The original Kuat NV bike rack debuted way back in 2008 and brought a new style sensibility to the otherwise utilitarian world of bicycle transportation. It also introduced clever features like a built in workstand. Now, after three years in development, the Kuat NV 2.0 updates literally every aspect of the rack to make it better, prettier, easier to use and more capable.
Starting with the modernizing touches, the NV 2.0 works with mountain bike tires up to 4.8″ wide, which covers most everything out there except the ultra fat bikes. The rest is refinements, making it all work better than ever…
The aesthetics are as good as ever and keep the clear-coated powdercoat finish with orange anodized details and streamlined panels that build in the tire tray with a concave extrusion. The NV 2.0 borrows the new tool-free installation knob from the lightweight Sherpa 2.0 rack that debuted at Sea Otter, letting you twist-to-tighten the rack into the hitch.
It also gets the foot release lever to lower the rack…
…which will tilt beyond parallel to provide better access to lift gates and SUV rear windows.
It rotates on a redesigned, more durable pivot that they say will last a lifetime of use. The front tire tray’s angle is adjustable to help prevent handlebar/saddle clearance issues when loading two bikes. It uses a varied shape to work with road/cross, mountain and fat bike tires all in one. For the rear tire, they’ve created a co-molded wheel strap that places a softer material against the rim so it won’t scratch them.
The retention arms were also redesigned to glide more smoothly and reduce twisting so your bike stays more stable. Once it’s in place, the integrated cable locks are now longer, more durable and also easier to slide in and out.
It comes with the Trail Doc repair stand built in as a standard accessory, and that is updated for easier use, too. They’ve added an aftermarket base that turns the Trail Doc into a standalone workstand, too.
It’s available now for $629 in a two-bike configuration for either 2″ or 1-1/4″ hitches. A two-bike add on will be available that’ll let you carry four bikes, pricing and availability TBD.. Max capacity is 60 pounds (27.2kg) with a wheelbase of 48″.