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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Hi everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer. And today we are looking at the Kuat Sherpa 2.0 2-Bike Rack here on our 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. Now this bike rack is the one you go to, if you are looking for something that is mid range and compact. I think those two words really describe this bike rack. And one of its features is that it can tilt away. To do so, there is this lever right over here, pull that lever and let it drop down.

And you'll want to tilt it away like that. If you want to access your hatch. Now here on our Bronco Sport, I did notice that our clearance is a little tight. You may have to push your bike back. So if you do have handlebars that are any longer than this, you may have some issues, but here you can tilt it away in order to grab whatever you need out of the trunk, like your bags, your water, your helmets, all without having to take the bike off.

And if you do have longer handlebars, you can access it through the window. Now, to bring it back into position. You just pull this up and it snaps right there, into place. This bike rack has a 40 pound weight capacity which is pretty much all you need for your basic bikes. Here, we have a carbon frame bike, which works really well since we have a front wheel clamp there in the front.

And if you have alternate frame bikes, like your step-through bikes, your women's bikes your children's bikes, this works really well with that. And to take it off, you start in the rear wheel strap. So press that button right there and lift that strap up, and then out. Then you're going to come over here into the front, hold onto your bike, as you do so. Press this button, lift that hook up, push that out.

And right there, you are ready to go for a bike ride. See how quick and easy that was. Now let's put this bike away, so we can take a closer look at the bike rack itself. Here, we have a really small rear wheel cradle and that can tilt back and forth for to accommodate different wheelbases. You also have this extra thick strap right there and this comes down and ratchets down to secure that rear wheel. I said, this was very compact 'cause look at that front wheel cradle. That folds down for when you want to pull it away to make it a little bit smaller. And you have this front wheel cradle as well, it has your classic Kuat lining on the inside, just to protect your tires. As well as to grip onto them a little bit more and then ratchets down to secure that front wheel. Let's take some measurements now. So there is some length added to the back of our Bronco Sport and let's see exactly how much. So measuring from our rear bumper to the end of the bike rack right there. It sits at 32 inches. So that's about average for your 2-bike rack. That length is something you have to think about when you're trying to park into your garage or into a really tight spot. Let's also talk about ground clearance. So measuring from the ground to the bottom right underneath the tray, it sits at 21 and a half inches. Measuring from the shank to the ground. It sits at 13 and a half inches. So you see there is a shank rise for your bikes. Ground clearance is something you have to think about if you're going up steep incline like a driveway or Hill or if you're taking this off-roading, that's something you might want to know when you're going over Hills and bumps. And that's the ground clearance you have to work with. Now, you can also fold this up. So just pull that lever and fold it up against your vehicle. We'll take some measurements again. So measuring from our rear bumper to the end of the bike rack, which is now by the anti-rattle knob, it sits at 13 and a half inches. Big difference, you definitely want this in this position when you are driving around town. We'll also measure for closest point. So from their bumper to the closest point which is that hook, it's 3 inches which is still plenty of space. You don't have to worry about contact between your vehicle and your bike rack. Also, with it folded up like this, let's take a look at how this fits. You can see where our backup camera is. It is aligned with the bike rack. So you will have an obstruction of view there in your camera. You also have the tail lights completely open, which is awesome. Now it does kind of cover your license plate. So if you are super concerned about that, I'd like to recommend you towards the Kuat Transfer which we'll open that up completely. All right, let's take a look at how this fits into our hitch. So this comes with either an inch and a quarter shank or 2 inch solid shank. We have the 2 inch right here and this comes with a hitch pin and a clip. You can grab a lock if you want, that keyed alike to your other locks to your cable lock that comes with the bike rack, and it's a tool free install. You just pop it in and tighten it down with this anti-rattle knob that extends a ball cam inside that shank, which creates an anti-rattle effect. For example, as I shake this bike rack, as hard as I can. I'm mainly moving the vehicle at that point that simulates the vibration and rattle on the road, which also means that your bikes have a smoother ride when you transport them with this. Alright, so my final thoughts about this bike rack, is for one, I'm a big fan of the Sherpas of Kuat's design. The Sherpa is the middle of the road of their different line of bike racks. It's not as pricey as the Envy but you get a really decent weight capacity. And if you're just carrying on normal bikes, this is very easy to use. It also looks really good on our Bronco Sport. So that was in look here at our Kuat Sherpa 2-Bike Rack, which comes in different colors. Like this is gray, also comes in black and pearl here on our 2021 Ford Bronco Sport. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then onto our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. And last of all, the solid speed bumps, this shows up and down action, such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out the driveway..

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