Car rack--which brand

billyboy

New Member
hi Alan, I was looking for a good ebike rack for a while till now after 4 years of lifting 2 ebike onto the bike of my truck, with all the banging around, ruined paint jobs and little dents. I looked at tule and hollywood racks.
I ended up buying a kuat rack, yes it pricey.
but what you get is a lifetime warrenty and it feels like a tank the way I figure it the I would never have to replace it, as I would have cheaper racks. plus if you should ever want there are many option also with this rack. just wanted to shout out about this rack. money is tight for me but knowing I would not be replacing this rack was worth the extra $$$ good luck with whatever rack you end up with
 

AlanDB

Well-Known Member
That Buzzrack Approach does look pretty nice for the price. I really like the idea of adding the ramps. My only concern is that the tire troughs look like they are plastic. I would also prefer that that the frame size was for a 2" hitch rather than 1 1/4" frame using an adapter. That said, if I still needed a rack, I would probably go for it.
 

Pragmatic

Member
Just got an Overdrive rack. Reasonable and we'll built.

Overdrive rack
@Greencat @billyboy WRT "lifetime warranties" go into the deal with Eyes Wide Open. Don't count too heavily on warranties... they may not cover you when you have a failure - they are basically a telling ethics check for the manufacturer/vendor.

We had a premium Saris/Graber bike carrier (lifetime warranty, USA made) suffer a structural failure and almost dumped $3,000+ in mountain bikes on the highway.

The plastic composite components on the carrier had catastrophic material failures (broke). The carrier was lightly used, not abused, and stored indoors. Saris Customer Service said replacement/repair parts were not available, and said it's unreasonable to expect plastic parts to last more than 10 years. In the end, after some arm twisting, they offered 50% off the purchase of a new rack (do the math at $400 - $500+ retail).

Our recommendation, based upon experience is - buy a carrier/rack as strong/heavy-duty as you can afford with as much steel and quality welds as possible - and as-FEW-as-possible plastic/composite parts as possible. Steel is heavy, old fashioned, and can rust if scratched, but given good welds, it won't fail like plastics (or "lifetime warranties"). Be cautious of aluminum-framed carriers/racks especially if you have heavy e-Bikes, aluminum can be prone to bending or cracking at stress points (as can poor quality steel or overly-plastic racks).

We'd suggest a bike carrier that supports the wheels is better (especially if a Fat Tire e-Bike) but unfortunately heavier, larger, typically requires a receiver mount, and is often more costly than a hanging-type bike carrier. If you have Fat Tires, be sure the carrier/rack can accommodate them NOT all racks can do that.

The photos of the Overdrive Rack ($230-$240) look promising, well designed & made. It's mostly steel which is excellent.

The Buzz Rack ($249) has more plastic but the plastic ramps/wheel holders are supported by steel, should still be good.

The Capstone Carrier ($152) is mostly steel with good welds, similar to the Overdrive Rack, and well made, but has somewhat low (conservative) mgf weight rating that covers ~one e-Bike. Buyer reviews report successfully carrying two e-Bikes in heavy use.

Again - we recommend not counting too much on lifetime warranties...
 
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Pragmatic

Member
@nublar @kathik @vincent that (link -->) 1UP USA rack look like a nice rack - thanks for mentioning it

A double bike rack is in $570-$620 range, aluminum or black anodized aluminum finish, rack weight 46 lbs, per bike rating is 50 lbs (ea). Fat Tires require an optional spacer kit. Uses security hex hardware, optional anti-theft locks are available. If interested, there are 1UP USA reviews on YouTube.
 

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Ron49

New Member
Another vote for 1UP-USA. I've had mine since fall of 2014 (so not a newer "super duty" version) and have hauled two regular bikes all over the US on the back of my SUV towed behind our motorhome. When getting ready to buy our e-bikes I called the tech support with their 48-lb weight and was told "no problem". They're very stable on it and no plastic bits to break.


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Pragmatic

Member
Have a Jeep?!?! We have - for many decades... An "off the menu" option from 1UP-USA is "reverse side plates" that lowers the ride height of the rack in case you mount it in a front receiver and don't want the bikes riding too high above the top of the front hood. This might also help if your SUV's rear hatch still doesn't clear when you tip the normal 1UP carrier away from the rear of your vehicle. NOTE: You have to call 1UP-USA to order this special design, it's not on the website. The normal 1UP-USA rack carrier raises the carrier base up from the receiver level, the reverse side plate option lowers it.

This also helps with Jeeps that have custom rear spare tire holders that move oversize tire spares (e.g. 37" and up) away from the Jeep tailgate/bumper. See this video from OVERCLOCK3D Jeeps, for a detailed review of the 1UP-USA carrier with reverse side plate option.

 

Ron49

New Member
1up USA loads and unloads in seconds, nothing touching the frame. Ask for the ramp kit. Ebikes are heavy!
Wow, have not seen that before. Is there some sort of quick connection between the lock arm and the tire arm, and also at the end where you connect the ramp to the tire arm? Also where does the ramp stow? Thanks for your post - very helpful (and more pics would be even better!).