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    best hitch rack?

    I have a cannondale flash 29er. I have search and read so much I cant make sense of any of it! Which one is the best? what should I look for? I am not worried about cost ($400 vs 100).

    thanks in advance - amazon has too many choices and a bunch are 79-100. I cant make sense of it.
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    1up quick rack

    check out the 1up quick rack review thread a couple of posts down from yours it is supposed to be the best rack you can get. i just ordered mine and am waiting for it to arrive. goodluck
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    After my experience with the Thule T2, Kuat Sherpa, and now the 1UP, my favorite by far is the 1UP. Just ordered my +1 add-on for it.

    Free replacement if it's stolen off the hitch, free shipping to and from, lifetime warranty, and 100% refund if not satisfied. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, 100% made in USA. =D

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    I'm very happy with my Thule t2. My only complaint is it's a little heavy and the rack only comes with 3 lock cores. You need 5 cores for everything. There are some good review and comparison videos on YouTube.



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    don't buy from amazon. support your LBS.

    that being said, i went with the kuat nv2. solid as hell, and customer service is top notch.

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    I like my Kuat NV. Only rack I have owned.

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    well, there's a 34 page thread about 1up racks virtually without complaint...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donn12 View Post
    I have a cannondale flash 29er. I have search and read so much I cant make sense of any of it! Which one is the best? what should I look for? I am not worried about cost ($400 vs 100).

    thanks in advance - amazon has too many choices and a bunch are 79-100. I cant make sense of it.
    Short answer: 1UpUSA QuickRack

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    Crazy easy to use, made of all aluminum and rustproof (unlike the Thule racks), lightweight, folds down small enough to fit in the trunk.

    They have no keyed locks, but the locks built into racks are garbage anyway. They can be defeated with a big screwdriver and a set of vise grips in one big twist. Use a big Kryptonite chain and a good disc lock, or U-lock and attach the other end to your trailer hitch.

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    Damn sleep much?

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    Love my Thule T2!! I also have 3 Thule fork mounts on the top of my truck and love them too!! The T2 is not light but well worth it in sturdiness. You need a place to store it when not being used.

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    I'll add one for the 1-up, mine is awesome. Have owned others, this will be the last.

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    sounds like you don't mind much about cost so the 1up might be the one for you. for anyone who doesn't want to break the bank, i have no idea why someone wouldn't go for the xport tray style rack: XPORT Flatbed 2-Bike Hitch Rack - Hitch Mount

    no issues whatsoever for me and i've had it for a couple years.
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    i still think north shore racks is far and away the most versatile and best rack out there as far as hitch mount go. you can access the trunk or gate. they can carry odd frames. great construction and can carry up to six bikes depending on model

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    1up Quick Rack Quick Review.

    best investment going for a rack.

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    North Shore's are great racks, but they are definitely not versatile. No road bikes and can be hard for smaller folks to lift heavy bikes high enough to load, especially on lifted trucks and SUVs. For access and ease of use for riders of all bikes and person-sizes, it's hard to beat platform racks. I am definitely biased, but of the platform racks (if price isn't an issue), I am amazed that anyone would use anything other than the 1up. It only loses to the Kuat on looks and that's subjective (personally, I like the looks of the Kuat more-are you listening, 1up?).

    If price is an issue, than the Xport is the best deal going, hands down. I have been impressed with the ones I've used.

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    Kuat nv hands down second choice the Thule t2 and whatever you do stay away from saris I had a cycleon pro for a week before I returned it for my kuat nv which is so superior then any other Thule is the only company that can come close

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    ... and if we just ...

    Another 1Up user here. It has been a year now and no issues. It is stupid simple to use, holds the bike like a clam and zero corrosion. Made in the USA too!!
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    I have a kuat NV and Yakima Hold Up 2. Both are great racks. The NV is better looking and has the built in repair stand plus its a little lighter but the Hold Up folds up slightly smaller and is a bit cheaper. T2s seem to work well but are rust prone. The 1 Up seems to work great based on all the positive reviews and is compact but is fugly IMHO and looks like its made of meccano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks View Post
    I have a kuat NV and Yakima Hold Up 2. Both are great racks. The NV is better looking and has the built in repair stand plus its a little lighter but the Hold Up folds up slightly smaller and is a bit cheaper. T2s seem to work well but are rust prone. The 1 Up seems to work great based on all the positive reviews and is compact but is fugly IMHO and looks like its made of meccano.
    IMO the 1UP looks very slick...nothing flashy on it that will weather.

    On my Kuat Sherpa, the pretty gold anodize faded within the year and the nice Kuat sticker started peeling. The biggest difference is that I can preload the hinge so it doesn't make ANY noise at all while in the stored position...the Kuat Sherpa has no preload and it has quite a bit of play at the hinge.

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    best hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1334331088.646372.jpgKuat 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
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    If mountain bikes only, North Shore Rack.
    If you need for all sorts of bikes, Küat NV or Sherpa.
    I've owned both NSR and Küat NV and each has been great. Slight edge to NSR due to my needs (4 bike & fat bike use).
    Küat's build quality is second to none.

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    Yakima Hold-up. works like a charm. easy to use and very secure.

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    I bought the Sportrack, 2 bike carrier off Amazon for like $150. It fits my needs really well and (more importantly) fits my Jeep with an oversized spare tire...

    I do not leave my bike unattended on the rack, though. If I did for any amount of time I would have looked for something a little more secure as far as available locking locations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hmto View Post
    1up Quick Rack Quick Review.

    best investment going for a rack.
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    I've been happy with my T2 over the last 3 years. No issues. I wouldn't mind having something that's lighter and easier to move/store but it doesn't bother me enough to justify buying a different rack right now.

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    Same here with my T2. I think it may be 6yrs old now, for the money and usage, it was an excellent buy. Would be cool if it was lighter, but I'd have a hard time justifying the $500+ for a 1up even if I didn't have the T2 and was looking for my first hitch rack. I believe you should get something strong and reliable, and it's obviously an investment. The 1up is cool, but it's not $530 cool. There's some serious cash I can invest somewhere else to make my riding experience fun and you can find a T2 for about $200 cheaper. I'd consider a few others if I was in the market again, but $550 is over the top IMO.
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    I'm a newb to this whole thing, I bought a Swagman XTC2. So far I think it's a pretty nice rack, considering it was under $200. It has an anti-wobble hitch pin and it seems very stable with both bikes on it and I find it very easy to load. As far as security, I'm not sure, I have yet to leave the bike's anywhere therefore I haven't locked them up on it yet I guess the downfall would be that you have to adjust the holders for different bikes, but right now, it's just mine and the wife's bikes going on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Lemmie guess... China Camp?

    I know that road anywhere.
    Kuat racks are built in springfield Missouri

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    for the 1up and its made the USA and has no question asked parts replacement. Unlike Yakima who blames everything on not being tight enough for the reason for there parts breaking

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Lemmie guess... China Camp?

    I know that road anywhere.
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    I would recommend the Saris tray type racks. Much easier to use than older style. Saris is USA made!!

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    I am very happy with my Thule 916XTR T2 2-Bike Rack. Had to go with this rack due to spare tire clearance on the Jeep Rubicon. Had a buddy of mine weld an extension on to the rack to make it actually fit. This will not be a problem for any other vehicle.
    The rack is very stable and super easy and fast to use. I feel comfortable knowing my bikes are safe.
    Went from a Yakima Sparetime rack to the Thule and am completely satisfied.
    Also, it only cost me about $100 at REI after using a 20 % discount coupon and my dividend!
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    I bought a 1up for my 26" Flash2

    I decided to dish out 300 and go with the 1up after reading the"1up Review" posts, I'm taking it out today...
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    I have the Swagman XTC2. Its awesome.

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    Wasn't happy with the strap rack so I got this:

    Amazon.com: Allen Deluxe 3-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1.25 or 2-Inch Receiver): Sports & Outdoors.

    Price greatly fluctuates. I managed to get it when it was $69 delivered lol

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    Buy 1Up USA

    I just got my 1Up USA Rack yesterday and I'm very impressed with the quality and how sturdy it is.

    For some people, spending $300 on a single bike rack seems out of the question. In the past 2 years of having my Sportrack 2 bike rack, I think I carried 2 bikes maybe twice during that time.

    The 1up usa rack makes Thule and Yakima feel like toys. The rack feels very secure to the hitch and almost zero wobble.

    I recommend this rack to anyone who's in the market for a hitch mounted bike rack

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMamba2012 View Post
    for the 1up and its made the USA and has no question asked parts replacement. Unlike Yakima who blames everything on not being tight enough for the reason for there parts breaking
    Completely disagree with your assessment of Yakima - I simply sent them a picture (a stock one at that) of a part that broke off from user error on my ski/snowboard rack and they sent a replacement out w/in days.

    I have zero experience with 1up, but it does look super nice. The $530 for a 2-bike rack is painfully high though - aside from the custom(?) extrusions, there's not much to the rack, but I can believe it carries like a $*** brick house. My rack needs necessitate a 2 or 3-bike configuration because I'll only really need it for longer trips when I can't put the bikes inside my 4Runner...

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    I own a kuat nv and love it I just got a chance to see a 1up and it looks like it is worth it. I can't say if a kuat is better then a 1 up or vice versa but I will say they far exceed ANY other brand. Also to those who mention the 1up and kuat are expensive well too me I rather spend $500 bucks on a rack that I know is going to securely transport $10,000-$20,000 worth of bikes safely without the chance it might fail and dump them on the highway just tossing all the money away just because you wanted to save $100-200

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapezilla View Post
    Kuat racks are built in springfield Missouri
    Website, in the FAQ section says china and Taiwan...fwiw
    whatever...

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    the Kuat looks nice. I like this feature: Includes built-in TRAIL DOC ™ repair stand for quick fixes on-the-go

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    Really like my Yakima Hold-up, way nicer than my son's Thule T2. Folds up way smaller, and really secures bikes quicker & better, I just throw a cable around the bikes and latch the ends in the trunk if I'm going someplace where I'm concerned about the security of the bike(s). Quick and locked more than enough to satisfy the insurance co if anything ever happens.

    Am I the only one that thinks the 1ups look heinous? Must be my past life in manufacturing...
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    Yea, the 1up looks kind of home made just looking at the photos. I have never seen one in person.

    Am I the only one that thinks the 1ups look heinous? Must be my past life in manufacturing...[/QUOTE]

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    The 1up, like myself, isn't very photogenic. The only concession to appearance so far has been to anodize it black. Not really impressive. In person, however, it's obvious that a lot of effort was made to make the rack the way it is. It could be even cooler looking, but that would just add to its already high cost.

    It seems as though some posters aren't reading the title of this thread. A lot of suggestions for some crap-sandwich racks here when the OP asked for opinions on the "best" rack.

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    I am pretty sure I will get the one up - it does seem to be the best from all that I have read. Anyone use one for a roadbike and a 29er? will I need different size arms? I also need to carry 2 29ers at once so hopefully I will be good to go right out of the box.
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    I have a Kuat Nv with the 4 bike ad on and really like it and it does a great job, I just got a killer deal on a Yakima hold up used for when i go riding with my wife and it is nice also. But from what i have seen at the mountain etc all of the rack mentioned above are all great choices and you could not go wrong with any of them. The big manufacturers all do a great job in designing and building their products.
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    I had a sport rack, sold it and got a t2. The t2 is pretty heavy but sturdy. Here is my big complaint with the t2. When i have my road bike on there there is so much wind resistance against the side profile of it that it pushes the bike back a fair amount. I wnet back and pushed the same amount with my hand and i was surprised how much force is being exerted on the front wheel. I dont see my mtb moving as much but still some. May go back to a rack that clamps on the frame like the sport rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donn12 View Post
    I am pretty sure I will get the one up - it does seem to be the best from all that I have read. Anyone use one for a roadbike and a 29er? will I need different size arms? I also need to carry 2 29ers at once so hopefully I will be good to go right out of the box.
    The arms will fit bikes of almost any size. You certainly won't need different arms. Just get enough trays for the number of bikes you're going to carry and you're set.

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    what are some good tray style racks?

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    I ordered the 1 up today. When I called they said the silver wears better than the black (silver scratches don't show on silver like they do on black). I will Pietics and a review once it shows up.
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    I had to recently replace my old school Sportsworks rack. Love that rack but it didn't really fit my new 29ers. So I went with a Kuat NV. Would have ordered the 1up but I needed one as soon as possible and as an amazon prime member I received overnight shipping for $3.99.

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    Anyone have any feedback on the Softride 4 bike drop down bike rack, one for sale on craigslist i am considering? Might be a slightly older version of the Dura 4 model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ty's Anthem View Post
    Anyone have any feedback on the Softride 4 bike drop down bike rack, one for sale on craigslist i am considering? Might be a slightly older version of the Dura 4 model?
    I had an older Dura 4 rack once and wasn't very happy with it, but that's mostly because I decided I need a tray style rack (FS mtb's). The tilt function is nice, but it doesn't work super smoothly; you kinda have to fight with the rack to get it to operate well.

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    I have a Saris Cycle On, but that thing is heavy, the Thelma is better rack for compact and mid size sedan.. if any ohio local would want to trade their Thelma with my Cycle-On pm me..
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    my 1up 2 bike rack just showed up. It is incredible! they recommended the silver because scratches aren't as noticeable. Very easy on and off. very secure. If you are not sure - buy it!
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    will a 1up fit a fat bike tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by t0pcat View Post
    will a 1up fit a fat bike tire?
    Yes.

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    Thanks!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donn12 View Post
    my 1up 2 bike rack just showed up. It is incredible! they recommended the silver because scratches aren't as noticeable. Very easy on and off. very secure. If you are not sure - buy it!
    1up 2 bike comes in 2" reciever Only - just an FYI for the people
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    Quote Originally Posted by JDubKC View Post
    1up 2 bike comes in 2" reciever Only - just an FYI for the people
    Yeah, but you can still haul 2 bikes with the 1 1/4 version and an add-on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Yeah, but you can still haul 2 bikes with the 1 1/4 version and an add-on.
    Exactly.

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    I think you can still get the 1.25" version and get a 2" receiver adaptor from them too (that was the old style 2" version from 1UpUSA).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    I think you can still get the 1.25" version and get a 2" receiver adaptor from them too (that was the old style 2" version from 1UpUSA).

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    This is exactly what I'm running. 1.25" base rack, add-on, and adapter as needed.

    @John-if you haven't upgraded your arms to the newer style, you should consider it. I have an old style rack and a newer add-on and the difference is night and day.

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    Yep. Me too. I run 4 bikes on it too.

    What are the "newer style" arms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Yep. Me too. I run 4 bikes on it too.

    What are the "newer style" arms?

    J.
    The two biggest upgrades are that the arms themselves are longer to accommodate longer travel bikes and 29ers. Now the arms contact my bike (~7" travel) on top of the wheels rather than on the outer portion of the wheels. The other improvement is how the arms are secured to the tray itself. The old style has a nut and bolt for each arm while the newer style is a single through bolt securing the arms to the tray. This makes maintenance to the bushings on the arms easier. The old style requires you to grind down a wrench to be able to fit it into the space to hold the nut which is kind of a pain. I had one of the arms loosen up on me which is how I know. The locking system has also changed slightly but I don't like it as much. It has some lateral play that the previous mechanism lacked.

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    I don't know if it's worth doing it to all your trays but maybe one or two, depending on frequency of use.

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    Got it. Thanks. I'll contact them and figure out the upgrade.

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    I have the 1-up in Black. Haven't noticed any problems with scratching so far, but whatever - it's a tool that's meant to be used. I don't expect it to stay new forever. You should see the old Thule rack it replaced - sun-faded, scratched up, covered in stickers.

    For those who think it's "fugly" - I guess I don't understand that philosophy? Form follows function in this case - I am looking for a rack that has the best possible build quality, durability, warranty/support, and does a good job of holding my bike securely. It's a bike rack - "pretty" doesn't enter the equation for me.

    Plus it is one of the few racks that neither contacts the frame, nor uses a strap around the wheel. Considering I fully expect my next purchase to be a carbon-framed MTB, this was a must.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    I have the 1-up in Black. Haven't noticed any problems with scratching so far, but whatever - it's a tool that's meant to be used. I don't expect it to stay new forever. You should see the old Thule rack it replaced - sun-faded, scratched up, covered in stickers.

    For those who think it's "fugly" - I guess I don't understand that philosophy? Form follows function in this case - I am looking for a rack that has the best possible build quality, durability, warranty/support, and does a good job of holding my bike securely. It's a bike rack - "pretty" doesn't enter the equation for me.

    Plus it is one of the few racks that neither contacts the frame, nor uses a strap around the wheel. Considering I fully expect my next purchase to be a carbon-framed MTB, this was a must.
    I think the 1-UP is ugly in silver but frickin beautiful in black. I got black because of this. I'm curious as to why, if 'pretty' doesn't enter the equation for you, why you would pay extra for the black annodized finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi View Post
    I'm curious as to why, if 'pretty' doesn't enter the equation for you, why you would pay extra for the black annodized finish?
    Stealth

    But seriously - In my opinion, all racks are ugly to some extent or another. No one adds racks to their cars to improve their appearance - it's to do a job. So, just because looks are not a factor for me in choosing one rack over another, that doesn't keep me from wanting rack I have chosen to look as nice as possible on my car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    Stealth

    But seriously - In my opinion, all racks are ugly to some extent or another. No one adds racks to their cars to improve their appearance - it's to do a job. So, just because looks are not a factor for me in choosing one rack over another, that doesn't keep me from wanting rack I have chosen to look as nice as possible on my car.
    Dude! 'Stealth' was the best answer! Shoulda left it at that! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi View Post
    Dude! 'Stealth' was the best answer! Shoulda left it at that! LOL!
    Yeah, story of my life. I thought about it, but figured it was a little dickish, so I gave an honest answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    1up, best rack period

    +1 think my mukluk is gonna look good on this as soon as it gets here!

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    well got it andits the cats meow!!!

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    About to order a Thule double track , any thoughts or suggestions?

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    there is another thread here complaining about the wobbly hitch mount.



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    Quote Originally Posted by terrasmak View Post
    About to order a Thule double track , any thoughts or suggestions?
    Have you read anything in this thread?

    IMHO, it's a mistake, but I'm sure you have your reasons. Avoid the Thule, get a 1up. You'll be happy you did.

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    one thing to consider or make a note of is the weight of the rack alone. I miss my lightweight Saris Thelma and stupidly sold it several years ago. I bought a Saris Cycle-on for a smokin deal, but the weight of that boat anchor is 60 plus pounds plus 2 bikes. What a pain to add and remove it. I drive an Accord sedan and when install you do notice that there is something back there. The weight also takes a toll on mileage and suspension.. I think the aluminum 1up or anything lighter weight will be better in the long run. Also the 1up when removed can be stored in the trunk. I want one..
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    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). Here are some pictures:




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    Fergawdsake man, you have a pickup truck. Wouldn't it be easier to just throw the bike in the bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi View Post
    Fergawdsake man, you have a pickup truck. Wouldn't it be easier to just throw the bike in the bed?
    You would think so at first glance, but no. It is easier to put the Swing Daddy in the hitch than to take the bed cover off. Plus I still have the bed to haul whatever else I might need if I go with the family on overnights.
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    Clamp on frame = no-no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Clamp on frame = no-no.

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    is that comment for the Yakima swing daddy?

    if so, why a no-no?

    if not, disregard.

    thanks. doing some research.

    and I, for one, am considering that Yakima for the same reason. I always have my dog in the back so it'd be easier for him to get out of the trunk and easier for me to move the hitch without completely removing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamunchien View Post
    is that comment for the Yakima swing daddy?

    if so, why a no-no?

    if not, disregard.

    thanks. doing some research.

    and I, for one, am considering that Yakima for the same reason. I always have my dog in the back so it'd be easier for him to get out of the trunk and easier for me to move the hitch without completely removing it.

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    The slightest grit on your frame will cause paint damage. Also had it tear up the decals that were on the tube. The only real way to hold your bike is by the tires/wheels if you want a consistent ability to mount a bike regardless of frame geometry and to prevent any damage to your bike.

    Let me put it this way - repairing the damage that this type of rack did to my bike would have cost more than the rack to repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Clamp on frame = no-no.

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    I agree, not only because of the grit/paint concern, but also if your cables route on the underside of the top tube I'm not sure resting the top tube on the rack is a good idea. You'll notice I use a top tube adapter from Yakima to hang my bike on.

    In a perfect world, Yakima or some other mfr. would make a tray-style carrier (like the Hold Up) that swings out like the Swing Daddy. I have not found this yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    The slightest grit on your frame will cause paint damage. Also had it tear up the decals that were on the tube. The only real way to hold your bike is by the tires/wheels if you want a consistent ability to mount a bike regardless of frame geometry and to prevent any damage to your bike.

    Let me put it this way - repairing the damage that this type of rack did to my bike would have cost more than the rack to repair.

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    ah, alright. i see now. thanks for that info.





    Quote Originally Posted by Golf Nut View Post
    You'll notice I use a top tube adapter from Yakima to hang my bike on.

    In a perfect world, Yakima or some other mfr. would make a tray-style carrier (like the Hold Up) that swings out like the Swing Daddy. I have not found this yet.
    hm. that top tube adapter seems like a good idea. might try that when I get to buying this rack, then. I like the swing out option because it makes the trunk accessible.

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    Well the 1 up will tilt down with the bike on don't know if the tailgate will clear? Has anyone tried that? I know i can open the hatch on the pt with bike on rack.

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    You know, most of these racks when you get stuff on them are a pain to swing or tilt. They seem great in concept and are generally a pain in practice. What you really want is a rack that is super quick to put on and remove bikes. Then it's just not an issue.

    I had (have) the Thule monster that holds bikes but the top tube and swings away. Works great.... until you put bikes on it. Then getting through 2-4 bikes to get the swing mechanism to work is not easy. But it's easier to do then taking the bikes off simply because putting bikes on racks like this, if there is any variation in geometries (and there sure is in MTB), then it was damn near impossible to get this Chinese puzzle figured out.

    So, that brings is back to the 1UpUSA. Works really great and you can take the bikes off super fast.

    If you want a rack that holds two bikes by the wheels and is super quick, there is one made of three tubes that holds two bikes and folds up and loads up super fast (but the name escapes me).

    These racks that hold bikes by the tubes really ought to be outlawed.


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    I just picked up a T2 during Thule's 20% off sale, $350, I very happy with it.

    Checked out the Kuat NV at the LBS, it is one sweet rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    You know, most of these racks when you get stuff on them are a pain to swing or tilt. They seem great in concept and are generally a pain in practice.
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    I've had my bike (~27 lbs) and my wife's bike (30+ lbs) on the Swing Daddy, and it works just as it does with only my bike on it. The Swing Daddy is made for up to 4 bikes, but I'm sure that with 4 bikes loaded it will put some stress on the swing mechanism.

    To each their own I guess.
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    Watch the clamp, that's all I can say. Been there, done that. Got the damage to prove it. Great for department store bikes (what they were pretty much designed for) or bikes where you don't care. Dangerous if your bikes are nice ones.

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    Isi-carriers.com are the best IMHO.

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    Looked through a lot of racks, ended up going with the Yakima Holdup. Was lighter and cheaper than the Thule and came with the cable and lock which were extra with Thule. The arm design squeezes down to allow virtually any wheel size vs. the Kuat which requires an adaptor for small wheel sizes. A nice feature of the design - the bike can sit in the tray without needing to be strapped down, makes loading easy. I dont think the Thule is as stable during the loading process. Tested all sizes of bikes up to extra large 29' and had no wheel base issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campisi View Post
    Fergawdsake man, you have a pickup truck. Wouldn't it be easier to just throw the bike in the bed?

    I thought the same thing. I have a full size cap on my Ram
    and a carpeted bedliner. 2 bikes in the bed have to lay on each other and it would be very easy to damage something. With the one up I can ride up to the truck, get off and mount the bike in about 10 seconds because the arms are open from taking it off.

    My buddy bought a Yakima and when I met him he looked at my rack, said hold on and pulled the Yakima rack box out of the trash. He ordered a one u that day. No comparison at all.
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    My T2

    I don't know which rack is the best but this one has been trouble free for 3 years. I read about the wobble but I use a rachet to tighten down the through bolt and it's pretty sturdy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpinata View Post
    I don't know which rack is the best but this one has been trouble free for 3 years. I read about the wobble but I use a rachet to tighten down the through bolt and it's pretty sturdy.
    Never need to use a ratchet with my 1up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerwad View Post
    Never need to use a ratchet with my 1up.
    Do you work for, or sponsored by 1up in some way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepergirl17 View Post
    Yea, the 1up looks kind of home made just looking at the photos. I have never seen one in person.

    Am I the only one that thinks the 1ups look heinous? Must be my past life in manufacturing...
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    First time I saw a 1up, I figured it was a DIY rack.. I am sure they are solid as a rock though..

    I have a KUAT...pretty nice..

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    Have you seen one up close?

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