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Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount

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Premium rack has arms that deploy with the tap of a lever, making loading and unloading bikes almost effortless. Arms hold your bikes securely by the wheels. Built-in LEDs use your vehicle's 4-way plug to sync with your brake lights. 1-800-940-8924 to order Kuat hitch bike racks part number KU98VR or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Kuat products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks - KU98VR

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Folding Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Wheel Mount
  • Kuat
  • Class 3
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Premium rack has arms that deploy with the tap of a lever, making loading and unloading bikes almost effortless. Arms hold your bikes securely by the wheels. Built-in LEDs use your vehicle's 4-way plug to sync with your brake lights.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Ratcheting arms with hydro-pneumatic pistons deploy with the tap of a lever for easy bike loading
    • U-shaped bridges with tire-size selector hold your bikes securely by the wheels
  • Cradle-less wheel trays allow bikes to be rolled front to back to prevent handlebar contact
  • Integrated LED brake lights and turn signals increase safety and visibility
    • 4-Way flat trailer plug connects to your vehicle's 4-way connector
  • Spring-loaded foot and hand pedal lets you tilt and fold the rack with ease
    • Tilts with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Easy installation with flatlock cam system
    • Tightens rack inside your hitch to reduce movement and noise
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • 1-Bike or 2-bike add-on (sold separately) lets you carry 3 or 4 bikes
  • Telescoping aluminum ramp (sold separately) helps you load heavy e-bikes
  • Strap kit (sold separately) lets you carry bikes with fenders
  • Gray powder coated aluminum rack and steel hitch are corrosion resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 67 lbs per bike
    • When used on an RV: 42 lbs
  • Wheel size: 18" - 29"
  • Maximum tire width: 5"
  • Maximum bike wheelbase: 53"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 10-1/8"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 6-3/8"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded down: 29-3/8"
  • Carrier weight: 60 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, towable campers, and flat-towed vehicles

Pivoting Arms with Hydro-Pneumatic Struts and Adjustable Bridges

Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

The Piston Pro X has arms with hydro-pneumatic struts that deploy automatically by simply tapping the release levers, so you can easily load your bikes with both hands. They operate like the gas struts on your SUV that lift and support the rear hatch. The struts have a Kashima coating that keeps friction low, so they'll always open smoothly and in a controlled manner, even when exposed to water, mud, and road grime.


Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

To load your bikes, tap the levers to deploy the hydro-pneumatic arms, set your bikes on the trays, and rotate the arms up over the wheels. Ratchets hold the arms in place, so once you squeeze the arms against the wheels there's nothing left to do. When you're ready to unload your bikes, tap the levers to release the arms - it's that simple.


Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

The U-shaped arms have bridges that secure your bikes firmly by the wheel, so they won't scratch or scuff the bike's frame. Each arm has labelled settings for its bridge - 20", 24", 26", 27.5" and 29" tires. Just pinch the spring-loaded levers on each bridge and slide it to the corresponding tire size for each bike - no tools required.


Grooved Wheel Trays

Kuat Piston Pro X front wheel cradles

The Piston Pro X doesn't have cradles for the wheels like most platform-style bike racks. Instead, it has wheel trays that allow you to position your bikes on the rack exactly where you want them, not where the cradles dictate you place them. This helps prevent your handlebars and other bike parts from bumping into each other. Additionally, the trays have grooves in the tracks that accommodate narrow 18c road bike tires up to 5.0" fat bike tires.


Spring-Loaded Hand and Foot Pedal for Tilting and Folding

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The rack tilts down with your bikes loaded. So, whether you're at the trail or the grocery store, you don't have to remove your bikes to access your cargo area. It also folds up when not in use. This leaves a smaller footprint, so you can keep the rack on your vehicle to park in your garage. And if you want to remove it, it doesn't take up as much space to store it.


Kuat Piston Pro X rear wheel cradle

The spring-loaded hand and foot pedal is easily accessible when the rack is tilted up. When you're ready to load your bikes, simply step on the pedal and lower the rack with both hands. To tilt the rack with bikes loaded, reach under your front bike and pull up on the pedal with your hand. No more crawling through your bikes or squeezing between the rack and the vehicle to hit the tilt release lever. To return it to the upright position, pull up on the lever and raise the rack until it clicks into position.


Built-In Brake Lights and Turn Signals

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To keep you visible and safe, the Piston Pro X has built-in LED brake lights and turn signals. The lights are powered via the built-in wiring harness that plugs into your vehicle's existing 4-way connector. The lights are visible whether the rack is in use or in the stowed position.


Easy Installation

Kuat Piston Pro X Installation

The rack is easy to install. Just slide the shank into your hitch and use the included security tool to tighten the flatlock cam. As you tighten the cam, an anti-rattle wedge is deployed inside the shank to help take play out of the hitch connection.


Kuat Piston Pro X Complete Security

The security tool has a hollow-point hex indentation, so it can only be used with the Piston Pro X. This helps keep the rack secure on your vehicle. When you're done using it, simply lock it in place in the compartment at the front of the rack.


Complete Security for Bikes and Rack

Kuat Piston Pro X integrated cable lockKuat Piston Pro X hitch lock

A cable lock is included to secure your bikes to the rack. The 12-mm thick, braided steel cable threads through your bike's frames, and locks back into the rack. The cable has a soft rubber cover that won't scratch or scuff your bikes' paint. A stainless steel hitch lock is also included to secure the rack to your vehicle.


Available Accessories

Kuat Piston Pro X Ramp

An aluminum ramp (sold separately) lets you roll your heavy e-bikes on and off the rack - no heavy lifting required. The ramp telescopes to ensure it touches the ground so you don't have to lift your bike at all. It can also be used to decrease the angle of approach to make loading even easier.


Kuat Piston Pro X Ramp

A hook-and-loop strap kit (sold separately) lets you carry bikes with fenders. The Fender Kit Only setting on each arm indicates where to place the straps so they don't make contact with your bike's fenders.


1-Bike or 2-bike add-on (sold separately) lets you easily convert the rack to carry 3 or 4 bikes.



PX22G Kuat Piston Pro X 2 Bike Tray Style Platform Rack - 2" Hitches - LED Tail Lights - Aluminum - Galaxy Gray

Installation Details KU98VR Installation instructionsAlternate Instructions KU98VR Installation instructions



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Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - KU98VR

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (22 Customer Reviews)

Premium rack has arms that deploy with the tap of a lever, making loading and unloading bikes almost effortless. Arms hold your bikes securely by the wheels. Built-in LEDs use your vehicle's 4-way plug to sync with your brake lights.

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It's really a beautiful bike rack, and the lights work great. However, it blocks my car's back-up camera, regardless whether I keep it in up or down position. And to open my car's hatch, rack must be in down position. Things to keep in mind.



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Kuat Piston Pro X bike rack so far exceeds expectations on 2023 Tesla Model Y! Fabulous wellbuilt, solid platform 2 bike hitch rack w tilt & locks. Thrilled on all accounts: excellently presented product info, easy to follow lit & videos for installation & convenient access to customer service. Delivered in 3 days. Quick install. Just needed to pick up 4 flat to 7 way adaptor for hooking up electrical lights in stock at [online]. Lights awesome unique feature! Visibility from rear camera good. Contrary to video & booklet instructions may be best to insert hitch pin through holes in hitch receiver and piston shank as 1st step. Was more difficult doing this as one of the last steps. Also would be good to know about how to acquire extra set of keys. Glad to have piece of mind of bikes being tight & secure.



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I’ve had several bike racks over the years, but none have been easier to assemble. The quality of the materials used to make this rack are very high by my standards. Not a cheap rack by any means, but I’m a firm believer in “you get what you pay for”.



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etrailer was very easy to work with and answered all my questions quickly. etrailer knew the answers to my questions about the Kuat Bike Rack but oddly the person at Kuat did not. The boxes arrived in perfect condition.



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Awesome rack, awesome experience. The rack was available on Amazon with Prime shipping. etrailers had the same price, free shipping and a faster delivery time than Amazon. Support a business other than Amazon and you won’t be disappointed.



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Truly fantastic product (despite a bit of a budget killer). Works great!



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I looked most of the no touch racks. Most of the other racks needed two hands to release them from the tire and kuat didn’t. The rack is built very well and would think it would last a lifetime. Even though this one is one of the higher priced racks I’m not disappointed in the build quality



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Only rack we found that could carry our heavy ebikes. Love the locking mechanism!! Even works with our fenders. Wish it had place to mount license plate.



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Just as advertised if not better. Outstanding overall experience.



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Great service and great product.



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Seems very well made and easy to use, I also have Kuat NV 2.0 , both are great racks



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Very easy to put together. Solid rack. Had an NV 2.0 already but wanted the newer rack with the lighting as I think its more safe



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EXTREMLY easy to load and unload my e-b ikes



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Assembly was painless and the product is solid.



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  • What Is The Weight Capacity Of The Kuat Bike Rack KU98VR When Installed On A Flat Towed Vehicle?
    I can definitely see how the specs can be a bit confusing. That said, I can say with 100% certainty that this will still work perfectly for you. The 42 pound per bike capacity you are seeing for the Kuat Piston Pro X # KU98VR is ONLY when installed directly into the hitch on the actual RV. When installed on a vehicle being flat towed behind and RV, like your Jeep Wrangler, it will have the full 67 pound capacity per bike. Just to solidify this statement, we did contact Kuat directly and...
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  • Is There a 2-Bike Add-On for the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
    The Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU98VR actually does have the ability to add that 2-Bike add-on making it a 4-Bike carrier. The Piston Pro X is a brand new rack so when I reached out to my contact at Kuat they said this rack does have the ability for the add-on but the add-on isn't available as of yet (March 2022). So you'll be able to get the Piston Pro X now and then acquire the add-on when Kuat releases it.
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  • Could Kuat Piston Pro Bike Rack work with Bike That Has Rear Cargo Rack
    The Kuat Piston Pro part # KU98VR could potentially work with a rear cargo rack on a bike but it really depends on how long the carrier extends to the rear and how close it is to the rear tire. I would say that most rear cargo racks would work just fine.
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  • Is There a Loading Ramp For Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
    There is indeed a loading ramp for the Kuat Piston Pro X bike rack, and is the following part number: - Loading Ramp for Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU63VR The Loading Ramp # KU63VR will fit both the 1-1/4" hitch and 2" hitch versions of the Pro X: - 1-1/4" Hitch: Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # KU48VR - 2" Hitch: Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # KU98VR
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  • Add On Options for the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
    We carry both the 1 Bike and 2 Bike Add-ons for the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # KU98VR. These can be found as part # KU68VR for the 1 Bike and part # KU78VR for the 2 Bike Add-ons. Attached is a review video for you to check out.
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  • Can The Bike Add-Ons For The Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack Be Used On A 5th Wheel Trailer
    The add-ons (1) # KU68VR and (2) # KU78VR would not be compatible with 5th wheel use so you would only be able to use the standard 2-bike Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU98VR. We do offer other solutions to allow you to carry more bikes, whether it's a front mounted hitch for the truck, roof rack system for a roof mounted bike rack, or even an RV ladder mounted bike rack depending on what is going to work best for you. I've attached one of our help articles that go over these style options...
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  • Can Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack Carry Bikes with Fenders
    If you use the Fender Straps Adapter part # KU43VR with the Kuat Piston Pro X # KU98VR it can be used to carry bikes with fenders like yours so it would work great with yours.
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  • Availability of Kuat Piston Pro X PX22G Bike Rack
    We do carry the Kuat Piston Pro X PX22G with our part number # KU98VR.
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  • Do You Have to Have 4-Way to Use Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
    Good question, and it is not a necessity for your car to have a 4-way flat trailer connector in order to use the Kuat Piston Pro X bike racks. The 4-way connector that plugs in between the bike rack and the 4-way on your car (if you had one) comes separately in a parts bag, so it is not actually attached to the rack. I have added a photo for you which shows where you'd plug it in so you can see it is not connected to the rack. So you definitely do not have to use a 4-way with the rack...
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  • What Are the Differences Between the Kuat Piston Pro and Piston Pro X Bike Racks
    There are some subtle difference between the Kuat Piston Pro Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # KU76ZR and the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # KU98VR. Overall the two racks are very similar, there are just some subtle differences/upgrades on the Piston Pro X. Both racks feature ratcheting arms with hydro-pneumatic pistons, cradle-less wheel trays, spring-loaded foot and hand pedal that lets you tilt and fold the rack with ease, easy installation with the flatlock cam system and keyed-a-like...
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  • What is the Bike Tray Spacing of the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
    The distance between the center of one bike tray to the center of the other on the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU98VR is 10-1/2". Not every bike rack list the distance between the bikes which can make it difficult to find a suitable bike rack if your bikes are making contact. However, I do have another option that may work for you depending on what style of bike that you have. - Yakima StageTwo Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # Y47VR The Yakima StageTwo Bike Rack for 2 Bikes # Y47VR is a wheel...
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  • Gazelle C380 E-Bike Compatibility With Kuat Bike Racks
    The Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU98VR is my favorite bike rack for styling and simplicity of use. Best of all it can be used with your Gazelle C380 e-bike even with you having the rear fender that nearly covers the entire rear tire. The Fender Straps for Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU43VR allow you to secure the bike safely in the rack. The Loading Ramp # KU63VR will make loading your heavy bike much easier.
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  • Is Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack the Nicest Platform Bike Rack
    The best platform bike rack that grabs the bikes by the wheels is for sure the Kuat Piston Pro X part # KU98VR which fits the 2 inch hitch of your RAV4 Prime. The rack overall is just extremely well made and by far the easiest to use. It has gas struts that allow the wheel clamps to easily be manipulated without having to worry about dropping one and having it fall down while trying to balance the bike. It also has a lighting system built into it which is pretty new for most US made bike...
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  • Does Curt Trailer Wiring Kit for 2011 Volvo XC90 Work with Kuat Bike Rack Light Kit
    Yes, the Curt trailer wiring harness part # C56045 that fits your 2011 Volvo XC90 will work with the light kit of your Kuat Piston Pro bike rack # KU98VR. This provides a 4-way connector which is the style of connector the Piston Pro needs.
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  • How Can I Install My E-Bike W/ Fenders On My Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack?
    To secure your e-bikes to your Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 2" Hitches # KU98VR you will just need to wrap the strap # KU43VR around your bikes rear tire, securing it to the ratcheting arm and rack base. Attached are a couple of videos for you to check out.
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  • Recommended Motorhome Capable E-Bike Rack w/ a Loading Ramp
    There is an option other than the Hollywood Racks RV Rider Bike Rack item # HLY64FR that has an optional ramp but it tops out at 67 lbs per bike. If you take the batteries out of your Step Thru bikes this will get you to that capacity. It is the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes item # KU98VR. The Kuat Piston Pro X item # KU98VR can be used behind any vehicle, motorhome, or trailer with a 2" receiver. It weighs 60 lbs. It is a wheel mount bike rack that clamps onto your wheels around...
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  • Will Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack Clear Bumper on 2022 Tesla Model Y
    The Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack # KU98VR is an excellent selection and will work great with your 2022 Tesla Model Y both in the folded up and flat positions, but I'll go ahead and give you the dimensional numbers so you can verify on your end and have some peace of mind prior to purchasing. When we installed the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver # DT58MR on a 2022 Model Y we found that this measured 5" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost part of the bumper. According...
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  • Will Kuat Piston Pro X and Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 2" or 10" Drop/Rise Work Together
    The Roadmaster Dual Hitch Receiver Adapter, 2" or 10" Drop/Rise part # RM-077-10 is compatible with the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes part # KU98VR, they both feature industry standardized 2" connections so there will be no issues with rounded vs square corners aside from any manufacturing defects.
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  • Bike Rack Similar to Kuat Piston Pro that Can be Used with Flat Towed Vehicle
    This is a really good question. So when a vehicle is being flat towed on the highway you'll notice that the vehicle tracks from side to side when as the steering corrects itself and then over corrects itself. It almost looks like someone is in the vehicle and just ever so slightly turning from left to right. This then ends up putting extra strain on a bike rack that is installed in the hitch as that creates additional stress that's not normally on the rack. So the Kuat Piston Pro part...
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  • Is the Folded Clearance the Same on the Kuat Piston Pro X as the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack for 2 Bikes
    The Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes part # KU98VR has slightly less folded clearance than the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack for 2 Bikes part # NV22G but only by 5/8". In order to see if this is enough you can simply measure from the center of the hitch pin hole on the hitch to the outside edge of the vehicle and so long as you don't have more than 6-3/8" you'll be good to go with the Piston Pro X.
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  • Will Kuat Pivot 2 Swing Away Adapter Work with Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack
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