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Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack

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    26 Reviews

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    On and off is a breeze.

    If your bike rack doesn’t stay on your car 24/7, it’s nice to have a lightweight rack light the Kuat Sherpa to make the transition a little easier. At a feathery 29 pounds, the Sherpa includes very nearly all the features you’d expect from much heavier racks. If you don’t ride a DH or freeride bike, the Sherpa’s 44.5-inch wheelbase and 80lb weight capacity won’t be a problem, and it’ll even handle 20-inch BMX bikes with ease.

    • Fits 1.25 and 2-inch receivers
    • 13 inches of space between bikes
    • Aluminum chassis
    • Wheel ratchets and support arm for sway-free transport
    • Hitch lock and integrated cable lock
    • Weighs only 29 pounds
    • Item #KUA0005

    Tech Specs

    Bike Capacity
    2
    Compatibility
    (one size fits both) 2-inch receivers, 1.25-inch receivers
    Locks Included
    yes
    Part Number
    S101, S102, S103
    Recommended Use
    travel
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    What makes this a 5-star review (for me) is because of the hitch tightener that allows a snug fit of the rack and the hitch. The Kuat Sherpa is a solid carrier. Really easy to use. Assembly instructions were easy to follow and I was done in 20min. The only thing that Kuat can improve on is to put reflectors on the rack for added road safety. Not a big deal, but I like to add a little something to product improvement.

    Impressed!

      After reading many reviews I decided to jump on this rack at an awesome price from CC. I really don't understand the negative reviews about the loose fit in the 2" receivers. If you tighten the T handle and wiggle the rack while you are doing it the fit is solid as a rock. I think the adapter could center the locking pin in the hole better and if the hole were the proper size or the pin were larger it would eliminate some of the initial loose feel, but once you tighten the T handle it draws it up. cant wait to get a bike in it and go out and show off the rack. Also the customer service here at CC is awesome.

      Kuat bike rack

        This is my 3rd rack I have purchased over the past 4 years. Not because i wanted to but because i changed cars. I started with the tule rack and it was very robust/heavy but did a great job. It was a 2in. mount. my next car could not carry a 2in. hitch so had to go with the small on. I chose the Yakama and was not happy with it. It just didn't ever seem like the bikes were secure. Nothing ever happened to my bike but there always seem like there was some play somewhere. The Kuat feels much more secure, and hope it will be around fora long time. It also weighs half of the other to models. That is very nice.

        Great Rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This rack is awesome. Looks good, easy to load and unload your bikes, keeps your bikes super safe, and is easy to set up and install. I haven't had mine very long, but have several riding buddies who have had their Kuats for years so I am not worried about longevity.

        I also have buddies with the Yakima and Thule options... I wouldn't say any of them are the end-all hitch rack they all work great, so I would recommend picking out the one you think looks best with your vehicle. I don't generally advise picking things based on looks... but I honestly feel that all of the high end tray style hitch racks are that comparable as far as performance goes. I've owned the Yakima hold up as well, and I have used the thule version on many trips with a friend.

        Everything I hoped It Would Be

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I've been coveting a Kuat platform bike rack for a while, but I have an annoying Subaru OEM hitch. If you have one, you know what I am talking about. The hitch pin hole is only. .5 inches from the hitch opening. Most racks won't work with it. Alas, some friends have the Kuat and it works on their Subaru OEM hitches and the guys at Kuat said the Sherpa would work. And, it seems to. Ordered it last week. Came really fast and was not hard to put together. Watch the Kuat video rather along with the printed instructions. Only problem is the stupid little Phillips head screws holding the front plastic wheel that seem to melt when any force is applied. Carried two bikes today. So easy to mount the bikes. Seemed stable and is pretty light for a platform rack. It's a bit annoying that Backcountry said they had one is stock for $409. Four days later they have one in stock for $381! That's not good business practice. $409 is still a good price (for a model that has been updated.) Otherwise the rack is great. Hitch pin lock is a bit weird and the integrated cable lock is not exactly what other mfg call an integrated cable lock. (It's a plain cable that you have to attach to the hitch pin lock and loop around your bikes.) Otherwise, I am thrilled with the rack. I can actually lift it--it's fancy sister, the NV weighs almost twice as much. Ugh.

        Awesome but get the gray/orange one

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This rack is sturdy and rugged. The built in cable lock is nice but a little short. The chrome finish is cracking and peeling but the rack is functionally fine and still works great. If your bikes matter to you get this rack.

        Awesome but get the gray/orange one

        Love this rack!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is the first hitch bike rack I have owned (that leaves the bike complete) and I love it! Super light for me to take on and off as need be and really simple to use. Assembling the rack was also really easy. Took me about 20 minutes. I transport my mtn and road bike with this rack and have zero problems so far. Anywhere from city driving to highway (4 hr Interstate drive, max speed 80 mph), the rack is secure and so are the bikes. I have no tested the rack while driving off road, but I would imagine that as long as you aren't driving like you are in a rally race, the rack and your bikes should be just fine. Definitely expensive, I have no doubt it will last for years though.

        Not impressed...Poor quality!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        It looks cool when you see it on other cars...it is more expensive than the comparable competition. So it must be better...right?....Wrong.... Alas after getting it out of the box and installing it I quickly realized this is just another piece of metal and plastic Chinese junk. Lots of plastic parts where there should be metal, the swing arms don't lock down, The cradles that hold the tires are held on with a self tapping screw into a plastic hole, drilled holes not aligned, low quality connectors...I had to file the hole where the pin fits in as the aluminum piece they installed was not mitered correctly....You get the picture. I have owned Yakima and Thule and I think they are simply better quality products. But now I own it and am stuck with it....I would be very surprised if this lasts the year.

        Not impressed...Poor quality!

        Great rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love the lightweight rack. I was tired of nearly throwing my back out every time I loaded my Yakima Holdup and Thule T2 racks on and off my car. This is a great rack.

        I wish it had integrated locks like the T2 and the Yakima. Instead, it comes with a generic cable that you can make work, but it's not as sleek as the other designs.

        Is Kuat better built than Thule and Yakima? I'm not sure. A lot of people love their Kuats, and I love mine. I'd say the build quality is 10% better than Thule and Yakima.

        This rack made my lady love me

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I love this 2-bike rack; So much that I bought one for my girlfriend. She went from taking the wheel off her bike, concerned about scratching her new car with trunk racks and other weirdness, this was the best possible option for tray style racks, without getting over $500. She has a new Toyota Rav4 in this amazing orange color, so I opted to get her the orange & gun metal gray version. The colors match really well. You can't beat the secure feel of the wedge system on the Kuat racks, yes, the Sherpa has it. Basically, it prevents the rack from wobbling at all and moves 100% with the car. The absolutely best part of this is that it takes her 3 seconds to have her dirty bike ready to transport on the Sherpa. Now she can carry both her trail bike and her road bike safely on this rack. Mostly though, we travel with both our trail bikes. We're very pleased with it. I would add, the cable that comes with this rack does need a lock to secure your bikes. The rack comes with a handy locking pin for your receiver hitch. Stoked.

        Best Rack I have owned!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I can put the bike on the rack as-is, dirty, wet, etc. No more putting it into the car. It is not on the roof - so I am not driving into the garage with a bike on the top. It is easy to put on the car, and easy to take off.
        The rack does obscure the license plate but, I do not leave it on the car when I am not using it.
        I am very happy with this product, it is solid, and so far, I have no complaints.

        Killer Rack

          I've used other style of racks in the past but wanted to get something that was easy to use, light and didn't touch my frame. This is the best rack ever!!! It's so light I can take it on and off my car no prob, no need to keep it on the car because in 1 min it's off and stowed away or thrown on my other vehicle. I was torn between the NV and the Thule T2 but so glad I went the route of the Sherpa. I personally wouldn't trust the locking devices of any racks so that wasn't even a deciding factor, but the functionality of this thing is amazing. It's solid, light and looks fantastic. I took it on a long road trip hauling 2 bikes and I couldn't even tell they were back there. I never worried about the bikes rubbing and they were held in place like glue. I would totally recommend this to anybody. I had a friend get the T2 and I picked it up, it was so heavy and all that weight would make it hard to swap between two cars. I love it when I'm so stoked about a purchase.

          Worth the price!

          • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

          This rack looks awesome, was easy to assemble, and is rock solid. I initially had concerns that since it is lighter than some other platform racks that it wouldn't be as durable, and the 1.25" hitch for my 2" receiver left me a bit skeptical. After receiving the rack these were no longer concerns of mine whatsoever. So if you're worried that this rack is inferior to the NV, don't fret.

          This rack is absolutely worth the extra money over the Saris, Thule, and Yakima options.

          Spendy but worth it!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          When our old thule racks no longer worked with our new Subaru (with integrated roof racks) - we decided to switch to a hitch mount rack - this also helped with the fact that my short stature precluded me from loading bikes on my own. We have been very happy with the transition to hitch mount rack and more specifically the Kuat Sherpa - this rack is so easy to use - no more taking off wheels and having to make room for a dirty tire in your trunk. If you have a mountain bike with a thru axle (like my husband) this rack is also ideal because you don't have to deal with needing an adapter for a fork mount roof rack (which is what we had before).

          And, no more having to wait for someone taller to help load my bike.

          Also, Gun Metal Grey looks sweet with the orange accents!

          Couple of things to keep in mind - First, if you have somewhat recessed hitch it is not ideal because you can't insert the hitch fully.

          Second, if you park in a garage keep in mind that you will need about a foot of additional length to fit the car with the rack on (when folded)

          Serviceable, but not the best out there

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Pros:

          The tray rack is a big step up from older bike rack options. In it's price point, I'd say it's middle of the pack.

          It makes loading/unloading bikes super convenient.

          It matches my orange element.



          Cons:

          The plastic along the arm that rests on the front tire has gotten chewed up already (in one season of use). It's broken off and looks mangled. How there could be so much impact on that piece while the bikes are loaded, I have no idea.

          I have to tighten down the bolts on the joints regularly, otherwise things get very bouncy when I'm driving on uneven surfaces. This is a pain the ass to do on the reg.

          The lock is a joke. If you are going to leave your bike on a rack unattended, spring for one of the racks that has the arms lock in place.



          Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. If I wanted to spend more money I'd have gotten a better rack, but this is good enough for my budget.

          Serviceable, but not the best out there

          Great Rack!

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've owned 2 Kuat Sherpa 2 racks and both were absolutely perfect! The first rack was literally ripped off the back of my car in a car accident and a buddy of mine was able to repair and use it on his car. I purchased a new one over a year ago and is top notch like the first. The rack doesn't wobble and securely carries 2 bikes with confidence.

          Great Rack!

          Just buy a Thule T2.

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          Bought this on a friends recommendation because I needed a 1 1/4" rack for my new urban whip. I already had a 2" Thule T2 for my truck but I didn't want to mess with an adapter. Wish I had just bought a second T2 in 1 1/4".



          The Sherpa has been nothing but trouble from the start. Had to redrill on of the bolt holes to put it together since one of the holes did not line up. Once I got it on the problems continued. The threads in the tongue stripped out on my first road trip with it. The Kuat design is far inferior to the Thule. Kuat replaced my tongue under warranty and I added a bolt to the inside of the tongue so that it doesn't strip out again. I've had my T2 for four years without problem.



          Even when the tongue bolt is cranked tight it wobbles horribly compared to my T2. I realize that this is partially because of the smaller receiver size but I doubt a 1 1/4" T2 would be this bad. Every time I hit a dip in the road or corner hard I can hear it creaking inside my whip. Every time this happens I look in the rearview to make sure it's still there and think to myself "I wish I had just bought the Thule.".

          I was also excited about the lighter weight of this rack. I bought the Sherpa for a Honda Fit which obviously have very little carrying capacity. In reality I don't think the extra 25ish lbs of the the rack makes much difference. I still wish I bought another Thule T2.



          I also bought the integrated cable lock kit for my Sherpa. The cables are supposed to be able to be slid into the rack when not in use. It usually takes me about 15 minutes per side of pushing, pulling and twisting the cable to get it fully inside. Again poor tolerances in my opinion. I've resorted to just locking the two halves together so they don't drag on the ground rather than try to get them full inside the rack. Never had this problem with similar cable locks found on any of the Thule racks I've owned.

          Loaded up and ready to go ride!

            Picture with 2 road bikes loaded on a Volvo wagon, super easy to load. Plenty of room between bikes and the tilt function works great for opening rear hatch without removing bikes.

            Loaded up and ready to go ride!
            Unanswered Question

            the sherpa claims to only work on bikes with a wheel base up to 44.5". most newer trail bikes are over this. will this not work with a Hightower or Stumpy?

            Do you have plans to offer the pearl version of the Sherpa?

            How would this rack accommodate a road...

            How would this rack accommodate a road bike? Seems pretty geared for mountain bikes.

            do you ship to Toronto, canada

            do you ship to Toronto, canada

            Hey Jeff, thanks for your question. Yes, we do ship to Canada and this brand doesn't have any shipping restrictions. Here is how you can calculate your shipping costs; First, add the item or items to your cart. Then proceed to checkout (don?t worry?proceeding to checkout doesn?t make you obligated to purchase anything). Enter your address in the billing and shipping fields. Once you change the country, the page will show you the shipping charges. Hope this helps!

            Unanswered Question

            hi, I am interested hitch rack Kuat...

            hi, I am interested hitch rack Kuat Sherpa/NV,.. Can you arrange for shipment to our country Indonesia Bali,.. How much for shipping cost,.. many thanks

            Regards

            Fidi

            contact email : fidiyono_bali@yahoo.com

            Do you know if this rack with work with a...

            Do you know if this rack with work with a 2008 Toyota Rav4 (i.e. is there enough clearance to open the back door once it's installed)?

            Clearance should not be a problem with any of Kuat's hitch racks once installed. I have attached the "fit guide" that answers those questions with actual dimensions. Let me know if you have any other questions, GREAT RACK! http://kuatracks.com/workspace/media/uploads/fit-guides/downloads/sherpa-fit-guide.pdf