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    MoJo Bishop eporter68's Avatar
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    Looking for recommendations on a 2 bike hitch rack

    I'm looking at these two,Yakima HoldUp 2 Hitch Mount Bike Carrier - 2 Bike or the Thule T2 Classic 2-Bike Hitch Rack.

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    Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah mack_turtle's Avatar
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    I like my Thule T2, but it's HEAVY. I would get a Kuat or something similar if I had the opportunity.

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    IMO, 1 up is still the one to beat. Expensive but worth it.
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    I love my Thule T2. It's stout, holds the bike well, has lot's of places to put bike mojo stickers. But dang it's heavy, hard to drop down with bikes on to access the tailgate, and hard to mount kids bikes with wheels smaller than 20".

    If I didn't already have my Thule, I would have a 1UP.
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    Mojo Bike Part Terminator Seths Pool's Avatar
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    if you are about to spend +/- $450 on a bike rack, no questions asked buy the 1 up rack. its the best you can buy. if you go with another brand be prepared for buyers remorse when you see someone else's 1up after you've maybe had your kuat or Thule plastic rack for a while
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    +1 for the 1 up.
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    Expensive rack = expensive bike = dinner bell for thieves.

    I was gonna say Saris Thelma but they discontinued it. Made in the USA, priced right and when it ages, it looks like shit....(no Mr. Thief I don't have a nice bike...lol).

    Bro-in-law has an ancient 1up and its awesome. Heavy AF if you take if off/on frequently.
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    Cheap rack + expensive bike = expensive pile of run over crap that fell off said rack

    Really, I think that all these nicer racks are going to do the job but there are several things I like about my 1-up:
    1. Light and easy to remove/store - I have a single bike version and I can pull it off, fold it up, and put it in my trunk in less than a minute. I take it off when we have weather like we've been having and I can't ride much.
    2. Easy to load and unload my bike - I just pop it on there, slam the arms shut, and go. This is worth the extra money.
    3. Doesn't touch my frame - I'm okay putting battle scars on my bike but not transit scars. That's crap.
    4. Bulletproof - Not literally but I've had it for over 5 years and it works just like the day I bought it and I've done nothing to it. It's so simple.
    5. Flexible - I've had 29" wheels down to 16" wheel bikes on it and have not had to change anything. That's good design.

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    prodigal son of Austin Teamsloan's Avatar
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    For a little less money though, the Thule T2 has 2-5 of Tree magnet's list.
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    I have the Kuat with the built in bike lock cables, and would strongly recommend it.

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    I have the Thule T2 XTR with the locking cables. It is a little heavy but for the price I paid no complaints. $175 on CL. It's easy to load the bike on and off and holds it securely doesn't touch frame. Check CL first before spending as much as a new fork for a rack.

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    one more vote for Kuat.

    I'm on my third one(started out with the 1.25, moved up to a 2", now have the 2.0 version). I've never had any issues with any of them.

    I look at the One up's and think some guy went to home depot and bought some aluminum and built a rack. Just not visually appealing to me.

    YMMV

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    Another vote for Kuat as I have the NV 2 version (2016 model) and it works great. I had a strap break and emailed them and had another strap in a couple of days, no questions asked. The NV 2.0 is really nice and has some upgrades from the 2 version. Bonus comment - you can use the REI 20% off coupon (coming later this month) and ship for free to the store.

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    Kuat if you take it on and off. It's the lightest of them all. I've had mine for I think 8+ years. It's still going strong without a problem. Only thing to watch out for is if you use only one of the trays frequently but the other one very infrequently, give the unused ratchet a workout every now and then. I've not had a problem for which I need support, but friends that have get replacement parts sent out from Kuat very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elarsen View Post
    I look at the One up's and think some guy went to home depot and bought some aluminum and built a rack. Just not visually appealing to me.

    YMMV
    I think that's why I would like one. The Kuats are beautiful racks, no doubt, especially when compared to the 1UP's. But I like the fact that with 1UP, the whole thing is aluminum. If you leave your rack on a lot like I do and your car sits in a sunny parking lot all day, plastic starts to degrade. Not UV degradation or rust to worry about with the 1UP. It may look like an erector set, but the functionality and durability of the 1UP is solid.

    Didn't know that the Kuat was lighter than the 1UP, I need to go look that up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elarsen View Post
    I look at the One up's and think some guy went to home depot and bought some aluminum and built a rack.
    The first time I saw one of these in a parking lot, that was exactly what I was thinking, and I actually took a picture of it with the thoughts I might want to build one too.

    Slight thread derail, but somewhat relates.

    I have a pickup so I'm not so inclined to have a hitch rack (never say never), but the thought of having $1000's worth of bike/s sitting in harms way of even the slightest rear-end crash makes me very leery of this method of bike hauling. I know that many folks have cars that don't allow for inside storage, but what are some of the reasons for having a hitch mount over say a roof-top mount? Has anyone had experience with getting rear-ended and have bike damage? How did the insurance handle the deal? Just curious
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    what are some of the reasons for having a hitch mount over say a roof-top mount?
    Driving in Austin traffic makes me nervous with my bike hanging back there. However, the odds that another idiot MIGHT hit me in traffic are lower than the odds I WILL drive into my garage without unloading my bike and screw up the house, car, and bike in one bonehead move.

    If you have a truck with a bed that you can fit your bike, I'd certainly try and keep it back there.
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    If you break your collarbone, you want a hitch rack, not a roof rack...
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    Another vote for 1up. I've had 2 of them, a single and dual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    The first time I saw one of these in a parking lot, that was exactly what I was thinking, and I actually took a picture of it with the thoughts I might want to build one too.

    Slight thread derail, but somewhat relates.

    I have a pickup so I'm not so inclined to have a hitch rack (never say never), but the thought of having $1000's worth of bike/s sitting in harms way of even the slightest rear-end crash makes me very leery of this method of bike hauling. I know that many folks have cars that don't allow for inside storage, but what are some of the reasons for having a hitch mount over say a roof-top mount? Has anyone had experience with getting rear-ended and have bike damage? How did the insurance handle the deal? Just curious
    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?

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