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Old 05-04-21, 09:53 AM
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Need hitch bike rack

I just got a new SUV, and need a bike rack to fit a 2" receiver. Most likely I will need a 4 bike carrier, but the most important thing is finding something that is stable and won't harm the frame on my carbon Salsa Warbird. Preferably $400 or less. Suggestions?

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I don't see any 4 bike racks on their site.

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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
I don't see any 4 bike racks on their site.

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https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-...ble-bike-rack/
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Not sure of a quality 4 bike 2" rack that doesnt clamp to the frame and costs less than $400.
Raise your budget, lower your standards, or buy used.
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+1 for the 1upusa rack - but you are not going to get a new one for under $400. Even a quality rack that is used may still be over your budget.
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How about this?

https://www.homedepot.com/p/CURT-4-B...s&locale=en-US
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Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up. And you won't get anything quality for under $400.
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Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up. And you won't get anything quality for under $400.
The one I posted slides over the top tube, I don't see where it contacts the fork?

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My Kuat doesn't even touch the fork.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
That connects to the frame, which it seemed like you didn't want since you mentioned harm to your frame. Pretty sure everyone figured you want a rack that doesn't attach to your frame.

Yeah those racks are fine- Thule, Saris, etc have similar ones to that. A few friends use the 4 bike versions and they've lasted the years I've known em.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
The one I posted slides over the top tube, I don't see where it contacts the fork?

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
That connects to the frame, which it seemed like you didn't want since you mentioned harm to your frame. Pretty sure everyone figured you want a rack that doesn't attach to your frame.

Yeah those racks are fine- Thule, Saris, etc have similar ones to that. A few friends use the 4 bike versions and they've lasted the years I've known em.

I think a lot of the hesitation with carbon frames and bike carriers are with the non-platform type of bike carriers. I think one that has a padded frame support like that, where the weight is still on the platform, is fine.
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I have a Transit four bike rack that is similar/identical to the Home Depot rack - less than $200 on sale at Performance Bike 8 years ago. It has carried carbon framed bikes on more than thirty thousand miles of road trips without incident - with plenty of snow, rain and wind thrown in. On matte paint, the padding against the top tube will create a shiny spot, but that's been the only issue.

If I had to do it again, I'd go with a two bike expandable to 4 set-up. Very rarely need to carry four these days.
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Agree with others -- the 1up USA or Kuat NV 2 along with the add-ons are the best options. I like the Kuat personally, especially if you have a bike with fenders - the 1up doesn't work especially well with fenders on the rear, though it can be fine if needed. The Kuat shouldn't even be touching the fork unless you have a fat bike or something (my Trek Farley's suspension fork barely clears on the Kuat NV 2). Kuat looks nicer IMO and is faster to fold too.
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Originally Posted by shoota View Post
Don't get a Kuat, they eat through your fork. Sold mine to get a 1Up.
The 1up seems to be a nice rack, but I've been using my Kuat for the past 10 years and it has been excellent!
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