Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kuat: Sherpa Bike Rack Review & Bottle Lock Giveaway

Kuat Sherpa Hitch Mount Bike Rack - Spring is coming and biking season is here!  I recently visited my local bike shop to see the latest and coolest gear, and lo and behold, I see the COOLEST and MOST INNOVATIVE hitch-mount bike rack I have ever seen!  Most hitch mounted bike racks in the market today are bulky eye sores, but not so with the Kuat (Koo-at) Sherpa!

This robust, light-weight rack comes in eye-catching Black Chrome or White powder coat finish both with orange anodized aluminum accents.  At 29 lbs, I leave it on my car when I'm not transporting my bike.  It simply folds up so it's not obtrusive and I forget it's there until the car next to me compliments me on my "nice rack!"

I have a roof rack on my sedan, but when I'm tired from my ride it's difficult to have to raise my bike above my head to transport it back home.  With the Kuat Sherpa you raise it up to about knee level, place it in the tray, cinch down the front and rear ratchets and you're ready to go.  It can't get any simpler than that!  

Whether you have a 2", 1.25", or both sizes of receivers, this rack will fit both; no need to purchase separate attachments.  It carries two bikes with a total carrying capacity of 80 lbs, accommodates up to a 44.5" wheelbase, up to 2.75" tires, and 20"-29" wheels.  13 inches of space between the bikes prevents your investment from bumping and scratching each other.  It comes with an external cable lock to prevent thieves from taking your bike, as well as a lockable hitch pin to keep the rack from getting stolen.

Another innovative feature - if you need to get into your trunk or drop the tailgate of your truck, the rack has the ability to tilt down with a flip of a lever.

Now that I'm pretty sure you want the Kuat Sherpa so I'll tell you where to buy it.  First, check your local bike shop to see if they have it in stock, but if they don't, ask the manager to order one for you.   They may even assemble it for you free of charge.  The other option is to go to Kuat to order directly and you'll receive it in no time.  It took me a total of 45 minutes to assemble and install on my car.  Keep in mind I was taking my time to take pictures of the assembly so you may be a bit quicker.

The instructions were easy to follow and it comes with basically all the tools to put it together.  All you'll need that's not part of the installation kit are a Phillips screwdriver, and if you're particular like me, grease for the bolt threads.  Once assembled, you can simply install it on the 2" receiver of your vehicle.  If you have a 1.25" receiver, simply remove the 2 bolts holding the 2" receiver attachment on the receiver end of your rack and install it onto your vehicle.  Once on the vehicle, attach the lockable hitch pin.  Afterwards, locate the hand-tight cam system and turn clockwise to ensure that the rack is wiggle-free inside the receiver.  Now you're ready to put your bike on the rack and get ready to ride!

Click here to see their full line of bike racks.

Bottom Line:  Kuat knows racks.  They're designed by cyclists for cyclists.  The Kuat Sherpa is a tough, reliable bike rack that will protect your investment getting to and from your favorite cycling destinations.  It's versatile and will carry various bikes ranging from a BMX to a 29er.  Not riding?  Fold it up and leave it on, because it's so lightweight and such a cool looking rack you'll be proud to sport it all year long!

Giveaway Time:  Kuat is giving one lucky reader their awesome Bottle Lock in the color of your choice!   It's a bike lock camouflaged as a water bottle!  This bottle lock replaces your bulky and heavy U-lock and can be carried on the water bottle holder of your bike.

It has a 5' long internally 8mm thick braided steel coiled cable, which can lock your frame and both wheels.  A hidden compartment at the bottom can carry keys, cash, or other small items.

It comes with two keys, weighs less than 1lb, and comes in Black, White, Pink, and Rasta.  PROTECT your bike with Kuat's INNOVATIVE Bottle Lock!

Giveaway open to US residents only.

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Complimentary product provided to me from Kuat.  All opinions are my own. 

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