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    Quote Originally Posted by baltobrewer View Post
    +1 for the 1UP. Got the fat spacer kit and it's bomber. The rack could survive a nuclear holocaust. Finest bit of kit I have seen in a long while. Buy quality, cry once...
    ... in my case, I just cannot fathom how a bike rack is going to be more expensive than the bike it will hold.

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    I sold my T2 with 4-place fat trays used for $300, I had way more into it than that but I'm glad it is gone. I just need to find a dealer for 1up in Alaska now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paxfobiscum View Post
    ... in my case, I just cannot fathom how a bike rack is going to be more expensive than the bike it will hold.

    I'm in this spot, but after the first rack I had snapping clips and straps I now trail both of my Mongoose fatbikes with a $700 anodized black 1UP 2" hitch mounted rack.

    It should last longer than the bikes so I'm happy

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    I like this one
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    Have a 2 bike SportsRack Crest (similar to Hollywood and Nashbar) that used on my skinny bikes with no problems, when got the fat problems started.

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    The wider tire didn't fit the wheel holders so used bungee cords to keep the wheels in check, last Saturday a bungee failed while doing 70mph on the highway. The bike fell, lucky for me noticed immediately and the only damage was to the saddle, grips and stem. The asphalt grinded those parts and the rest of the bike survived the ordeal with extra no damage.

    The immediate fix was to get some straps to keep things nice and tight but the real solution was to purchase the fat bike holders which I did and are on they way.

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    It was a hard lesson to take but will never trust bungee cords to hold my bikes regardless of the price and the moral of this story is to "invest" on a rack that will hold your bikes securely and price is secondary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paxfobiscum View Post
    ... in my case, I just cannot fathom how a bike rack is going to be more expensive than the bike it will hold.
    Have one fail, and then be out the cost of the rack, plus the cost of the bike. Like I said, buy quality, cry once. YMMV.

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    I see that Kuat has NV 2 out that is fully fat compatible. I've got the NV version 1 that has served me well for the last few years. Considered the 1Up, but liked the features on the NV a bit more (although I'd been happy with 1Up as well). Mine will haul a fat bike well enough but new ones seem much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL View Post
    Have a 2 bike SportsRack Crest (similar to Hollywood and Nashbar) that used on my skinny bikes with no problems, when got the fat problems started.

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    The wider tire didn't fit the wheel holders so used bungee cords to keep the wheels in check, last Saturday a bungee failed while doing 70mph on the highway. The bike fell, lucky for me noticed immediately and the only damage was to the saddle, grips and stem. The asphalt grinded those parts and the rest of the bike survived the ordeal with extra no damage.

    The immediate fix was to get some straps to keep things nice and tight but the real solution was to purchase the fat bike holders which I did and are on they way.

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    It was a hard lesson to take but will never trust bungee cords to hold my bikes regardless of the price and the moral of this story is to "invest" on a rack that will hold your bikes securely and price is secondary.
    Hey, your bike is a little lighter now

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    Kuat is not that great, aluminum hinge points tend to wear quickly, at that price point you are a small step from buying a 1up.

    Don't compromise, 1up is the best you can buy, it will outlast your bike and your vehicle.

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    Well, after purchasing trek farley EX 8's for my wife and me, I find I too am looking for a good bike rack. Really like the 1UP, and started to place the order, but free shipping is not extended to Alaska, and at $250 to ship, that just puts it off the list. The short list is now Kuat NV 2.0, Thule T2 XT, or Yakima DrTray--all available at my local REI or shipped to REI free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orind View Post
    Well, after purchasing trek farley EX 8's for my wife and me, I find I too am looking for a good bike rack. Really like the 1UP, and started to place the order, but free shipping is not extended to Alaska, and at $250 to ship, that just puts it off the list. The short list is now Kuat NV 2.0, Thule T2 XT, or Yakima DrTray--all available at my local REI or shipped to REI free.
    That's steep shipping, I'd call em to clarify, I'm sure they'd deal to make.a customer and spread the word. I've alwsys had great customet support from 1up, they send parts, odd set ups (tandem), very responsive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I've had it since 2005, seems to be doing just fine. If I had to buy a new one I'd probably buy something lighter, but damn if it doesn't just keep on going and it works good enough that there's no reason to junk it until it actually is junk.
    Like Jayem, My T2 is more than 10 years old and I keep it on my on my truck full time so it sees plenty of weather. When I got my first fatbike I just bought some new wheel trays and it was good to go.

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    I emailed inquiring about the shipping, but yes a phone call is in order…will call tomorrow and report back in this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Kuat is not that great, aluminum hinge points tend to wear quickly, at that price point you are a small step from buying a 1up.

    Don't compromise, 1up is the best you can buy, it will outlast your bike and your vehicle.
    Source? I've not heard of this issue and certainly not experienced it personally, nor mentioned by any of the people I know with these racks. (Aren't 1Up also aluminum?)

    I do know the customer service is top notch, especially considering I bought mine through REI, any defect will be quickly addressed. I also like the fact I can just drop it at REI for warranty issues rather than having to mail it. Granted I've not ever heard of issues with either 1Up or Kuat.

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    And after a telephone call--shipping is what shipping is on the website--$220

    ---$566 in parts, $220 to ship--just not going to happen.
    Off to REI over lunch today.

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    Funny how these journeys can turn out--
    1. Buy new fat bikes, need new rack to carry them
    2. Research out choices, make list in order of preference
    3. Number one choice--shipping is cost prohibitive
    4. Yakima Dr. Tray was choice 2--REI had the rack on display--distance between bikes was the best of the choices, and while it may very well have been an assembly issue, I had a lot of trouble with the latch mechanism to raise/lower the rack. At first, I thought they had locked it out somehow to keep folks from playing with it. Sometimes I could get it to release, other times not--so, off the list.
    5. Went with the Kuat NV 2.0

    I am fortunate that many of my rides are simply out the front door (1/2 mile to the trails), but we have started driving to more destinations to ride. I put in each year for the Denali road lottery--got selected one year--next time we get selected we want to take the bikes and ride (weather permitting).

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    What am I missing? I just picked up a T2. I have a Fatboy w/4" Jumbo Jims and an ICT w/Bud and Lou. Even my hardtail 29er doesn't rack easily. I have to lower the front well below the wheel tray to get the arm over the wheel on the Fatboy. On the ICT, I'm not confident that it will hold. Seems to me if the arm were 4" longer, it would work great. I went to the local steel house and bought a length of 7/8" tube for under $3. Sadly, nobody in my town can bend 7/8" tube. 3/4" and 1" all day, but not 7/8". By design, I'm sure.

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    Well that bites--Can you return the rack and try for something that will work for you? The Faley EX 8's (full suspension 27.5 fat) are fitting well on the Kuat NV 2.0--took them out tonight to ride the coastal trail--still lots of snow, slush.

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    Been running the Kuat NV fir a while. I commonly have 4 bikes on it and no issues like a poster alluded to above. it is a quality rack & great customer service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orind View Post
    Funny how these journeys can turn out--
    1. Buy new fat bikes, need new rack to carry them
    2. Research out choices, make list in order of preference
    3. Number one choice--shipping is cost prohibitive
    4. Yakima Dr. Tray was choice 2--REI had the rack on display--distance between bikes was the best of the choices, and while it may very well have been an assembly issue, I had a lot of trouble with the latch mechanism to raise/lower the rack. At first, I thought they had locked it out somehow to keep folks from playing with it. Sometimes I could get it to release, other times not--so, off the list.
    5. Went with the Kuat NV 2.0

    I am fortunate that many of my rides are simply out the front door (1/2 mile to the trails), but we have started driving to more destinations to ride. I put in each year for the Denali road lottery--got selected one year--next time we get selected we want to take the bikes and ride (weather permitting).
    I got a deal on a DR Tray, It will be here Monday. If it doesn't work well for the DD and the Flume I'm sure it will handle a pair of carbon road bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBG 18T View Post
    Been running the Kuat NV fir a while. I commonly have 4 bikes on it and no issues like a poster alluded to above. it is a quality rack & great customer service.
    Kuat is not a terrible rack, tubular sluminum, plastic attachments, shiny finush, it's certainly a step above Thule and Yakima in quality as well as price, but also a step below 1up.

    I've had so many racks, built my iwn racks, modified factory racks, it's been a huge waste of money over the years until I got a 1up.

    You will not find a 1up owner with a rack complaint, the system is perfect... the only thing that would make it better would be self loading/unloading

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    You will not find a 1up owner with a rack complaint, the system is perfect... the only thing that would make it better would be self loading/unloading
    I know of a few folks that 'complained' about the 1UP hex expansion bolt, lack of hitch pin & the Velcro safety strap provided.

    I won't argue that 1Up is not an great rack. But the market provides multiple options fir different consumers.

    What you feel is subpar, someone else may like & vise-versa. Complaints are commonly opinions & should be treated as such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aminkman View Post
    What am I missing? I just picked up a T2. I have a Fatboy w/4" Jumbo Jims and an ICT w/Bud and Lou. Even my hardtail 29er doesn't rack easily. I have to lower the front well below the wheel tray to get the arm over the wheel on the Fatboy. On the ICT, I'm not confident that it will hold. Seems to me if the arm were 4" longer, it would work great. I went to the local steel house and bought a length of 7/8" tube for under $3. Sadly, nobody in my town can bend 7/8" tube. 3/4" and 1" all day, but not 7/8". By design, I'm sure.
    It is a bit of a pain to put the arm over ft bike tires on the T2 but not too bad. I just put the front and back wheels in the wheel trays, lean the bike away from the arm, lift the arm up to the desired spot, stand the bike up straight and lower the arm on the the tire. Just drove from Phoenix to Durango and back and the 10 year old T-2 held at 4" mammoth tires just fine ...but I know that Bud and Lou's are much bigger so I can see that may be a concern.

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    1up USA with fat tire spacers will accommodate bikes with up to 4.9" tires, even 29" if it is ever made.
    I tried Yakima, Thule, and Hollywood before, and IMHO this is the best platform rack, especially for carbon frame. Can be overkill price-wise for aluminum though because you can find much cheaper options with frame clamps.
    Very convenient, unbelievable fast to install and uninstall both rack, add-on, and bikes, no rust (100% aluminum with stainless steel hardware).
    I use it with any combination of 4 out of our 5 bikes (29+/17.5, 29/17.5, 27.5/15.5, 27.5/13.5, 24), and it works great thanks to the tiered layout where the further the platform from the car - the higher it is placed.
    I also use the keyed anti-theft security tool provided by 1up USA, it installs also in seconds. 1up offered free rack replacement in the past if rack is stolen, but not anymore :-(
    The only issue: the rack may hide the license plate when in 'up' position which is traffic rules violation in many if not all states (but police very rarely bothers so far, and it is so fast to install, just seconds, that I just remove the rack when not needed and store it in garage, especially considering that the rack will be ruined if some moron hits your car back). 1up USA website provides blueprints with detailed dimensions which matched my measurements. You can verify how the rack plays with your car license plate before buying. Mine (partially) hides the plate only with add-on; I bought an additional license plate holder to play safe.
    Here are pictures to illustrate the license plate issue:
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    Kosulin, can you show the rack loaded with bikes? This is the exact set-up I'm thinking about. Thanks!

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    Here it is with tricky load of 4 bikes, all different size: 29+/17.5, 27.5/15.5, 27.5/13.5, 24.
    The challenge is, the bigger and heavier bike should be loaded closer to the car which means the smaller the bike, the higher the platform it is put onto. It negates the raised platform effect, but can be offset by lowering the saddle with quick release if needed. By the way, when I carry only 2 bikes, I usually place both facing same direction with slight offset to allow for handlebar clearance.
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    Thanks, K. Did you have to upgrade your suspension!? Ha, ha..
    Can you post a pic of the receiver and how it's locked in?

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    This is Hidden Hitch Receiver, identical to Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver. Hard to show this in photo. Just insert the rack as deep as you can without touchng the rear bumper (the ball should be in at least 2"), and tighten the bolt inside the rack using provided security allen key, usually 1 or 2 turns, to fully lock the rack inside receiver. Strap with provided velcro to the receiver eyelet for added security. That's it. If you bought the keyed theft protector - insert it and turn until fully locked. It prevents a thief from untightening the bolt. Enjoy.
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