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Kuat Loses the “X” and Adds an ‘Affordable’ Piston Pro

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I’m sure you remember the review that was done back in January on the Kuat Piston Pro X hitch rack. I’m not trying to trigger you by bringing it up again, I know for some of us, the sticker shock from that review is just now starting to fade. But, Kuat feels your pain and has released the new Piston Pro. The Piston Pro is supposed to be a “leaner” version of the Piston Pro X.

So, let’s see what you get when you lose the “X”.

Kuat Piston Pro full rack opened
Photo c. Kuat

Kuat says you’ll get “most of the same great features as the Piston Pro X.” Like all-metal construction, OneTap hydro-pneumatic tire arms that make no contact on the bike frame, and tool-free wheel chock slides.

Kuat Piston Pro Full rack closed

What you won’t get is the Genuine Kashima coat or LED tail lights. Losing those two things drops the retail price down to $1098.

We’ve always tried to thoughtfully design and produce products that give our customers options. With the Piston Pro, the rider that appreciates the design and the high-quality materials can also appreciate a version that costs a few hundred dollars less,” says Luke Kuschmeader, Founder and CEO of Küat.

Kuat Piston Pro loading bikes

The Piston Pro is still covered by Kuat’s No Worries Limited Warranty and will be ready to order come mid-April, with shipping starting in June 2023. Orders can be placed through Kuat.com, their dealers, or online retailers.

Piston Pro Features & Retail

Retail: $1098

Color: Sandy Black

  • All metal construction
  • OneTap hydro-pneumatic tire arms
  • No frame contact
  • No fade powder coat
  • Stainless hardware
  • Semi-integrated high-strand 12 mm cable lock
  • Equipped with QuickConnect for fast and easy installation and removal FastFit tool-free wheel chock system
  • PedalPivot
  • Patented Flatlock hitch cam
  • Optional eBike ramp for easy loading

Additional Info

  • 2 Bike Capacity (add-ons available and sold separately)
  • 67lbs per tray for the 2-bike on a 2″ receiver, 60lbs for the 1.25″ receiver
  • 42lbs per tray on chassis-mounted RV hitch
  • 53″ max wheelbase
  • 5″ max tire width

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Hamjam
Hamjam
1 year ago

But does it wobble?

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
11 months ago

1098 dollar rack being branded affordable. No wonder there is barely any bicycle racing any more.

Robin
Robin
11 months ago
Reply to  Fake Namerton

That comment came very close to almost making some small semblance of sense, except that it was wildly off the mark.

Cyclekrieg
Cyclekrieg
11 months ago

A 2″ Heavy Duty Double rack from 1UP USA, with the basic accessories (EZ Pull Handle, Fat Bike Kit) would be $850, made in America. Why would you get this “affordable” rack again?

David G
David G
11 months ago
Reply to  Cyclekrieg

$850 and $1000 are pretty mcuh the same price bracket for racks.

You’re also comparing a more affordable version of Kuats top rack to a mid-tier rack from 1UP so there’s obviously going to be a bit of a difference in price. You can get a better version of that 1UP rack from Kuat in the form of the NV Base or even just regular NV 2.0 for $750 to $850.

So why would you get the 1UP again?

myke
myke
11 months ago
Reply to  David G

1UP does not really have tiers they have options for different use cases. They just so happen to still offer their OG design to customers. 1UP pricing is high because of martial sourcing and labor (paying a living wage ain’t no joke!) Also, consider the carbon impact. The contrasts are stark.

whatever
whatever
11 months ago
Reply to  David G

Maybe you don’t notice $150+tax, but I definitely I notice $150+tax.

RonF
RonF
11 months ago
Reply to  David G

Why is KUAT better than 1UP?

You can add single trays to 1UP, it weights less so is easier on/off the car, their support is fantastic and they sell spare parts dirt cheap…. 15 years old 1UP needs a part, they got you covered (cheap)

That said the QuikrStuff rack from the original 1UP inventor is far superior to both. FYI I owned a 1UP for many years.

H. Maier
H. Maier
11 months ago
Reply to  RonF

Küat has been an extremely dependable rack. They don’t charge for replacement parts. All warrantied. I have never had a bad experience with Küat and their support. The racks are solid and sound. Only had to replace when ours was damaged in an accident. Will go with no other rack. 1-UPs are leaner and.not as solid.

GravityGuru
GravityGuru
1 month ago
Reply to  RonF

Yes, the 1Up is superb, and the Quikrstuff just dials it to 11 in all areas. More capacity, more function, more quality (and more price)

RonF
RonF
11 months ago
Reply to  Cyclekrieg

I had 1UP for years, the new QuikrStuff rack from the 1UP inventor is far superior.

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