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Lightweight Easy to Load Bike Rack Recommendations for 2018 Subaru Forester


I need to replace my current Thule bike rack which was damaged in an accident and was looking at the Kuat Sherpa 2.0. I am an older woman and would prefer a light weight rack which this is. I need something easy to install myself. I currently have a 1 1/4 hitch. Would this rack work for my 2018 Forester with this size hitch? Thanks.


Expert Reply:

The Kuat Sherpa 2.0 part # SH12G that you referenced is a really great bike rack. It's lighter weight like you want at 32 lbs, is a platform style rack which means it's very easy to load and unload, and also only touches the bikes at the tires which protects delicate frame materials or paints.

If you have an aftermarket hitch installed on your 2018 Subaru Forester like the EcoHitch part # 306-X7216 that you referenced this rack would be a perfect solution for you. If your hitch is the Subaru brand of hitch then that means it has a shallower hitch pin hole and this rack would not fit, so instead you could install the EcoHitch in place of it or you could go with the Swagman Titan 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting, Item # S63400 which does fit the factory Subaru hitches. It's also lightweight too at approximately 30 lbs. It's pretty easy to load too since you just set the wheels onto the cradles.

I attached review videos for both racks for you to check out as well.

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