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Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount

Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount

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Premium rack makes loading your bikes easy. Arms with hydro-pneumatic, Kashima-coated struts deploy automatically with the tap of a lever and ratchet against your wheels - no frame contact. Built-in LEDs sync with your vehicle's tail lights. 1-800-940-8924 to order Kuat hitch bike racks part number KU48VR or order online at Free expert support on all Kuat products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks - KU48VR

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Fold-Up Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Wheel Mount
  • Kuat
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

Premium rack makes loading your bikes easy. Arms with hydro-pneumatic, Kashima-coated struts deploy automatically with the tap of a lever and ratchet against your wheels - no frame contact. Built-in LEDs sync with your vehicle's tail lights.


  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
    • Accommodates most e-bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, and bikes with fenders (fender strap sold separately)
  • Arms with hydro-pneumatic pistons open automatically with the tap of a lever
    • Kashima-coated struts produce little friction and resist water, mud, and road grime
  • U-shaped grips hold your bikes securely by the wheels - no frame contact
    • Spring-loaded pinch levers let you select tire size in seconds
  • Long wheel trays accommodate bikes with different wheelbases
  • Spring-loaded lever lets you tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilts with bikes loaded to access cargo area
  • Telescoping aluminum ramp (sold separately) helps you load heavy e-bikes
    • Contracts for easy storage in your vehicle
  • Tamper-resistant flatlock cam reduces movement of rack in hitch receiver
    • 8-mm Security wrench and stainless steel hitch lock included
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Integrated LED brake lights and turn signals increase safety and visibility
    • 4-Way flat trailer plug connects to vehicle
  • Gray powder coated aluminum rack and steel hitch are corrosion resistant


  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 60 lbs per bike
  • Wheel size: 18" - 29"
  • Maximum tire width: 5"
  • Maximum bike wheelbase: 53"
  • Carrier weight: 60 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and motorhomes - not approved for fifth wheels, towable campers, or flat-towed vehicles

Note: May interfere with bikes with front fenders.

Hydro-Pneumatic Arms with Ratcheting Wheel Grips

Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

The premium Piston Pro X has arms with hydro-pneumatic struts that deploy automatically by simply tapping the release levers. They operate like the gas struts on your SUV that lift and support the rear hatch. The struts have a Kashima coating that keeps friction low, so they'll always open smoothly and in a controlled manner, even when exposed to water, mud, and road grime.

Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

To load a bike, tap the levers to deploy the hydro-pneumatic arms, set the bike on the tray and rotate the arms up over the wheels. Ratchets hold the arms in place, so once you squeeze the arms against the wheels there's nothing left to do. When you're ready to unload a bike, steady the bike with 1 hand and press the levers to release the arms with the other hand - it's that simple. Follow the same procedure to load and unload a 2nd bike.

Kuat Piston Pro X ratcheting hooks

The U-shaped grips secure your bikes firmly by the wheels - not the frames, so they won't scratch or scuff the paint. Each grip has labelled settings for 18", 24", 26", 27.5" and 29" tires. Just pinch the spring-loaded levers on each grip and slide it to the corresponding tire size for each bike - no tools required.

Grooved Wheel Trays

Kuat Piston Pro X front wheel cradles

The wheel trays have grooves in the tracks that accommodate narrow 18c road bike tires up to 5" fat bike tires. The Piston Pro X doesn't have cradles for the wheels like most platform-style bike racks have. This allows you to position your bikes on the rack exactly where you want them, not where the cradles dictate you place them. This helps prevent your handlebars and other bike parts from bumping into each other.

Spring-Loaded Lever for Easy Tilting and Folding

Kuat Piston Pro X rear wheel cradle

The spring-loaded lever lets you tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access. Just pull up on the lever, then you can lower the rack in a controlled manner.

Kuat Piston Pro X rear wheel cradle

When the rack is unloaded you can fold it up for storage.

LED Lights

Kuat Piston Pro X Complete Security

To keep you visible and safe, the Piston Pro X has built-in LED brake lights and turn signals. The lights are powered via the built-in wiring harness that plugs into your vehicle's existing 4-way connector. The lights are visible whether the rack is up or down.

Easy Installation

Kuat Piston Pro X Installation

The rack is easy to install. Just slide the shank into your hitch and use the included security tool to tighten the flatlock cam. An anti-rattle wedge is deployed inside the shank to help take play out of the hitch connection.

Complete Security for Bikes and Rack

Kuat Piston Pro X Complete Security

The security tool has a hollow-point hex indentation, so it can only be used with the Piston Pro X. This helps keep the rack secure on your vehicle. When you're done using it, simply lock it in place in the compartment at the front of the rack. A stainless steel hitch lock is also included for extra rack security.

Kuat Piston Pro X integrated cable lock

The Piston Pro X also includes a cable lock that secures your bikes to the rack. The 12-mm thick, braided steel cable threads through your bike's frames, and locks back into the rack. The cable has a soft rubber cover that won't scratch or scuff your bikes' paint.

Telescoping Ramp

Kuat Piston Pro X Ramp

An available aluminum ramp (sold separately) lets you roll your heavy e-bikes on and off the rack - no heavy lifting required. The ramp telescopes to create an angle small enough that you can roll your bikes up and down it with ease. To set up the ramp, rotate one of the Piston Pro X's ratcheting arms toward the ground, clamp the ramp onto the corresponding tray, and roll your bike up. With your bike on the tray, remove the ramp, and ratchet the arms over the wheels. When you're done, contract the ramp and store it in your trunk or hatch.

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Installation Details KU48VR Installation instructions

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Kuat Piston Pro X 2 Bike Rack Review

What's up everybody, it's AJ with Today, we're gonna be checking out the Kuat Piston Pro X. It's gonna be a platform style bike rack made for your inch and 3/4 hitch. It's also gonna hold two bikes. Let's check it out. First thing you might notice is the bike racks got built in lights on there. That's definitely a cool feature.

You got a four pole that runs from the rack all the way to the four pole in your vehicle. It attaches there. And then your lights on the bike rack are gonna mirror your taillights on your vehicle. So when we hit the brakes or a left turn, right turn signal. It's gonna do the same thing back here, which is cool so that at night people can still see your taillights if they're blocked by the two bikes as you can see them here.

Now, if you remove the bikes and pull the bike rack up towards the vehicle, you can still see the lights, and it'll still work too. Look how it holds the bikes on the platform rack. It's gonna be these wheel cradles that's push up into place. So they're pushing against each other to hold the bike nice and tight. Now it's got the one tap system here to release it.

So I'll show you how that works. Just hit it. It releases and pushes out. I'll do that on both sides to easily remove the bike. You just lift the bike up and pull it right off.

I like that 'cause it's quite a bit easier than some other platform style bike racks that might have that center mast there that makes it a huge pain to unload or load the bikes. You have to kind of go around it, move the hooks and get those set up. This makes it far easier just to either put the bike on there or take it right off. Now you can adjust the cradle to fit different tire sizes. Goes all the way up to 29 inches. We had it set at 27 and 1/2 because that's what that last tire was. So it has a better hold on there. I like that it's just got the two push buttons on the other side that you slide that up or down wherever you need to adjust it. That's better than some of the other bike racks out here that have this kind of similar style to where you either have to unscrew it and move it around or just pop it out and move it. This seems more secure. And I like how easy it is just pushing those two buttons in to slide it down or up where you need it. The arms can each go back a little bit further too if you need more clearance, this helps it keep outta the way when you're loading up that bike. If you just don't wanna move around one while you're setting up the other one, you can go down a little further too and that's when it starts to ratchet back in. It can all go all the way the ground if you need it to but then you're gonna have to use the one tap system to release it to be able to bring it back up. So it starts ratcheting against the tire about there. The arm is held in place and able to operate because of the hydropneumatic system that's built in right here. So that's gonna allow you to push that arm up and apply the tension to the bike on both sides, holding it in place onto the platform rack. Another thing that sticks out right here is gonna be the Kashima coating on this portion. You can see it's a different color but that's gonna help it hold up to the elements. You don't have to worry about it being damaged or just wear it out on you or any of these teeth out here and not be able to ratchet when you wanna go add that tension. With the bike removed, we can take a better look at the tray here. You can see it's got plenty of grooves in there for different size tires. We have the road bike channel right there. It opens up a little bit more for mountain bike tires or even e-bike tires. The tray can handle a max wheel base of 53 inches. And just keep that in mind of what kind of bike you wanna throw up on there. With that in mind though, let's throw another 29er up there and see how it handles two of 'em right next to each other. I just wanna point out some points that we had issues on. You can see the seat is making contact with our brake here. Now we could go a little bit higher with the seat and go above the rails, but that's also something you have to adjust every time you go throw your two 29er bikes on here. Now another thing we can do is try and shift the bike forward back for a little bit but it's just the seat. It's too much. We can't adjust that much forward it or backwards. Another option we had with this bike rack, which is kind of unique is you can actually flip the bike with the handlebars on the same side and you might be able to get some clearance back and forth that way too. We we're able to get that done and it looks a little different. You don't usually see bike racks carry bikes like that down the road, but it works. Something else to keep in mind is how close the bikes do sit together. There's not a lot of space in between them. You see with the two 29ers on here, the pedals come really close. Now one of 'em has the smaller snap in pedals and it has regular pedals you saw on the other bike. The two big pedals kind of got each other's way but luckily you're able to maneuver them out of each other's way. It's just something to look out for when you're loading up your bikes. Another feature of the bike rack that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes loaded, which is handy if you forget to throw something back in there or you just need to get in the back hatch and you don't wanna unload both bikes. So what you do is you got the handle right here. You can pull on and that's gonna allow it to go down. So I'm gonna put one hand here on the arms to help lower it down. I'll pull on that lever and then we can just bring the bike rack down. Now I suggest doing it by the arm here because it's kind of it's cumbersome if you're going down here at the base to go hold that handle and then you're kind of underneath it when it lowers down. And that's a little bit of an issue just because it's hard to pop back up and not hit your head on a handlebar or anything that's around me right now and the angle to get away from it. But it is nice that it tilts away. So I can come back here and get to the back of the vehicle. There's no problem clearing it. So I don't have to worry about the handle bars or the pedals being in the way. So I like that. To bring it back up, I suggest using the arm again, just because getting down there and to grab the base and pull it up is a little cumbersome. It'll latch into place. You hear it latch. Let me do that one more time so we can maybe see or hear it. I see the latch going to place. I hear it. So I know that it's latched and I don't have to worry about it falling back down when I let go. We'll talk about some pros and cons of the bike rack. So I threw the e-bike back on there. Let's go out the parking lot and see how it handles. Coming back from our drive, it was a bit of movement with the bikes, which happens with most bike racks when we're going through a test course especially hitting those speed bumps, but I'll show you me shaking the bike rack or the bikes back and forth. That's about as much moving it was. It wasn't coming loose on the wheels. That's what I was worried about was these because when we we're pushing in, it did seem that you push one and get it nice and tight. And the other one turns out it's loose over here. So I was worried that they we're gonna hold up. They did. That was not an issue. The biggest other concern would be how close they sat together on the bike rack. Clearance is already an issue. So it wobbling back and forth like that. There's a high likelihood there could be contact somewhere with the handlebars in the seat. When not used, you can fold the arms in. Really easily. Take up less space that way. And when you want to go to put your bike back on there and load it and you just hit that one hit system again. One tap and it's opened up and you do that for all those to load your bike. I talked about the lights earlier in the video, but just wanted to show you the four pole we we're talking about. It has one magnetic end and the other end that has a four pole. So what we're gonna do is come back to the backside of your bike rack. This is where the plug's located. So you just put the magnet in there you see how easily it goes into place. I almost don't even push it in there at all. I like that. So you don't have to force that plug in to worry about bending the ends. There's not really any ends to bend there. Watch and just let go. Snaps into place. That magnet's gonna hold it. I was skeptical of that, but this is me pulling on it a little bit. Just seeing as you go down the road is it gonna pop out on you. Looks like it's gonna stay put. So I like that. You'll plug it in on the vehicle side, run it to the inside there and make sure it stays on the weather strip, avoid the latch here so you don't snap that wire. Let's get some measurements real quick. We go from the center of the hitch pin to the end of the bike rack. So looks right about there, maybe about 33 inches it adds the back of your vehicle. Just remember that it's back there. It's probably gonna interfere with the backup camera when you have both bikes loaded up there. So you'll know it's back there when you go to throw and reverse, but it is one of those things you don't wanna forget, especially if you're new to a bike rack. That's your first one you're grabbing. You don't want to accidentally pull in your garage maybe close the garage door on it, or just back into something in a tried spot. Just remember that it's back here. And when you don't have the bikes load up there you can fold it up against the vehicle, to save some space. So you just pull that same lever you used to tilt it away. That's the same one that you just push up and fold it up. It latches into place just like before. You see it clips in. So you know it's gonna stay there. Now we'll measure again. See how much it adds with it folded up. Looks to be right about there, that's 17 inches it adds to the back. So that's quite a bit less, but again, just remember it's back there. You don't wanna have any issues. So measuring from the center of the hitch pin to the furthest point out with it folded up it's gonna be about 16 and 1/2 inches. And then the closest point looks like it's about eight inches. There's gonna be three locks and they're all keyed alike. This one is gonna release the tool that you need to attach the bike rack to the hitch. So with that undone, let's go down and see how that works. We got the tool that was built in to the bike rack. I like that because that way the tool's always gonna be with you when you have your bike rack. I would like a hand knob instead to have 'em use a tool but this also makes it more secure so nobody will come around and mess with anything. So you come and use your tool. You got the adjuster that's built into it. So I like that as well. We do have a pin and a lock up there. You can use this. So loosen it up in your hitch and I'll show you how much shake and play is added when it isn't tightened down. See all that movement in your inch and a quarter hitch. That's with it loose. When I go to tighten it down, it's gonna take all that out. It's a shame you don't get a full turn out of this, but again, the built in tool with a spot on the rack is nice. The tightened there, I can see shaking back and forth. There's hardly any movement at all. Looking up here at the barrel lock, it's included. I like that it has another way of adding a security feature to the bike rack. So you can lock the pin in place which locks the bike rack to the hitch. So that in combination with the cable lock and then even locking the hand tool. It's just nice to know that with the bikes on there this is your rack where you leave it. Nobody can mess with it when you're not around. Overall, it's definitely a premium bike rack. The additional lights do look really cool. I gotta admit that I like that they work with the vehicle. So whether it's folded up or you got load up with bikes and it's folded down, you can still see it. You can still see the blinkers. I really like that addition. There's just some other things that fell a little short for me. I didn't like how close the bikes sat together. I didn't like that there was a hand tool added on. So when you go to take it on and put it off you have to have an extra tool. And I like that it had a place to stay here. That was pretty cool. And if you buy something like this, that with the lights you're probably gonna leave it in your hitch all the time. Anyway, this is just something on me. I think about the Thule Helium. It holds the bikes the same way but it has a hand knob down here. And I like the hand knob was there to tighten up in the hitch where I didn't need an extra tool or even worry about losing the tool. Another thing I liked is that the handle on the Helium was up here. So I'll do that to lower it down or fold it up. I didn't like how far back this pedal was. They say it's a pedal, but I still had to reach to do that with my hand and be under like the bike rack. Wasn't a big fan of that style either. Other than that, I think it comes down to style and this bike rack definitely has style. Those lights really just speak for themselves for how cool they are. Well, I think that does it. Thanks for hanging out and hope this helped..

Customer Reviews

Kuat Piston Pro X Bike Rack for 2 Bikes - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount - KU48VR

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

Premium rack makes loading your bikes easy. Arms with hydro-pneumatic, Kashima-coated struts deploy automatically with the tap of a lever and ratchet against your wheels - no frame contact. Built-in LEDs sync with your vehicle's tail lights.



Review from a similar Piston Pro X in Hitch Bike Racks

Very easy to put together. Solid rack. Had an NV 2.0 already but wanted the newer rack with the lighting as I think its more safe


Review from a similar Piston Pro X in Hitch Bike Racks

Assembly was painless and the product is solid.


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