HydraPak, Yakima, Küat - Interbike 2016

Sep 23, 2016
by Mike Levy  
Interbike 2016


Yakima's SkyRise Rooftop Tent

With their new SkyRise rooftop tent, Yakima is branching out from bike racks in a way that will probably appeal to mountain bikers who are looking for a way to camp that doesn't involve setting up a tent on the ground or sleeping inside their vehicle. The company says that they focused on low weight - the small size comes in at a claimed 95lbs, the large at 105lbs - and ease of use. So while it does look a lot like a normal tent that you'd see on the ground rather than a hard-top RTT or Tepui RTT, Yakima is claiming that it takes mere minutes to setup and take down.

The whole thing folds open like a book, with the tent popping up and ready for campers to jump in as is. The rain cover is attached via spring steel rainfly poles (the cover can be left on when stored, but the poles have to come off) and the 2.5'' thick memory foam mattress with waterproof bottom can be left inside with your blankets or sleeping bags when the SkyRise is stored.


Interbike 2016
Interbike 2016


The SkyRise is back-compatible with all of Yakima's crossbars, and the base attaches by way of a nifty quick-release system - no tools required here. The limiting factor will be if the car's stock roof bars, the ones that Yakima's crossbars attach to, are rated for the tent and user's weight.

The $1,349 USD medium-sized SkyRise RTT measures 56'' x 96'' x 48'' high when folded out, and 56'' x 48'' x 12'' when stored away with its cover over it. The $999 USD small-size version is 48'' x 84'' x 42'' high when in use, and 48'' x 42'' x 12'' when folded up. Both models include a nifty quick-release ladder that folds up on itself and when not needed.


Interbike 2016
Interbike 2016




HydraPak's Hydrant Tube

While not strictly a mountain biking product, HydraPak's new Hydrant Tube system might be appreciated by riders needed to add some pressure to their sipping, or simply because they think it's a great idea to shoot their friends with water. That is a great idea, by the way. The Hydrant Tube can be plugged into any of HydraPak's reservoirs, and a squeeze bulb just up from the bite valve can be squeezed (of course) to force fluids out under pressure.

The valve is also pressure activated, so it opens automatically when you squeeze the bulb - hello, squirt gun. Or, if you're more mature than me, you can use it to spray off after a ride or to drink from it like it was a normal system.




Interbike 2016


Küat's New NV 2.0 Rack

The NV 2.0 looks a lot like Küat's original NV rack, but the $629.00 USD 2.0 gets a host of changes that should make it even easier to use. The most notable of these is a re-designed pivot system that sees the old side-mounted lever replaced with one that riders can reach easier from above. The lever is also dual-action, so you can either pull it with your hand or use your foot to push down on the opposite end to accomplish the same thing.

Handlebar to saddle contact has to be one of the most annoying things when it comes to loading and unloading bikes, and a lot of racks out there incorporate sliding trays that allow the bikes to be shifted laterally until everything clears. Küat has taken a different approach, however, by allowing the front wheel cradles to be loosened with a hex key (that's stored on the rack itself) and either raised or lowered via a keyed connection to the rest of the rack. Both trays are also home to new, longer cable locks than found on the original NV, and the rack comes from Küat with a hitch lock to secure the tool-free hitch cam system.


Interbike 2016
Interbike 2016


The Trail Doc built-in work stand has also been carried over from the original NV, but it features a re-designed, spring-loaded head that's easier to adjust by way of hand dials for both the clamp itself and the head's angle on the main post.

80 Comments

  • + 21
 Who the he|| wants to have to stick that huge hydrapak nozzle in one's mouth while riding or you try to press the button and aim for your open_mouth?...All the while holding onto the bars with my left hand only. Haha...I can picture it now. Not a cool picture. I guess you leave this reservoir full in the truck for after the ride? Odd product here.
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 You are actually supposed to insert the nozzle up your anus before starting the ride. Every 5 minutes 1 cup of water is shot up your rectum, thereby allowing you to stay hydrated throughout the ride, completely hands free. The revolution starts now.
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 It allows you to rinse off your face, wet the inside of your helmet, clean your goggles and rinse out a cut if needed. Honestly a pretty good idea!
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 @scottay2hottay: Rachael Athertons real reason for winning world cups, im sure Gee has one too..
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 Your'e supposed to fill it with milk, duh. More nutritious.
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 Or else, just blow air in the pocket through the tube. Increasing pressure inside and the pipe plug being at the bottom will make the water pressurised as well. 10/10
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 When your heart rate is pegged its much easier to drink from a bottle where you can squeeze the fluids into your mouth instead of having to waste breath to suck the fluid out.. so I can see a use for this system in XC racing, especially if you have an FS bike that doesn't have room for 2 cages. Also endurance gravel racing ie. dirty kanza

The large nozzle does look like it would be awkward if you were trying to use it like a standard nozzle, but I don't see why it would be any more difficult to aim into your mouth compared to a bottle with a jet nozzle (like the camelbak podium bottles)
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 @t4ngent: Anyway drinking while doing intense effort is a pretty bad idea because 1) you still have to hold your breath to swallow water, pressurised or not. 2) it creates a mass that move in your stomach , pretty uncomfy ( that's why it's better to drink regularly in small sips) .
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 @polarproton: Indeed, a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
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 @christx that huge nozzle fits in your mum's mouth just fine... lol
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  • + 21
 Papa Bush fights a war to save democracy in Kuwät, and they repay us w/ $600 rack prices?
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  • + 21
 I appreciate all the reviews of the racks in Vegas
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  • + 11
 My rack was $ 39. It has carried bikes thousands of miles. Its about 6 years old now and still works like new. Never had any issues orher than what to do with all my extra money.
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 Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the standard rack design; I've got one with an extra hinge so I can open the boot with it on. That said, that NV rack would pretty much eliminate shuttle rash, so if you have expensive bikes (think middle aged guys with nomads + kids with expensive full sussers), spending $600 on a rack starts to make sense if it'll preserve upwards of 10 expensive bikes over a 10 year period
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 @medievalbiking: why does it have to be middle aged guys?
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 nice try guy, no one has extra money and does this sport called mountain biking!
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  • + 8
 @Grizzlycycles661 let me have my stereotypes dammit
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 @medievalbiking: but I am 27 have 2 kids with a $5k bike $1000 in racks and a $250 car to transport
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 @Grizzlycycles661: I approve of both your life choices and priorities Wink
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 @Grizzlycycles661: I'm 20 have 3 bikes a raging hangover and a girl who currently isn't texting back
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  • + 7
 Looks like PB is really scraping the barrel of content now. I mean was their no normal 27.5 bikes at the show at all? No normal 27.5 or 29 products to show off? All I've really seen are 27.5+ nonsense everywhere and carbon wheels that very few can actually afford. Is the 27.5 bike dying already?
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  • + 8
 @toop182 having been at the show there was nothing really groundbreaking this year. There were not as many vendors there as in the past either. My camera stayed in the bag the whole time. As a shop owner I kinda welcome this as things have been changing so fast consumers are afraid to buy worried about missing the next great thing. Maybe this is a sign that the market is settling down.
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 I'm interested in your watch. Where is it available and what price?
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 Im interested in right shoe. Yup just the right one.
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  • + 7
 What a relief Hydrapak had the idea to make a pressurized water bladder. I usually go so hard when I ride, I have no strength left to suck water from my hose.
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  • + 7
 Don't really understand how a rack that can fit 2 bikes is worth $629. Might as well spend the $999 and get a tent with it.
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  • + 17
 Kuat stuff falls apart/gets slopy play within months of regular use. IF you want to spend big money on a rear-mounted rack, just get a Oneup (not the gear company) and be done with it. I have had Yakiman, Thule, and Kuat. Oneup smokes all of them. Solid, modular, only holds the tires and will not rub your forks, etc.
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  • + 8
 @bman33: checked out Oneup...they may be great but they look like my uncle made them in his garage
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 @mel22b: It's because they don't have all the molded plastic bits like Yakima/Thule have. Looks are to each his own. I have a Jeep so I am am not looking for 'pretty' with the rack. It's function and build quality is tough to beat. And you can buy/swap all the parts individually if needed...and they have all the bolts, plates, etc. in stock
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  • + 11
 I think I might be too fat for the roof of my car
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 I've had the Kuat 2.0 for a couple years. Still looks and functions perfectly even though it never comes off my SUV. Has even been involved in two low speed collisions. Would love the redisgned tilt feature.
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 @bman33: will it clear a fox 40 stanchion? I have a Thule roof rack that holds front wheel when I had a Boxxer no problem, but switched to a 40 and it runs the right lowers. Starting to peel the sticker off. I use a bandana and tie it around the lower right leg now but want a hitch rack. Just seem so expensive.
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 @trueeast: Yes, the rack clamps on both wheels, not just the front. Therefore they only need to grab the tires at a lower point. Nothing comes near the fork legs no matter the size.
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 @bman33: Yep. Tried the others where plastic is the weak link. UV radiation can be so unkind to plastic. When it eventually "goes" will you be lucky enough to have it happen in your driveway or will you be hauling ass down the freeway? Talk about "losing one's shit"...
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 @bmoore34: valid concern. I applaud your self awareness. My outback limits roof weight to 350lbs, being in Utah that becomes fairly limiting with me and my 5 wives. Luckily they are 14 and weigh 80 lbs each. I can make it work if 3 of them sleep in the car.
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 @bman33: I had a oneup once, GARBAGE rack, awful customer service, and I traded it for a bottle of whiskey and a hangover, best decision ever!
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 @coloradomtb27: Wtf are you blabbing about?
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  • + 3
 Recon racks out of bellingham washington has the best racks hands down. Makes the northshore rack look like a POS... Just got a Gen2 4bike rack from recon and couldnt be happier. It accomodates wheels from 26-29 and holds the bike by the tires so no frame or fork damage is possible. Check em out @ reconracks.com
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 I've looked at both and seen both in person. I really like the guy and the local factor of having a rack made an hour from my house. That said, I just saw the brand new version of the recon rack with a nice big bent lower tire mount at Tiger Mountain on sunday and I'm not sure just how tough it really is. Seeing that the Northshore gets the Canadian discount and is several hundred dollars less as it is for the 6 bike version, I'm not sure if the Recon Rack price can be justified. It's cool, again I really like the owner but I have kids to buy shoes and books for, so it's hard to really say. That said, Northshore or Recon racks, there are no other choices.
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 Had the pleasure of going to the 2017 Yakima and Whisper bar release in Rotorua, they are awesome products at a pretty good price. Been using the wheel in roof rack for a few months now and love it! So great if you have pinch bolt forks.
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  • + 3
 North Shore racks, I believe, is still one of the best mountain bike racks out there. And for the guy wanting to buy that watch, go to watchismo.com. They have a $10,000 sports watch to match your $10,000 bike.????
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  • + 3
 My ns rack makes me happy every week. Best rack design ever. Only issue, it will not carry road bixe so um no real issues
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 @Gasket-Jeff: flip your road bike the other way on the rack.
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 @bman33 Been using the NV for 2 seasons for downhill bikes with no issues besides the turn nob on the bottom hitting the street when backing out of the driveway, might of got a defective on
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 You must have a good one. I had one and two friends had them. They look cool but all seem to get sloppy with parts falling off after a season. Mixture of DH/Trail bikes with me. That being said, this new one looks much more solid than the previous version.
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  • + 2
 Had my NV for 2+ years, as well as a bunch of my friends (at least 5 of us have various versions), all still work perfectly. See them all over in the parking lots as well, never talked to someone in person that had an issue, only read it online. Starting to wonder if the people with issues don't assemble it correctly or something.
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 Own the kuat nv rack and it's been disappointing. Has not faired well with 2 seasons of use. Have dropped bikes, arms had excessive wear with only a hand full of uses. have had to constantly tighten the rack because of wobble. No real support from these guys. For the money I'd look at thule t2 pro.
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 I currently have the NV 2.0. Love it. I had the Thule T2 then went to the original NV for a few years. Didn't like a few things about it, so sold that and bought the new Thule T2 Pro. It is ugly as sin, but functions great! Saw the NV 2.0 and they addressed the two main things I hated about it the original, the short cable lock, and fitting bikes without banging bars/seatposts. Sold the new Thule T2 Pro and bought the NV 2.0. Couldn't be happier.

Yakima, Thule, and Kuat have all been excellent with customer service over the years. They have all replaced some big ticket items under their lifetime warranty and all three companies have been excellent.

1up is awesome, but as far as I know you can only buy direct, and I'd like to pick it up in a shop. Just a personal preference I guess.
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 My roof bars hold a max of something like 70kg which is understandable considering the shitty seam you attach them to, so how the f*ck is the tent gunna safely sleep 2 people? Or is this aimed at something else?

Less flash gadgets and more affordable, realistic stuff please. You'd have to be a twat to spend £1000+ on a 1 man tent
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 Rack rating is likely for "dynamic load," while driving and stomping the brakes and such, and could probably hold twice that just fine as long as the vehicle isn't moving while the weight is up there. In the RTT world, most would say you'd be fine with a smaller tent and two average size adults, but if you get a big tent, big adults, extra people, use an extra load bar or two.

Side note: I think Europe and US have different specs for rating racks, as when you look on a European website the rating is usually 100kg, then on the US website the exact same product is rated for 175 lbs (those might not be correct #'s as it's been a while, but you get the idea).

Another side note: many times has the phrase been uttered "You'd have to be a twat to spend £1000+ on a 1 man pedal bike." I don't have an RTT and I don't want one, but...just sayin'.
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 Why sleep in a normal tent on the ground like some kind of peasant when you can sleep in a $1350 tent on your car roof? It's a great place to be during a lightning storm!
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 ah...yeah, they're pricey and I don't want one, but I think they make loads of sense and are actually economical in the right scenario.
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 @ecologist @axleworthington I have spent about 80 nights in my Tepui roof top tent, which comes in at $10 a night if I were to never resell it. If that's the cost of being substantially more comfortable when car camping, I'll gladly pay it.

Besides, they're cool as hell.
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 Check out recon racks if you want to shuttle hard. We've taken on on off road shuttling
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 @TEAM-ROBOT: Team Robot is alive?
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 I know 7 people with the first Kuat rack and every single one of them is being held together with tie downs and ratchets to get them to not fall onto the road. $600+ for the new version when the first is a POS? Stick with Thule and you get to keep your bike.
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 I have 4 Geiggerig hydropacks in my garage. They pioneered this years ago. Works fantastic. You pressurize with the bulb and squirt water . They don't SUCK. Won't use any other hydropack.
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 Why not just stick an inflation valve on hydration pack... Pump some air.... then you'll have pressured water... Hydraulic accumulater style
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 I want a Recon Rack. But my daughters kept spending that part of my allowance.
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 Anybody else build their own rack? I know mine holds 5 kayaks and 4 bikes, and it cost 50 bucks to make.
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 Loving that roof-top tent setup. Nice job Yakima.
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 For big money rear racks, 1up can't be beat
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 @Mike Levy - any news or info about Norco making the range and sight in a 29er version?????
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 It has been made
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 I wish companies would stop misusing umlauts.
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 1up....just saying
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 1up is like the sad, lonely, smelly girl standing on the side of the road flying a sign. I'd rather use swagman than 1up #$%*
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 @coloradomtb27: Are you that retarded in real life?
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