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The day I've been dreaming about has arrived. My 2 boys wanted to go mountain biking with me. It's the perfect excuse to drag the wife and a random extended family member out to a trail. It was just a practice run. Shifting, climbing and descending a single hill with a few scrapes and falls along the way.

Here's the Bolt in full MTB dress: Saris Thelma 3 hitch rack on a Drawtite hitch and two Inno INA 388 roof racks on Cadillac crossbars.

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Amazing!

What kind of efficiency do you get compared to no racks (mi/kWh)? Just two bikes on a Saris Bones hatch rack will drop my average by 1mi/kWh (3.8 to 2.9) particularly at highway speeds of 65-70.

There was an earlier thread: Bike rack and Mi/kWh impact with good discussion but few data points.

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I've only had the one trip, but I can tell it's not very efficient. After the trip, I took the hitch rack off but left the roof racks on and have been driving to and from work all week. So far, it's showing 3.0mi/kWh on the App since the last full charge.

In addition without the roof racks, the GOM showed a 189 mile range at 80% charge (hill top assist on). With the two bike racks on the roof, I'm getting 160 miles on the GOM. That's a 15% loss in range.
 

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Amazing!

What kind of efficiency do you get compared to no racks (mi/kWh)? Just two bikes on a Saris Bones hatch rack will drop my average by 1mi/kWh (3.8 to 2.9) particularly at highway speeds of 65-70.

There was an earlier thread: Bike rack and Mi/kWh impact with good discussion but few data points.

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Hi! So the Saris Bones EX 3 will fit a 2017 Chevy Bolt? I can't see why it wouldn't work, but the Saris website seems to indicate that this rack does not work with our car. Any tips on fit?
 

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Any updates on the Saris Bones EX3? Does it work with the 2017 Bolt? Curious to know!
Sorry for the delay,

I am using a discontinued model, the Saris RS 3 with clips, rather than straps, the fit the bottom of the Bolt 2017 trunk lid. The upper steel straps of the RS 3 clip neatly to the hatch and tighten easily with the ratchets. Please see: https://www.saris.com/uploads/PDF/Manuals/16809-Bones-RS.pdf

From the manuals, the EX3 may work even though it has more straps than a square rigger. https://www.saris.com/uploads/PDF/Manuals/Bones_EX_3-Bike_Manual.pdf

Recall, the RS 3 was not approved for the Bolt either. I had one from an Audi A3 and was able to make it work. You may have the same luck.

Good luck.
 
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