Küat Innovations NV Rack Review

Jan 24, 2011
by Mike Levy  
Küat's NV rack combines unique features, like a hand tightening cam system to eliminate slop and a cable lock that is cleverly integrated into the rack, with aluminum construction to build it's premium tray style bike carrier. But can it compete with rack heavy hitters Thule and Yakima?

Keep reading to see if the NV's special ingredients are enough to put it ahead of the competition,

Küat Innovations NV Rack


The Kuat NV rack installed on the my trusty Mitsubishi Delica van
The Kuat NV rack installed on the my trusty Mitsubishi Delica van

The large majority of racks out there are designed solely to do the job of holding your bike in place securely, which is surely the most important trait of any good rack, but the designers at Küat have also managed to add in a bit of innovation and flare to the mix as well. There are many ways to transport our babies to and from the mountain, including roof mounted racks that are not inexpensive by any means and require the owner to hoist the bike to the top of the car, or strap style racks that can be sketchy at the best of times. The general consensus among those in the know is that a hitch mounted rack is the way to go, especially if it is going to see heavy use or rough roads. The Kuat NV is a hitch mounted tray style rack, meaning that the bike's wheels sit in long trays on the rack and it is held upright by a ratcheting arm. The NV rack can carry two bikes and is available to fit both 2" and 1.25" sized receivers, although there is a two bike add-on for the 2" hitch model as well. Our Küat NV test rack has seen everything from XC whippets to full-on DH steeds, all while making its way over both rough 4x4 roads and long highway miles in the winter, and everything in-between.

<span style='font-size:19px'>Kuat NV rack features:</span> <br><br>- Two bike capacity<br>- Built-in repair stand<br>- Quick release fold up and tilt down<br>- Hand tightening cam system<br>- Integrated cable lock<br>- 2 inch and 1.25 inch hitch options<br>- Two bike add on, for 2 model only<br>- Fits 20 - 29 inch wheels<br>- Lifetime warranty<br>- MSRP $495 USD<br><br>
Kuat NV rack features:

- Two bike capacity
- Built-in repair stand
- Quick release fold up and tilt down
- Hand tightening cam system
- Integrated cable lock
- 2 inch and 1.25 inch hitch options
- Two bike add on, for 2 model only
- Fits 20 - 29 inch wheels
- Lifetime warranty
- MSRP $495 USD

The NV's pivot mechanism also gives the rack impressive ground clearance, a great attribute if your shuttle roads feature deep cross ditches like mine do.
The NV's pivot mechanism also gives the rack impressive ground clearance, a great attribute if your shuttle roads feature deep cross ditches like mine do.

Their top of the line NV hitch rack tested here stands out from the crowd with not only its burnt orange anodized highlights, but also some out of the box thinking (for the rack world, anyways). Extruded aluminum construction, the majority of other options are made mostly from steel, is used to save weight to not only make the rack easier to fold, but also easier to manhandle if you have to remove it from your vehicle. Like all of Küat's racks, the NV uses a clever wedged cam system that is said to allow the user to completely eliminate the dreaded rack wiggle - no more looking in the rear view mirror to see your pride and joy shake and rattle as you roll down the road? Installation is a cinch: slide the hitch assembly into the receiver, install the locking pin, and tighten the cam system with the hand dial located on the front of the unit. The NV comes stock with a locking hitch pin that prevents the entire unit from being lifted from your car while you sleep, but Kuat takes it a step further and has built in an integrated cable lock as well. Each end of the cable emerges from opposing ends of each wheel tray and can be run through the bike's frame in order to secure them from theft. When not in use the cables can be retracted manually back into the trays and are held in place magnetically to keep them from swinging out into traffic. Like most racks, the NV can fold in just about every direction, although it forgoes using a cumbersome pin that you need to remove and install each time as found on some less expensive racks, instead utilizing a quick release lever to control the movement. You can fold it up to the vertical position when not in use, or tip the entire rack down towards the ground enough that your hatchback door will clear, even with bikes on the rack. The rack trays are long enough that any and every DH bike should fit, provided that you aren't doing shuttle runs on a tandem, and they hold the bikes far enough apart that there shouldn't be frame on pedal contact. Bikes with high volume tires will fit no problem, as well as any bike with wheels between 20" and 29" (an adapter is included for anything smaller than a 24" wheel). The NV also comes equipped with Küat's Trail Doc, a quick release, telescoping integrated repair stand that can be extended from the rack when repairs are needed. This could not only be handy at the trail head, but even in your garage. All told, the Küat NV rack retails for $495 USD and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The NV features a cable lock (<I>top left</I>)that is neatly integrated into the rack body. The Trail Doc (<I>top right</I>) is a built-in repair stand that telescopes out from the rack to make repairs easier. Kuat's novel hand tightening cam system (<I>bottom left</I>) is designed to let the user remove the wiggle between the rack and hitch by way of an expanding wedge. Holding the bikes upright are ratcheting arms (<I>bottom right</I>) that grip the front tire without contacting the fork
The NV features a cable lock (top left)that is neatly integrated into the rack body. The Trail Doc (top right) is a built-in repair stand that telescopes out from the rack to make repairs easier. Kuat's novel hand tightening cam system (bottom left) is designed to let the user remove the wiggle between the rack and hitch by way of an expanding wedge. Holding the bikes upright are ratcheting arms (bottom right) that grip the front tire without contacting the fork
Kuat has included a clever telescoping arm that turns the NV rack into a repair stand, be it at the trail head or in your driveway. It is important to raise the stand enough for the bike's pedals to clear the NV's pivoting assembly, otherwise they will strike the rack and prevent you from pedaling full revolutions.
Kuat has included a clever telescoping arm that turns the NV rack into a repair stand, be it at the trail head or in your driveway. It is important to raise the stand enough for the bike's pedals to clear the NV's pivoting assembly, otherwise they will strike the rack and prevent you from pedaling full revolutions.

The NV requires more assembly out of the box than other racks due to its segmented design, but all of the tools needed and excellent instructions are included to make the job easy. Each side of the wheel tray is actually a separate piece that attaches to the center section with massive steel bolts that thread into nylock nuts. Compared to a single long steel tray that is welded to the main section as some of Küat's high end competition, the modular aluminum construction had me a bit concerned at first. My fears proved false though, nothing loosened up during the test period. Once assembled and installed into my vehicle's receiver hitch, I was disappointed to see that the hand tightening cam dial wasn't able to remove all of the slop from the joint between the rack and hitch. In fact, there was no less slop than found I found on the Thule T2 rack that I recently reviewed. That's not to say that there was a worrisome amount of wiggle between the rack and receiver, just that Küat's cam system had me wondering why bother, especially when slop could be found at the rack pivot as well.

An important feature for those with hatchbacks, the NV can tilt down and forward to allow access to the rear hatch without having to remove the bikes.
An important feature for those with hatchbacks, the NV can tilt down and forward to allow access to the rear hatch without having to remove the bikes.

Just as on most other hitch racks, loading bikes onto the NV is quite simple and very quick. Rotating the ratcheting arm is a one handed job while you use your other hand to hold the bike in place, and once that is cinched down you can tighten the wheel strap over your rear wheel. It's worth noting that unlike some other expensive racks, the ratcheting arm does not make contact with the side of your fork lowers. I've never been able to wrap my head around how it seems acceptable that a $400+ rack is made to be able to scuff an equally expensive fork, but there are many out there that are guilty of just that, requiring the owner to use a towel or rag to protect the fork's lowers from cosmetic damage. Küat has managed to design their ratcheting arm so that this is not an issue - major props to them. The bike's position on the rack is not adjustable from side to side, but there is enough room between each bike that contact between the two shouldn't be an issue, even on the roughest of roads. The integrated lock makes so much sense that one wonders why more rack designs don't incorporate such a thing. Stopping for food when returning home from a ride becomes much less of a hassle, although I still wouldn't want to leave the bikes unattended for long periods of time. The NV's quick release tilting design will come in handy if you have a hatchback car or van and need access through the rear door, but it can be tricky to reach the QR lever with two bikes on the rack.

Kuat has designed the NV to standout from the crowd of utilitarian bike racks. Is the NV the most chic bike carrier out there? Probably.
Kuat has designed the NV to standout from the crowd of utilitarian bike racks. Is the NV the most chic bike carrier out there? Probably.

The NV worked well enough over the test period that it is still on my vehicle, but it was far from perfect. As mentioned above, the hand tightening cam system that is designed to remove play between the rack and the receiver doesn't do as advertised. Not only was there still slop between the two, the system strikes me as useless when tolerances at the rack pivot also contributed to the NV being free to wiggle and shake. The other standout feature of the NV rack, the integrated cable lock, is very useful and is ingeniously designed right into the rack, but was only just long enough to lock the bikes together. An extra inch on each end would have saved some struggling on my part, but I also need to fault Küat for deciding to use different lock cores for the cable lock and hitch pin - c'mon guys! While the above foibles are more annoying than anything, I also had trouble releasing the ratcheting arm to remove my bike on more than one occasion. Once snugged down over the bike's front tire, no amount of fidgeting and fussing with the release button would set free the arm! On more than one occasion I was forced to deflate the front tire in order to relieve tension on the ratcheting mechanism within the arm in order to free my bike. This is not only an embarrassing thing to happen while at the trail head, but it's also unacceptable for such an expensive rack. Considering that the NV retails for more than Thule's popular T2 tray style hitch rack, some if its issues need to be ironed out before it can truly compete.

Watch the Küat NV rack in action:

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There is no denying that the Kuat NV holds bikes securely in place without doing them any harm, that in itself is a step above some other bike racks available, but there is still room to see it improve. The NV could really be the cream of the crop with a few tweaks to its distinctive design, but until then it doesn't quite live up to its $495 USD price tag.


Küat responds...

• Küat acknowledged that some of the earlier generation ratchet arms had an issue releasing, but was quick to point out that current models use a different mold to rectify the problem. Any owners of NV racks out there who are having an issue shouldn't hesitate to get in touch with Küat to sort out the problem.

• While my rack was never close to being wobble free, Küat is adamant that this has more to do with the receiver's tolerances than the rack itself. Straight from Küat: "...the cam tightening system will vary from vehicle to vehicle. In many cases it will take out 100% of the play, but depending on the exact tolerances of the receiver and the placement of the pinhole, there are cases like yours where there is still a little wobble. In our experience, the worst cases are still about the same "tightness" as our competitors' bolt-in systems, but without the need for tools so it is much more convenient."

• Küat had this to say about the cable lock: "We agree that it would be great if both locks were keyed alike and that is something that we will be offering soon. The cable lock on the NV is designed to be just long enough to go through the inside of the rear triangle and in some cases the rear wheel of each bike and then to lock in the center. We wanted the cable to be long enough but not too long so that slack in the cable would allow the heavy lock cylinder to bang into the bike frames."



Visit the Kuat website to see their entire product lineup.


Do you have experience using the Küat NV rack to transport your pride and joy? Chime in on the comments section below and let us know what you think of it!


95 Comments

  • 15 5
 $495 is WAY to much in my opinion for any bike rack, especially when it only carries 2 bikes, just my $.02
  • 17 1
 thats cheaper than most Thule 2-bike carrier racks, sure you can get one cheap for $150 at Canadian Tire but if your serious about riding and are using it every weekend this looks like a really well built rack, plus it has features most racks don't have.
  • 26 0
 I agree, plus they had me at "built in repair stand"............how cool is that?
  • 3 0
 ive used this rack for about a year now and its a pretty decent bike rack. im glad they fpund out about the ratcheting system i will have to contact them about that, but also when you have a heavier load it seems like the rack gets very unstable and the pivot system itself goes all over the place.also im not sure about the ratcheting arm not hitting my fork. ive been using rags on my forks ever since my last fork got scratched after the rubber on the ratcheting arm was used off and there is now metal showing on the upper part. just some things that hopefully will be fixed soon. but all in all it is a very good rack.
  • 34 1
 buy a truck and put a dakine pad on it....... carries 7+ bikes and a bunch of dirtbags!
  • 4 0
 ^Rip TV style!
  • 3 1
 dont get me wrong, this bike rack is really nice. and its cheaper than others like odin33 said. but honestly, do these things need to be this much money? I mean its got a pretty simple function. And i know a lot of us pay a lot of money for our bikes and want to be certain they get transported safely. But all i'm saying is 500 dollars for a bike rack is a bit ridiculous
  • 3 0
 I kind of agree. I finally invested in a roof rack for my car, after years of scratching the inside of my car and dealing with the smell of mud 24/7. It took a long time for me to think it was worth the asking price for a quality rack. I went with a Thule roof system, which cost me about $475 and at the current moment can only carry one bike. Steep.....but the truth is, not many companies make this stuff, so there is very little competition for a quality roof system. Simple as that, what am I gonna do? Im tired of mud and scratches and folded down seats, so I pay it. The Thule is nice, its a quality product, I have some gripes, but not many and It has made my life better. It honestly has. Worth $475, doesnt seem like it at first, but I dont regret the purchase for a second.
  • 2 0
 If I had a car like that I'd just put the bikes inside, eh?
  • 3 0
 $495 is actually quite reasonable for a hitch-mount platform rack. I have a Thule T2 and it cost me almost $600. You can try to compare it to a trunk mount that also carries 2 bikes, but carrying 2 bikes is about the only thing it will have in common. I can literally rack a bike in 20 seconds, and know that it's secure, not to mention not damaging the car in the process. No, it's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and to some (like me), it's worth it.
  • 1 0
 odin333- the most expensive Thule rack is $469....or $419 for a similar rack to this one
  • 1 0
 I think odin might be referring to the Canadian prices... as was i actually.
  • 3 0
 Not defending the price of racks, most of them do seem quite steep, but keep in mind that a rack should last a very very long time before it needs replacing - five years at least? $100 per year for the convenience of a hitch mounted tray rack doesn't sound as bad...
  • 10 0
 Its worth it guys, the stantions on the bike rack are kashima coated Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Well if you really wanted a strong rack, and wanted to make sure it didnt contact any of your bike,... JUST MAKE IT! If I had the means to, i would grab a welder and head on down to pickup some steel.
  • 2 1
 And it would cost you about as much as if you just bought the thing. Not to mention how heavy it would be due to not using aluminum or plastic. Its a novel idea, but certainly not for everybody.
  • 1 0
 i would stick to the traditional rack
  • 1 0
 I drove down to the States and bought my T2 this year for $409, tax included. Saved me $200. So far, no issues with DH rigs on the Sea-to-Sky. NSR wouldn't work with my underground parking clearance with my SUV. The Kuat looks sturdier than the Yakima.
  • 1 0
 @cannondalesix: what's considered a "traditional rack"? And why would you stick to that instead of this? Hitch mounted tray racks have been around for a long time and have been proven quite successful so I'd be curious as to your reasoning.
  • 2 0
 sickest bike rack/ bike stand i have ever seen.
  • 1 0
 I have a simple yakima super joe 2 (strap on rack) and my bike goes NOWHERE. that thing is solid. we're talking driving like a maniac on country roads without a budge and it's $95. With one bike there is no wobble and with two there is no more then a hitch mount. However you can't get in the trunk with it on and it can be weird with some people's frames. But it is an option to consider if you don't mind not having a trunk and aren't looking to break the bank on a rack but want to keep your bike safe.
  • 1 0
 i dont see how this is any different from the thule?
  • 1 0
 @specializedrider219,

Principle is the same, no doubt there, but construction is vastly different. Just in case you only looked at photos (which still should show you the difference) and didn't read, there is a cam to help reduce wobble, the folding mech is different, it includes an integrated lock and repair stand, and is made from aluminum.

It's like saying a Shimano and SRAM derailleur are basically the same.
  • 1 0
 @crashtestdumbie "...bunch of dirtbags" You must love the guys you ride with.
But good idea putting the coin to a shuttle rig.
  • 2 0
 yeah i just checked out the pictures thanks for the clarification
  • 5 0
 pshh i've seen better racks on middle school girls
  • 8 2
 Ratchet arms had issue releasing? Ya, mine decided to release on the freeway and send my bike dancing behind my jeep at 65mph. Kuat said they where sorry that it happened and KNEW there was a problem, and that they would send me new arms. They didn't however pay for the wheel set, peddals, bars and seat I had to buy because of there "Failing Ratchet Arms". I've since sold the Kuat, and bought the Yakama system and haven't had a problem since. My words of advice would be to stick with a company who has been in the market for a while and knows what there doing. Bikes are not very cheap and Kuat will fix their rack, but won't replace your bike/s when there rack fails. Just food for thought b4 u buy one of these rack sysytems.
  • 6 0
 Hello, I work for Kuat. I am sorry to hear that you had this problem. We don't have any record of this incident, and this is not how we do business. If you had damage to your bike because of a failure on your rack, please give us a call and we can get it sorted out. We take this very seriously, and we stand behind our products.
  • 2 0
 Thank you for the letter. You would'nt have record of accident under my name because my Father in-laws shop handled the problem. Rich at, Bushwhacker Sports of Peoria IL. You can E-mail me if you'd like to further discuse this at sfisher08@hotmail.com. Thanx!
  • 6 0
 Kuat pulled through. I've been talking with Justin at Kuat and he has fixed all my problems with the rack. They where more than happy to right the wrong that happened. Kuat also reimbersed me for the parts that where damaged in the accident. They have totally regained my respect and probably a customer for the rest of my life. They stepped up to the plate and righted there wrong. They did business the way it should be done.Thank you Justin. I'd highly recomend buying a rack from this company.
  • 4 0
 Awesome to hear! Thanks for the update!
  • 3 0
 I guess I should not be surprised at all the people saying the price is to high. I've always thought, if I have a thousand dollar investment why wouldn't I spend the extra money to make sure my investment stays safe and protected. I spent good money on my roof mounted rack system and I love it. I feel alot more peace of mind and I would gladly spend another chunk of change on a rack to know my bike is safe and secure. It makes no sense to me to spend $5,000 on a bike and then cheap out on a way to transport it...
  • 6 0
 Get a north shore rack and you are done.
  • 1 0
 I love my NSR-4 rack. So easy. No ratchets. Just drop and go.
  • 1 0
 Honestly if I could have gotten one at a decent price shipped to KS I would have. Very awesome, well thought out racks. The NV is definitely an acceptable 2nd choice though Wink
  • 2 0
 I'm still too cheap to drop almost $500, but be sure to subtract the value of the locking pin, lock cable & repair stand that none of the competitors include with their rack. That could make up one to two hundred extra clams and be much less convenient to supply your own. I like that they are challenging the status quo, and think we will all benifite in the long run. A "little guy" like this will never win a price war, but I hope some of the innovation catches on. If they find some ecconomies of scale then maybe we can save some coin in the future. These are really cool racks as I have seen them at the trail-head. For me, I'm hoping to score one on the cheap when someone has to off-load their 2" one on eBay when they can't get a 2" reciever for their new hybrid. (cough as I pass you in my Jeep)
  • 2 0
 Keeping in mind that the NV comes with both a cable lock and a locking pin, as well as a repair stand, is a good point.
  • 1 0
 I've had my NV for almost a year now and I've been pretty pleased with it. Definitely the best looking rack! They put some thought in to spacing out the mounts so bike on bike contact is almost impossible.
The trail doc is a nice feature in an emergency but definitely not a work stand replacement.
I've noticed too that the hitch play can be hard to eliminate on my truck's hitch, with the cam plate almost sticking out of the end of the hitch by the time it's tight. However, I can stick it in a friend's hitch and it snugs up fine, so I buy the hitch tolerance response from Kuat.
The front release buttons on mine have been a little stubborn, but all I've had to do is hit the button (not too hard) and it pops free.
Oh, and it does come with a cool little orange ano bottle opener key chain, so they have that covered Smile
I'm happy enough with mine that I'll be ordering the extension probably some time in the next year.
  • 2 1
 i have this rack and it is simply the best. I added the additional 2 bike rack extension so its a 4 bike rack now + bike stand. The rack locks are questionable. My initial rack came with a defective lock. Did not bother to send it back as I got it thru a local dealer and did not have the time to deal with the hassle. However, despite that defect, the rack is awesome. The extension came with a working lock. Overall A+++++.
  • 5 0
 wow! with kashima-coating!
  • 1 0
 I have seen this rack in person. I must say, it is effin sick. I have a Thule T2, and honestly this rack puts it to shame. Its solid, nice looking, and very well crafted. In my opinion, its well worth the money. I mean, it has a bike stand built in! Not to mention the built in cable locks.. Doesn't get more "all inclusive" than that.
  • 1 0
 What's the average price for shock or fork these days? I'm guessing you're more likely to replace these parts every couple of years rather than your rack.

I've had mine for 7months and about 12000kms on the road. It's super easy to get the bikes in and out of. The quality is great. Keeps my car clean and eliminates annoying wind noise from the roof. Any questions I had regarding a delivery date, I was able to speak to someone at NV. Not just voice mail. All products have defects to some degree - at some point. This rack is burly and well made, pricey yes but than you usually get what you pay for.
  • 2 0
 No doubt. $500 sounds like a lot of cash, and it certainly is, but how long will you have the rack for? I'm not defending the price of these things, they are a lot of money, but when you factor in that most people will have a rack like the NV for 5+ years, it all of a sudden doesn't sound so steep. $100 or less per year for not having to stuff your bike in your car or use some shitty strap rack.
  • 1 0
 for all you guys complaining about the price of these things, they're well worth the money, I've had my thule T2 for 2 years now, and it's still going as strong as when I got it. and I got it used too, so I have no idea how much older it really is. it still goes super smooth. it just needs a quick lube once in a while. I expect it will last A LONG time. I only paid $60 for mine (gotta love flea markets) but I would definetly buy one new now that I've seen the quality of them.
  • 1 0
 I owned one for a time. The ground clearance is actually terrible. Broke the anti-rattle dial in half going up a small hill at Arduum last year. And it was on a decently tall Jeep. Plus, if you have a bike with fairly narrow tires, like a road bike or an xcbike with 1.9's the bike rocks back and forth badly. Oh, and you have to make sure to keep all the levers and locks well lubed, because they tend to seize up quickly. I got it because it's rated for heavier bikes than Thule, but I think I'd prefer a Thule or Yakima over it. My two cents.
  • 1 0
 I have a question: i have a stock 2005 jetta. would one of these four bike racks with four bikes on them + luggage + 1 or 2 people in the back of the car be too much for the suspension? (considering the leverage of the rack)
  • 1 0
 By a long shot. For a 4 bike rack you need a 2" hitch capable of holding at least 500 lbs of tongue weight. Volkswagens bolt their hitches on through the trunk floor.
  • 1 0
 if my math is right, i wouldn't need more then 300 lbs capapacity, unless im wrong?
  • 1 0
 But you need to take into consideration the leverage. The 40lb bike at the outside of the rack puts more than a 40lb load at the hitch. I'm not telling you not to. I just don't recommend it. I've seen camrys towing sailboats. Plus the added weight in the back of luggage and riders.
  • 1 0
 hmm... well thanks for the help
  • 1 0
 I have the Kuat Sherpa, which is the cheaper version of this rack [it doesn't have the built in work stand and has different trays]. For my purposes, this thing is fantastic. I can rack a bike in less than 10 seconds, it's completely secure for any bike I own [AM/FR/XC/road], the bikes are out of the wind so they don't get encrusted with bugs, dust, etc. If I had to buy one again, I would. No trouble with tires melting or with clearance to the road.
  • 1 0
 Those north shore racks have to absolutely KILL your gas mileage like a roof rack does. Look at how high over the roofline they are, even for a truck! Absolutely crap on a car. Those things are HORRENDOUS for aerodynamics. Great if you're shooting down the road, but the Kuat (or T2) absolutely kills the NSR in long distance traveling because it's tucked more behind your car rather than poking up like a flagpole.
  • 1 0
 My NSR folds down and tucks in just as tight as my old tray rack. With bikes on it the tires just stick over the top of my minivan.
  • 1 0
 I have this rack. I use it every week for either the mountain bike or road bike or cruiser bike. I've even secured a couple of old banana seat bikes with tiny tires with out using their adapter (didn't drive far mind you). I echo the issue with cable length, but at this point i'm still pumped it even has a lock built in. One arm on mine is sticky and a bit of the hard ware has surface rust. BUT, this thing loads quick and doesn't rock around as much as others. Plus it looks cool. I've even had to do brakes at the trail head using the built in bike stand. Over all, I went with this rack because of the diversity of bikes I need to haul around. If i only had a DH rig and shuttled on a decent road, then I might get a NSR. But I need a rack than can do more than a NSR and this one does.
  • 4 0
 a bottle opener would have been nice, but sick rack
  • 3 0
 They do come with a bottle opener.
  • 2 0
 i have one of these and i have noticed the side to side play for sure and the cable is definitely too short....besides that not much else
  • 1 0
 Hitch rack plus a work stand, no reason to carry a workstand, wich cost around 150 average for a crappy one. So you save space in your cargo area as well, worth the 495 easily just for that.
  • 2 0
 Thanks so much for this review. I've been looking at this rack for a while and will probably order it once winter is on the way out.
  • 1 0
 Looks great but are there any issues with melting tires from the tail pipe? I have had customers complain about rear mount racks and melting tires.
  • 1 0
 No issues. The rack has the inner bike set far enough out that it should never melt. I saw a lot of burnt tires in my shop days but they were usually from bikes that were mounted to strap-type racks. My vehicle is diesel and things do get awfully black over time though.
  • 2 0
 there is no innovation in this crap, we use the same shit every day in the public transportation in whistler.
  • 1 0
 I totally agree w/ ncrider5. All these racks are far more expensive than thay need to be. $500 usd? Screw that! Luckily I drive a truck, all I need is a tailgate cover!
  • 1 0
 Looks nicer than my Yakima with more features at around the same price. However north shore racks are the way to go.

www.northshoreracks.com
  • 1 0
 bling. that feature that lets you work on the bike while on rack is pretty sweet.
  • 1 0
 They really seem a step above the rest but yeah in my opinion, not worth the $495.
  • 1 0
 Their website images show a few photos of a 4 bike rack, but nothing for sale, is this rack still in the works?
  • 1 0
 The 4 bike is available now. It is an add-on option for the 2 inch version of the NV rack.
  • 1 0
 I need a good bike rack, although im not willing to spend $495 on one
  • 1 0
 i found almost a brand new thule t2 for 200, keep lookin there out there for cheap, let someone else take the hit of buying brand new
  • 1 0
 you found almost a brand new thule? Whhhhat?
  • 1 0
 I've had it for about 9 months now and it is amazing well worth the money.
  • 1 0
 anyone use a 1UP hitch rack here?
  • 1 0
 My buddy and I use a 1UP rack. Kinda expensive, but it's the best rack you can buy for the money. Highly recommend the 1UP to the NV rack. It's painless to install, and can be removed and placed in the box it shipped in for storage. I was on the fence on spending $299 for one rack and $500 for a 2 rack system, but no regrets here.
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 thanks for the reply. looked at this NV then saw the 1UP and it just looked better quality all the way around. i'm gonna give the 1UP a try.
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 i would take a north shore rack over this any day of the week.
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 canadian distributor?
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 NRG Enterprises
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 I want that Norco 29er, that thing is sick!
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 what is the diference betewen the 2" and 1.25" ? what is that mean? thanks
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 For use on 2" or 1.25" hitch receivers. Larger SUV's and trucks typically have 2" receivers, and smaller vehicles have the 1.25" variety. The larger receiver is rated for more load; you can get a 2-bike extension for the NV with a 2" receiver but not for the 1.25".
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 instead of that i would take sport rack's 2ez for 200$... that qspear s*cks
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 When you have a $5000 DH rig spending 10% on a rack is not unreasonable, you will spend way more than $500 fixing your bike if it falls off of a lesser rack on the highway.
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 have you ever used the Q Spear? works a charm.
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 seems pretty genius
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 North. Shore. Rack.
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 Still no better rack than the North Shore Rack. You don't need to add an adapter to carry 4 bikes either. All these other racks are just different versions of the same thing.
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 Nice rack Wink
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 Nice rack. Too expensive though.
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 I like that van!
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 Unfortunately it's a Japanese import and we cannot get them in the states unless they are something like 25 years old :/
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 The rule is 15 years in Canada before it can be imported from Japan. Such a rad vehicle though. Turbo diesel, 4x4, tons of space!
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 Saw those vans when I visited Japan and have wanted one ever since. Must be odd driving a RHD car on the right side of the road. Making left turns must suck!
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 RHD doesn't really make any difference when you're driving down the road - you still keep it between the same two lines! But yes, some left hand turns take longer if I can't see. Just like a LHD car though, if I'm not sure if it's clear, I don't turn.

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