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 →
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.
This rack is the best on the market, price wise too. So well thought out that I challenge myself on tryginto improve it. Ive had it for 3 years now and its looks and works like the first day I got it. During camping I use it to dryclothing, gear or whatever needs to be hung out to dry, its aluminum. Having towels on the trays also makes it more visable and safe with kids around. I use it to wash bikes and as a rack for minor adjustments and even pumping air in tires. Utah and Colorado have deep curbs and the up slope designs makes it a breeze to pull in and out fromthe street without worrying about bike/rack contact with the ground. Driving to the trailhead on rough dirt roads allows me to maintain my attention on the road not the bikes. My wife and 14 year old think my love for this rack is crazy but they never had to deal with other racks before until now. This rack is inviting as they load and unload on thier own now. I have gotten many compliments nd inquiries on the rack and always tell people that 1 up USA is the real deal, I even mention to not let the sticker price fool you. In the past loading bikes was always the "knot" in preping for a ride, whereas now I actually enjoy it (honestly, don't ask me why). I contacted one reviewer on his less that 5 star rating prior my purchase and he readily admitted to his mistake and felt bad as customer service was more than he imagined. I went through months of researching as my old rack did its job (never beyond) .... so this has been one of my best investments as it makes everything so much more pleasant and enjoyable. The peace of mind (lifetime warranty) gives that "Costco" assurance that the company stands behind its product! 1 up USA is a no brainer for everyone who transports bike(s), by either specific or overall comparison. You will not and can not go wrong here!
Favorite Trail: Every trail has its unique features as long as its singletrack hidden by the trees im good
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.
Best rack on the market and I've owned both Saris hitch and trunk mounted racks along with three different Yakima roof racks. Buy one and you won't regret it!
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.
Great design. solid aluminum pieces are well machined and smooth. No sloppy or ill-fitting parts. All high quality materials. This is the king of the hill for bike carriers. There is no equal.
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.
Strengths: Quality, finish, design, burly, heavy duty, secure, great for 4 wheeling with bikes.
Weaknesses: Expensive. Rack positioning adjustment could be easier, less awkward.
Needed a rack that could carry 2 bikes to some of my favorite Colorado and Utah camping spots on rugged 4 wheel drive roads. This is the only rack I witnessed that didn't have some sort of off road exclusion or warning. I purchased the extra heavy duty model that can be extended to hold 4 bikes. I carry just 2 bikes, but wanted the extra strength. Its heavy, but it mounts so solidly and stays that way through the paint shaker affect that 4wd roads can dish up. The bikes themselves move/sway a few inches back and forth, but don't contact each other or my truck. Did the San Juan's Alpine Loop and many other 4wd roads with no issues or worries. No need to constantly glance rearward to check the bikes.
Note, for off roading make sure the tire retention bars compress the tire an inch or more, tire psi ~30-35.
Strengths: The quality of construction is outstanding. I was completely blown away when I actually saw this rack up close and examined how it all works....pure genius!
Weaknesses: I have not observed any weaknesses at this time.
I wondered how all the reviews of this rack could possibly be so good...I was very skeptical. After my current rack wore out I decided to take a shot with this rack and all I can say is WOW!!! It is truly amazing...so sturdy, so solid, so well made... after seeing the one bike rack up close I immediately purchased the 2nd bike add on rack... I have no doubt that this rack will last many many many years. There are very few products that I have seen in my 50 years that have impressed me as much as this bike rack. You gotta check this out....it may cost more but it is worth every penny.
Similar Products Used: Yakima SwingDaddy, Saris Bones 3 bike
Bike Setup: Trek Ex9
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013
Strengths: All sizes and typed of bikes are held secure without marring the frame. The bikes are very easy to load and unload. The unit is rock solid while on the road. Won't rust out. Very well made. Folds up easily fot storage.
Weaknesses: My son what me to give him my bike rack!
Not as light as you would think for aluminun but oh so solid. I absolutely trust my coustom road and mountain bikes.
If we are traveling for a ride, I have to drive because it is the only system I want my bikes on. Problem is no one complains.
Worth every penny. Minutes to set up and seconds to use. Our bikes are secure.
Similar Products Used: Roof rack trunk rack Hollywood hitch mount rack.
Bike Setup: coustom Waterford with complete super record Campy set up.
hard tail Cannondale shimano gear set with hope breaks, white wheels.
Date Reviewed: September 2, 2013
Strengths: Durability, ease of use, customer service, customization.
My 10yr old Thule rack has seen better days as the cradles will no longer stay in place after being replaced for the second time and fourth set of elastomers. Over the years I've come to loath hauling more than two bikes on my four-bike carrier due to repeated trashed derailleur hangers from bikes bumping together, even with using anti-sway cradles.
Saw the 1Up USA on here and new they had a good reputation for customer service based on friends experience with their trainers.
I called to discuss the possibility of customizing the rack to haul my tandem in the position closest to the vehicle; for an extra $65 they made a custom mount that will accommodate anything from a normal wheelbase up to a 6ft wheelbase. Best of all, I never have to worry about the bikes hitting together.
The rack has worked flawlessly over some very rough roads on the back of my Jeep.
Strengths: Strong construction with no plastic parts
Easy to install
Weaknesses: No hitch lock
Have to buy direct without seeing in person
I have a large investment in Thule racks and used Yakama in the past. I was looking for something more compact and easy to install/store for my Audi A4. Ease of installation and aesthetics were just as important to me as the functionality and this rack does it all. The only negative is the use of cable locks.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2013
Strengths: Well designed and constructed. Easy to mount bike on and off. Easy set up out of the box. Looks good. No plastic or rubber parts. Sure to be very durable over time. Free shipping, no Tax, and good return policy. Versatile, I have the single rack which allows the addition of 2 more bikes - I will most often use the single rack when i go out for solo rides which i do most often, but i can attach another single rack for my wife's bike and when my kid gets older i can add a 3rd rack for his bike - most other racks that are designed for more than 1 bike are for 2 bikes with option of 2 additional bikes racks. Made in USA.
Weaknesses: Expensive - I little higher in price than some other brands, but you get what you pay for.
I initially purchased a Thule X2 for 2 bikes, but I decided to purchase the 1upUSA Single rack because I have the flexability to add a 2nd and/or 3rd single rack. I also like that each wheel of the bike are held in place with a wheel rack. This rack and like many other bike racks, no matter the design of the rack and whatever type of lock you use to secure the bike, I would advise to never leave the bike unattended, because if a thief wants steal you bike Im sure he can. I plan on mounting my bike on the rack, mount it off, go ride, mount it back on, drive home, and take the bike off the rack at home - no stopping at the mall, grocery store. Even though I had to spend more for the Single rack and 1 additional single rack for my wife, I have No regrets for purchasing this rack over the Thule T2 XTR.
Strengths: The rack is lightweight, very easy to put on vehicle, easy to load/unload bikes and the stepped height is great. We have a new RAV4 that is lower to the ground than our 1999 RAV. Our old bike rack would drag when going through some areas. The 1UP clears those same areas. And it doesn't hit the spare tire when in up position.
Weaknesses: One of the locking rails had a problem with locking securely. We contacted 1UP and
they immediately sent us four upgraded rails.
Awesome. A little pricey, but well worth the money. We have recommended it to numerous people.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2013
Strengths: After quite a bit of comparison shopping, I ordered the 1UP USA double bike Quik Rack and two single bike add ons. Two 50 pound boxes arrived yesterday by UPS. Within half an hour, the racks were unpacked, marveled over, installed on the car, and loaded with 4 bikes.
The ingenuity of the design and the quality of the workmanship is very impressive. It far surpasses what I had expected looking at the photos on line, and it makes competitive racks pale in comparison. There are no plastic parts. The machining and the welds are first rate. And it is all aluminum and hopefully will never rust.
The stepped design allows for the four bikes to be placed on the trays with no need for the baneful and exasperating adjustment of seat posts, pedals, and handle bars that is almost always required with other hitch racks.
While I was hesitant about the price premium, I could not be happier with the decision to purchase this rack. No sales tax and free shipping helps to cushion the sticker shock somewhat. I expect many years of carefree use.
Weaknesses: The ratchet mechanism that adjusts the arm that secures the bike on the tray seems like the weakest part of the rack design. Every other moving part on the rack is solid, smooth, and aesthetically pleasing. The ratchet mechanism, on the other hand, feels like the designer used up all of his/her Eureka moments (which are plentiful), and picked up a piece of bar stock jetsam from the shelf.
My only other minor quibble is the weight of the double bike Quik Rack. At about 50 pounds, it can be a challenge to maneuver. Especially for anyone with a bad back.
Because the rack is sold only direct to consumer, it is generally impossible to see one firsthand prior to purchase. However, I doubt that even the most discerning buyer will be disappointed with this rack. And there is a generous return policy.
Fabulous product. Other rack manufacturers should be jealous. I am surprised that there isn't a distribution deal with REI. This rack deserves to be more widely known.
I needed a rooftop rack for my Tacoma topper/frontrunner rack and searched high and low for one that would work with my set up. I originally had a Yakima model up there that I made work but the installation was difficult and once up there it was cumbersome to use- plus it stuck up too high ("tow it up" on a low parking garage beam at work!). I found this company while researching the North Shore racks (another outstanding product) and it sounded like the perfect rack. It has proven to me the mack daddy! All metal, tank like, handsome, easy to install, easy to use and customer service was awesome. They even have a 100% guarantee that if you're not satisfied for any reason you can return it for a full refund. That won't be necessary though- I'm naming my first born 1 up USA
Strengths: Bombproof, no plastic parts, modular, multiple bike sizes fit easily, Made in US, looks sexy (geek alert), robust
Weaknesses: Maybe price but worth it over the "T" and "Y" competitors models
I've had this rack for over two years now and it has become my favorite piece of bike gear. I drive a hot hatch and enjoy taking twisty roads. This rack has held my MTB and Road bikes rock solid through all kinds of spirited backroad driving. It still looks like new even though I usually leave it on my hitch all the time. My buddies hitch racks look faded and brittle with all the plastics aging in the sun and weather. The 1up usa rack is all aluminium and will never fade or crack.
Yes it does cost a little more, but IMHO this rack is superior to the others and if you drop big coin on your bike, don't you want a rack that will hold it securely and last a lifetime?
Bottom line, buy this rack, You'll be very happy with it
Strengths: Quality craftsmanship, low profile, looks good
Weaknesses: Difficult to rotate rack with add-ons
After my old Sportworks was hit in an accident, I had to go looking for a new rack. I will say that the old Sportworks Transport is the rack by which I judge all others. It was well built and I could load it in under 10 seconds with one hand (loading would be a 5 out of 5).
The 1Up is good. What really stands out is its craftsmanship and materials...it is exceptionally well built.
Loading..not as good as my old Sportworks as loading does take two hands in order to operate the wheel cradles but it is fairly easy (4 out of 5). I was initially a little worried if it would hold the bike tight enough but that doesn't seem to be a problem..just give the wheel cradle/arm a good push and the bike seems to be firmly in place.
The hitch interface is also very good. It cranks down inside your receiver with a large allen wrench and in my experience is rock solid. No play at all and it seems to stay tight (something that I can't say for my old Sportworks). For good measure, they also provide a small safety strap to connect the rack to your receiver should the mechanism ever come loose. But the strap is cheap and flimsy so I replaced it with a 1" heavy duty nylon cam strap.
Another pro for the 1Up is that it mounts very close to the bumper and is compact enough (the wheel trays are closer together than on most other racks) that I can open my rear hatch even when the rack is up. The rack also folds in on itself for storage. Pretty slick if you need to load it in a trunk.
The only real knock I have on the one up is the locking mechanism that allows you to rotate the rack up or down. It is a single spring loaded cross bar that locks the rack in place. You pull the bar to allow the rack to rotate up or down. However the bar is located so far forward it's difficult to reach and operate when you have two bikes loaded (and want to rotate the rack down to open a hatch) and just about impossible if you have add on's to extend your rack to hold 4 bikes..regardless of wether you have bikes loaded. At the very least, its a two person operation.
In all...the 1UP is a quality rack and I'm happy with my purchase. Materials and craftsmanship-wise its probably the best made rack on the market . Loading, though not quite as easy as some, is good and the design accommodates a wide range of wheel sizes. The only downsize is it's release lever and price. It is more expensive that others in it's class but I'm willing to pay a little more for something made here in the good ol US of A. In all..a solid 4+. If they could figure out a more user friendly release lever I'd give them a 5.
Weaknesses: - Expensive, but you get what you pay for.
This rack is great. 1UP's customer service is also great. I read here on MTBR someone mentioned that they would be willing to swap the standard 1 1/4" hitch mount for a 2" for a fee, so I asked them about it. For an extra $50, they made me a custom rack with the 2" hitch and shipped it out only one day later.
As others have mentioned, there's really no play when the rack is installed. It holds the bike steady and you can load/unload in just a few seconds. The one-bike rack is also small enough that I can leave it on and still open the back gate with it folded up.
If you have the money, there's really no comparison to this rack. It is expensive, but I feel it was money well-spent.