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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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    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?

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    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

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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.

    Thanks,
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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.

    Thanks,
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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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