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Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Platform Rack

Speaker 1: Today, we're going to be taking a look at Kuat Transfer platform style two-bike rack. Part number TS02G. That's for the color gray. It's also available in Black. TS02B.The Kuat Transfer is a platform-style bike rack with a different approach. It has no center mast.

It has a step through design so we can easily access our bikes. As you can see, there's no platform to get in our way, so it's going to make loading and unloading easy. It also has an easy to access foot petal so we can tilt the rack away, even with bikes loaded, to access our rear hatch. Again, this is easier because there no platform to get in the way.Our bikes are held in place by a wheel hook and a wheel strap. There is no frame contact.

Its a ratcheting wheel hook that puts down pressure on our front wheel into our front wheel cradle. The rear cradle uses a strap to keep the rear wheel in place. We gone ahead and removed our bikes so we can take a closer look. The front wheel cradles are going to accept road bike tires, mountain bike tires, and fat tires up to 4 1/2 inches wide. For fat bikes you will need an adapter kit sold separately with part number APBK.

The rear cradle accepts all the same tire sizes. The only difference is for fat bikes, you have to swap out the strap from your fat bike kit. Or if you prefer, you can pick up the bike rack with the fat bike kit included with part number TS02G-FB in gray, and in black part number TS02B-FB.The cradles are adjustable for bikes of different sizes. The rear one pivots within the slot. The front cradles are adjustable by loosening up the tab with the included tool, and rotating it.

This is gonna raise the bike up which can help with handlebar spacing between the two bikes. When not in use, the wheel hooks fold flat. This allows us to fold the whole bike rack up against our vehicle for compact storage. Now this is ideal for pulling into a tight parking spot or pulling your garage overnight.The distance of the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when folded up is five inches. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when folded down is 7 1/5 inches. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the farthest edge of the carrier when folded down is 32 5/8 of an inch.The whole rack has a powder coated finish to resist rust and corrosion, and it features a limited lifetime warranty.Our customers mostly compare the Kuat Transfer to the more traditional Swagman XTC2. Compared to the Transfer, the XTC2 has a traditional platform with a center mast and hooks that contact our bikes frame. It does not tilt away, and the open wheel cradles leave your tires exposed.Now that we've gone over the features, I'll show you how to get it installed. Now, this is gonna work with inch and a quarter or two inch hitches, class one, two, and three. It includes a sleeve to work with our two inch by two inch receiver. What we'll do is feed it into our receiver tube, line up our pin holes. Once we've got it lined up, take our antiretroviral clip, and start threading that through. Once we've got it hand tightened, we can take our included tool, and finish tightening it up. Then we can just put our clip on the opposite side.Now we can get it ready to load up our bikes. The way we do that, is we take our foot, push down on the foot pedal, lower it down until it rests. Then we can raise out our wheel hooks, and undo our rear wheel straps.Now, it's recommended that you load up your heaviest bike first. So, raise it up. As you can see, that step through the design is gonna make it a lot easier to load up our bikes. W it in position, we can raise up our wheel hook, right in front of our fork or outbreak, whichever comes first. Once it makes contact, give like a push, and then it's secure. With it in position, we can then raise up our wheel hook. Now this is gonna end up in front of our fork, or our breaks, whatever comes first. I'll lower it down so it makes contact Question: our tire, and then we'll give it like a push, and then it's secure.For our rear cradle, it pivots to match or tires. Once it's seating correctly, we can run our strap through and pull it down through the other side.I've gone ahead and loaded up my second bike the same way. Now we can take it out and run our test course, and see how it performs. This is our test course. Let's start with our slalom. This shows side to side action, such as turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then on to our alternating speed bumps. This shows twisting acton, such as hitting curves, potholes, road debris, or uneven pavement.That's gonna complete our look at Kuat Transfer platform style two bike rack, part number TS02G.



The video says “ The distance of the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the carrier when folded up is five inches.” on Kuat website the fit guide seems to say the distance is 6 - 11/16”. Which is correct. My hitch hole is 4.2” from bumper, which means the rack folded up would be .8” from my bumper. .8” seems to close to the bumper. So, 1) what is the distance from hitch hole to folded up carrier and 2) what is a safe distance from folded up rack to bumper? Tx

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


Great question! So this video is on the Kuat Transfer 2 and the specs that you're seeing is for the newer Kuat Transfer V2. They are basically the same bike rack but the V2 is upgraded and it has that bigger distance. The rack in this video is no longer available but you can get to the V2 product page using this part # KU74FR .

Julie P.


1.Measurement of back of car bumper to back of rack when folded up?2. This is on the lower cross tube hitch. If we have the DrawTite hitch with the concealed cross tube, the rack would sit higher...will the car hatch still clear the rack to open?

Etrailer Expert

Rachael H.


The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack when folded up is 5 inches, this measurement can be seen at the 2:20 minute mark of the video. To check and see if your hatch would clear the rack to open you can do a quick measurement. When the bike rack is extended and no bikes on it, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the highest point on the rack (the outer wheel hoop) the maximum height is 14-5/8 inches. If the rack is extended, unload, and tilted away from the vehicle the height just above the tilting hinge is 10-3/4 inches, and this is measured about 11 laterally from the center of the hitch pin hole. You can compare these measurements to the hitch you have on your vehicle to see if you could still open the rear hatch.