Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 GMC Yukon XL

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 GMC Yukon XL


Hey guys. John here from etrailer.com, and today on our 2020 GMC Yukon XL we're going to be test fitting the Kuat NV 2.0 Platform Bike Rack. This is designed for 2" by 2" trailer hitch receivers and it comes in a gunmetal gray finish here. It's part number NV22G, as well as a black finish, it's part number NV22B.This is a great way to transport your bikes to your favorite destination without having to load them on top of your vehicle or into the cargo area. It can accommodate up to two bikes weighing 60 pounds each when fits with a max tire width of 4.8". The wheel diameters it can accommodate is 25 to 29".

However, if you have a smaller wheel diameter, there's an adapter who we have here at etrailer.com for 20 to 24" wheel diameters.I'd like to show you one of the key features in this bike rack is the integrated cable lock that loads right here into the tray. This will be one on this side and one for the other tray as well. Simply pull it out, loop the cable around the wheel and then insert it back into itself. It's a very unique design, keeps it hidden and out of the way.Now I'd like to show you one of the cool features about this bike rack, I really like, is the lever here to tilt it away, is located right here, really easy access. Pull it towards yourself and rotate the bike rack down to gain access to your rear hatch.

We would like to note though, that even though you can raise your hatch, you can't get it too open, enough that you can maybe load something smaller in the back of your vehicle, but nothing really big, anything big you're going to need to take the bike off of the bike rack.Go ahead and lift the bike rack up into the towed position again, you can hear the audible click. It means it's ready to go. To remove our bike, we'll need to release it from the two points of contact here with the ratcheting arm and the ratcheting strap. To remove the strap, go ahead and press the button in to loosen up the strap and then to remove the arm you're going to want to grab your bike first and then pressing this button to release the arm. Okay.

We'll go ahead and place our arm and our strap back in place as if we we're heading down the roadWe'll go ahead and take a couple of dimensions here for you to see if it's going to be a good fit for your application. The bike rack down here in the towed position, the furthest point from your rear bumper, it's going to be out here by the bike repair stand. It's going to be about 32". This is a good dimension to keep in mind for if you're going to be parking into a smaller garage or maybe a tight parking space, you can use that to help you determine if you're going to be able to fit very well. In the closest point of the bike rack back here, to the rear bumper is going to be right about 8", so still plenty of room.

You're not going to have to worry about the bike rack being very close to your vehicle.To raise the platform bike rack into the folding position, you want to pull the same level we used for the tilting function. Lift it in place until you hear the audible click. As you can see, it really reduces the length here. From our rear bumper, it's now reduced to about 15", and the closest point, it's going to be about 5", right here at the tray, so still you have plenty of room at the back. It really reduces the length, so you can probably fit in your garage a lot easier since it reduces it.Down here at the end we have the integrated anti-rattle, so you'll turn this to the right and it expands the ball in there, the ball bearing on the shank, which reduces the play in the bike rack and the hitch receiver. As you can see, I'm shaking the bike rack and it's shaking the entire vehicle. There's also an included lock, a locking hitch pin here to help secure your bike rack to the vehicle.One of the key features of this bike rack that none of the other bike racks on the market that I've seen have it, is the included bike repair stand. You simply loosen this knob here, which then allows us to rotate this top portion and then open up this lever, lift the bike repair stand out and rotate it over, and you can rotate this knob to open up the jaws to put your bike in place.This is a great feature for being able to repair your bike stand, not only if you're in your driveway, but also if you're out on the trail and need to do a quick repair.And with that, it's going to complete our look at the Kuat NV 2.0 Bike Rack on our 2020 GMC Yukon XL. Thanks for watching. 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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