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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan


Hey, everybody. Welcome to etrailer.com, I'm Bobby. And today we're taking a look at the Kuat Sherpa 2.0, here on the back of our 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. So this can be a very nice bike rack if you're looking for something that's a little more compact, a little smaller and you don't need such a high weight capacity. Why I say that, we are gonna be limited to a 40 pound weight capacity per bike. Now, that's still excellent.

I think a lot of people out there, that's gonna be all we really need, excuse me. But if you're looking at something like an e-bike or maybe a longer bike or really big mountain bike, that starts exceeding that weight, if you really like the model you're gonna be seeing here today, you could always look at the Kuat NV 2.0. That's gonna raise this capacity from about 40 to 60 and you're still gonna see a lot of the great features on the Sherpa as you would on that NV. So, that's my one recommendation, I really do like this guy though. With the capability that it has, it's great for your smaller bikes but it also looks really good doing it.

We today, have it here in the gun metal gray with the copper orange accents, which I really, really like. If you're not quite liking this style or you wanna compliment your own vehicle at home, it is also available in Pearl and metallic black as well with their own respective contrast, which is pretty cool. So obviously the looks on it, always a big thing for Kuat, but again, they do a great job of producing a quality carrier here. What I like about it, we are getting this front tire hold. That's keeping our bike in line with our carrier.

And one thing that's great about that, it can carry your carbon frame bikes as you've seen here today. And if you do have any women's bikes, step-through bikes, kids' bikes that maybe has a harder time adapting to your more traditional frame mount designs, we don't have to worry about that. As long as we have one good front wheel, we'll have a decent time of actually securing our bike and making sure it gets to the trail head, where we want it to go, which is cool. So, really, really do like this guy. Here on the cradle system, you are seeing that front cradle that can come up and give yourself a nice little backing.

Now, as I said earlier, not gonna be the greatest for your longer wheel bases out there, 47 inches, where that wheel base is gonna be your max. And again, that NV is gonna be a little longer if you're having trouble with that wheel base. But one thing I like about it, that front cradle does a great job of giving us an awesome backer for that wheel. So even if our rear cradle is oscillating even more towards the back, we're still gonna have that front plate that's holding this on. So I really do like how that works. You also are seeing a little locking core available to put your included cable lock through both of your bikes, plug it right back in and therefore it's gonna stay nice and secure when you leave it on your carrier unattended, so that's great to see. Now these arms work really, really easy. All you gotta do, pressing in that button to lift it, clamp it down, won't be popping up unless you need it to. You have a really decent rubber hold on here. So, it's not gonna be damaging your bikes, which is great to see. And overall, I really do like those front tire hold setups. They just seem to really secure my bike and they don't damage it, which is awesome to see. But yeah, one great thing about this, it can actually tilt away from our vehicle while our bikes are still on it. To do that, all I have to do, come to this little lever right here, pull it towards me and that's gonna let me tilt this down towards the ground. Now, you will see on the Tiguan here, already a pretty low hanging hitch. And I think that's gonna be it biggest issue for people, is the clearance on the Tiguan. But let's go ahead and open this hatch now, to show what we have the room to actually get that open now and get this bike helmets, coolers, anything else I might need on the inside. And it makes it a lot easier to just to get up to a gas station or do some errands while you still have your bikes on the back of your vehicle without having to take it off, right Which is great. So, always love to see that. I can actually get access to my cargo, and to lock it back up, all I have to do simply support it, lock it in towards my vehicle, it's gonna latch itself. No pins or clips you have to worry about, which is great to see. Before I actually take the bike off though, let's take a look here at how it's interacting on Tiguan from the back, so we can get a good idea of what it's doing. And I will say, it is gonna be interacting pretty poorly here, right on our tail lights. Now we have good distance there. So especially at night as we're breaking, I don't think people are gonna have trouble seeing us. We also have that top coloring element, which is great for letting people know when we are breaking. But do keep in mind you're gonna see a little loss of visibility for people behind you there. And you are starting to get a little bit into your rear window here just with our handlebars and our seat post. And especially if you had some of your taller bikes, you're gonna see that definitely interacting a little more there and heavily so. Checking out our backup camera though. It is just a little offset towards your passenger side. If you had two bikes on here, you might have a decent amount of viewing. Again that's gonna be up to how much stuff we actually have on our bikes. I'm gonna be more interested though, of when we fold this up, how that interacts. I think we're gonna lose a lot of visibility there. And unfortunately that's just something that happens with a variety of carriers out in the market. So kind of pros and cons of course, if we're just having a hitch mounted bike rack. Well let's go ahead and actually take this bike off. I'm gonna start with my rear wheel here, pressing right there on that strap is gonna allow me to take it out. On the inside of that strap you are seeing a little bit of rubber matting, love to see that. That way we're not damaging our rims of course. Kuat doing a good job of being worried about us, which is great to see. And that brings us to our last hold on our bikes. So we're gonna make sure we are holding onto it. Don't want that tilting onto our vehicle or ourself to cause any damage. And when we press on that button, bring that arm up, out to the side. And now I can lift my bike off and get ready to ride. So mounting it, your biggest issue you're gonna have is gonna be that rear wheel. All you gotta do lift it, set it in place and then start securing it down. So really doesn't take too much time and then you're already ready to ride or load it up. And this condenses down pretty well too. I can just bring that in, bring my arm in, of course, reset my straps here and bring it down. If you're feeling really crazy, you can always kind of push this out to the side, pull it in. That gives you a decent amount of edge, but it's really not that big of a deal. And honestly it doesn't work as well if you start seeing on some of the other carriers. And what I mean by that is just securing this hook behind here it works a little bit, but not quite as well as others, but I digress. I'll leave that up to you guys, on how you actually want to store it. A couple of things to keep in mind with any hitch mounted accessory though, we are gonna be adding length to our vehicle. The Tiguan, not the shortest vehicle out there, but not the longest. And my biggest issue is the Tiguan already sits very, very low, including that hitch that we have on there. So let's take a look here at our clearance. I think this could be a big issue for some out there. Our first one I'm gonna get here is all the way at the end. That's putting us at about 17 and about one quarter of an inch. And on the bottom here for our anti-rattle devices, that's gonna be putting me about nine inches to that bottom post right there. So not a lot of room. My concern with that is as those front wheels go up, the back will go down and so will your hitch-mounted accessories. So I would just say, if you find yourself approaching a very steep incline, like a driveway, or even just a hill, take it nice and slow. We don't wanna have any corner actions. Now, it doesn't immediately concern me, but I definitely would wanna stay safe out there. So just take it, take it day by day, right Be a little safe out there. So from the back here we have our length that we're adding to our Tiguan from the back of the bumper here to the very end, that's putting me at 31 and a half inches to the very back. So definitely not crazy. Two-bike platform rack staying within 35 inches. It's great to see. And now I do wanna fold this up. To do that, instead of going down, I'm gonna pull that lever one more time and go straight up with it, locking in this position. I do like this position. It doesn't take up too much room and there's gonna be no rattle behind here, which is great to see. And again, no pins or clips, just gotta walk it up, and it does all the work for me, which is great to see. And that is gonna reduce our length down quite a bit now from the back of that bumper to the very end of my carrier, that is now gonna put me at 13 and one quarter of an inch. So really reducing that length. That's one thing I really like about the Sherpa. It's nice and low profile. It doesn't take up a lot of room whether you're storing it or you just have it here on the back of your Tiguan. Now one thing about that backup camera though, it is gonna be seeing right into this main element here. So you might have a little visibility here, but I think you are gonna lose almost all of that backup camera. So do keep that in mind. And that's almost something like I said, you're gonna run into with a variety of carriers out there. If that's something that really concerns you, you could look at something like the Kuat Transfer that the Kuat Transfer V2 has a unique U shape design, that makes it just a little easier to see out of. But at the end of the day, backup camera, not the worst thing to lose out on if you are getting the nice hitch bike rack carrier. Now moving our way down here we can see, we do have a two inch shank here today. Held in of course by a two-inch hitch receiver. On the inside of that you'll see an alignment pin with a locking core on it. That will be keyed alike to your locking core on your platform. Comes with your bike cable, which is great to see. So therefore you're securing both your bikes to your carrier and your carrier to your car. And keyed alike so it's nice 'cause not so many keys. On the inside here though, you're seeing your anti-rattle knob and all you have to do, tying it to the right just as you saw. On the inside of that you are seeing a little insertment point really cinch it down, which is great for your longer road trips where you don't wanna check it all the time. And just to make sure, give you that peace of mind that it is secure. What that's doing is tightening the cam on the inside of our shank to our hitch, taking all that shake and play out. And as you guys are gonna see, as I give this a shake, it's gonna be moving the entirety of the Tiguan here, just like so. And there's all that shake and play that naturally be out there, just reduced. And therefore you're not feeling it in the back here. Gonna be a way smoother ride for yourself, your bike rack, but especially your bikes, which is great to see. So overall, I really do like the Sherpa here. I love that it's nice and low profile. It's not gonna be really, really long, but again I think that's gonna be limiting to some people out there. If you really need that weight capacity, you could look at something like a Kuat NV for seeing a lot of features you like here today. However I will say it can be a little bit more on the expensive side. So if you guys want my recommendation, I really, really like the RockyMounts MonoRail 2 bike platform rack. It's just a great way of getting a lot of the features you're seeing here today, albeit maybe not as cosmetically pleasing to some. So I'll leave that decision up to you guys though honestly, Sherpa still an excellent choice if you're not needing a high weight capacity, and you're just wanting something to actually get your bikes to that destination, that way you can start having some fun. Otherwise though guys, I think that about does it for our look here today at the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 here on the back of our 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. I'm Bobby. Thanks for watching. Woman 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 alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or a pothole or driving over uneven pavement. Now lastly, we're going over some full speed bumps and you can see here the up and down action. And this will just be like driving in and out of a parking lot garage or driveway. So we can see here how the bike rack moves with our truck..


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