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Kuat Trio Bike Rack

1.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $210.00

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Product Description

Finally, the Kuat Trio Roof Carrier is a fork mount roof rack all cyclists can agree on. Featuring the 3 Way fork mount system, the TRIO can handle any bike you own. Top that off with a slim line design, security system, and rugged good looks and you have

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Duke a Racer

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2014

Strengths:    Looks; Fits cars' factory crossbars; 1 rack for 3 bike axle sizes (Trio).

Weaknesses:    Does not fit a Subaru Outback (current generation).

Bottom Line:   
Kuat designed a bike carrier intended for cars with factory cross bars, and forgot to measure how long they could make a rack for a Subaru Outback. When installed properly, the Kuat Trio will damage an Outback's rear hatch door when opened as it ia about 2" too long...The SUBARU OUTBACK. If random cyclists were asked to name a car that comes standard with factory cross bars, yet low enough that you'd prefer a roof rack instead of a hitch rack, I would bet the Outback would be on everyone's short list. Kuat designed a cool looking nicely featured rack, that will damage an Outback if you use it. ALMOST funny minus the $200 on the rack and damage to my car.

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Favorite Trail:   Skeggs Point

Duration Product Used:   2 months

Price Paid:    $209.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Thule Big Mouth (Excellent); Yakima Forklift (good)

Bike Setup:   '14 Specialized Epic Expert; Santa Cruz Superlight

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jake

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2014

Strengths:    It looks cool. The rear strap is super easy to reverse. Once everything is installed, it feels pretty solid.

Weaknesses:    Misleading marketing. It's easy to think you're buying a rack with a single skewer that will accept any fork. The truth is, the stock skewer is a "duo" that works with 9mm and 15mm forks. Kuat includes a black skewer for 20mm forks. You have to swap the skewer for use with 20mm. It's not super difficult to swap the skewers, but there is always the risk of lost skewers, and you need a hex wrench to get the job done.

Bottom Line:   
I had been drooling over the Kuat hitch racks because they look so clean and burly. All of that anodized stuff looks pretty cool.

I own a bunch of different road/mountain bikes and I don't have a hitch, so I thought this would be a great solution. For simplicity, I wish I had gone with another type of rack (especially for the price). We have used Thule sidearms for 5 years with no failures or thefts.

This thing could be stolen in less than one minute if you didn't use the cable to lock it to your roof rack. There are only two wing nuts on the back, four hex nuts on the front that hold it down. I suppose if you were worried about that happening you could cable lock it to your roof rack.

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