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Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting - Black

Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting - Black

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This platform-style rack lets you transport 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. Ratcheting hooks hold your bikes by the wheels with no frame contact. A foot pedal lets you tilt rack with bikes loaded for cargo area access and fold it up for storage. Call 800-298-8924 to order Kuat hitch bike racks part number TS03B or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Kuat products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting - Black. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks

  • Platform Rack
  • 3 Bikes
  • Kuat
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 2 Inch Hitch
  • Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Class 2
  • Class 3
  • Wheel Mount
  • Locks Not Included

This platform-style rack lets you transport 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. Ratcheting hooks hold your bikes by the wheels with no frame contact. A foot pedal lets you tilt rack with bikes loaded for cargo area access and fold it up for storage.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style carrier transports 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Ratcheting hooks hold your bikes firmly by the front wheels - no frame contact
  • Adjustable pitch on front-wheel cradles ensure bike wheels are held at optimal angles
  • Pivoting cradles with ratcheting straps secure your bikes' rear wheels to the rack
    • Phat Bike strap kit (APBK - sold separately) lets you carry fat bikes on the rack
  • Easy-to-use, spring-loaded foot pedal lets you tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilt rack down - with bikes loaded - for cargo area access
    • Fold rack up for storage
  • Anti-rattle threaded hitch pin reduces movement and noise of the rack in your hitch
  • Removable adapter sleeve lets you convert the rack for use in 1-1/4" hitch
  • Optional lock set (PTSCLK13 - sold separately) secures bikes to rack and rack to vehicle
  • Black powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class II only) and 2" x 2" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 3 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 40 lbs per bike
  • Maximum bike wheelbase: 47"
  • Maximum tire width: 3"
  • Wheel diameter: 20" - 29"
  • Space between bikes (center of cradle to center of cradle): 11-1/4"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of carrier when folded down: 7-1/2"
    • Closest part of carrier when folded up: 5"
    • Farthest edge of carrier when carrier is folded down: 46-1/2"
  • Carrier weight: 52 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, or towable campers

The Transfer platform-style bike rack lets you carry 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. The rack holds your bikes by the wheels - not the frames - to protect your paint. The low tray height takes the strain out of mounting your bikes on the rack, and the pivoting cradles and ratcheting wheel hooks make loading your bikes quicker and easier when compared with a rack that has a center post and frame hooks. A foot pedal lets you tilt the rack with bikes loaded for access to your vehicle's rear cargo area. And the pedal lets you fold the rack up for storage, too.


Perfect Fit Adjustment System

The Transfer has a Perfect Fit adjustment system that lets you carry your bikes safely and securely without the fear of damaging the frames. The system includes ratcheting hooks that hold your bikes firmly by the front wheels, adjustable front wheel cradles, and pivoting rear cradles that secure your rear wheels to the rack. These hooks and adjustable cradles ensure a perfect fit for each of your bikes' body styles.


Ratcheting Hooks

The ratcheting hooks secure your bikes' front wheels to the rack. Place your bikes on the cradles then simply slide the hooks down over your wheels until they click in place. The hooks hold your bikes firmly in place without contacting the frames. Press the thumb release button on each hook to slide them up and remove your bikes.


Adjustable Front-Wheel Cradles

Each of the front cradles has a bolt locator tab that allows the pitch to be adjusted. In its upright position the cradles sit at the optimal position for holding a normal-size bike. Use the included Allen key to flip the bolt locator tab upside down. This allows the cradle to sit in a position that tilts more toward the center of the rack so that the tires of a children's bike will fit snugly.


Pivoting Rear-Wheel Cradles

The Transfer has pivoting cradles that adjust to your bikes' rear wheels on the rack. Rotate the cradles out to accommodate bikes with wheelbases up to 47" long or rotate them toward the center of the rack to accommodate smaller bikes. Ratcheting straps secure your wheels to the cradles. A strap extender kit (APBK - sold separately) is available to convert the cradles for use with fat bikes.


Spring-Loaded Foot Lever

The spring-loaded foot lever is easily accessible even with your bikes loaded. No more crawling through bikes or squeezing between the rack and the vehicle to hit the tilt release lever.


The foot lever lets you easily tilt the rack down to allow access to your vehicle's rear cargo area - even with the bikes loaded. It leaves both hands free so that you can lower the rack in a controlled manner.


When the rack is unloaded you can fold it up for storage. This makes it easier to park in small lots at the trail head or in cramped parking garages, and it keeps the rack out of the way of other vehicles and riders.


Adapter Sleeve with Threaded Hitch Pin

A removable sleeve on the shank lets you convert the rack for use with 1-1/4" hitches. The rack also comes with an anti-rattle device incorporated into the shank to reduce vibration and noise in the hitch for a smooth, quiet ride. Simply tighten the hitch bolt with the included 3/4" wrench.


There is also an optional cable lock and hitch lock (PTSCLK13 - sold separately) that lets you secure your bike to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.



TS03B Kuat Transfer Tray-Style 3-Bike Rack for 1-1/4 Inch and 2 Inch Hitch Receivers - Tilting - Folding - Black

Item # TS03B

Installation Details TS03B Installation instructions



Video of Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting - Black

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack Review

Today we will be taking a look at the Kuat transfer platform style 3 bike rack. Part number TS03G. The Kuat transfer platform style 3 bike rack is the perfect solution for carrying three bikes on the rear of your vehicle safely and securely. Your bike rests in two cradles, front and rear, while a frame hook ratchets down and puts down pressure on the front tire and there is no frame contact. A great feature of the Kuat transfer is it's ability to tilt, even with the bikes loaded. You just bring your foot up on the spring-loaded foot lever, tilt it down, allowing us access to our rear hatch. We've gone ahead and removed a few bikes just to give you a better idea of what we are looking at. The cradles themselves, front and rear, are designed to accommodate a wide variety of tires.

We've got a nice wide tire here all the way down to a more narrow tire. The wheel hooks are designed the exact same way. They are nice and wife and they also have a narrow cut out here for your smaller tires. The hooks and the cradles themselves are adjustable along the platform with the included Allen keys. It's made out of a sturdy steel construction with a nice Gunmetal gray powder coat finish so it's going to stand up to the elements. When not in use the whole bike rack folds up against your vehicle for compact storage.

Simply press in on the spring-loaded foot level, raise it up until it snaps in place and there you've got it. Now that we've gone over some of the features let's go ahead and show you how to get it installed. This can be used for either 1-1/4" or 2" hitches. We've got our adapter on here today for our 2" receiver. Let's go ahead and get it loaded up. We will push it in and line up our pin holes, then we can take our included anti-rattle bolt and clip and thread that through.

The nice thing about this anti-rattle bolt is that it's going to help reduce some of the play and the rattle within our hitch and our bake rack when it's fully tightened down. It also comes with a tool to do so. We'll just get that tightened down, we will put in our clip, and then we've got it. Now we can fold it down to the platform position. Then we can raise up the ratcheting wheel hook. We will push in our button to raise it all the way up and out of the way.

We will undo our rear wheel strap and then we can grab that first bike and set it into place. Come in with the front wheel first and our back around. Then we can raise up our wheel hook and it's going to come right in front of our break caliper or our fork, whatever comes first, and we can lower it down. Once it is making good contact we can give it one more good push. Then we can come here to the back, run our strap through, and since we've got ratchets on both sides we can pull down for a nice secure fit. Now that we've got one bike loaded up let's go ahead and load up two more and take it on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course let's first go into our slalom. This is going to show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This is going to show twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement. Then finally onto our solid speed bumps. This is going to show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a driveway or out of a parking lot. That's going to complete our look of the Kuat transfer platform style three bike rack. Part number TS03G. .


Customer Reviews

Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Tilting - Black - TS03B

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (339 Customer Reviews)

This platform-style rack lets you transport 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. Ratcheting hooks hold your bikes by the wheels with no frame contact. A foot pedal lets you tilt rack with bikes loaded for cargo area access and fold it up for storage.

- TS03B
by:

Exactly what I needed, although I didn't know it at the time. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. You will not be disappointed. Product arrived earlier then expected. Would absolutely us again! 691787



- TS03B
by:

this was a very fast, smooth transaction, super fast delivery I will buy again from this guy 5++++++ star for sure 564268



- TS03B
by:

Great product. Easy to install, load bikes and unload. Been using for a year now on my 4Runner. 696795



- TS03B
by:

Love the functionality and quality build. Easy to mount & unmount bikes, holds them securely. Only thing to be aware of is that it is quite heavy, making it challenging to mount & dismount from car on its own 660716



- TS03B
by:

If it was not for the heavy weight of the rack, it would receive 5 stars. It’s solid, well built and easy to use. I like how easy it is to load your bike and have it secured. It only takes a minute if that. We’ve taken many long road trips with it and there is no worry about the bikes. I love the available lock kit that is incorporated into the design. My wife is 5’-2” and is fit, but still struggles to move and mount the rack to the hitch. Once installed it is a breeze, but getting it there is hard due to the weight. It fits well on our 2016 4Runner and when the bikes are installed and the rack is folded down, we can access our rear hatch. Great rack and I highly recommend as long as you and yours can handle the weight. 671791



- TS03B
by:

Even better than expected. If you’re looking for a sturdy, well-constructed 3-bike Carrier that folds up for storage and down to access the tailgate, you won’t be disappointed with this product. The rack arrived quickly and without damage. The number of pre-assembled parts made it look like it’d be a 2 hour project to assemble but I had mine together within 25-30 minutes (the assembly instructions are very intuitive). Full satisfaction with the product and, as always, with etrailer. 667014



- TS03B
by:

PLEASE do yourself a favor and DO NOT use any other company for your transporting equipment needs!!! This company has one of the BEST customer service programs I've ever experienced! And they had the knowledge to really understand and work with us on what we needed for transporting 3-4 kids BMX bikes. Seriously, I spoke with 4 different individuals during our purchasing evaluation and decision --- and every one of them were extremely profession and knowledgable!!! They have such a great system of logging everything about prior customer conversations, that I did not have to start over each time I called back to ask a more clarifying question during our decision making. Will ALWAYS use etrailer!!! 634786



- TS03B
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Good product, but to much play for what I like. The pivot mechanism is not study enough to have a tight fit. The rack move with bikes after couple of use. The rack still hold the bikes but I'm afraid of the mouvement each time a take the road... Inside of the rack is without paint so it rust and I see rust drips on my new rack (3 mounths old). A good rack for the price, but I don't think it will serve me for years to come. Maybe it move because of my short wheels base car, but I'm septical. 686772


Comments
To help with the movement on bike rack in the hitch receiver Kurt recommends using the Roadmaster Quiet Hitch # RM-061
Roadmaster Quiet Hitch for 2" Trailer Hitches
$27.95
.This is a hitch accessory stabilizing device and will help stabilize your bike rack in the hitch
-- Rachael H - 08/17/2019

60121

- TS03B
by:

We are extremely pleased with our new Kuat Transfer 3 bike carrier. We needed a carrier for 3 bicycles that weigh up to 40 pounds each. I had just purchased an expensive new electric bicycle and didn't want to risk using an inferior bike carrier. After researching many brands and models, I decided to purchase the Kuat, but needed it right away for a vacation. Heidi M answered my call and was able to place my order that afternoon, so we received the carrier in time for our vacation. Heidi was very knowledgeable and could not have been more pleasant. The assembly instructions were excellent and included detailed photos for each step. I highly recommend this carrier. 677658



- TS03B
by:

Excellent. Very solid. Like that it tilts down. 769492



- TS03B
by:

A solid product. Super customer service. Pleasure shopping with you. 662984



- TS03B
by:

Super high quality. Better built than my Yakima rack. Rack was packed really well with easy to follow assembly instructions. I would definitely recommend thus rack. 571724



- TS03B
by:

I was considering another brand but I decided on the Kuat Transfer 3 after watching the etrailer review and I'm glad i did. Very nice and sturdy, It works as advertised. 569246



- TS03B
by:

I love it !! Great product!! 512239



- TS02B
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


Great bike rack. Works well with both metal and non-metal frames. 762221



- TS03G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


This is my 2nd purchase from etrailer.com! The experience was awesome as well as the staff! Customer service is #1!!! The bike rack is everything advertised! 571761



- TS02B
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


It worked as stated. Perfect for two bikes and held each tight. Easy to load and unload. 694717



- TS02B
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


I absolutely love it. Sturdy easy to assemble, install on my vehicle, and use both my bikes. 487620



- TS02G-FB
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Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


Product was packed great. Easily assembled and installed into my hitch. Bike is easy to install onto the rack and bike is secured during transport. I have a SUV and it is very easy to tilt the rack with bike on rack to open the rear hatch. Would recommend this rack to everyone. The price is very reasonable. 449983


Comments
lts been working great. it works out great for my fat tire mountain bike.
Arthur - 11/02/2018

45331

- TS03G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


I assembled this rack pretty easily by myself in about an hour--easy instructions & all the hardware was clearly marked. Heads up: Getting the rack into the hitch was the tricky part--very hard to get it in with just 2 people. Not only is it very heavy & therefore very sturdy (52 lbs.), but the part that attaches to the hitch rotates up & down, so I needed my husband & our neighbor to lift it while I guided it into the hitch. With the 3 of us that part took only a couple of minutes. It folds up great--I thought it would add much more length to the car, but it is very compact when folded. The foot pedal is such a breeze to use. Taking the rack down takes a few seconds; at 1st I could not figure out how to reach the foot pedal when folding it back up. Then I realized I just had to swing the 1st two arms OUT to sides so I could walk in & depress the pedal. After I lifted the rack a few inches, I then could swing the arms all the way inward, & then finish snapping the rack into the folded position. The rack did wiggle a bit when I tested it by shaking it with my hand, but it not make any noise while driving, with or without the bikes on! I am very happy with it! 487012



- TS03G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


Love it! Super easy to get the bikes off and on. One bolt secures the rack to the vehicle so putting the bike rack on the car or taking it off is also a relatively quick and easy operation. The bike rack isn't light though, so lifting it into place may not be easy for everyone. The one minor thing to consider is that since this is a 3 bike rack, my leg isn't long enough to reach the tilt lever with 3 bikes on the rack (not really a big deal since I just stand to the side, bend down and use my hand). Having said that, I love that I have a tilt option that allows access to my hatchback without having to take the bikes off. Would make this purchase again. 399276



- TS03G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


I am unable to load 12 inches kids bike on this Rack.... so much disappointing as I got this rack so that I can go with my 3 year son, please help. 646712


Comments
The smallest wheel diameter this bike rack is compatible with is a 20 inch wheel, due to the span of the wheel cradles. I have checked with Kuat, and at this time they do now have an adapter that would help close the gap for bikes smaller than 12 inch wheels.
-- Rachael H - 05/28/2019

55783

- TS02G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


The guys (and gals) at etrailer are great. So knowledgable and helpful. Shipping was fast. Their Customer Service is some of the very best. I REALLY appreciate being able to talk a human being instead of incessant chats or emails. Keep up the great work. I strongly recommend etrailer to any potential customers. PS This is NOT a paid for endorsement. :-) 456318


Comments
Thank you for following up re the Kuat bike rack. Unfortunately, I did not like the Kuat and sold it. There wasn’t anything wrong with the unit but a number of things didn’t work for me: the empty rack partially obstructed my back up camera the empty rack needed to be lowered before opening my trunk hatch - a royal pain the rack was a pain assembling and required a few calls to customer service the rack while well built had a number of plastic parts.
John - 12/01/2018

46274

- TS02G-FB
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


Fits all all 9 bikes I own, skinny - fat tire. Bikes held secure on 5000 mile road trip. U-shape frame makes it convenient and ergonomic to load bikes. Tire cradles adjust so no interference of seats and bars between bikes. For additional safety (3 bikes obscure car tail lights a bit) I added red Bike reflectors on ends of frame, red reflective tape to hold-down bars and rigged a hitch receiver brake light to the rack center. I purchased the Kuat cable locks and hitch lock. Cables are 2 - 3” too short to lock frame of some of my bikes. Cable length design is limited by the length of the hold-down bars. Cable locks require key turn to lock, cable ends won’t just push in. Hitch lock came without dust cover so Arizona sand and Wisconsin winter salt get in the lock. Also bought a Swagman cable to lock all bikes to the hitch pin / lock. 483618



- TS02G
by:

Review from a similar Transfer in Hitch Bike Racks


Ordered from Etrailer and received it here in Austin, TX in two business days. So I will say the processing and shipping was 5-STARS!!! * Assembly: Took me about 45 minutes to complete. The instructions were detailed and specific with pictures. All tools and hardware was in separate packing so you would know which bolds, nuts and screws (tools) needed to be used. * Quality: Seems that etrailer sent me this e-mail very quick to ask for me to put in a review. So I only owned it for 3 days and it is on my vehicle. I am using the 1.25" and removed to adapter to install it on my current hitch. I did install my 30# carbon fiber mountain bike and it was very easy to setup and lock down all fastening to secure a solid hold. I have yet to take a stroll down the road to see how it handles, but this is NOT my first receiver. I can tell you for the price this is a very, very nice receiver and I would not hesitate to trust it and take it even on a 2000 mile road trip! I like that it is light and remove and put away and it collapses down very nice. Warranty: One of the main reasons why I got this is because of the lifetime warranty. I hope I will never need to reach out to KUAT for any parts, but there are a lot of moving parts (straps, bolts) that may wear down or fall off. I do recommend to run little bit of maintenance on this bike rack by re-tightening bolts and nuts to make sure the hold is secure. Since you'll have to assemble this it would just be ideal, especially in the 1st 6-months of use to make sure things are secure. After that I think the maintenance part of it can be ignored. However a clean bike transporter is a happy bike transporter :) ! Overall: SOLID and no regrets on this purchase!! If anyone cares, my last bike transporter was a 1 bike / 1UP model. I sold it to get this one because this fits two bikes and the 1up I had to spend another $300 to get an add on bike plus shipping fees. So that bike rack was $500 + shipping. Other thoughts: I recommending getting the PN# PTSCLK12 to cable secure your bikes and the bike transporter itself. Its a good $40 investment especially for the lock to your vehicle to bike transporter. The dual cable locks are decent, it will not protect you from the bad bike thief's out there, but it'll keep the honest people honest! 470107


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