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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    No wonder you always avoid riding with me - you're just afraid to mount your bike on my hitch rack! If I promise to keep yours on the inside will you ride with me?
    Only if you promise bubble wrap!
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    Something to think about is a rack tray that can accommodate wider tires. Now that i have 2.35" tires, I realized that this is the max tire width the KUAT can accommodate.

    We almost always have our bikes in the van, but sometimes we do use the KUAT hitch rack. It's very convenient and incredibly well made.

    Three years ago we went to Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico to do a mtn bike ride. It's a very regulated place, you can't drive around on your own, so they drove us and our bikes to our designated ride start (along with hikers, bird watchers, and fishermen) in a big van. The van had a hitch mount four-bike 1-UP and it was easy for the driver to load. IIRC, it had a stair-step design, where each tray is a little higher, so no handle bar clearance problems.
    The 1-UP does have a cold-war Russian submarine design vibe, but it did get the job done.
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    [QUOTE=June Bug;1193957]Something to think about is a rack tray that can accommodate wider tires. Now that i have 2.35" tires, I realized that this is the max tire width the KUAT can accommodate.

    I've hauled my fat tire(4.5") around on my Kuat rack all the time. On the older racks the rear tire strap was too short, on the new 2.0's it comes with extensions for the rear tire strap. Sometimes size doesn't matter.....

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    Hitch rack is better on gas mileage. Roof rack in the rain at 60mph forcing water into places you don't want. My T2 holds 3" tires NP.

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    Another vote for 1 Up, had mine for years, still looks and works like new. Something else to consider...what if someone hits your rack or you back into something. Will you be able to repair your rack? With 1 Up, you can, and I have a few times. They have parts available to replace anything and everything, very reasobably priced as well. Oh, and modular, so as your bike transport needs grow, you can add onto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post
    Another vote for 1 Up, had mine for years, still looks and works like new. Something else to consider...what if someone hits your rack or you back into something. Will you be able to repair your rack? With 1 Up, you can, and I have a few times. They have parts available to replace anything and everything, very reasobably priced as well. Oh, and modular, so as your bike transport needs grow, you can add onto it.
    Hey thanks everyone for all the comments. I am going with the Kuat transfer 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eporter68 View Post
    Hey thanks everyone for all the comments. I am going with the Kuat transfer 2.

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    I've been looking at that rack myself, so I'd be curious to hear your opinions on it after you have had it for a while.
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    I own a KUAT Transfer. Fits 2.8 tire.
    You can add cable locks and also locks down same technique as the T2. Hella cheaper and solid! Universal hitch adapter for 1.25 & 2" hitch receivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eporter68 View Post
    Hey thanks everyone for all the comments. I am going with the Kuat transfer 2.

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    One thing I do not like about Kuat is that there is ZERO opportunity to adjust for 2 bikes. Because you cannot move the trays left or right or position the bikes any way other than the gods at Kuat intended, you end up having trouble getting 2 bikes on at times.

    This is why I like the 1-Up. I can put one on all the way over to one side and put the other on, then adjust the holders. My old Thule allowed me to move the whole tray left or right. Less functional for on the spot, but better than Kuat. Even with seat droppers Kuat might have challenges with some combinations of bikes.
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    I'm not sure about other Kuat models, but the Transfer has some adjust-ability on the wheel trays. They claim this allows you to account for handlebars and seatposts that interfere with each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. D View Post
    Another vote for 1 Up, had mine for years, still looks and works like new. Something else to consider...what if someone hits your rack or you back into something. Will you be able to repair your rack? With 1 Up, you can, and I have a few times. They have parts available to replace anything and everything, very reasobably priced as well. Oh, and modular, so as your bike transport needs grow, you can add onto it.
    Can any of you recommending the 1UP comment on whether the Super Duty is worth the extra $30 over Heavy Duty? Also do these ever go on sale or is paying full retail the only option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Can any of you recommending the 1UP comment on whether the Super Duty is worth the extra $30 over Heavy Duty? Also do these ever go on sale or is paying full retail the only option?
    What are the main differences between the two? More than the total weight it will carry?

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    Also curious, any thoughts on 1up vs Quick Rack? Nvm, looks like a long waiting list for the new Quick Rack.
    Last edited by biga9999; 04-06-2018 at 05:37 PM.

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    I was about to pull the trigger on a Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and then noticed that both the Transfer and Sherpa are limited to 47" wheelbase. Even their top-of-the-line NV 2.0 is limited to 48" according to their website. My bikes would all fit, but aren't there plenty of bikes out there, especially for XL riders, that have a wheelbase longer than 47" or 48"? The 1-UP claims to hold up to 54", which would accommodate even an XL Pole Machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    I was about to pull the trigger on a Kuat Sherpa 2.0 and then noticed that both the Transfer and Sherpa are limited to 47" wheelbase. Even their top-of-the-line NV 2.0 is limited to 48" according to their website. My bikes would all fit, but aren't there plenty of bikes out there, especially for XL riders, that have a wheelbase longer than 47" or 48"? The 1-UP claims to hold up to 54", which would accommodate even an XL Pole Machine.
    get the 1up rack. trust me. and you can even get a black one which will look really nice on your vehicle. last bike rack you will ever need to buy
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    Quote Originally Posted by biga9999 View Post
    Also curious, any thoughts on 1up vs Quick Rack? Nvm, looks like a long waiting list for the new Quick Rack.
    and I/we must be missing something here. im watching the "quick rack" video, and on the side of the rack is a big ass 1up sticker. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    get the 1up rack. trust me. and you can even get a black one which will look really nice on your vehicle. last bike rack you will ever need to buy
    Is buying direct from them the only option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Is buying direct from them the only option?
    as far as I know yes. and if you're only gonna run 2 bike trays, getting the 1 1/4" receiver and just having the 2" adapter works great. if your planning on consistently running 3-4 bike trays (which I doubt you would be), definitely get the true 2" receiver.

    they have pretty fast shipping also
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    The 1up and Kuat are both really nice.

    You might also look at Raxter (Raxter Racks). It's less fancy but we've had ours for a few years now and like it well enough. We've the 2-bike unit and the 2-bike extension.

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