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Item # KUA0005

A locking, lightweight rack for hauling around two trail-slaying machines.

The best singletrack you've ever seen is a day's drive away, and with the Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack, you can get there without filling your tiny trunk and back seat with a impenetrable pretzel of bike parts. Best suited for mountain bikes, this rack easily secures two bikes weighing up to 40 pounds each and is compatible with two-inch and 1.25-inch receivers (hitches) thanks to the one-sized-fits-all attachment.

  • Not suited for DH or freeride bikes, but fits almost all other bikes with 20-29in wheels and up to a 44.5-inch wheelbase
  • Provides an ample 13 inches of space between bikes to eliminate paint-trading during the drive
  • Heat-treated aluminum chassis withstands road abuse, folds up for storage, and tilts downward for access to your vehicle's trunk
  • The front and rear tire ratchets use an easy hand-tight cam system and frame supports to eliminate movement during the last bumpy mile to the trailhead
  • Hitch lock and an integrated cable lock keep your prized machines from getting stolen in random truck-stop parking lots
  • Weighs only 29 pounds for easy installation and storage


  • Fits 1.25 and 2-inch receivers
  • 13 inches of space between bikes
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Wheel ratchets and support arm for sway-free transport
  • Hitch lock and integrated cable lock
  • Weighs only 29 pounds

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
2
Compatibility:
(one size fits both) 2-inch receivers, 1.25-inch receivers
Locks Included:
yes
Part Number:
S101, S102, S103
Recommended Use:
travel
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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It is a bike rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nothing crazy, just a high quality bike rack at an inexpensive cost. Bike rack is intended to transport a bike from point A to B so you can go for a ride, so there is no need to break the bank on some of the more expensive models. Save the money , get this rack, and spend more on what truly matters....THE BIKE. The only downside is when locking the bike to the rack, the only way to get to the locking pin is crawl down on the ground. By no means a deal breaker.

Very solid and easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I shopped around looking for a hitch-mounted tray rack and found several good candidates including the Kuat Sherpa. The plus for the Sherpa was the lighter weight, compact design and flexibility to work with 1 1/4" and 2" hitches. Versus its big brother the NV, this rack is a good 20 lbs lighter but don't confuse that with being flimsy or weak. This rack is still very well built and industrial strength. The tubing is solid and strong and all the hardware is very high quality. With my current vehicle, I'm limited to a 1 1/4" receiver hitch and I was concerned the rack would not be stable with the smaller tube size. Not the case. With the clamping feature of the Sherpa, this thing cinches right up tight and on its maiden journey of 6 hours on the highway, it never moved a bit - rock solid. The rack holds the bike secure without touching the frame (which is a must) and is simple to load and unload a bike. One added plus I didn't think I'd need was the ability to tilt the rack down to access my car's trunk. I thought only hatchbacks would require this but with the bike in the closest tray to the car the tilting feature is required to open the trunk. Again, very easy to use and the rack is plenty strong to support the function. I'm extremely happy with this rack!

Great deal!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought on sale and it was a steal!!! Thanks to BC!
Took a good 30 minutes to put it together but once installed I knew I was set for a long time! Very strong, well build and it looks great! Very light weight all aluminum body that's a plus. Quality is must for me and this one delivers! Bike stays in place. I put it through the test! Lots of speed bumps left and right turns later I was looking through the rear view mirror and the bike stayed solid in place, no problem! I have 2 cannondale trigger 1 team with big front tires 2.4 if you have large tires pay close attention and make sure the front tire is secure and in place! The down for me is that the hitch lock is very soft don't offer much of protection but then again when you have over 14k dollars worth of bikes in the back of your car you're not going to just park anywhere and walk away right? Over all, great product great quality and in my case I got it for less then $300, what else could you ask for

Easy!

    So the directions on assembly could've been a bit more detailed. That being said, this is a "great rack"! Its relatively light, simple to use, folds out of the way, and locks. Its got everything you need to get started. Its super strong and stable on the back of my Escape and Im sooooo glad I got it!

    Just what the Doctor ordered

      Had an older Thule rack that was much harder to use --- This thing is a breeze to use , much lighter than the Thule , making it something you use. If you want a great 2 bike car rack that hooks up in a couple of minutes this is the ticket and at the closeout price a super bargain

      Avg. ride time: 4h 53m per week
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      Best 2-bike rack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've used lots of racks in my day, this is by far my favorite. Light, sturdy, touch less, easy to store, stable. So good I got one for my parents too.

      Avg. ride time: 8h 32m per week
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      Very nice for the price

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      First, let me say, this product was in the perfect price point. I got this rack on a close out Tour deal. It is the older version, but in the nice colors of black and chrome. Fits the wife's Acura RDX perfect and really has some great features. I would recommend this rack, or the new Sherpa 2.0 to anyone looking to get just the basic 2 bike option, with no future needs to expand.

      Not too shabby

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This rack has lasted me 7 years and it still has plenty of life left in it! Fits my mtn and road bikes well (including an 808 with the Kuat strap extender). If you leave it on for the winter, you'll need to clean and re-lube parts come spring time.

      Avg. ride time: 17m per week
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      Easy to use, not as secure as I'd like

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I love how easy this rack is to use!! The locking pin that comes with it is a bit small but it works nice. However, there's an easy way to remove the rack from a car even with that lock in place, remove 2 bolts and the rack is gone. I've had several different racks and this one is easiest to use, however, my Thule racks have the best security of all of them.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 9m per week
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      Kuat Sherpa Bike Rack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      What makes this a 5-star review (for me) is because of the hitch tightener that allows a snug fit of the rack and the hitch. The Kuat Sherpa is a solid carrier. Really easy to use. Assembly instructions were easy to follow and I was done in 20min. The only thing that Kuat can improve on is to put reflectors on the rack for added road safety. Not a big deal, but I like to add a little something to product improvement.

      Impressed!

        After reading many reviews I decided to jump on this rack at an awesome price from CC. I really don't understand the negative reviews about the loose fit in the 2" receivers. If you tighten the T handle and wiggle the rack while you are doing it the fit is solid as a rock. I think the adapter could center the locking pin in the hole better and if the hole were the proper size or the pin were larger it would eliminate some of the initial loose feel, but once you tighten the T handle it draws it up. cant wait to get a bike in it and go out and show off the rack. Also the customer service here at CC is awesome.

        Unanswered Question

        the sherpa claims to only work on bikes with a wheel base up to 44.5". most newer trail bikes are over this. will this not work with a Hightower or Stumpy?

        Avg. ride time: 5h 20m per week
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        Kuat bike rack

          This is my 3rd rack I have purchased over the past 4 years. Not because i wanted to but because i changed cars. I started with the tule rack and it was very robust/heavy but did a great job. It was a 2in. mount. my next car could not carry a 2in. hitch so had to go with the small on. I chose the Yakama and was not happy with it. It just didn't ever seem like the bikes were secure. Nothing ever happened to my bike but there always seem like there was some play somewhere. The Kuat feels much more secure, and hope it will be around fora long time. It also weighs half of the other to models. That is very nice.

          Great Rack

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          This rack is awesome. Looks good, easy to load and unload your bikes, keeps your bikes super safe, and is easy to set up and install. I haven't had mine very long, but have several riding buddies who have had their Kuats for years so I am not worried about longevity.

          I also have buddies with the Yakima and Thule options... I wouldn't say any of them are the end-all hitch rack they all work great, so I would recommend picking out the one you think looks best with your vehicle. I don't generally advise picking things based on looks... but I honestly feel that all of the high end tray style hitch racks are that comparable as far as performance goes. I've owned the Yakima hold up as well, and I have used the thule version on many trips with a friend.

          Kuat Sherpa 2

            This is the "light weight" Sherpa with carrying capacity of ~90lbs. If you only carry xc or all mountain bike this should be more than enough...don't see a need to get anything heavier than this. Two thumbs up for me.

            Do you have plans to offer the pearl version of the Sherpa?

            Hey Kurt - We have not ordered any of the Sherpa 2 in Pearl from Kuat so we will not be carrying them. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

            Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

            Nice hardware, good instructions, easy install if you go slow and read the instructions. Small rattle on hitch but no big deal.

            Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

            Everything I hoped It Would Be

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

            I've been coveting a Kuat platform bike rack for a while, but I have an annoying Subaru OEM hitch. If you have one, you know what I am talking about. The hitch pin hole is only. .5 inches from the hitch opening. Most racks won't work with it. Alas, some friends have the Kuat and it works on their Subaru OEM hitches and the guys at Kuat said the Sherpa would work. And, it seems to. Ordered it last week. Came really fast and was not hard to put together. Watch the Kuat video rather along with the printed instructions. Only problem is the stupid little Phillips head screws holding the front plastic wheel that seem to melt when any force is applied. Carried two bikes today. So easy to mount the bikes. Seemed stable and is pretty light for a platform rack. It's a bit annoying that Backcountry said they had one is stock for $409. Four days later they have one in stock for $381! That's not good business practice. $409 is still a good price (for a model that has been updated.) Otherwise the rack is great. Hitch pin lock is a bit weird and the integrated cable lock is not exactly what other mfg call an integrated cable lock. (It's a plain cable that you have to attach to the hitch pin lock and loop around your bikes.) Otherwise, I am thrilled with the rack. I can actually lift it--it's fancy sister, the NV weighs almost twice as much. Ugh.

            Awesome but get the gray/orange one

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This rack is sturdy and rugged. The built in cable lock is nice but a little short. The chrome finish is cracking and peeling but the rack is functionally fine and still works great. If your bikes matter to you get this rack.

            Awesome but get the gray/orange one

            Contact kuat and they will send you out polished silver replacement parts for free.

            This is a photo of the NV 2, not the Sherpa.

            Love this rack!

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            This is the first hitch bike rack I have owned (that leaves the bike complete) and I love it! Super light for me to take on and off as need be and really simple to use. Assembling the rack was also really easy. Took me about 20 minutes. I transport my mtn and road bike with this rack and have zero problems so far. Anywhere from city driving to highway (4 hr Interstate drive, max speed 80 mph), the rack is secure and so are the bikes. I have no tested the rack while driving off road, but I would imagine that as long as you aren't driving like you are in a rally race, the rack and your bikes should be just fine. Definitely expensive, I have no doubt it will last for years though.