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Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 60" x 24" - 160 lbs

Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 60" x 24" - 160 lbs

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The Mini Skinny cargo basket lets you carry 1 bike and a load of gear on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. It includes an integrated fork block with a 9-mm skewer, a fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts. Lowest Prices for the best roof basket from Kuat. Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 60" x 24" - 160 lbs part number MSR1B can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Kuat Roof Basket - MSR1B

  • Kuat
  • Small Capacity
  • Round Bars
  • Square Bars
  • Aero Bars
  • Elliptical Bars
  • Factory Bars
  • Cargo Basket
  • Long Length
  • Steel
  • Black

The Mini Skinny cargo basket lets you carry 1 bike and a load of gear on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. It includes an integrated fork block with a 9-mm skewer, a fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts.


  • Cargo carrier with built-in fork block and 9-mm, quick-release skewer lets you transport 1 bike and gear on your vehicle's roof rack
    • Provides space for your bike and a helmet, shoes, and other accessories
    • Leaves 50 percent of usable crossbar space free for other hauling needs
  • Integrated fork mount secures bike to cargo basket
    • Works with standard or disc brakes
    • Requires that your bike has 9-mm, quick-release front-wheel skewer
  • Custom fairing attaches to front of basket to reduce wind noise and drag
  • Universal mounting hardware clamps onto most crossbar styles
    • Hand knobs tighten over U-bolts to secure basket to roof rack
    • Rubber coating on U-bolts protects crossbars from scratches and abrasions
  • 2 Locking covers help to secure basket to crossbars
    • Deny access to the mounting hardware, preventing removal of basket
    • 2 Keys included
  • Undercut rear of basket provides clearance for hatches and roof spoilers
  • Extender (MSEXB - sold separately) lets you add 14-3/8" of length to basket
  • Sturdy steel tubing with matte black powder coat finish ensures durability and rust resistance


  • Application: round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory crossbars
    • Maximum crossbar dimensions: 4-1/2" wide x 1-3/4" tall
    • Crossbar spread: 14-5/8" - 35-7/8"
  • Bike carrier:
    • Carrying capacity: 1 bike
    • Weight capacity: 50 lbs
    • Skewer sleeve dimensions: 9 mm diameter x 100 mm long
  • Weight capacity: 160 lbs
  • Dimensions: 60-1/2" long x 23-7/8" wide x 6-3/8" tall
  • Inside (usable platform) dimensions: 52" long x 20-1/4" wide x 5-1/4" deep
  • Carrier weight: 33 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

MSR1B Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 160 lbs - 60" Long

Installation Details MSR1B Installation instructions

Video of Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 60" x 24" - 160 lbs

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Video Transcript for Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier Review

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Kuat Mini Skinny roof cargo basket and bike carrier. An extension is available for the Mini Skinny that'll add 14 inches or our Mini Skinny can be purchased together with the extension as a kit.The Kuat Mini Skinny is gonna allow you to carry one bike and your gear while still leaving plenty of room for other accessories on your roof rack system. With the kayak removed you can see just how much extra space you'll have with the Kuat Mini Skinny. It features a nine millimeter quick release skewer to secure your bike's fork. Nine millimeters is the most common size, it's gonna work with a wide variety of bikes including those with or without disc brakes. Your bike's rear tire simply rests in the basket and the included strap keeps the rear wheel secure.With the bike removed we'll go ahead and give you some dimensions.

The inside for the usable space without the extender measures 52 inches long, 20 and a quarter inches wide, and five and a quarter inches deep. With the extender it's 66 inches long. The external dimensions are 60 and a half inches long, 23 and seven-eighths inches wide, and six and three-eighths inches tall. With the extender it measures 74 and seven-eighths inches long. When adding any accessories to the roof of your vehicle it can add additional wind noise and drag.

The Kuat Skinny is a step up from other baskets, it has a custom fairing which reduces all that wind noise and drag.You can mount this to just about any roof rack system. The clamp design's gonna allow it to fit your round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory roof rack systems. The U-bolts are rubber coated so they're not gonna scratch or harm the underside of your roof rack system. It's made out of a sturdy, steel construction with a black powder coat finish so it's gonna be resistant to rust and corrosion and it's also gonna stand up to any abuse you might put it through on your adventures.Kuat has designed the rear of the basket with an undercut feature. This is gonna help give you more clearance when opening up your rear hatch.

In this instance you can see we have plenty of space but on your vehicle it may be closer. The open design is gonna give you plenty of options to secure your cargo whether you're using a strap design or a hook. The carrier has a weight capacity of 160 pounds though you'll want to limit your bike's weight to 50 pounds and you want to be sure not to exceed your roof rack system's weight capacity and your roof's capacity.The locking covers have a unique design, they cover up our hardware so it cannot be tampered with. The Kuat Mini Skinny features a limited lifetime warranty. Matt here works with Kuat here at etrailer.com.

Matt do you have any insight with Kuat Mini Skinny Matt: Well one of the things that I really like about it is the fact that it only uses up about half of the rack. You can load up your bike and you cargo in this rack and then you've still got the whole rest of your roof rack to work with. Speaker 1: Right for anything or any other accessories you might want. Sure. Matt: It's narrower than most of our roof baskets. Speaker 1: Right which is really cool. Matt: Very nice. Speaker 1: Awesome. Do you have anything specific that our customers might want to know Matt: The one thing we did notice in the installation is that if you pop this cover off you'll notice these knobs, the tighten down knobs, tend to bump right up against this edge here. Now clearly it can still go on because we got it installed but it does make it kind of difficult with the knob. As you can see it does bump up against this- Speaker 1: And it makes contact, yeah. Matt: It does make contact but you still can use a bit of force and turn it. Speaker 1: Okay. All right well that's some good information, I appreciate that. Thank you. Matt: You're welcome. Speaker 1: Now that we've gone over the features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Now you need to be sure you have a crossbar spread between 14 and five-eighths and 35 and seven-eighths. We've got about 28 inches here so we're all set. Now this weighs about 33 pounds so you should be able to manage it yourself.Now when positioning it on my vehicle I'm going to favor the passengers side here that way I've still got room for other accessories on the other side of the roof rack system. Another thing to consider when positioning it on your roof rack system you want to be sure you still have enough room to open up your rear hatch, which we do.Now it's time to put our clamps in place. We'll first take our spacer block and we're gonna put it on the outside of our tubular bar here. We're gonna set it up just like that then we'll take the U-bolt, we're gonna bring that up underneath and between the two elongated slots here. Then we'll take the top portion of the clamp and set it directly on top. Then we'll take our two black wing nuts and begin threading those in place. Now it's a good idea to tighten these down evenly. Once you've got it tightened down all the way we can then take our locking cap and set that in place, make sure it's all the way down, and then we'll lock it up. We can repeat this process with the other three clamps.With it installed I'd like to point out that two of our clamps are lockable. I've installed one on the rear and then one on the front that way no one can remove our basket. With it installed we're ready to load up some cargo, a bike, or both. We're gonna make sure that that skewer is opened up, we'll also want to be sure to remove that front tire. Once we've got it in place we can close up our skewer. Now what we want to do is be sure that when we do close up our skewer it holds the bike in place. As you can see that was just a little bit loose, I'm gonna tighten it up a little bit, this will take both hands, you want to give it a half a turn or a full turn, and then just kind of check it. That looks pretty good, close it up, and we're all set.Here on the back we'll take our included wind strap, I'm gonna go underneath my roof basket there, through my wheel, and I'm gonna go twice. I'm gonna feed it through the buckle and then pull it nice and tight. We'll take that excess and just kind of feed it through that way it's not flapping around, just like that.There was enough room left I was able to load up some cargo as well, now let's go ahead and take it out on our test course and see how it performs. Here on our test course let's first go into our slalom, this is gonna show side to side action such as going around corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our solid speed bumps, this is gonna show an up and down action such as pulling in and out of a drive way or out of a parking lot. Then finally onto our alternating speed bumps, this is gonna show a twisting action such as going over potholes or uneven pavement.That's gonna complete our look at the Kuat Mini Skinny roof cargo basket and bike carrier.

Customer Reviews

Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier - Steel - 60" x 24" - 160 lbs - MSR1B

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

The Mini Skinny cargo basket lets you carry 1 bike and a load of gear on your roof while taking up just half of your usable crossbar space. It includes an integrated fork block with a 9-mm skewer, a fairing to reduce wind noise, and locking mounts.


Review from a similar Kuat Mini Skinny in Roof Basket

Very nice cargo basket. The extension kit really makes a difference. It mounted nicely on Subaru factory supply cross bars. Looks great on my Outback. The customer service at etrailer.com is exceptional. These people take pride in what they do. Keep up the good work!! 562020


Ask the Experts about this Kuat Roof Basket

  • Best Weatherproof Cargo Bag for Kuat Skinny Roof Cargo Basket
    The best cargo bag for the Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier # MSR1B is the Rhino-Rack Rooftop Cargo Bag # RRLB200 because it is a waterproof bag that will fit nicely in the Kuat basket. The inside (usable cargo space) of the Mini Skinny measures 52" long x 20-1/4" wide x 5-1/4" deep while the Rhino-Rack Cargo Bag is 55" long x 19-1/2" wide x 11-1/2" tall. Since the bag is a few inches longer it will hang over the front of the basket where the fairing is ever so slightly,...
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  • Width Measurements of Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Rack Cargo Basket
    I reached out to Kuat and they told me that the Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket and Bike Carrier # MSR1B measures 5-1/4" from the middle bar to the outer edge of the basket, and measures 12" between the two middle bars. Overall this basket measures 23-7/8" wide. Additionally, this basket weighs a total of 33 lbs. There is also a longer version with an extender, the 74" Kuat Mini Skinny # MSR1B-EXB which has the same measurements but weighs 41 lbs. I have added links to a couple...
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  • Adapting the Kuat Mini Skinny's Bike Block to a non-9mm Fork
    I contacted Kuat directly, and the Kuat MiniSkinny, part # MSR1B and they let me know that there are several manufacturers that can replace the block that comes with the Kuat Mini Skinny. You can use any fork adapter with between 3.75 and 4.5 inch span between its arches to adapt another fork size to the basket. Because axle types vary between bike companies and setups, let me know what kind you have and I can recommend a correct fit for your bike's axle.
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  • Roof Rack Ski Carrier for Use with Kuat Mini Skinny Cargo Basket MSR1B
    The Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo baskets # MSR1B and # MSR1B-EXB (which includes the 14-inch extension piece # MSEXB) are designed to transport bikes as well as normal cargo. These baskets are not designed expressly for use with skis. But depending on the type and length of your skis it could be possible to secure them so that they are safe for transport. You could invert the skis so that their bindings are within the basket and then use tie-down straps like # 34414 to hold them in place. Although...
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  • Diameter of Tube on Outside of Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Basket
    I spoke with my contact at Kuat and he informed me that the diameter of the tubes that run around the outside of the Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket # MSR1B are 1-1/2 inch in diameter.
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  • Could Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket Fit Subaru Factory Aero Crossbars
    The Kuat Skinny Cargo Basket part # MSR1B that you referenced is a direct fit for the factory crossbars of your Subaru as this basket is very flexible with what it can fit. The bars would have to be less than 4-1/2 inches wide and 1-3/4 inches tall and be spaced between 14-5/8 and 35-7/8 inches apart. It also comes with everything you'd need to attach a bike with a 9 mm quick release style skewer. Check out the review video I attached for more info on this carrier as well.
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  • Cargo Net for Kuat Mini Skinny Cargo Basket # MSR1B
    For the Kuat Mini Skinny, # MSR1B, SportRack cargo net # SR0035 is a great choice. I for one think it is the best option for a basket this size.
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  • Roof Cargo Basket Compatible with 9-mm Fork to Carry Bike
    I believe what you are looking for is something like the Kuat Vagabond X # VX201 or Mini Skinny # MSR1B which come with 9-mm skewers already installed (see attached photo) since the Rhino-Rack XTray # RRRMCB03 requires a thru axle plus an adapter sleeve # RRRBCA039. If your front wheel isn't easily removable then a better solution is to use the Yakima LoadWarrior # Y07070-74 with a wheel mount bike rack like the FrontLoader # Y02103.
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  • Crossbar Spread on the Kuat MiniSkinny and MiniSkinny Extended Rooftop Baskets
    The Kuat MiniSkinny, part # MSR1B and the MiniSkinny Extended, part # MSR1B-EXB have different maximum crossbar spreads. The MiniSkinny has a maximum crossbar spread of 35-7/8 inches, and the MiniSkinny Extended has a maximum crossbar spread of 49-7/8 inches. Because we use a standard vehicle for most of our installed photos (as we did in this case) the crossbar spread doesn't actually change because the vehicle's crossbar spread is in the same spot. I've included a photo of both...
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  • Width Dimensions of Yakima SkinnyWarrior and Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Baskets
    Both of the rooftop cargo baskets you mentioned are going to be well over the 16 inches you need, as you can see by the accompanying photo of the measurements I took. The Yakima SkinnyWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket # Y07014 (58" long) and # Y07014-16 (74" long) is going to be over 18-1/2" from the outside rail to the clamp while the Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Cargo Basket # MSR1B (60" long) and # MSR1B-EXB (74" long) will have a similar measurement. Since this isn't quite enough room for...
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  • Fitting SportRack Cargo Net on the Kuat Mini Skinny Roof Top Cargo Basket
    The hooks on the SportRack cargo net, part # SR0035, definitely will not fit over the large outside bars of the Kuat Mini Skinny, part # MSR1B. Instead just hook it to the smaller bars that run across the basket and it'll fit just fine.
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  • Roof Cargo Basket and 2 Kayak Carrier to Fit 2017 Subaru Outback Wagon
    For a roof mounted kayak carrier great for carrying 1 or 2 kayaks we have the Thule Hull-a-port part # TH848 which is a J-style kayak that can be locked vertical to allow two to fit as well. Check out the attached review video for more info. When carrying the second kayak you'd need a second set of straps. So for that you'd want to use the Thule kit part # TH521 and the part # Y04031 and you'd be set. To fit a basket with the two kayaks you'd most likely need a skinnier basket like the...
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  • Locking Roof Mount Cargo Basket that Can Also Hold a Bike Rack
    The RockyMounts cargo basket # RKY1054 does not have a locking feature so you would have to use a cable lock such as # e98891 to lock it and any cargo to the rest of the roof rack on your 2009 Jeep Patriot. This basket does not have a way to attach a bike rack to it but I do have a basket that will work for you; the Kuat Mini Skinny # MSR1B. I have linked a video review for you.
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  • 2019 Subaru Forester - Stock Raised Rails, No Crossbars.
    I double checked with Yakima just now and the JetStream roof rack you want that consists of part numbers # Y00425 and # Y00147 is a fit for the factory raised side rails of your 2019 Subaru Forester so it will work great for you. To add locks to this to prevent theft will require the part # Y07202. This basically locks the rubber coated steel straps of the rack to the side rails. I attached a review video for this for you to check out as well. The 24 inch wide Kuat Mini Skinny Cargo...
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  • Thule Wingbar Evo Roof Rack Compatibility on 2013 Subaru Outback with Factory Side Rails
    For your 2013 Subaru Outback with factory side rails, the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - Black - 47" Long # TH711200 and Evo Raised Rail Feet # TH710401 will be compatible. This will give you a really nice system and I recommend securing it to your vehicle using the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4 # TH450400.
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