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

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Avg. ride time: 4h 18m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

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

      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.

      Not impressed...Poor quality!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      It looks cool when you see it on other is more expensive than the comparable competition. So it must be better...right?....Wrong.... Alas after getting it out of the box and installing it I quickly realized this is just another piece of metal and plastic Chinese junk. Lots of plastic parts where there should be metal, the swing arms don't lock down, The cradles that hold the tires are held on with a self tapping screw into a plastic hole, drilled holes not aligned, low quality connectors...I had to file the hole where the pin fits in as the aluminum piece they installed was not mitered correctly....You get the picture. I have owned Yakima and Thule and I think they are simply better quality products. But now I own it and am stuck with it....I would be very surprised if this lasts the year.

      Not impressed...Poor quality!

      Great rack

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love the lightweight rack. I was tired of nearly throwing my back out every time I loaded my Yakima Holdup and Thule T2 racks on and off my car. This is a great rack.

      I wish it had integrated locks like the T2 and the Yakima. Instead, it comes with a generic cable that you can make work, but it's not as sleek as the other designs.

      Is Kuat better built than Thule and Yakima? I'm not sure. A lot of people love their Kuats, and I love mine. I'd say the build quality is 10% better than Thule and Yakima.

      This rack made my lady love me

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love this 2-bike rack; So much that I bought one for my girlfriend. She went from taking the wheel off her bike, concerned about scratching her new car with trunk racks and other weirdness, this was the best possible option for tray style racks, without getting over $500. She has a new Toyota Rav4 in this amazing orange color, so I opted to get her the orange & gun metal gray version. The colors match really well. You can't beat the secure feel of the wedge system on the Kuat racks, yes, the Sherpa has it. Basically, it prevents the rack from wobbling at all and moves 100% with the car. The absolutely best part of this is that it takes her 3 seconds to have her dirty bike ready to transport on the Sherpa. Now she can carry both her trail bike and her road bike safely on this rack. Mostly though, we travel with both our trail bikes. We're very pleased with it. I would add, the cable that comes with this rack does need a lock to secure your bikes. The rack comes with a handy locking pin for your receiver hitch. Stoked.

      Avg. ride time: 6h 25m per week
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      Best Rack I have owned!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I can put the bike on the rack as-is, dirty, wet, etc. No more putting it into the car. It is not on the roof - so I am not driving into the garage with a bike on the top. It is easy to put on the car, and easy to take off.
      The rack does obscure the license plate but, I do not leave it on the car when I am not using it.
      I am very happy with this product, it is solid, and so far, I have no complaints.

      Killer Rack

        I've used other style of racks in the past but wanted to get something that was easy to use, light and didn't touch my frame. This is the best rack ever!!! It's so light I can take it on and off my car no prob, no need to keep it on the car because in 1 min it's off and stowed away or thrown on my other vehicle. I was torn between the NV and the Thule T2 but so glad I went the route of the Sherpa. I personally wouldn't trust the locking devices of any racks so that wasn't even a deciding factor, but the functionality of this thing is amazing. It's solid, light and looks fantastic. I took it on a long road trip hauling 2 bikes and I couldn't even tell they were back there. I never worried about the bikes rubbing and they were held in place like glue. I would totally recommend this to anybody. I had a friend get the T2 and I picked it up, it was so heavy and all that weight would make it hard to swap between two cars. I love it when I'm so stoked about a purchase.

        Worth the price!

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

        This rack looks awesome, was easy to assemble, and is rock solid. I initially had concerns that since it is lighter than some other platform racks that it wouldn't be as durable, and the 1.25" hitch for my 2" receiver left me a bit skeptical. After receiving the rack these were no longer concerns of mine whatsoever. So if you're worried that this rack is inferior to the NV, don't fret.

        This rack is absolutely worth the extra money over the Saris, Thule, and Yakima options.

        Spendy but worth it!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        When our old thule racks no longer worked with our new Subaru (with integrated roof racks) - we decided to switch to a hitch mount rack - this also helped with the fact that my short stature precluded me from loading bikes on my own. We have been very happy with the transition to hitch mount rack and more specifically the Kuat Sherpa - this rack is so easy to use - no more taking off wheels and having to make room for a dirty tire in your trunk. If you have a mountain bike with a thru axle (like my husband) this rack is also ideal because you don't have to deal with needing an adapter for a fork mount roof rack (which is what we had before).

        And, no more having to wait for someone taller to help load my bike.

        Also, Gun Metal Grey looks sweet with the orange accents!

        Couple of things to keep in mind - First, if you have somewhat recessed hitch it is not ideal because you can't insert the hitch fully.

        Second, if you park in a garage keep in mind that you will need about a foot of additional length to fit the car with the rack on (when folded)

        Serviceable, but not the best out there

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


        The tray rack is a big step up from older bike rack options. In it's price point, I'd say it's middle of the pack.

        It makes loading/unloading bikes super convenient.

        It matches my orange element.


        The plastic along the arm that rests on the front tire has gotten chewed up already (in one season of use). It's broken off and looks mangled. How there could be so much impact on that piece while the bikes are loaded, I have no idea.

        I have to tighten down the bolts on the joints regularly, otherwise things get very bouncy when I'm driving on uneven surfaces. This is a pain the ass to do on the reg.

        The lock is a joke. If you are going to leave your bike on a rack unattended, spring for one of the racks that has the arms lock in place.

        Overall, I'm satisfied with my purchase. If I wanted to spend more money I'd have gotten a better rack, but this is good enough for my budget.

        Serviceable, but not the best out there

        Great Rack!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've owned 2 Kuat Sherpa 2 racks and both were absolutely perfect! The first rack was literally ripped off the back of my car in a car accident and a buddy of mine was able to repair and use it on his car. I purchased a new one over a year ago and is top notch like the first. The rack doesn't wobble and securely carries 2 bikes with confidence.

        Great Rack!

        Jared, any issues using the rack with the deep wheels (any damage or deformation)? Looks like the back had enough room to fit an 808?

        Just buy a Thule T2.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Bought this on a friends recommendation because I needed a 1 1/4" rack for my new urban whip. I already had a 2" Thule T2 for my truck but I didn't want to mess with an adapter. Wish I had just bought a second T2 in 1 1/4".

        The Sherpa has been nothing but trouble from the start. Had to redrill on of the bolt holes to put it together since one of the holes did not line up. Once I got it on the problems continued. The threads in the tongue stripped out on my first road trip with it. The Kuat design is far inferior to the Thule. Kuat replaced my tongue under warranty and I added a bolt to the inside of the tongue so that it doesn't strip out again. I've had my T2 for four years without problem.

        Even when the tongue bolt is cranked tight it wobbles horribly compared to my T2. I realize that this is partially because of the smaller receiver size but I doubt a 1 1/4" T2 would be this bad. Every time I hit a dip in the road or corner hard I can hear it creaking inside my whip. Every time this happens I look in the rearview to make sure it's still there and think to myself "I wish I had just bought the Thule.".

        The Thule T2 is a monstrous 56lbs. Probably not an issue for those with SUVs and 2" hitches, but for guys like me with a Subaru wagon, light weight is key. The Sherpa is less than half the weight.

        I was also excited about the lighter weight of this rack. I bought the Sherpa for a Honda Fit which obviously have very little carrying capacity. In reality I don't think the extra 25ish lbs of the the rack makes much difference. I still wish I bought another Thule T2.

        I also bought the integrated cable lock kit for my Sherpa. The cables are supposed to be able to be slid into the rack when not in use. It usually takes me about 15 minutes per side of pushing, pulling and twisting the cable to get it fully inside. Again poor tolerances in my opinion. I've resorted to just locking the two halves together so they don't drag on the ground rather than try to get them full inside the rack. Never had this problem with similar cable locks found on any of the Thule racks I've owned.

        Avg. ride time: 7h 3m per week
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        Loaded up and ready to go ride!

          Picture with 2 road bikes loaded on a Volvo wagon, super easy to load. Plenty of room between bikes and the tilt function works great for opening rear hatch without removing bikes.

          Loaded up and ready to go ride!

          Great rack - fit issues with some cars

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          This is a great bike rack for people who are looking to carry two bikes using a hitch. I had an older bike rack from a relative but my MTB had fallen off of it once already, and I bought the Kuat as a replacement after doing some research. I usually carry my road bike or my 26" MTB on it - haven't tried a 650B or 29" bike but I do not foresee any problems making them fit on the rack. The loading process is quite easy, and the bikes are securely held using no frame contact at all.

          The rack is quite light due to the aluminium construction, but sturdy at the same time. The adjustable anti-sway cam system in the hitch mount is great, and reduces the swaying that bike racks are subjected to - but does not completely remove it. However, I'm quite confident in the stability of the rack for long-distance driving or on rough roads. I have to drive on a few kilometers of rough fire roads before I can get to the local biking area, and the rack has not caused me to worry about my bike falling off the back - unlike my old rack!

          Issues with the rack - the rack could not tilt for storage properly on my Subaru Forester (2010) due to the hitch receiver being recessed underneath the rear bumper. I see this as an issue that could occur on vehicles with a "hidden hitch" design, such as smaller sedans or SUVs. What happened was that the closer front wheel carrier would bump into the bumper, preventing the rack from folding properly. 30 seconds with a sawzall solved the issue - I trimmed the plastic front wheel tray 2 inches to allow for clearance, and now the rack works properly. The QR for the folding/tilting mechanism does squeak quite badly, but I think this will be resolved with time/a bit of lubrication. The locking system is a bit less desirable than the NV's built-in lock, but the included cable lock is at least thicker gauge. The lack of ability to add a 2-bike extension is also quite unfortunate, but understandable.

          A great rack overall!