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1Up USA 2" Heavy Duty Double Review

An industrial-grade hitch mount bike rack that packs up small for easy storage
1Up USA 2" Heavy Duty Double
Photo: www.1upusa.com
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Price:  $529 List
Pros:  Durable, small storage size
Cons:  Lacks security features, difficult to tilt, heavy
Manufacturer:   1UP USA
By Curtis Smith ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 31, 2017
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RANKED
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  • Ease of EveryDay Use - 20% 6
  • Ease of Removal and Storage - 20% 8
  • Versatility - 20% 7
  • Security - 20% 5
  • Ease of Assembly - 10% 10
  • Durability - 10% 10

Our Verdict

This is a heavy-duty made in the USA, tray-style hitch rack. The unique design features two tire clamps rather than the single clamp design found on most other hitch racks we tested. The all-aluminum construction provides unmatched durability. Despite its all-metal construction, the 1 Up rack is only moderately heavy, and the bike trays fold to reduce its size for storage. We did not determine the design to be as user-friendly as other contenders we tested and a lacks any security features. Overall, the 1UP is a solid, well-built rack with an attractive design, but the lack of versatility and a difficult-to-use tilt mechanism reduces its overall score.

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Pros Durable, small storage sizeEasy tilt release function, durable, fat bike compatible, tool-free installationReasonably priced, highly versatile, solid construction, user-friendly tilt release, comes with locksVery secure hold, no frame or fork contactVery inexpensive, no assembly required, lightweight, folds small for storage
Cons Lacks security features, difficult to tilt, heavyHefty, priceySits slightly closer to vehicle than some, some assembly requiredDesign seems a little over-complicated, limited to vehicles with low roof height, you have to lift bike to height of roof to loadNot adjustable, support arms may not work with all frame shapes/styles, no security features
Bottom Line An industrial-grade hitch mount bike rack that packs up small for easy storageImpressively easy to use and highly versatile, we think this is the best hitch-mount rack on the marketA versatile hitch-mount rack that provides a high price to performance ratioA roof-mount rack with an exceptionally sturdy and secure hold of your bicycle with no frame contactA very affordable, bare-bones trunk rack for the infrequent rack user on a tight budget
Rating Categories 1Up USA 2" Heavy Du... Thule T2 Pro XTR RockyMounts MonoRail Thule UpRide Allen Deluxe 2-Bike...
Ease Of EveryDay Use (20%)
6.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
Ease Of Removal And Storage (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Versatility (20%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
4.0
Security (20%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
2.0
Ease Of Assembly (10%)
10.0
7.0
6.0
10.0
9.0
Durability (10%)
10.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Specs 1Up USA 2" Heavy Du... Thule T2 Pro XTR RockyMounts MonoRail Thule UpRide Allen Deluxe 2-Bike...
Style Hitch (tray) Hitch (tray) Hitch (tray) Roof Trunk
Bike Capacity 2 2 2 1 2
Lock? No Yes Yes Available but not included No
Weight 46 lbs 51 lbs 44 lbs 2 oz 17 lbs 7 lbs 9 oz
Other Sizes Available? Yes, single bike version and rack add-on for one additional bike Yes, 1.25" receiver and rack add-on for 2 additional bikes Yes, 1.25" reciever, single bike add-on sold separately No Yes, 3 and 4 bike versions
Cross Bar Compatibility N/A N/A N/A Round, Square, Aero, Most Factory N/A

Our Analysis and Test Results

1Up racks are among the most noticeable models on the market due to their unique design. They have a somewhat cult-like following, and recently several brands have copied this style of rack. After years of seeing them at trailheads, we were stoked to get our hands on one for testing. We love the all-aluminum construction from a durability standpoint, but many of our testers found the appearance of the rack to be a bit too industrial. The overall score of the 1UP suffered due to ease of use issues and a lack of security features.

Performance Comparison


The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik rack is hitch rack with a unique design.
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik rack is hitch rack with a unique design.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Ease of Everyday Use


Loading and unloading bikes on the 1Up is a rather different procedure compared to more traditional tray-style hitch racks with front wheel clamps. Rather than a single wheel clamp for the front wheel, the 1Up has dual, nondirectional clamps, which allows a bike to be loaded facing either direction. Because the trays do not have a trough for the front wheel, securing a single clamp will still enable the bike to roll backward until the second wheel clamp is in place; this makes loading bikes a bit trickier and less user-friendly.

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack tilts lower than any rack we have...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack tilts lower than any rack we have tested, but tilting the rack is awkward particularly on vehicles that sit low to the ground.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Our other issue with the 1UP is the difficult to access tilt release that is located under the rack. To lower the rack, you must reach underneath. While releasing the tilt mechanism is challenging, the biggest problem is how low the rack tilts. While we appreciate the access the extra-low tilt setting provides, it goes so low that it's hard to lower the rack and get out of the way. 1Up sells an aftermarket EZ Pull system and handle that moved the tilt-release handle out to the end of the main support arms in a much easier-to-reach location. It will set you back a few bucks, but it should make it much easier to utilize the tilt function on this rack.

Ease of Removal and Storage


The 1Up sits in the middle of the pack with a weight of 48lbs. It's not light, but the trays fold in towards the center of the rack making it relatively easy to carry. The folding trays also make it one of the most compact hitch racks we tested for storage. With the trays folded in, it will fit in the trunk of many cars, which is a useful feature for those without a garage who want to stow their rack to prevent theft.

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack folds up smaller than any other...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack folds up smaller than any other hitch rack on the market.
Photo: Curtis Smith

The 1Up is the only rack we tested that has no safety pin at the hitch receiver. The rack is secured to the vehicle by an expanding wedge that also takes the wobble out of the system. The wedge is turned with a special hex wrench that comes included with the rack. The rack must be inserted into the receiver a minimum of 2", but there are no markings to indicate the insertion depth. We added our mark with a sharpie but would like to see a mark from the manufacturer added for safety reasons. Without a safety pin, the likelihood of not inserting the rack far enough into the receiver increases and a minimum insertion mark would help to eliminate this issue.

A special hex wrench with a hollow end is used to release the...
A special hex wrench with a hollow end is used to release the expansion wedge on the 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Versatility


This rack will work on any vehicle with a 2" hitch receiver. It carries two bikes with a weight of 50 lbs per bike (the Super Duty version can handle up to 75 lbs per bike) and can handle wheelbase up to 54-inches. 1Up claims it fits wheel diameters from 16-inches up to 29-inches and tires up to 3.1-inches wide. In its standard configuration, it doesn't work with fat tires bikes, although 1Up sells a Fat Tire Spacer Kit for tires between 3.1 and 4.9-inches. Additionally, 1Up sells add-ons to increase your racks capacity by 1 bike (up to 4 bikes max).

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is limited to tires 3" in width...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is limited to tires 3" in width which decreases its versatility for use with plus and fat bikes.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Ease of Assembly


No complaints here, the 1Up was the easiest hitch rack we tested. It comes out of the box fully assembled and ready for use. The folding tray design allows 1Up to ship the model with the trays folded, so when the rack arrives, all you have to do is remove it from the box, fold open the trays and attach it to your vehicle.

This is how the  1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack comes out of the box...
This is how the 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack comes out of the box. No assembly required.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Security


The 1UP is one of the only hitch racks we tested that does not include any locking hardware. The rack secures to the vehicle by tightening the expansion bolt and associated wedge with a unique hex wrench that is hollowed out on one end. Without this hollow hex wrench, you can't remove the rack. We admit that it's unlikely the average thief would have this tool, but it can be ordered from 1Up, and having the tool would allow you to remove any rack the company makes. We'd like to see some keyed lock system as an additional security feature. 1UP also leaves the security of bikes to the user, no locking system is included with the rack, and there are many places on the rack to loop a cable through.

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack does not have a locking system, but...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack does not have a locking system, but it uses a special hex wrench to install or remove.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Durability


The 1Up USA is the highest scoring rack we tested for durability. The all aluminum construction makes the rack impervious to the deterioration that other racks experience as a result of sun-damaged plastic. All of the other racks in our test, including the Thule T2 Pro XT have plastic components that are prone to failure over time. Also, the bolts and fasteners on the 1UP are all stainless steel for corrosion resistance. Each part of the rack can also be replaced if necessary.

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is entirely constructed of aluminum...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is entirely constructed of aluminum making it one of the most durable racks we have tested.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Value


The 1UP Heavy Duty Double is about the average price for a hitch-mount rack. We feel that the durability and quality are excellent, and the rack represents a good value.

Conclusion


The 1UP Heavy Duty Quick Rack is a durable rack with a unique design that features folding trays for easy storage. It may be slightly less user-friendly than our favorite models, but we feel it is a great rack that will likely outlast the vehicle you put it on.

The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is a unique American made beast...
The 1Up USA Heavy Duty Quik Rack is a unique American made beast that is nothing like anything else on the market.
Photo: Curtis Smith

Curtis Smith