Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Greg0
Kuat Trio: A Three-Way Bike Rack For One
Bicyclists know that one of the most annoying parts of transit is finding a good way to carry your bike on your car. There are loads of different options, but many cars simply don’t offer a usable rear/trunk door that works well for holding your bike. Roof-mounted systems are a great solution, but often leave your bike elevated high enough to be tricky, with wind and balance issues, plus stress on the bike itself. They can be tough to install, and more than you need sometimes!
The Kuat Trio solves these issues with a nifty twist, ideal for longer-haul trips. A fork-mounted system, you simply remove your front tire, then use the prongs to fit just about any forks- included are triple mounts for 9, 15, & 20 mm. An integrated cable lock is one less thing to purchase and secures your bike (both frame and rear wheel), and you can simply throw your front wheel in your trunk. Attach the rear wheel strap for stability, and you’re all set.
Installing the rack is a bit tricky, and requires that your vehicle have a crossbar (any type will do just about, with a minimum spread of 19-5/8 and a maximum of 3.5 inches wide by 1.7” thick). This rack only accommodates a single bike, but up to 45 pounds, so even folks with heftier bikes don’t need to worry. The included hardware was enough for us, and it took about 20 minutes total, including a bit of time to change out the quick release knobs for our appropriate fork size- there are four bolts and a couple of nuts to worry about, so even someone who is afraid of a hammer can get it up in no time.
The Trio looks great, thanks gun metal powder coat finish. It’s lightweight too, built from aluminum, and held up to the inevitable scratches in our tests. We suggest installing it on the driver’s side, but it can also work on the passenger side as well. It does take a bit of time to get your bike unmounted, or back up on the rack, but the sliding wheel base is cute, and the rubber coating protects your bike well. The hardest part might be removing your wheel! Available now, for around $210, the Kuat Trio is a great way to get your bike on the move!