kuat racks 2013 – Interbike 2012

by Brian Mullin on September 20, 2012

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 have always been a big fan of their products, and I
consider the NV to be one of the best bike racks on the market.

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 bars.

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.

They
have a new version of the Vagabond 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.

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

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