1UP USA Equip-D bike rack review

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1UP USA racks seem to have a rabid following. The reason is the rack is just so well made! It’s almost all aluminum to withstand years of sun damage and road wear and tear. It’s also made with the tightest tolerances and is completely rebuildable. Owners become fans for life though and seem to overlook any and all weaknesses of the rack and put it on a pedestal.

It’s easy to mount a bike of any shape and size and the rack can be configured for one bike, stealth mode or 4-bike expedition hauler. And let’s not forget that it looks clean and dialed.

With mostly minor updates in the last decade, we’re pleased to report that they launched a major revision called the Equip-D. It incorporates all their improvements and gives it a new, sleeker frame to produce a more functional, versatile and attractive product.

It still sports an industrial look but it is sleek now, starting with a black powdercoated and anodized finish.

Check the video for all our impressions. Below is our summary.

Strengths:

  • One bike or four bike versatility
  • One of the easiest and safest ways to mount a bike, frame is not touched
  • Plus and fat bike compatible
  • Wheelbase up to 56 inches and weight up to 50 lbs per bike
  • Standard allen now for locking cam
  • Hitch pin safety/lock allows the rack different locations on the hitch
  • Tilt handle is very easy to use and is moveable to other locations
  • Looks and works great year after year
  • Looks dialed and is even better in person
  • Very compact shipping and storage option in great box packaging
  • It’s actually a good value, given the quality and materials
  • Incredible resale value
  • Tons of reflectors now for visibility
  • So many improvements over previous generation

Weaknesses:

  • Entry price of $729 for two bike is steep
  • Arm release lever is small and tight
  • Bikes may be too close together for some, with possible pedal contact

1UP USA Equip-D

    – Fixed 2-bike system (2nd tray cannot be removed but other configurations available)
    – Increase bike capacity to 4 bikes max with additional Equip-D Add-Ons (sold separately)
    – Fits 16” – 29” wheels, up to 5.0” wide (included fat tire spacer kit required for tires wider than 4.5”)
    – Accommodates up to 56” wheelbase
    – Hitch bar has built-in anti-wobble mechanism
    – Rapid tilt handle and folding mechanism, located at rear of rack, for smaller footprint
    – Rack arms close to secure tires without touching frame
    – Powder coat finish on trays, hard-coat anodized finish on hitch bar, and all other parts anodized
    – Ships in reusable box for easy storage (41” X 15” X 14”)
    – Retail: $729

Bottom Line:
It’s expensive yes and it’s got an industrial look but with this major update to their tried and true rack, this is one of the best ways to transport your bike.

Rating: 5 out 5 stars


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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  • Rob says:

    $729? Wow that is not affordable.

  • pbrig says:

    If racks get any more expensive it will soon make more sense to buy a used pickup and throw the bikes in the bed.

  • Steve says:

    750 for a bike rack- Yikes seriously. Quality is top notch but I just bought this MaxxHaul 50027 Hitch Mount Platform Style 2-Bike Rack from amazon for 90.00 bucks.

    • Matt says:

      Hope you didn’t spend too much on your bikes….they’ll certainly be worth alot less when they’re skittering across the highway after your rack breaks!

  • Chris says:

    One advantage you don’t mention: works for road bikes (most MTB racks don’t).

    Also, you can shift a bike backwards or forwards a few inches and still have it securely attached. So, if you do have pedal interference, you can fix it by shifting the bikes a bit.

  • winsail says:

    For those with a 60k SUV and a 10K bike this looks like a bargain and is definitely a pretty piece of eye candy. For the rest of us. Thule T2 or Monorail By Rocky Mounts leaves us enough money to upgrade our bike.

  • Mike Johnson says:

    I’ve owned one for about 10 years. This rack is indestructible! The quality is unbelievable. Works with any type of bike with tires (fendered bikes probably won’t work). Pricey, but you do get what you pay for. Also note that the single rack starts at $319.

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