kuat racks 2013

Gear Interbike

The rack company kuat had some interesting new products in their lineup for this coming tear, including the Rufee roof rack, the Link water bottle lock system, an expanded Dirtbag fork mount series, and a skinnier Vagabond.

I was really fascinated by the Rufee roof rack system ($209), which carries one bike (up to 45 lbs) on its sleek NV like tray, and comes with three adapters for 9, 15, and 20mm forks, an integrated bike lock and a security attachment for the roof bard.

The fork adapters just unbolt and can be replaced with a new one, and it clamps down with a nice large lever arm.


The large lever arm on the form clamp takes some queues from the NV series, and it works really nicely to clamp a fork down.

The Link ($50) is a play on their Bottle Lock security system, but instead of using a thin light cable, they use a heavy duty high security chain. The water holder contains a 27″ long 8mm hardened chain, with a nylon sleeve for bike protection, and it locks back onto itself with a secure lock.

A lot of people liked the original Bottle Lock system, but wanted something that offered more security.

The Dirtbag fork mounts ($17) now include 15mm and 20mm sizes, so they now provide the economical system across the board.

Last years Vagabond X ($490) has been revamped, and now includes an integrated cable lock and is expandable using optional 21″ extensions ($200).

They have a new version of the Vagabond X with less width, that’s named the Skinny ($390), and the cut will allow other roof rack products to be used at the same time.

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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