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Finally getting a rack for my Matrix and have decided on a hatch mount rack. I’d like to know what you are using and what your likes and dislikes are about the model you are using.

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I got a Saris for my wife's car. I don't remember which model;it's 22* and windy & I'm not going out to the garage to look. IMO/IME there's no real downside. It's easy to put on & off the car, as well as easy to put the bikes on & off. It's also pretty kind to both the bikes & the car. I just don't particularly like to carry bikes outside the car, no matter what the rack. I'd feel most comfortable with them on the roof, but her car is a convertible.
 

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Sportworks...

Check out the sportworks stuff. You can get it ar REI. Same racks you see on the front of public busses. Works great and you can load a bike in 3 seconds. Nothing touches the car or the tubes of your bike.

Mike
 

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BlueMasi1 said:
Finally getting a rack for my Matrix and have decided on a hatch mount rack. I’d like to know what you are using and what your likes and dislikes are about the model you are using.

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If you can find them, the Sportflite is the thing. It's like a roof fork mount for the trunk. I have an older model from a precursor company (Enflite), and have used and loved it on many cars for the past 17 years.

http://www.draftmaster.com/sf.html

If you want a hich mount, the Draftmasters are pretty cool stuff too, though there I probably like the Sportworks stuff better, even though Thule owns it now.
 

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I have a matrix, so i'll chime in. I bought the cheapest 3 bike rack that Canadian tire had to offer. it was about 50 or 60 bucks. Straps to the back, last summer we put over 3500km on the car with a road bike and a mountain bike strapped to the back it held up fine.

My only complaint is that it caused the bikes to swing a bit which means my forks got a bit scratched up. now that I own a carbon fibre bike, i'm not nearly as anxious to use it..
 

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I have a Saris Bones. It's a little more expensive, but it works great.
 
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