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Kuat NV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack

$749.00

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    $749.00

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Why We Like The NV Base 2.0 Bike Hitch Rack

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 fewer messy consequences for the interior of your car.

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. The 2-inch model of the NV Base 2.0 can carry up to four bikes with the NV Base 2.0 Add-On (sold separately).

  • 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
  • Pivot lever lets you easily access your trunk or tailgate
  • Adjustable front cradles accommodate a plethora of bikes
  • Sleek-looking powder coat finish offers long-term durability
  • Item #KUA000Q

Bike Capacity
2
Compatibility
[max] 48in wheelbase, [max] 4.8in tires [2in] NV Base 2.0 Add-Ons
Locks Included
yes, hitch, integrated cable locks
Part Number
(black) [1.25in] BA12B, [2in] BA22B
Recommended Use
travel
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 2

Starts out nice, becomes totally useless

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've had this rack for several years and put it through lots of miles. I figured it looked well built and top of the line and I wanted the best rack. Well, that has not been my experience. We started with the 2 bike rack and added the 2 bike extension. After a few long road trips, the thing started breaking apart at the hinge and eventually, when we were 600 miles from home, the hinge broke completely and we had to hold it together with rope and duct tape to get it home. Kuat warrantied all the broken parts, but I had to spend about 3 hours totally disassembling the mechanism and rebuilding it, which was difficult with all the bent bolts and corrosion. After the rebuild, it wasn't long before it started to fall apart again. The hinge got stiff and hard to actuate, the retractable locks all became corroded and useless. We've not been able to get one to reliably lock or unlock for a few years now, despite tons of grease and cleaning. We ended up removing the 2 bike extension because the main pillar developed a bend in it just bouncing down the highway. We've only ever loaded sub 18lb road bikes and sub 24lb mountain bikes. Now the bars won't fully retract or telescope and only one of the 2 remaining bars will even hold a 29" wheel. We have to bungee the bike to keep it from moving. And to add insult to injury, the bars rub the paint off your road bike forks so all our bikes have helicopter tape where they touch the rack. Overpriced, poorly designed eye candy. Sorry I ever bought this thing. Going to a OneUp or similar design that only touches the tires.

>Rating: 5

The Real Deal

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Just received, assembled, and installed it, but can already tell how well built it is. With the exception of the rear wheel strap ratchets, which feel a little flimsy, everything else is super solid. I've read some negative comments that it is hard to assemble, but that was not my experience. I got it together on my own in about 20 minutes or so, and that included unpacking and then breaking down the box for recycling after. It's literally just 5 bolts required to put it together. Yes it would be easier to assemble with two people, but if you can't do it by yourself, you'd have no chance with a piece of furniture from IKEA! Literally, just read the instructions (or use common sense) to figure out that putting it together upside down is easier. And no, all of the parts will not lie flat even when it is upside down, but a few rolled up towels, or riding shoes, or whatever else you have lying around the garage strategically placed under the base and rails will line everything up without a second pair of hands. Oh, and note that the adapters for fat tire bikes and small wheels are included in the box, so there is no need to contact Kuat for them after purchase. This is a seriously solid and nice rack. Looking forward to lots of adventures with it.

>Rating: 5

Best rack on the market

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

Upgraded from a Thule T2 Classic. Easy to assemble and simple to put on and off your hitch. The quality is also really good. The security cables are a really nice feature. This rack will also save your back! It's super easy to bring up and down. Honestly the price is worth it.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Bike Rack!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
2"
Height
5` 6"
Weight
160 lbs

When I was initially looking for a bike hitch rack, I wasn't wanting to spend a ton of money. As we all know..."You get what you pay for." I came across the Kuat rack. The quality of this rack seemed to be very high according to all the reviews and research that I did about it. I really loved all the features that the NV Base 2.0 had; the integrated bike locks, the hand-tightening anti-wobble feature, adjustable tire cradles, etc. This rack is worth every penny! It looks great on my car and the quality is amazing. I've used it several times and can't wait to enjoy many more trips hauling my bikes around with ease!

>Rating: 4

I liked it a lot but....

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

This product is the king of most hitch bike carriers. The design is so hip and compliments my SUV. It might be heavy to attach but it alls goes down to how stable , easy and secure the attachment to the hitch receiver will be. It got all 5 stars for me and as well the secured feeling and ease in loading your precious bikes. The only downside is they should had the cable locks longer to secure the wheels and frame together or put a key lock attachment on the lever holding the front tire.

>Rating: 5

NV 2.0 + ext. after 1 season of use

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Nice match on my late model 4-Runner--very secure, no rattle, sway, etc. My XL 29" mtb w/2.6 front, 2.4 rear and wife's small 27" (2.6 tires) fits fine. I left NV 2.0 rack on for most of Spring thru Fall CO riding and no problem swinging up and down to access tailgate for daily use. Removal for car wash or whatever fine, unit is fairly heavy (pays off in robust nature of construction and operation.) Also added the 2.0 extension after a few mos. use and same description applies as above. If it's in your price range, buy quality once and enjoy. Highly recommended.

>Rating: 5

Worth Every Penny

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I hesitated in buying this type of carrier two years ago and only cost myself more money in the end. So easy to use. So rock solid stable. The rack doesn't shake on the back of the car. The bike doesn't shake on the back of the car. I love the way it tilts down so I can open the back of the car before off loading the bike. Tilts up and out of the way nicely when not in use. Worth Every Penny

>Rating: 3

Cracked lever

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small

Note that this model is for the 1.25” hitch, despite the photos of the 2” model. I had to buy the Kuat adapter for additional $30 to fit my 2” hitch. On my first trip with this, arrived at my destination to find the height lever had cracked and was loose. Backcountry was accommodating and refunded the product but was overall bummmed since I thought this would be the best rack for my mountain bike. I hope they get more in stock soon as I’d consider getting it again - does seem like one of the best models on the market, with an intuitive design.

The correct hitch size will be noted in the pull down menu: It will either reference a 2IN or 1.25IN in the options section. ***Please note that if a specific size is out of stock, it will not be offered.

>Rating: 4

Nice Rack

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have the 1.25" mount option. The rack was fairly easy to put together and mount on the hitch receiver. It has a bit of wobble even with the stabilizer tightened all the way. Most of the wobble was cured by adding a $10 metal hitch stabilizer and now it feels pretty solid. Putting a bike on it is simple and I'm not worried about it going anywhere. Beware of interference with long longer style fenders if you run them. The trays aren't super long - my size large mountain bike is about max length - so if you ride a long bike you might want to double check or look elsewhere. The tilt function is great and allows me to access my rear hatch even with bikes on the rack. The cable locks are nice to have, but after a few months they became pretty sticky and difficult to lock. I lubed them every few uses and that has seemed to help. Kuat does sell replacement parts. My rack was hit while my car was parked in a public lot and I was able to easily replace the broken ratcheting arm for about $60. Overall a solid rack, with a few nitpicky things I'd like to see improved on a premium priced rack.

Hi. What exactly is the $10 metal hitch stabilizer? Manufacturer Nd source you purchased it from. Thanks. -Rick

>Rating: 5

awesome rack

For most bikes, this is an awesome rack. It is not a good design for bikes with a front fender. The feature that snugs the rack into the hitch receiver is awesome. so many other racks are loose and can move a lot.

>Rating: 5

Solid rack

My bikes are not going anywhere!! I use this with the add on. Very well made. The bikes are secured solid!

>Rating: 5

Great rack

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I bought both 2" and 1 1/4" versions for each of my cars, and they are great. I'd prefer if they had gloss finish, like the NV 2.0, but there is nothing wrong with the matte paint, and I didn't want to pay another $100 for the bike stand that I'll never use. We have two bikes - one heavy electric bike with 2.5" tires and one road bike with 26 mm tires. the front cradle holds the wheels securely and locks them in place preventing them from rotating. The back wheel ratchet strap is easy to apply or remove, even with one hand. The bikes are secure on it - I have driven up to 70mi/h with bikes on and on city roads with occasional bumps and minor pot holes. The ball locking mechanism is amazing - there is no rattle at all with this rack, as it is attached rigidly to the hitch. Customer service was helpful and helped me save money with a discount. I am completely happy with the purchase and the seller.

>Rating: 5

As good as billed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

First hitch based rack as I have used roof racks for the past 20 years. Super easy, really secure. Now I am totally sold

>Rating: 5

They are everywhere!

Good looking hitch rack

>Rating: 5

Kuat Bike Rack

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

We recently purchased a fat bike and needed a bike rack to accommodate wheelbase. We were lucky enough to borrow neighbor’s Kuat to test out before this purchase. Also with are previous bike rack which took a beating on the White Rim we needed a system to stabilize the rack nice and “sturdy” The Kuat is so sturdy and beautifully made. We are really impressed with the system to stabilize the rack on the hitch. Putting the rack together was simple, and the way the rack functions is very well engineered. We are very pleased with this purchase. We also purchased the add-on extension to carry 2 more bikes total of 4.

>Rating: 5

My number 1

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This is my second Kuat bike rack. The first one I had lasted 9 years after being dragged through every weather condition imaginable and it was still in great working condition when I donated it. While this rack is on the heavy side, its buttery smooth, easy to install into the hitch, and very stable. And it looks amazing.

>Rating: 5

Best Rack - superbly engineered

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased a 29er mountain bike, and also a Fat Bike (4.5" tires) and needed to upgrade from my 10 year old Saris brand, hitch mount rack. The Kuat is just excellent, and is beautifully made. I purchased the base model because I've never needed a bicycle repair stand trailside, so I saved a little bit doing that. The finish is nice, but the base model is not glossy, it's a matte finish. Putting the rack together was simple, and the way the rack functions is very well engineered. In particular, mounting my fat bike is solid, and I've driven hundreds of miles with the fat bike on the rack without even a wiggle. I expect that I will add the extension to carry four bikes at some point. Another feature I like about the rack is the system to stabilize the rack on the hitch is very well designed, and works perfectly. This is a big deal when carrying four bikes, or driving offroad or on bumpy pavement, as you can put a lot of pressure on the bikes and hitch mount if the entire unit is not stable. The rack also tilts, which is super handy when needed to access the rear hatch of your vehicle, and the built in bike locks are a smart and appreciated feature. I did a lot of research on comparative products, and this is one of those purchases that you won't regret, because the rack is engineered smartly, built to last, and a joy to use. Great piece of kit.

>Rating: 4

works great

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I got this rack as a spur of the moment purchase and was very pleased. Very stable even fully loaded on rough roads. easy to use and raising it was easy even for my wife who has had issues with other models.

>Rating: 5

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.

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>Rating:

Does this come with the 20-24" child wheel adapter?

Hey Jessica! Unfortunately the rack does not come with a wheel adapter for those smaller wheel sizes. You will need to go to Kuat for that adapter.

>Rating:

What wheel size range will this accommodate?

>Rating:

Do I need a specific attachment or just a 2” hitch?

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what is the difference between the nv 2.0 and the nv 2.0 base?

The only difference is the matte black color vs the powder coat and the Base does NOT come with the built in repair stand. That can be added later if you should choose to do so!

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Why can't I choose 2in hitch mount option ? Discontinued?