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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 GMC Acadia

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 GMC Acadia


Hi, everyone, Aiden here with etrailer.com, and today we're gonna be taking a look at the Kuat Transfer bike rack here on our 2019 GMC Acadia. Now, the Transfer is going to be a platform-style bike rack holding the bike by the wheel here. So, that means we're gonna have zero frame contact making it good for our carbon frame bikes, our alternative frame bikes, and it does have a 40 pound weight capacity in this version. This is the version that'll work with an inch-and-a-quarter hitch or two-inch hitch. If you are looking for a higher capacity of 60 pounds per per bike, you can check out the exclusively two-inch version that will boost your capacity just a bit and be better for those e-bikes. But either way, they're gonna both function the same way.

And one of the things that this bike rack has is the ability to tilt away. I'm gonna just open up this arm to give me easier access to the foot pedal, and that will tilt the bike rack down. Now, normally you'd use this to get hatch access, but unfortunately, you aren't getting much tilt with this, and on your Acadia, it won't clear. So, I'm not gonna try to open this. It won't just make it past the bike here.

If you are looking for something that could, the GuideRail is another bike rack that we've tested today and that has tons of clearance. Now I do like the design though, of having the open frame. I'm gonna actually open this back up again because that's one of the advantages this has in terms of loading and unloading your bikes. I'll actually start unloading it now by removing first this ratcheting wheel strap on the back, and then undoing the front hook. Now with this, you can actually walk right up to your bike where you can get a good hold on it and just lift it up and away.

Now in the two-bike version here, that may not seem like such a big deal, but if you are getting a higher capacity version, like a three or four-bike, you are gonna be able to just unload that innermost bike a lot easier. I'll go ahead and replace the straps and everything here. You can see our pivoting back wheel cradles to accommodate four different wheel base bikes. And then I can secure the wheel hooks back down. So with it like this, let me grab my tape measure, and we can get some measurements, starting with our ground clearance.

We do have a pretty good rise in the shank here. And your hitch does sit pretty high off the ground, giving us 22 and a quarter inches of ground clearance to the lowest point at the back end here. It's pretty good. I don't think we'll have to worry about any sort of steep driveways or hills. As far as length added goes, we do have 35 inches added to the back of the vehicle. Now it does stick out quite a bit. I would watch out for those parking spots and garages, but like we can tilt it away, we can use that same lever to fold it upright when we don't have bikes loaded. That will reduce our distance quite a bit, bringing us down to 14 inches added to the back of the vehicle. Still be mindful of it back here, just to avoid any sort of contact with any parking spots or garages, but overall it's gonna reduce that distance and make it less obtrusive. With this open design here, we've got really good view for our backup camera and for our license plate. That's really unique to this bike rack with this design. So, I like that. And then, down at the bottom, we can see we do have a regular pin and clip, but for our anti-rattle device, we do need a specially-keyed tool. So, that's gonna keep things secure in the hitch as well as leave that rattling down to a minimum. Now, overall, the Transfer's a really nice bike rack. I don't think it works super well with the Acadia because of that tilting away. So, I would maybe recommend looking into some other options, but overall it's going to function really well, and if you're not worried about that tilting, then it's gonna work really well for you in the long run. Thanks for watching..


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