Kuat Racks Bets on Black: New Color Option for NV Hitch Rack in 2014

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Kuat brings black and polished silver to their top-shelf NV rack for 2014. As seen at Frostbike. © Cyclocross Magazine

Kuat brings black and polished silver to their top-shelf NV rack for 2014. As seen at Frostbike. © Cyclocross Magazine

Kuat Racks high-end hitch and roof racks are easy to identify, with their iconic gray and orange metallic color scheme. They set themselves apart from the Thule and Yakimas of the world with this look, but this year, they’ve introduced a black and polished silver version more capable of blending in with your car, for those less inclined to shout “I’ve got a high-end rack” when parking their car.

Not a fan of orange? Kuat hopes black and polished silver will match your bike and car better. © Cyclocross Magazine

Not a fan of orange? Kuat hopes black and polished silver will match your bike and car better. © Cyclocross Magazine

The color change brings a black and polished silver version to the classic NV model, which runs a hefty $549 (but might be cheaper than a ruined, muddy interior). It comes with the built-in cable lock, hand-tight, no tools cam system, and the Trail Doc repair stand, one of our favorite features for cyclocross.

Like black but want to save some coin? Kuat also has the all-black NV Core at $439. Kuat explains, “We took our best-selling NV and streamlined it to the essentials: striking design, easy loading and unloading, durability, and optimized for larger bikes.” Additionally, lock cables can be added as an upgrade.

We’ve reviewed the Kuat rack before (back in Issue 17) and we loved their high-end rack, ease of use, ability to quickly remove it or swing it out of the way to open a hatch, and then handy built-in lock.

The hitch rack lineup from Kuat

The hitch rack lineup from Kuat

The company also recently introduced the Trio fork mount roof rack bike carrier that works with both factory racks and aftermarket bars, and is compatible with quick release and thru-axle bikes. Stay tuned for a full review on the Trio.

Kuat Racks' new Trio roof rack bike mount.

Kuat Racks’ new Trio roof rack bike mount.

More info: kuatracks.com

 

 

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2 comments
lafilmsound
lafilmsound

My rack fell apart in the car wash and when I tried posting the picture to their facebook page they banned me. I called jay at Kuat and he told me that this is not a warranty or manufacturer issue.

Rich Weinstock
Rich Weinstock

I have that exact rack on the back of my pickup and it's awesome! Though one drawback - does not accommodate fat bikes

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