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    Hitch mounted bike rack for fat bikes

    Just got my first fat bike and I figured out my hitch doesn't work with the 4.7 inch tires.
    I'm looking for suggestions for a 2 inch hitch mount tray style rack.
    Thanks.
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    1up usa with fat spacer kit, super pleased with mine. Likely last rack you'll need to buy.
    I used to have a swagman xtc2 with the Hollywood fat tire trays, worked ok but started to get wobbly after a couple years and not a fan of the arm that touches the frame.Hitch mounted bike rack for fat bikes-img_20160823_060813-1024x1619.jpg

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    Saris freedom superclamp


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    Kuat, 1up
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    I run the Thule T2. Works great for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I run the Thule T2. Works great for me.
    And I thought you just ride a wheelie out the front door and keep on goin'!!
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Kuat Transfer 2 with 2 fatties. 4.7 inch tires on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tartis99 View Post
    Kuat Transfer 2 with 2 fatties. 4.7 inch tires on one.

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    You have to double up on the wheel straps, and I lean the larger tire bike a little to get the bar over the front wheel. It will then sit up right.

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    It's worth noting the 1up is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty....

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    Thanks for all the ideas...I'll have to figure out which will work best for me
    I might have to get another fat bike because my 16 yr old daughter is having fun on mine right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    It's worth noting the 1up is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty....
    Same with Saris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantTurd View Post
    Same with Saris.
    That's good to know! Have a Saris bone rack for the wife's car, is been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    And I thought you just ride a wheelie out the front door and keep on goin'!!
    Hopefully, I'll be able to do that soon. Looking to buy a house near some trails.
    I like turtles

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    Thule does the job for our two fat bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Hopefully, I'll be able to do that soon. Looking to buy a house near some trails.

    Ride in, ride out property or it's a deal breaker!!
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    I have been very happy with my 1 up.

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    1up is a great rack...
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    But don't you need separate lock with 1up? Does 1up even lock to the vehicle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rth009 View Post
    But don't you need separate lock with 1up? Does 1up even lock to the vehicle?
    It has a security Allen wrench that holds it in. You can also add a padlock to block access to the bolt.

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    I just ordered a new hitch bar to retrofit the new style onto my existing rack.

    https://www.1up-usa.com/product/hitch-bar-lock/

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    just got the 1up, after closely looking at thule and kuat. 1up ALL metal, built like a tank and super easy to use! two bars hold tires vs one bar and strap on others.
    Quote Originally Posted by smokersteve View Post
    Just got my first fat bike and I figured out my hitch doesn't work with the 4.7 inch tires.
    I'm looking for suggestions for a 2 inch hitch mount tray style rack.
    Thanks.
    Here is a picture of my new bike - 2016 SE F@R

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    I have a swagman quad 2 plus 2 hitch rack, and I just bought a second set of wheel trays for it.

    It has been a solid rack for me, but it is nowhere near as nice as the kuat - but the swagman is about half the price here in Canada

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    make one. ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by FASTFAT View Post
    make one. ;-)
    Nice. How do you strap the bike down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokersteve View Post
    Just got my first fat bike and I figured out my hitch doesn't work with the 4.7 inch tires.
    I'm looking for suggestions for a 2 inch hitch mount tray style rack.
    Thanks.
    Here is a picture of my new bike - 2016 SE F@R
    I have the same 2016 SE F@R Fat Bike as you. Just purchased it a few weeks ago and looking for a hitch rack for my Jeep Rubicon.

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    1 up here for me. Very happy with this rack and the fat bike spacer kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    It's worth noting the 1up is made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty....
    It is difficult for me to support a company that doesn't offer free shipping until you spend $529 with them. It's 2017. Super nitpicky and I am kind of a dick, but still.

    Racks are really nice though.
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    Another vote for the Superclamp. My GF and I haul around all of our bikes on it including two Farleys. We just leave the fat trays on all the time.

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    Another plug for the Sawgman XTC 2 with the fat bike trays. Had it for a few years now and it's great for the price! Will fit 4.7 tires I found (just) and it's very easy/convenient to load and unload the bike (very secure while driving highway speeds).

    I would recommend wrapping your brake rotors and cassette in some plastic garbage bags during the winter though to fend off the salt that tends to kick up into that area from the rear car tires.

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    Hollywood Trailrider with fat bike trays is a durable and inexpensive option, very happy with mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyriverag View Post
    It is difficult for me to support a company that doesn't offer free shipping until you spend $529 with them. It's 2017. Super nitpicky and I am kind of a dick, but still.

    Racks are really nice though.
    Well, they aren't amazon....Somebody has to pay for shipping, so either you give a discount to folks that spend a lot, or you make everyone pay a bit more included in the price, then give "free shipping".

    The way this rack is built, it very well could be the last one I ever have to buy. More than I can say about the thule sidearms that are rusting from the inside, and I just had to replace all the hardware.

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    1UP all the way. I've been through many many racks and this is the last one I'll buy. Holds fats, +sizes, road bikes all with ease. Super easy to take on and off as well and I really like the secure allen key to attach the rack. Also, folds up nicely when you need to store it (which now that I have fat bikes is almost never!).

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    Is there any adapter or attachment for the yakima "hold up" hitch rack I already have? How about adapter for rear fat tire on yakima "copperhead" roof tray?

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    I priced out the 1up and it is close to $600. Just too much.

    Looking at the Thule T2 Classic. $400, holds fat bikes stock, locks to the hitch stock, seems to get reviewed favorably all the time.

    Was looking at the Kuat Transfer, but would have to add accessories to match the functionality of the T2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyriverag View Post
    I priced out the 1up and it is close to $600. Just too much.

    Looking at the Thule T2 Classic. $400, holds fat bikes stock, locks to the hitch stock, seems to get reviewed favorably all the time.

    Was looking at the Kuat Transfer, but would have to add accessories to match the functionality of the T2.
    Then in a few years you can replace all the hardware and repaint when the rust starts

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    This Sitkka 2 Bike Carrier- Swagman will start shipping in early April, there is also a 3 bike version. $299 and $425 so very competitively priced and it's a wheel holder so no frame contact at all.

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    after about 4-5 months w 1up, could not be happier w 2" hitch and fatbike adapter! locks easy and securely to hitch, and bonus is how quick to take fatbike on/off. yes pricier than Thule, but as other have said NO PARTS TO RUST or PLASTIC TO SNAP. very happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Then in a few years you can replace all the hardware and repaint when the rust starts
    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.
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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.
    Well I will be slightly different to the norm and say that if you want the sturdiest rack that really stands the test of time and rough roads get one of these:

    iSi Advanced 4x4 Bicycle Carrier and Bike Rack Systems

    I got one and its everything I was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover View Post
    This Sitkka 2 Bike Carrier- Swagman will start shipping in early April, there is also a 3 bike version. $299 and $425 so very competitively priced and it's a wheel holder so no frame contact at all.
    I Like this one too, not sure if I will be able to wait until April though.
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    +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...

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    I did not see anyone suggest the North Shore rack.

    No adapter needed.
    The only thing this bike needs an adapter for is a road bike.
    But you have to design it yourself however........but I know I saw one once but never got a look how they did it.

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    FWIW, I got some experience with a Thule T2 Classic (older model I think) this Saturday. Buddy has one and he hauled us and our fat bikes down for a fat bike race. Seems very sturdy, held two fat bikes no problem, easy to use. He has an add-on for two more, said that works well too.

    This is one I am considering.
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    I own the iSi and love it

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    Update, I went with the Thule T2 Classic. Went on to the 1.25 hitch with a little grease, it was tight!

    My fat bike mounted up super easy, feels secure. Haven't driven yet with a bike on the back, but I will do so today and report back.
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    Newer Thule T2 rack with add-on in a 2" hitch. Fairly sturdy.

    Caution - if you run a big-volume 4.8" front tire like a Bud the swing arm will struggle to clear it and it will barely sit into the tray receiver.

    God help you even more if you need to stud it. You'll have to air down to like 2 psi just to load the bike for a trip. PITA.

    It's like this rack was really designed for 4.0 to 4.6" max. Main reason I never got serious about Vee 2 XXL.

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    Update: first usage was this weekend for the Fat Bike Birkie (about four hours total hauling the bike). It worked great. Bounced a real little bit on the highway, hit some rough road in the parking lot and it stayed put. Overall I feel really good about this rack.

    Saw a few 1Up racks, got a little jealous, but that's just too much coin for me to justify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayncedar View Post
    Newer Thule T2 rack with add-on in a 2" hitch. Fairly sturdy.

    Caution - if you run a big-volume 4.8" front tire like a Bud the swing arm will struggle to clear it and it will barely sit into the tray receiver.

    God help you even more if you need to stud it. You'll have to air down to like 2 psi just to load the bike for a trip. PITA.

    It's like this rack was really designed for 4.0 to 4.6" max. Main reason I never got serious about Vee 2 XXL.
    I've got Bud & Lou on my Fatboy and bought a Thule T2 Classic about a month ago. After I mount the bike in the tray, I lean it backward toward the car, then bring the swing arm up to about where I want it. Then I can pull the bike back into the upright position, and there's enough space to easily clear the tire with the swing arm. I click it down to compress the swing arm over the tire a bit, secure the back wheel strap, and I'm good to go. Maybe this would work for you, too (I hope)!

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    I put my road bike on the 1 up for the first time a few weeks ago. It's perfect for that too. I agree that a 1 up is expensive but I had a bike fall off of different rack at 70mph. The price of a 1 up was worth it to me.

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