Küat NV 2.0 hitch rack review

Revamped bike carrier with improvements across the board

Gear
The Küat NV 2.0 improves the finish and rigidity of the rack accepts all the new tire sizes as well.

The Küat NV 2.0 improves the finish and rigidity of the rack and accepts all the latest tire sizes.

Lowdown: Küat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack

Küat changed the game a few years ago, introducing a hitch rack that looked as good as it performed. Now they’ve launched v2.0, which like its predecessor includes a bike stand. We’re not sure how much use it actually gets, but Küat went ahead and improved the usability of the stand in the second version of this rack. They’ve also learned a lot about current needs and trends, including building in compatibility for all the new wheel and tire sizes. To learn more check out the full review below, starting with this video demo.

Check out our Küat NV 2.0 first look here.

Stat Box
Bike capacity: Two, expandable to four Bike weight limit: 60 pounds each
Bonus function: Built-in workstand Price: $629
Tire compatibility: Up to 4.8” Rating: 4.5 Flamin' Chili Peppers 4.5 out of 5

Pluses
Minuses
  • Incredible function and finish
  • Most expensive in category
  • Compatible wide array of bikes
  • Paying for workstand you may not need
  • Includes workstand
  • So-so bar conflict adjustability
  • Locks included
  • Heavy (55 pounds)
  • Great looking rack
  • 3D plates reinforce main arm

Review: Küat NV 2.0 Hitch Rack

The Küat NV 2.0 is a significant improvement over the first version in terms of features, fit and finish. Wheel size compatibility is the most noticeable update, but every feature of this rack has been improved. It also continues to be a standout in the looks department. And its other unique feature, an integrated bike work stand, has been improved as well.

The pivoting chases has been improved to be smoother and to have less play through many years of use.

The pivoting chassis has been improved to be smoother and have less play.

Installation

The rack has a tool-free cam system that wedges into the hitch. The knob has a bladed arm that is easy to turn and torque. A locking hitch pin is included as a safety measure in case the cam gets loose. And it has a lock too to prevent theft of the rack.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • Cooper says:

    I’ve had the previous gen NV rack for a few years and love it, but have yet to find use for the work stand. In fact, I eventually just removed it so as not to be an opportunity for theft. Does anyone actually use this on NV’s? I agree with the thought that Kuat should have left the stand off to make for a lower cost rack.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Agreed Cooper. A few of our friends have this rack and even on big road trips or overnighters, folks bring their Ultimate stand which packs small and works better. And those new Scorpion stand/racks are perfect for field use.

  • Ed Ng says:

    I routinely use mine for doing work on my bikes. I don’t have a separate, stand alone work stand or vice in my basement or garage, and it was one of the primary reasons I chose this rack over competing units (not to mention the aluminum components that can’t rust). If you don’t need or want the service arm, just buy the less expensive options from Kuat, like the Sherpa or Transfer.

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