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Kuat Beta Folding 2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Kuat Beta Folding 2 Bike Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat Beta Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack for inch and 1/4 hitches. Part number B202-114. The Kuat Beta Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack is a great choice for your class 1 or class 2 trailer hitch receiver. If you'd like to upgrade your shank and make it work with your 2 inch by 2 inch receivers you could pick up the Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter, sold separately with part number D101. It secures our bikes in 3 locations. We've got 2 straps for our top tube and then 1 for our seat post tube.

This one's going to be our anti-sway strap. It's going to help prevent sway in our bike when we're on the road. The straps are very easy to use. Put them down through the buckle, pull it nice and tight, and you're all set. I've gone ahead and removed a bike so we can take a closer look. The straps themselves rotate to work with different bike styles.

The cradles are made out of a rubberized material so they won't harm or scratch our bike. They also feature grooves to help accommodate our lines and cables. They'll also accept bike frames up to 3 inches in diameter. The anti-sway cradles are also adjustable for different shapes of bikes. The dual arms are 8 inches center on center apart, which is actually a shorter distance than most hanging style bike racks.

This is going to help eliminate the need for a bike adapter bar. It's going to work with most women's, children's, and bikes of alternative frame styles. When not in use the dual arms fold down for compact storage. Simply pull out the pin, rotate it down, put it back in to lock it in place. Now, this would be ideal for parallel parking or pulling in your garage overnight. If you need to get into your rear hatch, no problem.

Another great feature is the bike rack tilts away. Simply pull the pin and clip out from down here, bring the pin down, put it through here. That way when we tilt it out it rests on the pin, and then as you can see, got plenty of room to remove any cargo, gear, groceries, anything we might have with us on our trip. The whole thing is made out of an extremely lightweight aluminium construction with a gunmetal gray powder coated finish. It's going to resist rust and corrosion. It has an 80 pound weight capacity. We'll go ahead and give you some measurements just to help you determine if it's going to be the right fit for you. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest portion of our center mass measures about 10 1/2 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outside of our cradle arms measures about 30 inches. Our customers are comparing this to the Swagman Trailhead Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack for inch and 1/4 and 2 inch receivers. They both have narrow dual arms, which means they're going to work with many styles of bikes, like your women's, children's, and bikes of alternative frame styles. They both tilt away so you can access your rear hatch. The Kuat uses ratchet strap style straps whereas the Trailhead uses rubberized stretchable straps. Both of them secure our bike the same way. Now that we've gone over the features I'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. Right away one of the key things you might notice here is its folded compact design. When it's not in use this is the way you can store it in your rear hatch or in your garage. When you're ready to use it, you can pick it up. It's lightweight. You can pull the pin on bottom, rotate the shank around, line up the pin holes on top. We'll put that through, clip it onto the other side, and then we can feed it into our receiver tube. We can line up our pin holes and then we'll take our included pin and clip, push that through, and put the clip in place. Then we can make our way back here to this knob. By tightening this up it's going to help reduce all that rattle and play within our receiver and our bike rack to make for a nice solid ride for our 2 bikes. In preparation for loading up our bikes we'll need to raise up the dual arms. We can take out the pin and clip here, raise it up realigning the holes. Put that back in, and now we can undo our straps. Just press in on the black tab button and take those out. Now we can load up our bikes. It's recommended you load up the heaviest bike first. We'll just come back, work our way to the back, and set it in place on the cradles. Now in positioning our bike we need to make sure that our seat post tube is nice and snug up against this cradle here. This is going to be our anti-sway cradle. We can rotate the strap around and tighten it up like so. Then we can just continue by doing the other 2 on top. With both bikes loaded up we can now adjust our tension knobs. We've got 1 here at the top and 1 here at the bottom. We can go ahead and tighten these up, and what these are going to do are help prevent any excess rattle or wobble that we might have up here in the dual arms and the center mass. With everything tightened up and both bikes loaded we can now take it out on our test course and see how it performs. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side to side action such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting action such as hitting curbs, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps. This shows up and down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage, or driving in and our of the driveway. That's going to complete our look at the Kuat Beta Hanging Style 2 Bike Rack for inch and 1/4 trailer hitches, part number B202-114.


Ken C.

1/19/2021

With two bikes in place, will tilting possibly have the bikes hit the ground?

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Jon G.

1/20/2021

Your bikes would likely contact the ground if you tilted the bike rack with them still installed. You actually should never tilt at hanging bike rack like this one with the bikes still installed so you will want to remove them anyways prior to using the tilt feature.

Holly S.

1/4/2021

Is an adapter bar really unnecessary to use this with a step-through women's bike? Also, is it recommended to thread a nylon strap or bungee through the front wheel and the bike frame to avoid the wheel moving a lot while driving?

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Jon G.

1/8/2021

The Kuat Beta has arms that are closer together than the vast majority of other bike racks which makes it more likely to be compatible with a women's or kid's bike without having to use the adapter bar. The adapter bar thing isn't a hard and fast rule because there are a ton of different bike frame styles out there - we have just found that the majority of the time it's needed for women's and kid's bikes. You can definitely use a strap or a bungee cord to keep that front wheel from moving around as much and I really recommend doing so. We actually have stuff like that here at etrailer. You could use the Hollywood Racks strap # HRSPRVEL for an individual bike or the Thule strap # 753-2030-17 if you plan on having 2 bikes loaded up.

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