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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacons View Post
    Do you work for, or sponsored by 1up in some way?
    LOL I know it seems that way. I wish I was. Just really happy with my purchase and I like that they're domestically located and built. They've taken really good care of me as a customer as well so I feel like I ought to pay it forward.

    Besides, I feel like when people post absurd (to me) comments, I can choose to put in my own $.02. Kinda like when you said in the other thread that you knew someone who had some sort of "failure" that no one else in a 1000 posts had ever mentioned. Just like you are a little suspicious, so was I.

    I do agree that the 1up has a bit of a "DIY" look to it, especially in pictures. I assume that if it looked as nice as a Kuat but was still domestically made and as well engineered, it would make the current 1up price look like a bargain. I like that the rack isn't very photogenic, like its owner.

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    [QUOTE=Golf Nut;9349379]Just wanted to throw my hat in the ring for the Yakima Swing Daddy. I love that I can swing the entire carrier out of the way, with bikes loaded on it, and open the tailgate of my Tundra if I need something from the bed of my truck (I have a cover on the bed of my truck).

    nice set up, i'm going to have to look into one of those

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    I have the Sportrack 2EZ that I picked up from a neighbour for $80 after he used it one time. I know they aren't the best rack out there, but if you have a limited budget, they're great. Only real issue is that it has no lock (a kit can be bought for it), but all I do is run a cable from my frame through my safety chain holes in the trailer hitch.
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    I did the exact same thing with my 2EZ, which I just sold. It worked nicely for what it was. I just ordered a Saris Thelma 2 to replace my 2EZ. Good friend has the 3 bike version, but I am on a bit of a budget, so the 2 will have to do. Now the waiting game begins while it is shipped to me.

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    Just ordered a 1 Up. I didn't want to spend that kind of cash, but what sold me was the YouTube video. Once you watch it you will be sold.

    1UP USA Quik-Rack Platform Bike Rack - YouTube

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    +1 for 1up. Awesome rack.

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    After reading all the posts I purchased a 1 Up 2 bike for the 2" receiver. This was after I originally purchased a Saris Cycle On Pro that I returned due to the difficulty with the releases. My 1Up arrived and it looked like a piece of art and was similar to a transformer toy in its ability to impress. I like the 1UP and my wife can use it with out me when she rides with her group. The one up also lets you put the small bike close to the car and the larger bike higher up and there are no issues with alignment of bars and seats.

    If you can afford it it is worth the money IMO. I don't have any experience with the Kuat but some of the guys I have met her in Boulder have recommended it.

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    That 1UP looks really nice, I just wish that the price was a little lower. For $300 I can only haul 1 bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    That 1UP looks really nice, I just wish that the price was a little lower. For $300 I can only haul 1 bike?
    I hate to use a Cliche, but you get what you pay for...

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    yup, buy the best and buy it once.
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    whatever...

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    See, I'm not the only fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    I hate to use a Cliche, but you get what you pay for...
    I understand what you are saying, but for me, it is the justification of it.

    Sure, I can get a bike for $10,000, but is there something priced less that will perform as well? I think that I can find a rack that will perform as well, and hold at least two bikes for less money.

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    It looks like there's no locking hitch pin or hole feature with the 1up? So anyone with an allen wrench can steal it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBuddy View Post
    It looks like there's no locking hitch pin or hole feature with the 1up? So anyone with an allen wrench can steal it?
    No, it's a proprietary tool - basically, it's an hex-shaped socket with a pin in the middle of it, so a regular allen wrench won't work

    I love my 1Up - it's by FAR the best rack I have ever seen or used. Fast and easy on/off for the bike as well as the rack itself. Plus the rack itself, once off, folds up relatively compact, so I can put in the back of my SUV without it taking up too much space. And it literally takes about 10 seconds to install or remove the rack. It's great. Buy one, because I'll bet that you'll love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    No, it's a proprietary tool - basically, it's an hex-shaped socket with a pin in the middle of it, so a regular allen wrench won't work

    I love my 1Up - it's by FAR the best rack I have ever seen or used. Fast and easy on/off for the bike as well as the rack itself. Plus the rack itself, once off, folds up relatively compact, so I can put in the back of my SUV without it taking up too much space. And it literally takes about 10 seconds to install or remove the rack. It's great. Buy one, because I'll bet that you'll love it.
    FWIW, it isn't a proprietary tool that only 1up uses, but it is a little random for the average (or even above average) thief to carry on their person at all times. It doesn't take that long to track one down if you needed a spare. With that said, there are a lot more important things to worry about.

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    Saris racks are straight up garbage had mine for less then a week FYI cycleon pro doesn't fit 29ers with2.5 tires I returned it got a kuat it's like night and day comparing a Porsche to a pento I would have gone 1up but didn't know about them at the time.

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    Kuat. best hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339404907.686311.jpgbest hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339404945.151603.jpg
    Looks so much better than the 1-up and I think performs better, my buddy has one and I don't trust the way the arms work
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    Kuat.
    Looks so much better than the 1-up and I think performs better, my buddy has one and I don't trust the way the arms work
    FYI. The pretty gold anodize will fade within the year if kept outside..the Kuat sticker will also start de-laminating as well. Although the unit is aluminum, the weld is not pure and will eventually corrode where it is exposed (most like surface rust...but still visible).

    Taken from my past experience with a white kuat sherpa. Good unit overall (compared to my old Thule T2), but the 1UP is a step above the Kuat IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    Looks so much better than the 1-up and I think performs better, my buddy has one and I don't trust the way the arms work
    Please explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonylokrn View Post
    FYI. The pretty gold anodize will fade within the year if kept outside..the Kuat sticker will also start de-laminating as well. Although the unit is aluminum, the weld is not pure and will eventually corrode where it is exposed (most like surface rust...but still visible).

    Taken from my past experience with a white kuat sherpa. Good unit overall (compared to my old Thule T2), but the 1UP is a step above the Kuat IMO.
    kept my NV on my car 24/7 for the last year and a half, have had none of these issues

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    Another vote for the 1up!!

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    Try to check this out. onsaleramps.com under bike rack category. They got variety of hitch bike rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Please explain.

    J.
    I know you 1Up guys are fans of your rack... so I'm not going to split hairs. When I had my Küat I shopped all the others. For me, the deal maker for me with the NV was the integrated trail doc and locking cables. The trail doc was a great feature that I sorely miss. (I recently sold my NV based on my specific needs).

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    I went through the Yakima Hold up and Thule T2 decision a couple years ago, ended up with the Thule T2 after almost returning it. The yakima has more off road clearance because of the elbow going to the bike trays out of the hitch instead of the 18-24" long strait bar out of the hitch the T2 uses with it's folding mechanism. The deciding factor was the T2 was more adjustable and I could easily set it up once to work with all my bikes in one position, I set my T2 up and through dozens of different bike combos have yet to find one that I couldn't make work without having to move the trays. I did end up drilling another hitch hole that allowed me to move the T2 in about 4" further helping with off road clearance. I did think the T2 held bikes a bit more solid, but both were pretty solid. The yakima looks better/cleaner than the T2.

    That said the T2 was not without it's flaws, and I made several modifications once I had it where I wanted it. One was that I didn't like the main tray clamp design, while it won't come off, it could loosen and slide and I tried various torque values to try and find a sweet spot and couldn't, and this problem is well documented. So once I knew I had them where I wanted them I drilled and bolted them through the main beam. I also replaced a lot of the hardware with stainless steel to minimize rusting. I also wish they made the front wheel trays out of metal, the plastic they use is very flexible and I believe the rack would hold bikes even more solid with a metal tray.

    The T2 rear wheel straps are a joke, they can fall right off the rack easily, I can't imagine how many people have lost them over the years, the first year I used it I can't count the number of times they fell of the rack just putting bikes on and taking them off. In the end I ended up attaching a little tether to them so while they'd still fall out of the rear wheel "chock" I wouldn't loose them.

    I'd also like to see them offer an optional brake/turn light kit, I ended up rigging a brake like into the tray for when I had bikes on it, but the wheels do obscure your turn signals and brake lights, on my truck it's not a big deal because they are big/bright but I can see on some trucks with smaller ones it might be an issue. The versahaul I have for my dirt bike has that type of kit and it's a really nice option.

    Also while I have not gotten a ticket for it, I have been pulled over twice now and warned that having the rack folded up was obstructing my license plate and next time I'd get a $50 fix it ticket, have to remove the rack and bring it to the DMV and have them sign off on it. That's not just a T2 thing, lots of these fold up racks obscure the license plate, they don't seem to mind if you are actively hauling bikes but if you just leave the rack on folded up without bikes on they do. So that's a huge annoyance, with no good solution.

    1) either you take the tickets
    2) you remove/install the rack every time you use it

    They could easily make a 90 degree "folding" plate attachment on the rear bike tray so if you wanted to leave the rack on you could simply mount the plate to the rack, and fold it so it would show with the rack in the up/down position. Then you'd have people forgetting to put their plate on their vehicle if they took the rack off I suppose, because no state is going to give you 3 plates.

    Every design I've see so far has compromises, just depends on your needs. I'd like to check out the heavy duty 2 bike 1up rack, seems like it's fast to use, and has a lot of off road clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddM View Post
    Also while I have not gotten a ticket for it, I have been pulled over twice now and warned that having the rack folded up was obstructing my license plate and next time I'd get a $50 fix it ticket, have to remove the rack and bring it to the DMV and have them sign off on it. That's not just a T2 thing, lots of these fold up racks obscure the license plate, they don't seem to mind if you are actively hauling bikes but if you just leave the rack on folded up without bikes on they do. So that's a huge annoyance, with no good solution.

    1) either you take the tickets
    2) you remove/install the rack every time you use it

    They could easily make a 90 degree "folding" plate attachment on the rear bike tray so if you wanted to leave the rack on you could simply mount the plate to the rack, and fold it so it would show with the rack in the up/down position. Then you'd have people forgetting to put their plate on their vehicle if they took the rack off I suppose, because no state is going to give you 3 plates.
    state by state thing I suppose, cant be ticketed for it in TX

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    Yep TX is nice that way that they have a specific exception for bicycle carriers in their transportation code dealing with obscured license plates.

    Another rack I'd really like to check out is the Tuf Rack, looks burly, and it sounds like they will custom make you any hitch/receiver setup you want, so if you want it farther back, closer, higher up etc. they will build it, and the offer pre-built setups with 0, 3, and 6" of rise from the hitch to hold 1 to 5 trays.

    That said, I don't like the single center ratchet strap hold down, just because I have bikes with top tube mount cables, and even without cables you'd need a serious strap pad. I've seen ratchet straps do some impressive damage to motorcycles rubbing on them for a few hundred miles on a trailer, right through paint and into the aluminum. It's also hard to tell how solidly all the parts are once they are put together but it looks like there's a lot of slop in their video on their website in the trays/hitch. They do have a small set screw on the tray that's supposed to keep them from wobbling but having seen much beefer anti-wobble designs give up off road I don't buy that little set screw is going to work after a few miles of bumps. They also sell a hitch anti-wobble as well. There's also no folding option but I could live with that. If it had an option to solidly bolt to the hitch and solidly bolt the trays so there was zero slop, and it had a better bike retention system it would be sweet. It also looks like from pics of it in use that the ratchet strap can also end up with the ratchet itself rubbing on your cranks.

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    1 up for sure. just picked one up and its great, added the fat tire spacer and rack does make a little noise now.

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    I didn't see anyone mention Raxter? I have had the duopod for 2 years now and I love it. So quick and easy, and the price is nice.

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    916xtr

    I just ordered a Thule 916xtr. It should be here tomorrow or thursday at the latest. I'll throw in my 2 cents after I use it for awhile.

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    Still happy with my Yakima Holdup.

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    Waited for the right opportunity and finally got the Kuat NV for $385 last night. Was going to buy the 1up but at this price, I couldn't turn down the Kuat.

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    I was ready to drink the kool-aid and sacrifice my first born son on the altar of 1up, but decided on the Kuat Sherpa and am pretty happy with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    I just ordered a Thule 916xtr. It should be here tomorrow or thursday at the latest. I'll throw in my 2 cents after I use it for awhile.
    I really like mine. The only downside is its heavy and clunky if you're taking it in and off a lot. I just leave mine on though. Oh and not coming with 2 more locks kind of stinks but they're cheap enough to buy singles once you get the number off then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogsim View Post
    I was ready to drink the kool-aid and sacrifice my first born son on the altar of 1up, but decided on the Kuat Sherpa and am pretty happy with that.
    Shame on you! There was a thread here someplace where some guy bought a roof box for his car to put all his luggage in so that he could keep the bikes in the car. The *least* you could do is buy the 1UpUSA rack for your bikes!

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    if anyone has the weights for these jewels please post them (2 Bikes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter95 View Post
    I have the Swagman XTC2. Its awesome.
    Swagman here as well. Love it. I use the locking hitch pin/cable and its very secure with it. Quality and functionality at a reasonable price. Bikes are easy to load/unload and solidly held in place.

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    I am trying to find a 1 1/4" 2 bike rack that is class 1. That's the only class I can get for my subaru. I called Yakima for info on the Holdup model and they said they want you to only mount it to class 2 or 3. So now I just have to keep looking

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    Thule T2! I have the 2 bike extension but leave it off for everything but vacation. It's a beast setup for 4 bikes. It's big and bulky, but if you can leave it on the car, folds nicely and a great super easy to use. I use to be a roof racker and had a nice Thule upright hitch rack as well, but the T2 is the best by far. Made in the US as well.

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    I run an 1 1/4" Thule T2 on my Subaru. Works great.

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    Kuat NV here. Got it back in June and love it. Takes a little more diligence loading a road bike, making sure to center the front tire before clamping it down. No complaints otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    I run an 1 1/4" Thule T2 on my Subaru. Works great.
    what model subaru?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    I am trying to find a 1 1/4" 2 bike rack that is class 1. That's the only class I can get for my subaru. I called Yakima for info on the Holdup model and they said they want you to only mount it to class 2 or 3. So now I just have to keep looking
    any 1-1/4" rack will work with your vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    what model subaru?
    04 wrx wagon. Like the guy above said though any 1 1/4" rack will work. Most are 2-3 bike at most because of the receiver size though.

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    That's what I was thinking. But the guy was intent on only mounting it to a class 2 or 3 due to weight. Hard to say no to 20% on off on Jensons site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    That's what I was thinking. But the guy was intent on only mounting it to a class 2 or 3 due to weight. Hard to say no to 20% on off on Jensons site.
    not sure what you mean here, but id guess whoever you were talking to was talking about a 2" rack cuz there isnt a class 3 1.25" hitch...1.25" hitches are almost always class 1, and 2" hitches are almost always class 3 (class 2 can be either 2" or 1.25" but arent as common ime)...as long as the rack is 1.25" it will work, a class 1 hitch can handle up to 200lbs tongue weight

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    Yakima Racks & Carriers › Shop › Bike › Hitch › HoldUp (1 1/4" receivers only)

    under details it says "Available in either 2” or 1¼” (class 2 or 3) hitch receiver models"

    I called Yakima and they said we don't want you attaching it to a class 1 hitch even though class 1 is rated for 200lbs.

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    weird, you should be fine, my friend has it on a class 1

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    I'm thinking the same. But the guy on the phone just can't say it'll work since the site says otherwise. They have to cover their butts as well. It weighs 50lbs, my bike weighs 30lbs and another bike would be about the same. so that's way under the 200lb load limit

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    I'm another member who went with the SportRack A30901 2EZ Hitch Platform 2 Bike Rack. It is a really high quality product, works just as it is supposed to, and has a heavy duty feel about it. And it doesn't flop around behind the car even when fully loaded.

    I was afraid that not being able to tilt the bikes on the rack so the hatch can be opened would be a problem, but so far its not been an issue.

    Well worth the $156.00 price on Amazon.



    With a 29'er and a 26".



    I like the 1up rack, pretty neat and will tilt with the bike on it. But it takes just as long to attach and load as the Sportrack, and Sportrack carries two bikes. So I went with the sportrack.

    And my rack has over 700 miles on it now, and not a single issue.

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    I bought my Kuat Sherpa in August of 2010, so I have almost two years of use on it now. Using it 2-3 times a week during the riding season for two years, I think I have 80-100 trips (and on-the-car, off-the-car cycles on it). I mount it to a VW Tiguan using a one and a quarter inch hitch-mount and transport two 29er FS or two cyclocross bikes on it.

    After two years of use, it’s a bit dinged-up but still going strong. The only issues I have had is some squeaking on rough road—grease at the pivot points fixes this, and I have the retention pins on the release lever and strap buckles try to work themselves free before I pushed them back in.

    Likes:
    Sturdy and durable.
    Secures wheels only, no frame contact.
    Anti-wobble cam in the hitch.
    Light enough for the wife to put on and take off.

    So far, well worth the investment.
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    i had an old sportwerks. spent a lot of time with a thule. and then i bought myself a yakima hold up. The yakima just has better materials and feels more solid IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    Attachment 688626Kuat NV is an outstanding rack, great looks, great customer service. I bought one used and the repair stand was broken, I emailed the company and had a new one in a week, no complaints
    nice bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by uncrx2003 View Post
    Waited for the right opportunity and finally got the Kuat NV for $385 last night. Was going to buy the 1up but at this price, I couldn't turn down the Kuat.
    Where at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
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    Looks so much better than the 1-up and I think performs better, my buddy has one and I don't trust the way the arms work
    This has hoops for just one wheel, and it does not appear to hold the bike as solid as other carry racks.

    just wondering why you like this so much when there are racks with better grasp than this model????
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo15471 View Post
    Where at?
    Amazon had a 20% sale a few weeks ago on top of their Visa card discount so it ended up $385. Couldn't turn that down. Now, I just need to find a 2 bike attachment and I'm set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark42 View Post
    This has hoops for just one wheel, and it does not appear to hold the bike as solid as other carry racks.

    just wondering why you like this so much when there are racks with better grasp than this model????
    Have you owned one of these? Once the bikes are on there, they don't move period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiRCRX View Post
    if anyone has the weights for these jewels please post them (2 Bikes)
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    Kuat NV-
    Swagman XTC-2- ,34 lbs
    1up e-mailed me back,
    2 bikes- 48lbs.

    I actually bought the Kuat Sherpa- 33lbs. I will have to double check that weight, cuz I havn't yet actually weighed it

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    I just researched hitch rack options to death and went with my LBS's orig recommendation and couldn't be happier... Kuat NV

    Quote Originally Posted by uncrx2003 View Post
    Have you owned one of these? Once the bikes are on there, they don't move period.
    Yep.. As solid and stable as you would ever need them to be... and the mounting system is perfect as it doesn't touch any frame and is simple to use..
    Quote Originally Posted by SiRCRX View Post
    1up e-mailed me back,
    2 bikes- 48lbs.

    I actually bought the Kuat Sherpa- 33lbs. I will have to double check that weight, cuz I havn't yet actually weighed it
    Kuat NV as per their website 49lbs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel8810 View Post
    I just researched hitch rack options to death and went with my LBS's orig recommendation and couldn't be happier... Kuat NV



    Yep.. As solid and stable as you would ever need them to be... and the mounting system is perfect as it doesn't touch any frame and is simple to use..


    Kuat NV as per their website 49lbs...
    didn't realize the actually listed wieghts, it says the sherpa is 29lbs.

    Good Find

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    Just got the 1UP rack and installed it on my car yesterday. I was hesitant to buy 1up as from the pics it looks kind of home made. In person this rack is very nice.
    It was the only rack I could find that would allow 1 bike but with expansion if I wanted. It is the only one I found that once it leaves the hitch it slants up away from the ground which is very nice for a car to give extra clearance. I can leave it on the car all the time and it takes a very small amount of space and I can open the rear hitch. It is the only one I found that can do that.
    I have a Yeti 575 and a fatbike so I bought it with the spacers for the fat tires. I also have a thule rack that the arm grabs the tire. The thule works but not as well with the fat tires as the tires do not fit in the tray. 1UP so far seems like a lot nicer rack and made in the USA!

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    Anyone using the Highland Sportwing two bike setup?

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    I've been hauling my bike inside my Honda Element for the last few years, finally got tired of it and bought a hitch and 1up rack. Awesome rack, really great purchase I wish I would have made a lot sooner.

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    I just sold my Yakima StickUp today and ordered a 1up rack. Right now I just got the single bike version. Probably order an additional tray in the next couple of months.
    The Yakima StickUp did its job just fine except I got tired of not being able to open the rear hatch without lowering the rack first.
    AFAIK, the 1Up is the only rack that is modular so you can leave just 1 tray out(and leave the other tray in the trunk if you want) all the time. This should allow you to open the rear hatch without having to lower the rack.

    As for Yakima CS saying that the HoldUp should be mounted to class II or above hitch only. I can see how that is. The class I hitch on my 02 WRX wagon is so flimsy that I can lean on the rack and see the hitch flex! Was driving around with 2 bikes on the rack and every bump on the freeway made the rack bounce so much it was downright scary.

    Those of you that recently ordered the 1Up, how long does it take before they ship?

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    Just looking at the 1UP made up my mind for good which rack I'm gonna buy!
    It's obviously American rugged quality, I love it.
    Plus, it will easily fit my kids smaller bikes.

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    Happy T2 owner here. I like the option of moving the trays so bikes don't hit each other.
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    how is the T2 if you need to put your kids 16" or kids 20" bmx style bike on there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie_b View Post
    how is the T2 if you need to put your kids 16" or kids 20" bmx style bike on there?
    My bmx bike works just fine. The rear tire mount slides up all the way to the center. 16" no idea but it would probably work.

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    My T2 also has been totally solid and is really not that heavy. I bought it over the Raxter as it is able to fold down and allow me to open my rear hatch. I also paid about $200 less than a 1up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastplace29er View Post
    Happy T2 owner here. I like the option of moving the trays so bikes don't hit each other.
    FYI, don't even trust the Thule locks at all. You can take a flat head and with a bit of twist it'll come right out.

    I got rid of mine since it rusted like crazy as well. After a bit of rain it'll have a puddle of rusty water underneath it.

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    i think i'm going to be getting the Kuat NV - can't beat amazon's price. it has 2 bike, built-in cable lock and bike repair stand. same weight as the 1up 2 bike. and it doesn't look like a senior citizen motor scooter carrier j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwu_1 View Post

    Those of you that recently ordered the 1Up, how long does it take before they ship?
    I got mine a few weeks ago, ordered on a Thursday and it was on my doorstep the following Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armoredsaint View Post
    i think i'm going to be getting the Kuat NV - can't beat amazon's price. it has 2 bike, built-in cable lock and bike repair stand. same weight as the 1up 2 bike. and it doesn't look like a senior citizen motor scooter carrier j/k
    Maybe it's just me, but if I were basing my purchase decision on what a rack looked like then I'd probably buy the rack that looks like it could hold a~200 pound electric scooter....

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    heres a Kuat NV after a rear end collision, fwiw
    rack took the majority of the impact from a Toyota Tundra
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    To the 1up owners: someone earlier posted that the arms can fit most bike wheel sizes. I assume 26er, 29er, and road bikes all work easily. Has anyone tried a 20" wheel bike? Does the arm hold that no problem or does it need to be modified? It looks like the rod at the far end of the arm that contacts the wheel could be moved down to different holes - does that need to be done to make it work for a 20" bike? If so, does that need to be done to adjust between 26er and 29er bikes as well, or does the far setting work for both?

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    The far setting works for the larger sizes (26" and >). You'd have to move the contact points for smaller bikes.

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    Discount ramps 3 bike rack. Used two-three times a week, holds 3 bikes no issues. Tilts down for opening the hatch and folds up for when not in use. Very sturdy. Stays on the car finish is decent hasn't rusted one bit.




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    Quote Originally Posted by albertdc View Post
    To the 1up owners: someone earlier posted that the arms can fit most bike wheel sizes. I assume 26er, 29er, and road bikes all work easily. Has anyone tried a 20" wheel bike? Does the arm hold that no problem or does it need to be modified? It looks like the rod at the far end of the arm that contacts the wheel could be moved down to different holes - does that need to be done to make it work for a 20" bike? If so, does that need to be done to adjust between 26er and 29er bikes as well, or does the far setting work for both?

    Thanks
    You have to move the rod, but yes we carry 29 - 20" all the time.





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    Quote Originally Posted by clewttu View Post
    heres a Kuat NV after a rear end collision, fwiw
    rack took the majority of the impact from a Toyota Tundra
    should email that to Kuat and maybe they'll comp you a new one

    poor honda
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    You guys in the states seem lucky enough to not have to relocate or mount a license/number plate to your bike racks?
    Here in South Australia and most likely the rest of Australia, I have had to just buy a smaller license/number plate to mount on a new rack and if any night time driving with rack on must have a light for the plate.
    Our local establishment love to fine you for obscuring/blocking the plates, sometimes even if you have just the hitch with towball on it blocks the view on some cars and therefore they can't ping you on the speed camera's

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    I can't see a title "best hitch rack?" and not take the time to repeat 1 Up.

    A nice light solution if you can't afford the 1 Up is the Saris Freedom.

    Both are made in S. WI.

    I came from a truck-based SUV to car and the lighter weight both offer are really nice.

    I think it's hard to appreciate the 1 Up without working with it.

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    I've had a Kuat NV for a full season now, and have used it a bunch.

    I think it's a great rack in 2-bike mode, but signifigantly less so with the 4-bike add on. When you install the 4-bike extension, you have to re-assemble it with all of the bike trays closer to each other and it causes annoying issues, with bikes making contact with each other. Also, with the extension on there, it's pretty hard to reach the release lever to flip the rack up, and still be in a position where you can actually support the thing (my wife's not strong enough to do it alone).

    Finally, I like the tire grabber things better on Thule racks - it seems like because the Kuat ones can swing freely, I'm more likely to have one pull away from a bike tire and lose a bike. But fortunately, that hasn't happened.

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    JWesty or any others has anyone every been pulled over for having so many bikes or arranged in a fashion that others cannot clearly see your brake lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitflogger View Post
    I can't see a title "best hitch rack?" and not take the time to repeat 1 Up.

    A nice light solution if you can't afford the 1 Up is the Saris Freedom.

    Both are made in S. WI.

    I came from a truck-based SUV to car and the lighter weight both offer are really nice.

    I think it's hard to appreciate the 1 Up without working with it.
    did the makers of the 1up originally working for Saris and then broke off to form their own company?
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    Quote Originally Posted by armoredsaint View Post
    did the makers of the 1up originally working for Saris and then broke off to form their own company?
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    JWesty or any others has anyone every been pulled over for having so many bikes or arranged in a fashion that others cannot clearly see your brake lights?
    Not yet

    But I made a harness with velcro'ed on flush -mount LED taillights for safety.



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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Not yet

    But I made a harness with velcro'ed on flush -mount LED taillights for safety.[/IMG]
    Nice! Where did you get the tailights? Do you remember which ones they are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertdc View Post
    Nice! Where did you get the tailights? Do you remember which ones they are?
    Got them at the local auto parts store... cheaper than online.

    Optronics is the brand I picked... I'm sure there are others.

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    Sweet - thanks for the info! Will likely go that route when I eventually get a hitch rack.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Not yet

    But I made a harness with velcro'ed on flush -mount LED taillights for safety.



    Smart move!! Too many peeps driving without lights when the weather is bad as is already!!
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    J Westy, can we get a side view of your setup? I'm trying to decide between the Kuat and 1UP. Did not see on the 1UP site that you can stack what looks like four in your picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HEEP View Post
    J Westy, can we get a side view of your setup? I'm trying to decide between the Kuat and 1UP. Did not see on the 1UP site that you can stack what looks like four in your picture.

    Thanks,
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    Seriously? There is a great side view just a few posts up...

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerwad View Post
    Seriously? There is a great side view just a few posts up...
    Sorry, for some reason it was only showing the rear view. I see it now.

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    Go with the 1 up. I've owned saris cycle pro, Thule t2, kuat nv, and 1 up. Hands down 1 up then 2nd is kuat then 3rd is Thule and I wouldn't recomend saris at all a complete pos. I never owned a Yakima but that's because I have seen them and they look like crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by JChasse View Post
    I've had a Kuat NV for a full season now, and have used it a bunch.

    I think it's a great rack in 2-bike mode, but signifigantly less so with the 4-bike add on. I think this is true with ANY 4-bike rack, not just the Kuat. When you install the 4-bike extension, you have to re-assemble it with all of the bike trays closer to each other and it causes annoying issues, with bikes making contact with each other. Also, with the extension on there, it's pretty hard to reach the release lever to flip the rack up, and still be in a position where you can actually support the thing (my wife's not strong enough to do it alone).

    Finally, I like the tire grabber things better on Thule racks - it seems like because the Kuat ones can swing freely, I'm more likely to have one pull away from a bike tire and lose a bike. Not sure you're clamping correctly then. The clamp must go all the way over the tire! But fortunately, that hasn't happened.
    There's a video on the Kuat site that's pretty helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Not yet

    But I made a harness with velcro'ed on flush -mount LED taillights for safety.

    That's MERICUN ingenuity for ya! Thanks for the post

    Wrecker service use these and I wondered in the past about doing something like this but never did. Now you gave me inspiration.

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    1up > everything else.

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    I have a Yakima holdup and within a few months, the front pivot arm started to get hard to move. So I called them and they sent me a new rack. No proof of anything and didn't want the old one back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    I have a Yakima holdup and within a few months, the front pivot arm started to get hard to move. So I called them and they sent me a new rack. No proof of anything and didn't want the old one back.
    If they would have designed it properly in the beginning then it would not have failed but being so easy to get replaced also shows me that they expect them to fail. But that's just my ass backwards logic

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    Loving my ISI advanced rack 4x4
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    Also folds down
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    I just ordered a Raxter stinger. After reading almost every post and review on here amd other sites on hitch racks it seemed like the best deal by far. I almost went with the 1up, but reviews are almost identical and the Raxter looks better, comes in black without an upcharge, and I found it on line for exactly half the price of the 1up. I will get it this week and post a review.

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