Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Nissan Murano

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2015 Nissan Murano

Today in our 2015 Nissan Murano, we're going to be trying out Kuat's transfer one bike platform rack. This bike rack will allow you to carry one bike on the back of your Nissan Murano using your existing hitch. Here on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Once we get to the alternate speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hanging a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.

Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up and down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway. It's a platform style rack, so it attaches at the wheel, and has a clamp here in the front. Which means you have no frame contact. This is particularly desirable if you have a carbon fiber bike.

The back wheel is held in place with the ratchet strap. There is releases on both the back and front sides so the entire strap can come out.But you really only need to undo one side when you're ready to take your bike off. You can simply push that and pop it up. And when you're installing it, you can simply pull it into place cinching it tight. Your front wheel is held in place with the bottom cradle and the wheel hook.

When you're ready to take it off, there's this easy release button here and you can put that forward out of your way. And if you're installing your bike, you simply lift it into position and pull it down. The cradles on our bike rack will support road bikes, mountain bikes. For your fat bike, you will need to pick up the available adaptor that is sold separately. And high quality products like Kuat, they offer an easy release so that you can use with your foot there to lower it down out of the way.

This is much better than many other bike racks requiring you to pull pins. So much quicker and easier. And now we have access to the back of our vehicle to get out our lunch or whatever else we brought with us.When you're all done at the back of the vehicle, you simply lift it back into place and it locks right in by itself. With our bike removed, you can reduce the footprint the bike rack has at the back of the vehicle by lifting it into its upright position. This will make it much easier when you're trying to park your vehicle in parking lots or anywhere you need to back in. Our closest point when folded up is about three inches to our cradle. Our furthest point when folded up is our kickstand here at about 12 inches. And our clearance from the ground at our lowest point is about 10 inches. With it folded down, our closest point is going to be here at our pivoting mechanism at about four and a half inches. Our furthest point is going to be here at the end of our arm at about 22 and a half inches. At the back of our rack, our clearance from the ground is about 17 inches. It attaches to our hitch's two by two inch receiver. Simply slide it in and secure it using the anti rattle bolt.This bolt keeps any play in vibration out of your rack so you can reduce the noise and ensure that your bike's going to make it to its destination safe. The collar here at our rack can also be removed so it fits in a one and a one quarter inch as well. And that completes our look at Kuat's transfer one bike platform rack.

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