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  • Comparing the Yakima HoldUp, Kuat NV 2.0 and Thule T2 Classic Platform-Style Bike Racks
  • I've linked you to product demonstration videos of all three bike racks. The best of the three racks will depend on the features you're interested in and which features you find most important. First some similarities. All three racks are capable of folding up against the rear of the vehicle when the bikes are removed, and all three can tilt rearward with the bikes in place, allowing easier access to the rear trunk or liftgate of the vehicle. All three racks include hitch locks of some...
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  • Why a Wheel Mounted Platform Bike Rack is Preferred to a Frame Mount
  • Generally speaking wheel mount only bike racks are preferred. Especially for people with carbon fiber bike frames since frame mounts aren't recommended at all with them otherwise damage could occur. For other frame designs people still prefer them because there is no frame contact. People with suspension also prefer wheel mount as well. Loading is also easier because when the wheel mount is lowered you just set the bike in the tray, raise the wheel mount and then secure it to the wheel....
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  • What's the Difference Between the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Rack and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base Bike Rake
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 2 Bike Platform Rack, # NV22G, and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform rack, # BA22B. are both very similar bike racks. Both racks can be expanded to a 4-bike rack, # NA22G add-on for the NV 2.0 and # BA02B for the NV 2.0 Base, and both racks have very similar specs. The NV 2.0 # NV22G does include,as you stated, the bike repair stand. The # NV22G, when installed in the hitch, will sit closer to your vehicle when folded down then the NV 2.0 Base bike rack. Both racks...
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  • What is the Difference Between the Kuat NV 2.0 and the Older Version of the Rack
  • There were quite a bit of updates for the new NV which Kuat spent three years working on. One of the biggest differences the new Kuat NV 2.0 part # NV22G has over the previous version is that the wheel cradles can now accommodate tires up to 4.8 inches in width. The hitch pin design allows you to install the rack without any tools instead of needing a wrench for the anti-rattle bolt. The foot release lever can now allow the rack to tilt down for more access to the rear cargo area....
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  • Comparing Kuat NV 2.0 And Kuat NV 2.0 Base Hitch Mounted Bike Carriers
  • There are a few minor differences between the Kuat NV 2.0 bike carrier, part # NV22G-NA22G, and the Kuat NV 2.0 Base carrier, par # BA22B-BA02B. Both bike carriers have a 60-lb capacity per bike when carrying just 2 bikes but when the add-on is attached the weight capacity drops to 40-lbs per bike. The biggest difference is the distance from the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when folded up or down. On the NV 2.0, the distance when the rack is folded up is 7-inches...
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  • Dimension/Clearance Dimensions Between Kuat NV and NV Base Bike Racks
  • The big difference is the bike stand that the NV 2.0 part # NV22G comes with and the lack of it on the # BA22B which is the base model of this rack. For the NV 2.0 here are the dimensions: Closest part of rack when folded down: 10-1/2" Closest part of rack when folded up: 7" Farthest part of rack when folded down: 33" Farthest part of rack when folded up: 18-1/2" For the base model here are the dimensions: Closest part of rack when folded down: 11-3/4" Closest part of rack...
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  • Differences Between Kuat NV2.0 Bike Racks BA22B and NV22B
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 part # BA22B is basically the stripped down version of the # NV22B. The differences are that the BA22B has a matte black finish whereas the other rack has a metallic black finish and a stand to work on bikes in the event you needed to while out on the trail.
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  • How to Use a Kuat NV for a 1-1/4 inch Hitch in a 2 inch Hitch
  • Kuat does not offer hitch adapters for the NV bike racks, but there are some alternatives. If you are needing an adapter to use the Kuat NV, # N102, that you referenced in a 2 inch receiver, then I would recommend looking into a hitch reducer like the Brophy 2 Inch to 1-1/4 Inch Reducer, # HT02. This will insert into your 2 inch receiver and provide a 1-1/4 inch receiver for your bike rack. Due to the design of your bike rack shank there really isn't a way to use an anti-rattle device...
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  • Comparison between Kuat Transfer and Swagman Chinook Bike Racks
  • Between the Kuat Transfer part TS02G and the Swagman Chinook part # S64683 I would go with the Transfer mainly because it only touches the bikes at the tires whereas the Chinook grabs the frame of the bikes when securing. Also the Transfer is 10 lbs lighter at 37 lbs when compared to the Chinook. Swagman and Kuat are both excellent brands. Typically Kuat is referred to as a higher end rack company whereas Swagman does a great job offering bike racks that perform well but maybe don't...
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  • How To Use Optional # PTSCLK12 Cable Lock Kit for Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack
  • The cable lock kit for the Kuat Transfer Bike Rack, part # PTSCLK12 includes locks for two bikes. The cable locks would install in the end of the bars that secure the bikes to the rack, as shown in the diagram I've provided from the instructions.
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  • Is Adapter Available to Carry Childrens 16 Inch Bike with Kuat Sherpa
  • Even with Wheel Adapter, # PN2024, the smallest bike that can be carried on the Kuat Sherpa, # SH22G or the Kuat NV, # NV22G, is a 20 inch bike so this rack would not work for the 16 inch kid's bike. Good news is I do have a solution. Take a look at the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider 2, # HR1000. You would just need to use the Kids Bike Wheel Hoop Adapters, # HRSW-ADP-2, and you will be ready to go. Another option would be to go with a hanging rack like the Thule Vertex 2 Bike Rack, # TH9028XT...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for Carrying 4 Bikes with Fenders
  • For a bike with fenders I would not recommend using a bike rack that uses wheel mounts to secure the bikes. I would recommend you go with a frame mount bike rack. Check out the Swagman Quad Platform-Style 4 Bike Carrier # S64692. This rack is similar to the Kuat NV4 Bike Rack # N101-103 that you referenced except it secures the bikes by the frames instead of the wheels.
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  • Kuat Transfer or Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Comparison
  • The Kuat Sherpa # SH22G is about 5 lbs lighter than the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G but the biggest thing that I really like about the Sherpa is what you already mentioned. It is rock solid when traveling. There is little to no movement of the rack with bikes loaded when you hit bumps as you noted in the test course videos for both which I attached as well. I've watches quite a few test course videos and nearly every rack has at least a little bit of movement. The Sherpa has almost none....
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  • Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2013 Toyota Prius V
  • There are many hitch mounted bike racks that will fit on your 2013 Toyota Prius V, but the bike rack that I would recommend is the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Platform Bike Rack, # SH12G. This is a quality bike rack that includes many great features. There is no contact with the bike frame, the shank has a 3-1/2 inch rise for better ground clearance and plenty of bumper clearance. Another bike rack that you may want to check out is the Swagman XTC-2 Platform Bike Rack, # S64670. This bike rack...
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  • Comparing Thule Helium and Kuat Beta Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Racks for a 2007 Mazda Miata
  • According to what I found on the Hard Dog site, their hitches are Class I, so you will need to find a rack that will fit a Class I hitch. The Kuat Beta, part # B202-114, and Thule Helium Aero, part # TH9042, will both fit Class I hitches. Any high quality hitch bike rack should not have a problem with speed bumps, provided you take the bump at an appropriate speed. Quality manufacturers test their bike racks on the roads and on testing machines in their engineering departments to...
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  • Availability of Cable and Hitch Lock for Kuat Transfer 2-Bike Rack
  • There is indeed an add-on cable/hitch lock for the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack, part # TS02G. You'll want part # PTSCLK12, which includes the cable lock and the locking piece that goes on the existing threaded hitch pin.
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  • Availability Of Hitch Bike Rack To Fit On the Rear Of a Travel Trailer
  • When using a 2-inch hitch adapter that clamps to your 4-inch square RV bumper on a travel trailer you will not want to exceed the limits of your bumper. The bumper towing and tongue capacities may be indicated on the bumper itself, but if not you could check your trailers owner manual or contact the manufacturer of your travel trailer. Also remember when using a bolt-on adapter your bumper needs to be a 4x4 inch continuous-weld steel bumper. It cannot be used on spot welded or aluminum...
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  • Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack Adapter for 1-1/4
  • I have the perfect solution for you if you have a Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack, like part # NV12G, with a 1-1/4 inch shank to fit the Draw-Tite Max-Frame 2 inch Receiver # 75699 on your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The people at Kuat thought these kind of scenarios through and have made an Adapter # D101 for situations just like yours. This will allow you to carry your Kuat bike rack with a 1-1/4 inch shank in your 2 inch trailer hitch receiver. If you don't have the 2.0 version of the NV then...
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  • Kuat Sherpa # S101 vs Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack # SA4025
  • When it comes to a battle of build quality and features between the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, and the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack, # SA4025, the winner in my opinion is Kuat. Although the Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack, # SA4025, is a great bike bike, the Kuat Sherpa, # S101, just seems to be built to higher quality standards. Another feature that sets it apart for me is the tilting feature which allows you to tilt the carrier down with bikes loaded for full access to the truck/hatch...
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  • Differences Between Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and Older Sherpa, Comparison to Thule T2 Classic
  • Kuat makes some of the nicest bike racks around the new Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH22G is basically an updated version of the Sherpa # S101 which was highly reviewed by our customers. The new Sherpa is lighter (by 8 lbs for a total weight of 32 lbs), has updated wheel cradles and updated wheel hooks as well. This rack would work well for you on your 2015 BMW X5 as long as you have hitch like the part # 75600 installed on it. The hitches for your vehicle sit quite a bit lower than the bottom...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for 2015 Ford Focus that Allows Rear Hatch Access
  • If being able to open the hatch of your 2015 Ford Focus is important then I would not recommend a trunk mounted bike rack since they have to be totally removed to open the hatch of a vehicle. Instead I would recommend a hitch rack like the Kuat Transfer part # TS02G which will fit your Focus and can tilt away to allow rear hatch area access. See review video. For a hitch you would want the Curt hitch part # C11431.
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  • Using Hitch Extender with Kuat NV Bike Rack to Clear Spare Tire on 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • When an extender is used, we typically advise that the tongue weight capacity of the receiver is decreased by 50 percent. In many cases, 50 percent of the original tongue weight capacity will be sufficient to carry the rack and the bikes placed on it. Due the the relatively heavy weight and long length of the Kuat # N101-103, Kuat does not recommend using an extender. When you use an extender, not only are you increasing the distance between the load and the receiver which increases...
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  • Construction and Durability of Kuat Beta # B202-114 Versus B201-2
  • The shank on the Kuat Beta for 1-1/4 inch receivers, part # is constructed of steel, while the rest of the rack is constructed of aluminum. This gives the 1-1/4 inch model the same 80 lb weight capacity as the model for 2 inch receivers, part # B202-2. I would consider any Kuat rack to be bullet-proof. You would be best served by going with the B202-114 model, because using an adapter will reduce the tongue weight capacity (maximum downward force that can be applied) of your receiver...
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  • Will the Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack Clear the Spare Tire on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
  • To determine if a bike rack such as the Kuat Sherpa # SH22B will clear the spare tire on your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited there is 1 important measurement needed. Measure from the center of the hitch pin hole back to the distance required to clear the spare tire. I have linked a help article that explains this. If that distance is less than 13 inches the Sherpa will clear the spare but it is possible that part of the closest bike will still make contact with it. Another option is...
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  • Platform Bike Rack that Won't Rust and Holds Bikes at the Wheels Only for a 2006 Honda Element
  • I have several great bike rack options that I think you will really like. Take a look at the Kuat Sherpas, # SH22G for gray, # SH22B for black, and # SH22P for pearl. Since you mentioned that your current rack is rusting I have purposely selected these racks because they are aluminum and are not susceptible to corrosion and they hold the bikes at the wheels only so no frame contact. And it doesn't hurt that they are well within your budget. I have also included a picture showing all the...
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  • Will the Kuat Transfer Bike Rack Hold Up Against Corrosion if Left Out in Rain Frequently
  • The Kuat Transfer is steel which means that it is susceptible to corrosion but only if the powder coating gets scraped off. If that happens then spraying some paint on it will help stop corrosion from starting. The Hollywood Racks TRS # HR3000 is made with both aluminum and steel parts. Aluminum is naturally corrosion resistant and the steel is powder coated so it is a good option around the same price as the Transfer. If you want a rack that is mostly aluminum I recommend the Kuat...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2016 Ford Focus
  • For your 2016 Ford Focus you would want the Draw Tite hitch part # 24872 for a trailer hitch for use with a bike rack. Since this is a Class I hitch (that means a lower capacity hitch), the only bike racks we offer are ones that can fold away with bikes unloaded like the Kuat Beta part # B202-114. This is a great rack though loaded with features like anti-rattle and anti-sway cradles. f you plan on carrying any womens or alternative framed bikes without horizontal top tubes you may...
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  • Best Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2010 Honda Element
  • The Curt hitch part # 13574 would give you the best clearance from the pin hole to the bumper at 3 inches opposed to the Draw-Tite part # 75659 that would give you 3-1/2 inches from the pin hole to the bumper. This hitch would work great with the Kuat NV part # N105-107 that you referenced.
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  • Comparing Kuat Sherpa 2.0 Bike Rack and Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Rack for BMW and Volvo
  • The Saris Freedom SuperClamp 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4025 and the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack # SH12B are both great options, but between the 2 racks, the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 is my favorite and the one that hits more of the points on your list. Both the SuperClamp and Sherpa will fit both your 2007 BMW 530 and your 2010 Volvo XC60. These bike racks can both install in either 1-1/4 inch or 2 inch bike racks, and they will both clear your vehicle's bumpers when in the carrying position....
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  • Recommended Hitch Lock for Kuat Beta 2 Bike Rack
  • Kuat offers two different hitch locks, the # KUATLOCK for the # B202-114 Beta that's designed for the 1-1/4 inch receiver and the # H101 lock that's designed for the # B202-2 Beta rack that's designed for the 2 inch receiver. If the correct lock is used for the correct rack, no alterations of any kind will be necessary (we don't recommend altering the rack in any way, as it will compromise your warranty protection.)
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