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Kuat Transfer V2 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Kuat Transfer V2 Bike Rack

What's going on everybody, Adam here with the etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat Transfer V2 Bike Rack. If you're looking for an extremely versatile bike rack, if you get the two inch configuration, we're going to be able to use it on any vehicle that has a class two inch hitch or higher. And the nice thing about that is we can go ahead and put it on a vehicle, flat towed vehicle, fifth wheel travel trailer or motor home. The two inch version is going to have 60 pounds per bike, so it's going to be good for your fat tire bikes or some of your lighter electric bikes. But if you have a inch and a quarter inch, we do have a configuration on our site, but the only limitations with that is we're not going to be able to put it on a fifth wheel travel trailer or flat towed vehicle, and it is going to have a weight capacity of 40 pounds.

Both versions of the transfer are going to allow you to have one other bike, there's an add on on our site. So if you have a growing family, you know, you can grow your bike rack, but also if you're just getting into the sport and maybe you get a road bike, and then a fat tire bike later on, that is going to be great option for you. But one thing with the one bike add-on it is going to limit our capacity to 40 pounds per bike. Both are going to come with a bike cable lock it's about seven and a half foot long. So it's going to be great for not only just two bikes but also three bikes as well.

I always liked not having to buy more products once I grab a bike rack, this one comes with the cable lock and that's always a plus, especially for traveling. It does come with two sets of key if you lose one it's okay. Also you get a little bottle opener, which is also a nice little addition. Both are going to come with a hitch pin and clip. It doesn't come with a locking core, but we do have a special tool, has a little indentation on it.

So not a lot of people if anybody is going to have this tool unless they have this same exact bike rack. You really don't really have to worry about it running off. Both have a tilting feature what I like to do is grab both of the wheel hooks here it's the most secure part. And the nice thing about it is you can go ahead and just push down with your foot on that lever to tilt it away. So if you do have a back hatch or even just some bigger stuff in your trunk, you can go ahead and access all that, depending on your handlebars, we might have a little bit of issues.

You kind of bend it back a little bit to get a completely open but just be mindful. You do have that feature, which is always nice, so you can keep your bikes on there and still be able to access anything in the back hatch. You can either go down low or just grab it again up here, then it should lock into place just like that. Both are going to require a wheel diameter of 18 inches all the way up to 29 inches. And the wheel cradles are going to be able to accept up to three inches, but if you haven't got tire bike and it's wider than that, all the way up to five inches, we have a kit. It's just going to come with a longer strap back here and that'll wrap around your fat tire bikes so you can put those on there. Also make sure that the wheelbase of our bikes, isn't going to exceed 50 inches and to measure that, just find the bottom center part of one wheel to the bottom center part of the other wheel and make sure it doesn't exceed that. Now it's time to take the bikes off just to get a better look at the rack. First things first, let's go ahead and unlock our cable nice and easy and phish all that through. And if you coil this up right, nice and tight, it will fit in that bag that comes with the kit. For both bikes the first thing you want to do is take off this back little strap just because it doesn't hold the bike upright and just kind of helps with that vertical movement. And then you can go ahead and put a hand on your bike we have a big old lever right here, push that down, slide it up, fold it out, done deal. This back cradle is going to be able to pivot around so actually does quite a bit. It's going to be able to accommodate for the different types of bikes that you may have whether they're really short wheel bases or maybe longer wheel bases. It all just depends, it's going to be great for getting that right fit for the kiddos bikes that you might be bringing along with you. From the center of one wheel cradle to the center of the other is going to be your distance between your bikes. It's going to be about 11 and a quarter inches. Let's see how much length we're adding to the back of the vehicle. I'm going to go from the hitch pin hole so it's going to be universal for whatever kind of car you guys have. So from the center of the hitch pin hole to the very edge, it's going to be about 37 inches, but we can go ahead and cut that down a little bit just by taking this little lever and with our foot or hand folding that up, and then from the center of the hitch pin hole to the farthest most point which is the lever, it's going to be about 14 and a quarter of an inch. We've tested this on a couple of different vehicles and some of them have a little bit of contact with the wheel cradle and the back of the bumper. So to give you a universal measurement, we're going to go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part, which is going to be the bigger wheel cradle. And that's going to be about six and a half inches. So if you have anything that is more than that, basically just measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of your bumper, it's going to be more, you're totally fine. If your measurements are less than that, you can still use this bike rack, Kuat makes a really cool little extension piece, and it's going to give you either a riser or drop depending on what you really want, but you will be able to use that, but just make sure you have a two inch hitch, and if you have the inch and a quarter version of this, make sure you put that two inch sleeve on the end of your shank. If you are using the transfer to carry some heavier bikes, the thing I really like about it is with the front one you're right close and personal with your bikes, it's not going to be that strenuous on your back, but also with our other one, if you only have one heavy bike we always recommend that you put it closest to the hitch. You can go ahead and open this up, which you probably already have it open and walk right up to that heavier bike and take it off really, really simply and easily. And this is a lot easier than some of the Tooley racks that I've been dealing with, and it's definitely a unique feature of this rack particularly. Another thing I really like about this rack is it's super compact so it's really not even anywhere near my tail lights. So if you plan on just keeping it on there 'cause it looks good, might as well, it is really not going to cover up your tail lights so you don't really have to worry about that. But if you do have a backup camera, you aren't going to be able to see it, and if you do have some rear sensors you might hear some beeping whenever you're backing up. All in all Kuat is the cream of the crop when it comes to bike racks, I really like this, it's a really entry-level when it comes to Kuat, but it's really, really nice. I like the powder-coated finish to it, it's nice low profile, but it really is functional. If you get the two inch version, you can put it on basically anything that has wheels and you want to carry your bikes with it. I like the fact that we can add one more on to it. I liked that we can put electric bikes and it's really good for your carbon fiber bikes with the wheel hook and also the fat tire bikes as well. I all in all like this bike rack and you will too, if you're really looking to get two or three bikes to and fro. Well everyone that just about does it for a look at the Kuat Transfer V2 Bike Rack..

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