Made of lightweight, rustproof aluminum, this platform-style bike rack tilts down for access to the rear of your vehicle and folds up alongside for convenient storage when not in use. Rack fits 1-1/4" and 2" hitches.
Aluminum construction is durable, lightweight and corrosion resistant
Platform design supports bikes at the wheels
Accommodates most frame sizes
Sits low for easy loading
Easy-to-use, hand tightening system secures rack to hitch receiver and eliminates rattle with twist of a knob
Tire ratchet system secures bikes quickly and easily by firmly gripping wheels
Adjustable hooks grasp front tires
Ratcheting straps secure rear tires to pivoting cradles
Included wheel adapter adapts 20-inch wheels to 24-inch to fit tire ratchet system
Entire rack folds up against rear of vehicle when not in use
Tilting design allows access to rear of vehicle
Hitch lock, cable and 2 keys included
Cable can be locked together with hitch lock
Black Chrome powder coat finish offers unique style
Fits: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and Class II) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
Remove adapter sleeve to turn 2" shank into 1-1/4"
Capacity: 2 bikes (40 lbs each)
Wheel size: 20" - 29"
Tire size: up to 2-3/4"
Wheel base of bike should not exceed 44" long
Shank rise: 3-1/2"
Carrier length: 42-1/2"
10-1/2" from center of hitch pin hole to platform when in down position
7-3/4" from center of hitch pin hole to platform when in folded up for not hauling bikes
5-5/16" from center pin hole to closest bracket on bike rack
Weight: 27 lbs
The Sherpa is a platform-style bike rack that grasps your bike at the wheels instead of the frame, eliminating stress on the frame. Because the wheel mounts are positioned closer to the ground, loading and unloading your bikes can be done with ease. Large wheel mounts and pivoting cradles make positioning a snap, and the ratcheting wheel hooks and straps let you secure your bike quickly and easily. The rack itself folds up conveniently for storage, aligning with the rear of your vehicle to eliminate clearance concerns when it's not in use. You can also tilt the rack down, even while bikes are loaded, to get to the rear of your vehicle.
S101 The Sherpa by Kuat - Aluminum Hitch-Mount, Platform, 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitch - Black Chrome
Video of Kuat Sherpa - Aluminum Hitch Mounted 2" Bike Rack Platform Style - Black Chrome
Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.
Video Transcript for Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack Review
Today we are going to show you the Sherpa from Kuat, part number S102. The Sherpa is a platform style bike rack that grasps your bike at the wheel instead of the frame, eliminating stress on the frame. Because the wheel mounts are positioned closer to the ground, loading and unloading your bikes can be done with ease. Large wheel mounts and pivoting cradles make positioning a snap. And the ratcheting wheel hooks and straps let you secure your bike quickly and easily. The rack itself folds up conveniently for storage, aligning with the rear of your vehicle to eliminate clearance concerns when it is not used. You can also tilt the rack down, even when bikes are loaded to get to the rear of your vehicle. 0:35
We are going to show you how to convert it from a 2 inch to a 1-1/4 inch, since that is what we are going to be using in this review. Using the Allen key it comes with, you simply just unscrew the converter. Then you can remove the converter and it is ready to install. First off, we will put the bike rack into the receiver hitch. After we put the rack in the hitch, we are going to go ahead and secure it with a pin and lock. Once we have secured the bike rack into the hitch, we will tighten down the anti-rattle knob. 1:07
Now we will go ahead and show you how to put a bike on there. Fold down the arm. Extend it out. Next, undo the ratchet strap by pushing down on the clip. Then roll the bike on. Secure the front tire first with the arm. Then secure the rear tire with the ratchet strap. Next we will show you how to put on a childrens bike. It is pretty much the same process as before, except this has an adapter that goes on the arm to secure the front tire. Next we are going to put the cable lock around it. Loop it around the front bike. Put it through the second bike. And then attach it to the lock and pin. And there you have it for part number S102, the Sherpa from Kuat. 2:11
Average Customer Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars (8 Customer Reviews)
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Clearance is really bad on Kuat racks. Thule's have almost twice the clearance to the car. I can't fit 2 bikes on this rack without hitting my car. Will have to sell it now because it's also impossible to extend a 1.25" hitch without some custom fabrication since all 1.25" hitch extenders are solid metal, so none of the anti-rattle devices will work.
You would think since the rack is so light they could push it away from the car a little with no problem. The ThuleT2 is 20 pounds heavier and yet has 8 inches more clearance to the car!20544
I purchased the Kuat Sherpa over a year ago, and recommend this carrier without reservation. The aluminum construction makes it easier for me to mount and dismount the device to my vehicle (Buick), and the quality of construction is superior to other racks that I've used. My riding partner has one of the steel carriers, and I chuckle every time I watch him struggle.
As far as ground clearance, I've never had a problem, and my Buick (LeSabre) is a low vehicle, and comparing it to the Yakima, I can see no difference. The "free" hitch lock is a nice touch, and allows me to also secure the bike while grabbing a bite to eat (-Others have locks too, but only as an extra-cost accessory).
One nice improvement that's not listed in the video is the upgrade to the swing-up/swing-down mechanism. There's now a convenient lever (-instead of a dangling pin) to accomplish that task.
But with any tray-type carrier, make sure that it will fit your vehicle. Hitch extensions are NOT recommended with bike carriers, and also check to insure that your exhaust will not be too close to your bikes (-something I heard when I was initially shopping)30004
I just received my Kuat bike rack so far looks great!!!!! The best feature on this bike rack is the weight of it. Only 27 to 30 pounds and that it is sweet. I will revise my review as soon as I have tried it a couple of months but if it works the way it looks and feels it will be a great product. Not expecting to see rust spots on it since it is good old aluminum. As far as e-trailers I have been looking for a better price so I can get some money back, but so far no luck which is good that means I can not have got a better price. How sweet can it get????74296
As the representative from E Trailer said, the Kuat is a cut above Thule and Yakima. It is a little bit more pricey, but worth the extra money if one has a more expensive carbon frame bike that needs protection. The advantage of the the platform, of course, is that it is secured by the wheel and not the frame. I almost did not buy this because Kuat is a small company and their website and does not have a "pull down" menu, like the bigger companies where one can match the rack to the make and model of car. I am glad I did the measurements to ensure that this would fit my car. It definitely rides very secure. I only wish there were someone to answer on the one eight hundred Kuat customer service, but they got back to me on the same day. If a person like me can follow the very clear directions and assemble this in a half hour, than anybody can do it. I would definitely buy this brand again, and I would order it from E Trailer. Their customer service and fast delivery is outstanding!69954
Rack arrived from etrailer quickly and undamaged.
spent the extra $$ for Kuat over Thule and Yakima because of ease of use and weight. This rack is light enough and easy enough to pop on the hitch (literally less than a minute) that I know I will use it frequently. I live in an urban area where I would not leave this on my car for more than a few hours even with the hitch lock. I also wanted a rack that would tilt down and allow me to open the rear hatch for doggie access. This rack performs well on all accounts (see pics).
Assembly: It was easy to put together (less than 20 minutes). I subtracted a star (4/5) partly because the plastic cup that secures the rear tire is attached with a metal screw and it is way too easy to strip the plastic. The front has a metal "bolt" in the plastic just for this reason.
Installation into hitch: EASY 1-2.
1) It slides into the 2" receiver and you turn the plastic handle underneath the rack to tighten (see pics). Once tightened, I did not have to use the supplied allen wrench. Hand tight was fine.
2) Insert the lockable pin (included). Done.
Attaching bikes: Also easy. Maybe a minute. As you can see from the pics I have two 29ers on there without a problem. They do not rub or bang against each other and I did not have to change anything on any of the bikes to get them to fit.
Securing the bikes: the rack locks to the hitch easily. Kuat gives you plenty of keys and a handy bottle opener. The other reason I only gave 4 stars is because the included bike cable is just long enough to wrap around both frames. And when you tilt the rack down, the cable is pretty tight. If it were a little longer you could also include the front tires.
This set up will not keep someone with wire cutters from stealing your bikes. It's a temporary deterrent only.
Overall, the Kuat Sherpa performs very well. It tilts down to open the rear hatch (not just the window! and I have a wider Jeff Jones bar on my bike) and is easy to operate. I also compared it to 1upusa racks and found the Kuat more versatile.
My one big complaint is that it is not made in the USA. I wonder how much more it would cost if it were?53792
Ordered the Kuat Sherpa racks and the Draw Tite Hitch receiver for my Honda Civic. The racks are a thing of beauty. Easy to assemble (they even give you tools). They work perfect and look real nice. I chose the Sherpa because it is very light, which is important for a small car like mine The hitch receiver went on well. It is not quite as easy as the video, but I was able to do it in about an hour. Very happy with everything. E trailer was great to deal with.32751
None of the platform bike racks that fit a 1-1/4 inch hitch will hold more than 2 bikes. We do not have a higher capacity hitch available for a 1988 Toyota Minivan, but you can use a hitch mounted rack like the Swagman Trailhead, S63365. This rack will fit in your hitch, is rated for a Class I hitch, will hold 3 bikes, and it will fold down to give you better access to the rear of the vehicle. I have included a link to the instructions below.
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The 4 platform bike racks we have for 1-1/4 inch hitches with the highest weight capacities are as follows. The Thule T2 # TH917XTR with 100 pounds, Kuat NV # N102 with 110 pounds and the Kuat Core # N104, each with a 120 pound capacity.
The Kuat Core will only fit Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches and the Kuat NV and Thule with fit both Class I and II 1-1/4 inch hitches.
If you are unsure which class hitch you have, the Kuat NV, part # N102 will fit both and give you 110 pounds of bike carrying view full answer...
I did a bit of research on your recumbent bike and found that the manufacturer recommends carrying the bike inside of a vehicle. They go on to say that if you must transport the bike outside the vehicle you can use a roof rack designed for use with the wheels attached or a hitch rack that attaches to the bikes 2 inch diameter frame.
The Kuat Sherpa would fit into the manufacturers recommendations if you could find a point on the frame for the attachment arm and hook to connect to the bike fra view full answer...
I do have a 2 bike hitch bike rack for your Lightning P-38 Recumbent Bike with a 46 inch wheelbase, but it is not the Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack, part # S101.
The Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack, part # S101, will not work with bikes that have a wheelbase larger than 44 inches. Since your Lightning P-38 has a 46 inch wheelbase it will not work on the Sherpa. It will work with bikes that have a wheel size of 20 to 29 inches, but the wheelbase would have to be less than 44 inches.
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You will need to take a measurement on your Honda Element to determine if the rear tailgate can be lowered with the Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack, part # N101, or the Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Rack, part # S101, installed. You will need to measure from the center of your hitch pin hole to the edge of your lowered tailgate. The measurement you take will need to be less than the measurements I am giving you.
There will be two measurements per bike rack that I will give you. One, is the measurement from the cent view full answer...
I do carry a company named Hollywood Racks that offers a hitch bike rack to carry 1 trike. They offer a hitch bike rack designed to carry the tadpole or delta design trikes.
You can use rack # HR1000R-TRKADP or, to carry one trike and one regular bike, use # HR1450R-TRKADP2. view full answer...
When the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, is folded down it will measure approximately 11-1/8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the cradle. The bikes will be at an angle so there will be more and more clearance from hitch pin hole to the actual bike when loaded. If you measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the farthest out the rear hatch is when opening and it is less than 11-1/8 inches then you will be able to open the rear hatch. view full answer...
The Kuat Sherpa is designed for Class I or II receivers, so the shank would fit in the receiver with no problem.
To determine if you will have enough clearance, you will need to take a quick measurement. Measure from the hitch pin hole in the receiver back until you clear the rear bumper. If this distance is less than 7-3/4 inches, the Kuat Sherpa will have plenty of clearance to install and fold up toward the rear of the vehicle when not being used.
To see a product demonstration video, c view full answer...
Since you have 2 different vehicles with 2 different hitches, I recommend looking at the Kuat bike racks that will fit both. The racks that fit both a 1-1/4 and a 2 inch hitch come with a little adapter that fits on the bike rack shank to allow it to fit the 2 inch hitch when installed.
There are 3 Kuat racks that fit this description. We have the Sherpa in black chrome, # S101, and in white, # S102. And third we have the Core, # N104. The most popular of these three is the black chrome Sherp view full answer...
You will need to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on each vehicle out to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle.
For the rack to fit when in the down position, the measurements on the vehicle have to be less that 10-1/2 inches. And to fit when folded up, the measurements have to be less than 7-3/4 inches.
Based on installations we have done on a 2012 Honda Ridgeline and a 2006 Honda Pilot, the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, should fit just fine. I have included a link t view full answer...
The trailer hitches for the 2010 Honda Fit are Class I trailer hitches. And, the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, is compatible with Class I trailer hitches so you can use the Sherpa with your Fit. I have included a link to a video review of this rack for you.
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The Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack, # S101, will definitely work with your 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. The 2011 and the 2012 Jetta have the same generation body style, so any differences will be very minimal. I cannot say for sure if the ground and bumper clearance will be the same as the 2012 since we have not had a chance to install this bike rack on a 2011, but I am confident that you will have no issues using this bike rack and all of the features it has to offer.
This bike rack would be my recommenda view full answer...
The Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Rack, part # S101, or part # S102, can fit either a 1-1/4 inch hitch or a 2-inch hitch, so it will fit the hitch on your 2010 Toyota RAV4.
If you have the rear spare tire on your RAV4 you will need to take a measurement to determine if the Sherpa bike rack will clear the rear spare tire. Measure from the hitch pin hole in the receiver back until you clear the rear spare tire. For the rack to fit when in the down position, the measurements on the vehicle have to be less view full answer...
All of the bike racks that we carry are designed to carry 2 bikes or more. The Kuat Sherpa Hitch Bike Rack, part # S101, you have referenced is one of our best selling hitch bike racks. It will fit Class I and Class II 1-1/4 inch hitches and Class III 2-inch hitches. It is made of lightweight, rustproof aluminum and folds up out of the way when not being used. It uses an adjustable hook that grabs the front tire to hold your bike in place, so it does not touch the frame of your Trek bike. I am i view full answer...
The Kuat Sherpa Hitch-Mounted Rack # S101 is compatible with the 2 inch receiver on your 2004 Honda CR-V, but I would recommend measuring to ensure the spare tire will not interfere. The clearance for this product is 10-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the platform when it is in the down position, 7-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the platform when it is folded and not in use, and 5-5/16 inches from the center pin hole to the closest bike on the bike rack. view full answer...
If your bike has the front brake caliper in front of the bike frame, then the arm of the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, and other platform style racks will be placed directly in front of the caliper. The arm should not be touching the caliper. If the arm is touching the brake caliper, then it needs to be moved forward, away from the caliper until it is no longer touching.
I have attached an installation video of our installer explaining where to place the front arm. I have also attached two photos tha view full answer...
When the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, is folded down it will measure approximately 11-1/8 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the nearest part of the cradle. The bikes will be at an angle so there will be more and more clearance from hitch pin hole to the actual bike when loaded. If you measure the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole out to the farthest out the rear hatch on your Volkswagen Jetta Wagon is when opening and it is less than 11-1/8 inches then you will be able to open view full answer...
As long as you have a hitch on your 2013 Audi Allroad, you should have no problem using the Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack # S101. It fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitch receivers and carries 2 bikes up to 40 lbs apiece. Regarding clearance, the rack measures:
10-1/2 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the platform in the down position
7-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the platform when folded up for not hauling bikes
5-5/16 inches from the center of the hitch pin view full answer...
To determine if the Kuat NV Platform Bike Rack, # S101, will fit on your 2004 Honda CR-V, you will want to take one important measurement. You will want to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on your trailer hitch to the rear-most point of your spare tire.
The NV bike rack measures about 12 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the center of the first bike platform. That will be the center of your bike. From there, you can find the width of your bike at your seat and peda view full answer...
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