Kuat NV Bike Rack

4.15/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $549.00

Product Description

With a front and rear ratchet system, hitch lock, integrated cable lock, and a built-in repair stand for pre-ride prep or post-ride cleanup, it is a fully loaded stunner. And you’ll look smooth loading and unloading with its easy-to-use hand-tight cam system. Storage is simple with the lever action pivot for rapid folding, tilting, and hiding.

  • 2 Bike Capacity
  • Built-in Repair Stand
  • Lever Fold Up and Tilt Down
  • Integrated Cable Lock
  • Hand Tight Cam System
  • Kuat NV Bike Rack Pro Review

    While I was wandering around in the desiccating heat of the Outdoor Demo portion of InterBike 2009, I came upon the kuat Innovation’s booth, in which they were showing off their very trick NV bike rack. Of course, what also caught my eye was the female mannequin, which was overtly well endowed, Brick House! The kuat marketing scheme was something more along the lines of ‘Nice Rack’. Continue reading →

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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Cayenne_Pepa a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2017

    Strengths:    ~ Piece of cake, building it (45min)
    ~ Roller cam ball eliminates any hitch receiver play whatsoever
    ~ Looks expensive AF
    ~ Nifty bike repair stand is over-the-top cool
    ~ Anti-theft locking hitch pin
    ~ Solid construction and finish
    ~ Wheel trays can accommodate Fat Bikes
    ~ Angled tilt, so hatch can open up

    Weaknesses:    ~ Locking cables, are way too short
    ~ Rear tire inner ratchet strap needs a felt liner

    Bottom Line:   
    Arguably one of the very best hitch-mounted racks, money can buy. Thanks to the release of Kuat NV 2.0 - prices for this stellar piece of kit has dropped to attainable levels now. I like the fact this unit mounts far enough away not to trip the park sensors. Since my Turbo SUV has height-adjustable air suspension - I can safely clear sections of dirt trail without any signs of instability or sway... it's just THAT SOLID, even with two bikes onboard. It weighs heavy, which only means the duty lifecycle of this unit is extremely robust.

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    Favorite Trail:   Idyllwild Hub

    Duration Product Used:   one year

    Price Paid:    $385.00

    Purchased At:   Competitive Cyclist

    Similar Products Used:   Hollywood

    Bike Setup:   Pivot Mach 429SL

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by scottusmc5 a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: December 4, 2016

    Strengths:    * Not a roof rack
    *Solid Construction does not feel cheap like others
    * Built in Locks X2
    * Fits Tires up to fat bike
    *Bike stand......Awesome and easy

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Kuat.... yea Solid buddy. I have used all other brands and the NV takes the cake. Easy to use, Compared to Y***** and T**** Never felt cheap and just Solid... Spend the Extra cash $$$ Worth it. Built in locks... Easy to use... F a roof rack and whatever else at this point. I would rather take the front wheel off and stuff bike in the back of my car without this NV. Bike Stand is great for airing up tires and cleaning/lubing chain pre-ride. If you do not drive a Subaru and work at a $10/hr job I would totally recommend this . BOOM!

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    Favorite Trail:   Apex

    Similar Products Used:   Thule

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mauwzola a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 2016

    Strengths:    - loads VERY fast
    - solid construction
    - no bike contact
    - works for fat bikes (with strap extender)
    - tilts down for hatch access
    - WARRANTY!!!!

    Weaknesses:    - lock cable is too short

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought this rack a year ago and immediately fell in love with it. Having had roof mount racks to that point, I was so impressed at how easy life was with a rear mount rack. And my biggest concern -- getting into the back of my Outback with a bike on back -- was alleviated by the fact the rack tilts down for precisely that purpose.

    More recently, what has really impressed me about the rack is the warranty and, more precisely, the customer service. After driving with the rack on all winter, I discovered that one of the arms was corroded from the road salt and no longer extended. Never imagined this would be covered by warranty but I wrote to the company looking for guidance on how to fix the problem if nothing else. Within minutes, someone got back to me and was ready to send me replacement parts. Not just the arm, but all the chrome pieces on the rack just in case those were corroded as well. And all of this with no questions asked other than a request for pictures to make sure they knew which rack I had.

    Awesome rack. Awesome company. Highly recommend both!

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by crfnick56 a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: March 31, 2016

    Strengths:    Built solid
    Easy to load bikes and no frame contact
    Built in cable lock
    Little to no wobble when fully loaded
    Tilts down to access truck/hatch

    Weaknesses:    Heavy but that's also a good thing in some ways
    Cable locks could be a bit longer
    Plastic adjuster knob in hitch seems vulnerable

    Bottom Line:   
    I got this rack when it was on sale so the price is not relevant to this review but it is a pricey rack for sure, but in my eyes its worth it. I got this to replace my Thule Doubletrack since that started leaving marks on the frame where it secured the bikes, and the Thule had no real way to lock the bikes in the rack without a secondary cable ran to the hitch or something. This rack is definitely heavy but not terrible. The adjustment knob on the hitch part is a nice touch to eliminate any sway in the rack, however the plastic knob seems vulnerable to getting broken if you hit a parking lot entrance and have a lower car and it scrapes. On my car (Subaru Forester) this is a non issue because it sits high enough but I could see it being an issue to others with lower cars. Overall I am very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a rack that has no frame contact.

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    Similar Products Used:   Thule Doubletrack

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by fmwylie a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2015

    Strengths:    Great looks
    Easy load/unload
    Work stand
    Built in lock
    Anti wobble

    Weaknesses:    Price
    Oddball keys
    Poor quality welds
    Work stand doesn't lock in position
    Some parts are poor quality and rust

    Bottom Line:   
    I have intentionally waited to review this product. I have given a fair shake and a lot of thought at this point. It certainly looks nice. Like the other racks within its peer group it's pricey. It is heavy even though the grey color model looks like light weight aluminum it's not. It is rather stout so that's the trade off. One of the big disappointments to me is the poor welding work. Looks like Chinese trade school. When paying this much for a rack to place an expensive bike on I expect more. We are all spoiled to all the high quality welds on nice bikes. Not here, sub par. Many parts appear to be poor Harbor Freight quality. I experienced rust on a number of components early. I wish I could show pictures to bolster my case. The locking cable is too short but it's innovative and I make it work. I would actually give it 3 1/2 chilis if it was an option. Overall I like the functionality but rust, crappy welds for the price hurts the value

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    Favorite Trail:   Most anything in Dupont State Forest

    Duration Product Used:   18 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   Trek store

    Similar Products Used:   Yakima

    Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by M-dub

    Date Reviewed: November 2, 2014

    Strengths:    Weight, quality,

    Weaknesses:    Low point is the adjusting knob, clamps wear fast. Not real solid at the hitch. Cant match keys.

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this rack for one main reason, its weight. I wanted a 4 bike rack for our Suby that didn't weight a ton. It is almost 40lbs lighter than is any other 4 bike full wheel tray.

    Assembly was not bad at all and fit and finish was top notch. We put miles on our racks and our first outing to Sea Otter I noticed a lot of wear on the wheel clamp. I hope this part is a replaceable item.

    The next issue I noticed is its lowest point of the rack is a knob that takes the rattle of the rack. Its now chunked to heck and Im a very carful dude but some gas stations are just deep. That and it still wiggles. That whole design is much better on the T2. Just a simple bolt that is rock solid. I think Kuat got a little too fancy. Remember the saying "KISS" keep it simple s......

    Then there is the funny little adapter to run a 20-24" wheel. Its not like the T2 that you can just put any tire in. But they also only give you an adapter for one bike. It seems like a ton of money for a rack that needs options to run a bmx bike on?

    With about 1500 miles on it and the whole thing was loose. A bunch of the bolts had settled in I guess. If you do a lot of excursions you may want to look too the T2 or Yak for the steel construction. If it cracks or breaks almost anyone can weld it. and they just seams a bit more solidly built. I have run off road for a ton of miles with my T2 and it was solid. This one I don't think I would trust on my Jeep in the back country or fire roads.

    There is no adjustment of spacing between the rails so I have to drop seats for fit where the T2 you can adjust the in and out of the rails. Oh ya and you cant re-key the locks? So if you get the add-on be prepared to have two keys. All in all Im happy with the rack but it does have its flaws. Unfortunately the flaws are kinda big and so is the price.

    It is by far the best looking rack out there. But looking past that......its not perfect.

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    Favorite Trail:   dirt

    Duration Product Used:   3000miles

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   T2, Yakama

    Bike Setup:   2 wheels

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by trickten

    Date Reviewed: October 28, 2014

    Strengths:    • Looks sooo sweet (Love the black and Chrome)
    • Comes with a work stand
    • Integrated Cable lock
    • Hand crank hitch mount tightens hitch to vehicle for virtually no movement
    • The bikes load so easily
    • Tilt down feature allows me to access the rear cargo area with bikes still on the rack.

    Weaknesses:    • Initial cost
    • Weight
    • Cable locks a tad short
    • No way to lock work stand

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this rack. I’ve mounted both my road and mountain bike with no issues or worries. Really solidly built. Could not be happier with my purchase!

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Derek Vanderhorst a Cross Country Rider

    Date Reviewed: May 30, 2014

    Strengths:    Looks good

    Weaknesses:    Falls apart

    Bottom Line:   
    Took my car thru the car wash today an the rack broke I to prices and got caught in the brushes and scratched my car all up. I called and spoke with jay at kuat and he told me it's not a warranty issue and I need to order replacement

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $549.00

    Similar Products Used:   Thule Yakima

    Bike Setup:   Moots ybb

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by willtsmith_nwi a Weekend Warrior

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2013

    Strengths:    *Secures bikes in seconds safely and soundly.
    * Relatively easy mechanism for folding up, flat or downward for liftgate access.
    * Comes with a workstand!!!!!!
    * Bikes load in seconds!
    * Integrated lock allows you to secure bikes in seconds
    * My understanding is the newest version of these racks have the same key for the included locking pin as well as the integrated cable locks.
    * Beautiful product!!!!!
    * Integrated hitch mounting wedge allows you to quickly take all the slop out of the interface.

    Weaknesses:    These are nitpicks rather than full fledged weaknesses
    * The locking cable is not long enough to thread through the frames of both bikes. If you're leaving your bikes outside a hotel at night on this rack, you'll probably want to use an additional cable.
    * There is no locking "loop" on the Traildock stand. That's a $90 piece of hardware and deserves some protection from casual pilfering. Perhaps a locking skewer would do the job.

    Bottom Line:   
    My only previous experience with racks was cheapo trunk racks. In most cases they rendered my trunk useless as most of them relied on sitting on the rear bumper. They were also a pain to mount securely. On top of it ... mounting more than one bike to these things required bungies, foam blocks and towels just to keep the bike from rubbing each other's paint off. I'd had it.

    I looked around and Yakima/Thule tray racks were famous for being expensive, heavy and of generally poor qualify. I stumbled upon Kuat and discovered what I needed.

    The product does not disappoint. I do wish I could add an additional single rack to this for 3rd bike for my 1.25" rack. However, Kuat only offers a bike add on to their 2" version. If I had it to do over, I would seriously consider One-Up. But the Kuat is on it's 2nd car and I'm still very pleased with this rack. I guess I'll just have to get one of Kuat's roof racks to carry a 3rd bike. Who has room for 4 people's gear in their car anyway?

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    Favorite Trail:   Outback Trail at Imagination Glen

    Duration Product Used:   4 years

    Purchased At:   Amazon

    Similar Products Used:   Trunk Racks

    Bike Setup:   Karate Monkey XT/X9

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Throttlemire a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012

    Strengths:    Ease of use. Design. Lightweight. Integrated locks and repair stand.

    Weaknesses:    Rack has developed a lot of "play" after six months - moves in the transport and storage positions. Also a bit of play in the receiver hitch. High price.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had a Thule T2 and it did not play nice with my Niner Rip9. It also took a lot of adjusting to get bikes to fit properly without rubbing on each other. Also, my wife could work the Thule and it was heavy and ugly. Two owners of the Enve recommended the rack. At first, I was extremely happy. I get a lot of compliments. I even bought the add on. The problem is that it is now very loose after six months. The bikes are bouncing all over the place. The problem is the metal they use is too soft and it has rounded off, so the rack has a lot of sloppiness the vertical (storage) or horizontal (transport) positions. It also shakes like a jonesing crack addict when I move it from one position to the other - pretty embarrasing and does not instill confidence. I've contacted Kuat and waiting for an answer. For this price, I shouldn't have these problems.

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    Price Paid:    $479.00

    Purchased At:   Rock n Roll Cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   Thule T2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by blawson a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

    Date Reviewed: February 26, 2012

    Strengths:    Sturdy, durable, weather-resistant. Bikes go on & off extremely quickly and easily. Fits big wheels & long wheelbases. No wobbling in the hitch.

    Weaknesses:    Built-in locking cable is short, can be tricky to get both wheels + frame secure. With two bikes I can't secure the front wheels.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have rarely been so completely impressed with a piece of equipment. It does its job very well with no annoyances, feels solid and secure, and looks good too.

    I was initially interested in a Kuat rack because I liked the aluminum Sherpa model, figuring it would be easy to move around, etc. I read though that long wheelbase bikes are not recommended for it, and my XL 29ers are all over the recommended max for it. Enter the NV. I had used a roof rack for a few years and I wanted a hitch rack instead. My priorities were that it be easy to load, survive being left on the car outdoors, and not get in the way of opening the hatch or seeing out the back. I use it 2-3 times a week, mostly with 1 bike.

    It's super easy to load & unload. Swing the arm open, put the bike on, push the arm down, thread on the rear wheel strap... done. Unloading is just as easy. Locking it is really easy since the lock cables stow in the trays, secured by magnets. Slide them out when you need them. The cables are pretty short, and it can be a tight fit getting all of the parts of a bike locked. It took a few tries to work out the right way for one bike. Two bikes, you probably can't get the cable through all four wheels and both frames, so another cable would be handy if you were leaving bikes on for a while. For me, it's easy enough that I do it every time I park in public, and it gives me enough peace of mind. When I bought it, Thule and Yakima were charging extra for cables and locks on their equivalent racks, so it was a bonus.

    The hitch bar has a built-in snugging device that keeps it from rattling. Works great, I would have bought something to do this separately if it wasn't included. The bar for the 1.25" model I have has an S-curve in it to get the racks up above the muffler and out of the hot exhaust. There's plenty of clearance on my Subaru.

    It has survived the weather with little or no discoloration and rust. I'd seen this on other brands of hitch racks, and on the plastic parts of my roof rack, so I was concerned about leaving it on the car outside all the time. No problems at all.

    It does not obstruct the out-the-back view (like some of the hanging-style hitch racks do). I can just see the top of the work stand so I can tell that I didn't leave it down. I do have to tilt it open it to open the hatch, but it looks like I could move the hitch back about 1/2" and it would clear. With bikes on, it tilts down and the hatch opens fine. Of course, this is going to depend on car & trailer hitch, but it works on my Impreza. The quick release lever to open it is nice. I would like to see something like a foot lever so it could be opened & closed one-handed.

    I have found the work stand useful trail-side. It's cool to have it and it works. I don't use it every ride, though.

    The whole package is well thought out and goes together nicely. I recommend it highly. I was willing to spend towards the higher end, but I was concerned that it would stand up to regular use and weather, and keep my bikes safe. I haven't been disappointed and I think it was money very well spent.

    4 chilis for value: let's be honest, there are cheaper racks out there. However, there are several features that I would have bought separate tools for that work better because they're integrated (anti-wobble, lock).
    5 chilis for functionality, I love it.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   Amazon.com

    Similar Products Used:   Yakima roofracks, Saris + sportworks hitch racks

    Bike Setup:   I have the 1 1/4" rack mounted on a 2006 Subaru Impreza hatchback.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by jon_wallace a Cross Country Rider from Moab, UT

    Date Reviewed: November 24, 2011

    Strengths:    Very solid and well engineered hitch rack. Took twenty minutes to build and install it. Fits nice and tight in my 2" hitch. Takes about 15 seconds to put a MTB bike on the rack. I would have no problem taking this on any road-dirt or pavement. Hitch and security locks are very good. The quality of workmanship and materials is quite impressive.

    Weaknesses:    Not really a weakness..the work stand has no way to lock it in place to prevent theft.

    Bottom Line:   
    Shopped around quite a bit for a new rack and found the NV is really impressive. The cost is a bit steep but the stand is such good quality it's worth it.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Tree Fort Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Yakima and Thule.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by aavallon78 a Downhiller from San Francisco

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2011

    Strengths:    Great finish, fit and design and great customer service.

    Weaknesses:    The 1 1/4" option that i have is a little flexy with 2 downhill bikes on it, but totally fine and the best option based on what is available today. If the option is there on your vehicle definitely go with the 2". Other than that the product is excellent.

    Bottom Line:   
    Definitely a great rack, I was suspect of the bike stand but it has actually been pretty useful. Rack is much lighter than Thule T2 and getting bikes on and off is a breeze. Customer service is very responsive and helpful.

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    Favorite Trail:   Bobsled

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Roaring Mouse Bike S

    Similar Products Used:   Sherpa, Thule 2" T2

    Bike Setup:   2011 SX Trail 2

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by lowaired a Cross Country Rider from Ca

    Date Reviewed: October 30, 2011

    Strengths:    Fit finish and design

    Weaknesses:    None they found all the neg with t2 and holdup racks and made it 10 x better plus extras

    Bottom Line:   
    If ypu spend good money for ggod products than there is no other option.

    If you can afford to buy $ 3-10k bike you can afford to spend a hundred or 2 dollars more for a superior bike rack. Its stable solid and secure . The locking system and optins are awesome.
    Bikes dont move at all!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   Lbs

    Similar Products Used:   T2 ,stick up and hold up

    Bike Setup:   Niners

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by thrasher_s a Cross Country Rider from El Paso, TX, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 24, 2011

    Strengths:    SOLID (survived a minor rear-ending with just scratches), Unique, functions perfectly, AMAZING customer service

    Weaknesses:    price??? (It's worth it)

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the only rack I have ever seen that gets compliments and 2nd looks, regularly... non bike people recognize that it is special.

    Carries any 2 bikes that have 20"-29" wheels and only have 1 seat.

    Carries two full carbon, skinny-tire tri bikes as easily as it carries two heavy built downhill bike with 2.5in fatty tires.

    BONUS: The customer service Kuat has shown me is better than I deserve. Bar-none the BEST customer service I have ever heard of.

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    Favorite Trail:   Comfortably Numb, Whistler BC

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   Alone in its class (have used cheaper Yakima and Thule)

    Bike Setup:   2010 Spec Enduro and Demo

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