As soon as I pulled the bike rack out of the box, I could tell it was a quality piece of workmanship. The anodizing was outstanding, and the powder coating on the trays was thick and has put up with some serious abuse. 1UP took no shortcuts, which is represented in the price tag. The only plastic found on the rack is at the handles for the tire bars and where the bars contact the tires. We put 1UP’s bike rack through some seriously heavy abuse on some high-speed back roads, and it is still holding on.
Putting bikes on the rack is simple. All you have to do is crank down the arms onto your tires, and off you go. It may be the quickest hitch rack securing method we’ve used. The only contact point on the bike is the tire, so no frame rub is possible. We found that even with a somewhat loose setting, the frame or fork never contacted the rack. The only downside we found is when securing the tire bars very tight, it was somewhat difficult to pull the release pin.
Bike security is good, but not bulletproof. Included with the rack is a locking hitch pin, and the anti-wobble bolt is a security allen. Pins are also included to secure your tires to the rack, but a lock and chain or cable would be essential to really secure the frames to the bike rack.
The RakAttach performed well but added some wobble to the system. If you need to access your truck bed or rear hatch, it saves loads of time keeping the bikes on the rack. If you aren’t regularly rallying through forest roads, it is a lovely addition to keep the bike rack on your vehicle all the time.
The Wolf’s Last Word
If you want a rack that you’ll keep longer than your bike, check out the 1UP Super Duty series bike rack. We put it through the wringer on high-speed fire roads before bolting it on the back of a rally car for some sideways load testing. Despite our best efforts, the rack never missed a beat. With the addition of a heavy lock, this rack is everything we want in a hitch-mounted 2-bike system. It’s built very well and had a nice industrial look, it’s lightweight, easy to use and it doesn’t beat up your bike.
Now, as with anything in life, good things don’t come cheap. 1UP’s rack is the most expensive two bike rack we’ve ever tested. We love the fact it’s made in the USA, it works incredibly well and lasts, but the decision of pulling the trigger on this spendy accessory is ultimately going to be determined by your budget. You won’t be sad if you do, though.
2″ Super Duty Double – $649
RakAttach – $359