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 every other hitch rack we tested. The all aluminum construction provides unmatched durability. We did not determine the design to be as user-friendly as other contenders we tested and a lack of security features made us a bit nervous. 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.
1Up USA Heavy Duty Double Quik 2" Review
Cons: Lacks security features, difficult to tilt, heavy
Manufacturer: 1UP USA
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Our Analysis and Test Results
1Up racks are amongst the most noticeable models on the market due to their unique design. They have a somewhat cult like following, and many riders swear by the design. 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 industrial. The overall score of the 1UP suffered due to ease of use issues and a lack of security features.
Ease of Everyday Use
Loading and unloading bikes on the 1Up is a rather different procedure compared to more traditional tray style hitch racks like the T2 Pro XT or the Kuat Sherpa. 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.
Our other issue with the 1UP is a 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. This issue was most apparent on vehicles that sit low to the ground such as sedans and wagons.
Ease of Removal and Storage
The 1Up sits in the middle of the pack with a weight of 48lbs. It is 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 small 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 is the only contender 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 alienate this issue.
This rack will work on any vehicle with a 2" hitch receiver. However, the low tilt height reduces the versatility, particularly for those who have a vehicle that sits low to the ground. Lowering the rack on a vehicle with low clearance is so awkward that we can not recommend the rack. Also, the 1UP can only accept tires up to 3.25" in width, compared to the 5" capacity of racks like the T2 Pro XT, so if fat bikes are your thing, then this is not the rack for you.
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.
The 1UP is the only hitch rack 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 not remove the rack. We admit that it is 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 would 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 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 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 rack is best suited to riders who have higher clearance vehicles due to the awkward tilt release system. If you have a fat bike or envision one in your future, then this is also not the rack for you.
The $529 retail price of the 1UP is a lot for a rack with no locks, but we feel that the durability and quality are excellent, and the rack still represents a good value.
The 1UP Heavy Duty Quick Rack is a durable rack with a unique design that features folding trays for easy storage. Lack of security features and a difficult to use tilt function prevent it from competing with our highest rated hitch racks.
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Most recent review: August 12, 2018
100% of 1 reviewers recommend it
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It also doesn’t strap on to any part of the wheels or frame: some people (me included) don’t like having stress on their wheels via the straps that many racks have, especially if you have carbon wheels.
The rack is lightweight enough that it is easy to mount on and off ( may be harder with a double.)
Security: comes with that special hex key, and you can purchase specific locks to go in the hitch as well as unique locks for the bike that attach directly on the rack arms ( or come up with your own cable/lock system in addition, like you would with any bike rack.) I wrap my moto chain around the bike frame and rack when I have to leave my car and bike unattended.
Super easy to load, easy enough to unload - you need both hands but the bike is well seated in the rack and there’s easy tricks you’ll develop to get your bike off- every rack is different and requires its own “ muscle memory” to load and unload….this is the easiest to load by far- I’m already drinking my beer while my friends are still loading their bikes after a tiring ride.
Fat bikes: check their add on pieces for fatter tires.
The add on to turn my rack into a double might make it Awkward to tilt the rack back to open my trunk since my car is low to the ground, but truthfully, it’s easy to just open my back seat forward to grab things out of the trunk. Easy compromise for the pros this rack has.
The only thing it get annoyed with at times is the handle that allows you to shift rack up, flat, or tilt out: sometimes only one side releases instead of both simultaneously but that’s easily fixed by takings a breath and adjusting your handlhold. Take a look at some of the review videos online to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
Industrial look? If you’re an MTB rider, or any avid cyclist wiling to invest in the best carriage for your bike, you geek out on your bike equipment and won’t care, that the construction isn’t…dainty. The beauty is in the mechanism. Get the black one if you want it to look sleeker. ($50 more)
Overall, as a tiny human fumbling with a big bike, Swiss level quality control compulsions, desire to invest in a quality product the first time around and my lack of attention span, I can say that the 1Up has fufilled my criterias. The fellow riders I’ve run into that have one all love it-no regrets from anyone so far. I’m planning on getting an addition so my road bike, can join me and my MTB on trips.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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