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Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack


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    59 Reviews



    Kuat spent the last 3 years overhauling its NV 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack and fine-tuning it to perfection, so you'd better believe that it's ready to shuttle your treasured two-wheeled baby to and from the trailhead safely. Kuat managed to find room to improve just about every feature of the NV 2.0, all of which contributes to a stabler, more reliable tow than the NV 2.0's already solid predecessor. Carry up to four bikes on the NV 2.0, using the adjustable cradles to accommodate different sizes, and enjoy peace of mind from this year's reinforced individual bike cable locks. Kuat wisely gave the NV 2.0 plenty of staying power in a world of ever-increasing tire size by giving it compatibility with 4.8in tires, and it beefed up the pivot design to give it serious staying power. The entire rack installs via a simple tool-free installation knob, and it even converts into an impressively solid workstand for race-day wheelset swaps and other on-the-go maintenance.

    • Accommodates two bikes for transport and travel
    • 2in size carries two additional bikes with NV 2.0 add-on
    • Rotates on a dependable pivot for on-the-go trunk access
    • No-tool installation with rotating knob
    • Includes hitch lock and individual bike cable locks
    • Includes Trail Doc
    • Item #KUA000O

    Tech Specs

    Bike Capacity
    [1.25in] 2, [2in with add-on] 4
    up to 48in wheelbase, up to 4.8in tires
    Locks Included
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Great Rack!

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

    Had the original NV and this is a nice update. NV2.0 is very functional and looks great. Individual locks for bikes, adjustable cradles and wide tire acceptance. Trail doc improvement and foot assist add a nice touch.

    Slick Upgrades for a Sweet Rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Slick Upgrades for a Sweet Rack

    Nice Rack

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Seems to be a well built, solid bike rack. All our bikes (4) fit on with the extension, travel is solid, and there's not a bunch of sway or movement. I like the 1Up racks better, but this is a close second and looks a little more refined.

    The PERFECT Bike Rack

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Seriously the perfect bike rack for any cycling enthusiast. The construction and materials are the best in the industry. Packaging was incredible and the assembly instructions could not have been more precise. Loading bikes on The Kuat 2.0 is a snap. I especially appreciate the locking feature of the bikes. The tightening bolt for the hitch does a great job of keeping the bikes from bouncing around while your on the road. If I could give the Kuat 2.0 six stars I would. I couldn't be happier with the quality and durability of this product.

    Built like a Tank

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    ... and the rack weighs about as much as one as well! Proper lifting technique or a helping hand is very much needed installing the rack when equipped with the add-on.
    But despite the weight, there are only upsides to rack. It's built super solidly, enough so that I took a nearly fully loaded rack on some light offroading trails and had no issues. The adjustment on the rack to get the perfect secure fit for each bike is easy and inspires confidence on those longer drives. Also, the trail doc is key for those pre-ride tuneups.
    The only other thing I wish this rack had is a front wheel lock, because even with the back wheel and frame locked down with the integrated cable lock it would be easy for a thief with some know-how to come and take your front tire in a matter of seconds.

    Built like a Tank

    Best thing going other than my bike.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this a couple years ago from competitive cyclist and haven’t been happier. Aside from just a hitch rack, the built in bike stand has been used over and over. The forward tilt is great for SUV’s. The locking cable is a tad short for two bikes but it’s not meant for overnight storage (my thoughts). Great rack. (Only four stars because of the short cable)

    Best thing going other than my bike.

    Best Rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is hands down the best rack on the market. It is very well built and keeps the bikes very secure. The downfall is the high price but it is worth every penny. I would certainly recommend

    Best on the Market

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    AMAZING rack, couldn't be happier with it. Easy on and off loading for bikes of any size. Easy to adjust it so that you can get into the back, even when loaded down with bikes. Got sick of stacking bikes on the shell on my truck so this made life much easier. I would say the only downside was actually getting it hooked up, it's quite heavy. Though it's a bit on the pricey side, this is clearly the best on the market and worth every penny.

    Beautiful Big Rack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I LOVE this rack! Very happy with it! My only current issue is that it isn't the best with my low-clearance fake-off-road vehicle. But it's awesome on the truck, and the swingarm that you can get is worth its weight in Gold (okay maybe not really, as the thing is really heavy, but you get what I mean). And the company has been awesome. One small part broke off, and with one quick email, they sent the replacement part free!

    Built like a tank

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Pro: Built like a tank
    Con: Weighs as much as a tank
    Great construction, function, and looks. If you take your rack on and off quite a bit, you may want to work out, or choose a lighter rack.

    Kuat quality and ease of use!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my third Kuat hitch rack I have owned in my life. I do not think twice about coming back to this company every time I am in the market for a hitch rack. Their racks are quality built from the hitch mount up to the wheel clamps. You feel how secure it is and do not worry about the safety of your bike. They easily fit a wide range of road and mountain wheel and tire sizes. The color and paint quality will stand up to years of abuse and wear items are easily replaceable if needed. You cannot go wrong with these for hauling your bikes around. You really get what you pay for.

    Big fan of this bike rack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    All around solid bike rack from Kuat! Get's the bikes to and from the trail head securely and with ease. I have a 29" mountain bike and my girlfriend is on a 26". Both bikes securely fit in the rack as we bounce down gravel rounds on the way to the trails.

    Assembly was a breeze, even with some iffy directions. All the parts that need to go together and labeled to match the corresponding piece.

    Overall, a solid option for a hitch bike rack!

    Would not recommend

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have owned this rack for two years. Daily use. First it is not compatible with a Tacoma. The tailgate will always hit the rack and damage your tailgate. That’s not the issue.

    My rack was poorly assembled at the factory resulting in an issue where I cannot retract the integrated lock with ease. In fact it became such a struggle that I had to stop using that side of the rack if I was planning on locking the bike. Finally my wife persuaded me to call Kuat and see what the deal was. I was upset that I would have any issue with a rack that cost this much.

    Customer service mailed me a replacement plastic inner piece in a box without any directions. It required a complete disassemble of the bike rack. Roughly 45 mins. Once I got the rack disassembled I realized my issue. Who ever at the factory built my rack put the locking mechanism in upside down! No wonder the issue I thought.

    So I reassemble the rack another 45 mins and now the lock is completely stuck and will not come out at all. I had to call customer service back. The lady on the phone was trying to be helpful and she was nice, but she was telling me that I needed to completely take apart the rack again and start from scratch. I said no way and asked for a new replacement for the actual rear wheel holder. She said no. She tried to find a bike shop that would work on it but no one would except one place about 30 minutes away.

    So I disassembled my rack again and found the issue. It was an obscure issue with the placement of the inner plastic piece they sent me. So I fixed it finally. 2 days later and a lot of terrible frustration. So in the end I emailed photos of the various issues and guess what her response was?

    “Oh you didn’t need to take apart the rack, all you had to do was remove two screws and be done with it. We are sorry we forgot to send directions.” Imagine my disgust.

    Do not buy this product. It may look nice and Work generally well but terrible customer service and awful assembly.

    The photo is of the cheap piece of plastic that is on the inside of the Kuat 2.0 NV. This is the entire security of your integrated lock. It is housed inside this plastic. Notice the lack of directions inside the box.

    Would not recommend

    2011 and 2017 Tacoma. No matter the placement of this rack the tailgate will always slam into it. The response from the factory was to try a tail hitch extender but they wouldn’t recommend one. It’s not a huge deal once you get over the fact that your tailgate is damaged.

    Unanswered Question

    Long shot. Any chance a 3rd gen Tacoma can open the tailgate with the rack tilted and not hit?

    It was mentioned in another Q/A that manufacturers don't recommend doing this. I would highly disagree. Thule, Yakima, and Kuat all mention the tilting function and why they provide it.

    Unanswered Question

    Is this rack able to adjust down small enough to accommodate little kiddo bikes? (Like 5 years old and under)

    I have a Yukon and on my current Yakima Holdup 2 my tail gate can't open even when I tilt the bikes down. Will this rack tilt more than the Yakima to give me enough clearance that I can open my tail gate while I have my bikes on the rack?

    Unfortunately not Brian. Most car manufacturers do not recommend opening your trunk/tail gate with a bike rack installed for various safety reasons. Thus Bike racks are usually not built to accommodate this feature when its in use.

    Unanswered Question

    Besides the TrailDoc, what else is different between this rack and the NV BASE 2.0?

    Does anybody know the official weight of the NV 2.0? I have seen multiple listed weights depending on retailer. Thanks!