Pamper your bikes.
The Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack is a versatile rack that will keep your bikes safe and sound on the road, and here's the best bit—with the Transfer's hitch-mounted design, there won't be any more disassembling bikes to squish them in the trunk or perching awkwardly on an SUV's foot rails to mount them precariously on the roof.
Unlike many hitch racks that rely on hanging bikes, the Transfer 3 has tray-style mounts and a locking system that doesn't contact the frame. A rear wheel strap and a front ratcheting arm hold bikes snugly and securely in place without ever needing to put pressure on the frames, and Kuat's PerfectFit adjustment system lets you adjust the front wheel cradles to avoid any potential contact between bikes.
The Transfer 3 folds up cleanly out of the way when not in use via a spring-mounted foot pedal, and uses the same to tilt down and provide access to the hatch or liftgate, so you can slip in an extra cooler or grab that bag of chips out of the back before you leave home.
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Awesome Bike Rack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This thing is great. I really like having a three bike rack for when my friends tag along. If I could knock this rack in any way it would would be that I wish it comes as a 2inch option and a 1.5 inches option. It can get a little loose if you don't keep the pin tight. But overall I really like the setup of this thing and it works great for my 27.5" and my 26"s. The setup wasn't bad at all, an they give you the tool you need to set it up. I would defiantly recommend this thing to someone in the market for a rack.
Excellent, secure set up
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I like this set up alot. I have two 650B+ bikes with 3" tires, but I also have road, a niner, and a 24" junior cx bike. They all fit securely and with ease. (Dropper posts make full loads extra simple). I never fear the attachment of the bikes, though I am not extremely rough regarding terrain, it is a small sedan. The tilt feature is relatively simple to access and provides good access to the trunk. I am using this with a 1 1/4" hitch. It is heavy enough to discourage frequent removal or cross-vehicle transfer. The locking cable mechanism that integrates into the arms is convenient for relatively safe and quick stops, but would be extremely easy to defeat otherwise. After 9 months and through a Denver winter, it is in very good shape still. It does have a high amount of plastic, but the paint on the metal is very much intact to this point. It is gentle on all of the bikes, contacting the wheels only and maybe a front rim brake.
Very nice, but longevity is questionable
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I switched to this rack from a Swagman XC2 as I wanted something a little higher quality (and to be able to carry more bikes - for friends/family). To my surprise the rack arrives 90% unassembled. It includes instructions which are very helpful, but there is a LOT of screwing metal bolts into soft plastic fittings and they do not provide any sort of torque specs. More than once I tightened too much and either cracked the plastic (which is very easy to do) or caused some threading issues. I had to replace one nut as it would not thread onto a bolt as well which was annoying. Once everything is assembled and tightened down I noticed there is a little bit of play in the assembly that allows you to lower the rack down or pull it up so that you have more clearance while driving. It's not horrible, but it's a little worrying at first. The amount of play hasn't changed any after use.
Once assembled I was blown away by how heavy it was. Jesus it's heavy. It's very cumbersome to attach to my car so I'm guessing it's a put it on and never take it off kind of rack. If you're looking for one that's easy to install and remove, this is absolutely not the rack for you. I have a 1 1/4 receiver on my hitch and the Transfer 3's fitment in it is hilariously bad. It's too small so even after tightening down you can move the Transfer 3 up and down. I solved this by using a quarter as a spacer and that prevents the up and down movement. Side to side movement is gone once you tighten down the hitch bolt.
Mounting bikes is a breeze and they are very secure once everything is in place. There is a little bit of movement over bumps but it's the same amount of movement whether it's a tiny crack or a crater. The bikes are held very securely in place. It's very easy to load a bike and remove it as well. The bike lock kit (optional) is integrated into the existing components of the Transfer 3 which is really nice. It makes it very easy to lock up the bike.
On the move the bikes are very secure. Over bumps the Transfer 3 does make an odd noise every once in a while but everything seems nice and secure. The bikes move a LOT less than they did with my Swagman.
Overall I'm happy, but not as happy as I thought I'd be after making the upgrade. It's a much more solid rack than my Swagman was, but there is a lot of plastic in this thing which I find a little insulting considering the price tag of this thing. All the plastic bits are what hold your bike in place as well so you have to wonder about longevity and what happens if it breaks. I'd rate the Swagman I had as a 3, and this one as a solid 4 as it is definitely a better rack than the Swagman was. I won't give it a 5 because of the amount of plastic for the price, and the fact that I had to build almost the entire thing myself for the price as well.
How do I order replacement parts? Specifically, the frame that the bikes sit on. The frame got bent and I am looking to fix it as cheap as possible. Can I replace just the U-shaped frame or do I have to replace entire product?