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1Up Rack on Infiniti G37

I have had a few inquiries about the 1Up rack and use with an Infiniti G37, so I thought I would post some more detailed information. I have been using this combination for about 3 years with my mountain bike and it has been great. The key benefits are:

  • Light weight, making it easy to mount and store when not in use
  • Folds into a compact size for storage in garage or in the car at the destination
  • Close to car (less stress on the hitch)
  • Fast to install on car and add or remove bikes
  • Secure - no wobble or concern that the bike isn't properly captured
  • Easy to fit multiple bikes of different sizes
  • No bike frame contact - no rubs, scratches or cabling issues
  • No rust

The only downside is that it is a bit expensive, but I think the benefits far outweigh this factor.

I suppose a picture is worth a thousand words, so lets add to the word count of this review:

Hitch detail

Close-up of installation of standard sedan hitch (Curt 11499) on my G37 sedan.

 

Unmounted rack

Unmounted and folded hitch as it is stored. As you can see, the hitch is about even with the bottom of the exhaust pipes.

 

Unfolded and installed hitch.

 

Profile view

Profile of installed single tray rack. Notice that it is close to the bumper which reduces the stress on the hitch. I thought this is important for the G37 since it is not designed to tow anything. The upward angle of the rack makes sure that it doesn't hit the ground when crossing curbs or bumps.

 

Bike mounted in the rack. It is still close to the car, so it can be difficult to open the trunk all the way with the bike on the rack. I could probably pull the rack out a bit when tightening the expansion bolt, but I never do that. I just pack the car before loading the bike and then remove the bike at the destination first.

 

Rear view of the loaded bike. Width has never been a problem. The arms can be postioned to the left or right, allowing other bikes to be loaded on an additional rack with handlebar/saddle interference. This is just as fast as a single bike loading.

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