Onto the BETA review…Lets start with the specs & random facts- Material – 6061 T6 Aluminum 11 lbs Bike Capacity: 2 bikes (up to 40 lbs) Available in 2” & 1.25” receivers Cinch Tight™ hitch cam system Folds up small for storage, really small Easy to use Stylish Tilts for trunk/hatch access Will not rust Lifetime warranty
I ordered my Beta rack directly from Kuat. Luke was easy to chat with and had my goods in the mail and at my door before we even got off the phone (not really, but the shipping was fast!). I got the 1.25” receiver version to fit my girly-hitch, and noted that the shipping box felt nearly empty (they are that light)! The first thing I noticed is the Beta has an upward-bent, lower arm to keep my bikes well away from the ground - nice thinking since most vehicles with a 1.25” receiver are small cars or wagons that sit too low for hauling bikes. Kuat’s Cinch Tight™ mechanism is an engineering masterpiece. It’s simple in realty, and consists of a large ergonomic wing-nut tightening handle which forces a wedge-type cam between your rack & your hitch, resulting in no side to side swaying of my expensive steeds – awesome! The whole rig is beautifully crafted out of aluminum and hence will never rust or look ghetto like the steel versions made by the ‘other guys’. The cradles on this particular model are very simple, with (2) easy-to-use straps per cradle and anti-sway built-in. The narrow width of the support bars allows for a better chance getting funky full-suspension frames to fit - while it’s a breeze for hard-tails. I never had to grunt or moan to carry the Beta from my garage and mount it on my car. Folding down the rig to access my hatch was no problem either. I opted for the locking hitch pin and the 2” adapter as well. The 2” adapter is ingenious and allows the Cinch Tight cam to still do its job while at the same time does not extend your rack outward like a typical hitch adapter would do. Having the ability to lock the Beta to my car and in turn my bike to the Beta is a great piece-of-mind during errands to and from a race or local trails. No complaints! The only thing I wish they would add to the Beta is a place to hold my post-ride beer…maybe even a built-in bottle opener. Am I asking too much?
To wrap things up, I love my Beta and would recommend one to you, your mother and even little Tim. The guys at Kuat addressed all of my past frustration with hitch-mounted racks and more. Thanks Kuat! To check one out for yourself, or one of the other fine products from Kuat, click HERE.
And another Beta review at Pink Bike, click HERE.