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Old 05-04-21, 09:53 AM
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Need hitch bike rack

I just got a new SUV, and need a bike rack to fit a 2" receiver. Most likely I will need a 4 bike carrier, but the most important thing is finding something that is stable and won't harm the frame on my carbon Salsa Warbird. Preferably $400 or less. Suggestions?

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I don't see any 4 bike racks on their site.

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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
I don't see any 4 bike racks on their site.

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https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-...ble-bike-rack/
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Not sure of a quality 4 bike 2" rack that doesnt clamp to the frame and costs less than $400.
Raise your budget, lower your standards, or buy used.
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+1 for the 1upusa rack - but you are not going to get a new one for under $400. Even a quality rack that is used may still be over your budget.
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How about this?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/CURT-4-B...s&locale=en-US
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Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up. And you won't get anything quality for under $400.
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Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up. And you won't get anything quality for under $400.
The one I posted slides over the top tube, I don't see where it contacts the fork?

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My Kuat doesn't even touch the fork.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
That connects to the frame, which it seemed like you didn't want since you mentioned harm to your frame. Pretty sure everyone figured you want a rack that doesn't attach to your frame.

Yeah those racks are fine- Thule, Saris, etc have similar ones to that. A few friends use the 4 bike versions and they've lasted the years I've known em.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
The one I posted slides over the top tube, I don't see where it contacts the fork?

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I never said it did
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
That connects to the frame, which it seemed like you didn't want since you mentioned harm to your frame. Pretty sure everyone figured you want a rack that doesn't attach to your frame.

Yeah those racks are fine- Thule, Saris, etc have similar ones to that. A few friends use the 4 bike versions and they've lasted the years I've known em.

I think a lot of the hesitation with carbon frames and bike carriers are with the non-platform type of bike carriers. I think one that has a padded frame support like that, where the weight is still on the platform, is fine.
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I have a Transit four bike rack that is similar/identical to the Home Depot rack - less than $200 on sale at Performance Bike 8 years ago. It has carried carbon framed bikes on more than thirty thousand miles of road trips without incident - with plenty of snow, rain and wind thrown in. On matte paint, the padding against the top tube will create a shiny spot, but that's been the only issue.

If I had to do it again, I'd go with a two bike expandable to 4 set-up. Very rarely need to carry four these days.
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Agree with others -- the 1up USA or Kuat NV 2 along with the add-ons are the best options. I like the Kuat personally, especially if you have a bike with fenders - the 1up doesn't work especially well with fenders on the rear, though it can be fine if needed. The Kuat shouldn't even be touching the fork unless you have a fat bike or something (my Trek Farley's suspension fork barely clears on the Kuat NV 2). Kuat looks nicer IMO and is faster to fold too.
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Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up.
The 1up seems to be a nice rack, but I've been using my Kuat for the past 10 years and it has been excellent!
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The 1up seems to be a nice rack, but I've been using my Kuat for the past 10 years and it has been excellent!
The aluminum arms don't corrode and peel and get stuck to the point where you can't use the adjustable arm at all?

You and Rolla must not be using the Kuat NV version. Which model do you have?
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+1 for the Kuat. No problem with damage to the fork if you use it correctly. The Transit 3-bike is less than $400. The Sherpa 2-bike is less. I own both. 4-bike racks tend to be quite a bit more expensive due to the extra reinforcement needed to support that much weight.
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+1 for the Kuat. No problem with damage to the fork if you use it correctly. The Transit 3-bike is less than $400. The Sherpa 2-bike is less. I own both. 4-bike racks tend to be quite a bit more expensive due to the extra reinforcement needed to support that much weight.
Explain to me the "correct" way to use it?
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The aluminum arms don't corrode and peel and get stuck to the point where you can't use the adjustable arm at all?

You and Rolla must not be using the Kuat NV version. Which model do you have?
I have the Sherpa. No problems whatsoever!
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Explain to me the "correct" way to use it?
Here is the user guide. Pages 8 - 11. Be sure no grit remains between bike and holding arm and be sure holding arm is as tight as it will go to eliminate any movement between the arm and the bike. https://www.kuat.com/wp-content/uplo...user-guide.pdf
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Hollywood Hitch Racks

I have found them reliable and cheap. They do rust if you leave them on in the winter with salt on the road. Lots of clones around too with different names.
https://hollywoodracks.com/collectio...rm-hitch-racks
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Küat Sherpa 2.0 vs NV 2.0

I’ve been lusting for a Küat Sherpa 2.0 for years. Those of you with a Küat NV 2.0 - what in your mind makes the NV 2.0 worth $200 more than the Sherpa 2.0?

Either way, gorgeous bike racks.
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I’ve been lusting for a Küat Sherpa 2.0 for years. Those of you with a Küat NV 2.0 - what in your mind makes the NV 2.0 worth $200 more than the Sherpa 2.0?

Either way, gorgeous bike racks.
I don't have an NV 2.0 but I can tell you that the main differences are the Sherpa is designed primarily for road bikes (low weight) whereas the NV is built for mountain bikes (higher weight). It also has the available extension to give it a 4 bike capacity, and it also has the built-in repair stand. Which one you get simply depends on what your needs are. If you just want to carry a couple of road/gravel bikes then the Sherpa would be fine.
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