Recommended Lightweight Bike Rack for a 2013 Toyota Prius C and Women's Bikes

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I have a 2013 Prius C. How much does this rack weigh? Also my bikes are womens with small frames. Is this the best rack and will I need any adapter bars for my small frames?

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Expert Reply:

The Thule Roadway 2 Bike Rack # TH912XTR weighs in just over 30 lbs. If your bikes have smaller frames then you would likely need an adapter bar like the Thule # TH982XT otherwise your bikes will likely sit at a weird angle which not only makes it awkward to load, but it will also reduce ground clearance (see attached with the bar installed). If you can send me some pictures of your bikes I can get a better idea as to if you'd probably need an adapter bar or not.

While the Thule Roadway is a very solid choice when it comes to a bike rack (which you can see in the great reviews), from the questions you're asking it sounds like you would like something that is really lightweight and that reduces the need for an adapter bar.

Enter the Kuat Beta # B202-114. This bad boy only weighs in at 12.6 lbs and has a weight capacity of 80 lbs (vs the 70 lbs for the Roadway). It also has arms that are closer together than standard hanging-style bike racks so it can even hold kid's bikes without an adapter (see attached), although you might want to use the Kuat Bar # UB01 if your top tube is at an angle just to keep your bike(s) more level.

The Beta comes fully assembled and you can add the Shank Adapter # D101 so that it is compatible with 2" hitch receivers.

If you don't already have a trailer hitch then I recommend either going with the Curt # C11484 for a 1-1/4" receiver or the EcoHitch # 306-X7194 for a 2" receiver. If you're only going to be transporting the bike rack then the 1-1/4" receiver will do just fine, but if you want to use the hitch for other accessories the 2" option is the better way to go as it is compatible with much more.

Attached are review videos for both the trailer hitches and both bike racks for you to further compare things on your end.

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Jon, Thank you for your help and feedback. I'm attaching pics of the bikes in hopes that you can make recommendations for the small frames.

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If you're asking about the adapter bar # UB01 then I believe you'll need it for the purple bike, but that black bike should be okay without it. It actually looks like you'd have trouble loading the black bike if you put the adapter bar on it.

If you're contemplating a different bike rack just to make loading a little easier then another option from Kuat is the Transfer # TS02G. This weighs in at 37 lbs so it's a little heavier than the Beta, but the trad-offs are that it can hold up to 2 bikes weighing 45 lbs each, and it has a unique U-Shaped frame which makes loading/unloading bike much easier than hanging and most platform style racks.

Attached is a review video for you to check out.

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