What It Is

Kuat’s NV two. is the most stable, very simple-to-understand (and function) hitch-mounted rack on the market for carrying a number of bikes (and a number of types of bikes). You really should read that as indicating: This rack is set up to right away carry each skinny-drained highway bikes and cumbersome e-bikes with fatter tires. Over and above the simplicity of use, when it will come to carrying self-confidence of heavier (and often expensive) electrical bikes, there is also some included protection assurance with the NV two.0’s clever built-in cable locks.

Kuat NV 2.0 system

Why We Like It

The base program is created for two bikes. Acquiring individual Include-On mounts allows you to attach an additional one, or double tray, for possibly a person or two more bikes. Loading is very simple: Carry bike on to tray location entrance wheel in the adjustable tire cradle swing up the arm, and ratchet it down to hold entrance tire then lash rear tire to tray with ratcheting rear strap.

Kuat Add-On
Kuat’s NV two. a person-bike Include-On

 

It appeared a very little far too very simple, so I examined out the setup using a small fleet of a few e-bikes on a West Coastline national park highway journey. The weight a little exceeded the manufacturer’s proposed max bike weight of forty pounds per tray working with the two-bike Include-On (it’s sixty lbs for the two-bike base program), and loading the hefty e-sleds had me wondering about the one-arm hold-down at highway speeds. Arriving in Sequoia Countrywide Park sliding via some unseasonal snow, and more than our share of bumps together the way, the overweighted load did not budge or bounce to give me a 2nd imagined.

Rack sequoia NP

I included a secondary lock around the bike bundle, mainly as an additional visible deterrent to any passersby all through pitstops. The more use out of the NV two. program, nonetheless, the more I’ve arrive to enjoy (and count entirely on) the simplicity of the locking program. The cable nests inside of the tray, halved on the locking system. You individual the two lengths of the cable on pulling it out, with more than enough length to operate via frame and back to the locking system (see down below), which pops back open working with the exact same keys that lock the rack to your two-inch hitch receiver. (Kuat also will make a 1.25” receiver edition that is effective with the base program, but not with the Include-Ons).

Kuat NV 2.0 key lock

After some off-highway ventures with the questionable load, I was offered on the program by the time we strike the Yosemite Valley floor, bikes all set to cruise past any park crowds. With that absolutely loaded rig and ride, the other included bonus of the rack program was the foot-assisted pivot lever, which made it attainable to lower the whole rack+bike setup to accessibility my rear hatch. Unloaded, that lever also allows you to flip up and down the rack with a person hand.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack in Yosemite

Nitpick

We talked about the stable aspect to start with, suitable? The base program is as workable as any frequent e-bike at 52 pounds. Include the two-bike Include-On and you’re seeking at 91 lbs. Assembly calls for a very little grunt perform appropriately. Then it’s a shin-bumping waddle and wiggle to schlep, carry, and set on alone. But so is working with and lugging an e-bike. So, load it up presently and stop complaining.

For wider off-highway tires, the base program holds fatties (up to 4.8 inches huge). Nevertheless pushing to that max width, with lower air force you want a very little oompf to squeeze down the back tire to the very last ratchet of the strap. Kuat provides a strap extender as a much better answer. And there is a great deal of other issue-resolving accessory include-ons from this Missouri-based mostly, made-in-the-U.S. brand name, like a bike ramp for people heavier rides talked about, a swing-arm that allows you to move the total loaded rack program away from your car hatch or tailgate, and a dock to store the program off your car.

At the time it’s on, I’ve discovered it much better to depart on. The all round simplicity in fold-out yields a helpful additional system: impromptu additional camp table, surfboard holder when performing parking whole lot shuffle, even climbing fitness center for overactive young children. However you use a program backed by a life time guarantee, the all round versatility suits customers perfectly with a bevy of diverse bike types needing safe transport.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack
Dave Shively

[$749 $339 for a person-bike Include-On, $539 for two-bike Include-On kuatracks.com]

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