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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2021 Toyota 4Runner

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2021 Toyota 4Runner


Hi, everyone. Aiden here with etrailer.com. And today we're gonna be taking a look at the Kuat NV 2.0 platform style bike rack here on our 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Now it's gonna be a really nice quality platform-style rack. It's gonna hold the bike by the back wheel and the front tire right here with this wheel hook. So what that means we're gonna have zero frame contact making it really nice for carbon frame bikes, alternative frame bikes, and with 60 pound weight capacity even some e-bikes with the battery removed.

Another nice thing that this rack has is the ability to tilt away from the vehicle with the bikes loaded. Now, this is something that not all platform racks have, but it is a pretty common feature and really nice to have especially with something like your 4Runner here where you've got a nice place to sit here, maybe change your shoes before or after a ride or get something outta the back when you need it. There's a fair amount of room here and you will notice it is a pretty tight clearance there. I will point out that our bike from the center out to the end of the handlebar here is 15 inches and it does clear. So if you're any more than that, just watch out.

Your bike might not be able to clear like this one can. And then all you gotta do is lift it back up and it'll lock in place, really easy. Now to get the bike unloaded, we're gonna come to the back wheel strap first and we can push this button in and remove the ratcheting strap. This whole thing does slide back and forth along the whole length of the tray to adjust for different wheel bases. And then we can come to the front hook, push the button up and out with the arm.

And we're good to go. We can just grab our bike, lift it off, and walk it away to the side here. As opposed to a bike rack with maybe like a center mass, this is really easy to load and unload because you don't have anything in here that you're competing with to get the bike around. Now, one other thing I wanna point out here is on each tray by the back wheel there is a spot with an integrated cable lock. The locking core is in here and it's nice that it's all built into the bike rack.

So if you're not around your bikes are safe and secure. Now, as far as some measurements go, you will notice there is a pretty significant rise in the shank here. Your 4Runner already sits high off the ground, so you're gonna be working with 28 inches of ground clearance at the end here. It's gonna be plenty for any sort of steep driveway or hill. As far as how far this gonna stick out from the back of your bumper, you're gonna be adding 34, 35 inches of length to the outermost point here on the bike stand. So that is a fair bit of length added. You're gonna wanna watch out for garages, parking spots, that sort of thing. But we can come to the same lever we did before and fold it upright when the bikes aren't loaded up. So if you wanna leave the bike rack on, you can and it's ready to go for next time. That's gonna cut down the length here to 18 inches that it's sticking out from the back bumper. That's a lot more manageable in my opinion. So I think that'll work out really well. You aren't really coming close to the back of the bumper here. So I'm not worried about any sort of vehicle contact, especially with how stable it is. Now one unique feature that the NV 2.0 has is the bike stand. We can flip that lever, pull the stand up and out. And then if we are on the trail, we need to do some maintenance on our bike, and we don't have a good place to do it. We can drop it in the stand, clamp it in, and you're good to go. It's really nice and convenient to have that because you never know when you're gonna need to do some emergency repairs while you're out riding. And then that just pops back in, locks into place like that. Nice and easy. Now, down at the bottom here, we have our tool-less anti-rattle device. Like I showed you earlier, it's really stable and I don't need to carry around a wrench or anything with me. I can loosen it up like that or tighten it up really quickly, really easily. And then by the hitch here, we can see it fits a two inch by two inch receiver tube with a locking hitchpin. These locks are keyed alike to the cable locks up top. So it's really nice to see. And overall, I really like the NV. It's an easy bike rack to recommend because it just hits so many boxes. If you aren't needing something that can hold up to 60 pounds, the Sherpa is another really nice option. It's got a slightly lower weight capacity, but with all, most of the same features. Really nice overall and it's a good quality bike rack for your 4Runner. Thanks for watching..


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