What It Is

Kuat’s NV 2.0 is probably the most stable, simple-to-understand (and function) hitch-mounted rack available on the market for carrying a number of bikes (and a number of sorts of bikes). It is best to learn that as which means: This rack is ready as much as instantly carry each skinny-tired road bikes and ponderous e-bikes with fatter tires. Past the convenience of use, in terms of carrying confidence of heavier (and sometimes expensive) electrical bikes, there’s additionally some added safety assurance with the NV 2.0’s intelligent built-in cable locks.

Kuat NV 2.0 system

Why We Like It

The bottom system is designed for 2 bikes. Buying separate Add-On mounts means that you can connect a further single, or double tray, for both one or two extra bikes. Loading is straightforward: Raise bike onto tray; place entrance wheel within the adjustable tire cradle; swing up the arm, and ratchet it down to carry entrance tire; then lash rear tire to tray with ratcheting rear strap.

Kuat Add-On
Kuat’s NV 2.0 one-bike Add-On

 

It appeared a bit too easy, so I examined out the setup taking a small fleet of three e-bikes on a West Coast nationwide park highway journey. The burden barely exceeded the producer’s really helpful max bike weight of 40 kilos per tray utilizing the two-bike Add-On (it’s 60 lbs for the two-bike base system), and loading the hefty e-sleds had me questioning concerning the single-arm hold-down at freeway speeds. Arriving in Sequoia Nationwide Park sliding by some unseasonal snow, and greater than our share of bumps alongside the best way, the overweighted load didn’t budge or bounce to present me a second thought.

Rack sequoia NP

I added a secondary lock across the bike bundle, largely as a further visible deterrent to any passersby throughout pitstops. The extra use out of the NV 2.0 system, nevertheless, the extra I’ve come to understand (and rely solely on) the simplicity of the locking system. The cable nests within the tray, halved on the locking mechanism. You separate the 2 lengths of the cable upon pulling it out, with sufficient size to run by body and again to the locking mechanism (see under), which pops again open utilizing the identical keys that lock the rack to your 2-inch hitch receiver. (Kuat additionally makes a 1.25” receiver model that works with the bottom system, however not with the Add-Ons).

Kuat NV 2.0 key lock

After some off-road ventures with the questionable load, I used to be offered on the system by the point we hit the Yosemite Valley ground, bikes able to cruise previous any park crowds. With that absolutely loaded rig and journey, the opposite added bonus of the rack system was the foot-assisted pivot lever, which made it potential to decrease the total rack+bike setup to entry my rear hatch. Unloaded, that lever additionally means that you can flip up and down the rack with one hand.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack in Yosemite

Nitpick

We talked about the stable half first, proper? The bottom system is as manageable as any common e-bike at 52 kilos. Add the two-bike Add-On and also you’re taking a look at 91 lbs. Meeting requires a bit grunt work accordingly. Then it’s a shin-bumping waddle and wiggle to schlep, raise, and placed on alone. However so is utilizing and lugging an e-bike. So, load it up already and give up complaining.

For wider off-road tires, the bottom system holds fatties (as much as 4.8 inches huge). Although pushing to that max width, with decrease air strain you want a bit oompf to squeeze down the again tire to the final ratchet of the strap. Kuat provides a strap extender as a greater answer. And there’s loads of different problem-solving accent add-ons from this Missouri-based, made-in-the-U.S. model, like a bike ramp for these heavier rides talked about, a swing-arm that means that you can transfer the entire loaded rack system away out of your automobile hatch or tailgate, and a dock to retailer the system off your automobile.

As soon as it’s on, I’ve discovered it higher to go away on. The general ease in fold-out yields a helpful additional platform: impromptu additional camp desk, surfboard holder when doing parking zone shuffle, even climbing fitness center for overactive youngsters. Nevertheless you employ a system backed by a lifetime guarantee, the general versatility suits customers nicely with a bevy of various bike varieties needing safe transport.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack
Dave Shively

[$749; $339 for one-bike Add-On, $539 for two-bike Add-On; kuatracks.com]

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