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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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    http://forums.mtbr.com/car-biker/1up...ew-602461.html

    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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    This x 100

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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
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    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?

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacons View Post
    Do you work for, or sponsored by 1up in some way?
    LOL I know it seems that way. I wish I was. Just really happy with my purchase and I like that they're domestically located and built. They've taken really good care of me as a customer as well so I feel like I ought to pay it forward.

    Besides, I feel like when people post absurd (to me) comments, I can choose to put in my own $.02. Kinda like when you said in the other thread that you knew someone who had some sort of "failure" that no one else in a 1000 posts had ever mentioned. Just like you are a little suspicious, so was I.

    I do agree that the 1up has a bit of a "DIY" look to it, especially in pictures. I assume that if it looked as nice as a Kuat but was still domestically made and as well engineered, it would make the current 1up price look like a bargain. I like that the rack isn't very photogenic, like its owner.

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    [QUOTE=Golf Nut;9349379]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).

    nice set up, i'm going to have to look into one of those

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    I have the Sportrack 2EZ that I picked up from a neighbour for $80 after he used it one time. I know they aren't the best rack out there, but if you have a limited budget, they're great. Only real issue is that it has no lock (a kit can be bought for it), but all I do is run a cable from my frame through my safety chain holes in the trailer hitch.
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    I did the exact same thing with my 2EZ, which I just sold. It worked nicely for what it was. I just ordered a Saris Thelma 2 to replace my 2EZ. Good friend has the 3 bike version, but I am on a bit of a budget, so the 2 will have to do. Now the waiting game begins while it is shipped to me.

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    Just ordered a 1 Up. I didn't want to spend that kind of cash, but what sold me was the YouTube video. Once you watch it you will be sold.

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    +1 for 1up. Awesome rack.

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    After reading all the posts I purchased a 1 Up 2 bike for the 2" receiver. This was after I originally purchased a Saris Cycle On Pro that I returned due to the difficulty with the releases. My 1Up arrived and it looked like a piece of art and was similar to a transformer toy in its ability to impress. I like the 1UP and my wife can use it with out me when she rides with her group. The one up also lets you put the small bike close to the car and the larger bike higher up and there are no issues with alignment of bars and seats.

    If you can afford it it is worth the money IMO. I don't have any experience with the Kuat but some of the guys I have met her in Boulder have recommended it.

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    That 1UP looks really nice, I just wish that the price was a little lower. For $300 I can only haul 1 bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    That 1UP looks really nice, I just wish that the price was a little lower. For $300 I can only haul 1 bike?
    I hate to use a Cliche, but you get what you pay for...

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    yup, buy the best and buy it once.
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    whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toofdoc View Post
    I hate to use a Cliche, but you get what you pay for...
    I understand what you are saying, but for me, it is the justification of it.

    Sure, I can get a bike for $10,000, but is there something priced less that will perform as well? I think that I can find a rack that will perform as well, and hold at least two bikes for less money.

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    It looks like there's no locking hitch pin or hole feature with the 1up? So anyone with an allen wrench can steal it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBuddy View Post
    It looks like there's no locking hitch pin or hole feature with the 1up? So anyone with an allen wrench can steal it?
    No, it's a proprietary tool - basically, it's an hex-shaped socket with a pin in the middle of it, so a regular allen wrench won't work

    I love my 1Up - it's by FAR the best rack I have ever seen or used. Fast and easy on/off for the bike as well as the rack itself. Plus the rack itself, once off, folds up relatively compact, so I can put in the back of my SUV without it taking up too much space. And it literally takes about 10 seconds to install or remove the rack. It's great. Buy one, because I'll bet that you'll love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog View Post
    No, it's a proprietary tool - basically, it's an hex-shaped socket with a pin in the middle of it, so a regular allen wrench won't work

    I love my 1Up - it's by FAR the best rack I have ever seen or used. Fast and easy on/off for the bike as well as the rack itself. Plus the rack itself, once off, folds up relatively compact, so I can put in the back of my SUV without it taking up too much space. And it literally takes about 10 seconds to install or remove the rack. It's great. Buy one, because I'll bet that you'll love it.
    FWIW, it isn't a proprietary tool that only 1up uses, but it is a little random for the average (or even above average) thief to carry on their person at all times. It doesn't take that long to track one down if you needed a spare. With that said, there are a lot more important things to worry about.

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    Saris racks are straight up garbage had mine for less then a week FYI cycleon pro doesn't fit 29ers with2.5 tires I returned it got a kuat it's like night and day comparing a Porsche to a pento I would have gone 1up but didn't know about them at the time.

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    Kuat. best hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339404907.686311.jpgbest hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1339404945.151603.jpg
    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
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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
    FYI. The pretty gold anodize will fade within the year if kept outside..the Kuat sticker will also start de-laminating as well. Although the unit is aluminum, the weld is not pure and will eventually corrode where it is exposed (most like surface rust...but still visible).

    Taken from my past experience with a white kuat sherpa. Good unit overall (compared to my old Thule T2), but the 1UP is a step above the Kuat IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfgiantsfan View Post
    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
    Please explain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonylokrn View Post
    FYI. The pretty gold anodize will fade within the year if kept outside..the Kuat sticker will also start de-laminating as well. Although the unit is aluminum, the weld is not pure and will eventually corrode where it is exposed (most like surface rust...but still visible).

    Taken from my past experience with a white kuat sherpa. Good unit overall (compared to my old Thule T2), but the 1UP is a step above the Kuat IMO.
    kept my NV on my car 24/7 for the last year and a half, have had none of these issues

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    Another vote for the 1up!!

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    Try to check this out. onsaleramps.com under bike rack category. They got variety of hitch bike rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    Please explain.

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    I know you 1Up guys are fans of your rack... so I'm not going to split hairs. When I had my Küat I shopped all the others. For me, the deal maker for me with the NV was the integrated trail doc and locking cables. The trail doc was a great feature that I sorely miss. (I recently sold my NV based on my specific needs).

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    I went through the Yakima Hold up and Thule T2 decision a couple years ago, ended up with the Thule T2 after almost returning it. The yakima has more off road clearance because of the elbow going to the bike trays out of the hitch instead of the 18-24" long strait bar out of the hitch the T2 uses with it's folding mechanism. The deciding factor was the T2 was more adjustable and I could easily set it up once to work with all my bikes in one position, I set my T2 up and through dozens of different bike combos have yet to find one that I couldn't make work without having to move the trays. I did end up drilling another hitch hole that allowed me to move the T2 in about 4" further helping with off road clearance. I did think the T2 held bikes a bit more solid, but both were pretty solid. The yakima looks better/cleaner than the T2.

    That said the T2 was not without it's flaws, and I made several modifications once I had it where I wanted it. One was that I didn't like the main tray clamp design, while it won't come off, it could loosen and slide and I tried various torque values to try and find a sweet spot and couldn't, and this problem is well documented. So once I knew I had them where I wanted them I drilled and bolted them through the main beam. I also replaced a lot of the hardware with stainless steel to minimize rusting. I also wish they made the front wheel trays out of metal, the plastic they use is very flexible and I believe the rack would hold bikes even more solid with a metal tray.

    The T2 rear wheel straps are a joke, they can fall right off the rack easily, I can't imagine how many people have lost them over the years, the first year I used it I can't count the number of times they fell of the rack just putting bikes on and taking them off. In the end I ended up attaching a little tether to them so while they'd still fall out of the rear wheel "chock" I wouldn't loose them.

    I'd also like to see them offer an optional brake/turn light kit, I ended up rigging a brake like into the tray for when I had bikes on it, but the wheels do obscure your turn signals and brake lights, on my truck it's not a big deal because they are big/bright but I can see on some trucks with smaller ones it might be an issue. The versahaul I have for my dirt bike has that type of kit and it's a really nice option.

    Also while I have not gotten a ticket for it, I have been pulled over twice now and warned that having the rack folded up was obstructing my license plate and next time I'd get a $50 fix it ticket, have to remove the rack and bring it to the DMV and have them sign off on it. That's not just a T2 thing, lots of these fold up racks obscure the license plate, they don't seem to mind if you are actively hauling bikes but if you just leave the rack on folded up without bikes on they do. So that's a huge annoyance, with no good solution.

    1) either you take the tickets
    2) you remove/install the rack every time you use it

    They could easily make a 90 degree "folding" plate attachment on the rear bike tray so if you wanted to leave the rack on you could simply mount the plate to the rack, and fold it so it would show with the rack in the up/down position. Then you'd have people forgetting to put their plate on their vehicle if they took the rack off I suppose, because no state is going to give you 3 plates.

    Every design I've see so far has compromises, just depends on your needs. I'd like to check out the heavy duty 2 bike 1up rack, seems like it's fast to use, and has a lot of off road clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddM View Post
    Also while I have not gotten a ticket for it, I have been pulled over twice now and warned that having the rack folded up was obstructing my license plate and next time I'd get a $50 fix it ticket, have to remove the rack and bring it to the DMV and have them sign off on it. That's not just a T2 thing, lots of these fold up racks obscure the license plate, they don't seem to mind if you are actively hauling bikes but if you just leave the rack on folded up without bikes on they do. So that's a huge annoyance, with no good solution.

    1) either you take the tickets
    2) you remove/install the rack every time you use it

    They could easily make a 90 degree "folding" plate attachment on the rear bike tray so if you wanted to leave the rack on you could simply mount the plate to the rack, and fold it so it would show with the rack in the up/down position. Then you'd have people forgetting to put their plate on their vehicle if they took the rack off I suppose, because no state is going to give you 3 plates.
    state by state thing I suppose, cant be ticketed for it in TX

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    Yep TX is nice that way that they have a specific exception for bicycle carriers in their transportation code dealing with obscured license plates.

    Another rack I'd really like to check out is the Tuf Rack, looks burly, and it sounds like they will custom make you any hitch/receiver setup you want, so if you want it farther back, closer, higher up etc. they will build it, and the offer pre-built setups with 0, 3, and 6" of rise from the hitch to hold 1 to 5 trays.

    That said, I don't like the single center ratchet strap hold down, just because I have bikes with top tube mount cables, and even without cables you'd need a serious strap pad. I've seen ratchet straps do some impressive damage to motorcycles rubbing on them for a few hundred miles on a trailer, right through paint and into the aluminum. It's also hard to tell how solidly all the parts are once they are put together but it looks like there's a lot of slop in their video on their website in the trays/hitch. They do have a small set screw on the tray that's supposed to keep them from wobbling but having seen much beefer anti-wobble designs give up off road I don't buy that little set screw is going to work after a few miles of bumps. They also sell a hitch anti-wobble as well. There's also no folding option but I could live with that. If it had an option to solidly bolt to the hitch and solidly bolt the trays so there was zero slop, and it had a better bike retention system it would be sweet. It also looks like from pics of it in use that the ratchet strap can also end up with the ratchet itself rubbing on your cranks.

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    1 up for sure. just picked one up and its great, added the fat tire spacer and rack does make a little noise now.

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    I didn't see anyone mention Raxter? I have had the duopod for 2 years now and I love it. So quick and easy, and the price is nice.

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    916xtr

    I just ordered a Thule 916xtr. It should be here tomorrow or thursday at the latest. I'll throw in my 2 cents after I use it for awhile.

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    Still happy with my Yakima Holdup.

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    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.

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    I was ready to drink the kool-aid and sacrifice my first born son on the altar of 1up, but decided on the Kuat Sherpa and am pretty happy with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    I just ordered a Thule 916xtr. It should be here tomorrow or thursday at the latest. I'll throw in my 2 cents after I use it for awhile.
    I really like mine. The only downside is its heavy and clunky if you're taking it in and off a lot. I just leave mine on though. Oh and not coming with 2 more locks kind of stinks but they're cheap enough to buy singles once you get the number off then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogsim View Post
    I was ready to drink the kool-aid and sacrifice my first born son on the altar of 1up, but decided on the Kuat Sherpa and am pretty happy with that.
    Shame on you! There was a thread here someplace where some guy bought a roof box for his car to put all his luggage in so that he could keep the bikes in the car. The *least* you could do is buy the 1UpUSA rack for your bikes!

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    if anyone has the weights for these jewels please post them (2 Bikes)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter95 View Post
    I have the Swagman XTC2. Its awesome.
    Swagman here as well. Love it. I use the locking hitch pin/cable and its very secure with it. Quality and functionality at a reasonable price. Bikes are easy to load/unload and solidly held in place.

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    I am trying to find a 1 1/4" 2 bike rack that is class 1. That's the only class I can get for my subaru. I called Yakima for info on the Holdup model and they said they want you to only mount it to class 2 or 3. So now I just have to keep looking

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    Thule T2! I have the 2 bike extension but leave it off for everything but vacation. It's a beast setup for 4 bikes. It's big and bulky, but if you can leave it on the car, folds nicely and a great super easy to use. I use to be a roof racker and had a nice Thule upright hitch rack as well, but the T2 is the best by far. Made in the US as well.

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    I run an 1 1/4" Thule T2 on my Subaru. Works great.

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    Kuat NV here. Got it back in June and love it. Takes a little more diligence loading a road bike, making sure to center the front tire before clamping it down. No complaints otherwise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikebmx999 View Post
    I run an 1 1/4" Thule T2 on my Subaru. Works great.
    what model subaru?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    I am trying to find a 1 1/4" 2 bike rack that is class 1. That's the only class I can get for my subaru. I called Yakima for info on the Holdup model and they said they want you to only mount it to class 2 or 3. So now I just have to keep looking
    any 1-1/4" rack will work with your vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    what model subaru?
    04 wrx wagon. Like the guy above said though any 1 1/4" rack will work. Most are 2-3 bike at most because of the receiver size though.

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    That's what I was thinking. But the guy was intent on only mounting it to a class 2 or 3 due to weight. Hard to say no to 20% on off on Jensons site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zackg View Post
    That's what I was thinking. But the guy was intent on only mounting it to a class 2 or 3 due to weight. Hard to say no to 20% on off on Jensons site.
    not sure what you mean here, but id guess whoever you were talking to was talking about a 2" rack cuz there isnt a class 3 1.25" hitch...1.25" hitches are almost always class 1, and 2" hitches are almost always class 3 (class 2 can be either 2" or 1.25" but arent as common ime)...as long as the rack is 1.25" it will work, a class 1 hitch can handle up to 200lbs tongue weight

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    Yakima Racks & Carriers › Shop › Bike › Hitch › HoldUp (1 1/4" receivers only)

    under details it says "Available in either 2” or 1¼” (class 2 or 3) hitch receiver models"

    I called Yakima and they said we don't want you attaching it to a class 1 hitch even though class 1 is rated for 200lbs.

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    weird, you should be fine, my friend has it on a class 1

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    I'm thinking the same. But the guy on the phone just can't say it'll work since the site says otherwise. They have to cover their butts as well. It weighs 50lbs, my bike weighs 30lbs and another bike would be about the same. so that's way under the 200lb load limit

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    I'm another member who went with the SportRack A30901 2EZ Hitch Platform 2 Bike Rack. It is a really high quality product, works just as it is supposed to, and has a heavy duty feel about it. And it doesn't flop around behind the car even when fully loaded.

    I was afraid that not being able to tilt the bikes on the rack so the hatch can be opened would be a problem, but so far its not been an issue.

    Well worth the $156.00 price on Amazon.



    With a 29'er and a 26".



    I like the 1up rack, pretty neat and will tilt with the bike on it. But it takes just as long to attach and load as the Sportrack, and Sportrack carries two bikes. So I went with the sportrack.

    And my rack has over 700 miles on it now, and not a single issue.

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    I bought my Kuat Sherpa in August of 2010, so I have almost two years of use on it now. Using it 2-3 times a week during the riding season for two years, I think I have 80-100 trips (and on-the-car, off-the-car cycles on it). I mount it to a VW Tiguan using a one and a quarter inch hitch-mount and transport two 29er FS or two cyclocross bikes on it.

    After two years of use, it’s a bit dinged-up but still going strong. The only issues I have had is some squeaking on rough road—grease at the pivot points fixes this, and I have the retention pins on the release lever and strap buckles try to work themselves free before I pushed them back in.

    Likes:
    Sturdy and durable.
    Secures wheels only, no frame contact.
    Anti-wobble cam in the hitch.
    Light enough for the wife to put on and take off.

    So far, well worth the investment.
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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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    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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    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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    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?

    Thanks

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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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    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

    poor honda
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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.

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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.

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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
    best hitch rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350808112.964886.jpg
    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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