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Grab your favorite riding buddy, load up the whips and set out for a weekend of riding, in two shakes of a hardtail, with the Sherpa tray hitch rack by Kuat! The Sherpa carries 2 bikes of up to 40 lbs. each for a total carrying capacity of up to 80 lbs. The front and rear tire ratchets make loading and unloading quick and painless, while the ability to tilt downward enables easy access to the rear of the vehicle. Should you need to dismount the rack, the Sherpa compactly folds up for convenient storage. The anodized aluminum accents give the Sherpa a refined, yet sporty look that’ll have you wanting to leave it on all year long.
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Comments about Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:
In general, it's a decent rack. However, here's what I noticed when I got it that made me feel a little underwhelmed given the price I paid:
- I got it in "black chrome" but the bolts/nuts it came with are not chrome or anodized aluminum: they are the cheapest looking hardware you can get at the store. I chose to spray painted them matte black after installing
- The front tire trays are mounted to the rack with a screw that you thread into plastic of the tray. A cheap/ flimsy solution I thought.
After I put the rack together and mounted on 2007 Subaru Outback:
- I wasn't able to put the rack in the vertical position due to the front tire tray of the inner rack getting in the way. Unlike the other reviewer who chose to cut down the top part of the tray I decided to remove some plastic off the bottom and sides of the tray so that I could fold it forward/down. The reason for that is the way the bike is held on the rack: the spring/lever is pushing on the top of the front wheel which in turn pushes the wheel against the tray. By cutting down the top part of the tray I thought I'd increase the chances of the front wheel coming out of the tray in the up/side motion when the car hits a bump/pothole or in a turn.
- A few days ago I was driving back home after a ride and had my bike ( StumpJumper 29er) in the outer rack (the one I didn't have to modify). I always make sure the tension on the spring/lever that holds the bike on the rack is solid and the tire has enough pressure before I get i in the car and drive. I spaced out a little and ended up hitting a pothole at about 40 mph. The hit brought me back to reality and I noticed in the rearview mirror that the bike wasn't aligned on the rack anymore. I stopped: the front wheel did partially come out of the tray but the lever held it on the rack. I thought if I kept driving/daydreaming I could've lost the bike in the next turn. It seems as if there was a ratchet strap holding the front wheel in place it would've been a safer/better design: a spring/lever pushing the wheel down and a strap holding the rear wheel doesn't work that well if you hit a pothole or the tire loses air pressure due to a slow leak.
Comments about Kuat Sherpa 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:
This is a great bike rack for people who are looking to carry two bikes using a hitch. I had an older bike rack from a relative but my MTB had fallen off of it once already, and I bought the Kuat as a replacement after doing some research. I usually carry my road bike or my 26" MTB on it - haven't tried a 650B or 29" bike but I do not foresee any problems making them fit on the rack.
The rack is quite light due to the aluminium construction, but sturdy at the same time. The adjustable anti-sway cam system in the hitch mount is great, and reduces the swaying that bike racks are subjected to - but does not completely remove it. However, I'm quite confident in the stability of the rack for long-distance driving or on rough roads. I have to drive on a few kilometers of rough fire roads before I can get to the local biking area, and the rack has not caused me to worry about my bike falling off the back - unlike my old rack!
Issues with the rack - the rack could not tilt for storage properly on my Subaru Forester (2010) due to the hitch receiver being recessed underneath the rear bumper. I see this as an issue that could occur on vehicles with a "hidden hitch" design, such as smaller sedans or SUVs. What happened was that the closer front wheel carrier would bump into the bumper, preventing the rack from folding properly. 30 seconds with a sawzall solved the issue - I trimmed the plastic front wheel tray 2 inches to allow for clearance, and now the rack works properly. The QR for the folding/tilting mechanism does squeak quite badly, but I think this will be resolved with time/a bit of lubrication. The locking system is a bit less desirable than the NV's built-in lock, but the included cable lock is at least thicker gauge. The lack of ability to add a 2-bike extension is also quite unfortunate, but understandable.
A great rack overall!
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