About Küat Racks
Our Design Team embraces an unruly process in order to create the best products possible for cyclists. And while we’re hard-pressed to articulate this process in tidy little bullet points, we’ve done our best to boil it to the basics.
We Bike A Lot
While some designers take their cues from the marketing team to find out what cyclists want, we already know what you want. Because the Küat team is made up of cyclists, we want the same things. We want to get on the road with our bikes with ease. We want hassle-free rides. We want products that make us look better, not worse.
We Complain A Lot
We whine about the obstacles that prevent us from having the best cycling experience possible, and we bitch about existing products that don’t fulfill our needs. This not only makes us extremely popular at parties, but helps to identify new product ideas.
We Think A Lot
Innovative ideas rarely come out of regularly-scheduled brainstorming meetings at 9AM – regardless of the amount of flipchart paper or donuts you buy. Sometimes our best ideas come to us in the shower, at a bar, or in our sleep. And when a good idea comes along, we drop everything to pursue it.
We Complain A Little More
When we think we’ve designed the perfect product, we tear it to shreds. We heckle it. We find every possible way that the design might suck, and then we redesign until we can’t find anything left that sucks.
Team Küat is comprised of avid cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts, and fine ale connoisseurs. This motley crew of dreamers and schemers pool together their diverse talents and interests to bring you sharp design, quality products, and awesome customer service.
In 2005, Luke Kuschmeader and his then partner, Brian Atkinson, developed the Küat concept after a long day on the trails. They’d been stalled by a clumsy, heavy bike rack that was a struggle to dismount from the vehicle, and they wondered if there wasn’t a better way to transport their bikes to and from the trails. A self-starter, Luke turned wonder into solution, and the prototype for the Alpha – a rack that was lighter, easier to use, and better looking than existing products on the market – was born, challenging the status quo in the bike rack industry.
While Küat has since grown into a robust team of industry experts, the curiosity and passion that sparked that initial design has remained central to Küat’s philosophy. This machine is fueled by bright ideas and heated debates to consistently deliver innovative solutions.