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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.

  • Two versions (depending on inventory) fit 2-inch and 1.25-inch receivers (rear hitches)
  • Hand-tight cam system makes for easy loading and unloading
  • Fold-up frame supports prevent rattling and damage on bumpy dirty roads
  • Chassis withstands road abuse, folds up for storage, and tilts downward for access to your vehicle's trunk
  • Built-in repair stand permits pre-ride maintenance and post-ride clean-up
  • Integrated cable lock keeps your prized machines from getting jacked at random late-night truck-stops
  • An add-on is available (sold separately and for two-inch version only) for extending the NV's capacity to four big bikes

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5 5

Wellp, that was NEAT.

  • Gender: Female

2 weeks ago I was rear-ended in my Subaru by a very distracted driver. Imagine my terror when I recovered from the whiplash as it dawned on me that my 10 day old Kuat rack was on the back.

Spewing expletives as I pulled over, I prepared myself for an unpleasant confrontation...

The result: SHOCK. KUAT IS THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED!

The offender's bumper had split the plastic knob used to tighten the rack and prevent sway. All things considered this miniscule amount of damage was both shocking, and pleasantly amazing.

If anything....KUAT IS DURABLE.

I contacted the rep to get the part replaced, and had a new one sitting on my porch within 3 days. The replacement took 6 minutes, and as you can see, the rear-ender broke the plastic knob and bent the metal rod that supports the knob and tightens the chassis.

I'm SOLD on Kuat. NEVER going back to Thule or Yakima.
YES. It's expensive. YES. It's heavy.
YES, It's DURABLE. YES. It's smooth operating. YES I LOVE THIS THING SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

As you can see from my photo, it's pretty remarkable this was the only damage sustained from a rear ending. Kuat had me a new part in 3 days that took less than 10 minutes to install.

*** CLAP *** CLAP ****CLAP***

Wellp, that was NEAT.
5 5

LOVE IT

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

THIS IS THE BEST RACK. THE FIRST ONE I RECIEVED HAD SOME SCRETCHES, THEY EXCHANGED AND NOW I AM LOVING IT.
EASY TO ASSEMBLE AND EASY TO USE.

5 5

Amazing but heavy bike rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this as a gift, here is what the user said:

I have been searching for the BEST bike rack system for my truck and this is the one! I bought the Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack (Item # KUA0003) and Kuat NV 2 Bike Add On (Item # KUA0004) together. It is super easy to install and very user friendly. The rack is very durable and holds up against the toughest terrain. The only downfall is how durable it is. The rack is heavier than most but i know my bikes are safe. I give it 5 gold stars

4 5

Better than ANYTHING out there!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Long time bike rack user, first time KUAT user. I will NEVER go back. Why go with anything else when this is the PERFECT design?

I'd seen these around and recently asked a guy in the parking lot of a local trail to show me how they work....AMAZING! I immediately sold my THULE T2 and ordered this thing.

I really like how it drops down the front tires slightly, its comes with adapters for smaller tires and fits the 29ers just as easily. The bike stand is awesome as well to lube up the chain or do any adjustments on trips.

The locks are also long enough to wrap around both bikes easily, wheels and frame, and stick in place with magnets. Never had anything fall out of place.

If you want a rack better than Megan Fox...this will do it!

UPDATE: I'm putting this as a warning to all buyers and would-be buyers. I recently bought a brand new $7,000 bike and used this rack to transport it. My burly chains hadn't arrived yet so I was using the factory lock. I was in the store for 15 minutes and someone cut the cable and took off with my BRAND NEW bike!

I can't particularly blame the rack as it was my fault for leaving it but DO NOT trust the cable to lock up your bike. Thieves WILL cut through it like butter and you WILL lose your bike.

I wish it had a locking mechanism on the arms like the Thule but they don't, so consider this in buying. Always use a burly chain like the Kryptonite or the Onguard to lock your bikes to your hitch directly. Why? Given enough time I've heard of thieves cutting the rack off the car and running off with the entire thing.

DO NOT TRUST THE INCLUDED LOCKS!!! GET YOUR OWN!!!

For lack of security, I dock it a star.

5 5

Glad I opted for the NV.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After much research and thought I pulled the trigger on the KUAT NV. I looked closely at the 1up since i have several friends that have that rack. I have an old sport works that has finally seen her day. I prefer to carry bikes on the back of the car, don't have to remove wheels and no risk of ripping them off entering the garage. Very impressed with the quality from KUAT and the ease of installation. The rack is not light but much lighter than the old sport works. The mechanism to tighten the rack once inserted into receiver really works well and is very simple to use. The cable lock has been an added bonus, nice to eat lunch or run in the grocery after a ride and not have to hurry up or worry about the bikes. Yes it is pricey but is a very well made rack that should provide years of use.

5 5

Very solid, attractive & HEAVY rack

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

Just put the NV and the Add-on together. Took longer than I thought it would. I'm a dork I guess, but the pieces are all pretty heavy and it takes a while. With both racks joined, it is heavy. I can maneuver it myself and get it on the hitch. Once on and screwed tight, it seems bullet proof. It is certainly the most attractive bike rack I have ever owned. I think this is going to work out very well.

Some slight detractions. It must come off for my garage door to shut. This is quite a bit of on and off every time I want to go for a ride. It makes my back up alarm scream! :) The conversion form 2 bikes to 4 bikes is not fast. I might, as others have noted, add a single tray for roof mounting just to accelerate things. It is very expensive and, again, heavy.

But all and all, it looks to be a very solid purchase.

Very solid, attractive & HEAVY rack
5 5

The New Black Line

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new black NV is on its way and should be available for sale any day! Check it out!

The New Black Line

so can this fit both a 2" or 1.25" hitch?...

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so can this fit both a 2" or 1.25" hitch? Why do some kuat models do both and this one doesn't? am I reading it wrong?

Responded on

The NV is either 2" out of the box or 1.25" out of the box, you must choose, neither is adapter compatible, since the NV is the most rugged of the Kuat racks it needs to be for one or the other but not both to make sure weight distribution is sufficient on the hitch!

5 5

NV Phat Bike Review

Great review on why the NV is one of the only Phat Bike compatible racks!

http://robonza.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-kuat-wheel-strap-extensions-fat.html

Will this work for road bikes?

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Will this work for road bikes?

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Absolutely, road, MT, CX, downhill, free ride. The NV will accommodate it all!

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Just got my NV a few weeks ago and it is undoubtedly the top of the food chain in bike racks! ONLY thing Ive noticed when throwing the roadie on it - the front caliper brake can rub on the rubber mounting arm. Quick piece of painters tape across the brake, which I got in the habit of keeping in the car to protect my frames from inferior bike racks I've owned, problem solved. Simple.

Just got my NV a few weeks ago and it is undoubtedly the top of the food chain in bike racks! ONLY thing Ive noticed when throwing the roadie on it - the front caliper brake can rub on the rubber mounting arm. Quick piece of painters tape across the brake, which I got in the habit of keeping in the car to protect my frames from inferior bike racks I've owned, problem solved. Simple.
5 5

NV - Outside's #2 Gear of the Year!

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/cycle-life/Year-in-Review-The-Best-Cycling-Products-of-2013.html

5 5

KUAT NV 2 bike rack.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have enjoyed this rack now for about a month of traveling to and from cyclocross races. Very well thought out rack. The room between each bike is great. Unlike a Thule rack where you will have parts rubbing on other parts. Not the case with the KUAT. The built in repair stand is an amazing idea and super easy to use. Now if they could just dream up a have of securing the repair stand while away from the rack. I have been removing it and putting it in my car. The quick release function of dropping the rack down is super easy to access the hatch back. Don't even need to remove the bikes. It took me about 25 minutes to put this rack together out of the box. Simple to read and understand directions. I do wish the cable lock was a bit longer to work in and out of bike wheels rather than just the bike frame. Made in the USA, and bomb proff. I would recommend this item to any of my friends.

Responded on

Tim, Kuat's bottle locks are compatible with the NV cable and locking system and can add up to 6' additional feet to the security feature, just make sure to keep both sets of keys, super convenient!

5 5

Best in the Buiz

For a little extra money you get a very well designed and thought-out rack. I actually built my first race MTB on this work stand. The boys at Kuat are very helpful as well. Made in America! This rack kicks ass.

Best in the Buiz
5 5

Stout Bike Rack

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Stoutly built and wobble free. The trail repair stand is very cool. Pretty good offset for handlebar saddle clearance. Bike attachment is easy and solid, The other awesome feature is the built in cable locking system and the locking hitch pin that is included as well as the anodized aluminum bottle opener. Just plain looks cool on your rig!

What is the distance between the center...

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What is the distance between the center of the hitch pin hole to the rack when folded up in order to clear my bumper?

Responded on

Hey,

In the down position the clearance you will get from the center of the pin hole to the nearest point on the rack is 9.5 inches. In the up position you will get a fraction of an inch over 7 inches.

Hope that helps

5 5

Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The bike rake was easy to assemble and install. One person can easily connect and disconnect if from a vehicle and the stabilizer is an excellent feature that keeps the rack from bouncing in the receiver hitch. Bikes load and unload in under a minute with very little effort. Overall, this is by far the best bike rake I've seen or used and would definitely recommend.

Is there any issue with using this on a...

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Is there any issue with using this on a 5th wheel trailer, 4" square bumper and 2" receiver?

Responded on

I can't think of any issue you would have unless there is something already extending off the back end of your fifth-wheel. Spare tire should be fine but any extra storage might get in the way.

5 5

BOMBPROOF

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

built and installed in 25 minutes. got the addon, but havent used it yet. locks are great for the hitch, however, the cable locks are too short, a wheel usually has to be compromised with 2 bikes on. i put it on my 2013 Jeep Rubicon, and the spare tire is too wide to fold up the rack. just got a hitch extension and that problem is solved. now the hiccup is that i need 2 locks, one for the new hitch extension and one for the rack. waiting to hear from kuat to see if the keys that came with the rack can be used with another lock, so i only need 1 key for all locks. looks awesome and is seen on truly outfitted trucks and at good shops. way better than thule or yakima, as my friends and i have used both with disappointment compared to this beast of a rack.

Responded on

Nice addition to extend the locks on an NV is the Kuat Bottle lock, the female and male ends of the bottle lock and the lock on the NV are compatible, giving you an extra 5-6' of cable, just make sure you keep both the key for the NV lock AND the key for the bottle lock!

3 5

Painful install. Great rack

First - See Steve Brain's review below (same experience as him).

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