Kuat Sherpa

The Kuat Sherpa is the next best thing to the NV.  It is super lightweight (27lbs), made of durable, rust-proof aluminum, includes a hitch lock and a cable lock, and it's super easy to install with its hand tightening cam system. Need to get into the back of your vehicle with bikes loaded?  No problem, with this rack.  The Sherpa tilts down, bringing the bikes out and away from the vehicle allowing the hatch or rear door to swing upwards. It will fit either 2" or 1¼" hitch receiver and will easily handle big wheels found on today's 29ers. Comes with a lifetime warranty.

***This item has been discontinued and replaced with a new version - Kuat Sherpa 2.0.   Click here to be redirected to the new product***

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  • Fits 2" or 1¼" receiver hitches
  • 40 lb per bike weight capacity
  • 2 bike capacity
  • Available in Gun Metal Gray/Orange or Black/Polished Chrome colors
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Optional bike repair stand (sold separately)
  • Fits wheels 20" - 29"
  • Hand tightening cam system
  • Made of durable, rust-proof aluminum
  • Integrated hitch and cable locks (included)
  • 13" between bikes
  • Weight: 27 lbs


Customer Reviews (1)

Almost perfectReview by Joe
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First off, Cracks and Racks was awesome to deal with. These guys really know their stuff. I used the online chat several times and they were able to answer all my questions. I ordered my rack on the weekend when they were closed and it shipped Monday and took very little time to get to me.

Now the Sherpa. The fit and finish is head and shoulders above some of the other racks I was looking at. It is super light and very easy to use. Some of the other racks use a lot of nuts and bolts for assembly where the Sherpa uses very sturdy welded joints. It makes zero contact with the bike frame and is super sturdy. I purchased the black/chrome version and it looks great on the back of my truck.

The problem I had with the Sherpa is that I couldn't open the tailgate with the Sherpa installed (even with no bikes on the rack). The tailgate can be opened about 80% of the way before it would make contact with the rack/damage the paint on the tailgate. I also tried it out on some of my co-workers' trucks and you can't open the tailgate on a Ram, F150, or a Silverado/Sierra.

If you are handy, the rack can be modified to work with a truck's tailgate (which is what I did). I contacted Kuat about my issue and their suggestion was to buy the NV instead. I would have loved to get the NV, but my wife's car and my truck use different size hitches, so the NV wouldn't work for us.

Overall, it is a sturdy, well-built rack that I wouldn't hesitate to buy again (not that I'll ever have to). Even if you don't pick a Sherpa, pick Cracks & Racks if you want outstanding customer service. (Posted on 4/19/2015)

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