1UP USA Super Duty Double Bike Rack Review
Words & Photos by Nic Hall
We’ve tested just about every kind of bike rack available, somehow the 1UP bike rack system was something that seemed to elude us, until now. Bike transportation options are as unique as the vehicles and owners who use them. What we have found is that no one answer is always the best. Taking a group trip to the bike park? Gotta have that Sensus Bachelor Pad. Going on a road trip in your #Vanlife mobile? Better get you a Lolo. Driving your fuel-efficient commuter to the local trail after work? That is where the hitch rack enters the game. There is a myriad of hitch racks on the market, but one of the most unique looking is this option from 1UP.
We reached out to 1UP USA and told them about an upcoming trip where we’d be taking an E-bike and an XC bike up to a workday with the Trans-Cascadia crew. We needed something that could take the abuse of fire roads while holding roughly 70lbs of bike. 1UP sent us their 2” Super Duty 2 bike rack in black, along with their RakAttach swing out system. I bolted the system up to the Toyota Tacoma and rallied up to Washington.
1UP USA design and manufacture all their racks right in here in the USA. They have three different models with add-on capabilities available for most of their bike racks. The Super Duty rack is the burliest, with extra support bars in the locking mechanism. Thanks to the extra support, the 1UP Super Duty holds bikes up to 75lbs each. Even with this high payload rating, the rack only weighs 47lbs, and the tire trays fold up for easy storage.
A unique anti-wobble device doubles as the securing mechanism for the rack. The 2” hitch bar is slotted to allow movement towards and away from your car depending on how far your receiver sticks out and a securing pin is included for security. The tilt mechanism has a locking ring to prevent accidental actuation and allows for quick stowage when bikes are removed. The rack only contacts the tires of the bike and can accommodate up to 3.1-inch tires on the standard width. 1UP offers adapters for wider tires. Depending on the variety of your riding crew, 1UP’s bike rack is ready to transport bike wheels from 16- to 29-inches in diameter.
The RakAttach allows any hitch-mounted rack to swing 90 degrees away from the vehicle while remaining attached to the 1UP bike rack. It has an anti-rattle bracket included along with a bomber securing pin and latch. It comes in 3 sizes and can swing out, either way, depending on which you order.