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Kuat NV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack


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    17 Reviews


    Hit the road.

    After years of perfecting the practiced puzzle of stuffing your muddy bikes into the confined cargo space of your hatchback, you've finally had enough and added a hitch to your ride. Now all you need is Kuat's NV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack and you'll be heading out on adventures with less packing time, reduced stress, and far less messy consequences for the interior of your car.

    The NV Base 2.0 carries two bikes with the potential to expand to four with the separately sold two-bike carrying NV Base 2.0 Add-On. Adjustable cradles accommodate wheelbases up to 48in and tire sizes ranging from skinny road slicks up to 4.8in fat tires. The entire rack installs via a simple tool-free cam system, and it includes a hitch lock and integrated cable locks for peace of mind at travel day lunch stops.

    • A two bike hitch rack that frees up your interior cargo space
    • No-tool installation with hitch cam system
    • Includes hitch lock and individual bike cable locks
    • Separately sold adapter adds additional capacity
    • Item #KUA000Q

    Tech Specs

    Bike Capacity
    [max] 48in wheelbase, [max] 4.8in tires
    Locks Included
    yes, hitch, integrated cable locks
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Top Notch Bike Rack!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I’m loving the Kuat bike rack! It was easy enough to assemble but very sturdy. It holds the bikes very securely and I love that it has built in locks. The tilt feature is a must have for a hitch rack on an SUV and this one works very well. Overall, very happy with my purchase.

    Great construction, well thought out.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used racks from all the major players, this one though you pay a price for it is very well built and clearly using superior materials.

    Best Rack I’ve ever owned

      I have been a loyal Yakima customer for 20 years. I have always gone first to Yakima before looking at other brands, and have used Yakima racks on 4 different vehicles. They have always worked well and have been of the highest quality. However, this rack was a complete let down.

      I bought it about 2 years ago and loaded the rack with 4 bikes (it is rated for 5 bikes) for a Memorial Day trip. Everything was locked down and solid when we left. Half way from Portland, OR to Utah I noticed the bike rack was really loose in the hitch. I called Yakima and all they did was tell me to not travel using the rack because it wasn’t safe. Last thing you want to hear in the middle of a trip you’ve been planning and looking forward to. I found a great bike shop in Nampa, ID (Rolling H - I highly recommend them) who helped me get the hitch lock mechanism to tighten up better. Made it to Utah, was afraid to take it out of the hitch the whole time. Rode bikes a lot in UT and then headed home, rack rattling loose in the hitch the whole way. Once back in Portland, I called Yakima and asked for a refund. They wouldn’t refund, but sent me a new tightening mechanism that I installed in the rack and it was just like new.

      BTW, I consider myself very mechanically inclined and this was not a user error, I intimately understood the mechanism for tightening the rack in the hitch. I had studied it in detail on the side of the road trying to find a solution to save my trip. When I got the new mechanism, I had taken apart the old one completely to troubleshoot why it came loose. I could see where the steel teeth were stripped that made it come loose. I assumed that if I just tightened until it was barely snug then the teeth would stay strong. That worked for a couple local rides in Portland over the next year.

      Fast forward to the next summer when I again loaded up 4 bikes for a long awaited family trip to NE Oregon and Hells Canyon. Rack locked into hitch solid when we left but by the time we arrived it was rattling loose again. That same tightening mechanism had loosened and the whole rack was rattling in the hitch. I was so mad it ruined the first day of the trip completely. Luckily, I had planned ahead and bought a “hitch titan” that worked great as a patch job for the loose rack. Had a great time riding and the “hitch titan” saved my bacon on that trip.

      For the over $500.00 that I paid for this rack I expect a much higher level of quality and service from Yakima. I have since sold this rack and purchased a Kuat. KUAT IS THE BEST RACK I HAVE EVER OWNED HANDS DOWN. Yakima lost a 20 year loyal customer due to the poor quality and terrible customer service I experienced with this rack.

      This rack is so solid. The hitch tightening mechanism is light years ahead of the Yakima version on the rack that this replaced for me. So easy to get bikes on and off this rack, and the bikes travelled so smoothly without rattling or swaying. If you care about your bike this rack will keep it secure and protected from both road vibration and thieves. I was a 20 year Yakima customer and became very disillusioned with the bad rack quality and poor customer service I experienced on my last Yakima rack. From the moment of opening the Kuat box, this rack has been a completely different experience. Very well engineered, quality is top notch. So happy I switched to this rack, is is worth every extra cent that it costs over the competition.

      Get what you pay for

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is a top of the line bike rack! My only complaint is the cable locks should be a little longer on the ends or another cable lock put into the folding arm to enable locking up your high speed wheels with the frame. It’s extremely easy to use. Fits all sorts of sizes. I will be buying the extension when the kids are old enough to ride.

      Best Rack in the Biz

        I travel with my bike a lot. I've had about every rack out there. I don't like any movement if I can help it when the rack is loaded down. The Kuat is by far the most secure and stable rack I've come across. Thanks for providing a great product!

        Amazing Rack!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The functions of this rack are great! This rack has everything functionality wise you could need, plus opportunity to add on more. Favorite features: easiest assemble instructions, and you can always get into your trunk even with bikes on the rack. Simple to use, with an amazing locking system long enough to wrap around the bikes. Thrilled to get the rack add-on!

        Excellent rack, super pleased.

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I chose this rack because of the great reviews and all black matte finish.
        I considered forgoing that look for the 2.0 with the work stand, but I read somewhere that wide, flat pedals might not fit by the work stand arm, so didn't want to take the chance.
        Another thing I was interested in was the ability to lower the tray away from the vehicle to have access to the cargo area. I read reviews of other tray style hitch racks and found the reviews on the Kuat gave me the most confidence that it would work. I have a Nissan Pathfinder and the door just squeezes by the pedals!
        (We carry mountain bikes - 29, 27.5 with wide pedals and handlebars.)
        Finally, this thing is rock solid. The thingamajig that tightens the rack to the receiver is excellent. Any rough terrain we drive through.. this rack barely moves. And the bikes feel really solid in place.
        We use the cable locks to run into the store quick, but nothing longer.
        It's only been two months or so, but it's used several times a week. So far, so good! Definitely recommend.

        Superb build quality and functionality

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I specifically bought this rack because I saw no need for the built in repair stand. I also prefer the color and surface durability of the textured matte finish over the gloss paint of the regular NV 2.0.

        All in all this rack carries almost any bike confidently with little to no movement. I think the security locks could be improved. They are okay for running into a gas station but I certainly wouldn’t trust them for long periods of time. I also like the modularity of the rack and the ability to carry 2 or 4 bikes with the add-on.

        Best rack I’ve owned to date!

        The Best Rack for that Spendy Bike

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This rack is the best you can get if you are trying to keep that spendy bike on your hitch. It is heavy, but that's why it is so durable and sturdy. There is very minimal play once you tighten down the hitch with the handy wheel in front. It is easily removable (but heavy), as safe as a rack can be as far as locking the bikes up, and it looks really good in the matte black if you are trying to keep that car sleek. If you are looking for a rack that is rarely used or for a cheaper bike then i would get something else. It is pretty rare for a bike rack to ever fall off, but this one just makes you happy with how little play it has!

        Best on the market.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        You may be spending a lot up front but hands down, best on the market!
        The quality and design is far superior to everything else out there.
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        Great quality rack

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The first thing I noticed about this rack is the quality of the materials. The rack is very sturdy and made with heavy duty materials. The only downside to that is weight of the rack is pretty heavy. My favorite elements of the rack are the tightening ball where when extended really creates a snug fit within the hitch and doesn't allow the rack to shake very much as well as the bike locks which I didn't have on my previous rack which are very easy to use and convenient to store. I also bought the add-on rack with this product and the only complaint is I now have two sets of lock keys because there isn't a way that I know to request the same coded keys for both the base and the add-on. I took this rack with 4 bikes from Utah to CA and I didn't once worry about the safety of the bikes.

        Solid Rack

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The NV Base is a great solid rack. I opted for the 2 in which is solid at high speeds and rough roads. The rack easily fits and secures my 29er and road bike. The rack is pretty heavy which makes it pretty solid on the hitch. I would suggest having another person help when assembling the rack, it can be a little tricky with one person. Great rack!


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I chose this rack over the other NV 2.0 because I didn't see the value in the work stand arm. Other than that, it is the same rack. It holds the bikes tightly and the rack itself is sturdy in the receiver. I love that the rack doesn't touch the frame of the bike at all. And let's be honest, it looks great, even when not in use!

        Buy This Rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This rack can be set up and attached with two people in about ten mins. It's super simple and it's sturdy as hell. Bikes attach easily, and the built in locking mechanism is great if you need to run into a store for a sec.

        Perfect Bike Rack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        The Kuat NV 2.0 is a high quality tray style hitch mount rack. It easy to assemble out of the box and fairly light weight to take on and off when not in use. Its super durable with the powder coated finish so you dont have to worry about paint chips over time. It does come with locks attached to each tray to keep your bikes safe as well as a hitch lock.

        Major Upgrade

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I had been running another hitch rack for a few years now. It did its job fine, but when I got a new car with a 1 1/4 hitch I needed to get a new rack.

        I picked up the Kuat, I see them around and they are the best looking rack and a few of my friends have them and like them, so I snagged it. Very happy with my decision, easy to use built in locks, the revised release handle is convenient and friendly to use as well. It looks great, feels solid, and holds a wide range of bikes without issue.

        Major Upgrade