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KuatNV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack
$589.00

Item # KUA000Q

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Description

Hit the road.

After years of perfecting the practiced puzzle of stuffing your muddy bikes into the confined cargo space of your hatchback, you've finally had enough and added a hitch to your ride. Now all you need is Kuat's NV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack and you'll be heading out on adventures with less packing time, reduced stress, and far less messy consequences for the interior of your car.

The NV Base 2.0 carries two bikes with the potential to expand to four with the separately sold two-bike carrying NV Base 2.0 Add-On. Adjustable cradles accommodate wheelbases up to 48in and tire sizes ranging from skinny road slicks up to 4.8in fat tires. The entire rack installs via a simple tool-free cam system, and it includes a hitch lock and integrated cable locks for peace of mind at travel day lunch stops.

  • A two bike hitch rack that frees up your interior cargo space
  • No-tool installation with hitch cam system
  • Includes hitch lock and individual bike cable locks
  • Separately sold adapter adds additional capacity
Tech Specs
Tech Specs
Bike Capacity
2
Compatibility
[max] 48in wheelbase, [max] 4.8in tires
Locks Included
yes, hitch, integrated cable locks
Recommended Use
travel
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

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Solid rack

    My bikes are not going anywhere!!
    I use this with the add on. Very well made.
    The bikes are secured solid!

    Great rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought both 2" and 1 1/4" versions for each of my cars, and they are great. I'd prefer if they had gloss finish, like the NV 2.0, but there is nothing wrong with the matte paint, and I didn't want to pay another $100 for the bike stand that I'll never use. We have two bikes - one heavy electric bike with 2.5" tires and one road bike with 26 mm tires. the front cradle holds the wheels securely and locks them in place preventing them from rotating. The back wheel ratchet strap is easy to apply or remove, even with one hand. The bikes are secure on it - I have driven up to 70mi/h with bikes on and on city roads with occasional bumps and minor pot holes. The ball locking mechanism is amazing - there is no rattle at all with this rack, as it is attached rigidly to the hitch. Customer service was helpful and helped me save money with a discount. I am completely happy with the purchase and the seller.

    As good as billed

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    First hitch based rack as I have used roof racks for the past 20 years. Super easy, really secure. Now I am totally sold

    Kuat Bike Rack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    We recently purchased a fat bike and needed a bike rack to accommodate wheelbase. We were lucky enough to borrow neighbor’s Kuat to test out before this purchase. Also with are previous bike rack which took a beating on the White Rim we needed a system to stabilize the rack nice and “sturdy”
    The Kuat is so sturdy and beautifully made. We are really impressed with the system to stabilize the rack on the hitch. Putting the rack together was simple, and the way the rack functions is very well engineered. We are very pleased with this purchase. We also purchased the add-on extension to carry 2 more bikes total of 4.

    My number 1

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my second Kuat bike rack. The first one I had lasted 9 years after being dragged through every weather condition imaginable and it was still in great working condition when I donated it. While this rack is on the heavy side, its buttery smooth, easy to install into the hitch, and very stable. And it looks amazing.

    Best Rack - superbly engineered

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I recently purchased a 29er mountain bike, and also a Fat Bike (4.5" tires) and needed to upgrade from my 10 year old Saris brand, hitch mount rack.

    The Kuat is just excellent, and is beautifully made. I purchased the base model because I've never needed a bicycle repair stand trailside, so I saved a little bit doing that. The finish is nice, but the base model is not glossy, it's a matte finish.
    Putting the rack together was simple, and the way the rack functions is very well engineered. In particular, mounting my fat bike is solid, and I've driven hundreds of miles with the fat bike on the rack without even a wiggle.
    I expect that I will add the extension to carry four bikes at some point.
    Another feature I like about the rack is the system to stabilize the rack on the hitch is very well designed, and works perfectly. This is a big deal when carrying four bikes, or driving offroad or on bumpy pavement, as you can put a lot of pressure on the bikes and hitch mount if the entire unit is not stable.

    The rack also tilts, which is super handy when needed to access the rear hatch of your vehicle, and the built in bike locks are a smart and appreciated feature.

    I did a lot of research on comparative products, and this is one of those purchases that you won't regret, because the rack is engineered smartly, built to last, and a joy to use. Great piece of kit.

    works great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I got this rack as a spur of the moment purchase and was very pleased. Very stable even fully loaded on rough roads. easy to use and raising it was easy even for my wife who has had issues with other models.

    Top Notch Bike Rack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I’m loving the Kuat bike rack! It was easy enough to assemble but very sturdy. It holds the bikes very securely and I love that it has built in locks. The tilt feature is a must have for a hitch rack on an SUV and this one works very well. Overall, very happy with my purchase.

    Great construction, well thought out.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used racks from all the major players, this one though you pay a price for it is very well built and clearly using superior materials.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 46m per week
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    Best Rack I’ve ever owned

      I have been a loyal Yakima customer for 20 years. I have always gone first to Yakima before looking at other brands, and have used Yakima racks on 4 different vehicles. They have always worked well and have been of the highest quality. However, this rack was a complete let down.

      I bought it about 2 years ago and loaded the rack with 4 bikes (it is rated for 5 bikes) for a Memorial Day trip. Everything was locked down and solid when we left. Half way from Portland, OR to Utah I noticed the bike rack was really loose in the hitch. I called Yakima and all they did was tell me to not travel using the rack because it wasn’t safe. Last thing you want to hear in the middle of a trip you’ve been planning and looking forward to. I found a great bike shop in Nampa, ID (Rolling H - I highly recommend them) who helped me get the hitch lock mechanism to tighten up better. Made it to Utah, was afraid to take it out of the hitch the whole time. Rode bikes a lot in UT and then headed home, rack rattling loose in the hitch the whole way. Once back in Portland, I called Yakima and asked for a refund. They wouldn’t refund, but sent me a new tightening mechanism that I installed in the rack and it was just like new.

      BTW, I consider myself very mechanically inclined and this was not a user error, I intimately understood the mechanism for tightening the rack in the hitch. I had studied it in detail on the side of the road trying to find a solution to save my trip. When I got the new mechanism, I had taken apart the old one completely to troubleshoot why it came loose. I could see where the steel teeth were stripped that made it come loose. I assumed that if I just tightened until it was barely snug then the teeth would stay strong. That worked for a couple local rides in Portland over the next year.

      Fast forward to the next summer when I again loaded up 4 bikes for a long awaited family trip to NE Oregon and Hells Canyon. Rack locked into hitch solid when we left but by the time we arrived it was rattling loose again. That same tightening mechanism had loosened and the whole rack was rattling in the hitch. I was so mad it ruined the first day of the trip completely. Luckily, I had planned ahead and bought a “hitch titan” that worked great as a patch job for the loose rack. Had a great time riding and the “hitch titan” saved my bacon on that trip.

      For the over $500.00 that I paid for this rack I expect a much higher level of quality and service from Yakima. I have since sold this rack and purchased a Kuat. KUAT IS THE BEST RACK I HAVE EVER OWNED HANDS DOWN. Yakima lost a 20 year loyal customer due to the poor quality and terrible customer service I experienced with this rack.

      This rack is so solid. The hitch tightening mechanism is light years ahead of the Yakima version on the rack that this replaced for me. So easy to get bikes on and off this rack, and the bikes travelled so smoothly without rattling or swaying. If you care about your bike this rack will keep it secure and protected from both road vibration and thieves. I was a 20 year Yakima customer and became very disillusioned with the bad rack quality and poor customer service I experienced on my last Yakima rack. From the moment of opening the Kuat box, this rack has been a completely different experience. Very well engineered, quality is top notch. So happy I switched to this rack, is is worth every extra cent that it costs over the competition.

      Get what you pay for

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a top of the line bike rack! My only complaint is the cable locks should be a little longer on the ends or another cable lock put into the folding arm to enable locking up your high speed wheels with the frame. It’s extremely easy to use. Fits all sorts of sizes. I will be buying the extension when the kids are old enough to ride.

      Best Rack in the Biz

        I travel with my bike a lot. I've had about every rack out there. I don't like any movement if I can help it when the rack is loaded down. The Kuat is by far the most secure and stable rack I've come across. Thanks for providing a great product!

        Amazing Rack!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The functions of this rack are great! This rack has everything functionality wise you could need, plus opportunity to add on more. Favorite features: easiest assemble instructions, and you can always get into your trunk even with bikes on the rack. Simple to use, with an amazing locking system long enough to wrap around the bikes. Thrilled to get the rack add-on!

        Excellent rack, super pleased.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I chose this rack because of the great reviews and all black matte finish.
        I considered forgoing that look for the 2.0 with the work stand, but I read somewhere that wide, flat pedals might not fit by the work stand arm, so didn't want to take the chance.
        Another thing I was interested in was the ability to lower the tray away from the vehicle to have access to the cargo area. I read reviews of other tray style hitch racks and found the reviews on the Kuat gave me the most confidence that it would work. I have a Nissan Pathfinder and the door just squeezes by the pedals!
        (We carry mountain bikes - 29, 27.5 with wide pedals and handlebars.)
        Finally, this thing is rock solid. The thingamajig that tightens the rack to the receiver is excellent. Any rough terrain we drive through.. this rack barely moves. And the bikes feel really solid in place.
        We use the cable locks to run into the store quick, but nothing longer.
        It's only been two months or so, but it's used several times a week. So far, so good! Definitely recommend.

        Superb build quality and functionality

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I specifically bought this rack because I saw no need for the built in repair stand. I also prefer the color and surface durability of the textured matte finish over the gloss paint of the regular NV 2.0.

        All in all this rack carries almost any bike confidently with little to no movement. I think the security locks could be improved. They are okay for running into a gas station but I certainly wouldn’t trust them for long periods of time. I also like the modularity of the rack and the ability to carry 2 or 4 bikes with the add-on.

        Best rack I’ve owned to date!

        The Best Rack for that Spendy Bike

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This rack is the best you can get if you are trying to keep that spendy bike on your hitch. It is heavy, but that's why it is so durable and sturdy. There is very minimal play once you tighten down the hitch with the handy wheel in front. It is easily removable (but heavy), as safe as a rack can be as far as locking the bikes up, and it looks really good in the matte black if you are trying to keep that car sleek. If you are looking for a rack that is rarely used or for a cheaper bike then i would get something else. It is pretty rare for a bike rack to ever fall off, but this one just makes you happy with how little play it has!

        Best on the market.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        You may be spending a lot up front but hands down, best on the market!
        The quality and design is far superior to everything else out there.
        Watch this video for more details

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        Great quality rack

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The first thing I noticed about this rack is the quality of the materials. The rack is very sturdy and made with heavy duty materials. The only downside to that is weight of the rack is pretty heavy. My favorite elements of the rack are the tightening ball where when extended really creates a snug fit within the hitch and doesn't allow the rack to shake very much as well as the bike locks which I didn't have on my previous rack which are very easy to use and convenient to store. I also bought the add-on rack with this product and the only complaint is I now have two sets of lock keys because there isn't a way that I know to request the same coded keys for both the base and the add-on. I took this rack with 4 bikes from Utah to CA and I didn't once worry about the safety of the bikes.