Kuat Alloy Steel Hitch Bike Rack, 2-Bike

Last updated: February 15, 2023

Weighing under 20 pounds, this extremely lightweight bicycle rack is a great option for casual riders who plan to remove their rack frequently. A built-in tilting feature maintains trunk access. Its strong build and sleek design also make this bike rack our Best Overall pick.

We looked at the top Hitch Bike Racks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Hitch Bike Rack you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: A lightweight bike rack that's portable and easy to move around.

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Kuat Alloy Steel Hitch Bike Rack, 2-Bike placed 14th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

So you want a rack that’s even lighter than the Alpha? We put the Beta through boot camp and it came out leaner and meaner than ever. We decided to keep things simple with the Beta, all you get is the lightest and easiest to use hitch rack of all time. It hauls two bikes instead of three so you have an excuse to leave “glued to his blackberry guy” at home. It comes in our most popular color, black chrome. Lifetime Warranty.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

But the Beta is solidly constructed, holds bikes securely, and is one of the lightest hitch racks we’ve tested, at only 18 pounds, which makes it super easy to install on or take off of a vehicle.
Bikes are kept sturdy on the road, no matter where you’re going, thanks to anti-sway carriages and a hand-tight cam system. A hitch pin comes included with this rack, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Equally impressive is that this ultralight rack is still rated to carry 80 pounds total (40 pounds per bike). And we’re happy to see that the Beta hasn’t skimped on too many features: the rack tilts for rear vehicle access, its arms fold down when not in use, and it has same wobble-free hitch attachment mechanism that’s found on Kuat’s premium offerings.

What reviewers didn't like

It’s not as easy to use overall, though. Because it’s a hanging rack, it isn’t as easy to load as the Sherpa 2.0, and you must unload your bikes to tilt the rack down for vehicle access.
Our biggest complaint with the Beta is that Kuat doesn’t offer a higher capacity version. One of the main reasons to get a hanging-style rack is for occasional family outings, and a four or five bike model is often ideal for those trips.
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