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Interbike 2008 – Kuat Bike Racks

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Yes, that’s a workstand built into the bike rack.  But that’s not even the most amazing part about this new Kuat rack…this whole contraption, with built in bike stand, two bike carriers and integrated retracting cable lock…all of that…only weighs 35 lbs.  My Saris two-bike rack is double that (at least) without having the extra goodies.  But wait, there’s more!

The little black tool box you see underneath it (sitting on an angle) will be available as an option and mounts between the bikes.  The bike stand is height adjustable, and there’s a nifty little knob at the end of the hitch part that you turn to expand the sleeve into the hitch on the car to keep the whole thing from wobbling back and forth.  Close up pics, more details and additional models are all yours when you read “more”.

The cable lock comes out of either end (above) and hooks together in the middle with enough room to get through two frames (below).

Here it is, all closed up and folded down.  The rack will pivot down 35° to help open tailgates or trunks, or fold up 90° to sit flush against the back of your car when not in use.  You can purchase an extension to hold up to four bikes total, though the way they explained it, it seems like it would stick out pretty far.  It’s already pretty long.  This model retails for $439, comes in 2″ or 1-1/4″ hitch sizes and has a lifetime warranty on the frame.  The 2-bike extender is $249 and will only work with the 2″ hitch model.  Shown below is the bike workstand in action, followed by their other model.

This is their 13.5lb, three-bike hitch-mount “Alpha” rack is $299, comes with an integrated lock and has either a 2″ or 1-1/4″ mount.  The “Beta” is $239 and identical except it does not have the integrated cable lock.  It features the same knob on the base that lets you tighten it into the hitch to prevent swaying.  This feature is shown below.  Simply screw the black knob (using your foot, even) and the silver doo-dad above the hole for a locking pin raises up and back to secure the bike in the hitch.

These also fold flat, and they come in colors, including the all-popular white!  The rubber straps rotate 360°, but are kept from sliding back or forward by bolts on either side of them.  This lets you mount virtually any frame to it without worrying about the wind pushing them all to the very back of the rack by the time you get to the trail.

At the end of the right-hand prong is the integrated cable lock.  Just pull it out and loop it through the bikes to secure them.  Below is the add-on bike work stand that can be mounted to this model or just about any other brand bike rack (or even bolted to your workbench at home).  If you use it with this model, you’d simply fold this rack down 45°, then rotate the work stand upright, lock it into position and adjust the height to suit your genetics.  The add-on workstand will retail for about $80.  All in all, these are some of the most well thought out (and lightest) racks I’ve seen so far.

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