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Pamper your bikes.

The Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack is a versatile hitch-mount rack that will keep your bikes safe and sound when you need to take them for a drive. No more disassembling bikes to squish them precariously in the trunk or perching awkwardly on an SUV's foot rails to mount them on the roof.

Unlike many hitch racks that rely on hanging bikes from bars that thread under the top tubes, 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. Kuat's PerfectFit adjustment system also lets you adjust the front wheel cradles to avoid any potential contact between bikes. They'll stay locked in place throughout your travels without any damage from friction or side sway.

The Transfer 3 locks in place horizontally to carry bikes, and it folds up cleanly out of the way when not in use with a spring-mounted foot pedal. Kuat also addresses the pesky problem of not being able to access the hatch with a third locking position that angles the rack down so you can add a last minute cooler of ice cream sandwiches to the trunk before embarking on a cycling adventure.

The Kuat Transfer 3 Bike Rack will fit almost all 1.25-inch and 2-inch receivers, with the exception that it is not compatible with 1.25-inch class 1 hitches. It supports wheel sizes ranging from 20-inches up to 700c and 29-inches and wheelbases of up to 47-inches. Optional upgrades include a locking hitch pin and integrated cable locks.

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Locks Included:
1.25in receivers (except class 1 hitches), 2in receivers
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Went from sketched out to feeling solid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was pretty terrified of throwing my brand new uber expensive bike on this thing at first. Especially since this rack is a the same price of a lot of other bike racks that hold two bikes while this holds three. I kept wondering what the catch is. After driving all over SLC with this thing I must say that I'm very pleased and rather impressed. My only gripe is that the part of the frame that inserts into the hitch doesn't sit flush. It would be a bit more comforting to have the hitch insert fully push in when bolted instead of having about an inch of hang. I'm sure it's still structurally sound but it is something that is always in the back of our minds now. I would also recommend grabbing the locking system available (make sure to select the 3 person one).

4 stars so far

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

A friend who works for a major cycling component company recommended this rack as did a set of friends who are bike nuts in Utah.

Needed something for three bikes that was stable, could carry bikes with no accessories required (kids bikes and womens' bikes do require accessories with other brands) and did not hang the bikes.

wow, kuat, well done.

setup took an hour from opening the box to putting in the pin to hold it in place in the tow bar. pretty good instructions in the box. VERY good video instructions on line.

called into kuat before buying and they were terrific on the phone in terms of accessories, comparisons... seems like a company you really want to do business with.

bought the locks which i'll install next week.

not exactly light. good workout getting it from storage into locked position on the vehicle.

love the fact that the bikes sit in trays, not hanging down. seems very stable. and also like the simple way to get the device into three positions: up,

Simple Rack and Works Great

    This rack is excellent. It's a simple design and is easy to assemble. It comes with an adapter installed for a 2" hitch. You remove it to work with the 1.25" hitch. The spring loaded trigger to raise and lower the rack is really smooth. I previously had a Thule T2 and the action required was often cumbersome. I would highly recommend this rack for anyone looking for a reasonably priced simple bike rack.

    3 bikes on one hitch

      This hitch rack is so much easier to transport 3 bikes than piled up on the back of the truck. Easy to install, heavy as hell & does not have a hitch lock, so I would suggest buying one before your neighbor "borrows" this from you.

      Great rack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      this thing is solid, secure, amazing quality. very happy i opted for this rack.
      it is a bit heavy, but from others i've looked at, any good quality rack does have weight to it.
      the tilt up is great, the tilt down gives enough room to open the back hatch of our suv (highlander)
      definitely recommend this item

      Great minimalist option

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      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.

      Great minimalist option

      Can you add on another bike slot for this rack or can it only be 3?

      Hey Kristina,

      There is no add on to the Transfer 3 Bike Rack so the max bikes you can carry is 3. If you are looking to carry 4 bikes, check out the NV 2 Plus Add on (Items #KUA0003 and # KUA0004). Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Great rack,for my bikes

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I had a Yakima bike rack for years. The bikes hung from two posts and secured to the rack with elastic bands. The bikes had scratched paint from loading/unloading the bikes and from moving about in transit. The kuat rack secures all bikes quickly and the bikes do,not touch one another in transit. My rack is used on my Chevy Silverado and I especially like the ability to lower the rack enough to fully access my truck bed.

      Avg. ride time: 5h 50m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      Great Bargain Rack

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I picked this up after using a Sportworks 2-bike hitch rack for many years, so, that's what I'll compare this to. I wanted a 3-bike rack to fit my son's Fuji Ace 24 on a rack instead of throwing it in the back of the Volvo XC60. I'm a consummate cheap-ass and haven't been able to justify the 1-Up with 3 racks or the NV with add-on, but require a no-frame-touch rack that can carry mountain bikes, road bikes, women's and kid's bikes. Competitive Cyclist must have been tracking my searches because I've been looking for about two years now. They sent an email with this rack highlighted and I decided to give it a go.

      Kuat has a great reputation and this rack design is pretty revolutionary compared to all other racks with trays. The design has several advantages compared to conventional racks - the main being the U-shape design gives one the ability to have the rack down and to open the three arms and get close to the vehicle instead of stepping over or to the side of conventional racks. It comes in around 50 lbs which is pretty light for a 3-bike rack and about the same weight as my SportWorks 2-bike rack.

      Best rack I've owned

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      We had been looking for a long time for the ideal rack. I had a big list of wants: something that I could use for road and MTB bikes, would not contact the frames, would be easy for my wife to use for loading the kids bikes, it also needed to have a tilt or swing out feature to access the trunk, would have a good departure angle for our steep driveway, would swing out of the way when not loaded, was good value AND was high quality. This Rack fit everything we were looking for! Very pleased with the Kuat Transfer and would highly recommend it.

      What's the minimum wheelbase? My son has a Fuji Ace 650 (24") bike w/ 37.165" wheelbase that I'd like to use this with.

      Very impressed. Got a response first thing this am from Josh at Kuat. "Your son's bike will definitely fit in the Transfer rack.

      The rack accommodates a 20-29" wheel and the rear tire cradle pivots - allowing it to fit several different sized bikes.
      I've copied our fit guide to the Transfer below which will help with getting an idea of how it will fit to your vehicle:"