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Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack Review - 2020 Ford Escape

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Review of the Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack on a 2020 Ford Escape

Hey everyone, Charles here at etrailer, and today, we're taking a look at the Kuat Piston Pro X 2-Bike Platform Rack here on our 2020 Ford Escape. This is honestly probably my favorite rack, all the details and features all add up and make it a really pleasant experience working with this rack. First and foremost, you have a 67 pound weight capacity, so it's gonna be great for carrying those heavy electric bikes, and since it is a dual wheel mount, you don't have to worry about your carbon frame bikes, the women's bikes, or anything with a weird shaped frame. I'm gonna go ahead and start by tilting it away, there is a lever back here, you just push that and tilt it away, and now, we can go ahead and grab anything out of our hatch. We have plenty of room to even sit down, change our shoes if we need. What makes this one of my favorite racks is just how quick it is to take your bike on and off the rack, giving you more time to enjoy your bike ride.

We have these ratcheting arms with the hydro-pneumatic pistons, and it does have a Kashima coating, so that it's just gonna last a long time, all you need to do is press that button and push it out of the way. So if you push the arms out all the way, so that you can have more space to take your bikes on and off, push the button again to raise it, and then now, you can fold it in, and right there is when it starts ratcheting. Fold that down. This right here allows you to adjust the wheel size from 18 all the way up to 29 inch tires, and you are able to carry your five inch wide fat tire bikes as well. This bike rack is actually the easiest one to adjust in my opinion, another reason why I like it so much.

Now, taking some measurements from the bumper to the furthest point of the rack is gonna be just under 25 inches, something to keep in mind when you're backing up. And the ground clearance is gonna be about 20 inches from there, and from the shank, about 10 1/2 inches, just another thing to keep in mind when you're going up the steep hills or driveways. To fold the rack up, we're gonna use the same lever we used to tilt it away, except we're gonna fold it up. It does look pretty close, but it is not gonna get any closer than that. And so, from the bumper to the closest point of the rack, it's about an inch, and from the bumper to the furthest point of the rack, we now dropped it down to about 11 inches.

So this rack seems like it's a great fit with this Escape, you have full visibility of your license plate, your rear backup camera, windshield, and your taillights as well. If you have a 4-way connector, you will also have your taillights connected to this rack, so even if it's in the folded up position or folded down, you're still gonna be able to mirror your brake lights. Over here we have a key, you're gonna get two keys with this and it's gonna be keyed alike with the lock that comes with your hitch pin, and with this unlocked, you can now pull the tool that will help you install or uninstall this bike rack. So right now, I am loosening the anti-rattle feature just so that you can see without it, I'm just moving the rack, and then all we have to do is tighten this down to remove any of that play. And as you can see, I'm moving the whole vehicle now, ensuring its secure connection.

And that was a look at the Kuat Piston Pro X 2-Bike Platform Rack here on our 2020 Ford Escape..

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