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Looking for a rack to haul my 29er and the wifes 26 around to the trails.I prefer a hitch mounted one,due to the bed having a hardtop cover on it. Would basically any rack work or would it need to be made for a 29er? I like the ones that have a platform so they aren't just hanging in the air by the frame.Suggestions please.:thumbsup:
 

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Nice. I look into that one more. I see it fits up to a 2 inch receiver which I have,does it have some sort of adapter? How about security,can I use a lock,etc?
 

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I think I have a little bit older model than the one pictured, so some stuff might be a little different.

Mine has a plastic adapter for the 2" hitch. It doesn't have a pin setup like most others. There's a bolt that threads into the rack to secure it. Not sure about locking??? You have to take the bike(s) off the rack to get the arm to tilt out of the way to open a hatch.

Again, for the money it's a good rack. The Yakima stuff is way nicer, but i wasn't about to drop that kind of coin on a rack. I feel like I got what I paid for, and that's not a bad thing.
 

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Kuat NV

I have a Kuat NV and it is very nice! It literally takes me 30sec. or less to put a bike on the rack, 29er friendly. It is a little expensive, but it works out to being about the same price as most rack systems. I had a similar Yakima and it rust, and friend's Thule didn't fit 29er...maybe the new ones do.
-all aluminum so it won't rust
-cable locks for bike security
-hitch tensioning system to take out play
-bike workstand for trailhead maintenance
-can expand to fit 4 bikes
It says $530, but I have seen it for $500, and I am sure you can find some coupons to further reduce the price.

Rack description:
http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Kuat/N101.html

KUAT Co. Video:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Vendor-Information-Kuat.aspx

Installation and Use Video:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-review-kuat-nv-bike-rack.aspx

more pics of my bikes on mine:
http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=609977&d=1303313323
http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=609978&d=1303313323
http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=609980&d=1303313323
 

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I just got a Thule T2 tray type rack for my 29er and it works great. Bikes go on really easily in a few seconds, plus it is very fast to remove from the hitch. I can install or remove in about 2 mins.
 

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I have a Kuat NV

-all aluminum so it won't rust
-cable locks for bike security
-hitch tensioning system to take out play
-bike workstand for trailhead maintenance
-can expand to fit 4 bikes
It says $530, but I have seen it for $500, and I am sure you can find some coupons to further reduce the price.

Rack description:
http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Bike-Racks/Kuat/N101.html

KUAT Co. Video:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-Vendor-Information-Kuat.aspx
For that price I'd purchase the 1UP rack. http://www.1upusa.com/1upusarackhome.htm
 

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I just got a Thule T2 tray type rack for my 29er and it works great. Bikes go on really easily in a few seconds, plus it is very fast to remove from the hitch. I can install or remove in about 2 mins.
I love my T2 and its solid after 4 years of rough use, but.....the front wheel is a bit tricky to get the 29er wheel in ( its too short and you can drill the stop out to make it a bit longer but the end ca come off) is the newer version a bit longer in the reach ( doesn't need much) Again mine is one of the first versions. It has been worth every penny.
 

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The 1UP rack for $299 is for 1 bike, to add a second its $199...back up to $500...so there is no savings at all.

The 1UPs aren't that bad, but I didn't really like the design that much. I also like the fact that the bike is "latched down". The parts that arm that hold the wheel felt flimsy as well. Also, if put different bikes in ie. you and your friend ride 29ers, but the next time you go out, its you and your wife, and she rides a 26. You have to break out the ratchet set and a wrench to change the arm attachment to fit the wheel. Its not like a telescoping arm that locks in place like the Kuat, Yakima, and Thule.

Thule T2s don't fit w/o modification that is also not covered by warranty. Thule told me that directly.

The Yakima Holdup is what I had previously and it started rusting. First it was the bolts, and then it started under the black parts down by the hitch. I live in S. Florida, and with the salt in the air and near the water...what can rust, will rust. It also costs a bit extra for the locks. Also, to fit 29ers the rear wheel swivel is almost vertical to fit...it worked alright..but I prefer a rail that the bike sits on.

Neither of them come with a bike lock system already built in, and even though it isn't the biggest selling...the built in workstand which can occasionally come in handy.

I however can't fault Eric's $130 Performance bike rack. They do rust up though and are all steel. Not rusting was one of my "must haves"
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I assume that I could use a lock on the hitch to stop somebody from taking it,but how about stopping them from taking the bikes off the rack? Use a cable lock? We usually stop and eat on the way to or from the trails.Don't want to come out and there gone.
 

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The 1UP rack for $299 is for 1 bike, to add a second its $199...back up to $500...so there is no savings at all.
Didn't see where savings was a requirement. I looked at the Thule and Yakimas, and they're fine if you are mounting the rack and leaving it forever. If you use your trailer hitch for more than a rack, you might appreciate a rack that 1) weighs about half of a Thule T2, and 2) folds up for storage. I happen to use my hitch to tow things as well, and I like the fact that the 1up is light weight and folding.

Everyone's got their own criteria, however.

I run a Kryptonite cable lock around the frame and wheels, and down through the rack supports if I want the security. Takes about 30 seconds.
 
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