1up USA Bike Rack Review

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Key Strengths:

  • No rubber, foam, or plastic pieces to degrade in the sun.
  • No part of the rack contacts the frame of the bike.
  • Folds up small enough for any trunk.
  • Small fold-up size allows for storage anywhere – even the floor of a small closet.
  • Very sturdy. Zero wobble in the hitch (2-inch version)
  • No assembly at all. Just take it out of the box and insert into hitch.
  • Very solid, extremely well built to last
  • Easiest rack I’ve ever used to fold up, rock back, install on vehicle, add/remove bike, even assemble cause it comes assembled!
  • Doesn’t stick very far out (can close garage door without removing or folding up)
  • They shipped the same day from order
  • Can run with just 1, and easily throw the add-ons for 2 more when I take my kids riding
  • The rack looks awesome with its materials and construction
  • Just an ingenious design for compactness and modularity


  • 2 rack system is a bit heavy at 50 lbs.
  • Not cheap and a bit more expensive than the competition
  • Can block license plate when folded up
  • Very small company and customer support delays have been reported
  • Lever mechanism can be stiff and creaky
  • Opening the second arm can require three hands since the bike needs to be supported from falling.

Bottom Line:

We’re really stretching here to find weaknesses as this is one of the best designed racks today. In the areas where it really matters, ease of use and out of mind, this rack is a home run.

What do you think? Can you compare this to others that you’ve tried?


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • A Schur says:

    I have been looking for a new rack. This would be perfect if the height when folded could be adjusted as to not block the license plate of a pick up. My ancient Yakima gets me pulled over without bikes and that’s a square tube blocking 2 1/2″ of the plates center.

  • Bigfoot Jr says:

    I bought one of these after several encounters with the Yakima warranty dept.(he asked me if I was using my rack during the winter,What is that?)

    Hauled my 50lb Sinister R9(long) no problems. Best money I ever spent,IT IS!!!!!

  • Sylvain vanier says:

    I use a bungy to hold the second lever up. I just then hold the tire to remove the bike.

    Used Yakima, Thule and Kuat. 1up has been great on ALL front and way better anytime.


  • Joe says:

    I love mine, I had another brand on the back of my Samurai but it bounced so much it wore through the rubber and scratched my Fargo frame ( unacceptable, it’s a constant embarrassment). The One-Up works great and takes the horrible Samurai suspension in stride. Plus it’s from Wisconsin what could be better?

  • duder says:

    Went from a Kuat NV to the 1up. Loved the Kuat, but I think the 1up is my soulmate.

    • Jimmy says:

      I toohave 20 and also 16 and the fit works perfectly. Just make sure you followinstrcutions and place the bike inthe middle so the arms are “evenly” used on each tire.

  • Amy says:

    Does anyone know how well smaller bikes fit? I have a couple bikes with small 20 inch wheels. Also, how about recumbent bikes?

  • mtbxplorer says:

    Hey, where is APBT LVR (1st pic) ? Haven’t seen him and his dog Ruby over on the fatbike forum lately.

  • M. Kent says:

    Francis: If you just roll the bike to the left or right, or turn the handlebars slightly, when loading or unloading, the entire “three arm problem” goes away. For any readers, this is as easy as any other mount I have ever used.

    To be specific, open the arms to the vertical or slightly past vertical position. You will learn in one try what works best for your specific bike(s). Load the rear wheel then either rolling your bike a little further backwards or twisting the handlebars, load the front wheel. Center the bike, then holding the bike with one hand, use the other to close/compress the arms, one at a time.

    The mechanism to tilt the rack is a bit awkward to reach, but once you are used to it, it uses much less effor than the Thule mechanism.

    Hope this helps.

  • Julie says:

    Does anyone know if it will work with a Subaru Forester? Salesperson from Rack and Road, mentioned something about car having low clearance on hitch mount.

    • Gwen says:

      Our friend has one on his Subaru Outback. I’m assuming the trailer hitches on the Outbacks and Foresters are similar to each other.

  • Doug says:

    Since no one ever mentions my favorite rack in the comments section I guess I will. Raxter, Raxter, Raxter!!!! I love my Raxter and its been awesome.

  • joe says:

    Can one open a Jeep Wrangler rear swing door with spare tire with the 1up 2-bike in the horizontal position.

  • will fernandez says:

    I have a Revive Giant hybrid bike kind of in between a conventional and recumbent bike with 20 inch wheels. Fits on transit bus racks, barely. Will your rack fit my two Revives?
    I am very interested in your rack.

  • Andy says:

    I’m trying to imagine how one person could unlock the pivot to drop the bikes to lift the hatch of your vehicle with 4 bikes on there. That is a monster lever with a fair amount of weight. Do you need a second person to lift on the end while you pull that lever to unlock it?

  • rednow02 says:

    Just received my 1up and cant say enough good things. I ordered on Monday and rack was at my house in 3 days. I was amazed that there was no building required. With previous racks I had to enlist a mechanical engineer. The rack was honestly from the box on the car in 5 minutes. It’s a little pricy but the warranty is rock solid. If you are looking for a new rack, do yourself a favor, skip the plastic POC racks and buy a 1up!

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