Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/
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’. Justin of kuat (koo-at) gave me a nice walk through of the rack, and I was very intrigued to test one out. The new NV rack had a plethora (I like that word) of features, first, and foremost, is an integrated bike repair stand, just a simple yet unique idea to add to a bike rack!
Kuat Racks is based in Springfield Missouri, and was founded in 2007 by Luke KUschmeader and Brian ATkinson. In 2008 kuat launched their first line of aluminum ‘hanging style’ hitch mounted racks, the ALPHA and the BETA. Luke pressed on with a new partner, Guy Mace, and with this partnership, they recently released the NV and SHERPA racks.
The kuat NV comes as a put together kit, and was fairly easy to assemble, sort of a giant tinker toy. The massive bolts that hold the arms to the main body took a long time to get clamped tight, but it certainly made for a stout beast once assembled. The massive welds, large bolts, material, and assembled parts of everything assure for a strong and robust bike rack.