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Awesome rack ... but wrong info.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First things first ... the rack does NOT include the integrated cable lock as described here! That is a NV Core locking kit which can be purchased separately for $39 ($35 on some sites) ... however BC doesn't have it. I was a bit disapointed to find that out when I ordered it since I was counting on having that. All that was offered was the option to return the rack. Would have been nice to get a slight discount to cover part of the NV Core locking kit which I've now purchased separately on a diff site.

Now onto the rack itself. I've owned several hitch type racks, most recently the Thule T2 which was my fave upto now. The Kuat is hands down the best rack I've used. The quick release cam for tilting the rack up/down and out of the way for the hitch to open is amazing. Much better and easier to use then the T2 which requires a pin be removed if you want access to your trunk with bikes on (it does have a quick release latch to flipping it up/down without bikes though).

The weight diff (~20lbs) is significant, esp on a type 1 hitch like mine. The weight and it's distribution also seems to make moving the rack up/down much simpler and smoother.

When folded up the rack comes right up against the car about 1" away in my case (Golf TDi) which is perfect. With the T2 I had to cut a bit of the front wheel tray to get it to fit.

The price diff between this and the Thule T2 with locks etc is about $40 ... and it's more than worth it in my opinion! Other than the order screw-up this is a fantastic rack! All the tools come included (and even with a beer bottle opener).

Note: listing has been change to reflect the fact that the cable lock was not included.

Awesome rack ... but wrong info.
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Hey Bogdan, were you able to use a lock to secure the rack to the hitch? It says there's an anti-wobble pin used on the NV Core, but would the "Kuat Bike Rack Hitch Lock" negate the use of the anti-wobble pin?

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Hey Ken, sorry didn't see this reply ... there is a kit you can get. The rack comes with a bolt that threads in to keep it from wobbling, similar to the Thule T2 ... I ended up getting the correct locking kit from backcountry in the end so it worked out. It locks it on and there's very little wobble.

I also purchased the locking kit for the bikes which quite frankly is not worth it. With bigger bikes like 6" AM bikes or 8" DH bikes the cable is not long enough to thread thru both bikes ... kind of a bummer, but I just use a Ulock and cables to secure it.

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Hey Bogdan,

I have 2 questions for you: 1. What kit do you get from backcountry for locking the rack to the hitch? 2. I have a 29er mtbike, do you think locking cable will be long enough?


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Hey Patrick,

The locking kit I actually purchased straight from Kuat as backcountry didn't have it. You need the "Kuat Core Locking Kit" ... if you google it the first link is another retailer. Not sure if it would be cool to link it here.

It's a threaded bolt with a lock on the end and the cable locks that are inserted in the rack frame.

I'm not sure if the think will work for a 29er ... I have a 26" with big tires and its a 6" bike so the BB is a little higher off the ground . As a result it didn't really work for me. I just use a U-lock and a cable to lock it right to the rack itself which works great. I think for one bike the kyat lock will probably work, for me it does, but with two bikes it's not even close.

Think those run about $40 for the hitch and cable lock system ... so it's not too bad, but I'd say you have a 80% chance the locking cables will work for one bike.