Saris Glide EX 4 Bike Hitch Rack

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$599.99

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Imagine This:
You’re cruising down the road with your collection of bikes and make a pit stop to top off the tank. While at the gas station you want to grab a snack from the back cooler and let Rover out for a well…you know. You walk around to the back of your vehicle and realize that you need to unload all these bikes to get access to the hatch.

Sorry, Rover. You’re Out Of Luck.

An Easier Way
Now what if we told you there was a better way? An easier way. A hitch bike rack that lets you access the rear of the car in one step – both with bikes and without.

Born in our innovative labs in Madison, Wisconsin, the Glide EX does exactly this thanks to one-step glide action. Simply push the trigger to release the rack, and boom – hatch access. When you’re done, the same amount of (non) effort glides the hitch rack upright. Then you’re good to go, and Rover is too.

Featuring easy-to-load bike hold downs, best-in-class ratchet straps and integrated locks, you can speedily fasten your bikes to the Glide EX and know they’re secure as you head toward your next adventure.

And only the Glide EX 4-bike is available in three choice colors for maximum style: standard black, head-turning bronze and sapphire blue.

Features:
  • Convenient, one-step access to the back of the car - fully loaded with bikes or not.
  • Innovative four-bar linkage system controls the center of mass, creating a smooth, glide-action away from the vehicle.
  • Hanging hitch bike rack transports as many as 4 bikes, up to 35 lb. per bike.
  • Complete integrated security: locks the rack to the car and the bikes to the rack.
  • Style points: your choice of standard black, head-turning bronze and sapphire blue.

Specifications:
  • Hanging hitch style bike rack
  • Carries 4 bikes, up to 35 lb. each.
  • One-button glide action provides instant access to rear of vehicle, both with bikes loaded and without.
  • Innovative four-bar linkage system: centers bike mass for smooth, glide-action away from vehicle.
  • No assembly needed
  • Rack weight: 37 lb
  • Bike hold downs are easy to use and quick to load.
  • Best-in-class ratchet straps speedily fasten bike to the rack.
  • Integrated locking cable secures bikes to the rack.
  • Locking hitch pin secures rack to the car.
  • Available in three colors: black, bronze and sapphire blue.
  • Universal hitch: fits 1 ¼” and 2” hitches out of the box. For use with receiver hitches Class II or higher.
  • Built and tested to outlive the elements.

Customer Reviews

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Repeat Saris buyer
Great bike rack. Only rack I can tilt with bike still on it.
September 7, 2019
Originally posted at
I returned this rack after the in-garage test
Pros:
* The main feature of this rack is the ability to tilt the rack away from the trunk even when loaded with bikes. I only loaded one adult mountain bike and one children's bike but I was happy with the amount of effort required to tilt the rack away.
* Installing this rack was simple and easy.

Cons:
* The handle/latch mechanism for raising and lowering the arms sometimes took many attempts to get it to unlatch
* The trigger/latch mechanism for tilting the rack away didn't feel quite right either. Experimenting with pushing or pulling the rack while squeezing this trigger did help with this.
* I didn't like the ratchet straps. They had to be perfectly perpendicular to whatever they were strapping over. If not, they could not be pulled tight. Also, when tightening these, the excess strap runs right into the rack arms.
* Reinserting the lock cable was difficult.

Anyone willing to work around the Cons would probably enjoy this rack. But for what it costs, I'd rather have no workarounds or at least fewer.
July 27, 2019
Originally posted at
Needs Fixes to Justify Expense.
Although this rack does meet my requirements for bike capacity, hatch access and but in locking, it's got a few flaws that call I to question the price tag. The trigger function, while easy to use, has an annoying quirk where it gets stuck and makes a loud snapping noise to the point where you almost worry you're breaking the rack when your extending it away from your vehicle. It also seems to collect water in a collapsed position. when extended, rusty water pours out onto rack. Most recently, after only about 4 uses, the locking cable got stuck fully extended from the rack. without the ability to tuck it back into the housing, I've needed to just lock it extended so it's not flapping around while driving.

While I like the racks functionality, I do worry about its construction quality and longevity. Addressing these concerns in a next generation model would make this a great rack.
June 14, 2019
Originally posted at
A good rack with some minor quirks
The rack shows the ingenuity of Saris. It allows access to the hatch of the car for access to your items (or pets). The rack is solidly built but some of the plastic parts give me pause. The handle to release the rack for bike mounting does not inspire confidence. When the trigger is pressed so it can be released downward there is a piece of practice that gets caught and there is a collision of two pieces of plastic that over time I fear will break and expose the inside parts to the elements and premature failure. Hopefully, this does not happen.

When the rack is under load my experience for it to release smoothly is to depress the trigger in concert with a mild push forward so it can release and go forward. Otherwise the trigger will not fully depress. This should be in the manual. It is not always as seamless as it may seem. With these minor quirks I do recommend this rack and I hope that these minor quirks are addressed in future rack designs.
May 21, 2019
Originally posted at
not what I was hoping for
The "glide" feature was not why I selected this rack. I wanted a hanging rack with adequate room between the cradles, and the "made in U.S.A" was a bonus. I thought the 6.5" would do it, however ordinary hybrids and kids bikes are still cramped on this rack. I should've bought the new Thule Camber 4, and saved a couple of hundred bucks.
April 12, 2019
Originally posted at
Smooth, Solid, Easy!
Bought this for my 2012 Toyota Camry which only accepts a 1-1/4" hitch receiver making this one of the few 4-bike capable racks that worked with my car. I love the fact that it has wider spacing between each bike to actually fit bikes in each slot. I never understood why the spacing was so narrow on my old superbones 3-Bike rack which this replaced. It worked fine for one or two, but not three. I hope Saris increases the spacing on all its racks like this to further the capabilities of what the customer pays for and ultimately can actually use.
March 14, 2019
Originally posted at
This is the one. Worth every penny!
This is my first hitch bike rack. My requirements were that the bike rack would have a hitch lock, a bike lock, and most importantly, have the ability to be moved out of the way when loaded with bikes. That basically brought be down to the Thule and Yakima swing-away hitch racks. Check out the reviews on those and see if you are willing to gamble. Luckily I stumbled upon this offering from Saris. It was a brand new model and totally revolutionary. It took a while to ship as they caught up with production, but it was clearly worth the wait!

It is well built, secure, and couldn't be easier to use. A simple pull of the trigger and the bikes tilt out of the way. It looks like it would be heavy to push or pull when fully loaded but it truly is effortless. Loading up the bikes is easy as well. Your mileage may vary as we have two typical Trek hybrid bikes, but there was no need for a special mounting bar. The bikes are secured with the ratchet straps with minimal effort and do not sway at all while driving. You will forget that you have bikes in the back when driving.

I could go on and on, but it is a bike rack, and it does it's job with grace. Coupled with a lifetime warranty, I have zero regrets about this bike rack. I have no stake in this company and I made the decision to buy this with my own hard-earned money, but I do want to support and represent my hometown of Madison, WI where it was designed and manufactured. USA!
August 13, 2018
Originally posted at
Solving a long term problem! Cant wait to get have these!
Saris has been great at solving problems... I am a long time saris dealer and love their customer support.
May 18, 2018
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