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Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack

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    A rack for every bike.

    If you’re ferrying around different bikes all the time, the Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack is just the ticket. This tray-style rack accommodates everything short of a full-on fatbike, and doesn’t require straight top tubes. On top of that, with 13 inches between the two trays, those brake lever-to-saddle gouges are a thing of the past.



    • Two versions: one to fit two-inch hitch receivers, and one to fit 1.25-inch receivers
    • Folds up to reduce profile when not in use
    • Built-in repair stand
    • Integrated cable lock
    • Extensions to add two more bikes are available separately
    • Item #KUA0003

    Tech Specs

    Bike Capacity
    2
    Compatibility
    2-inch receivers, 1.25-inch receivers
    Locks Included
    yes
    Recommended Use
    mountain biking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    New model means this one on sale!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    New (to me) vehicle means new bike hauler. I've got lots of experience with hitch and roof mount bike racks. I've avoided buying the NV in the past due to price of entry. But with the new NV 2.0 out putting the prior model (the one I'm reviewing) on closeout/sale, I couldn't resist. The expansion gizmo in the receiver makes for a tight fit (maybe less wobble than the yakima holdup hitch rack I had?). The front tire holder works on all my bikes EXCEPT those with fenders (not that I need to transport my fendered bike to the trailhead or race--its for commuting). And when I say the NV fits all my bikes--I've gotten 27+, 29er, 29+ and fat bikes (up to 4.8" tires) on this rack. With the fat bikes, I need to enlist the help of some rubberized ski straps to hold the rear wheel (the NV straps won't make it around a monster fat tire and uber wide rim). You could also use a bungee cord, velcro strap or spring for the Kuat Phat strap extenders to do the same thing. FYI--the new NV got plus sized compatible so I think it accommodates big tires without add-on doo-dads. Although I can't speak to durability, my buddy has several years on his NV and it looks pretty good and functions well with minimal (none?) maintenance and his rack lives on his vehicle year round. I think the NV looks better than my Yakima Holdup and the bike stand feature of the NV has proven useful on more than one occasion, otherwise, function is very similar. If there is a negative to the NV (and the Yakima or Thule T2 for that matter), its weight and bulk. They are all heavy/bulky to pull on/off your car and store. If money is no object, look at the 1UP line of hitch racks (if my budget were bigger, that's where I'd go--USA made, all aluminum and light, folds for trunk storage). But this on-sale NV hauls 2 bikes for the cost of a single bike 1UP.

    Hard to beat

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The best rack I've used. Holds bikes snug and has a couple nice added features such as tilt (to access your trunk) and the built in repair stand.

    So Good Minus the Locking Feature

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a Rav4 and was sick of throwing my bike on my roof rack so I snagged this based on the reviews. It had about 90 some reviews when I bought it and now over 100, but figured I'd throw in my $0.02 as a use it consistently four days a week. I am currently rocking a large Ibis Mojo 3 with 2.5"/2.4" tires and no issues on that.

    Pros:
    - Pretty easy to assemble, despite some people complaining about it being complicated. I grabbed a beer and finished the rack before I finished my beer.
    - As a whole, the rack does feel very solid. It's made of metal, and feels like it. The racks do wobble a touch, though I wouldn't fear for the bikes and most of the time I fear not for any rub between two bikes.
    - Especially if you have a carbon bike, no frame contact is key and this does that exactly.
    - The Kuat Sherpa rack has some issues with bikes with a long wheelbase, nothing of the sort here for the NV 2. No bike has been an issue in terms of wheelbase, my Mojo 3 can run up to a 2.8" and I think that there wouldn't be any issue with that wide of a tire.
    - The built in bike stand is cool, but has seen little to no action. Insert what joke you'd about that last sentence here..

    Cons:
    -Not sure who the genius was that gave the A-OK for the length of the cable lock, but it barely squeezes together with two bikes on and definitely not through any frames. I know a cable lock is not theft proof by any means, but semi jaded that they couldn't have extended it by 6" and it would have been perfect.

    So Good Minus the Locking Feature

    ROCK SOLID

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Kuat NV is rock solid! I have had my NV for a couple years now and have no regrets. I recently drove cross-country and never had to worry about my bike because of how secure and stable the NV is. The hitch bearing eliminates any play the rack might have within your vehicles receiver and the built in cable lock gives you peace of mind knowing your bike is secure.
    After living in Utah this past winter the salt on the roads caused my lock to seize up. The Kuat customer service was excellent and they sent my a new replacement within a few days. Overall great rack!!!

    incompatible parts

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

    I bought the KUAT NV 2.0 1 1/4 on sale after noticing that a 1.25 to 2.0 adapter. Well the adaptor sold here only works with the sherpa not the NV 2.0. Then I went to kuat.com and ordered the NV 1.25 to 2.0 which still did not fit. It turns out that the NV 1.25 to 2.0 converter only works with the older NV not the NV 2.0. So now I have to buy a $149 replacement mount arm if I want it to work or send the whole thing back for refund. What a pain in the you know what.



    After receiving and installing the mount arm. I noticed that the plastic clamps for the bike clamp are broken. Let's see if I can get a replacement from KUAT.

    incompatible parts

    Maximum convenience

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love not having to worry about bikes on the roof or fiddling with straps or adapters or taking the bikes off to access the trunk. Well worth the money to get a platform hitch rack. Was worried about rattling with the 1.25 but it's completely silent. 10/10 would buy again.

    Great Rack at a Great Price

      Kuat makes killer racks, they are really raising the bar. This rack holds all kind of bikes without damaging the paint, or, cables. It also holds the bikes nice and level, which is great for gas millage.

      Spend a little more, go Kuat. Or, in this case, snag them up while they are on sale!

      *prob not the best for fatbikes

      Not Sure Yet...

        Received my rack...so stoked! Started to assemble. That is where my love affair ends. My rack was missing 1 bolt and 3 locknuts. Looks like my family and I will NOT be biking this weekend. Messaged Kuat regarding parts, still have not heard back (disappointing)

        One use and I'm SOLD.

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

        I've only used the rack once so far and already know this was the right purchase. It's easy to put together and holds the bikes solid. Nice to have some peace of mind knowing that the bikes are snug and sturdy. Excellent purchase.

        Works better than expected

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I have used several similar racks but this is really nice. My bikes don't move, don't touch, and I have peace of mind. It's so easy to put on the car and put bikes on and off. Great rack!

        Great bike rack!!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I went back and forth between a bumper rack and a rooftop. With all the great reviews I decided to spend the extra and purchase the NV 2. What a great decision. The rack is beautiful, easy to assemble and my bikes get a great ride. Never a worry going long distance and it comes with some nice extras. The built in cable lock and bike stand are icing on the cake. Spend the money. You won't be disappointed.

        What is the weight limit on this rack?

        Is this the NV 2.0 or the regular NV? The photos and the MSRP are of the regular NV. You can tell as the NV 2.0 has a foot pedal at the pivot point where the NV doesn't as displayed in the attached picture. Also, the MSRP of the NV 2.0 is $629. Which NV will I be getting if I purchase this product?

        Thanks

        Can this rack fit bikes that have 3-4 inch tires?

        I have the NV Core and two bikes cannot fit on this rack without hitting each other. Has anybody experienced this problem with the NV 2? I want to replace the NV Core with the NV 2 unless they have the same issue.

        I'm looking to put a hitch on my 2012 Mazda 3 sedan to transport bikes for triathlons. Does anyone have any experience with this rack on a sedan?

        It may be a bit low to the ground, but will work fine, total weight of the rack assembled is around 47lbs. Check out this fit guide in case you have questions about dimensions in relation to the size of your sedan - http://kuatracks.com/workspace/media/uploads/product-guides/fit-guides/nv-fit-guide-with-ball-cam.pdf

        I have a van with a 2 inch hitch and a car with a 1.25 inch hitch. If I purchase a Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack for a 2 inch hitch fro the Van is there an adapter available to adapt this down to the 1.25 inch hitch so that I can use this on the car also?

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

        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?

        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!

        Will this work for road bikes?

        Will this work for road bikes?

        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.

        What is the distance between the center...

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

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

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

        When will the 2" version be back in...

        When will the 2" version be back in stock

        any estimated in stock dates?

        any estimated in stock dates?

        Is there any ski rack that I can use with...

        Is there any ski rack that I can use with this bike rack? I had it for several years and it has been excellent!!!

        What is the longest wheel base it will...

        What is the longest wheel base it will hold? My Bacchetta Corsa 700 has a 49" wheelbase.