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Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Matte Black

Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Matte Black

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This premium 2-bike rack is perfect for the serious cyclist who cares as much about style as performance. It holds 2 e-bikes, it's safe for carbon frames, and you can install a work stand (sold separately) for on-the-go repairs. 1-800-940-8924 to order Kuat hitch bike racks part number BA12B or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Kuat products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Matte Black. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks - BA12B

  • Platform Rack
  • 2 Bikes
  • Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
  • Folding Rack
  • Tilt-Away Rack
  • Carbon Fiber Bikes
  • Electric Bikes
  • Heavy Bikes
  • Wheel Mount
  • Kuat
  • Class 1
  • Class 2
  • Bike and Hitch Lock

This premium 2-bike rack is perfect for the serious cyclist who cares as much about style as performance. It holds 2 e-bikes, it's safe for carbon frames, and you can install a work stand (sold separately) for on-the-go repairs.


Features:

  • Platform bike rack carries 2 bikes using your vehicle's hitch receiver
  • Ratcheting hooks hold your bikes securely by the front wheels - no frame contact
  • Large front-wheel cradles and sliding rear wheel straps let you carry bikes with different wheelbases
    • Included Adapter lets you carry a 1 fat tire bike
  • Foot pedal lets you use 2 hands to tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access
  • Bike repair stand (sold separately) lets you perform on-the-go maintenance
  • Tool-free installation with hand-tightening cam system
  • Keyed-alike locks deter theft of your bikes and the rack
  • Add-on (sold separately) lets you carry 4 bikes
  • Lightweight aluminum with matte black powder coat finish is rust resistant


Specs:

  • Application: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" (Class I and II) trailer hitch receivers
  • Carrying capacity: 2 bicycles
  • Weight capacity: 60 lbs per bike
  • Wheel size: 25" - 29"
    • Fits wheels 20" - 24" with adapter (sold separately)
  • Maximum tire width:
    • With standard wheel straps: 3.0"
    • With fat bike straps: 5.0"
  • Maximum bike wheelbase: 50"
  • Distance between bicycles: 13"
  • Shank rise: 3-1/2"
  • Distance from center of hitch pin hole to:
    • Closest part of rack when folded down: 10-1/2"
    • Closest part of rack when folded up: 7-7/8"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded down: 33"
    • Farthest part of rack when folded up: 18-1/2"
  • Weight: 49 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Approved for use on cars, trucks, vans, SUVs, and flat-towed vehicles - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, or towable campers

Note: May interfere with bikes with front fenders.


Rotating Arms with Ratcheting Wheel Hooks

Kuat NV 2.0 wheel hooks

The NV 2.0 Base has ratcheting hooks that grab your bikes firmly by the front wheel - not the frame. It's perfect for carrying carbon bikes or bikes with a custom paint job. To load a bike, simply place your front wheel in the cradle, rotate the arm up and over the wheel, and press down firmly on the ratcheting hook.


Large Front Wheel Cradles

Kuat NV 2.0 front wheel cradles

The front wheel cradles will easily accommodate fat bike wheels. They can also be adjusted to perfectly fit each bike's wheelbase. Use the included Allen key stored in the compartment at the back of the rack to adjust.


Sliding Ratcheting Straps

Kuat NV 2.0 ratcheting straps

Ratcheting rear-wheel straps slide along the wheel trays to accommodate bikes with a variety of wheelbases. Press the quick-release button on the strap buckle to remove your bikes. An extender strap is included for use with 1 fat bike. Additional extender straps (sold separately) are available if you have more than 1 fat bike.


Foot Lever for Easy Tilting and Folding

Kuat NV 2.0 foot lever

The spring-loaded foot lever is easily accessible even with your bikes loaded. No more crawling through your bikes or squeezing between the rack and the vehicle to hit the tilt release lever.


Kuat NV 2.0 tilting rackKuat NV 2.0 folding rack

The foot lever lets you tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access. It leaves both hands free so that you can lower the rack in a controlled manner. When the rack is unloaded you can fold it up for storage.


Optional Repair Stand

Kuat NV 2.0 Trail Doc

This rack gives you the option of adding the Trail Doc (TDKB - sold separately). It's a handy repair stand that attaches to the front of the rack. It lets you position your bike as needed for adjustments, cleaning, and on-the-go repairs. It can be also be locked into place to prevent theft and includes a cap for the housing if you prefer to use the rack without it.


Tool-Free Installation with Anti-Rattle Device

Kuat NV 2.0 anti-rattle device

The knob at the front of the shank lets you quickly and easily install the rack. Just slide the shank into your hitch and turn the knob until snug. The knob deploys an anti-rattle wedge inside the shank to help take play out of the hitch connection. The locking hitch pin has an Allen tool on the end that further tightens the hand knob if you are still experiencing rattle after hand-tightening.


Complete Security for Bikes and Rack

Kuat NV 2.0 locking cable

Each wheel tray has an integrated cable lock that lets you secure your bike to the rack. A 1/4" thick, braided steel cable extends from the end of the wheel tray, threads through your bike's frame, and locks back onto itself.

Kuat NV 2.0 locking hitch pin

A locking hitch pin is also included to secure the rack to your vehicle. It's keyed alike with the cable lock so you only need 1 key for the rack.



BA12B Kuat Envy 2.0 Base 2 Bike Carrier for 1-1/4-Inch Hitches - Tray Style - Aluminum - Matte Black

Installation Details BA12B Installation instructions



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Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Wheel Mount - Matte Black - BA12B

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (363 Customer Reviews)

This premium 2-bike rack is perfect for the serious cyclist who cares as much about style as performance. It holds 2 e-bikes, it's safe for carbon frames, and you can install a work stand (sold separately) for on-the-go repairs.

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Great rack! This is our third hitch rack: we had a 4-bike Thule for hanging bikes by their tubes and then a 2-bike Thule platform rack whose 100-pound rating didn't permit loading 2 e-bikes, so that was our criterion for the search that led to this purchase. Assembly was not intuitive, so we had to re-do a few steps, but the final product is excellent: very stable. Two cautions: (1) Be sure to check whether any panniers block your tail lights; (2) Always use the included lock because each bike's rear wheel sits on a relatively flat surface and a big bump might dislodge it if the back strap isn't firmly seated.



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High quality product! Written directions that came with the product were hard to follow, but we watched a youtube video that helped clear things up. Easier to put together with 2 people, but took us about an hour to unpack and assemble. We use this on a Mazda CX-5, with a 1-1/4" hitch receiver. Went on a road trip - 1,000 miles, no issues carrying 2 road bikes. Love the tilt feature to access/unload the back of the SUV with the bikes on the rack. We also love that the rack tilts forward nicely when no bikes are installed, taking up less space at the rear of the vehicle. It's a bit heavy, but as a 5'5" female of average shape, I can remove the rack myself and place it in our garage (I can't lift it above my waist). Overall, very pleased and recommend to others!



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Bought a new Mazda 3 HB and decided to go with a hitch bike rack. I've had a Kuat Trasnfer bike rack. That rack did it's job, but I felt the Sherpa or NV 2.0 Base would be better in every way. I've bought hitches and Kuat from etrailer and I knew their online prices and customer service was the best in business so it was a no brainer to go back to buy another bike rack. It was a tough decision between the Sherpa and NV 2.0 Base, but I felt had all the right checks for me to go with the NV Base 2.0. Once I ordered the rack, it was shipped the same day and arrived at my doorstep a day earlier! The box was ok, but the packaging inside was excellent. The quality is top notch and the manual is easy to read. Not gonna lie, the rack is heavy. I knew it was going to be heavy after researching on it and it's not a big deal, but doing a solo assembly wasn't going to be easy. Luckily I had my son with me to assist. Assembly took 15min (with another person). Manual doesn't state NM torque, but I set it around 8-10nm to bolt down everything. Once I put it on the hitch, I turned the anti-rattle knob and it locked the bike rack down to the hitch like a vice grip. It's solid and wont budge at all! everything on this rack is sturdy and top quality. The bike and rack barely sways during the drive. I can't express how impressive this rack is! The only down side to this and it's not even the rack, it's the hitch lock pin. It feels like an after thought and it's too thin. it flops around. With the price I paid for this, I was hoping for something little better. Overall all, the Kuat NV 2.0 Base is hands down the best bike rack on the market and I'm glad I went with it.



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Best rack ever. Secure and fits my S6 SJ Alloy 29er. This rack has all the bells and whistles you need. Including cable locks for the bikes for when you run in the store.



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I love Etrailer and their prices!

Stephen

8/8/2023

KUAt racks never disappoint! Customer service is top notch!



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This is the absolute best! I have a Aventon level and pace 350! It does wobble a bit even when tight. I was told metal does that cause if it was Ridgid it could crack. So with that said it’s the absolute best!



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I'm very happy with the Kuat NV Base 2.0: this rack is solidly built and super simple to use. My neighbor has an older Thule hitch rack and commented that Kuat's lever to raise/lower/tilt was a big improvement over his rack. I did have a self-inflicted install issue, but Kuat's customer service was outstanding and went out of their way to help me resolve the issue. Finally, I'd never ordered from etrailer.com before, but I was pleased with their communication throughout the ordering and shipping process. Buy this rack with confidence.

John K.

3/26/2019

I appreciate the follow up. The Kuat rack has been awesome and had performed well on short and long 500+ mile trips. Id recommend it - and etrailer.com - highly.



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Excellent quality but assembly was a bit ridiculous. However, once together, nothing outperforms Küat in my opinion. Quality American made stuff right there.

Daniel

6/3/2021

Great! Still Loving it! KUAT is the BEST!



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I accidentally bought the 1 1/4 inch hitch and opted to use an adapter instead of returning it. It works great as expected, however, the hitch connection is not as secure with the adapter so it moves a bit more than I wish it did. Still a high quality product

Etrailer Expert

Andrew N.

10/12/2022

While a universal 2 to 1-14 adapter may work, it can cause wobble and movement, as you mentioned. Also it reduces your receivers capacity by 50 percent. Luckily, there is a specific adapter for this bike rack to do this! Kuat Bike Rack Shank Adapter - 1-14 to 2 # D101. This will not reduce your towing capacity.



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My brother-in-law and I bought this bike carrier after seeing it in Hilton Head. We absolutely love it! It attaches easily and securely to the car tow, and is simple & secure to load the bikes. The bikes then transport solidly. We like the feature in which the loaded rack can tilt outward, allowing access to our SUV hatch. And folded up, the rack only requires a small space for storage. I would recommend this bike rack to everyone!

Rich G.

9/17/2020

Still thoroughly thrilled with the performance of the rack. I now have some rust on the little ball which I would like to correct.



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Great rack all around. Easy to take on and off and easy to mount different sized bikes to.



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Needed a rack for one e-bike & lighter road bike. Being in my early 80's I liked the features of the various hitch mounted 2-bike Platform Rack, tilting, units. After looking at the 3 main competitors, I chose the Kuat NV 2.0 model BA12 B, in the 11/4' size & alum. When I went to cart I was even happier to see a lower price than expected.
In the on-line ordering process, The program didn't want to recognize my true mailing address. Called for help and Ashley E completed the order; very pleasant.
Order was placed on a Friday morning and the box was on @ my 2nd. flr. apt. doorstep the following Wednesday afternoon.
Once I figured out the bolt/nut direction was reversed on each attachment things went well. In my case I attached the 1st. bike rack to the main apparatus and carried down flights of steps to driveway. Found shipping box useful to hold up the rack as I pushed stem into my car hitch receiver. The I completed attaching the outer bike rack.
The positioning/ tilting apparatus works very easy. Well engineered and sturdy product. Looks great on my '09 Vibe which is also charcoal color.

Chuck D.

10/27/2018

The product is perfect. Fulfilled our needs and continues to do so. Did get stopped by a cop warning who thinks it covers too much of my lic. plate looking at making plate holder that I can move around rack up or down , will survive hwy speeds, and wont be too easy for people to remove.

Etrailer Expert

Mike L.

10/27/2018

We offer a lighted license plate frame, part # 328-003-71BE that would work pretty well for you. This is meant for use on a trailer, so you'd need to devise your own method of fastening it to the bike rack but the integrated LED lamp would make this a good choice.


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Seems to be well built..time will tell on how it holds up.



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Quality of product was top notch. Very happy with the Kuat NV 2.0 bike rack.This is my 3rd purchase from etrailers & they have come through again with flying colors.



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Awesome bike rack. Very sturdy and secures the bikes nicely. Also like hitch attachment, no wobble!

etrailer is great! We've made several purchases from there for hitches and bike racks and the support is unparalleled!



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I have only gotten to use the rack once so far but it performed well. The rack feels quite solid. I got the 1-1/4" version so I am interested to see how durable the hitch tube is with (2) bikes on it. The anti-rattle device seems to perform as advertised and keeps the rack pretty stable in the receiver. In retrospect I might have gotten the Sherpa 2. This is not due to any issue with this rack except that it is HEAVY at ~55lbs. I think this is a necessity for its ability to carry (2) 60lb bikes. I don't think most people would actually have bikes that heavy. I think the Sherpa would have suited me well and been more manageable at ~35lb.



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I have used this bike rack a lot over this past year, including a 1,200 mile trip to Canada and back. The rack is very sturdy and held up really well. I really liked the easy cable locks and the ease of tilting the whole rack with bikes to access the back of my Prius. This was one of the best purchases I've made! As this is so well built, I'm counting on using it for many years to come!



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I am still loving this rack 1 year later! I use it on my Subaru Impreza sport, which is a pretty small car; this rack is light enough and perfect for this size car. It was easy to assemble, super easy to use and does a great job solidly holding the bikes. The lever to lower and lift the rack is ideal, it’s in a great spot with tread for ease of use. I highly recommend this bike rack.



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Flawless rack. It is heavy duty and heavy but it should last as long I will need it. I would rather have heavy duty instead of cheap. I do not worry about the bikes when traveling. Did I also mention the built in locking cable-great idea-just wish it was a little longer-workaround is buy double looped bike cable-works great. etrailer had a great price and delivered it to me without any issues. I would but it again from etrailer.



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Works as described. Kuat brand bike racks are built to last and best in the industry.



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Great product great price great service as always.

Michael M.

9/4/2019

Everything still works great.



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Kuat makes awesome products! Year later and still looks new and works great!

Thanks to the GREAT service from Kim P at etrailer!!



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Second Kuat I've purchased from etrailer.com. They ship things lightning fast and in great shape when they arrive.

As for the rack itself, it's great. Easy to put on and take off, and holds the bikes securely.



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Versatile and secure from road bike to ebike. Only drawback is the weight. I'm fine with it, my wife won't use it by herself.



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great product


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  • Using Two E-Bikes with Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack On a Class I Trailer Hitch
    The Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack part # BA12B weighs 49 lbs. The weight of this rack and the weight of your bikes cannot exceed the tongue weight capacity of the vehicle. For example, if the bikes weigh 57 lbs each then your total tongue weight is 163 lbs. The tongue weight capacity of class I hitch is 200 lbs so as long as the vehicle is not rated lower, you'll be good to go. Please note, the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack is a wheel mount rack so it's not compatible...
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  • Is Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack Available in Metallic Black Color
    We do offer the Kuat NV 2.0 in metallic black as part # NV22B for the 2 inch hitch compatible model or # NV12B for the 1-1/4 inch hitch compatible model. Kuat makes a super-high quality bike rack and I've got to say that their customer support is second to none. Nobody else comes close. I've linked to a product demonstration video featuring the Kuat NV 2.0.
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