Saris Solo

 
4.5 stars
 (37 Reviews)
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Description

Easy to mount and a cinch to store in the back of your car, Saris’ Solo is a low-profile rack for peace-of-mind convenience. Solo’s uni-body frame has no adjustable parts, which makes it a no-brainer to set up. With its soft, rubber, pivoting feet and four hold-down straps, the Solo safely and securely attaches to your car. Two strong buckles and an integrated anti-sway strap keep your bike in place. As an added bonus, the Solo is built with 100% recyclable, non-rusting materials.

Features & Info

Saris Bike Beam

Saris' Bike Beam (sold separately) lets you carry bicycles with non-traditional frames, like some full-suspension models, on your Bones rack.

Consumer Reviews

 
4.5 stars

(37 reviews)

89% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight  (9)
  • Easy to install  (8)
  • Easy to use  (8)
  • Stable  (7)
  • Durable  (6)

Cons

  • Unstable  (3)
  • Scratches car  (2)
  • Poor quality 

Best Uses

  • Road bikes  (6)
  • Small cars  (4)
  • Mountain bikes  (2)
  • Large cars 

 
5.0
Oct 18, 2017

Easy to go!

Pros:
Easy to Install, Lightweight, Easy to Use, Stable, Durable
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Best Uses:
Large Cars, Mountain Bikes
Excellent product tried a few before hand but this by far most simple and effective
by Lottie from Scotland

 
4.0
Oct 15, 2017

So far so good!

Pros:
Easy to Use, Lightweight, Durable, Easy to Install, Stable
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I've only used this once on about a 15 mile drive, so I cannot really judge yet, except that my bike, car and person arrived to the destination without a problem. Installation was easy and the contraption seems sturdy. I travel a lot and it seems that this is lightweight enough to pack in my suitcase and to use on a rental car when i go to a new destination with my bike. Pretty happy so far!
by SandBuddha from Hemet, CA

 
5.0
Oct 08, 2017

Love it

Pros:
Lightweight, Easy to Install, Easy to Use, Durable, Stable
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Easy to installland unload and load bi ke!
by Mel from Callao mo

 
2.0
Sep 17, 2017

not so sure

Pros:
Lightweight
Cons:
Weak Construction
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
Have only used it 4 times so far but fear ir will not hold up. Plastic straps seem hard to operate and I fear they may break
by Rogorma from Nashville TN

 
2.0
Aug 22, 2017

Not fallen off yet but it worries me

Pros:
Lightweight
Cons:
Unstable
Best Uses:
Road Bikes
I bought this to mix my commute between bike and car but every time (~6 trips) I have attached my road bike to the car via the Solo, it has never seemed very secure. I've tighten the straps but every journey I'm watching the bike in the rear view mirror inch slowly down the window. The feet don't seem very "tacky" which I feel would improve the grip somewhat. It was fairly cheap in comparison to other racks but I think for peace of mind I'd be tempted to look at something more sturdy
by DWamble from Cambridge UK

 
5.0
Jun 30, 2017

Love this product !

Pros:
Stable, Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Lightweight, Durable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Road Bikes, Small Cars
I have a Toyota Scion IQ. This product is terrific! It converts my economy car into a utility vehicle! I can take my bike anywhere.
by where in the world is KitKat from Waukesha, WI

 
5.0
Jun 30, 2017

Love this product !

Pros:
Easy to Install, Durable, Easy to Use, Stable, Lightweight
Cons:
Best Uses:
Small Cars, Road Bikes
I have a Toyota Scion IQ. This product is terrific! It converts my economy car into a utility vehicle! I can take my bike anywhere.
by where in the world is KitKat from Waukesha, WI

 
4.0
Mar 07, 2017

Easiest installation ever!

Pros:
Easy to Use, Easy to Install
Cons:
Unstable, Scratches Car
Best Uses:
Small Cars, Mountain Bikes
I bought this rack for a Mini Cooper and like it was a small car and I'll be only transporting my enduro bike (it weights 34lb) I get this single bike rack. The installation process is dead easy, I've use Thule and other Saris products and non could match the Solo easy installation. It holds the bike pretty well but you've to be aware the pedals don't have direct contact with your hatch, otherwise you'll have some serious scratches. So far so good, no problems with the bike rack. I only have to complains with it: 1. Like my bike it's heavy, it rattles a lot and if you don't tight it up, you'll go really scare and 2. The bottom supports (the ones that goes in the metal and not the glass) hasn't scratched the paint but you can totally tell they were there I recommend it anyway if you're a solo rider and if you've a light bike and small car
by Felipe Welsh from Santiago, Chile

 
2.0
Nov 13, 2015

Great rack, but one small problem...

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I bought this rack for my 2005 Scion xB. Wanting to center the rack on the hatch, I mounted it so that the two upper contacts were on the rear window and the two lower contacts were between the rear wiper and the license plate. To what I attribute to the effect of having no side straps to prevent lateral movement, the lower contacts have created marks on the paint that I going to try and buff out. I was hesitant to mount the racks will all four contact on the rear glass, but I don't want any further damage to the paint. I use the rack for my carbon fiber road bike so I don think the weight should be an issue. My main hesitation is that the rack does bounce a bit on uneven roads and potholes that I try my best to avoid, but not all are avoidable, and I don't want to risk breaking the rear window. For that reason, I give the Solo 2 stars.
by jdizzle from parts unknown

 
4.0
Nov 05, 2015

A solid reliable solution to adifficult challenge

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All of my bike carrying chores to date have been solved by a Saris bike rack that mounts to a frame mounted receiver. However, my new car, electric, does not accept a receiver mount because of the battery. The Solo solves the problem. It is easy -- well straight forward -- to install and holds a single road bike rock solid.
by LesD from Undisclosed

 
4.0
Oct 09, 2015

Not bad!

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I haven't had the chance to use it for a real road trip yet but the first thing I did when it came in was to install it on my car, load my bike on it and take a little spin. I chose some of our rougher roads to travel and the bike seemed very secure. It takes a little effort to fit to my Rendevous but once on it hangs tight and keeps the bike away from the car far enough to save my paint.
by Prairielander from Kansas, USA

 
5.0
Sep 18, 2015

Perfect for Me

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I was extremely worried that my bike was going to hit my car (I have a 2014 Jetta sedan and didn't see to purchase the buffer pads until after the fact). The pedal hits the license plate (no problem for me), and the tire touch point is the brake light, so no bike to car paint contact -- phew! Super light and small -- easy for me to stow in the trunk when not in use. For the price, highly recommended. Definitely tie knots close to the strap buckles to prevent slack.
by 4ahouston from Boston, MA, USA

 
4.0
Aug 27, 2015

Very Happy With It

Pros:
Stable
Cons:
Best Uses:
Bought this to drag my daughter's bike back to college. An 1100 mile trip and the bike was remarkably stable as was the rack. I did remove the left pedal because it would have scratched the car (I could have put an old sock on it instead), but the mounts are stable and the extra frame strap made the bike even more stable. The rack did NOT damage the paint. It is small enough to remove and throw into the trunk of her Mazda 3 sedan with lots of room to spare.
by John from Oakton, VA

 
1.0
May 30, 2015

Poor Design

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The plastic frame flexes when you go round corners and roundabouts which makes the feet slip, it's a total nightmare. Also the rubber feet don't look like they'll scratch you paintwork but somehow they do! I regret ever fitting this to my car (Mini Cooper)
by girafferich from UK

 
4.0
May 17, 2015

Light weight accessory

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I bought this for my wife (X-mas) and she was hesitant about it on her Rogue. The straps do fit over the rear wind draft spoiler and it is light weight not to put undo stress on it. She had trouble the first few times loading it up, but it is an easy to learn system. Perhaps velcro strapping instead of plastic, we'll see how the wear-and-tear hold up over the season
by Jake2 from Cortland County, NY, USA

 
4.0
Mar 16, 2015

Good Rack

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Good light weight rack I bought for my wife. She likes it.
by Stevenh from NH, USA

 
5.0
Mar 16, 2015

Versatile,convenient. and easy to use

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I am a working mom on the go whose SUV needs to be ready for kids, clients, or every so often - some me time in the form of a bike ride - all at a moments notice. The Solo fits perfectly in the back of my SUV, or on the back of my SUV - as needed and also at a moments notice. It's compact and stows neatly yet in a few moments can be mounted perfectly with the adjustable straps on the back of my car quickly and easily, with pedals safely away from my car.
by boyntonbee from Delray Beach, FL, USA

 
4.0
Mar 16, 2015

Easy to use

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Best Uses:
Drove across the country with this. Only wish the bottom of the bike could have been easily secured so it wasn't bouncing against my bumper the whole way. A little irritating to try to use the trunk with it attached. For a removable trunk rack, this is all to be expected and this rack worked very well.
by joneriffic from California, USA

 
5.0
Mar 16, 2015

Sturdy

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Just traveled from PA to Florida and back with two bikes. Rack never came loose and kept bikes in great condition
by Pantherfan from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

 
5.0
Dec 17, 2014

Great but the instructions are missing a key thing

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Best Uses:
At first I was ready to chuck this rack in the trash because on longer trips my bike started slowly slipping lower and lower. I nearly had a panic attack imaging my bike scattered all over the freeway. Even though my bike is well under 35lbs, the metal buckles weren't holding the straps tightly enough to keep them from slipping. But I called Saris support and they gave me great advice: Tie a knot in the two upper straps directly below the buckle and they won't slip. The knot is too fat to pass through the buckle so it'll keep everything in place. Apparently this advice is in the manual for other Solo racks, but not this one. Maybe they wanted to keep the little instruction card dead simple, but this tidbit made all the difference for me. Now I love the rack and feel totally confident using it.
by alphazulu from Santa Monica, CA, USA