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Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes Review

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Review of the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes


Today we're gonna be taking a look at the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes, part number: C18085-FB. The Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes is great for carrying up to two fat bikes, or you can also have road bikes as you see here, or mountain bikes, or bikes with alternate frames. One of the best features about this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached. To do that, we come to the base of our bike rack and you're gonna see two pins; you're gonna see a smaller one here, and the larger one. We'll first remove the larger of the two pins, sliding it out like so, and then we'll remove the smaller one while holding up the bike rack a little bit. And now, holding onto the bike rack, never the bikes, let the bike rack tilt forward.

And now we have full access to our rear hatch to get what we need, and plenty of space on either side to do so. How our bikes are held into place, we're gonna have one point of contact and that's gonna be the frame at the top here. We're gonna have padded frame hooks to hold those in place, and they are padded to ensure that the frame of your bike doesn't have any scratches or abrasions on it. They are lockable, as well. To hold our tires in place we have these wheel hoops, and they do support tire sizes up to 4-7/8" wide. The hoops are adjustable by loosening and tightening the knobs here, and that's to accommodate both loading and unloading, and to fit bikes of different sizes.

We've gone ahead and taken off the bikes so we can show off some additional features. Right now we have it in the loading position, meaning it's ready to receive the bikes when necessary. However, there's a couple other storage positions we'd like to show you. The first one's gonna be what we call the "suitcase" position. And that's where we're gonna fold up both of these arms with the wheel hoops. You come to the base here, remove these pins like so, lift up the arms.

And you may need to adjust the wheel hoops as necessary to be able to push them up all the way. And we'll push that through. And this is the suitcase position. Our second storage option is to fold it flat and fold it up against the vehicle, and that's gonna be when you're parking in your garage or just parking in general. We'll first need to lower our mast here by removing this pin at the base.

Line up those holes like so. And while it's in this position, I would like to point out that you still can have access now to your rear hatch if you wanted to. To fold it up against the vehicle, we'll come to our base again and remove that large pin we did earlier, to tilt it, except this time we'll just push it straight up, lining up these holes on the side, and inserting the pin. Now that we've gone over some of the features of this bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We'll simply lift it up into our hitch, line up the pin holes, and then install our anti-rattle bolt. You're gonna take your ratchet or your wrench depending on what you got, and really snug that down. And once you tighten that down it'll take out the shake and play in the shank and it'll make for a much smoother ride, as well. Now that we have it tightened up in our hitch, we'll fold our arms down and get it ready to receive some bikes. We'll put our hooks all the way up like you see there, by pushing those two buttons. We'll also loosen up our cradles here, our wheel hoops. And this is just so they're easily maneuverable once you start putting bikes on. With our center mast here, we pull that pin at the base, we can actually fold our mast down out of the way and make loading our first bike a little bit easier. We'll take our main mast, lift it up, and making sure we're holding onto the bike when we're doing this, re-secure the main mast with our pin here. Now we can just push down our frame hook til it's nice and secure. With our fat bike installed, now we can tighten down those wheel hoops so they don't move around when we drive. Now we can grab our second bike and load that one on. With both bikes in place, take our keys here with our lock, and lock our hooks down for a little bit of anti-theft. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side-to-side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. And there you have it for the Curt 2 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bikes, part number: C18085-FB.


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