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Kuat Piston Pro X Review: Is It the Best Hitch Bike Rack Around?

Kuat Piston Pro X Review: Is It the Best Hitch Bike Rack Around?

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Looking for a new bike rack? If you ask your riding buddies, before you know it, you’ll be inundated with claims that this brand or that brand absolutely has the best one. Fortunately, a lot of that stems from most modern bike racks being quite good. But some are still better than others.

Ever since Kuat unveiled its new Piston Pro X bike rack, it’s gotten a lot of attention. I mean, why wouldn’t it? No other rack on the market can offer the combination of genuine Kashima Coat and integrated LED lights. But is the elevated design worth the elevated price tag? After three seasons with the Piston Pro X, I think I have the answer. How Does the Piston Pro X Compare to the 1up Racks?

Let’s just get this out of the way right now – yes, brands like Kuat are creating their own racks no doubt inspired by the original 1UP racks. I dare say that 1UP had the biggest influence in creating what’s come to be known as the tray-style hitch rack category. If you want the easiest tray-style rack to use though, the Kuat Piston Pro X wins, no question.

The 1UP Equip-D model still has the edge on specs like compatible wheelbase (56″ vs. 53″), total weight (48.5lb vs. 63lb, though not a fair comparison because the 1UP lacks lights and locks), the availability of a single bike […]

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