Küat racks are an American brand who have been making outdoors equipment transport easier since 2008. They have been making racks since 2008 and they have a new home in Australia with FE Sports. We've got three of their light weight hitch racks on test right now.

Hitch racks fit 2" or 1.25" hitch mounts, and typically offer 1-4 bike mounting options. WE've taken a look at the ins ans outs of different bike rack types in our Bike Rack Guide.

Oh, and the pronunciation: koo-at.

All the racks on test use a 2" (50mm) hitch with an expanding cam so it locks in nice and tight.

None of the racks have built in lights or a number plate holder, so you do need to factor one in, and think about the best way to fit it.

Küat NV 2.0 - $1259

Weight: 24kg
Wheel sizes: 20-29” (adaptor for 20-24”
Rack Weight: 23.5kg
Rack capacity: 27kg per bike
Nifty features: Has an inbuilt work stand and locks

The NV 2.0 is the top rack in the range, with a solid alloy construction. It can lower back when loaded for boot access, or fold up against the boot when not in use.

The wheel base limit is 1270mm, and the front wheel cradles adapt their position to create the extra length. This also helps with clearance between bars and saddles. It uses an 8mm allen key to do this - which ports in the back of the rack.

Bikes are secured via an arm that compresses over the front tyre, so this means you have contact that doesn't touch the frame. A strap secures the rear wheel and it's all really snug. You can get a kit to work with 5" fat bike tyres. There's also a 2 bike add on ($539) for the 50mm hitch model, although you can't use it on the 1.25" hitch model.

Kuat also have an inbuilt workstand on the NV 2.0, although you can buy the NV Base for $1099 and forego the rack (but add it later if you like).

With a hitch lock pin and built in locks, this one is stable, well-featured and secure rack.

Get more details on the FE Sports website.