RACK IT UP : THE KUAT NV

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The old rack was looking a bit long in the tooth, and after a new, non-bike carrying car was added to the driveway, we decided it was time to freshen up the team car with a new rack. After much deliberation, we decided on the Kuat NV

Aside from its good looks, this rack has some solid features. First and foremost, it securely holds bikes, which sort of important in a bike rack. It also comes standard with hidden integrated cable lock, smooth operating levers that lock into the folded or dropped positions, push button ratchet release on the front wheel brace, and a ball cam in the hitch to avoid any wobbling in the 2 inch hitch receiver. 

THE NV CARRIES CLEAN AND DIRTY BIKES.

THE NV CARRIES CLEAN AND DIRTY BIKES.

But the big feature is the built in "Trail Doc" repair stand. Fold the rack up, extend the clamp arm, and voila; you got a trail-side fixin' station. 

If there's any thing we don't like about the Kuat system is that the front wheel brace comes in contact with the fork and can mar the fork's finish. We take a bit of extra care when tightening that down and also put small piece of 3M protective film over the contact area on the fork. Problem solved.

 

Working with the NV is very easy. The rack swings up and down smoothly, which was one issue we had with our old rack. Lifting that old rack up and down took some real deadlift strength. And while the Trail Doc might seem gimmicky, it actually has been quite useful and has helped us perform everything from minor chain lubes to full on bottom bracket services. 

We also purchased the extra Bottle Lock to have a little more cable to work with. Basically, this is a bottle shaped lock extends the cable length, and coils into itself for neat-n-tidy storage. 

Full specs at Kuat Racks.