Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1UP USA Quik-Rack review w/video

The 1UP USA Quik-Rack is amazingly easy to set up and load a bicycle onto. The super convince of this single bike rack, is incredible. The rack can be folded and stored in the garage, in the trunk folded up or even just left in the hitch on the vehicle.  The two arms on the rack simply tighten up around the wheels and your off. No removing the wheels. The only parts that touch the bike are on the wheels. For those with carbon frames or nice paint jobs on their bikes, nothing touches the frame of the bike at all. it comes complete with everything needed to convert the rack from fitting in a 1¼" or 2” inch tow hitch. At least two inches of the rack must be mounted inside the hitch receiver for the expander bolt inside to grab hold of. The rack can be adjusted in a few angles when a bike is either on or off the rack. Need to get access to your hatchback? The rack easily is adjusted to give you access. The 25 pound rack is very solid when mounted in the hitch receiver. Face the bike in either direction and simply place the wheels in the trays. Open the racks arms before placing a bike on the rack, pull the arms closing in on the wheels and the bike is now securely fastened. 

The ratcheting rails can only be opened (red levers) when you lift up and move them out away from the center of the rack. Although this rack is only for one bike, there is the option to add on up to two other racks, making the total rack fit a total of three bikes.  Each bike can weigh up to 50 pounds. There are seven different levels on each opening arm in which the roller can be adjusted, allowing it to fit road or mountain bikes bikes with wheel bases up to 52 inches (axle to axle) and fit bikes with wheel sizes 16 inch to 29 inches. Special attachments can be purchased separately from the company to allow the rack to fit fat bikes. No rubber straps or cords to worry about and all necessary hardware.  It comes with both a ¼” allen key to remove the two inch receiver, if your going to use it on a hitch 1¼” as well as two, 3/4 inch security allen keys (anti-theft security tools) to securely mount the rack to the vehicle. I love this rack when it’s only been myself headed out to meet up with a group road ride or meet up friends on the mountain bike trails. The only problem I have seen is, if I fold the rack up towards my vehicles bumper it slightly blocks my license plate. Obviously not everyone is going to have this issue as plates are mounted at different heights depending upon the vehicle. If I drive without a bike on the rack, I leave the rack down exposing the plate, but fold it up when I park. I love this rack in that once the allen key tightens the mechanism inside the hitch making it very solid. The rack does not wobble or shake what so ever. The rack comes in black or the anodized aluminum like you see here. This rack would be perfect for students who use their vehicles to get in the general area of their school and use a bike then to get to class. With the security hitch as well as the ability to be quickly folded down and stored in the trunk, its a win/win! 

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