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: 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.
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2014
Strengths: Very high Quality and USA made, meaning actaully made in the USA. Function and Appearance pleasing. Truly a No nonsense design. Aluminum, rust free and allows multi-use (see Summary). Price? many say its expensive, it is but actaully it is cheap. At $900 for 4 trays, after 10 years it cost less than $100/year or @ 10/month. Knowing prices would probably go up while mine drops over time was the convincing factor. Ease of use is truly incredible, Design allows for simple placement of bikes with no hassles. The outward up sloping design is genius for function and safety.
Weaknesses: Everything has a weakness but here its minimal. While rack is not in use I keep it lifted up against the rear out of the way as much as possible from my kids. This makes it a little difficult to reach quickly in the rear cargo area for something as you have to "squeeze" between the vehicles rear and the first tray. If someway the trays could be folded while raised against the car that would be awesome. Locking mechansim for bikes can be accomplished with a inexpensive simple cable or even using pin type locks to lock the arms between the wheel and spokes. This still does not secure the frame so a cable is the smart choice. The 2" heavy duty racks hitch piece is two trays and not light but again a cement foundation for a home isn't light either so this is for a purpose. The arms can be adjusted to fit just about any wheel size but not readily, screws need to be moved to accommodate the tire size. My family set up is 26", 26", 24",20" in that order so when just me and my 7 year old go out there is a tray gap and I have to insert the 24" or 20" tray or remove the arms screws. When all bikes are 26" > then adjustments require unscrewing. A latch design where interchanging the arms to different wheel sizes readily would be nice but only if quality, security and function are maintained.
Duration Product Used: 3 years plus
Purchased At: $900
Similar Products Used: Thule Rac n Loc, several other racks and experiencing stillothers that friends had.
Bike Setup: Specialized Stumpjumpers kids have Ibex (the best).
Date Reviewed: December 22, 2013
Strengths: Arrives already assembled, simple to install, fits 1.25" or 2" hitch, holds up to 4 bikes depending on hitch size, simple to use, easy to mount and remove bikes, folds down to access trunk or lower tailgate, folds up to fit in closet or trunk, beautifully crafted, makes your vehicle and bikes look cooler.
Weaknesses: No built in locking mechanism. Wheel locks can be purchased or use a chain or cable lock.
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2013
Strengths: Solid construction, heavy cast aluminum pieces for receiver and wheel trays, cnc aluminum pieces for frame, lever and locking arms. adjustable, foldable, tight. no wiggle, no slop, will work with any size bike or wheel, made in USA
Weaknesses: I wish the add-on bike carriers were a little less expensive. Might look cooler than your bike.
The price for a single bike carrier put me off at first because most of these things for sale are bulky, cheap, made-in-china-garbage. They are mostly clunky and sloppy with poor machine work and cheap steel, plastic and rubber and rust within 2 years. the last (name brand) i owned was a rattling disappointment, $ down the drain.
Aside from high quality materials and build quality there is also design. No pin needed for the hitch, it has an internal ball-lock and security tool to tighten it from the back of the bike rack. It takes some effort (nothing a small child couldn't manage) to fold out the wheel trays but they are snug. nothing is loose, nothing rattles, no rubber, no plastic, nothing to rust or rot away. The whole thing folds up small enough to fit in a car trunk. Lift a lever to lower the arms down on the wheels to hold the bike in snug. Easy. The rack can also be laid down to access a trunk or hatch while the carrier is on.
The photos on the website don't quite do it justice. When you see it in person the price tag will be justified and you'll feel good knowing this one will last a long time. It is a bike carrier to envy and topic of conversation at the trail head.
Bike Setup: Giant Trance X 29, Large
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2013
Strengths: Quality, finish, design, burly, heavy duty, secure, great for 4 wheeling with bikes.
Weaknesses: Expensive. Rack positioning adjustment could be easier, less awkward.
Note, for off roading make sure the tire retention bars compress the tire an inch or more, tire psi ~30-35.
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