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Carry heavy DH and freeride bikes; or lightweight road bikes without touching the frame. Kuats platform rack grabs the wheels only for fast, safe carrying. When you get to the trailhead you can be rolling in 30 seconds, especially good for bikes with thru-axle front wheels that make removing the front wheel time consuming.

Kuat does the competition in this category one better with features like an integrated repair clamp for pre-race tuneups, and an integrated cable lock for additional security.
  • Sturdy, heat-treated aluminum construction
  • Carries two bikes
  • Fits 2" receiver boxes






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Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking (3)
  • Road biking (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid hitch bike rack

This hitch rack is SOLID. By that I mean it is constructed VERY well. No loose joints or parts. Bikes sit securely.

The way that Kuat has engineered the hitch...Read complete review

This hitch rack is SOLID. By that I mean it is constructed VERY well. No loose joints or parts. Bikes sit securely.

The way that Kuat has engineered the hitch receiver, to take up the slack in side, to prevent any rocking is great. The rack sits with no movement when driving or going over rough road.

Loading the bikes is easy and quick. They go on and sit securely with out any movement. I have used mountain, road, and fat bikes on it. No issues.

A couple cons though. If you are using the NV with the Add on (2 additional trays) Like I am. Then to use the tilt feature that allows it to move out of the way for rear hatches to open, is pointless. It is VERY hard to hold the trays with bikes on it, and release the leaver, with out it falling and hitting the ground hard. Then to lift the whole kit with bikes ... is HEAVY.

The other con ... is due to it being very solid and constructed well. It does come with a weight penalty. It is about 60lbs. When you add the additional trays ... it tops out close to 80lbs. So it is a bit cumbersome to load and store.

But even with those minor cons ... I would not go back to the other products I have used previously.
this is the one.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

fell to pieces in a car wash

My rack fell apart in the car wash and when I tried posting the picture to their facebook page they banned me. I called jay at Kuat and he told me that this is...Read complete review

My rack fell apart in the car wash and when I tried posting the picture to their facebook page they banned me. I called jay at Kuat and he told me that this is not a warranty or manufacturer issue. Thule is rock solid and my warranty issue with yakima was handled really well. Go with one of these companies

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5.0

Best hitch rack!

By GlenMTB

from Saint Louis, MO

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking

Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

Holds the bike well and quick to load/unload. Love the built in stand and hitch stabilizer. The built in lock is convient, but I wouldn't trust it for more than a few minutes, I use a chain lock. Also, if you have a jeep or suv with a rear mount tire you will need a hitch extension.

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Solid, well thought out product

By Scrappie

from Toronto, Ontario

About Me Competitive Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Durable
  • Sturdy Design
  • Versatile
  • Well built quality

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Road Biking

Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

I have used this rack for over a year now and it is still working well and looks great. The mechanism for holding the bikes works well and does not scratch the frame or fork. I was a bit concerned at first that it didn't hold the bike very securely and that the wheel brace would scratch the fork but it's been solid and no scratches at all. I've used it for 14 hour road trips, backcountry drives, and for all sorts of bikes and no issues.

In contrast to my previous Thule 990 XT and Saris Thelma racks the Kuat is an improvement in quality and durability. The Thule rusted and scuffed my frame and the Saris moved a lot on the hitch and held the bikes in a way that they always seemed to touching handlebars and seatposts.

By contrast the Kuat has been solid on the hitch, although it is starting to get a little looser after a year of regular use. The bikes have also never come close to touching which makes life a lot easier.

Overall a great product

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

fell to pieces in a car wash

By derekvh

from los angeles, ca

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

        My rack fell apart in the car wash and when I tried posting the picture to their facebook page they banned me. I called jay at Kuat and he told me that this is not a warranty or manufacturer issue. Thule is rock solid and my warranty issue with yakima was handled really well. Go with one of these companies

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        The best you can get

        By Benny_Gnar

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Road Biking

        Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

        This rack is great for destination bike rides. It securely holds my 26" and 29" mountain bikes with no issues. Also, the added bike stand feature is awesome for camping and quick repairs at the trailhead. The rack also comes with a built in bike lock, and lock for the hitch.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid hitch bike rack

        By dshwed

        from Calgary, AB

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Quality product
        • Solid

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Transporting Bikes

        Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

        This hitch rack is SOLID. By that I mean it is constructed VERY well. No loose joints or parts. Bikes sit securely.

        The way that Kuat has engineered the hitch receiver, to take up the slack in side, to prevent any rocking is great. The rack sits with no movement when driving or going over rough road.

        Loading the bikes is easy and quick. They go on and sit securely with out any movement. I have used mountain, road, and fat bikes on it. No issues.

        A couple cons though. If you are using the NV with the Add on (2 additional trays) Like I am. Then to use the tilt feature that allows it to move out of the way for rear hatches to open, is pointless. It is VERY hard to hold the trays with bikes on it, and release the leaver, with out it falling and hitting the ground hard. Then to lift the whole kit with bikes ... is HEAVY.

        The other con ... is due to it being very solid and constructed well. It does come with a weight penalty. It is about 60lbs. When you add the additional trays ... it tops out close to 80lbs. So it is a bit cumbersome to load and store.

        But even with those minor cons ... I would not go back to the other products I have used previously.
        this is the one.

        • Cycling Style:
        • Speed Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Fantastic Bike Rack

        By JasonK

        from Philly

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to assemble
        • Easy To For Bikes
        • Easy To Install
        • Great finishes
        • Keeps Bike Separated
        • Well built

        Cons

        • a bit heavy
        • Hard to store

        Best Uses

        • Attract Hot Ladies
        • Bike stand
        • Transport Bikes

        Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

        First off Jenson USA is awesome. Great price, great shipping fee and great time on delivery.

        I've had my NV (2") for a little over a week now and I'm very impressed. The hardware is not only attractive but is very solid. Had two MT bikes on both with 780mm handlebars without any issues. The clearance between the handlebars and my rear window is over 6". My car is a 2012 Dodge Durango and the rear glass slopes in towards the cab at the top.
        With the hitch locking cam cranked down there is just a slight amount of play, which is a good thing. (Building things without a bit of flex and too rigidly is a structural faux pas)

        Bikes go on and come off quickly. There isn't much play in the security cable which helps in not damaging the frame. Please note that the cable will only go through the rear triangles. I typically carry an extra cable to lock down my seat & wheels if i need the extra protection.

        Assembly was easy enough. I did it on my own, would have been easier having an extra pair of hands. I foolishly took off the strategically placed plastic wrap prior to assembly. I then realized it was there to help protect the finish when using the allen wrench so i recommend keeping it on until assembly is complete.
        Overall this is an excellent rack and I definitely recommend it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Worth the money!

        By JWill

        from Cincinnati

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Secure
        • Well built

        Cons

        • Lock Is A Little Short

        Best Uses

          Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

          This thing is worth the money! It's well built and secure. I love the ball joint that expands in the hitch to remove the play/slop from the rack. I keep this on my truck 95% of the time. When I only have time for a quick ride, I can throw my bike on in less than a minute. Also, there is not much (if any) effect on MPG with this attached. Not that I'm concerned about that, but some are.
          Dont spend a bunch of $$$ on a nice bike then haul it around with a rack that scuffs up the frame. You absolutely will not regret spending a little extra for this rack!

           
          5.0

          Awesome rack

          By K-dub

          from Lake Charles, Louisiana

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Install
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Mountain Bikes
            • Road Bikes
            • Small Cars

            Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

            Best rack that I have ever used. People love the way it looks. Easy to use and very durable.

             
            5.0

            Great Bike Rack

            By Darryl from KZ

            from Missouri City, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds when not in use
            • No scratch
            • No wind resistance

            Cons

            • Lock cable is too short

            Best Uses

              Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

              This is a great bike carrier. If i was in a hurry, i could easily load and secure a bike in under 20 seconds, but even at a slow pace, it takes less than 40-60 seconds to load and secure.

              The cable lock is essentially worthless because it is way to short. I have a 29 inch TREK full suspension and my 8 year old has a 24 inch TREK and i can not get both bikes locked down with cable through the frames. I can get bikes locked via just the wheels, but that is not much of a lock.

               
              4.0

              Great bike rack and looks cool too

              By DT JB

              from Calgary, Alberta

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Cool look
              • Quality

              Cons

              • Lock isn't long enough

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kuat NV 2 Bike Tray Hitch Rack:

                This is a great product. I really enjoy how easy it is to use and how secure it is. The bike stand is an awesome feature that I have already made use of.

                I am still having problems figuring out how to lock two bikes with the integrated lock - have to check the instructions again.

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