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Ok here are first impressions of my new Kuat Sherpa rack.

This thing is light, not officially put on a scale but you deffinitly notice it. The color is super nice but wish instead of paint it was powder coated. The cam that locks the rack in and prevents any wiggle is genius and does what it was meant to do. Unfortunately I was in a parking lot mishap and the handle was broken (as you may notice in some pics) with no perp to be found, damn hit and run....anyways the guys at Kuat have a replacement part on the way, awesome guys to deal with. Moving on up the rack the arms that hold the bikes in place are downright sexy and work. They hold the bike in place well and are super simple to use. There are stops at the pivot point to keep them from falling all the way to the ground. The rear tire is held with your typical cradle and strap found similar to many other racks. There is a nice two step section (wide and narrow) to the cradles. Perfect for road bikes, cross bikes and smaller BMX bikes that run narrow wheels. It comes with a cable and locking hitch pin that does its job.

The only thing I would like to change is the pin that holds the rack up/level/down is to have something with some sort of cam or even a bold and T-handle on the other side to really snug it down. The cam does a great job of holding the arm that goes into the hitch tight. But the main part of the rack still has play, not a lot but its there. I dont mind the extra step. Other than that just the paint. Its such a sexy rack to have paint fall off of.

Great rack!!! more pics to come.....



 

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Might be a silly question, but other than exercising due care, do you think there would be anything preventing use of the Kuat on a car as opposed to a truck/SUV?

I have a 1.25" hitch on my Honda Accord, currently use a Saris hanger rack, but am very interested in a tray rack.
 

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Might be a silly question, but other than exercising due care, do you think there would be anything preventing use of the Kuat on a car as opposed to a truck/SUV?

I have a 1.25" hitch on my Honda Accord, currently use a Saris hanger rack, but am very interested in a tray rack.
Absoloutly no problem. Take off the 2" adapter and it should fit fine. The only possible issue I could imagine would be clearance with the trunk if opened. But that is why most hitch racks tilt down, for access to either tailgate, suv cargo area, or trunk. If you look at my pictures in this thread you will see how it tilts down even with bikes loaded. Any other questions let me know.
 

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Many thanks! Didn't think it would be a problem, it's a good sturdy hitch on the car (originally got it to tow a small sail boat).

I just happened to notice that every pic I've seen of the Kuat showed it on a truck/SUV, so I started wondering!

Thanks again, Bill
 

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I have had 2 DH bikes on with from Las Vegas to Fontana Ca and back a few times now with ZeRo issues. Its a great rack. If your interested let me know.
 

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Thanks, I used the dealer finder on Kuat's website and found a LBS here in the city that carries them--I didn't realize you were in the bus, sorry about that--I do appreciate your answers and help!

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Yes, it does lock to the car. The rack comes with a hitch pin that has a sort of T-handle that locks on the end of the pin. This "T" also serves as a lock to the cable for the bikes as well. The cable has 2 looped ends, one larger than the other. Wrapped around a frame the smaller loop passes through the larger loop. Then place the smaller loop on the pin and place the lock. If I get a chance I will post pics tomorrow.
 

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ok here are some I have already... in the first 2 pics you can see the accessories and tools that come with the rack. In the first one you can see the "T" handled hitch pin in the middle. The 2nd pic is of the adapter for wheels smaller than 24"s. The last pic is what it is capable of...Yeah thats 2 full on DH rigs on there, no problems on multiple trips from Las Vegas to Fontana Ca.!!



 

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Thanks WingNutt!

Second picture - is that cable the one that comes attached? I might want to upgrade that to a thicker more substantial cable eh?

The T handle - I think I see a key hole in the black part. Does the black part come off the T part when unlocked?

Lastly, on the mounting part (to the hitch) - is that a plastic spacer to adapt the to a 2" receiver? I wonder how the plastic adapter will last due to being metal/plastic/metal contact.
 

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Thanks WingNutt!

Second picture - is that cable the one that comes attached? I might want to upgrade that to a thicker more substantial cable eh?

The T handle - I think I see a key hole in the black part. Does the black part come off the T part when unlocked?

Lastly, on the mounting part (to the hitch) - is that a plastic spacer to adapt the to a 2" receiver? I wonder how the plastic adapter will last due to being metal/plastic/metal contact.
1- the cable is fine in my opinion, its not a Kryptonite or name brand but designed in a way to work with the hitch pin, as far as I am concerned I would NEVER leave my bike unattended for long or trust most any cable. If I am going into as store where I cant see my bike for any extended amount of time I usually double cable it (use 2 different cables and 2 different locks) But that is not hardly every.

2- yup thats the T handle and it comes off to slide through the hole on the rack and hitch, then placed back on. If you want to use the cable to lock the bikes also just slide on the small loop of the cable first then slide the lock (T) handle on.

3-HAHA....no its not plastic, its aluminum and plenty strong enough for its job.
 

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Awesome, you sold me. Thanks much!

I was going to get the 1upUSA rack until I found that my local rack store sold the Kuat line. They told me the Sherpas don't swing down unlike yours, but I've seen your pics and the look swung down to me.

I'd never leave the bike alone either, just piece of mind while stopped at a light and have a guy want to come by and yank the bikes off the rack

I'm going to mount my hitch this spring and follow it up with a Sherpa. I don't believe the nv is necessary in my case as the Sherpa will be way more than sufficient.
 

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Yeah up down and out it folds. Not sure why they would tell you otherwise. It even shows on their website. And I have like 4 or 5 pics that show it tilts. And if you want the trail doc its avail for the rack as well if you want to add it on.
 

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Hey there, new guy to the forums, but now that we're getting back into biking I figured it would benefit to join. At any rate, my wife and I are rack shopping now and the Sherpa is at the top of our list so far. Thanks for the review and detailed pics, it has definitely helped.

Some other questions we had are how easy is it to take on and off the hitch? It looks fairly straightforward but just wanted to make sure it wouldn't be overly bulky or awkward for my wife to take off herself if need be. Also, when folding it down with bikes in place (to access the hatch/trunk) is it easy to do one person? Once you remove the pin does it just drop with the weight of the rack plus 2 bikes or is there any kind of spring/resistance to bolster it?

We're trying to find a well build rack that is light enough to fit on a small hatchback (wife's Hyundai Accent 3-door) and won't have any clearance issues. Even though we still have old basic starter bikes we want to invest in a good rack now for when we upgrade in the near future.
 

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Welcome to the world of forums. I belong to many including ones for SCUBA, BMX, my truck, for my dog, and my daughters softball. If you take things with a grain of salt and not for granted you can gain lots of information. There are lots of people who fall into many categories
1.newb who knows it all
2.not so newb who doesn't know it all
3.those that think its funny to screw with you
4.industry people from many companies that work in bikes
5.pros that have general concern to get good correct info out
6.racers of many levels

and a few others too. Just think about what is being said in forums and analyze it for your own. That being said....on to the rack.

To lower the rack is not difficult. 1. Simply unhook the safety clip 2. with one hand relieve some of the weight of the bikes (pull up lightly on the back of the rack) 3. with your free hand slide the pin out 4. lower the rack there is no hydraulic or spring assist, I am not aware of any that do (not that they don't exist just not aware of any)

As far as clearance goes I don't think you should have a problem. But every car is different. A friend has one on a Tahoe that opens like your wagon and has no issues.

Removing from the car is a breeze. Its lightweight. To install just slide rack in receiver, place hitch pin in hole, and tighten the cam to take out any play, and your done. To remove just reverse the steps.
 

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I picked up an NV from a local shop about two weeks ago, largely based on the discussion here, and of course my desire for a tray-style rack to replace my hanger-style rack.

Although I was nervous about it, it fits on my Honda Accord beautifully. Initial impressions are of a quality product, designed to be sturdy and for ease of use.

The spreader adjust makes the rack feel secure in the trailer hitch. The tire clamp arms and straps hold the bikes very securely, and the ratchet mechanism makes adjusting the arm very easy. All the features seem very well thought out, down to the integral locking cable and bolt lock at the hitch. If I had a recommendation for improvement, it would be with the rear tire hold down straps, to make them just a little longer. The trail bike wheels/knobby tires had mine at about their limits. Road or hybrid wheels would have plenty of room at the end of the strap.

Since I don't already have one, I like the added feature of the maint stand offered on the NV.

Very pleased with the purchase!!

Bill
 
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