1upUSA Aluminum Quik-Rack Bicycle Hitch Carrier Bike Rack
|MSRP : $299.00|
Product DescriptionThe New All-Aluminum Bike Rack/Carrier from 1up USA. The fastest hitch-mounting and bike loading rack ever. Carry 1,2 or 3 bikes. Holds bikes by tires only. Made entirely in the USA!
1Up USA is famous for their bike trainers so we were excited at the opportunity to try their bike racks. At first glance, it looks like a science project as the whole unit looks CNC’d and the bike retention mechanism looks unlike any we’ve seen before. But as we used it extensively, we learned about the logic behind the design. This is a unit of the highest quality and it folds up in to such a small package when shipped or stored. It can get work with one tray or be expanded like a Lego system in to a versatile multi-bike rack. Continue reading →
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Date Reviewed: May 17, 2015
Strengths: -Ease of use
-Ease of installation
-No assembly required
-Releases are slightly weak
I find that my bike carrier is thoughtfully designed with everything I need and nothing I don't. All of the materials are of excellent quality and simple, intelligent construction. It's also made entirely in the USA.
Even with unlimited resources and time, I don't believe that I could improve on the 1up USA product if I tried. It's simply simple. I had some trepidation about the single ball bearing holding not only the rack but my beloved bikes on my Dodge Durango's hitch, but once tightened, nothing I did could dislodge it. Nope, nothing. It's pretty well bomb-proof.
One feature that I appreciate is that the rack never touches the frame of the bike, and thus there's no possibility of marring the paint or decals, unlike the Thule rack I once owned, which simply hung the bikes in place.
The only weak point I can see is the releases. They're a little wobbly, but honestly, once you get a feel for them, they're pretty easy to use, too.
I give the bike rack four chilis for value. The only reason I didn't give it five was for the steep price, $529, but the fact that I got free shipping for 46+ lb. box is pretty awesome. Honestly, I'd have given it four and a half if I could.
For its overall rating, I gave this bad boy a full five flaming chilis. The trouble I save not having to put my Trek into the back of my SUV now is worth the price of admission alone.
This design will work for any adolescent or adult bike (26" and 29" alike, though the arms don't go completely over the wheels of a 29") no matter how many bikes one needs to carry. I can't recommend 1up USA enough.
Duration Product Used: 3 mos.
Price Paid: $529.00
Purchased At: Online
Similar Products Used: There are no 'similar' products. These racks are simply the best quality, value, and design you can buy.
Bike Setup: 2013 Trek Mamba
2014 Trek Domane 2.3
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2015
Strengths: Ridiculously solid construction, ease of operation, security
Weaknesses: Heavy, not cheap
I used this (in black) on an Audi Q5 in the US and it's amazing to see 4 bikes so cleanly stacked on the back of a rig without any issue. The mechanism is rock solid and its unique method for securing inside the hitch allows for a VERY small hole to be cut in the bumper. The Thule rack I replace with it required a much larger space for operation with the securing pin.
I'd buy this again in a second and almost replaced my car when I found out it couldn't work with the Q3.
Date Reviewed: April 27, 2015
Strengths: Quality, engineering, and design. Super easy to use and extremely strong.
Weaknesses: The only concern I have is if I lose tire pressure and the bike becomes lose.
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2015
Strengths: Customer Service, Beefy, Made in the USA, Solid construction, quick and easy, stores in small space
Weaknesses: Locking mechanism
Customer service is amazing...talked to them a few times. MADE IN THE USA.
Date Reviewed: April 20, 2015
Strengths: Ease of use, build quality, ability to accommodate a large range of wheel sizes
Weaknesses: Ratchet release levers like a bit loose with a lot of play.
I had some direct comparison on this trip as we went with some friends who opted for a cheap "hanger" type rack for the trip. This thing was a major pain! Granted, they had to fit five bikes on the thing, but in order to hang the bikes, you needed to attach bar adapters and then it took an act of God to get all the bikes to fit on the rack itself. Even my wife, who is as frugal as they come, commented that she was glad we had spent the (considerable) extra money on the 1up rack.
As my younger ones get older, I will definitely pay up for the add-on carriers.
Date Reviewed: April 9, 2015
Strengths: Simple to operate. Releasing the bike locking mechanism takes only a time or two to learn. Folding the system is pretty easy as well. If you have minimal storage space, buy this. It stores in its original, high quality cardboard shipping box and fits on a shelf. Very light. I sometimes actually mount it on my car to work on the bike outside on a nice day. It is that convenient and easy to use.
Weaknesses: None really. If I had to nitpick, I slightly worry about the slight wear on the ratchet bars. Taking care to hold the release mechanism in a neutral position as you lower the support arms does minimize wear. If you don't know what I am talking about, you will after you get the rack and use it once. Remember though, this is a nitpick! Not a real concern.
Date Reviewed: January 29, 2015
Strengths: Easy as F to get the bike on/off
Installs very easily since it's light (for the 1 bike system)
Weaknesses: Pricey. But it's made in the USA so you have to pay up.
Security features and little touches are non-existent.
Although I haven't read any issues about the rack being held in by friction, a hitch pin or backup plan would be great.
Weight: So this is where the weight consideration comes into play...I primarily need to carry 1 bike, so I got the 1 bike carrier...that is light (i think <30lbs) so I can carry it out of my garage with one hand. If you need to carry 2 bikes, the 2 bike system is basically the same as a Thule/Kuat and needs two hands to carry. So if you mainly carry 1 bike, and don't want to scratch your bikes, this is THE tray rack to get. Buy the add-on for when you need to carry more bikes! Totally modular and awesome.
Features: It's easy as pie to load/unload the bikes. Easy to install as well since you turn a bold to tension the rack in the hitch (it's held by friction). Other than that, no bike security features, or little touches (e.g. the Kuat bike stand, and bike locks are just great to have). No bike security feature is perfect, but something would be nice...I have a u-lock and cable in my trunk for times I need to leave my bikes on the car.
Reliability: I just bought this so I can't speak to it yet. However, I did buy a used 2 bike system from 1Up (which I returned because 90% of the time I carry 1 bike and it was too heavy to constantly pull on/off my car)...the used rack was a little chewed up on the ratchet mechanism teeth, the ratchet mechanism wasn't as smooth as the new one I got, and a few little gouges on the aluminum...I don't know how long the previous owner had it or what, but it wasn't at the same level as my new one by far. I can't speak to reviewers saying they've had this for years and it's flawless, since this used one wasn't 'perfect.'
Similar Products Used: Thule Helium (absolute garbage...scratched up both my bikes and a pain to load/unload)
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2014
Strengths: Rarely write reviews, but this unit is too good to ignore. Been through many iterations of Thule and Yakima racks. Its simple and effective, and no plastic parts. So very solid to date. Totally dig it.
Weaknesses: Somewhat expensive, but it may be my last rack. Takes a little finesse to operate the levers and release technique, but it becomes second nature quickly. I bet the more expensive black anodized version looks even cooler.
Duration Product Used: About 4 months now.
Price Paid: $299.00
Purchased At: http://www.1upusa.co
Similar Products Used: Thule Heilum 3, Many old Yakima racks
Bike Setup: Niner SIR 9 SS
BMC FS01 Fourstroke Trailcrew
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2014
Strengths: A beautiful piece of engineering. Solid, well-built, and SO easy to use. We bought the heavy-duty two-bike version because we have two electric-assisted Stromers in addition to my road bike. The rack had no problem accommodating them despite their weight, and it worked flawlessly. I initially ordered the regular rack by mistake, and 1UPUSA's customer support in accepting the returned rack and sending me the correct one was superb. They even sent additional parts to me at no charge because of a possibility that my fendered bike was too wide for their standard configuration.
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2014
Strengths: This review relates to the 1Up heavy duty hitch rack. It is a solid, stable bike carrier suitable for back-road and off-road travel. Ike's are easy to load, are held securely and the rack doesn't move.
Weaknesses: We carry the bikes on a front hitch. They wobble sometimes when trucks blow by us. The wobble is not damaging to the bikes.
Bike Setup: Two Jamis hard tails.
Date Reviewed: August 30, 2014
Strengths: Easy install and uninstall. Quick and easy bike load and unload. Accommodates any kind of bike. Modular design. Made in America. Good people. Good service.
(https://www.1upusa.com/product-quikracksilverdouble.html) and a Quik Rack Add on (https://www.1upusa.com/product-addonsilver.html). I normally carry three mountain bikes so the modular system is perfect. All I can say is Wow! I saw the install video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWWW-9nYiL8) and installed the rack in minutes. Loading and unloading bikes is super easy. Every time I use the rack I feel that 1UP USA read my mind. Thank you 1UP USA!
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2014
Strengths: Simplicity, design, workmanship, made in U.S. This rack is easily the best available on the market. Having said that it is also competitively priced. I've owned racks by Thule, Rocky Mounts, and Hollywood, and while they all are decent racks, the 1 Up is simply in a much higher category. All aluminum with no rubber or plastic parts to degrade in the sun/weather. I chose the Heavy Duty Quick rack that only works on a 2" receiver and holds two bikes. I am very happy I did. Folds up small when it needs to be stowed. It is an amazing piece of engineering. Congratulations 1 Up. You have really raised the bar.
Weaknesses: Really none to speak of. Even though the receiver locking bolt is only usable with a special 1 Up Allen wrench, it would have been nice to have a typical receiver hole to put a receiver lock in place. However it is really no big deal because a secondary u-lock or cable could likely be used to connect the rack to a receiver for more security. The instructions provided are pretty weak but that is really nitpicking.
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2014
Strengths: Very compacy when not in use. Easy to mount/dismount. Easy to use. Very supportive and holds girls/womens bikes from the bottom, allowing them to be carried evenly as well (something that is not thought about much when considering the racks that carry from the crossbar).
Duration Product Used: 5.5 hours one way on a trip
Purchased At: online at 1upUSA
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2014
Strengths: what to add that hasn't been said before. I was really debating whether to get the 1.25 or get the heavy duty 2". Ended up going with the single 1.25" and no regrets, very solid construction.
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2014
Strengths: Well thought out design and functionality, first class quality of materials and fabrication, several notches above any other bicycle rack on the market. Additional cost compared to other products is a bargain for what one gets.
Weaknesses: I would suggest that the provided installation instructions could be a bit more clear regarding the importance of "not pushing the rack" through the receiver. Maybe the rack insert should have a hash mark so users don't push rack in too far as I did accidentally. Having said that in a short phone call to 1upUSA I received clear instructions how to fix that little problem.
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