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Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2022 Toyota Tundra

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Review of the Kuat Hitch Bike Racks on a 2022 Toyota Tundra


Hi everyone. Aidan here with etrailer.com and today we're taking a look at the Kuat NV base on our 2022 Toyota Tundra. The NV is going to be a platform style bike rack that holds a bike by the tire, primarily. That's going to mean zero frame contact, meaning good for our carbon frame bikes and alternative frame bikes and with the 60 pound weight capacity, it's going to be good for some e-bikes, too. We've got our secondary point of contact at the back wheel. It's just a wheel strap that runs over, and everything works together really well to hold the bike really solid.

It's gonna be little to no movement of the actual bike in the bike rack, so that's great to see. You do have a tilting function here with the pedal that we can just pull and tilt the rack down. And this would be typically to get hatch access on a vehicle but with your tailgate here, we don't get quite enough clearance. And you'll see, it's close but it will hit the tires of our bike here, today. Now, if you're just wanting to get something out of the back real quick, I wouldn't necessarily feel too bad about just temporarily resting my tailgate on my bike tires, especially if I have a bike with some wider tires, but that might not be something you really want to do.

So just be mindful of that. If you're looking for something that does fully clear, the Saris SuperClamp HD does. So you can get full bed access that way. We do also have integrated cable locks here at the back of each tray. That'll wrap around your bike and lock it up to the rack and then house back inside of that tray.

And at this point, we'll get the bike removed. We'll start with that wheel strap, pressing in on the button and removing the ratcheting strap. And then for the hook. Just press this button, push up and out on the arm. And then everything's fully open for us to just lift the bike up and away from the truck.

Because there's no center mass or anything like that, loading and unloading is really easy because we just don't have any obstacles there. Only thing to consider is maybe just the actual height of the rack because our hitch does sit a little bit higher up. So if you are loading it up with an e-bike, just be mindful of that. This back strap does slide the whole half of the tray here to accommodate for different wheel bases. And then we can just fold this up as well and get some measurements. So we'll start off with the ground clearance. At the very back end, our point to the ground here is 28 inches of ground clearance, so that's gonna be plenty. I don't think you'll have to worry about bottoming out even if you do decide to go off road. And for our overall distance added to the back, it is gonna stick out 30 and a half inches, which isn't too bad. But if we decide to leave this in the hitch between rides, we can fold it up when bikes are unloaded. This will make it take up just less room and then, when we're ready to ride, we can just fold it down flat and load up our bikes. It just removes that step of putting it in the hitch. In this state, it only sticks out 15 and a half inches to the outermost point here. So it is a lot more condensed. That outermost point is the anti-rattle knob. It's tool-free and just built into the rack, keeping it solid in the hitch, left to loosen, right to tighten. And then over at the hitch it's working with our two inch by two inch receiver and comes with a locking hitch pin. That lock is key to, like, two, those cable locks up top so everything's under one system. And overall, I think the NV is a great option for a bike rack. If you're looking for something that will clear up that tailgate though, check out the SuperClamp like I mentioned earlier. Otherwise, it's gonna be a solid rack. It's gonna work with a wide variety of bikes and it's gonna look good, too. Thanks for watching..


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