When it comes to bike transport to the trailhead for most, a bike rack is just a bike rack. The difference between an alright rack and one that makes transport much easier are some key features. Our valued customer Tyler Neese shares the key points on his Kuat Transfer 2 Bike Rack. Check it out!
I recently upgraded to the Kuat Transfer 2 rack from a couple of Yakima Copperheads I'd been using for years, and the Transfer 2 is definitely an upgrade. I ride a long-travel 29er with thru-axles. Racks like the Copperhead required me to take the wheel off and use an adapter. While this is a pain, it's also not too secure - even if the rack is locked, with the adapter someone can still loosen the thru-axle and pull the bike off.
The Transfer 2 is easy to assemble - I was able to put it all together in a little more than an hour with standard hex wrenches. It's even easier to use. I haven't timed it (because really, why would you do that?) but it can't take more than a minute to throw the bike on and off.
I went with a Kuat because I've always liked the design and functionality of their racks. I chose the Transfer because I wanted a solid hitch rack that wouldn't break the bank. The Transfer is a quality hitch rack that is functional and gets the job done. While the Kuat NV and Sherpa models offer better materials and more bells and whistles, they also ring up at $500-$600 vs. $300 for the Transfer 2.
As for fit, my 29er with 2.4" tires fits perfectly with room to spare, so bigger or plus-size tires I imagine would fit fine. Also fits the hitch receiver on my Subaru Forester perfectly.
I can also attest to the fact that it's a pretty sturdy rack. Just this week, someone backed into the rack (and drove off, but left pieces of their taillight...bad karma) while I was at work. I was able to bend one of the main arms back into place, and other than a few scratches, it appears to be good as new.
In summary, if you're looking for a solid, easy-to-use hitch rack at a reasonable price point, I would recommend the Kuat Transfer 2.
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