If you're going to eventually get a 4-bike setup, I'd go with the Thule simply because you can lower the rack by yourself with the release lever being on the end. With the Kuat, you need another person to release the lever while you lower the rack. IMO, that's just a pain. But if you're only going to have a 2-bike rack, then I think they're both equal.I'm trying to decide between these two and I know each have ups and downs. I wanted to post to this forum to see what everyone has and what they prefer. I'm kinda leaning towards the thule but I still don't know what do you guys all think? One thing I worry about is stealing the rack when I'm on a ride and also the moving when I'm driving. Let me know please. Thanks enjoy your day.
Regarding someone stealing your rack, you've probably heard this already, but at the end of the day, if someone really wants your rack and has the tools, it doesn't matter which rack you have... it will get stolen. Just do what you can to try to deter potential thieves. I was in the same boat as you originally (deciding between the Kuat and Thule), but I ended up getting a 1up. My rack came with a hitch lock, like the Kuat does, but I also got a Kryptonite chain lock as a secondary security measure and I loop it through the hitch and rack. Is this foolproof? No. Will it make a potential thief think twice about going through the trouble of breaking two locks to steal my rack? Probably.
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