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Item # KUA0003

Kuat's best rack for hauling downhill and other large bikes.

Transporting your big rigs requires a beefy rack like the Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack. This burly bike rack hold them in place as you speed through several states toward dirty downhill freedom. The front and back tire-ratcheting design secures 20 to 29-inch wheels and leaves 13 inches between bikes to protect your components.

Kuat's chassis design takes into account all the little details to make your big bike party a breeze. The fold-up frame prevents rattling and damage on bumpy dirty roads and tilts downward for access to your vehicle's trunk. The hand-tight cam system makes for easy loading and unloading and a built-in repair stand permits pre-ride maintenance and post-ride clean-up. 

For big bike party trips an add-on is available (sold separately and for two-inch version only) for extending the NV's capacity to four bikes. Integrated cable lock keeps your prized machines from getting jacked at random late-night truck-stops.

  • Two versions: one to fit two-inch hitch receivers, and one to fit 1.25-inch receivers
  • Folds up to reduce profile when not in use
  • Built-in repair stand
  • Integrated cable lock
  • Extensions to add two more bikes are available separately

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
2-inch receivers, 1.25-inch receivers
Locks Included:
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:

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5 5

Very stable rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this rack with some reluctance because it is a little bit more expensive than some others, but we've been very happy with it! It is super stable, with no rocking while you drive. Once the bikes are on they are rock solid. It is also low enough that it is easy to get your bikes on and off without trouble.

4 5

Nice Rack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

everything on this rack was made to last a lifetime sturdy mount to the hitch and has all the locks necessary to keep the bikes safe, only complaint is they seemed to use a plastic washer on a joint and that has since broke, the rack works fine still. just somewhat odd that they decided to run a plastic washer where it gets so much wear and tear.

Avg. ride time: 5h 31m per week
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5 5

Great rack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bombproof. Awesome rack - makes throwing the bikes on and off super easy and quick. No more taking your tires off and putting the bikes on the top of the car. A convenient feature is the little bike maintenance stand that is part of the rack system. If you find yourself in the middle of the desert needing to apply some chain lube and get the sand out of your derailer, this is the rack for you. Comes with a cable lock as part of the system but keep in mind that the cable lock is on the shorter side and will not go through your wheels (the one drawback thus far on this thing).

As far as the hitch, I went with the 2" which is the way to go if you can. I had the 2" hitch installed on a Subaru and it supports somewhere around 350 lbs (so you can stand on it without any worries). The 1.5" supports less weight and cost was the same as the 2".

Great rack!
4 5

Almost Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My boyfriend and I each have a really nice bike, and we figured that with 8K in bikes we should probably invest in a nice rack. After much research, this one definitely took the top spot.
It was a little bit interesting to setup- but once we figured it out it was a breeze. I love how easy it is to use! I'm pretty small, and swinging my bike around isn't the easiest of things. The rack is very easy to fold up/down, and to secure the bike. Been using it for both the mountain bikes and road bikes around town, no trouble!
One thing to keep in mind is how easy it is to lose the Trail Doc- lost it within the first week. It was carelessness on our part in not making sure that the rack was up and secure, but still! Thankfully Kuat is awesome and has all of the replacement parts available for separate purchase.
The biggest thing I wish I could change is the lock system. It's pretty tough to run through two bikes- we can do it so the cable goes through one part of the rear frame on each bike, but it's still not secure enough in my opinion to leave in some places. I understand that there's only so much space within the rack to store those cables, but I can still wish. Just need to use it with a separate lock if you plan on parking somewhere and leaving it for a while.
We use it with a Jeep Wrangler so we do have a hitch extender and it STILL is very solid. Just took it on a road trip with a bunch of off roading and it felt great knowing that our bikes were solid in the back! The one odd thing is with all of the friction bouncing around when driving on dirt roads is that the piece that sits in front of your fork can actually rub and cause indentations within the rubber on that piece.
All in all, it's not perfect- but it's pretty close. And it's great knowing that you can easily replace any one of the parts on the rack. Yeah, it may be a $550 rack but I promise it's worth it for both the function and steezy looks.

Can this rack fit bikes that have 3-4 inch tires?

Best Answer Responded on

Great question, the NV can fit up to a 4" tire (Rear tire strap extender is required and sold separately- KUA000D)

Please let us know if you have any other questions and thank you for your business.

Responded on

Would this rack work for my Borealis Yampa fat bike with Dillinger 5.0 tires? What adaptors would I need to buy?

5 5

Just do it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you think $550 is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a bike rack, add up the cost of the bikes you'd be putting on it and they're probably worth way more than this rack. To me, it would be foolish to throw down $5,000 on a bike and then trust that any old rack would transport it safely and securely. This rack is so well-built (heavy!), well thought-out (no contact with the bike frames) and straight-up pretty (easily the best looking rack on the road) that the buyers remorse you may feel will be fleeting. My husband and I own 2 of these- 1 has the 2 bike extension on it for long trips- and between them they are used 2-3x/week. We've put them through the ringer and both still look and perform as new (though they are on cars that are garage-kept so that helps a lot). The only issue we've ever had was with one of the cores on the cable lock breaking, but Kuat customer service was amazing and sent us a new cable no questions asked, no money exchanged.

Avg. ride time: 9h 12m per week
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5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This rack is very easy to install onto my vehicle, also incredibly simple to mount bikes to or remove from.

I was hit by a Mercedes with the rack on. It was at lower speeds, but her vehicle impacted the rack and didn't even come close to my new truck. Her Mercedes barely scuffed the rack but tore her front end up pretty bad. The rack is sold and simple, also protects you from texting motorists that rear end you at red lights.

5 5

This thing is pretty!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This rack is a pure work of art. The quality of craftsmanship is far above the rest. This rack is solid and just plain works. I love the ability to tighten the receiver into the hitch to take the play out, which uses a great design to do so. It also comes with the add on to turn it into a bike stand which was really nice. It also comes with a hitch lock, and bike lock. The only thing I would improve is to make it so you can lock the front wheel retention clamp because I've heard of a few bikes being stolen off cars by the cable simply being cut with bolt cutters. Cables just aren't as secure as maybe they were so new measures need to be taken to add more security. Very pleased with my choice.

5 5

Shoulda done this a long time ago

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally broke down and went with the NV after using Yakima hitch-mount "top-tube hanger style" racks for the last ten years. Between new bike frame designs (and adapters running from headset to seat tube) and seeing all these darn things (Kuat NV racks) ubiquitously around town I bit the bullet. Used it both Saturday and Sunday this weekend for one short (20 mile) trip and one longer (65 on road and 10 on gravel) road trip hauling two mountain bikes. Should have done so a long time ago. Super solid 2" mount on my Outback and bikes barely twitch even on dirt & gravel roads. Plus putting on and taking off the bikes is super easy. I'm sold and ain't going back!

5 5

the. best.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

we needed a hitch-mount for adult road and mountain bikes and for our girls' 20" bikes. this does the trick; fully adjustable and easy to use. it does make my back-up camera beep incessantly when in reverse but whatever. and it's great looking. we got the black and chrome - low profile and sleek. thanks Pete! happy riders.

The 1.25" on Subaru Impreza.... Flawless

I have short person issues, and a roof rack would still take a considerable amount of time and effort for me to get a bike locked and loaded. To avoid that daily struggle, I chose to go with the ever-popular NV2 rack, and install a 1 1/4" hitch to my 2010 Subaru Impreza.

This rack was easier to build than I expected, especially after watching the video on their website (highly recommend watching that video!!). Plus, there is no rattling involved like their competitors racks that I've used in the past.

I'm extremely happy with this purchase, and would highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for the best hitch rack in the bizz. Not to mention my new Juliana Furtado (nicknamed "The Bumblebee") compliments it very well!

Like my girl Beyonce said, "We flawless, ladies tell 'em!" - So here I am tellin you, step up your game and get the NV2!

The 1.25" on Subaru Impreza.... Flawless
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy loading and unloading. Flawless operation. Easy flip up/down. Fits my son's 24" mtn bike. Would be nice to have an easy to swap out 24" adapter though - 3 bolts to take it on/off. Built in lock takes some finagling to make it reach with 2 full size bikes but that's by design.

Avg. ride time: 2h 57m per week
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I have the NV Core and two bikes cannot fit on this rack without hitting each other. Has anybody experienced this problem with the NV 2? I want to replace the NV Core with the NV 2 unless they have the same issue.

Responded on

as long as you are not running incredibly wide bars, wider than even some of the new, wider models, the NV has a best in class 13" between trays. Bar width should not be a problem

5 5

Perfect for EVERY TRIP

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike rack is extremely well-built. A good friend of mine has a Yakima bike rack, and it has served him very well, but in comparison, the Kuat is much lighter, and the moving parts move much more freely. The construction of the rack is flawless, and seems like it will be very resistant to weather erosion. The fact that the bike lock is integrated into the rack itself was definitely a huge selling point for me. No fumbling with a tandem lock, no rusted parts that are unable to move. Another huge selling point is the rack has a bike stand on the back of it, which allows you to perform repairs or tunes right at the trailhead, on a hanging style stand. Kuat nailed it with this one. I will definitely be recommending this product to my friends in Colorado!

Clearance between handlebars and shell

This photo shows the clearance between my 765mm bars and the Snugtop SuperSport shell that I have on my Toyota Tacoma. My DH bike with 800mm bars fits too.

Clearance between handlebars and shell
5 5

Great product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easy to use, looks great, fits my kid's 24" bike also.

5 5

Nice Rack!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great piece of equipment. It is easy to mount your bikes safely and securely. I like to hit the post ride pub and I no longer need to worry if the rack is locked to the hitch or if I packed a lock to lock the bikes to the rack. All taken care of with the Kuat! Easy to assemble as well! Great product.

3 5

Well Built - w/Considerable Design Flaw

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

In terms of build quality this thing is considerable problem though...I have a toyota tacoma and purchased this with the intent of getting a canopy, however; the handlebars on every mt bike I have put on the inside tray closest to the back of the truck overhang the tailgate. If/when I get a canopy the inside tray will be useless for mt bikes since the handle bars will hit the rear window. I don't see this being an issue for road bikes but considering I mt bike most of the time this is a pretty serious problem...Not sure if anyone else has run into this issue or if this is potentially a random fabrication issue?

Responded on

Not an issue with my Tacoma and camper shell. Pretty much all shells curve towards the cab. See the picture I posted on this page -- my bike has 765mm bars and fits with plenty of room between itself and the camper.