set to be a true game-changer.
For more info, keep an eye on www.saris.com.