I had a Kuat NV rack from 5-6 years ago. I gave that to a friend and have been using the newer model of the NV 2.0 for the past two months. Kuat has incorporated some thoughtful upgrades to their already innovative and user-friendly rack. Some of the upgrades I personally appreciate include the following:
* Trail Doc: This has been modified from the older version to increase ease of use and simplify the number of steps you need to take to get it set up and running. Clumsy levers have been replaced with switches and a spring loaded hanger. (Previously you had to twist a metal rod to capture your seatpost while simultaneously holding your bike (tough but not impossible). With the new design you simply load your bike in the hanger and clamp it on - WAYYY easier.
* The new pivot lever is WAY easier to use when switching between the 'open' and 'closed' mode on the rack to access your trunk. It's easier to reach, easier to deploy, and way more conveniently placed.
* The front tire pivot to secure your bike has been improved. It is more self-explanatory to use (friends always used to struggle with this, now they can load their bike without asking questions or fumbling). It also must have been extended in length because it's a lot easier to saddle up my 29" bike now. Button system is better/easier to use.
* I like that I can install this bike rack all by myself with no tools. I am NOT mechanically inclined and it took me about 45 mins to build the rack and install (including watching YouTube). I would recommend grabbing a friend though, because it's a bit unwieldy to piece together without an extra set of hands.
* What I MOST appreciate about this rack though, is how easy it is to take on/remove. I live on a dirt road in the summers and it is surfaced with this nasty compound meant to reduce dust. When it rains, it hold onto the water turning into some sort of THICK disgusting gloop. I can easily remove the bike rack when it's raining and it isn't much of an inconvenience.
- Durability is TOP NOTCH. My 5 yr. old rack has tons o life left in it and continues to haul bikes on the regular. Looking forward to MANY years ahead with this bomber rack.