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Good bike rack to purchase?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Michael8282, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. Mar 11, 2021 at 12:24 PM
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    Michael8282

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    I am looking for a hitch rack to carry up to 2 bikes only. I know Thule is a great brand. Anybody know which is the best model to get? Any experiences? It seems like there are a bunch. I have a ‘21 Off-road Premium.

    Also, I hope this is the correct sub-forum for this question lol. I apologize if not.
     
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    I have the Thule Apex XT 4. (Comes in 2 as well). Works great. Has tilt for access to the back. No tools needed to install. Easy to remove and put on. I usually take if off and store it on the garage and put put it on when needed when I ride MTB. Built in security lock as well. I was debating between Thule or Yakima. Hope this helps.

    https://www.rei.com/product/152007/thule-apex-xt-4-bike-hitch-rack?sku=1520070001&store=83&cm_mmc=PLA_Google|21700000001700551_1520070001|92700058213513919|BA|71700000074422037&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI57bF14up7wIVszytBh0oEglEEAYYASABEgJ0VfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    https://youtu.be/EdAK4nfzk0E

    Apex XT 4.jpg
     
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    1Up makes a great tray rack for mountain bikes! All aluminum, no plastic. Very strong simplistic design!
     
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    These are great, thank you guys.
     
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    I've got a Yakima Hold Up and love it. Quality is top notch and the built in locks are a nice touch
     
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    I have the rule T2 flat bike carrier. It holds 2 bikes but you can buy an extension to hold 4. Very solid and doesn’t scratch up the frame on bikes like the frame mount style.

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    86B2935D-6EA0-4F48-A363-8F4426D8DD17.jpg Thule XTR T2, 1UP, Kuat, Rocky Mounts, etc.


    there’s lots of good options, but definitely go with a tray style we’re it sits on its tires, do not buy that first one shown where it hangs from the frame.
     
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    I would highly recommend 1up. A bit pricey but a high quality rack that should last a very long time. Very easy to use too!!

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  11. Mar 14, 2021 at 7:47 AM
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    Looking at the site now. This actually looks great. Is there much of a difference between “super duty” and “heavy duty”??
     
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    Decision may be impacted by the type of bikes - dually; hardtail; electric; wheel size and most important- geometry. I had a thule apex and based on the geometry of my bike (Kona Big Honzo) it was an absolute pain to load. Not the racks fault, just not the most compatible frame. Switched to a saris SuperClamp and its worked out much better. Light, low profile, very easy and fast to mount the bikes. Also no frame contact. Only drawback is that the rack isn't tool-less install. That said it only takes about 5 minutes to mount. Minimal road sway. It also comes with integrated dual locks which are functional but again depending on the type of bike, the cables are kind of short. Also made in the USA. I have three seasons on it (including winter riding) and its held up great. Whatever you decide, consider bringing your bike in to see how easy it is to mount on a display rack if possible.
     
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    I don’t believe there is a huge difference between them but I purchased the Super Duty. At that price...I figured spend a few bucks extra & get the higher weight capacity since I would have 4 bikes. Both are quality options. Very easy to use & bikes do NOT make contact or rub against each other during transport. That was a huge deal for me! These bikes are expensive nowadays!! Also great while we go off road due to the stair step design.
     
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    Great set up! I have the 1Up Equip D Double ($729). Definitely want a tray rack for today's mountain bikes. All aluminum, no plastic, super sturdy, no noise or movement, and very simplistic! Four of my co-riders utilizing 1Up racks with no complaints!

    Currently mounted on the back of Subaru Crosstrek in MGM. Soon to be a 4R in MGM. Still undecided on ORP or Pro.
     
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    So I am heavily leaning towards one of these after doing some research. There are many great options, but this seems like a lifetime purchase. Would just have to make sure any future vehicle has a 2” receiver lol. Actually may go with the slightly older Super Duty like you have as opposed to the Equip-D. I think I simply dig the look a little more. Would def buy the handle attachment they make though.
     
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    I have Thule t2 xt pro very strong and tilts is a breeze carried my electric mountain bike and my kids fatboy no shake and has a good lock system
    J
     
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    Yes...would highly recommend the handle attachment to tilt rack & wall mount to easily store rack when not in use.
     
  18. Mar 17, 2021 at 10:25 AM
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    I realize it does not come with cable, tire, or attachment locks and they have to be purchased separately for this model. But does the rack come with a locking device to the hitch at least? I have been trying to figure that out. I emailed the company and am waiting for a reply.
     
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    I have the Yakima 5 bike tilting rack and I love it. Comes with the security cable which is great. This rack locks to the hitch with a key and you tighten to the point where it actually spins freely showing that it is locked.

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    The 1Up does come with a locking hitch pin.
     
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    It does come with a hitch pin however I also upgraded this to a keyed lock for the hitch & rack. If you order it at the same time then they will all have the same key which was a nice feature.
     
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    So I received a response from them at the same time as you replied to me. This was their response:

    “Yes, both racks will come with a hitch bar lock included.

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email or call us.

    Thank you”



    Just so I am clear, you did not receive this included with your purchase? This is what seems like is included going by their site and their reply to me:

    https://www.1up-usa.com/product/hitch-bar-lock-qtr-turn/
     
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    my apologies...it did come with a keyed hitch lock. I ordered 2 other locks to secure my add-on racks & those were keyed to match my hitch lock.

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    Roger that, thanks...
     
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    Just placed the order. That was not cheap :confused:
     
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    Definitely not cheap but I think you’ll be happy with it. Top quality rack built to last! Send us some pics once you receive it. Congrats!
     
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    Damn I’m glad I picked up mine on Craigslist for half the price you boys have serious money
     
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    Lol I am certainly not super wealthy or anything. I’ll pay for something if it’s a lifetime purchase and made in America though. I also do not see anybody selling these used anywhere I looked.
     
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    Good choice on the 1up. I looked for months for a used one, but they don't come up...which tells you something. They are the best! Took it on a 2 week trip with 2 bikes; flawless and easy to use!
     
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