1UP USA Equip-D vs Saris MTR hitch rack shooutout

Which one is the best tray hitch rack?

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Tray racks are cool since bikes are transported safely without the rack touching the frame. And in the world of mountain bikes, this is of particular importance with the wide variation of frame shapes and configurations. And let’s not even talk about the finish and cost of these frames.

In this arena, 1UP USA has held the crown as owners have continued to be impressed by its quality, longevity, looks, and versatility. Now the Equip-D takes it up a notch with more features and a sleeker design. But wait, a worthy contender has finally arrived and it’s the Saris MTR rack. It looks equally as sturdy and dialed. And it goes with a more refined and finished look.

Check out the video and see what we have to say about these racks. We’ll publish individual reviews on these but here are the vital stats.

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

Saris MTR

    – Modular: carries 2 bikes, up to 60 lbs, and can be customized with Add-On to transport up to four bikes.
    – Pivot away: unique wheel trays pivot and nest for easy loading and compact storage.
    Dual-arm holders are compatible with a wide range of tire sizes, and never touch the bike’s frame.
    – Full Tilt: tilting mechanism for easy hatch access.
    – Complete Integrated Security: locks the rack to the car and the bikes to the rack.
    – Designed to be used with 2″ hitch receivers only.
    – Retail: $800

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.


  • Chris says:

    A feature of the 1Up that is nice is the ease of offsetting bikes horizontally…that allows them to keep the trays closer together. You don’t need to fuss with any bolts to slide a bike left or right to make it fit with the bike next to it….just adjust the arms. Looks like the Saris is almost as easy, but you have to adjust that tire stop.

  • Dan says:

    Both great tray racks and both Wisconsin brands!

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