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A locking, lightweight rack for hauling around two trail-slaying machines.

The best singletrack you've ever seen is a day's drive away, and with the Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Rack, you can get there without filling your tiny trunk and back seat with a impenetrable pretzel of bike parts. Best suited for mountain bikes, this rack easily secures two bikes weighing up to 40 pounds each and is compatible with two-inch and 1.25-inch receivers (hitches) thanks to the one-sized-fits-all attachment.

  • Not suited for DH or freeride bikes, but fits almost all other bikes with 20-29in wheels and up to a 44.5-inch wheelbase
  • Provides an ample 13 inches of space between bikes to eliminate paint-trading during the drive
  • Heat-treated aluminum chassis withstands road abuse, folds up for storage, and tilts downward for access to your vehicle's trunk
  • The front and rear tire ratchets use an easy hand-tight cam system and frame supports to eliminate movement during the last bumpy mile to the trailhead
  • Hitch lock and an integrated cable lock keep your prized machines from getting stolen in random truck-stop parking lots
  • Weighs only 27 pounds for easy installation and storage


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4 5

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)

3 5

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
5 5

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!
2 5

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.".

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The Thule T2 is a monstrous 56lbs. Probably not an issue for those with SUVs and 2" hitches, but for guys like me with a Subaru wagon, light weight is key. The Sherpa is less than half the weight.

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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.

5 5

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!
5 5

Great rack - fit issues with some cars

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bike rack for people who are looking to carry two bikes using a hitch. I had an older bike rack from a relative but my MTB had fallen off of it once already, and I bought the Kuat as a replacement after doing some research. I usually carry my road bike or my 26" MTB on it - haven't tried a 650B or 29" bike but I do not foresee any problems making them fit on the rack. The loading process is quite easy, and the bikes are securely held using no frame contact at all.

The rack is quite light due to the aluminium construction, but sturdy at the same time. The adjustable anti-sway cam system in the hitch mount is great, and reduces the swaying that bike racks are subjected to - but does not completely remove it. However, I'm quite confident in the stability of the rack for long-distance driving or on rough roads. I have to drive on a few kilometers of rough fire roads before I can get to the local biking area, and the rack has not caused me to worry about my bike falling off the back - unlike my old rack!

Issues with the rack - the rack could not tilt for storage properly on my Subaru Forester (2010) due to the hitch receiver being recessed underneath the rear bumper. I see this as an issue that could occur on vehicles with a "hidden hitch" design, such as smaller sedans or SUVs. What happened was that the closer front wheel carrier would bump into the bumper, preventing the rack from folding properly. 30 seconds with a sawzall solved the issue - I trimmed the plastic front wheel tray 2 inches to allow for clearance, and now the rack works properly. The QR for the folding/tilting mechanism does squeak quite badly, but I think this will be resolved with time/a bit of lubrication. The locking system is a bit less desirable than the NV's built-in lock, but the included cable lock is at least thicker gauge. The lack of ability to add a 2-bike extension is also quite unfortunate, but understandable.

A great rack overall!

5 5

Pricey, but probably worth it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

When the Sherpa arrived, the first thing I tried to do was remove the 2-inch adapter from the 1.25-inch tongue, and promptly stripped one of the hex bolts. Kuat sent me the whole assembly, free.

Assembly proved to be pretty easy. Make sure you watch their video on Youtube. That will save time and clarify some things.

The unit is really light, which makes it easy to put on and take off. I appreciate that. The welds look clean and the whole thing seems well built. Even though the ball inside the tongue tightens down to make the connection very tight, the metal itself flexes. So when a bike or two is loaded, you see the front and rear tires go up and down as the unit flexes. It's a bit disconcerting.

The best part is how easy it is to load and unload bikes. It's remarkable. The process takes something like 20 seconds per bike. Just lift it on. Secure the strap around the rear wheel, and then pull the arm over the front tire and press down. I love the rack when I put the bikes on it and take them off.

How would this rack accommodate a road...

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

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Mandy,

This bike will indeed accommodate your road bikes.

Check out this great online manual for further information!

http://kuatracks.com/workspace/media/uploads/product-guides/user-guides/sherpa-user-guide.pdf

5 5

The New Black Line

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new black Sherpa is also on its way, check it out!

The New Black Line

do you ship to Toronto, canada

do you ship to Toronto, canada

Responded on

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!

5 5

Well Designed Bike Rack

I just used this for the first time on a trip to Colorado. It performed very well and received many good comments from others. I noticed the bikes are offset just a bit so they don't interfere with each other. My friend had a diff rack and when using it we had to drop the seats. Not a big deal but shows Kuat attn to detail. The Sherpa is great for your typical MTB's, the NV seems overkill and more suited for DH bikes.

Is there an extension for the Sherpa?

Is there an extension for the Sherpa?

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Unfortunately there is no add on for the Sherpa. Only the NV has an add on.

5 5

Looks better than most racks

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

This looks so good and holds my Mountain bikes on my car nicely. Built really sturdy and matches my car. I think most racks are ugly but this one looks like it belongs.

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)?

Responded on

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

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I forgot to mention that the Sherpa (as with all Kuat hitch mounted racks) have a 3 pronged spring loaded pivot system. 1) Up for Storage 2) Flat for usage 3) angled down for entry into your hatch with backs still loaded up.

5 5

Great rack!

excellent rack, handles fast lane speeds in my sedan, sturdy, couldn't be happier - looks cool too!