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Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack

$649.00

Item # KUA000O

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Description

Two-in-one.

Kuat spent the last 3 years overhauling its NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack and fine-tuning it to perfection, so you'd better believe that it's ready to shuttle your treasured two-wheeled baby to and from the trailhead safely. Kuat managed to find room to improve just about every feature of the NV 2.0, all of which contributes to a stabler, more reliable tow than the NV 2.0's already solid predecessor. Carry up to four bikes on the NV 2.0, using the adjustable cradles to accommodate different sizes, and enjoy peace of mind from this year's reinforced individual bike cable locks. Kuat wisely gave the NV 2.0 plenty of staying power in a world of ever-increasing tire size by giving it compatibility with 4.8in tires, and it beefed up the pivot design to give it serious staying power. The entire rack installs via a simple tool-free installation knob, and it even converts into an impressively solid workstand for race-day wheelset swaps and other on-the-go maintenance.

  • Accommodates two bikes for transport and travel
  • 2in size carries two additional bikes with NV 2.0 add-on
  • Rotates on a dependable pivot for on-the-go trunk access
  • No-tool installation with rotating knob
  • Includes hitch lock and individual bike cable locks
  • Includes Trail Doc

Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
[1.25in] 2, [2in with add-on] 4
Compatibility:
up to 48in wheelbase, up to 4.8in tires
Locks Included:
yes
Recommended Use:
travel
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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Big fan of this bike rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

All around solid bike rack from Kuat! Get's the bikes to and from the trail head securely and with ease. I have a 29" mountain bike and my girlfriend is on a 26". Both bikes securely fit in the rack as we bounce down gravel rounds on the way to the trails.

Assembly was a breeze, even with some iffy directions. All the parts that need to go together and labeled to match the corresponding piece.

Overall, a solid option for a hitch bike rack!

Would not recommend

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned this rack for two years. Daily use. First it is not compatible with a Tacoma. The tailgate will always hit the rack and damage your tailgate. That’s not the issue.

My rack was poorly assembled at the factory resulting in an issue where I cannot retract the integrated lock with ease. In fact it became such a struggle that I had to stop using that side of the rack if I was planning on locking the bike. Finally my wife persuaded me to call Kuat and see what the deal was. I was upset that I would have any issue with a rack that cost this much.

Customer service mailed me a replacement plastic inner piece in a box without any directions. It required a complete disassemble of the bike rack. Roughly 45 mins. Once I got the rack disassembled I realized my issue. Who ever at the factory built my rack put the locking mechanism in upside down! No wonder the issue I thought.

So I reassemble the rack another 45 mins and now the lock is completely stuck and will not come out at all. I had to call customer service back. The lady on the phone was trying to be helpful and she was nice, but she was telling me that I needed to completely take apart the rack again and start from scratch. I said no way and asked for a new replacement for the actual rear wheel holder. She said no. She tried to find a bike shop that would work on it but no one would except one place about 30 minutes away.

So I disassembled my rack again and found the issue. It was an obscure issue with the placement of the inner plastic piece they sent me. So I fixed it finally. 2 days later and a lot of terrible frustration. So in the end I emailed photos of the various issues and guess what her response was?

“Oh you didn’t need to take apart the rack, all you had to do was remove two screws and be done with it. We are sorry we forgot to send directions.” Imagine my disgust.

Do not buy this product. It may look nice and Work generally well but terrible customer service and awful assembly.

The photo is of the cheap piece of plastic that is on the inside of the Kuat 2.0 NV. This is the entire security of your integrated lock. It is housed inside this plastic. Notice the lack of directions inside the box.

Would not recommend

awesome & stylish bike rack

    solid rack, has integrated bike lock and stand for those on the trail fixes. It’s stylish and hip i think it’s the best looking rack out there bar none. build and material quality are too notch

    The best

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a super sturdy and reliable rack, although the price is on the high end, I assure you that it is worth every penny! Very very easy to use and will do it's job of getting your bikes from here to there.

    Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This bike rack is awesome! It's super sturdy and very easy to use and attach to your hitch, plus it looks great!
    Like other reviewers, I really like the tightening mechanism on the hitch, as it feels really solidly attached and there is no play or rattling at all. The Trail Doc is awesome because I don't have a garage, and can work on my bike outside in my parking space.
    It was easy to build, but having an extra set of hands really helps.

    Fantastic

      Pros: lock tight rock solid when installed. It doesn’t rattle or creak. It looks fantastic. I put it on a black Rx350 and it made my car look better. Taking a bike on and off is quick and easy. Totally confident while in use.

      Reliable and easy to use

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      We have this paired with the Kuat Pivot and it works great. The NV is well made and easy to use. I've had Thule T2, Yakima Tray style hitch racks and a Kuat Transfer 3. The Kuat have both been the best and easiest to use with the NV being the best of the four.

      Avg. ride time: 6h 57m per week
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      Awesome

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      It's easy and quick to use, also works with my fat bike that has 4.8 inch tires. I would definitely recommend to anyone that has a car/suv and doesn't want to load it on the roof or in the vehicle.

      Amazing Product

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

      Looked at reviews of bike racks for weeks before making this purchase. It's expensive, but WORTH EVERY PENNY! Took me about 15 minutes to assemble, had all the tools I would need included, and is a beautiful rack. Easy to install into my hitch receiver, and LOVE the ability to tighten the fit so that there is absolutely no play in the connection between rack and vehicle. Versatile, rugged, quality construction, and it's easy on the eyes. All qualities that help make this the only bike rack I'll ever need or use. Thanks Kuät!

      First and Only Hitch mount

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is my first hitch mount rack Ive bought and let me tell you. I spent months researching and making calls/visits to local and surrounding bike shops to get all the input I could get. Many of these racks have a lot of similar features but there are a few features on the NV 2.0 that make it stand out above the rest.



      The build quality and finish is very robust. I did have a few cracks in the clear coat on the hitch tube, but you have to really be looking to see them.



      The most important part about this rack is how it mounts to the rack. It uses a locking pin when the others use a threaded bolt. This does not fly when I have a hidden hitch on my Impreza and take the rack off after each ride. It would be a nightmare to use a socket wrench to put it on and take it off when it sits inside the bumper with the exhaust butted right up against it.



      I love the hidden magnetic cable locks. They keep the rack clean, organized and maintain the smooth body lines of the rack when not in use.



      The bikes are locked in rock solid every time without any issues of bike-to-bike contact. Super easy to use system.



      The one added bonus I thought I would never use but have actually used a lot is the Trail Doc. I love that thing. It makes for a great way to wash and clean your bike right after a ride either with a hose, bucket of water or my personal choice out at the trail, my Geigerrig pressurized water bladder!



      The No-Tool installation is top notch, I love it!



      The two down sides I saw are the weight and the hairline cracks in the clear coat. The weight of the rack might be a little much for smaller or petite people. The clear coat is still very durable it just had minor character flaws but its a bike rack, not a wall painting.



      Hope this helps!

      First and Only Hitch mount

      Nice Rack!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I know but it was hard to resist at this like these. You have found the safest and most sturdy bumper rack on the market. The 2.0 has update tid bits that really did not need updating in my opinion. I own the first version as well. The lock was made stronger and easier to use. The latch to swivel the position of the unit so the bike fold away for the rear of the car has been beefed up. Over all the entire unit is much beefier than the original. It is the whole package. The 2 inch receiver unit can take the add on also give you 4 bike capacity. Not available on the 1.25 unit. Worth the money!

      Solid

        These is a phenomenal option for a tray mount system. Very solid, extremely well built and design. We’ve all seen those sketchy wobbly bike racks, this is not that. Very good quality

        Truck Saver, Van Killer, Bike Holder

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        In addition to being an amazing rack. This thing saved my truck when someone decide texting was more important that paying attention to the road. I was at a dead stop when a women rear ended me going around 40 mph. The rack took all of the impact. My truck was untouched and her van was destroyed. Three of the four bike slots were still in perfect condition. I was shocked to see the thing still in tacked after how hard I was hit.
        Kuat is amazing! Their warranty department is top notch.

        If you want a bullet proof rack that will last forever, this is your rack!!!

        If you have any questions about this or any other gear shoot me an email at jasjones@backcountry.com or give me a call at 801-523-4053

        Rack N Roll

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've had this rack for just over a month and love it. The out-of-the-box set up was pretty easy and it's extremely stable. With two bikes on it I haven't noticed any movement once they're strapped down. I love the ability to lower it with the bikes still on it so I can access my trunk easily. I always forget something in back after I think I'm all set. My only small complaint is sometimes the handle lever gets stuck and takes extra force to get it to move.

        Nice Rack!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've had the rack for 3 months and it works great! The first week I used it while running SAG for our club's annual ride event. Put on 300 miles that day and had the rack up down, up down probably 50 times while loading and unloading signs, sweeping the gravel at turns, and even hauling a couple of riders back to the start. Worked great. Last month we took it on a 1,100 mile round trip. Everything worked fine. As an added bonus the grey metallic color is a perfect match for my Subaru Outback!
        It's great that the rack is rock solid and doesn't rattle. That's a huge thing in that it locks tight to the hitch by tightening the adjustment knob. We had a basic rack previously that fit under the top tube with 2 arms. We purchased a new bike for my wife and it was close to impossible to get it to fit. If you have a decent investment in bikes, it makes sense to protect them while traveling. The only thing I would change is adding a cable lock solution for the front wheels. The cable works fine for the rear wheel and frame triangle. I would have more peace of mind if the front wheel was locked also. It seems too easy to grab a front carbon wheel by a motivated thief. I use a basic cable lock that I'll throw on if stopping to eat when on the road. Not an inexpensive product; but it works great. Lots of positive comments from those who see it!
        A suggested hack. After inserting the rack into the receiver hitch and aligning. Wrap some tape around the rack next to the receiver hitch. That way you can insert it the correct distance every time and the pin will slip right in.

        Nice Rack!

        hey i,m interested on buying this rack. is this made with aluminium material or steel

        Great Rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have been nothing but impressed with this rack so far. It is really easy to assemble and takes around 10 minutes or so. The rack itself is pretty heavy duty and feels really solid when in the hitch and does not rattle around. Getting the bikes on and off is really easy as well as tilting the rack down to get into the back of your car. The only thing I would watch out for is driving with the trail stand on. They can fall out easily so I just use a voile strap to hold it in place while driving, or you can take it out and not worry about it at all.

        I have a Yukon and on my current Yakima Holdup 2 my tail gate can't open even when I tilt the bikes down. Will this rack tilt more than the Yakima to give me enough clearance that I can open my tail gate while I have my bikes on the rack?

        Unfortunately not Brian. Most car manufacturers do not recommend opening your trunk/tail gate with a bike rack installed for various safety reasons. Thus Bike racks are usually not built to accommodate this feature when its in use.

        Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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        Really Good

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This is my first trailer hitch style bike rack, and I couldn't be happier with the ease of use and security features. It is heavy, so I recommend a two person setup or takedown. There is an adjustable front-wheel tray to avoid any bike to bike contact and it has three different positions allowing you to lower, angle or raise the tray in order to avoid handle bar or saddle contact. It is really user-friendly and I have complete confidence in the build and security.