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In August of 2021 Küat unveiled the Piston™ Pro X. This innovative hitch bike rack is like nothing else on the market. With OneTap™, hydro-pneumatic tire arms that ensure zero contact on the bike frame and integrated LED tail lights that synchronize with your vehicle and provide enhanced rear visibility and on-road safety. Additionally, there are simple, tool-free adjustable tire chock slides for all bikes sizes and tires (also patent pending). The Piston™ Pro X is 99% metal and is protected by durable materials and coatings like Tiger® Drylac and Genuine Kashima coat. These and many other features culminate in a rack designed, built and tested to push the envelope and provide unparalleled ease of use, peace of mind and lasting value.
Truly the Piston™ Pro X currently has no equal in the market. The OneTap™ hydro-pneumatic ratcheting arms, the single handed adjustable tire chock slides that allow you to adjust for different bike sizes on the fly, integrated LED tail lights, and overall burly construction (99% metal) makes this rack a standout.
1. Ease of Use: The one-handed operation of the Kashima coated OneTap™ hydro-pneumatic ratcheting arms ensures you can actually hold a bike and adjust the rack as needed. It also fits nearly every bike in your garage including an 18-inch kids bike, 29" mountain bike, fat bike up to 5 inches in width, bikes with wheelbases up to 53", e-bikes (each tray can carry 67 lbs), and lifestyle bikes with fenders can be transported using an accessory strap. Also, the ratcheting arm articulates to the ground making it possible to use a e-bike loading ramp (sold separately by Küat) so riders don't have to lift a heavy bike onto the ramp.
2. Safety - Did we mention tail lights? Yeah, we're proud of it. Using a standard trailer light plug- in, your rack now shows other drivers when you're stopping, turning, or have hazards on. Additionally, the lights provide further illumination at night.
3. Security - Our Flatlock™ Cam system ensures the Piston™ Pro X stays put. The magnetic locking security tool and the stainless steel hitch lock provides double security and gives you further piece of mind.
4. Burly design - This design is intended to withstand extended use and rough roads - We could have used less burly materials on this rack, but we wanted you to be able to drive on the gnarliest roads and load and unload your bikes thousands of times. Automotive-grade hardware and Kashima coat hydro-pneumatic ratcheting arms make that possible.
From the assembly to installation the degree of innovation is fundamentally different. The EasyClip™ tray tabs make assembling quick and painless. The patent pending function of the OneTap™ hydro-pneumatic ratcheting arms makes loading and unloading a bike simple and easy. The FastFit™ wheel chock system allows riders of all sizes to load any size bike down to 18" in seconds and tool free at that. The QuickConnect™ add-ons allow you to add one or two additional riders in a matter of minutes and with the end pull handle on the add-on, raising and lowering the rack is easy. The bomb proof materials and 99% metal construction will stand up to years of demanding mileage and use.
The Piston™ Pro X doesn't just have integrated LED lights, the lights have been prewired and automatically connect and sync with assembly. Plus, magnetic cable docking, and built-in cable management keeps everything tidy and out of the way.
The locking multi-purpose security tool ensures it's always there when you need it. The tamper-resistant Flatlock™ Hitch Cam keeps the rack stable and wobble-free in the hitch. And, we've gone over and beyond with a 12 mm high-strand cable lock with plenty of length for the wheels and frames of all the bikes. The soft touch outer coating is easy on your bike frame, too.
The Piston™ Pro X stands to be a change maker in the bike industry as the rack that delivers on innovative design, ease of use, ability to carry nearly any bike in a user's quiver and downright burly design - this rack is made and intended to work for years. There is a reason Küat patented aspects of this rack as we know the design is unmatched and currently not offered by any other brands.
Finally, at Küat Racks we believe that products designed for enjoying the outdoors should also be kind to the outdoors. Our Future Forest Initiative plants a tree from a portion of every Küat product sold, including The Piston™ Pro X. In 2015, we partnered with The National Forest Foundation as well as other tree planting organizations like One Tree Planted, Trees For The Future, and Trees.org to plant nearly half a million trees in fire-damaged national forests within the US. This support helps plant fast-growing, soil-rebuilding trees that diversify community economies as well as the natural environment. Most importantly, these trees promote the long-term health of land, families and communities, and leave a legacy of hope for the future.