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    Recommend a Hitch rack

    Hey guys and gals I'm looking for some advice here. Ive done some reading and searching on here with not much luck in helping me understand what would be the best hitch mounted rack for my 2001 Audi A6. I've taken a look online and the options are a plenty.

    I need the ability to haul two bikes, three wouldn't be bad but I don't want it to be bigger than it needs to be, I'd also like to keep it fairly cheap but I'm open to all options if a bit kore money gets you more bang for the buck. So what do you think?

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    1upUSA

    I have one I use on my truck or Prius.
    I like it because of it's simplicity, all-metal construction, most folks can't figure out how to operate it (especially stupid bike thieves), HUGE adjustment for different size wheels, and compactness.

    I carry my second rail in the back of the car when I don't need it.

    I have carried my mountain bikes, road bikes, and recumbent bike on this thing.
    From bmx to 29ers... they all fit.

    I've even carried three bikes at one time... two mountain bikes with a bmx bike wedged inbetween (protected with a blanket).

    disclaimer: I earn $3000 from the company for every time someone reads this post.

    Oh... and I understand they can anodize them now... in BLACK

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    Not cheap, but well worth the investment. I'm much happier that I spent the extra cash to get this instead of something like the Thule T2. I cringe at the thought of loading my bike onto anything but a platform style rack, due to the possible damage. I cringe at taking the front wheel off too, as I sometimes have to adjust to get rid of disk rotor rubbing after putting it back on.

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    The 1up rack is what I lust for, but this is what I actually have. It's been a solid choice--no complaints--good value and domestically made. I'm especially happy how fast it is and how steady it holds 3 bikes. It folds up reasonably tight against the back of the car when not in use.

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    I just take mine off. It's lightweight and easy to do. If I fold mine up, I'm worried the cops would hassle me obstructing the license plate.

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    Kuat NV

    I'm using a Kuat NV and I'll never own anything else. The materials and engineering are amazing. When I compare the quality to previous racks from Yakima and Thule the NV is way ahead. We have to FS 26" MTBs and they are rock solid on this rack. Got mine on a great deal at Tree Fort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    I just take mine off. It's lightweight and easy to do. If I fold mine up, I'm worried the cops would hassle me obstructing the license plate.
    Yeah... when I run both tracks on mine, rotated straight up... it apparently blocks my license plate too much for some cops. Got stopped by a local, but since it's a small town and most of them know me through work, he just asked me nicely to rectify the issue.

    Now if I run both tracks empty, I only rotate them up to the first notch... which puts it somewhere around a 45 degree angle, which seems to be up enough for me to park tight spots with, and not too much for the license plate to be blocked.

    Most times I take the second one off since I'm usually only transporting one bike anyway.

    jon_wallace...
    I've seen Kuts in person and they are nice looking. I like them better than the options of the other brands. I looked at them seriously until I found the 1UpUSA racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_wallace View Post
    I'm using a Kuat NV and I'll never own anything else. The materials and engineering are amazing. When I compare the quality to previous racks from Yakima and Thule the NV is way ahead. We have to FS 26" MTBs and they are rock solid on this rack. Got mine on a great deal at Tree Fort.
    i love my NV also...they do make a slightly scaled down version too, called the NV core, which fits both 2" and 1.25" hithces as well...
    Also, Kuat is all on sale too!...

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    +1 for Kuat NV. I purchased one earlier this year (for $399 which was a heck of a DEAL) over a 1up because it has built in security cables with lock and trail doc work stand.

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    Another vote...

    Quote Originally Posted by wsmac View Post
    1upUSA

    I have one I use on my truck or Prius.
    I like it because of it's simplicity, all-metal construction, most folks can't figure out how to operate it (especially stupid bike thieves), HUGE adjustment for different size wheels, and compactness.

    I carry my second rail in the back of the car when I don't need it.

    I have carried my mountain bikes, road bikes, and recumbent bike on this thing.
    From bmx to 29ers... they all fit.

    I've even carried three bikes at one time... two mountain bikes with a bmx bike wedged inbetween (protected with a blanket).

    disclaimer: I earn $3000 from the company for every time someone reads this post.

    Oh... and I understand they can anodize them now... in BLACK
    ... for 1Up USA rack. I love mine. Not cheap, but light, solid, folds up pretty dang small.... the exact opposite of the Thule T2 I had.

    I'll also add that you can carry a Surly Pugsley on it if you let a little air out of the tires.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ytDxTbmpOwlbgm6sT1Gk0tLkXiEGacCZZ-VJeT9NHd0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VntYEQOXJVo/Tky70fbEK1I/AAAAAAAAX9c/Wdbm7D-G-tk/s800/IMG_1229.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

    For a lower rent great rack, check out the Performance Bike XPort Flatbed. They're also quite light and fold up small. I had one and kept it in my trunk all the time. IIRC, they go for like $170 these days. I think there is a clone Sportswork or Hollywood rack as well. Basically, they come out of the same factory, but with different stickers on them.

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    1up is awesome. I've had mine for a year now. It's not cheap, but it is the most utilitarian rack out there. Low profile, bikes are in and out in 5 seconds. It's super durable. An suv rear ended me and hit the rack square on...still fully functional and didn't leave a mark on my car.

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    I am currently using this rack : SportRack on my A4, and I am very happy with the quality of it. Folds up very nicely, fits in the trunk of my car with ease. Seems very stable on the car at highway + speeds. I have had the car at 90 mph with 2 bikes on there, and you can barely feel the rack there. Like mentioned above, it is similar to the other racks out there. I wanted to go the affordable route, like you, and this fit the budget very well.

    Here it is on my A4. It does only hold 2 bikes, as do most of the 1 1/4" racks. Check to see what size hitch will work on your Audi before deciding. You may be limited like me.


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    thank you all so much for the advice so far, I'm going to take a look at these racks and make a decision. I'll likely be back to ask more questions before final purchase though. Advice like this is why I joined the forum.

    Travis.

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    There's a pic of the black ano 1up rack in the big 1up thread. It looks pretty sharp, but it adds quite a bit to the cost:


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    On a side note the pictures of those Audi's the B6 and B7 are sexy, I'm not that into the Honda but your Intense is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Fluid View Post
    I am currently using this rack : SportRack on my A4, and I am very happy with the quality of it. Folds up very nicely, fits in the trunk of my car with ease. Seems very stable on the car at highway + speeds. I have had the car at 90 mph with 2 bikes on there, and you can barely feel the rack there. Like mentioned above, it is similar to the other racks out there. I wanted to go the affordable route, like you, and this fit the budget very well.

    Here it is on my A4. It does only hold 2 bikes, as do most of the 1 1/4" racks. Check to see what size hitch will work on your Audi before deciding. You may be limited like me.


    Can you tell me more about the ease of use with this rack? After looking around this one looks very attractive so long as it is easy to use, secure, and folds up nicely which you have already said it does. The 1up looks nice but I am not looking to spend that much $500 to haul two bikes.

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    What would you like to know? Tire holders are fully adjustable. They independently slide on the arm to hold any size bike. My Specialized closer to the car is a 19" large. The Trek is a WSD 13". The hooks that hold them in place slide up and down to hold any type of bike as well. This is a good setup for a FS bike if you ask me. In the picture, the bikes are not totally strapped in. There are velcro straps that loop across each wheel that are just a little extra to keep it in place, and attach to the wheel holder.

    Assembly took about ten minutes or so. The arms fold up along side of the vertical bar, using a pin to hold them in place. A pin holds them in place when they are down as well. It is as simple as pulling two pins, and putting them in different holes. Fold it up, remove the hitch bolt, pull it out, and it fits in the trunk of my A4 with no issue at all. I would imagine that your A6 has a larger trunk, so you will be just fine.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

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    That's not my Intense. I just pulled that pic out of the big 1upUSA rack thread in the car forum.

    I agree it looks nice, but it's way too clean and new looking to be one of my bikes. I sold a 3 month old '10 Giant Reign X0, which I advertised as mint, and I had to show a receipt to the buyer to prove it wasn't old. The guy said it was scratched up more than his 3 year old bike. I will admit that it was 3 summer months though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtBikeRider View Post
    On a side note the pictures of those Audi's the B6 and B7 are sexy, I'm not that into the Honda but your Intense is
    Waz wrong w/ Honda?


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    Swagman

    Anyone heard of Swagman? I'm also looking for a platform rack that wont break the budget. ( Bought two 2011 bikes, so momma said no more spending). I have seen it online and compared it to the performance rack. I believe the diffrence is the center arms that hold the bike down are on a ratcheting system on the swag versus a tightening knob on the performance rack.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. 1upUSA sells the rack as a solo, so two racks would be a no-no. (at least for me right now)

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    1up USA as well.

    Best $500 ever spent on a mtb product.

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    I would love to have the ratcheting arms vs the tightening knob. I am OK with it though. Swagman makes a good rack. Comparable to what is posted here so far.

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    1Up USA here too. Love the rack as it it light weight and fold up like origami into a small package for storage. Done 7000 miles with the rack and it is still like new. $$$ maybe, but it doesn't rust like the other racks I see and in S. Florida that says a lot.
    Current ride(s) 2011 Santa Cruz Blur LT and a Norco Threshold SL with Di2

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    Not that the Yakima hold up bike rack is cheap or even less costly but for a hitch mount rack it has served me well. Little heavey but solid quality. Not sure if it will readily fit into a trunk but does fold up and is locked onto the hitch.

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    I just bought the sherpa KUAT

    So It will be here next week so I let you know.

    I like becuase is light 28 lbs for two bikes, the colors are great and included the cable and lock

    check the site Kuat Racks
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    My vote

    1-1/4" performance xport rack. its light, its cheap, constructions good, folds up and fits in the trunk. its the one rack that ive owned that doesnt require a designated place for storage. .

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    Quick question: is there anything wrong with non-platform hitch racks?

    I have Thule rack and I love that thing, because it's very easy to load the bike on it, snap fasteners, and be on my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumer View Post
    Quick question: is there anything wrong with non-platform hitch racks?

    I have Thule rack and I love that thing, because it's very easy to load the bike on it, snap fasteners, and be on my way.
    Yes and no. Yes, because they aren't are flexible in the kinds of bikes that they can carry and some people have problems with the frame and rack touching. No, because they get your bike to the trail.

    But, if all things are equal, platform racks are easier to use, more secure, faster, and more versatile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfgarcia71 View Post
    Anyone heard of Swagman? I'm also looking for a platform rack that wont break the budget. ( Bought two 2011 bikes, so momma said no more spending). I have seen it online and compared it to the performance rack. I believe the diffrence is the center arms that hold the bike down are on a ratcheting system on the swag versus a tightening knob on the performance rack.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. 1upUSA sells the rack as a solo, so two racks would be a no-no. (at least for me right now)

    I have the swagman xtc 4 bike rack. 4 bikes do indeed go on pretty easy, and it's been solid on several long trips, including some mild 4wd in Moab.
    I'm looking forward to regretting this.......

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