Küat was showing off a number of new rack items at this year’s Interbike show, including a cargo tray on a diet and the company’s first foray into roof-mounted bike trays.
Skinny cargo basket
There are times when you need to carry cargo but also want space for bikes or other rooftop toys. At least, that’s what the folks at Küat were thinking when they developed the Skinny, a cargo basket that’s narrower than their full-size Vagabond model.
The 23in-wide Skinny has a maximum load capacity of 160lb, can carry one bike via a 9mm quick-release mount, and features a three-piece design allowing it to be lengthened or shortened to fit a variety of roof lengths.
The basket has locking feet, which are designed to fit any factory or aftermarket crossbars. The Skinny will be available this spring and will retail for US$389.
The 9mm skewer on the Skinny rack
New roof trays
Like the cargo basket, Küat’s new Rüfee bike trays are designed to be compatible with all factory and aftermarket crossbars. This fork-mounted carrier is also compatible with forks with 9, 15 and 20mm axles thanks to a smart-looking modular axle system included with each tray.
As with the company’s rear racks, a coated steel cable housed in the body of the tray provides security. The US$209 Rüfee will be available in orange, silver or black in late spring 2013.
These simple, US$17 fork holders – designed to be bolted to a 2×4 or directly to the bed of a truck – are now available in 15mm and 20mm through-axle versions.
The 15mm version of the Dirtbag fork mount
Burlier Bottle Lock
While innovative, Küat’s Bottle Lock may not provide enough security for all situations. With that in mind, the company has developed the Link, a burlier chain-link version of the Bottle Lock for use in areas where the risk of theft is higher.
Like the Bottle Lock, the Link is designed to fit in a standard water bottle cage, though in order to house the 27in of chain the bottle is considerably taller, which might not play well with smaller, more compact frames. The US$49 Link will be available in spring 2013.
See how the original Bottle Lock works by watching the video below: