Product Review: KÜAT NV 2.0 RAMP

KÜAT NV 2.0 RAMP

You can see how long the NV 2.0 ramp is, and that gradual incline makes getting a 50-pound e-bike up onto the rack all but effortless.

 

For many of us, when it comes to transporting our e-bikes, finding a good two-bike rack that can handle the weight of an e-bike is problematic enough. Next comes the task of hefting a 50-plus-pound bike onto a rack. Not easy. For some, it’s impossible.

Thankfully, the folks over at Küat have recognized the problem and have come up with a very simple solution. Their NV 2.0 steel ramp expands to nearly 6 feet and attaches via some additional hardware to their NV 2.0 ramp. 

THE RACK

The Kuat ramp won’t do you any good if you don’t have the Küat rack it’s designed for. They sent us their NV 2.0 folding rack. It comes in a small box, very well-packed, with Ikea-like instructions. We tried to build it using only one person, but it ended up requiring two. Easy mounting in a 2-inch hitch receiver, with great controls for tightening it in so it doesn’t move around when bikes are mounted, with a locking pin that’s keyed the same as the two cable locks that mount under either bike runner. Those locks are magnetically held in, and they do tend to pop out over bumps, leaving the locks to drag on the ground. 

The shepherd’s hook that holds the front wheel into a very attractive tray setup (with plenty of room for drainage if you got muddy) can easily handle up to 29er wheels, and the strap on the back moves along the channel to hold the back wheel, regardless of wheelbase. The rack itself is metallic grey with orange-anodized accents.

It comes with an accessory bike stand so you can work on your bike without needing to load it onto
the rack. 

The fully expanded ramp.

 

You can see the channels and thumbscrews that allow the pamp to expand and contract for easy storage.

 

It ain’t rocket surgery! This very simple design keeps the ramp sturdy, easy to use and relatively inexpensive.

THE RAMP

Installing the ramp leaves you taking the end caps off the channels where the locks are and completely removing the locks and two Torx bolts (wrench included) to install a metal receiver that the ramp will hook into. This takes a few minutes each, but it’s pretty straightforward. Make sure you align that piece correctly, as there is some play to it. We found this out the hard way the first time we tried to mount the ramp; it wouldn’t fit. Loosening the bolts slightly allowed us to align it properly, and off we went.

The ramp has a pair of thumbscrews that tighten into long channels, effectively letting you expand it from 32 inches to 54 inches. This makes it incredibly easy to move the weight up the inclined plane (remember this from your physics class umpteen years ago?). You might even be able to engage Walk mode if your bike has it to make it even easier.

Price: $90

www.kuatonline.com


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