Recommended 2-Bike Hitch Rack for Carbon-Fiber Frame Bikes Compatible with Class I Hitch

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Would you recommend the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack for a 2007 VW Passat sedan? I am looking for a rack that does not touch the bike frame and this one seems to fit the ticket. Also, I noticed that it can fit a 1 1/4 hitch with an adapter. Does that mean the capacity is cut from 200lb to 100lb? If this rack is not recommended for the 2007 Passat, can you recommend one that does not touch bike frames so that it is carbon bike safe? Thanks

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You are correct that the Kuat Transfer 2 Platform Bike Rack # TS02G will secure bikes without making any contact at all with their frames. The rack uses a wheel-mount hook that will allow bikes without a front fender to be carried with contact made only at their wheels. With it I recommend their mating lock set # PTSCLK12.

You are also correct that the rack fits into both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch hitches. The Transfer comes with a hitch adapter to let it fit the larger 2-inch hitches, but this adapter is NOT like a hitch adapter that reduces weight capacity.

The 1-1/4-inch Class I hitches made for the non-4Motion sedan version of the 2007 VW Passat, the Draw-Tite # 24848 and the Curt # C11091, share common 200-lb tongue weight (TW) ratings and that full TW capacity will remain available. Between the two hitches I suggest the Draw-Tite # 24848 for its lower price and slightly easier installation. I have linked the written instructions for this hitch along with an installation video.

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