Here’s the moment that we’ve all been waiting for….the Hitch Rack Shootout – by the numbers! First we’ll see how our 4 testers rated eack rack for quality of Construction.
Looks like the 1 Up wins this category, but the yakima held up pretty well against the more expensive Saris. Next up is Stability with 2 Bikes Loaded.
The Kuat NV won this category by one point over the 1 Up USA and the Yakima beat the more expensive Saris! The next category is Overall Bike Loading and Unloading.
We have a 3 way tie with the 1 Up USA, Saris and Kuat totaling 31 points each with another solid showing for the Yakima Two Timer at 26. The next chart shows how each rack loaded, either 4″, 5″ or 1-2″ bikes.
The Kuat wins the 1-2″ catagory – The 1 Up USA wins both the 4 & 5″ Cataegories. I was surprised to see how close the score were. Next up we look at security and there’s a clear winner in that category.
Kuat is the clear winner in the security department, The integrated cable lock along with the hitch pin lock put it ahead of the Saris with a nice second place for security. Our last cataegory is Overall ease of operation.
So which rack is the best? I think it depends on what kind of bikes that you’ll be transporting. The Kuat takes the prize if you have road or cross bikes that you want to carry in addition to fat-bikes. The 1 Up USA has a slight edge as the best pure fat-bike rack. If Security is a high priority, then the Kuat again shines brightest. The rack that is the best value, may well be the Yakima Two Timer or maybe a better description might be best fat rack on a budget. My choice would be driven by the fact that I have carbon wheels on my fatback, so I would pick the 1 up over the Kuat, because of the strap bolt on the kuat, but I bet Julio would choose a Kuat if he had to do it all over again. It’s so close that both the 1 Up and the Kuat are in a virtual tie for best rack of the shootout. With that being said, the Kuat is less expensive than the 1Up, so if you make that the tie breaker, the Kuat wins.
Let us know what you gather from all of this data. If you’ve been following along with all of this, which rack would you purchase?