Kuat Trio Bike Rack

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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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[Oct 01, 2019]
Cleaner


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Fits multiple axle standards by swapping the skewer (the use of a hex key is required to swap skewers) Integrated cable lock is nice The tray is solid and uses the metal extrusion as the main structure. The tray design is good and structurally a bit stiffer than some other offerings and it accommodates a wide range of tire sizes. Relatively lightweight The fit and finish is pretty good.

Weakness:

Hardware not stainless will likely rust if left on the car all the time Does not have T-slot specific mounting option (it will mount to slotted bars but not using the slots so less integrated) Cable lock is a minor deterrent to theft Not designed to be removed from the racks frequently I remove the bike rack when not transporting bikes so I have to remove 6 threaded fasteners each time I install or remove a tray from the load bars. I did add 3M helicopter tape to the tray to protect the powder coat from abrasion under the rear wheel strap carrier.

Price Paid:
135.00
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Sep 29, 2019]
skidmd


OVERALL
RATING
2
Strength:

Too long and scratched/dented my hatchback sun visor part on Audi Q5. Not cool and an expensive lesson learned.

Weakness:

Too long in length.

Price Paid:
200
Model Year:
2019
[Apr 27, 2016]
Lee J
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Easy to install, simple to use, looks good, low wind noise

Weakness:

9mm skewer not intuitive to use, tool needed to switch fork mount sizes

I've got a new 2016 Kuat Trio, and I'm happy with it. The front secures with a unique 5 sized "hex" key, so unless you have that specific tool, you won't be able to remove it. You now have to use a regular hex key to switch the fork mount from 9mm to 15mm to 20mm thru axles. Apparently this is more stable than the previous design, but it does take more time to switch than before. Not a big deal. I do like the cable lock coming out of the rear of the rack to secure both the frame and rear wheel. It's a thicker cable than included with the Yakima carrier I have, so it should be harder to cut thru. I've been using it for several months, and haven't had any problems. I'd certainly recommend it.

Similar Products Used:

Thule Thru-ride (marrs axle), Yakima front loader

[Jun 12, 2014]
Duke
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

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

Weakness:

Does not fit a Subaru Outback (current generation).

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.

Similar Products Used:

Thule Big Mouth (Excellent); Yakima Forklift (good)

[May 20, 2014]
Jake

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

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

Weakness:

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.

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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