Kuat made its reputation for hitch racks with the high end, fully-featured NV rack. It is one of the best looking and most functional racks available on the market With the Transfer, they show that they are every bit as capable of making a great rack at a more affordable price. I chose the Transfer 2 over other options based on price, light weight, and capacity to carry bikes with tires up to 4.5 inches wide.
Assembly was easy, with the rack going together in less than an hour. All the tools needed to put the rack together were included in the box, along with and cloth bag to hold them. This bag went into the back of the car. I figure most of those bolts will want to be snugged down periodically to keep the rack from getting loose and wobbly.
Installation on the vehicle was equally simple. The Transfer 2 does not have the cam in the tongue the way Kuat's higher-priced racks do, so a threaded hitch pin is necessary to keep things locked down. I used the locking head from Kuat's locking hitch pin for some extra security.
The rack is easy to use and fairly low profile on my hatchback. Road bikes and regular mountain bikes with up to 29" wheels are easy to put on and take off, and seem don't move much on the short-to-medium trips I have taken. The rack is a little more temperamental with bigger wheels and tires. My 29+ bike with 3" tires fits, but the hook arm does not clear the front tire straight on. I have to tilt the bike to one side. My friend's fat bike with 4.8 inch tires (bigger that the recommended 4.5 inches) will fit if we take off the stopper bolt off the arm and remove the hook entirely. It seems like Kuat could have made this easier simply by making the hook arm about an inch longer.
Overall, I'm very happy with the utility, simplicity, and looks of the Kuat Transfer 2 rack.