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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.
    You got it, i always have fun there, great place to kill an hour or so
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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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