When it comes to hitch mounted bike racks, there are two schools of thought. One is to simply never remove it from your car so you always have a way to quickly carry a bike. The other, is to install it only when you need it which certainly provides better access to the back of your car and possibly better gas mileage as well. However, if you do remove the rack when you’re not using it, where do you put it? Speaking from experience, generally it’s on the floor of your garage or out in the shed. But if you have the space on your wall, Kuat has a new way to keep that rack off the floor and beautifully display it at the same time.

Kuat RackDock offers a sleek way to store your bike rack in the garage (or anywhere else)

Aptly named, the RackDock is a wall mounted docking station for your bike rack. It’s almost hard to believe the compact little box is capable of supporting up to 100lbs, but the Dock includes 3/8″ x 7.25″ & 3/8″ x 6″ self tapping lag screws for secure mounting to a wall stud. Note that a wooden stud is required for mounting – the RackDock cannot be mounted to metal studs or concrete. It also has to be mounted within 24″ of the ground.

Kuat RackDock offers a sleek way to store your bike rack in the garage (or anywhere else)

Once properly mounted to the wall, the RackDock will accept 2″ or 1 1/4″ racks with the included adapter. Rather than require the hitch pin to be installed, the RackDock appears to have a magnetic release that requires pushing on the top of the face plate to release the rack.

The RackDock does have a 100lb limit, but that should be enough for most 4 bike racks. Kuat notes that the racks must be folded up when stored, and the RackDock will not support a rack loaded with bikes. Surely Kuat would prefer the RackDock to be used with Kuat racks, but it seems like any 2″ or 1 1/4″ bike rack would work (though you should double check with Kuat to be sure).

Offered in black or orange, the RackDock will sell for $68 and should be shipping by the end of the year.

kuatonline.com

10 COMMENTS

  1. Cool idea, just wish it were a bit cheaper. Also, I’m not sure this would save much space. My NV+ with the extra attachment is easiest to store up against the wall, flat. Unless I mounted this to the ceiling and stored it upside down, this method would add the foot or so for the receiver mount.

  2. As my rack sits in my garage, the receiver is folded up flat, so it’s maybe 8-10 inches when sitting against the wall. If I used this, the receiver would have to be folded down and it would then protrude at least twice that out into my one car garage. I guess it may work for some people, not me.

    • I read this as the rack needs to be folded up when stored in their mount, meaning it wouldn’t stick out very far. Maybe I read it, or your comment wrong?

  3. I just built my own storage solution using a bumper mounted 2″ receiver, some plywood I had left over from previous projects, and four 2″ caster wheels. I can both store my bike(s) and rack when not on the back of the car, and wheel it around the garage to wherever I want/need it to be. Makes it really easy to move the (heavy) rack nearer to the car so I’m not breaking my back carrying it around. I can hang my mount on the wall when not in use so it’s out of the way, and takes up very little space.

    • Been using the Rack Stash for 4 years now. Cheaper than the Kuat and can hold two other trailer hitch accessories. I use the extra holes to hold my locking pin and the allen wrenches for my 1up rack. Strong enough that my wife hit the rack with her car when pulling into the garage and it made the mount only slightly loose on the wall.

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