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the thule 916xtr will allow you to lock each bike individually, while the kuat NV has a cable lock that will wrap through both bike's rear triangle.
the NV has a lower profile than the T2. the T2 has molded plastic wheeltrays for the front wheel.

here is our comprehensive review with photos of the NV.

there are other comparisons of course... are there specific features you're interested in?
 

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the t2 is heavier. it is also at least $100 cheaper last time i checked. it can also be expanded for up to 4 bikes .I heard kuat was coming out with expansion kit but never seen one in person.

i have a sportworks t2 and a 3rd and 4th bike extensions from Thule. I couldnt be happier with it, but it is heavy and might rust if left out in the elements year round.
 

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I was thinking one of these 2 racks and had my mind set on the kuat nv just from some of the reviews of the T2 not being so great. That was before I read thiis thread about 2011 model T2? time to recheck my decision...
 

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cracksandracks.com said:
the thule 916xtr will allow you to lock each bike individually, while the kuat NV has a cable lock that will wrap through both bike's rear triangle.
the NV has a lower profile than the T2. the T2 has molded plastic wheeltrays for the front wheel.

here is our comprehensive review with photos of the NV.

there are other comparisons of course... are there specific features you're interested in?
I am looking for a platform style bike carrier that can hold up to 4 bikes. I would like price to be nice and low :). I won't to be able to lock my bikes. I was all set on the Kuat but just noticed that the Thule got improved for 2011 and since it is cheaper it has me rethinking.
 

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the only difference in the 2011 version of the t2 is that it has a locking cable that extends out of the ratchet arm that can lock the bike through the frame of the bike.
the old t2, 916xt, had a lock cylinder that would lock the ratcheting arm down on top of the wheel. this worked great, but left a potential security breach - someone could remove the front wheel off the bike, take the frame, then get the loose front wheel and be gone with your ride.

the reviews you have heard about rust, etc are a possibility with any steel rack - and most racks are made of steel, except for the NV.

there hasn't been much talk in this thread about the Yakima Holdup, which should definitely be on anyone's short list.
here is a comparison between the holdup and the t2. keep in mind, the t2 being compared is the 916xt, not xtr....
 

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Nice thread. Couldn't have come at a better time. Now I just need to decide which one...

Thanks for the hint too CracksandRacks. Very nice! :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks for all the help CracksandRacks! Yes I got the hint. :thumbsup:

Final question. Is that cable lock for the Yakima Holdup separate or built in?
 

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the cable lock is a separate unit...
one end has a loop and you can use it to girth hitch around the frames and the other end has a receiver that attaches to an elongated bolt that is the hinge of the rack when it's raised/lowered...
it's a good system, and you can just keep the cable lock in the back of your car when you're not using it.
 

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I've owned a T2 for a little over a year now. The thing about the T2 is that no matter how they secure it with locks, cables and all. It can still be defeated. Reason being is because the T2 itself can be disassembled. With the unbolt of four bolts at the mounting brackets, some one can walk off with your expensive bike in hand. If your considering a T2, don't buy into the security blah, blah, blah. Purchase a good cable to wrap it around you bikes, rack and tie it into your car chassis.
 

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m1m2x3 said:
I've owned a T2 for a little over a year now. The thing about the T2 is that no matter how they secure it with locks, cables and all. It can still be defeated. Reason being is because the T2 itself can be disassembled. With the unbolt of four bolts at the mounting brackets, some one can walk off with your expensive bike in hand. If your considering a T2, don't buy into the security blah, blah, blah. Purchase a good cable to wrap it around you bikes, rack and tie it into your car chassis.
good point.
like all locks on all racks...professional thieves or amateur thieves with enough time on their hands will get anything.

locking systems on racks work well for the lion's share of people who use them to help prevent crimes of opportunity and to keep honest people honest.
 

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cracksandracks.com said:
glad to help...
good thread.

look under my username....for mtbr members only....is that subtle enough?
Very much appreciated! Looking forward to getting the roof rack off my VW and trying out the NV.
 

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I've owned both the NV and the T2. Sold the NV due to incompatibility issues with my vehicle. It tilted higher in the rear not allowing the opening of my rear door (being a single pivot vs. forward and down like the T2's dual pivot). The plastic was more a little more brittle than the T2 as my NV broke one wheel tray and the cable lock end cap twice. Kuat was top honors when it came to customer service though. FWIW
 

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Good info on the locks.

How far would the Yakima HoldUp stick out including the add on for an extra 2 bikes? So 4 total bikes.
 

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keep in mind, if you read the blog post, the new 916xtr has cable locks built in....

on the holdup...i have 35" from the center of the bolt hole going through your receive hitch out...for the 2 bike rack.
add on another 24" for the 2 bike addition, and you've got right about a 5' (60") rack.

hope that helps.

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Good info on the locks.

How far would the Yakima HoldUp stick out including the add on for an extra 2 bikes? So 4 total bikes.
 
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