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: November 10, 2015
Strengths: Solid, strong, functional, light, compact, made in USA
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2015
Strengths: • Fenomenal Bike Rack Quality - Piece of Art
• Comes in not too big of a box 99% assembled
• It takes literally a few minutes to mount it to your car hitch
• No noises or squeaking from bike rack during the drive
• Holds the bikes from they tires very strongly
• It takes no more than 10 sec to secure the bike on the rack or to remove it, just like advertised
• The Rack locks on the car hitch with a special key that you only can get from 1Up USA, so it's almost impossible to steal the rack from the vehicle
• I can open my SUV (2013 Infiniti FX37) trunk even when the rack is completely folded up, so I almost never really need to remove the rack from the hitch.
• When it's completely folded it sticks out maybe by 6-8 inches
• Lifetime Warranty
• 100% Made in USA
• Easy Returns
• Great Customer Service - My 1st package got lost. So after 1Up USA received a confirmation FedEx that the package was lost, 1Up USA sent me the rack the 2nd time OVERNIGHT.
Weaknesses: • A bit expensive. Especially that I got the black one which was $609. But at least it's all quality made in USA
• Doesn't come with any security for the bikes, but you can purchase it separately.
• A bit heavy 52 lbs
I was very skeptic about spending $609 on a 2 bikes rack, but after I received the rack I understood that it was a very good investment.
Price Paid: $609.00
Purchased At: 1UpUSA.com
Similar Products Used: Allen Sports Deluxe Four Bikes
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2015
Strengths: -Aluminum and very solid construction made in the USA!
-Rock solid when installed in the hitch receiver... does not move.
-Proprietary locking mechanism means it is safe on the vehicle.
-Very fast and easy to mount to the hitch and even faster to load and unload a bike... about 10 seconds!
-Bikes are secured by the tires and not the frame.
-Folds up and can be stored easily on a garage wall or in the trunk/hatch of your vehicle.
-Can easily be swapped between different vehicles.
-Incredible customer service!
It really is a fantastic piece of kit!
Bike Setup: -2015 Specialized FSR EVO Elite 650B mountain bike
-1993 Proctor Townsend road racing bike.
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2015
Strengths: Sturdy, Easy to use (my wife loves it too). Solid. Fast. Well made. Simple. folds perfectly - works great with my Jeep and our Subaru.
Weaknesses: None. Really - None.
Similar Products Used: Thule, Saris and Yakima
Bike Setup: Cannonale F29, Trek Farley and Cannondale Super 6.
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2015
Strengths: Fits any tire/hub combo, unlike all other systems I could find
Weaknesses: I haven't found any
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2015
Strengths: Ease of use, esthetically looks great, rock solid, light weight, Bike can be loaded & secured in 30 seconds
Purchased At: 1Up Online
Similar Products Used: Saris Hitch Mount Hanger
Bike Setup: Specialized Roubaix SLX
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2015
Strengths: Precision build
Ease of swapping worn parts
Weaknesses: Wear in guide bar
Guide bar teeth appear to wear relatively quickly. No matter though, as you can get replacements for $9 from the 1UPUSA website. Price is a bit steep, but the ability to add up to 2 more bike trays means this bike rack can grow with your needs.
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
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