Review: Küat's New Kashima-Coated Piston Pro X Bike Rack

Aug 9, 2021 at 14:44
by Daniel Sapp  

Midwest United States-based brand Küat offers a variety of hitch-based bicycle racks ranging from basic to extravagant. Most of the racks in the line have, up until now, used a single-arm style design over the front wheel to secure the bike. With their new Piston X series, Küat's latest rack uses a ratcheting two-arm style mechanism to secure bikes without touching the frame.

The rack also comes with a host of other features including Kashima coating, pneumatics, and LED taillights.
Piston Pro X Details
• 2 bike capacity, add on for up to 4 bikes
• 18"-29" wheel size compatible
• Accommodates tires up to 5" wide, wheelbase up to 53"
• Capacity: 67lbs per tray
• Lifetime warranty
• MSRP: $1,389 USD
kuat.com

According to Küat, ease of use was high on the priority list when designing the The Piston Pro X. The hydro-pneumatic tire chocks are released with the push of one lever per arm and they can drop all the way down and out of the way to assist with loading more cumbersome bikes. If that's not enough, there is an optional e-bike ramp to assist with loading and unloading those machines.

There's a magnetic quick-connect plug for brake and signal lights, a 12mm thick semi-integrated cable lock for security, and IGUS bushings on major pivots of the rack. The entire thing is powder-coated. All of the steel hardware has a 750-hour salt spray to prevent corrosion.

A lockable Flatlock hitch cam prevents the rack from swaying side to side, and deters theft. The rack folds up via a foot or hand actuated pivot on the two bike version and it's expandable to a three or four bike system with the addition of add-on trays.

The rack is available in the spring of 2022 at Küat retailers and there will be several less-than-full-featured models released later in the year with prices for those starting at $989 USD.



PERFORMANCE

I have had the Piston Pro X for a couple of months now, so I've had a fair amount of time to familiarize myself with its use and function. I've also loaned it out to a few others in order to let them use it and hear their thoughts. As it's one of the most expensive bike racks available, my expectations were high, to say the least.

If you buy the rack from a dealer, I would fully expect them to assemble and install it for you. Assembly of the rack, should you have to do it yourself, is simple and involves minimal steps and no more than 20 minutes of your time, and that's if you're mechanically inept. It's a quick process that involves putting it into the hitch, running a few long bolts to connect the left and right trays, and connecting the taillights. Unpackaging it actually took longer than putting it together.

Brake lights are connected via a standard trailer brake adapter. There's a magnetic socket that clips into the rack and then magnetic clips to accommodate any slack.

A lever that can be pulled or stepped on allows the rack to fold up, out for use, or down and out of the way to access cargo.
There's a semi-integrated lock in the middle of the rack and then access at the end of the rack for an add-on. The end also hides an 8mm Allen key.

Using the rack is as straight forward as it gets. The wheel chocks are opened by pushing a lever that activates the Kashima-coated pneumatic arm. There's one for each side so the bike can be adjusted a bit to the left or right - super handy should the seat from one bike be in the zone of the handlebars of your riding partners'. Bikes can be simply set in the rack, push the arm for one side up, push up the other until it's snug, and off you go.

Wheel size is easily adjustable by pinching the tabs on the adjustable slider on each arm and putting it into the corresponding position. If there is a need to snug up the cam on the rack while out and about, there's an 8mm wrench tucked into the lockable mount for add-on trays at the end of the rack.

Adjustable from 29" down to 18" with a pinch.

The rack has performed flawlessly in the time I have had it. The brake lights are bright and visible whether the rack is in use or folded up and the arms and indexing function that locks the bike in place have shown no issues or signs of wear. I've taken to washing bikes after riding while they're still on the rack, spraying plenty of dirt, grime, degreasers, and various cleaners on the rack with zero issues. Two months is a very small percent of how long I would expect a rack like this to hold up but, there are no signs to indicate otherwise, even with as many moving parts as the Piston has. While it's also reassuring that Küat gave it a lifetime warranty, I would expect nothing less after spending that much money on a bike rack.

Pushing the lever for the hydropneumatic arm opens it up. Push it again and you can fold the arm down, allowing bikes to be loaded from the side.





Pros

+ Easy to use
+ Brake lights
+ Well constructed

Cons
- It's expensive
- Not all cars will have wiring to use brake light feature
- Not the lightest to install





Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesI can get along with the most basic tailgate pad just fine and there are plenty of less costly options for attaching a bike to your car than Küat's Piston X. However, there is no doubt a market for a top-tier bike rack to go on the back of all of the latest crop of fancy crossover SUV's I've seen filling local trailhead parking lots, and the Piston Pro X is an excellent accessory for them.

There are a lot of bells and whistles, but they're all well-executed, and the rack functions extremely well. It's simple to use, holds bikes securely without touching the fork or frame, and has some added safety features that are very nicely integrated. For anyone looking for a rack of this style, there's currently nothing better available that I've used.
Daniel Sapp









327 Comments

  • 429 1
 it only took 4 hours to find the perfect transport for my $13,000 Firebird!!!!!
  • 113 1
 Man, makes your $700 Enve pressure gauge seem low class.
  • 55 0
 For when what's behind the hitch receiver is worth more than what's in front of it...
  • 15 0
 Have to wonder how long before it's destroyed with stone chips...
  • 8 0
 @hamncheez: not if he has 2 of them. Front and rear wheel specific
  • 24 0
 Outside takeover jokes, pandemic inflation, and mountain bike price skyrocketing combining to make the unintentionally funniest day of the week and it’s only Tuesday.
  • 80 2
 I can't wait to see the new Pivots on this rack on a $250,000 custom class B van parked in trailheads at the front range.
  • 21 0
 Between this, the Firebird and your snappy new red & grey Zebra stripe shoes, you’re going to be the talk of the town for sure!
  • 35 0
 It used to be cool to have a bike worth more than the car, these guys went a step further and decided the bike rack should be pricier than the bike!
  • 9 0
 @Mugen: Kuat “hold-my-beer’d” the bike manufacturers. Welcome to the future.
  • 6 0
 What a joke, doesnt even have a remote control dealeo as so many disability scooter racks have.
  • 8 0
 April fools!
  • 41 2
 This $hit only exists because suckers buy it. We are embarrassing ourselves
  • 36 1
 There's a reason Kuat disabled the comments on their youtube videos announcing this product...
  • 16 1
 With sadness in my words, I think it won't be long until you can get a carbon bike rack. Imagine this kashima thing, but with a carbon body. And another $1000 on the price. Ad copy: "Rust free! Lightweight! Matches the flowing lines of your carbon bike!!"
  • 10 0
 @husstler: But with Kuat it will still somehow weigh 80 pounds
  • 28 2
 This is highly lame. I have a kuat, it’s been great so far, but I absolutely will NOT be supporting this company any further. Kashima coating here is dumb. Where’s the skf seals to make the kashima worthwhile?Oh right, because it’s a gimmick. And look at all those crappy plastic pieces. It’s not a question of if they fail, but WHEN they will fail. Where the hell is your money going? To pay for their customer service department so you feel good when they replace the broken plastic crap in which the entire cost of replacement was already included in the msrp 50 times over?
  • 31 2
 @blackthorne: Exactly why 1up so often recommended as the best rack out there. All metal, made in the US, built to last and reasonably priced considering. Every other rack I've seen is plastic. it fades, it cracks, it wobbles. We're putting multiple thousand dollars bikes on these racks. I want something that I know will be secure and will last for years to come. Instead of adding a gimmicky kashima coating, how bout build focus on the quality?
  • 7 0
 @stumphumper92: yeah they didn’t want a thousand “so it’s just like a 1up with a brake light but $700 more” comments in the YouTube vid lol
  • 1 0
 @Dogl0rd: Don't do it!!!!
  • 2 0
 Right! I want an e rack for my e bike. WTF Kuat, narrow thinking. @jrocksdh:
  • 6 0
 Does it have room for a water bottle?
  • 2 0
 @conoat my sentiments exactly. My first “mountain bike “ was a four hundred dollar Fugi Cadenza in 1986. Two years later I took it seriously and bought a fully rigid Stumpy for seven hundred. THAT was a lot for me and still is. Prices are completely out of hand.
  • 16 1
 @Allmountainsniper: haha. My first car was a model t Ford, and boy that cost me an arm and a leg. At $40 I could have bought myself 6 horses.
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: They are so heavy. Had a four bike one for awhile. Putting in on the vehicle lowered the back end. 1up is much better.
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: and exhaust pipes
  • 2 8
flag REZEN (Aug 11, 2021 at 10:22) (Below Threshold)
 @husstler: If it makes it lightweight, I wouldn't mind a $2k+ bike rack.
  • 2 0
 @REZEN: man be careful what you wish for
  • 2 0
 @stumphumper92: to be fair, the anodized levers on my 1up have seen some fade over the course of a few years on the car.
  • 2 1
 Yes. Also perfect for the dentist that has always hated the absence of kashima on his rack to match the Yeti he never rides on the back of his Q8.
  • 1 1
 @husstler: yeah, I have a design ready to 3d print if you can find someone willing to fund the manufacture.
  • 1 0
 @husstler: Don't forget the Ti version.
  • 3 0
 @Jeromev: this should be on the " didn't happen in mtb this month" article. BUT apparently it's a thing
  • 1 1
 @blackthorne: me and my girlfriend bought a vertical hang rack because of watching all the people use racks with lots of moving plastic parts. Screw that, not into plastic moving parts that will %100 break in a few years, especially with lots of sun exposure. Moving plastic parts are for ski and snow bindings, not bike racks.
  • 4 0
 Who blocked the bottom of the letter 'a' with their finger in the logo shown in the last picture for a laff?
  • 185 1
 Is this actually a joke?
  • 3 1
 LOL
  • 175 0
 "New Kashima-Coated Bike Rack" legitimately sounds like an April fools article headline
  • 45 1
 This scares me. Like seriously, if this isn’t, where is the industry heading?
  • 12 2
 @chize: Yes, yes it does. I just just came straight to the comments section to see if anyone is addressing the inherent brain damage that must exist behind such a product....??
  • 24 1
 @Dragonfly-: It's headed where even no dentists want to go. We're in the neuro-surgeons territory now!
  • 18 0
 @CSharp: As sacrilege as it sounds I legit sometimes think of taking up trail running instead. $150 shoes and some cheap headphones are the biggest expense.

With mountain biking and my family of four it's four expensive bikes, bike rack, helmets, shoes, gloves, and constant maintenance items like chains, suspension, droppers, brake pads, bearings, cassettes, etc. I'm a frugal Fred so when I start to think of the rising costs my head spins.
  • 3 1
 @CSharp: Hollywood plastic surgeon money.
  • 10 0
 Kinda makes you wonder, as if it costs nearly $1400 to create, manufacture and produce a two bike rack.

1Up is half this price and handmade in the USA.

Crazy sauce!
  • 18 16
 @Dragonfly-: Did million dollar Ferraris and Lambos destroy the auto-industry? Like seriously, since they didn't, what's the problem with this? There is a ton of fancy shit I can't afford (this rack, shinier bikes, faster & shinier cars, silly fast gaming PCs, that 3d-printed titanium hammer), but none of that has destroyed the market for less expensive, more utilitarian options (my 1up rack, my bike, my car, my decent gaming PC, all 4 ~$15 hammers in my toolbox [why 4? no idea, some small, some big, maybe just saw a couple I liked and bought them since they're only like $10-20]).
  • 28 5
 @justinfoil: Jesus that's a shit equivocation even as shit equivocations go. Ferraris and Lamborghinis actually offer something that other vehicles don't and perform at a level that other can't. This is a 1Up knock-off with just enough redesign to make clear any patent claims, a touch of Kashima, and twice the pricetag. f*ck everything about every a*shole at Kuat who conceived of and greenlit this rack.
  • 15 0
 Up next kashima coated condoms
  • 1 2
 @Dragonfly-: The Industry is heading straight into your crypto wallet to empty it, of course.
  • 2 0
 @in2falling: there is an excellent joke in there. I’ve just had too much beer to find it.
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: whoa. Wait a minute. All I am hearing is 3D printed hammer…take my money
  • 7 0
 @rossluzz: this is why I had all my kids play soccer. I could only afford this hobby for one.
  • 2 0
 @in2falling: google that lmao someone already made it
  • 3 7
flag justinfoil (Aug 11, 2021 at 6:35) (Below Threshold)
 @badbadleroybrown: they really don't offer anything any other car can ON THE ROAD. In fact, they're f*cking shit compared to most any other car for actual use: seat only 2, can't carry much, can't go over speed bumps or into driveways without a hassle, can't see shit out the back. That extra performance is useless off track, and if you want to get into racecars then that's a different can of worms because all racecars are ridiculous compared to regular cars.

This rack does offer a few things others don't. Light kit, one handed operation, even the bling factor can be a selling point (just like those cars: many buy them just to have the shiniest shit). It's not a selling point that will get me to bite: I'm not ever buying one, love my 1up. but this kuat simply existing doesn't hurt anything. In fact, to me, it makes my 1up purchase even stronger, since the next best similar option (this kuat) is silly expensive, confirming I made the right choice.
  • 9 0
 @rossluzz: Frugal Fred. Now that's a Schwalbe line of tires I can get behind!
  • 3 0
 we will look back to this day and wonder . where did it all go wrong?
  • 5 1
 @justinfoil: weird way to tell everyone that you've never driven a supercar but whatever...
  • 1 0
 @rossluzz: Frugal Fred wouldn't have gotten the rest of his family into the hobby in the first place. You're Richie Rich, dude.
  • 2 4
 @badbadleroybrown: What can you do in a supercar on a normal road that a normal car can't do, besides "look cool" or make noise? Nothing at all. Hence they are as pointless as people say this rack is. It's a supercar of a rack, of sorts, since it has a bunch of shit no one actually _needs_, and yet doesn't change the process of actually driving down the road with bikes (actually, the lights might make it too useful to be "super").

It's not ruining any industry, just as the auto industry is not ruined by supercars or racecars, and just as the bike industry is not ruined by $12,000 S-Works, Hi-Mod, CC, or Turq builds. In fact, this rack might spur someone else to make a less expensive one-hand operation or add light kits to existing options, making the industry better. Everyone needs to calm down and stop whining just because things you can't afford simply exist.
  • 7 1
 @justinfoil: First off, you're just expanding your false equivocation into strawman territory since I never said anything about "the road" or "normal road" or this rack ruining anything. I said "Ferraris and Lamborghinis actually offer something that other vehicles don't and perform at a level that other can't" and that's an indisputable fact. Whether it's something you personally value or not isn't relevant to the fact that these vehicles offer a number of things, from ride quality to sound to driving experience and a number of other things, that common cars cannot match in any way... to name just one, the sound of Ferrari's flat plane F136 V8 alone is incredible and it's unmatched by any other vehicle, let alone typical daily drivers.

So, while it's great that you're super eager to share your ignorance with the world just for the sake of white knighting for Kuat's $1400 kashima rack, you're wrong. This isn't a "super rack" it's an obvious copy, with just enough rework to avoid getting hit with any patent issues or similar drama.

And nobody's bitching about things they can't afford... we're bitching about bike companies artificially inflating the cost of products just because idiots like you are willing to pretend there's a justification for it. "Let's copy that design, add some Kashima, and double the price" isn't a justification, it's a f*cking scam and nobody should be willing to get behind it.
  • 1 1
 Since it's well known that sh*t talk is the greatest form of flattery on PB I guess we can assume this will be sold out for the foreseeable future lol. They had me at Kashima!
  • 2 0
 @in2falling: Don't need to coat the condoms when you can coat the Kashima directly. Then, it'll be golden forever!
  • 1 1
 @nurseben: It does not cost that much to create, manufacture and produce, it probably cost them half of that sum, this is how much they want to charge you for it.
I also do not understand why it seems to be a positive that some products were handmade in USA, unfortunately this is not synonymous with high quality product, it can be, but it does not have to. Mass produced or handmade quality product made in Taiwan or say Poland could be superior....
  • 3 0
 @garrisond5:
This is why I do not have kids.... priorities
  • 104 4
 Just bought a 1up rack the other day. $1k cheaper and still a better rack with no flimsy plastic pieces. But people will buy this for the mere fact the Kashima will match their fox stanchions... Digging the brake light adapter tho..
  • 52 1
 Five years with my 1up and I still can’t see any good reason to go with another rack. The quality is so good, replacement parts readily available, and bonus, all my friends have them so we can combine our add-ons if we are carpooling.
  • 27 1
 The best thing I've found about my 3+ year old 1up? They ship replacement parts that are readily available on their website.
  • 8 0
 1up is lighter and looks like spare parts are easier to replace. the bulge in the middle of the kuat is turning me on though.
  • 15 1
 ONE UP is 500 to 700 cheaper, not 1000. When comparing a 2 bike rack to a 2 bike rack.
  • 21 14
 @mchenrya: Technically, One Up doesn't make anything over $250, but then again, you can't compare a rack to a dropper post.
  • 11 1
 1000% approved, still have my 1up rack after 4years, have the brake light & it's USA MADE not Chinese cheap made like kuat can't beleve than sell chinese made bike rack that price............
  • 5 0
 I've had my 1up rack for close to a decade without any major issues. It still works great and looks good with just some oxidization on the arm bolts.
  • 4 3
 1up offers a better locking system too. What are you even supposed to do with a cable lock on a $1400 rack that's targeting customers with $6000+ dream bikes? A half decent set of bolt cutters will slice through those things like butter, and they may even be cuttable with a good pair of scissors.
  • 14 0
 @dlxah: The 1Up locks are better than a cable, but a strong hit with a hammer is gonna knock them right off, or be picked with a paperclip in about 30 seconds. I add a chain when I'm actually concerned for security. I'd think a thief who hasn't seen a 1up rack before would have a harder time unlatching the arms than defeating the locks.
  • 5 0
 I went with 1up 5 years ago and I'm so glad I did. We have two bikes so I bought the 1-bike rack with the add-on rack for flexibility. Since I don't like to drive around with my rack on all the time, one of the best features is how easy it is to stow. Each rack folds up and stores quite nicely and compactly into the sturdy shipping boxes. The boxes stack neatly in my garage, unlike virtually any other rack which would be awkwardly leaned against a wall, taking up way more space and probably falling over occasionally. The locking system is a locking metal dowel which runs through the locking legs and your spokes. This makes the dowel fairly difficult to access w/ a cutting tool. You could probably cut it with a battery powered grinder, but there isn't a rack or lock on the market which will stand up to that.
  • 2 0
 @mchenrya: True. I bought the 1 bike only rack. However, best part about 1up is being able to add on. I don't need 2 bikes so to me it is $1000 cheaper. And even when comparing apples to apples, construction and quality is superior with the 1up rack.
  • 3 0
 But hey, for that 1K, you get stiction-free activation. Lol.
  • 2 1
 @dreamlink87: lol 1Up USA bike racks...
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: And it's AXS compatible.
  • 1 0
 @microwaveric: Yeah, a hardened chain with a high security padlock is definitely the way to go. Or better yet, just don't leave expensive bikes outside! But I think the 1up locks are at least passable for a quick run inside somewhere. I wouldn't trust a cable lock for even 5 minutes. Trying to hammer or cut off the 1up locks will usually draw a lot more attention than a quick snip of a cable lock.
  • 5 0
 My 1up is almost 8 years old and still the best rack I ever owned. Made it through even an accident and only had to replace one pivot bolt. This is the best Comment.. @stumphumper92 "But people will buy this for the mere fact the Kashima will match their fox stanchions"
  • 7 0
 7 years with my 1up. One hit and run which bent a tray and the hitch shaft but 1up sells parts for the entire rack and it's good as new. I now have a second 1up for my second car as well as a roof tray. I can't imagine buying anything else.
  • 1 0
 How long ago was the other day? They've been sold out for months.
  • 1 0
 @hirschmj: On their site for the rack you want, you enter your email to join their wait list. You'll get an email allowing you to purchase a week or so later. Takes a bit to get to you but they're still selling them.
  • 5 0
 There are aftermarket solutions for brake lights. I just installed the "Curt Aux LED Lights" on my 1Up and they're so good! Just stick them on and plug em in, concealing the extra long wire was the toughest part. www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Curt/C53201.html
  • 4 0
 Another satisfied 1Up customer here. This Kuat is absurd...
  • 5 8
 I’ll be the guy… 1 UP is a about a mile away from the design quality of kuat. Locking a bike down on a 1up rack is about as smooth feeling as the erector set looks of it.

Down vote away!
  • 2 1
 1up all the way. Been using the same one since 2012 and the only part ive had to change was the base plate after i got rear ended at a traffic light.
  • 1 0
 Yep, I've had the 1up rack 10 years now and it's still going strong. I also had it hit and was able to get the replacement parts to me in 3 days. I really like I can run it as a single which is the way it's used most of the time since I'm just hauling my bike.
  • 95 3
 *Bike rack manufacturers*
- Steal 1up's design
- Add a bunch of useless shit to the design
- retain a bunch of plastic pieces so it eventually fails
- manufacture it in china or taiwan
*profit*!
  • 3 4
 I think raxter had the design before one up, but all other points are spot on
  • 23 1
 @leviatanouroboro:

1up USA = racks

OneUp Components = totally different company

:-)
  • 4 0
 - 1up's rack patent expired.
  • 5 0
 1up's designer got ousted and started another company called quikrstuff
  • 1 0
 @mm732: I thought he sold the business.
  • 2 1
 1up still wins in my book due to the fact that I can run a single rack that still lets me open my trunk with the rack folded up.

I can attach an add on (or several) to hold more bikes in under 2minutes.

Also it’s simple, classic, and all aluminum + steel… and US made. At half the price.

But I drive a Crosstrek, not a Range Rover or Cayenne. So I’m not the target customer here for Kuat anyway.
  • 2 0
 @vaedwards: I've got the two bike 1up on a crosstrek and I'm able to still open the trunk hatch. It's set back from the bumper by 2 inches or so, which still keeps things really clean. But yeah, it's a nice, low profile system.
  • 1 0
 @Endurahbrah: i could be wrong but i dont think the exit was amicable. could have been post-sale as a consultant though.
  • 72 1
 I’d prefer the performance model with the grip 2 damper. Do they offer it with bigger stansions?
  • 9 0
 Yeah, no information on the damper and air spring from Kuat and looks like 32mm stanchions. Blah.
  • 10 0
 IDK, I'll wait for a coil version
  • 38 0
 There is literally no end to the opportunity to sell people shit in this sport.
  • 2 0
 Wrong activity to be in if you're a gear whore!
  • 2 0
 Just like the 4x4 scene!
  • 1 0
 Why shit? The Kashima matches the wheels perfectly of my Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT.

/s
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: tell me about it! I should've just gotten a hybrid F150 instead of a Rubicon. I could've gotten a new bike for what I'm spending on bumpers, winch, etc...!
  • 5 0
 @RusMan: Mall-Crawlin ain't cheap!
  • 38 1
 If you’re putting $26,000 worth of Pivots on the back of your $55,000 (market-adjusted sales price) TRD Bro Tacoma, what’s another $1,400? What are you, poor?
  • 11 0
 That’s poor people money. If you really wanna show those peasants at the trailhead how insufferable you really are, you need nothing less than a $250k custom class B van along with this rack and a pair of matching Pivots for you and your SO.
  • 7 0
 TRD *Brocoma
  • 3 0
 Pah, Tacoma? Couple of guys at the trail centre last week with *only* a Thule track on the back of their Rolls Royce Culinan. What were they thinking?...
  • 2 0
 @Almazing: This very morning I saw two new fully outfitted (Racks, more bikes on the back than they plan on riding today, solar panels, awning, lifted, full camp interior) Sprinters pull up. I asked if they are living in them and hitting all of the local riding spots and they said they live close by and these are just their weekend warriors....
  • 29 0
 I'm saving my front range money for the Kashima + Turq LD (Long Drive) Edition ($2795 MSRP)
  • 27 0
 Thank goodness this bike rack has Kashima pistons. I've been saying for years how the my bike rack pistons lack that off the top sensitivity that only Kashima can provide. /S
  • 27 0
 60 YEAR OLDS ON S-WORKS LEVO SL INCOMING!!
  • 7 0
 I saw a G63 with 2 Levo SLs (yes he had 2) the other day, 100% that guy is bussing looking at this article.
  • 1 0
 @mariomtblt: I’d be lying if I said a lot of my problems couldn’t be fixed by that much money. I’m not even mad at him.
  • 16 0
 Props to Kuat for really amazing customer service. My gf’s Kuat rack arms stopped ratcheting after many years. I called Kuat, immediately spoke with customer service rep who handled the warranty claim in one phone call, all I had to do was email a photo of the rack so she knew which one, and two arms were mailed out next day, no charge and no shipping fee. Everything breaks in time, but at least Kuat stands behind their product.
  • 7 0
 I've had nothing but great customer service from Kuat as well.
  • 7 3
 Had an early Kuat rack which suffered from pivot sloppiness and shook on the highway. Sent them a video and got a reply "well yours is much less bad than most of them after 4 years."

Bought a 1Up.
  • 6 0
 true. Broke off a front wheel tray on a road trip to Pisgah, The Hub called Kuat and Kuat told them to pull one off a rack o the floor to get me home and shipped the replacement parts to The Hub. Kudos to both Kuat and The Hub.
  • 18 0
 Better fit for an Outside "gear you NEED now" issue.
  • 18 1
 I could care less about that dentist rack but I do wanna know more about that dpx on the epic evo!
  • 6 0
 Same! It looks like the new Float X and they only make a 190x45 and not the EVO's 190x40. So it either has a little extra travel, or they shimmed it down to 40. Tell us more!
  • 6 0
 @dcdavid12 That is by far the most needed information out of this entire article. We need all the information. Down country as hell
  • 3 0
 @dcdavid12: I think they're pretty easy to shim down but that bike in 120/120 would be my perfect trail weapon for central Oregon.
  • 3 0
 @briceps: i have never wanted a specialized to bad before. That thing would be a beast
  • 1 0
 @briceps: Same page. I’ve been thinking about putting a float x or a super deluxe on mine for just that use case.
  • 1 0
 This is the only thing I saw or cared about in this article. Spicy spesh
  • 16 0
 Coming soon to a TRD Tacoma near you.
  • 1 0
 you're not wrong.
  • 16 1
 It’s not real Kashima if it matches other Kashima
  • 14 1
 Jesus Christ
  • 11 0
 Is there a Performance Elite version available? I can’t swing the $$$ for the factory stuff.
  • 9 0
 Kuat launches new product. Came here expecting to see half of the comments from 1up disciples, and the other half from people losing their damn minds. No surprises, expectations met.
  • 9 1
 Ridiculously expensive but looks good. So, out of stock soon probably.

Also, how is "Not all cars will be wired for brake lights" a con?
  • 8 0
 Likely a con since you're paying for that feature on the rack, but a lot of us have installed hitches for bike racks only and not towing, so we have no brake light wiring installed.
  • 4 0
 In the UK (and I assume EU) it’s a legal requirement if the rear lights are obscured.
  • 2 8
flag conoat (Aug 10, 2021 at 8:24) (Below Threshold)
 @CustardCountry: define "obscured".

I say that becuase I have looked and it's as clear as mud, what the definition is. from what I can tell, obscured means not visible. it doesn't list what, if any, partial obscuring would constitute needing lights on the rack. so it's pretty easy to see lights through a bicycle.

TLDR: you don't actually need the lights
  • 5 0
 @CustardCountry: it is in most places in the US too, but it doesn't really get enforced too often with bike racks.

Still, I like the idea of having brake lights built into the rack.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: PB loves putting simple facts in the cons column. It's pretty regular.
  • 6 0
 What about a license plate mount that articulates to show the plate in either folded up or down with bikes position? This looks like a rack meant to be left on. I once got pulled over, and I have heard of others in my area, for the rack blocking the license plate when no bikes are on it. If you're really going to have all the bells n whistles, I would add that feature. This rack is a little comical, but unfortunately it is going to sell well....Kuat customers buy them for the prestige and appearance.
  • 8 1
 Too much photo radar ‘round my neck of the woods. I’ll keep the license plate where it is, haha.
  • 1 0
 I moved my plate to a manually folding mount on my rack and was warned by a cop that it had to be mounted to the vehicle, not the rack
  • 1 0
 @sralph: yeah that makes sense...
  • 1 0
 I've gotten a warning for this
  • 8 2
 Honestly this rack looks to be so much easier to use than my 1up. Nice not having to waste 30 minutes just to fit different sized tires and the lights are a nice touch. Just wish it had a license plate holder.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bna-CVObmds
  • 11 2
 You’d have to be a clown to buy this over a 1up.
  • 7 0
 The MTB industry is officially f*cking with us now.

I'm just waiting for the Kuat and S-Works collaboration rack that costs no less than $5500.
  • 5 0
 I think this article really missed a big point that differentiates it from the (awesome) 1up system. This one take only 1 hand to release each arm. Punch the lever, and the arm pops itself outward. Minor improvement, since I usually still use 2 hands to take the bike off, it's not like I'm unracking with beer in hand, but it might add convenience for those worried about their bike knocking about when loosening the arms.
  • 2 0
 Agree, that is the key difference and should have been in the review. Speaking of 1upusa, the lack of plastic is a huge plus for us at high altitudes/high UV. After 5 yrs I see all kinds of plastic failures on the many racks with plastic parts. Did the review on this Kuat say anything about plastic?
  • 1 0
 @frorider2: Plastic parts are the biggest draw back of the thule t2 pro rack. Thule was far superior as far as one handed operation vs my new 1up, but after around 5 years I could see the fade and fatigue in the plastics.
  • 7 0
 If you didn't already think I was a pro rider, based on the Kashima coated suspension on my bike, you will now.
  • 13 6
 I dont know whats worse, the price or that it's mounted on a Honda Ridgeline...
  • 14 6
 The Ridge is a great truck, with more American content than almost any other pickup. What's your bitch about it?
  • 6 6
 @RickBullotta: IMO its just silly to put a hitch rack on a truck... Isn't the whole point of pickup trucks that the tailgate is a great bike rack? Do people actually use the bed for anything besides putting bikes in it?
  • 2 1
 I thought that was a Dodge Rampage Big Grin
  • 13 0
 @getupgetdown: you put all you and your friends' gear and luggage and one thousand beers in the bed, duh.
  • 1 0
 @getupgetdown: there's a giant cooler under the bed - the bikes would make it hard to get at the beer. actually I use a hitch rack on mine so I can carry dirt bikes & MTBs at the same time. did require a hitch extender though since the short bed requires that the tailgate be down to haul two KTMs.
  • 3 0
 @RickBullotta: God bless the automobile industry
  • 1 0
 @getupgetdown: uh...because it’s a review?
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: Doesn't mention that this Kuat Kashima rack has a bottle opener. Lot of good it does for a 1000 bottles of beer if you can't open them without breaking the bottles!
  • 2 0
 @CSharp: vast oversight on their part... But, cans... Or if no cans, then keys, multitool, pedals, lighter; so many bottle opening options.
  • 3 0
 Maybe they'll make a Kashima coated bottle opener to go with the rack for their oversight and then charge a few hundred bucks for it.
  • 1 0
 @CSharp: Faster, smoother, plusher bottle opening? Yes, please, money is not a factor, get those bottles open ASAP! Thirsty riders need IPAs before they melt out of their jorts!
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: That makes sense. Kuat gives you bottle openers that go on the keys to the rack for the NV, so for $1389, I'd expect the bottle opener is likewise coated. The scenario you highlighted demands a higher performing opener. Can you imagine how long it would take to open all thousand beers with a standard opener?
  • 4 1
 @RickBullotta: For the sake if of nitpicking, calling the Honda Ridgeline a truck is not correct, as it is a unibody chassis design based largely on the Odyssey minivan rather than a body-on-frame truck.
  • 2 1
 @suspended-flesh: yup - well aware of its limitations for towing and plowing - but my "non-truck" can carry a stack of plywood and sheetrock flat in the bed, something most body-on trucks can't do. and it can fit in almost every parking garage. i almost went with a Raptor until I realized what a pain in the ass it would be to park.
  • 1 0
 @RickBullotta: What's this "most" body-on-frame truck that can't carry a full sheet? No one makes flare-sides or sport-sides anymore...
  • 1 1
 @suspended-flesh: But it's still a truck. The defining feature is not body on frame, but alas an open area to put stuff into.
  • 1 0
 @REZEN: Sure you can call it a truck - no problem with that. But it's a crossover unibody based largely on the Honda Odyssey minivan. I had an Odyssey when I was carting my kids around. It was an amazing rig and super quick. I think it had 285HP stock in basic trim.
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: @REZEN : A 'truck' isn't defined by having a bed. That is a 'Pickup Truck'. A 4Runner is a 'truck' due to its body on frame construction. A Highlander is not. Don't take my word for it though. A truck person will be along to back that up.

Remember, I said I was nitpicking. This is PB after all.
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: But my 4rd gen 4runner is an SUV....
  • 1 0
 @REZEN: Yes, it's an SUV. It is also a body-on- frame truck, technically speaking. I run a 3rd Gen T4R myself.
  • 4 0
 A Ridgeline is as much a truck as a department store bike with an undampened coil spring shock and fork is a dual-suspension mountain bike.
  • 2 0
 @suspended-flesh: 4R.2 22RE here. Ridgeline is an existential threat to my petromasculinity, but it's the vehicle of choice in Death Valley: www.edmunds.com/car-buying/death-valley-torture-test-2017-honda-ridgeline-vs-2016-toyota-tacoma-trd-off-road-comparison-test.html. Soccer dads rejoice. A Peterbilt 300 is a truck--often driven by a pudgy man
  • 1 0
 @ceecee: Nice that is the #legendary Toyota motor. Just don't hang a bunch of heavy poser armor on your rig unless you want to drop $3500 on a supercharger. On the other hand with bike prices what they are, modding your truck doesn't seem as ridiculous as it did in the past. At least you'll make it to half a million miles if you drive enough! I'd still take a stock Taco in Death Valley if I was forced to choose one. I do know dudes with Ridges that like them and I don't blame them when I grab a beer from the bed cooler. Googled them and learned some stuff from this woman's YT review. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlanwveGSFk
  • 1 0
 @suspended-flesh: I saw her in a Tundra on a dirt road for five seconds a few months back--looks like she's stepping it up around 15:00. Fast forward. Pretty tame--drove dirt like that in a 320i in 1986. 4R has street tires and I barely drive it. Cars are stupider than bikes. Mtb-related item which interests me regarding Ridgeline suspension is unsprung weight. I still want a 265g 11s cassette, despite all
  • 4 0
 hitch racks kick ass compared to the rubbish towball racks we have in the UK - much more variety of options for securing bikes and a much stronger interface to the car. Our racks rely on squeezing a completely spherical ball really tightly and hoping the thing doesn't wobble off.
  • 9 0
 im here for the gangbang
  • 1 3
 **sigh**
  • 8 0
 Kuat-up
  • 3 1
 at twice the price! 2 x 1-up = 1 kuat
  • 5 2
 "A lockable Flatlock hitch cam prevents the rack from swaying side to side, and deters theft."

Literally nothing about this rack deters theft. In fact, it likely makes thieves want to come back for seconds to steal the rack after they've gotten the bike(s) on it.
  • 6 0
 Message to bike industry... How about getting back to basics and being able to supply bike parts?
  • 7 1
 so your telling me i need this?
  • 34 2
 We're telling you to learn the difference between "your" and "you're"
  • 19 3
 @Grunk: were her to talk bikes not learnt grandmer
  • 6 0
 I'd like to see some Kashima coated condoms
  • 2 0
 It sure would be supa smooth! LOL
  • 6 0
 Its getting to a point where you have to be wealthy to ride MTB's.
  • 6 0
 Yep. And then the same companies will put out a ad campaign promoting getting everyone into the sport and that it’s for everyone. As they charge thousands of dollars just to get something decent…
  • 2 1
 Not really, since there are plenty of options on the less expensive end. You don't have to buy any of this fancy shit. My hitch rack costs like 25% of this and it's awesome and also converts to a roof rack with a $50 accessory pack.
  • 3 1
 HAHAHAHAHA Miyaki Corporation must be laughing their @ss off to all the dumb applications requesting their coating XD
"You don't know the news ? They want to pay to put kashima on their bike rack system !!"
Next big thing to complete the collection: Kashima coated toilets for lowest poo friction, no need to flush anymore !
  • 3 0
 @Aksel31: You might be on to something. Doesn’t everyone dream of owing a golden toilet? Kashima is kinda golden looking (little closer bronze IMO but it’s still a yellowish hue).
  • 1 0
 @ridebikesyall: Pretty much cost as much as gold by the ounce! I think most would question about the frictionless smoothness of Kashima. But once you flush it down the toilet, you'll know how painful it was after it's been flushed away!
  • 1 0
 My umbrella shaft is kashima. 3% less friction for faster deployment.
  • 5 0
 I didn’t think it was possible to loath kashima coating even more but here we are
  • 6 1
 Anyone with kashima on their rack should be embarrassed because they didn’t buy a 1up
  • 4 0
 I love spending cash on MTB related stuff and even I’m like oh hell no to this. I’ll stick with my 1up for a fraction of the cost. It’s a freaking bike rack.
  • 6 0
 My biggest takeaway? I'm not alone in losing valve stem caps.
  • 5 0
 a review for such an expensive bike rack should require an Outside+ subscription.
  • 3 0
 Bought two. One for the g-wagon (AMG of course) and one for the Sprinter. If anyone finds a stack of cash at UC can you send it to me? Should be about $5k, I think I dropped it in the parking lot.
Thanks.
  • 5 0
 Another fancy handbag for the status symbol crowd.
  • 6 1
 Well there goes my respect for Kuat. Now filed under corny companies.
  • 1 0
 can i just get those brake lights? my rack covers a good 70% of my rear 2 lights and i feel like i need to install lights onto the rack when its folded up, both for turn signal and brakes! closest ive found is tailgate light bar but they are so long
  • 2 0
 Yes Curt 53201
  • 4 0
 Ummm 1up and season pass to any lift-served MTN with spare change leftover.
  • 3 0
 This is the dumbest thing I've seen in a while. A Kashima coated bike rack? Does it let you rack the bike 2 seconds faster than your parking stall neighbour?
  • 1 0
 Half that price gets you a 4-bike northshore rack built like a brick shithouse in a bad neighborhood. All steel with the only moving parts being two overbuilt pivots. You could even get that same northshore rack stripped and repainted to match your car for less cash than this kashima coated nonsense. The brake lights are pretty cool, but not THAT cool
  • 1 0
 Serious question: Is the "pneumatic" part just to drive the wheel loops open after you push the latch, or are they also using a valve and air pressure to hold them closed? If so, those Kashima stanchions better be durable, cuz if you nick one, your bike may end up on the pavement on your drive home.
  • 1 0
 Oh wait - it does say "ratcheting". So I guess there's something mechanical holding it closed, right?

I'll stick with my bulletproof, built-for-the-apocalypse, all-aluminum 1up, thank you very much. Don't think I need that Kashima bling on my freakin' rack. I'd rather spend more on bikes.
  • 2 1
 For a rack at this price I would have expected a better design. Unless the wheel trays are at different heights, it’s difficult to prevent the handle bars from rubbing together when you have more than two bikes on the rack.
  • 1 0
 running 1UP + $15 motorcycle LED brake signal lights from Amazon attached to rack. Spliced in trailer plug to plug in trailer light socket. I live by beach where salty air is always present. No problems, No rust due to 1UP of high quality stainless steel hardware. Oh, and no craplastic.
  • 1 0
 @danielsapp - on the topic of Kashima…

I’d rather hear more about the Float X shock on that Epic Evo.

Did it require a custom tune? Does it work well for that bike?

A piggyback shock with 2 water bottles in the frame is impressive!
  • 1 0
 To be clear, Kashima refers to the area of Japan where large amounts of fluoropolymers are made. The use of fluoropolymers to reduce friction and provide resistance to the adhesion of debris is well documented but most of these are relatively inexpensive (no more than $20/kg), does such an inexpensive material justify such a large increase in price? Have we quantified the benefits between a fluoropolymer coated stanchion and a painted stanchion?
  • 2 1
 I added a Curt Aux trailer light to my 1up 9mo ago, but I do think it's time for 1up or Quikr to 1up themselves, or this time is it Kuat themselves? Tapping the shock to release wheels is actually pretty nice as it's one handed. I think 1up could drill a couple holes center of support bars to make an easy additional length handle like their quick rack does. Adjustments for wheel size like Quikr has is nice.

Overall this is a bitchin rack, and if 1up can keep the short length of the Super/Heavy Duty, I would sell my 2020 1up stuff should they update the design.
  • 1 0
 Just got my 1up last week. Put a sweet Curt tail light kit on it and got running lights, brakes, and turn signals for $35. Like literally four days ago. Guess I`m ahead of the game. The one handed operation is handy if I need to scratch my ass while I`m waiting for the arm to move, though. Solid flex there.
  • 1 0
 I hate to say it, but its not an outrageous price for some riders. Considering some folks drive to the trial in a car/truck/suv that costs 60-90k, and they are putting a bike on there that cost north of 10k.

I don’t care how “good” the 1UP is, it looks like it was made in a high school shop class. I could never put that on the back of my Defender. Would I replace my current Kuat? Possibly. I ride all winter and I like the idea of the tail lights when visibility is low. Do I want to spend this much, nope.
  • 1 0
 All these posts mean, this is going to sell very well. The site says it’s “all metal” so that is a good selling point. The Quickstuff racks are pretty expensive too and no one talks about them. quikrstuff.com/shop
  • 5 0
 Trying to one-up one-up.
  • 2 0
 * 1Up
  • 3 0
 @owenbfoster: Trying to one-up 1Up not OneUp.
  • 2 0
 ...With the price
  • 2 0
 How often do you need to service the seals? A little tongue in cheek, but seriously - those pistons will see some dust and mud!
  • 1 1
 I feel like the final statement was written under duress and a bit of pressure to let the readers know that there is someone out there that might want to but this thing...would love to hear the 'translation' of that summary...
  • 1 0
 $1,400 bike rack that can give you a ticket since it clearly blocks the license plate when stowed up. I guess if you're dropping that much on a rack, you can also afford the tickets.
  • 3 0
 All the1-up love/Kuat hate based on price is suspect though - isn't the new 1-up Equip-D nearly $800?
  • 1 0
 I just went and looked at it, it's solid aluminum. This is obviously a rip-off of the 1-up design and seems to make significant use of plastic.
  • 1 0
 @ungod: even more importantly, it seems to be powdercoated aluminum. aluminum will corrode quite a bit on our salt covered roads. a judicious use of plastic isn't always a bad thing. that said, I've had two Kuat racks warranted for corrosion (bolts, locks, sliders, etc) - to Kuat's credit they truly honor their warranty. I put a 1-Up on my wife's car, so have some experience with both. I don't think you can go wrong with either company TBH.
  • 1 0
 @ungod: Disclaimer: I live in Springfield, MO, KUAT's home town, and know many of the employees there.

This morning I headed over to KUAT HQ to pick up a replacement to a decade old hitch lock (they wouldn't accept any payment for the replacement though it IS a decade old.) While waiting in their lobby, I looked over the Piston in a 3 bike configuration. I had read all the whining about the use of plastic in this rack and wanted to see for myself. The only plastic pieces on this rack, are te LED covers (duh), two levers involved with the raising/lowering function (they are small, could be easily sent through the mail in a small envelope if needed replaced, but they ARE redundant as the mainly lever is metal) and the levers that allow adjusting from one wheel size to another (which requires tools on my friends 1UP.)

So the claims of all this plastic are from people that have not seen the rack in person.

Whether it's a value to an individual is up to them. It is out of my value range for a bike rack, but they offer other products that aren't.

I can say THIS with absolute surety though...

The customer service I have gotten from them over the past ten years hasn't been approached by ANY other firm, in ANY industry. Their CS is ASTONISHING.
  • 1 0
 Anyone notice the bike even has matching Kashima everything - even down to the Kashima coated spokes! Wonder if the Rampage has kashima coat hydro shocks that'll raise the height of the car for shuttling?
  • 4 0
 Kuat 2023: Our racks now have a live valve option. Only $2,999.98!
  • 4 0
 Does the rack feature creaking noises too?
  • 2 0
 Well ... where do you think these tubes come from ! Recycling old creaking CSU
  • 5 1
 Hmmm, Looks like a Session.
  • 2 0
 Priced like a session
  • 2 0
 Of course it's on a Ridgeline ! I guess this is the type of content we will be seeing more of now that pink bike is a part of granola online.
  • 4 0
 Nothing says duechebag like kashima bike rack
  • 1 0
 So this is Kuat's answer to the also very expensive One-Up rack...why haven't they relocated pivot release lever to the end of the rack. That lever is the one feature I do not like about my (older) 4 bike KUAT rack.
  • 2 0
 Yawn at the Kashima coat. Wake me up when they have an eTap AXS enabled version that I can control with a phone app while sipping pinkie out on my single origin pour over.
  • 1 0
 Even though I don't own an E-bike, I feel like the rack should charge E-bikes off your car battery or have some sort of electric shock feature to prevent thieves from even coming close to your Tesla shuttle truck
  • 1 1
 Nice. Another overpriced bike rack I can make fun of when it fails in 3 months!!! Not to mention it looks like a Saris MTR, which also sucks and ripped off the one and only true bike-rack heavyweight champion of the world, 1-UP Racks.
  • 1 0
 Nice, brake light is the feature I would pay for! however not a fan of tray style racks, 4 is upper limit; would rather see vertical mounting options more
  • 1 0
 Literally just put lights on my 1up for $35 and they genuinely look like they would be integrated. Running lights, brakes, and turns signals. Check out the Curt light kit on Amazon.
  • 2 0
 PB, my E filter failed to flag E-bike ramp and now I'm tempted to troll your comment section.
  • 4 1
 Way to make the already douchiest rack just a little bit douchier.
  • 1 0
 And here I thought the OneUp rack is expensive! I think I need Kashima for pogo sticks! Kashima for my office steno chair would be great too!
  • 2 0
 I can almost see the T5 driving, Santa Cruz riding guys getting their credit cards out now Smile Smile Smile
  • 4 1
 And I've had people tell me my 1UP rack was expensive.....
  • 6 2
 F**k off Kuat
  • 2 0
 The designers of this rack should shove those kashima coated tubes right up their asses.
  • 1 0
 *checks to see if it's April 1st* nope. I like Kuat stuff, but the Kashima is just over the top. It's like having a f*cking golf car with spinners.
  • 1 0
 Well someone needs to make a bike rack available at the LBS for all the Porsche Caymans going to the trailhead with their $10k+ carbon wonder rigs.
  • 2 0
 I'm more interested in the review of the Epic Evo on that rack, with the new Float X, DPX2? How does it ride?
  • 3 0
 My car is worth one third of that rack.
  • 1 0
 Will It fit on my Bentayga? I don't want to scratch the paint, that Mulliner spec cost almost as much as a new mountain bike so I want to be careful.
  • 3 0
 I thought the rack was a joke, then I saw it was attached to a Ridgeline.
  • 1 0
 Wish Kuat would have copied the integrated swing on the Rocky Mount with their existing rack. Works just fine as is, didn't need to copy 1UP and use silly coatings...
  • 2 1
 "For anyone looking for a rack of this style, there's currently nothing better available that I've used." Clearly, you've never used a 1Up rack.
  • 1 0
 Can't wait for PUSH to come out with some upgrades for this thing. Maybe high speed low speed adjuster, speed sensitive damper.....
  • 3 3
 Don't worry guys when they finally decide to stop printing money they haven't got and the economy falls to shit they won't be able to give this stuff away....
  • 4 1
 BARF
  • 2 0
 Will Dialed help me set it up ?
  • 2 0
 Well played Kuat, well played. But the rack should be fox orange!
  • 2 1
 FINALLY! a rack for dentist thank god i was feeling like such a pleeb with my thule pro rack
  • 1 0
 That moment when they come out with a rack that costs more than my whole bike...
  • 3 0
 Is this Aprils's pool?
  • 1 0
 They were so busy wondering if they could, they didn't consider if they should.
  • 2 0
 Proof that MA money has finally consumed NH...
  • 2 0
 I wonder when DLC coatings will make their way into the MTB world.
  • 2 0
 Is a performance elite model coming out soon? A rhythm model?
  • 2 0
 Upgrade to Turq CC FACT 11 version for 3 grand.
  • 2 0
 @Pinkbike: your calendar is 131 days behind
  • 3 3
 How much for that plastic junk??? Awl HELL NO!
1UP is the ONLY way to go for quality REAL METAL, MADE IN THE USA QUALITY.

Bye Felicia Kuat!
  • 2 0
 Front range beemer-bros gonna be digging this.
  • 2 0
 Nice to see bike-related kashima where it actually makes sense.
  • 1 0
 They could easily have made this bluetooth capable so it could talk to the Tesla that it's going on better.
  • 1 0
 I am not a racer i can spare a 1000th of a second I wait for the elite version
  • 2 0
 Only available for European cars above 100 grand.
  • 2 0
 now your bike rack can look as awful as your stanchions!
  • 2 0
 Putting my new Yet-E on this...
  • 2 0
 Kashiwa coated LOL …LOL …LOL …LOL …LOL …LOL
  • 1 0
 Why Pinkbike, why?
Editor : do you think there are consumers for such thing?
  • 2 0
 where's the app to control the swimgarms?
  • 2 1
 Are those Kashima-coated spokes?
  • 2 1
 My 1up might last forever. This is silly.
  • 1 1
 Not sure why anyone would bother with anything else than a Thule EasyFold XT 2 (or 3).
  • 1 0
 I actually thought this was an April fools joke. This can’t be real.
  • 2 0
 why the hell
  • 1 0
 + 1 for the New Hampshire plates!
  • 1 0
 When you try to one-up 1up.
  • 3 2
 So... Kuat copied 1Up and doubled the price... how innovative.
  • 1 1
 I built my own bike rack for less than a 1/4 of that. These prices for plastic are ridiculous
  • 1 0
 Hopefully it comes with an unbreakable hitch lock
  • 1 0
 Kashima has finally jumped the shark
  • 1 1
 All that money and u still have to reach through 4 bikes to tilt the rack? Thule and 1Up figured it out
  • 2 0
 Outboard handle is attached to the one and two bike add-on and works like T2 Pro XT.
  • 2 1
 Neat idea... 1UP racks cost half as much, though.
  • 1 0
 Loved the deep dive on the hitch size compatibility and attachment type
  • 2 1
 I always thought Kuat were sh1t... Now i m convinced..
  • 1 0
 I think I found the perfidy rack for my s works enduro
  • 1 0
 They had me at hydropneumatic.
  • 2 1
 dentists strike again
  • 2 1
 I would say this is one up on OneUp - it's a neuro surgeon's special!
  • 1 1
 You really can't beat the durability of a 1up rack. Why spend more?
  • 2 1
 gringos been gringos
  • 1 0
 How embarrassing.
  • 1 1
 wtf, $1,389 USD?? the 1upusa is like 800dlls.
  • 2 0
 You do realize that 1up is consumer direct and if/when they go to a retail model they will need to provide the retailer with a 35% margin at which point they will be $1000.00 plus. What is funny is that years ago Thule bought SportWorks for their over the wheel J style design that began the T2 family. Since then everyone has copied that, gotten around patents, etc.. and no complaints. I guess back then the interweb wasn't really around comment sections did not exist.
  • 1 1
 My Dentist gonna looove this!
  • 2 2
 All these new racks from the big guys are just OneUp knock offs....
  • 2 1
 Patent expired.
  • 1 0
 Kashima coated why?????
  • 2 1
 kuats are for tuats
  • 1 0
 is it April 1st?
  • 1 0
 April was months ago.
  • 1 0
 Hard pass!
  • 1 0
 Does it creek?
  • 1 0
 Hard no.
  • 1 1
 Seems like an unnecessary amount of plastic
  • 1 1
 Kuat tryna to be 1up
  • 2 0
 Kuat tryna one up 1up!

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