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.
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 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.
More info: kuatracks.com
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