Bought this rack a few months ago and am wholly impressed with the style, function, safety, and sturdiness. I was forced into the 1.25" version which I expected to be not as sturdy as the 2", but I was pleasantly surprised. The integrated hitch stabilizer makes it super sturdy and can be tightened with the provided 8mm hex. I wish the lock was integrated, but it also comes with a lock that doesn't make any noise despite it being a bit oversized and loose when installed. There is some small movement while holding two 30lb mtb's but overall very sturdy. The profile is perfect. I can see straight out my hatchback window without any obstruction from the rack. It folds down easily with a push of the lever and you get a very audible click when it's in place. Bikes go on quickly and secure tightly with the arm and rear wheel strap.
The rack is absolutely beautiful. The gray matched my charcoal gray Honda Ridgeline perfectly. I love the anti-wobble function and the way the rack can be tipped towards the tailgate when not in use. The unit is reasonably light and top quality all the way. I do, however, prefer a frame clamp arm (as opposed to a tire clamp arm) to hold bikes in place as it makes loading easier. It is also a bit awkward to tilt the rack when bikes are loaded. Overall, I love it!
Bought this rack to replace a Yakima traditional style frame holder hitch mount. I wanted something more secure because one of the bikes is a step through. I haven't had a chance to use it given the snow in the NE, but the assembly was easy, rock solid on the car, so it should work as intended. It is a little pricey but you get what you pay for. This rack also has a cable lock that locks the bike to the rack. One thing I didn't like was the hitch pin. I felt it was too long and could be exposed to a bolt cutter. So, I ordered a different 3rd party hitch pin that doesn't stick out as far, which I think will make it more difficult for someone with bad intentions.
It is well built and looks really nice. With all the new axle combinations we needed to upgrade our rack. I wanted this one over the more expensive model mostly because of the weight. It is great for the most part and we are still very happy all but no adjustability. I guess the model above would have had some. I can't make all my bikes work on this rack. All of our mountain bike seam to work but I can't get my gravel bike to work with any of them. I am going to try raising the back wheel and strapping it down and see if I can make it work somehow. It will work for most applications though. I just wish it has just a little adjustment to it. Thought this might help someone looking to buy. I would have still bought this one probably because of the weight and ease of moving it around. It really is a nice high quality product.
Shipping - Shipping box is well-designed, heavy-duty. Rack arrived in perfect shape, and when promised.
Assembly - NIce that the container served as an assembly jig. Assembly was pretty easy, no problems. All necessary tools included.
Materials, fabrication, finish - All top notch. Love the powder coat finish & weight; easy to carry/maneuver
Design, functionality - Just awesome!! This thing looks great. The rack mounts easily & very securely to the 2" hitch with *zero* rattling, and the bikes go on/off so easily and securely. Took on its maiden voyage yesterday - two bikes, 40 mi round trip with highway speeds & winds blowing mid-teens, gusts to low-20's. Very secure. I am completely happy with this rack! Highly recommended.
Iï¿½ve always wanted a kuat hitch rack for how beautiful it looks compared to other brand bike racks. Love that my bikes sit on the stand as opposed to a previous rack I had that had the bikes hanging by the frame. I feel like it is more safer to have a fork mounted raiser bar and the cable seems pretty reliable. Itï¿½s all one system. Assembly was pretty easy too!
Bought this for my wife to use when she does her own rides. I have an NV2 but it is far too heavy for her to mount to the hitch. The Sherpa is 20 pounds lighter at around 30# and fit the bill for our needs. It has most of the same features as the NV2 and is perfect for carrying 2 bikes.
I've tried a few different bike racks and this by far is the best in my opinion. I love the fact that you can tighten the hitch so there is no movement play or vibration. It really makes you feel that much more secure to your vehicle. It also has its owe security mechanism as well which you put around your bike/bikes and lock it to the bike rack itself. This is just a really amazing product.
Considering the quality, this rack is worth the high price tag. I just finished my 3rd season w this rack and still looks and works great. It is not expandable like the other Kuat model, but carries up to 2 bikes securely. I have had a very good ownership experience with the Kuat Sherpa, If this rack was $300 bucks, everyone that I know would own one.........
Kuat's attention to detail and quality make the Sherpa 2.0 an outstanding bike carrier. Even though it costs over $400, it is well-worth the investment. The expanding ball system ensures a tight fit with the vehicle hitch. The carrier is made from aluminum making it lighter and much easier to attach to the vehicle hitch. It takes seconds to load and secure bicycles. And, the integrated locking cable gives you peace of mind. Nothing is full-proof. It will prevent someone from a quick grab and go.
It is a good looking rack and works very well. Easy to use and adjust the fit for my receiver. Once you have it tightened it does not bounce around or make any noise. I have several friends that have Kuat racks and they like them. It is a very good product, not the cheapest but you do get a good looking rack for the money that holds the bike securely in place.
Ive used this rack many times now and find it easy to operate. It has a very snug fit and leaves me feeling comfortable that my bike is safe. It also has a very clean finish that looks sharp. This is the best rack that Ive ever owned and Ive had several.