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    Hitch Mount Rack

    Need some suggestions on hitch mounted racks.Would like to keep it around the $200 mark.I prefer platform,I just don't like the idea of my bike hanging from a arm with nothing underneath it.Will be hauling a 29er and a 26.Let me know.
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    Increase budget by $100 and invest in a 1upUSA Quik Rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek View Post
    Increase budget by $100 and invest in a 1upUSA Quik Rack.
    Wow.That may be worth the extra $100. Even says they will replace your bike if stolen.I like the ability to take the bikes on and off that quick. If anyone has it,how are you securing the bikes to the rack to keep someone from just tilting the arms down and taking them? Cable,etc?
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    I'm looking at $500 since I would be carrying two bikes.
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    Swagman G2 looks pretty sweet. I'm on the fence of that and the 1 up. Thinking about the 1 up as it folds down very small and is light (and I don't have a lot of space). You can go cheaper and get a swagman xtc for around 170 but would need to buy some locks that the g2 comes with.

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    Performance Bike X-Port is pretty sweet for the money. Secure, light, folds up, easy to use. The only real downside is the frame hook might leave marks if your bike has cables on the top of the top tube. I just wrapped a rag under and over the cables, and around the top tube before I put the hook down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NC-Biker View Post
    Need some suggestions on hitch mounted racks.Would like to keep it around the $200 mark.I prefer platform,I just don't like the idea of my bike hanging from a arm with nothing underneath it.Will be hauling a 29er and a 26.Let me know.
    I used to own a Thule T2 , which is a very, very good platform rack, but I did sell it and replaced it with the Xport bike rack from Performance Bikes.

    The only reason I sold the T2 is because it was very heavy for just a bike rack . So I got the Xport and it cost me like $130 and fits both of my FS bikes w/ no issues. Also the Xport is very light to remove on and off. Also any issues I will have with it, performance bikes warranty is a breeze!
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    Thanks for the replies,I'll check them out.
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    Swagman XTC

    I just picked up the Swagman XTC and I like it. I preferred it over the Xport because of the ratcheting top tube bracket part, which seems more secure to me. You just push it down over the top tube. And it has rubber wheel straps instead of velcro. It's definitely not as nice as your Thule and Yakima options, but it's plenty sturdy enough and will do the job.
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    I went with a Yakima Stick-up:



    With an REI 20% member discount, it came in under $200.

    My reasoning: I knew I want a platform rack. I didn't want anything that would touch the frame, but I had the same budget as you. (One day, when my income is a little more free-flowing, I'll get the 1-Up. One day...) I had committed myself to the Performance "special", especially during one of there many 15% off sale days - but did a double-take when looking at one in person. In reality, I was still going to buy it - but then the 20% coupon came from REI. Sight-unseen, I decided to go for it since the concept was identical, but I knew that Yakima would have obvious differences in quality.

    Now that I've used it for most of this year, I'm happy with the purchase. The build is what you'd expect from Yakima - easy to use, with clean, strong construction. I like that the frame arms travel on independent tracks as well - may not be necessary in practice, but definitely makes more sense with different sized bikes. The arms adjust via a quick-ratchet system. When you push down, they "click" locked. No little knobs to fiddle with. And I can put my weight on the arm to get a really tight and secure hold. Everything also folds flat against the car when not in use.

    And regarding scratching from the arms: I use a piece of roll-bar padding (I work in race industry, so had this lying around) over the top tube. I think this is basically same as plumber's insulation foam @ the hardware store. I've noticed it still scuffs the frame where it touches. My next step is applying a piece of clear bra (3M clear protector) to this general area on all of the bikes I carry regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    Performance Bike X-Port is pretty sweet for the money. Secure, light, folds up, easy to use. The only real downside is the frame hook might leave marks if your bike has cables on the top of the top tube. I just wrapped a rag under and over the cables, and around the top tube before I put the hook down.

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    I always wondered why you thought having the hooks would scratch up the bike. Didn't think about top cables, since my bike doesn't have any. I can see how that would make a mess of the top tube paint if it was clamped down on cables, especially un-housed cables.

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    Thanks for the replies. I want to run a cable from the hitch hook through the bike frame,etc just for a little extra security.Are there any particular ones I should consider?
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    I have one of these (Kryptonite that I loop through the bikes and the hook in my rack.

    I also have a yakima lock on the hitch pin.

    Really just theft deterrents for quick stops in the city - no one wandering by can just take the bikes and ride off.

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    looks nice....expensive too! hehe

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    Amazon.com: SportRack A30901 2EZ Hitch Platform 2 Bike Rack: Sports & Outdoors

    I am very happy with the build and quality of this rack, especially for the price.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Fluid View Post
    Amazon.com: SportRack A30901 2EZ Hitch Platform 2 Bike Rack: Sports & Outdoors

    I am very happy with the build and quality of this rack, especially for the price.

    I had actually looked at this one earlier this morning. It looks like the newer model has ratcheting arms with locks. <a href ="https://www.rackattack.com/product-pages/sportrack-2ez-premium-hitch-platform-system.asp
    ">SportRack2EZ Premium</a>
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    +1 for the Swagman XC with ratcheting arms

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuzilla View Post
    I have one of these (Kryptonite that I loop through the bikes and the hook in my rack.

    I also have a yakima lock on the hitch pin.

    Really just theft deterrents for quick stops in the city - no one wandering by can just take the bikes and ride off.
    Is that 4ft long enough to go through both frames and then wrap back around to attach a lock to the hitch hook and both ends? I agree with the quick stops,I try to get in and out quickly,unless I can see the vehicle while eating. What about a lock?
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    I picked up on a Quad 4 by Swagman. I'm loving it.






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    Take a look at Raxter. They are a bit cheaper than 1up and not as nice, but they hold bikes roughly the same way (by the tires) and seem to work well. Also lighter than a 1up rack, which is nice if you have a small car.
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