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

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

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This platform-style carrier holds 2 bikes by the wheels with adjustable hooks and sliding straps. The rack tilts down with bikes loaded for cargo area access and folds up for storage. Includes hitch lock and retractable cable locks. Call 800-298-8924 to order Kuat hitch bike racks part number BA12B or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Kuat products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Matte Black. Hitch Bike Racks reviews from real customers.
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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks - BA12B

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

This platform-style carrier holds 2 bikes by the wheels with adjustable hooks and sliding straps. The rack tilts down with bikes loaded for cargo area access and folds up for storage. Includes hitch lock and retractable cable locks.


Features:

  • Hitch-mounted, platform-style rack lets you carry 2 bikes on the back of your vehicle
  • Versatile design - holds most bikes regardless of frame design, suspension, or brake style
  • Ratcheting hooks firmly grip your bikes by the front wheels - no frame contact
    • TPE coating prevents hooks from scratching and scuffing your bike paint
  • Hand-tightening cam system provides tool-free installation in your hitch
    • Turn knob to tighten rack in hitch and help eliminate rattle in the connection
  • Large front-wheel cradles make it easy to load your bikes
  • Sliding, ratcheting straps let you carry bikes of different lengths
    • Included adapter lets you carry a bike with fat tires up to 4-13/16" wide
    • Adapter (APBK - sold separately) lets you carry an additional bike with fat tires
  • Front-mounted foot lever lets a single person easily tilt and fold the rack
    • Tilt the rack down with bikes loaded for cargo area access
    • Fold the rack up for storage
  • Bike repair stand (TDKB - sold separately) lets you perform on-the-go maintenance
    • Fits 3/4" - 2-1/2" diameter tubing
    • Adjusts for optimal bike positioning
  • Keyed-alike locks included for bikes and rack
    • Hitch lock secures rack to vehicle
    • Cable lock secures bikes to rack
    • 2 Keys included
  • Lightweight aluminum is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Anodized black matte powder coat finish


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 (016-025-00-00 - sold separately)
  • Maximum tire width: 4.8"
  • Maximum bike wheelbase: 48"
  • 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, and SUVs - not approved for fifth wheels, motorhomes, or towable campers

Kuat NV 2.0 loaded on vehicle

The Kuat NV Base platform-style rack lets you transport 2 bikes of almost any size, shape, or frame style. Ratcheting wheel hooks and sliding wheel straps hold your bikes with no frame contact. The rack tilts with bikes loaded for cargo area access and it folds up for storage. The aluminum rack has a dock for an optional work stand (TDKB - sold separately) for on-the-go repairs, it installs without tools, and it includes locks to secure your bikes to the rack and the rack to your vehicle.


Adjustable Arms with Ratcheting Wheel Hooks

Kuat NV 2.0 wheel hooks

Ratcheting hooks grab your bikes firmly by the front wheels - not the frames. These hooks allow you to rapidly load and unload your bikes, and they won't scratch or scuff your bike paint. Each hook adjusts in 2-mm increments to ensure a snug fit over your wheel, and it releases with the push of a button.

Kuat NV 2.0 pivoting arms

The wheel hooks are mounted on arms that pivot nearly 180 degrees from left to right. This makes it easier to load when compared with a rack that has the hooks mounted on a central post. To load simply set your bike in the wheel cradles, rotate the arms up over the wheels, and press the hooks down over the wheels until snug.


Kuat NV 2.0 front wheel cradles

The front wheel cradles are extra-wide to accommodate fat bike wheels.


Sliding Ratcheting Straps

Kuat NV 2.0 ratcheting straps

The rear-wheel ratcheting straps let you transport bikes with a wide variety of wheelbases. The straps slide freely along grooves in the wheel trays - just move a strap into position underneath your bike's rear wheel. A quick-release button on each strap buckle makes it easy to free the rear wheel to remove your bikes.


Folding and Tilting Design

Kuat NV 2.0 foot lever

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


Kuat NV 2.0 tilted down

The rack tilts down - with or without bikes loaded - so you can access your vehicle's rear cargo area.


Kuat NV 2.0 tilting and folding design

When the rack is unloaded you can fold it up for storage. This makes it easier to park in small lots at the trail head or in cramped parking garages, and it keeps the rack out of the way of other vehicles and riders.


Optional Repair Stand

Kuat NV 2.0 Trail Doc

The Trail Doc (TDKB - sold separately) is a handy repair and maintenance stand that attaches to the front of the rack. It grabs your bike by the seat post or top tube and lets you position your bike as needed for adjustments and on-the-go repairs. Easy-to-use pressure clamps let you raise or lower the stand, rotate it on its base, and rotate the clamp arm. It can 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



BA12B Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BA12B Installation instructionsBA12B Installation InstructionsAlternate Instructions BA12B Installation instructions



Video of Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Matte Black


Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Kuat NV Base 2-Bike Platform Rack Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0 base two-bike platform rack for 1-1/4" hitches, part number BA12B. The Kuat NV base is a great bike rack that can fit up to two bikes with many styles, anywhere from mountain bikes to road bikes to bikes with alternate frames. Of course, the most prominent feature of this bike rack is the fact that it can tilt away from the vehicle with both bikes still attached. While hold onto the bike rack itself, you come to the latch at the front, pull it towards you, and let the bike tilt down away from the vehicle. With that, we have full access to our rear hatch to get what we need. As I said before, it does hold a wide variety of bikes, mainly thanks to the wheel hook at the front here, as opposed to the frame hook which would hold other bikes down. The bike rack also provides plenty of space in between the bikes here to prevent bike-to-bike contact while you're driving as well. For security, it has integrated cable locks on both trays to secure your bikes to the rack once they're installed.

Additionally, it has this locking pin here at the base. This as well as the integrated cable lock are keyed alike, and it does come with two keys for this bike rack. We've gone ahead and removed the bikes to show you some more of the features. With it in this position with no bikes on it, we still have access to our rear hatch to get what we need. However, for those close-quarter situations such as parking or putting it back in your garage, this also folds up against the vehicle.

To do that, you go to that same latch you used to release it to tilt it away, holding onto the bike rack again, pull that latch towards you and then lift up. Also with it in this position you can add on an additional feature. You can remove this plate at the top and replace it with a bike repair stand, part number TDKB, which is sold separately. You can also find that on etrailer.com. When comparing this bike rack, the first product that comes to mind is the Thule T2 Pro for 1-1/4" hitches. With the Thule T2 Pro, instead of the latch being on the side next to the front of the bike, it actually has that pull lever on the end, which makes it a little bit easier to tilt away and fold up when you're ready to do those things.

Both of them are tool-free installs, however everything on the T2 is actually integrated, as opposed to needing a separate pin and clip to lock it in place. The one advantage that the Kuat has over the T2 Pro is that you can attach the bike repair station to it if need be and can actually work on your bike while you're on the trail. Now that we've gone over the features of the bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. Simply just lift up your bike rack, walk on over to the 1-1/4" hitch, push it in. Once we have our pinholes lined up, we'll take our included pin here, feed it through like so, and then take our locking end and just push it into place, and it's locked. Then we'll go ahead and put our dust cover over our lock to make sure no road dirt or grime gets in there.

Now we'll go ahead and start tightening up our anti-rattle device here, our anti-rattle knob, and shaking it a little bit as we go through. Make sure it's nice and tight. All right. Looks like we're good to go. Now we'll go ahead and get the bike rack ready to receive our bikes. To do that, you'll either push down on this tab with your hand or you can push it down with your foot. Now we'll go ahead and unfold our wheel hooks. First unfold it to about this position here, pushing the button on the top. We'll do this for both arms. All right. Now we'll go ahead and undo our wheel straps at the rear here. Just push on the top of the tab. That'll release it. We'll do this on both. Now we'll go ahead and grab our bikes. We'll go ahead and set our first bike into place. First in the front wheel cradle, and then around the wheel strap at the rear. Then we'll go ahead and bring our wheel hook up so we can hold our bike into place and make our other attachments. Swing it up like so and just push down. Make sure it's nice and secure. Then we'll go ahead and adjust our wheel strap here. Put it through, in between the spokes, making sure it's not touching the spokes, and lock that back tire down. Next we'll come to the back side here and pull out our integrated cable lock. How this works, to wrap around the frame of your bike like so. Then it attaches to the back side here. Once it's popped in it's locked into place. Next we'll go ahead and repeat this process for our second bike. Now we're ready to hit the road. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side-to-side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you how it looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots. There you have it for the Kuat NV 2.0 base two-bike platform rack for 1-1/4" hitches, part number BA12B.


Customer Reviews

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

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (65 Customer Reviews)

This platform-style carrier holds 2 bikes by the wheels with adjustable hooks and sliding straps. The rack tilts down with bikes loaded for cargo area access and folds up for storage. Includes hitch lock and retractable cable locks.

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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. 442931



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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. 446647


Comments

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.

Chuck D - 10/27/2018

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We offer a lighted license plate frame, part # 328-003-71BE
Trailer License Plate Holder with LED Light - 3 Diodes - Clear Lens - Black Frame
$22.71
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.

-- Mike L - 10/27/2018


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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! 704435



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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. 617044



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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!! 600277



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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. 580894



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Great product great price great service as always. 561643


Comments

Everything still works great.

Michael L - 09/04/2019

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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. 555031



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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. 517227



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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. 489116


Comments

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.

John K - 03/26/2019

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We literally could not be happier with Etrailer! We placed an order at 6:30pm on a Wednesday and at 8:30pm the same evening we got an email saying “thank you! Ypur Order has been shipped” it was here on our porch on Friday. I couldn’t believe it. Unbelievable customer service, QUALITY (we love our hitch and bike rack!) and better prices than I’ve seen anywhere else. 664872



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Solid! Excellent rack. No wobble!! A little tricky to put together. There are only 5 bolts but the parts are heavy and cumbersome. 448413



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We needed to move up from our Saris Bones 3 rack now that our youngest is on a big girl bike. We initially went for a budget platform rack which was (not surprisingly) subjected to a recall. After an incredible amount of research, I opted for the Kuat NV 2.0 Base. I took advantage of the etrailer price pledge program and was very satisfied with the etrailer staff who were very easy to deal with both on the phone and online. Following my order, etrailer inadvertently sent me the incorrect base model. The sent me the 1.25 inch instead of 2.0 inch model and as the shipping label covered the hitch size I only discovered this after opening and unpacking it (thereby having to repack and re-ship it). This inconvenience notwithstanding, etrailer was very apologetic, paid for the return shipping and sent out the correct 2.0 inch model. Unpacking and assembly was easy (the second time...and I learned the valuable lesson of taking photos of the unpacking in the event you need to repack it). You certainly get what you pay for with Kuat! The fit and finish are first rate and the rack's design, in my opinion, makes it the most intuitive, cleanest and best looking rack out there. I was considering the RockyMounts Split Rail 2+2 (similar design and athletics and a bit lighter) but I am so glad I went with Kuat. I mounted it on my 06 Pilot today in less than 5 minutes with my wife's help (though it can be accomplished solo), locked the pin and tightened the anti-rattle mechanism for a rock solid mount. All bikes fit on it like a dream (my 29er, wife's mountain bike and 2 kids mountain bikes...have not tried by road bike yet but I don't anticipate any issues). Very impressed with the rack and my etrailer experience. 361600



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Received the boxed product at my front door in time as predicted. Extremely easy to assemble. Rack looks like it is high quality and will last as long as my last bike rack has (over 18 years.) It will be used to haul man and woman 29'ers on the back of my Ford Escape. The woman bike caused a loading issue with the old top frame suppport rack, and using etrailer web site helped me make a good decision in the type of bike rack to buy to solve the problem! Nice website! 386910



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Absolutely bullet proof. The quality, durability of the Kuat NV 2.0 Base and ease of use will transport my bike (and others) for many years to come. eTrailer.com's customer service and speedy shipping is a definite plus. 416946



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Bought this after I had to sell my 1st one as part of Jeep sale package for a fellow mountain biker. I loved it so much I had to get a 2nd one. The first one survived all kinds of torture, like serious 4WD mountain passes without a scratch on my precious bike. Most importantly, my wife could load her bike easily very time, unlike the other racks out there 661608



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Great services , I am really happy with my purchase, it ´s exactely what i want, and what i see on etrailer. 485164



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This rack definitely has some pros and cons (as do most racks). A minor frustration is that despite ordering the rack and add-on at the same time, the keys don’t match so if locking three or more bikes you need two different keys (this has only really irritated me when it was raining). As other reviewers have mentioned, this thing is heavy. Neither my wife nor kids can lift it to put it on or get it off the car by themselves. The downside is that given the size of the rack it is not real convenient to just leave it on the car. When the rack is in the up position, it is impossible to get in the back so it is necessary to lower the rack each time you want to get in. The other downside is that the rack significantly cuts down on visibility when backing up. All that being said, the rack is rock solid and the bikes are very secure. The rack is great for extended trips. When loaded and tipped down, it is great to be able to open and access the back. The spacing of the bikes is great and I don’t have to spend 15 minutes figuring out how to slide four bikes in just the right spot to make them all fit as I did with my old rack. Best of all the bikes are only sustaining damage on the trail, not on the back of the car! Despite some minor annoyances, I highly recommend this rack. As for assembly, my 13 year old put it together by himself in about 20 minutes (I promised him i would include that fact). 464182


Comments

In the past year we have had some bike upgrades. With three or four modern mountain bikes of a similar size on the rack it is more of a challenge to make them fit. I need to have an allen wrench handy to adjust the bars andor seats for travel. Other than that, the rack has held up great with heavy and frequent use.

William L - 01/01/2019

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I recently bought the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2 Bike Platform Rack from ETrailer. It is a well-made and well designed platform bike rack. It was easy to assemble. Although the instruction manual needs a little bit of tweaking to make clear where the other nut is. It took a while to find it and I ended up buying a similar nut at a hardware store. Other than that this is a great bike rack. Easy to assemble and install. I like the built-in security chain lock too. It is actually long enough to secure the two bikes together. The platform has a grooved area for the bike’s front tire for added stability. It also lighter than the Thule bike rack I was initially considering. We traveled from the Bay Area in California to South Lake Tahoe for the Americas Most Beatiful Bike Ride, the bike was very stable. My wife loves the looks and the ease of tilting the bike rack to open the tailgate area. The etrailer customer service person, Stacey A, was awesome. The shipping notification and tracking was great too. I have no qualms recommending this bike rack to my family and friends. Thanks for all your help, Stacey A. 523364



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Very sturdy, easy to assemble. Made of high class material. 392178



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Very happy with the quality of this bike rack also etrailer had the best pricing and very fast FREE SHIPPING 487339



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Just put together and installed on my truck today. Rack is very solid and accommodates my 3” wide mountain bike tires with room to spare! I love the matte finish and it seems durable. NOTE TO TRUCK OWNERS WITH 3” HITCH RECEIVERS: as we know, our hitches use a an adapter to downsize to 2” accessories. The self tightening mechanism on this rack does a great job of tightening the rack to the 2” adapter sleeve. BUT unlike the screw-in type hitch pin locking mechanisms, this mechanism does nothing to tighten the 2”sleeve to the 3” reciever. The rack has a lot of play and will shake a lot when driving. This would be a deal-breaker for me if I was using the rack by itself. HOWEVER, I knew I wanted a swinging adapter to swing the bikes away from my truck so I would still be able to open the tailgate and access the bed of my truck. I purchased the Kuat Pivot Swing Away Extension (part #PV20B). This part includes a screw-in hitch pin locking mechanism! I haven’t received the item yet but I can imagine it will eliminate any play between the 2”adapter sleeve and the 3” receiver opening (my Yakima Holdup 2 rack had the screw-in locking pin and it did an excellent job of keeping everything tight). Then when you attach the rack to the Kuat Pivot Swing, it will tighten up perfectly to the 2”opening. So if you have a 3” hitch and use a sleeve adapter for 2” accessories, this Kuat rack BY ITSELF will not be for you. If you’re like me and add the Kuat Pivot Swing, the rack will tighten up to eliminate any play. 510332



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While heavy and expensive, this rack is the best bike rack we have ever owned. It holds the bikes securely and well away from each other, preventing scratching. I love the feature where you can tighten the rack into the receiver and it's rock solid. This is one quality piece of gear. In this case, you get what you pay for. 570624



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


With a SUV we didn't want to hoist our bikes on the roof (we are rather short in our family), so we looked for a hitch rack that could fit our 4 bikes. The NV base + the addon works great at this. Assembly is not the easiest since it can be tricky to get the bolts to line up while holding in place, if you have another person to help that will make it tons easier. Loading and unloading a bike is very easy and so far the bikes are always securely on without any issue. The locks are ok, nothing fancy, and nothing that will stop a determined thief, I consider them mostly a "slow them down a little" item. My only gripe is how heavy it is. We live in the city and plan on removing it from the car while not in use, and that is a bit of a chore with how heavy it is. Overall if you are looking for a great 4 bike hitch bike, can't really go wrong with it 539173



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


We purchased this same product from etrailer.com some time ago. It was stolen, along with our old Toyota FJ Cruiser last year. So we purchased another (same) bike rack from etrailer.com. Their web site, service and promptness are excellent. Also, and most iimportant, their prices are good. We highly recommend them. Also, as an avid bicylist for 40 years, the Kuat bike rack ROCKS ! etrailer.com had the best price anywhere. 493234



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


I purchased the Kuat to replace a very similar Thule rack.(shown in photo). I was pairing it with the Stromberg Carlson Bike Bunk on the front of our trailer. The Kuat was 7" closer to the trailer giving me the clearance I needed for the truck and the Kayaks on the truck rack. We traveled 6500 miles for 9 weeks and everything worked great. The Kuat works great on the back of our Jeep Rubicon as well. 719936



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


The Kuat Basic 2.0 rack is well researched, designed, and made with an emphasis on quality. Every detail appears to have been well thought out. Quality materials, quality finish. Pure function and yet great looking design. This is a new generation in racks. 708076



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


High quality product. Not many pieces to assemble but took longer than It should because instructions need much improvement and better pictures. 704631



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Review from a similar Kuat NV 2.0 Base in Hitch Bike Racks


Great heavy duty bike carrier. Carries both my mountain bikes with no issues and very little movement while traveling. Fast shipping and great customer service from etrailer as always. 702930



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Received my carrier for two 51# Motiv EBikes. This carrier is very well thought out. Has everything I could want. Don't have to lift the bikes very high. Secure attachment, built in bike locks. Actually folds up and I can fit it and my Honda Pilot into my garage and shut the door without removing the carrier! Doesn't interfere with the backup camera either. I do have one bone to pick on putting it together. The first carrier platform took about 2 hours to figure out. Once the lightbulb came on, the second one only took 15 minutes. They should have mentioned the long bolts go in opposite directions (a good engineering idea). As a non-mechanically minded old fart, a photo or a mention of this would have been appreciated. 688731



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Great product bikes are ez on and off. Sturdy rack so a little heavy to get on car. 681736



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This bike rack is very sturdy. I am short but have an easy time loading my bike on this rack because it extends from the hitch below my vehicle. I like the ease with which to lock the bikes on the rack since the locks are in the mechanism. The posts for securing the bikes are so easy to set in place and, again, easily secure my bike. 678552



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Buying a Kuat Envy 2.0 from etrailer.com was a great experience. Great price, great service, and lightening fast shipping. Thank you! 670838



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I worked with Katie and she's amazing! Her knowledge of the available products was deep and very helpful, she made the process of ordering the bike rack very easy, she followed up post sale to make sure all was okay. Five stars for sure! The Kuat NV 2 was fairly easy to put together (need an extra set of hands) and my fat tire bike fits it perfectly. Great quality and I'm VERY happy with the rack. Bike doesn't move at all while underway. 668834



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The product itself is great. The website should have a video on how to assemble it because it is very difficult. 666890



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Got it...... Used it...., within a hou r... 663883



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Best bike rack we’ve ever had! Easy assembly, mounted to a Draw-Tite hitch(also purchased from etrailer) on a 2018 Honda Odyssey. Swings free to open hatch. SWEET! I would recommend this bike carrier. 663662



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Got the bike rack in a great time, and have had it for a year and is still awesome, no banging bikes, and super easy and smooth to put on 662762



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I purchased this rack after extensive research. My wife and I were transitioning back to a hitch rack after several years of only using roof racks; our prior hitch rack was another brand which had not aged well after a few years. I wanted to make sure that we did not run into the same aging issues this time around. After one year, I can report that all indications are good. The Kuat rack is much more solidly engineered and constructed than our prior hitch rack - everything has a much more solid feel. Everything behaves the same regardless of weather (temperature, precipitation, etc) and is very reassuring. It's also very quick to adjust if we take a trip with our road bikes instead of trail bikes or downhill bikes, which is nice. We are very happy with this rack, and believe that you will be too! 660763



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easy to follow instructions , very sturdy, security is great. 658284



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The mfg assy instructions were a bit cryptic but managed to assemble the rack without too much trouble. Real easy to load my emtb on to it. Solid, well built piece of equipment. The ability to dial out the play between the 2” hitch and the rack works great and keeps the rack from bouncing all over the place as you go down the road. Very happy with the purchase. 655379



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The rack shipped timely and box was slightly damaged. Kuat really packages their items well and nothing inside was damaged. The rack was very easy to put together. I purchased the add on, which was also easy to connect. Even though it’s considered light for a 4 bike platform it’s still got some weight to it. I was able to lift it with no problem and attached it to our Honda Pilot. Wow, it was so nice and easy to load my bikes. You then turn the stabilizer knob to prevent it was swaying and off you go. It’s easy to lower and raise. It’s well made and I am glad we bought it. I really like the fact that it’s aluminum and easy to adjust for various bikes. 635165



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Great price! Easy assembly with tools supplied. Look for little A, B, C, and D stickers on the rails and the main body. Match those up. 5 bolts and you're done. Solid and high quality! 2015 Lexus RX350 613882



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One of the locks didn’t work at first. Kuat customer service was attentive and helpful. They sent me parts to fix it promptly as it was my preference. The rack is fantastic. Durable, easy to use, good looking, locks are secure, and doesn’t rattle around at all. 604620



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Great product, still performing like the day I got It! 578448



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We love this bike rack. It is easy to load the bikes and if needed install or remove the rack from our vehicle. 576932



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Kuat makes an awesome product and etrailer had it at a better price than anyone else! 567002



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Very fast shipping, price is lower than that other website. 562877



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Fantastic communication every step of the way. I will definitely recommend etrailer to all my friends. 554671



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I never thought I would spend this kind of money on a bike rack. It was worth it. It is easy to load and very secure. I have absolutely no regrets. Great product. etrailer is a great company to do business with. I have owned this rack for about 1 year. I find myself bike riding a lot more. I leave it on in the folded position for the summer months. 547565


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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack for a 2017 Chevy Spark
  • It really depends on what kind of look that you want for your 2017 Chevrolet Spark. From what I found online it looks like the Chevrolet OEM Trailer Hitch Receiver 19354461 that you referenced looks identical to the Curt # C11433 Class I 1-1/4 inch receiver that we have on our site. This receiver will install by getting bolted under the Spark to the body frame. The Draw-Tite Sportframe # 24941 Class I 1-1/4 inch receiver, on the other hand, will require that the rear bumper be temporarily...
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  • Best Platform Bike Rack for 2018 Toyota Prius with Hitch Installed
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 Base part # BA12B that you referenced is an excellent bike rack for your 2018 Toyota Prius that has a hitch installed on it like the Draw Tite part # 24966. This is basically the nicest bike rack you can find and it works great on lighter duty vehicles like yours so if you are considering it at all I'd highly recommend it. Overall build quality is top-notch and the ease of use is also very good. It's a platform bike rack too which is easier to load/unload and provides a...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch And Platform Bike Carrier for 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
  • We offer one trailer hitch for your 2017 Prius Prime. It is the Curt # C11473. This is a Class l trailer hitch and it has a 1-1/4 inch receiver opening. Per a note from Curt all non-trailer loads - bike racks, cargo carriers and so forth - should be supported with stabilizing straps like part # 18050. Failure to properly support these loads will void your hitch warranty from Curt. The distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper is 7-inches so you want...
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  • Is the Yakima HoldUp Replacement Shank # 8880581 Compatible With Draw-Tite Receiver on 2014 Mustang
  • Normally the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver # 24863 is the hitch receiver that I would recommend for your 2014 Ford Mustang, but since you are wanting to use the Yakima HoldUp with a 1-1/4 inch shank, like part # Y02445, you will need to go with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11210 instead. Keep in mind that the Curt hitch receiver requires the use of a Support Strap # 18050 for all non-trailer loads per the Curt warranty. The reason that I recommend the Curt in...
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  • Wheel-Mount 2-Bike Platform Rack for Class 1 Hitch on 2006 Toyota Prius
  • The Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Platform Rack # SA4025F will fit 2-inch (Class III) hitches and also 1-1/4-inch (Class II) hitches but it will NOT fit a Class I hitch even though it is the same 1-1/4-inch size. The reason is that Class I hitches usually have a welded-in stop to prevent use of any accessory that is not rated as Class I. This helps to avoid accidental overloading of the hitch. You are absolutely right that there are heavier racks like the Thule EasyFold # TH903202 that...
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  • Is There a Fold Up Platform Rack Option with a Ramp for Loading Bikes?
  • That is a great idea and there is a market for it but we haven't won the manufacturers over with that option yet and we can't add anything to their products without a warranty issue. We haven't seen a ramp for the Saris SuperClamp EX 2 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Wheel Mount # SA4025F but there is another option with the fold up platform rack you may want to consider. The Access Ramp for Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack # ANVBRB is compatible with # NV12G, # BA12B, # NV12B, and...
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  • Recommended Platform Bike Rack for 2017 Infiniti Q50 With Class I Trailer Hitch
  • The Thule T2 Pro XTB 2 Bike Platform Rack # TH9035XT is compatible with the Draw-Tite # 24931 trailer hitch that fits your 2017 Infiniti Q50 and you are certainly right that a bike racks that secure your bikes by the wheels like the T2 Pro will help protect the finish of your bikes. The only potential issue is that when the T2 Pro is folded up, the closest part of the rack measures 5" from the center of the hitch pin hole and when we test fit a trailer hitch on a 2014 Q5 we found there...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for 2013 Mercedes E-350
  • Curt does make a hitch for your 2013 Mercedes Benz E350. If you have a sedan you'd want the part # C11001 or if you have a wagon you'd want the part # C11404. There is some drilling into the bumper of the vehicle to install the hitch. For a bike rack that will fit either hitch and will only touch the bikes at the tire you would want the Kuat NV 2.0 part # BA12B. Curt requires the use of their stabilizer strap part # 18050 when using their hitch to carry a non-supported load like a...
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  • Kuat NV 2.0 Base Compatibility With Draw-Tite Hitch On 2013 Mazda 3 5dr
  • The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver # 24843 is a great product to pair with the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA12B. The # 24843 has a maximum tongue weight rating up to 200lbs and the # BA12B weighs 49lbs and has a weight capacity of 60lbs per bike. As a result they are compatible with each other, however confirm with your owner's manual for your vehicle's exact towing rating. On # 24843, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outer most edge of the bumper is five inches THE...
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  • Will Kuat Transfer Bike Rack Work With Draw-Tite Hitch 24923?
  • The Kuat Transfer # TS03G-FB will not work with the Draw-Tite # 24923, which does have a tab. There are a number of very good bike racks for Class I hitches that make up for their lack of carrying capacity with quality, functionality and style. I recommend taking a look at either the Kuat NV # BA12B and Kuat Sherpa # SH12B. I've added links to video reviews of each rack for you to check out.
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  • Can the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack Support Two 55 Pound Electric Bikes
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4 Inch Hitches # BA12B that you referenced is indeed capable of securing 2 bikes of up to 60 pounds each. As far as your 55 pound e-bikes, the rack itself is more than up to the task. The only thing you will want to note is the tongue weight capacity of the trailer hitch and the vehicle it is installed on. As long as it can support the combined weight of your two 55 pound bikes, along with the weight of the carrier itself (49 pounds), you...
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  • How to Determine if Kuat NV Bike Rack will Fit on 2018 Mazda 3 with Draw-Tite # 24914 Trailer Hitch
  • When we installed the Curt # C11377 on a 2017 Mazda 3 we found that from the center of the hitch pin hole to the rearmost edge of the bumper was 3". In the comparison video that you referenced we say that the center of the pin hole of the Draw-Tite # 24914 sits 4" further back than the Curt. If the measurements are the same for your 2018 Mazda 3 then that would mean the center of the pin hole for the Draw-Tite would be 7" from the rearmost edge of your bumper. If by "NV Core" bike rack...
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  • Platform Bike Rack Recommendation for 2017 Toyota Prius Hybrid
  • Platform bike racks like you mentioned are definitely the easiest style to load so that is the style of bike rack I recommend. On the value end of the platform bike rack spectrum you can't beat the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider part # HR200Z. It's pretty easy to use and load but what I really like about it is how stable it is in the hitch of the vehicle compared to other less expensive bike racks. Now for the absolutely easiest to load option you'd want the Thule EasyFold XT part # TH903202...
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  • Comparing The Kuat NV 2.0 Base To the Kuat NV 2.0
  • For your 2014 Prius V, the Kuat NV 2.0 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Metallic Black # NV12B or the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum - Matte Black # BA12B will allow you to open the rear gate of your Prius. The tilting functions will give you a little additional space to let you load and unload cargo. The difference between these two bike racks is that the Base model comes with the wider tire ability for tires...
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  • Hitch and Platform Bike Rack Recommendation to Hold 60 lb eBikes on 2013 Nissan Juke
  • There is a way for you to carry a pair of 60 lb ebikes on your 2013 Nissan Juke, though there is not a 2 inch hitch available. Instead you can use the 1-1/4 inch Draw-Tite # 24867 if your Juke is AWD or 1-1/4 inch # 24892 if your Juke is FWD (please keep in mind there is no hitch available for the NISMO model of a '13 Nissan Juke). You would then be able to use the Kuat NV 2.0 # BA12B, which fits in a 1-1/4 inch hitch and has a weight capacity of 60 lbs per bike. The carrier weighs...
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  • Bike Rack for a 2017 Toyota Prius 3 Touring with Class I Hitch
  • For your 2017 Toyota Prius 3 Touring, you'll want to look at two bike racks that are compatible with Class I hitches. All Class I hitches are limited to using only two bike racks because of their weight and design. I've added a link to all of our available racks that fit these needs. With the Curt Hitch Receiver, part # C11473 mounted on the vehicle, your bike racks will need to have at least 4 inches listed as the measurement from the center of their hitch pin hole to the nearest part...
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack to Carry eBike with a 2016 Toyota Prius
  • While it is true that there are no 2" trailer hitch receivers available for your 2016 Toyota Prius, I still have a solution for you to transport your 60 lb eBike. I recommend using the Class I Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11473 because it has the reinforced collar on it. You do have to use a support strap like part # 18050 for a bike rack. Since you are wanting to carry a 60 lb bike with a Class I trailer hitch though I think this is a good idea whether the Curt warranty required it...
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  • Kuat Bike Rack Recommendation for Bike with 48 inch Wheelbase
  • The Sherpa has a max wheelbase of 47 inches, but the Kuat NV part # BA12B has a wheelbase max of 48 inches and can fit with 27 inch wheels so it would be a perfect solution.
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  • Recommended 2-Bike Platform Rack for 2017 Honda CR-V with 1-1/4-Inch Hitch
  • The 1-1/4-inch factory hitch on your 2017 Honda CR-V is likely to be a Class II so you'll want to check its safety sticker or your owner's manual to confirm. This matters because Class I and Class II hitches do not always both work with the same bike racks and the two hitch classes have very different weight capacities, usually 350-lbs tongue weight (TW) for a Class II but only 200-lbs TW for a Class I. If you have a Class II hitch then I suggest the Yakima Dr.Tray 2 Bike Platform Rack...
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  • Recommended Bike Racks for a 2017 Honda HR-V
  • For your 2017 Honda HR-V, you have a lot of great choices. Your vehicle can be equipped with a Class I hitch, which has a few limitations. Class I hitches are only able to equip two bike racks, and have to be specifically called out as compatible with the Class I hitch. I've linked below our full selection of Class I compatible bike racks for you to review, but I have two recommendations of standout hitches that I think you'll find a great pick for your vehicle. The Saris Freedom EX,...
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  • Availability of Bike Ramp for Loading E-Bike on Kuat Sherpa 2.0
  • Your concerns are definitely valid because the Access Ramp # ANVBRB was designed specifically for the NV 2.0 and it won't fit the Kuat Sherpa 2.0. If you really like your Sherpa 2.0 then your best option is to upgrade to the NV 2.0 so that you can load your E-Bike easier. Aside from the adding the ability to use the ramp you probably need to upgrade anyways because the Sherpa 2.0 has a bike weight capacity of 40 lbs per bike and most E-Bikes weigh in around 55 lbs. Even if you took the...
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  • Hitch Receiver and Bike Rack Options to Carry a Pedego Interceptor E-Bike on a 2008 Scion xB
  • I do have a few different bike rack options for you, but since you are wanting to carry a pretty hefty E-Bike and the highest rated trailer hitch receiver (the Curt # C12490) is only a 1-1/4 inch receiver you do have a very limited range of choices. Even though the Curt receiver that I recommend, part # C12490, has a max Tongue Weight (TW) of 350 lbs you will want to check that against what the owner's manual says for your 2008 Scion xB and go with whichever weight capacity is lower....
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  • Distance From Center of Hitch Pin Hole to Closest Part of Yakima Dr. Tray Bike Rack
  • The Yakima Dr.Tray 2 Bike Platform Rack # Y02474 measures just 4-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack; I'm not sure how much room you need but that is a pretty tight fit. If you need more clearance from the hitch pin hole to the edge of your bumper there is a similar rack to the Dr. Tray which I recommend checking out, the Kuat NV 2.0 # BA12B, which as you can see by the accompanying cutout of Kuat's dimensions for this rack is just over 7" from...
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  • Kuat Bike Rack to Carry Fat Bikes with 4 Inch Tires
  • The Kuat Sherpa 2.0, part # SH22G, can carry up to 3 inch tires maximum because the trays are fixed. The Kuat NV 2.0 Base, part # BA12B, can fit up to 4.8 inch tires. The racks are fairly similar other than the maximum tire size and weight capacity. Also, we have the Kuat NV 2.0, part # NV22G, which is also similar with the higher capacities. It also includes a built-in bike repair stand.
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  • Fit of Kuat NV 2.0 # BA12B Bike Rack in Class II Hitch on 2012 Subaru Outback
  • The Kuat NV 2.0 # BA12B would almost certainly be a good choice for your Outback. Just to make sure, you'll want to measure the distance from the hitch pin hole in your receiver tube to the furthest rearward edge of the back bumper. As long as this distance is less than 7 inches, the NV would work great on your Outback. I'll link you to an FAQ article that explains how to take the measurement I mentioned above. I've also linked you to a product demonstration video featuring the NV.
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  • Recommended Bike Rack for a 2015 Audi A5 Cabriolet
  • The Thule Camber # TH9058 is a great bike rack that should fit just fine on your 2015 Audi A5 Cabriolet with the Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver # C11188 installed. To add locks to the Camber you will need the Snug Tite # THSTL2 and the Cable Lock # TH538XT. If you have any bikes with a step-through frame you will also need the Adapter Bar # TH982XT to allow it to hang level. A bike rack that I highly recommend, even over the Thule Camber is the Kuat NV 2.0 Base # BA12B because it will...
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  • Is the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack Class I Rated
  • Yes, the Kuat NV 2.0 Base 2-Bike Platform Rack part # BA12B is rated for use with a class I trailer hitch. This is an excellent bike rack that has some really nice features like an easy to use foot lever tilting mechanism, locks for security, and a raised shank for increased ground clearance. I have attached a review video for you as well.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for E-Bike With Fenders
  • We have bike racks that will be perfect for your e-bike with fenders, though you are correct that the Kuat NV 2.0 # BA12B will not work with your e-bike that has fenders as it would smash them, like you said. The reason for that is the NV 2.0 is a wheel-mount bike rack, which means it uses hooks that grasp your bikes by the wheels (where the fenders are) instead of the frame. What you will need instead is a frame-mounted bike rack. I strongly recommend the Saris Freedom EX 2 Bike Platform...
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