What It Is

Kuat’s NV 2. is the most sound, simple-to-have an understanding of (and work) hitch-mounted rack on the market place for carrying various bikes (and various kinds of bikes). You ought to read through that as meaning: This rack is set up to promptly have the two skinny-worn out street bikes and bulky e-bikes with fatter tires. Outside of the simplicity of use, when it arrives to carrying confidence of heavier (and typically expensive) electric bikes, there is also some included protection assurance with the NV 2.0’s intelligent built-in cable locks.

Kuat NV 2.0 system

Why We Like It

The base system is created for two bikes. Buying individual Increase-On mounts lets you to attach an added one, or double tray, for both just one or two more bikes. Loading is simple: Elevate bike on to tray location entrance wheel in the adjustable tire cradle swing up the arm, and ratchet it down to keep entrance tire then lash rear tire to tray with ratcheting rear strap.

Kuat Add-On
Kuat’s NV 2. just one-bike Increase-On

 

It seemed a very little as well simple, so I examined out the set up getting a modest fleet of 3 e-bikes on a West Coast countrywide park street excursion. The weight slightly exceeded the manufacturer’s recommended max bike weight of forty kilos for every tray making use of the two-bike Increase-On (it’s sixty lbs for the two-bike base system), and loading the hefty e-sleds experienced me wanting to know about the one-arm keep-down at freeway speeds. Arriving in Sequoia National Park sliding as a result of some unseasonal snow, and more than our share of bumps along the way, the overweighted load did not budge or bounce to give me a second believed.

Rack sequoia NP

I included a secondary lock close to the bike bundle, mainly as an added visual deterrent to any passersby all through pitstops. The more use out of the NV 2. system, however, the more I have come to value (and rely only on) the simplicity of the locking system. The cable nests inside of the tray, halved on the locking system. You individual the two lengths of the cable on pulling it out, with ample size to run as a result of frame and back again to the locking system (see down below), which pops back again open up making use of the very same keys that lock the rack to your 2-inch hitch receiver. (Kuat also tends to make a one.25” receiver edition that will work with the base system, but not with the Increase-Ons).

Kuat NV 2.0 key lock

Right after some off-street ventures with the questionable load, I was offered on the system by the time we strike the Yosemite Valley flooring, bikes ready to cruise past any park crowds. With that totally loaded rig and experience, the other included reward of the rack system was the foot-assisted pivot lever, which made it attainable to decrease the full rack+bike set up to entry my rear hatch. Unloaded, that lever also lets you to flip up and down the rack with just one hand.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack in Yosemite

Nitpick

We pointed out the sound portion 1st, ideal? The base system is as manageable as any typical e-bike at fifty two kilos. Increase the two-bike Increase-On and you’re hunting at 91 lbs. Assembly calls for a very little grunt perform appropriately. Then it’s a shin-bumping waddle and wiggle to schlep, lift, and put on on your own. But so is making use of and lugging an e-bike. So, load it up now and quit complaining.

For broader off-street tires, the base system holds fatties (up to 4.8 inches vast). Though pushing to that max width, with decrease air stress you require a very little oompf to squeeze down the back again tire to the previous ratchet of the strap. Kuat features a strap extender as a better resolution it suggests for anything more than 2.75″. And there is a great deal of other issue-solving accent incorporate-ons from this Missouri-based mostly brand name, like a bike ramp for people heavier rides pointed out, a swing-arm that lets you to transfer the whole loaded rack system absent from your car hatch or tailgate, and a dock to retailer the system off your car.

As soon as it’s on, I have found it better to go away on. The in general simplicity in fold-out yields a useful more platform: impromptu more camp desk, surfboard holder when accomplishing parking good deal shuffle, even climbing health and fitness center for overactive little ones. However you use a system backed by a lifetime guarantee, the in general versatility fits people effectively with a bevy of diverse bike kinds needing secure transportation.

Kuat NV 2.0 rack
Dave Shively

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

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