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If it Kuats like a duck…

We won't say that Kuat makes the best bike racks out there, but we see them on plenty of cars, and think that popularity probably speaks for itself. Take the Kuat Trio Fork Mount Roof System. Most fork-mounted racks only really work with quick-release axles—although a dedicated rider can fandangle a thru-axle workaround—but the Trio has a special design that holds quick-releases and thru-axles with equal ease and security. It's also compatible 9mm, 15mm, and 20mm axles, so it'll hold just about any bike in your fleet. You can even get a separate accessory that lets you mount up your fat bike. There's an integrated cable lock, too, which locks the frame and rear wheel to the rack so you can grab a gas station coffee without worrying about your ride getting lifted.

  • Compatible with 9mm, 15mm, and 20mm axles
  • Compatible with any frame design
  • Works with quick-release and thru-axles
  • Integrated cable lock system

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Unanswered Question

Would this roof rack interfere with the hatch door on a Subaru Crosstrek? I'm using the Thule Aeroblades and moved it as far forward as possible. Thanks

Will this work with Thule crossbars

Will this work with Thule crossbars

Best Answer

According to Kuat it will fit cross bars that are "Max crossbar size-3.5? wide by 1.7? thick". I just measured my square bars and this should work on that just fine, I would be very skeptical of the Aero Bars though.

Yes, it works on Thule crossbars, and Yakima too, I think. I have a Saab rack on my Saab, which uses the same size crossbars as Thule, and it's no problem.

One thing to note about this rack, is that the front mounting point is not adjustable, so the rear of the rack may or may not clear on open tailgate from a hatchback. For me ( '99 Saab 9-3), it just clears, so no problem. For some other cars it might not work at all.

BTW, at $200, the rack is quite overpriced, considering the refinement of construction and materials. It works fine, but has some bugs, which a supposedly high end manufacturer like Kuat should have figured out.

The 3 different fork mount options are nice though, which is the main reason I picked this rack. I would not pay more than $100 for it, however.

One of the main irritations is that without a bike loaded, there is a fluttering/vibration noise from the rear wheel mount or the recessed cable lock that happens while driving. I have jammed a piece of wood in to stop this, but should not have to on a rack of this price.

I also had to call Kuat for a second rear mount kit for the rear bar, as the one included withe the rack was made of unusable cheap crap. The replacement one they sent me was fine.

In all, the rack works fine, and holds the bike securely, but again, the lack of refinement leads me to think that Kuat rushed this to production. Hopefully future editions will be better, as the overall design is good, and has a high degree of functionality.


Even Phat Bike Compatible!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The newest offering from Kuat is lightweight, looks awesome, fits quick release and thru axel out of the box and even has a Phat Fork compatible accessory option! The Integrated Cable Lock on the back and custom bolts on the front add nice security features!