Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2018 Subaru Outback Wagon


Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Subaru Outback wagon we're taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0. This is a two bike platform style rack, this has been designed for use in two inch by two inch hitches. The part number on it NV22G. Now there are several options available in colors and sizes for the NV, this is the gunmetal gray and orange, we also have it in the metallic black, two bike like what we have here or four bike. For those of you with the inch and a quarter hitches we have it available in the gunmetal gray and orange and metallic black limited to the two bike version only.Now the biggest benefit we get out of the envy here is gonna be the access that we can gain into the rear of the vehicle. Some platform style racks don't have quite this much tilt feature which a lot of times run into interference as we're opening our door but you can see we've got plenty of clearance here with the Subaru, allows us to get anything in or out of the back that we might want.

Now if we lift up here in the rear, wait until you hear it click, that's gonna be right back into position, ready to head down the road. Something else you might find pretty neat, it's gonna be a bike repair arm. This is designed to go all the way down to half inch tubing and on up to like the larger three inch tubing, gives you a good way to grip your bike if you need to maintain it or work on it.Now holding the bike in place will use a front wheel hook right up here, this you'll position just in front of your brake component so you don't want them resting on it, but as close to it as possible. At the rear it's gonna use a cam buckle style strap, you push that in it allows us to take that out. You can see we've got a good length on that, this rack's designed to accommodate bike tires up to 4.8 inches.

It's also gonna work with different wheel bases, you can see how this will slide in and out for you so we can go all the way up to 48 inches there.Now to remove the front wheel hook it's pretty easy, almost like a pistol grip. Just gonna push in on that lever there with your thump, allow that to come up, move that down and out of the way, and our bike's gonna come off very easily, definitely easier than what we see out of some of the hanging style racks. The front wheel cradle itself does have accommodations you can see here for the road bike tires like what we had on there and it's gonna stagger out for those larger sized tires.Let's go over a few measurements just so you have a good idea of what kind of changes we're gonna have on the Subaru and the two bike version that we've got here. Looks like we're gonna add it's about 29 and a half inches, this being our furthest back point. At its closest point to the rear of the vehicle got about five and a half inches.

Then ground clearance here at the back it's gonna be about 21 to the bottom.Now we do have the option of tilting this up closer to the rear of the vehicle as well, same lever that we used before allows that to rotate and lock in position. That's typically where your repair rack is gonna come in handy in this position. A couple more measurements here just so you have an idea. Looks like to the end of our tensioning knob you've got about 11 and a half inches. You can see the rack does come in pretty close to the rear of the vehicle in a couple spots here, looks like about an inch and a half is gonna be the closest but Kuat has a very good anti-rattle system, you can see there's not really any movement or play, there's no way that rack's gonna actually come up and make contact with the rear of the vehicle.You have a straight shank here on the bottom so the ground clearance is gonna be the same as whatever the bottom of your hitch is at the inside of the receiver tube.

Here's our knob for that anti-rattle device, you can see we can loosen that up. You can see the more we do the more movement and play that we have in the rack. We tighten down so we can get rid of all of that. I like to kind of shake the rack a little bit just to make sure you get it all out of the way there. Just like that.We've got all the measurements that we need for our test fit now let's head out and see how the Kuat NV 2.0 performed when they had it on the test course. Speaker 2: 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.


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