I'll agree and disagree. Any time you are carrying 5+ bikes, a vertical rack is the way to go. A 4- rack just works too well to go with anything else, especially a 1up.I know this is only tangential to the OPs comment, but one of the things I really dig about the 1Up is how modular it is. Yes with 4 bikes on it, it sticks out pretty far. But only when you have 4 bikes on it. If you are only hauling 2 bikes, it doesn't stick out any further than a vertical rack and it's a much lower profile.
With any of the vertical racks, you are always stuck with bikes poking out moderately far and tires up 7 feet off the ground.
If you are always hauling 4+ bikes then the vertical rack is the way to go. I have both the 1Up and the Northshore, if I were forced to pick 1, it would be the 1Up simply because it's pretty rare that I move 4 bikes. For the 10-20% of the time I need to haul that 4th bike, I have the slightly awkward option to do so.
They all seem to have a potential to rub/damage and it will depend on the bikes, and near impossible to know as a buyer unless you can test it out first (though most places have a return policy). And if you change your bike or configuration in the future, you may have a rubbing/damage issue. Something I don't like to think about when spending $800+, and rather buy once cry once.I am very concerned with rubbing/damage between bikes. That is why I have not made any decision yet either.
This. The 1up is the only rack that gives you close to a foot of usable tray to move the bike back and forth. Learning how to do this alleviates all contact between bikes.Platforms like the 1Up allow you to shift the bikes side-to-side which is a huge help. I still have issues, but you learn pretty quick what loading order works best.
do all your bikes have dropper posts? If you are a tall rider and don’t have a dropper will the extension of the seat be a problem to touch the back of your van or cause any other issue?After doing a ton of research I ended up with a Lolo rack. After 2500 miles round trip I must say I’m extremely happy with my choice. Simple and heavy duty construction. The rack holds the bikes very secure, no movement at all and even my kids can load and unload it easily.
I can’t imagine it could be long enough to touch, there’s more space there than it seems. If we get a ride in soon I’ll take a side pic to show.do all your bikes have dropper posts? If you are a tall rider and don’t have a dropper will the extension of the seat be a problem to touch the back of your van or cause any other issue?