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CYCLOCROSS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 26 81 XXX KÜAT TRIO ROOF RACK BIKE MOUNT RACED & REVIEWED The right gear may not increase your power output, but it sure can make your cycling life more enjoyable. How do you know what gear lives up to its promises and deserves your dollars, and what's mostly hype and needs some rethinking? That's why we're here. We put the following products to the test in a long-term review. Here's what we found: Küat Racks calls their new TRIO fork-mount roof rack "a fork-mount roof rack that all cyclists can agree on." Did the company hit the mark? The Missouri-based company has made a name for itself with premium-quality hitch-mounted bike racks, and our past review of the NV rack has validated their claim to make stylish, innovative and functional equipment. The company has now ventured into roof-mounted bike carriers with the TRIO bike mount. The TRIO certainly is versatile, with an ability to accept bike forks built around 9mm, 15mm and 20mm axles. Its giant external cam quick release gets around lawyer tabs, making for potentially speedy clamp-and-go trips. There's even a fat bike fork adaptor. The TRIO will work with almost any cross bar, including rectangular (Thule), round (Yakima) and factory bars. It's also tray-less, with just a countoured platform and a sliding wheel strap to support and secure the rear wheel, meaning your 2.4" 29er tire and your kid's 20" BMX bike's wheelbase will fit just fine. Our favorite feature? The built-in cable lock to secure the frame and rear wheel to the rack. Was every tester pleased? Yes, in that every bike fit and nothing got stolen. We do have two complaints, however. First, the giant quick release is super sensitive in terms of opposing bolt adjustment. It's a minor hassle to get it right for one bike, and takes a lot of guesswork and back- and-forth tightening and loosening. Once you get it perfectly adjusted, traveling with that one bike is easy, but you have to repeat the iterative process with each different bike (fork). It can be especially awkward if the carrier is in the middle of your roof. You also need to make sure your bars clear the roof to have enough rim for the quick-release lever. On one test car, with bars just 3.6mm off the roof, the lever could actually swing down and scratch the roof. Bummer. Thankfully the car was worth less than a bike, and perhaps, less than the TRIO bike carrier. Thru-axle compatibility (that's where cyclocross bikes are going) and the always-there deterrent of a cable lock are conveniences that overshadow the finicky front quick-release. Keep a TRIO on either side of your roof rack and you'll be happily flinging your bike's mud on the car behind you instead of it staining your trunk and seats. Küat was right. We can all agree that a cleaner bike and a cleaner car are good things. MSRP: $209 More info: kuatracks.com

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