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Looks nice, I'd look for online reviews. You can't go wrong with a Thule or Yakima set up.

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Looks nice, I'd look for online reviews. You can't go wrong with a Thule or Yakima set up.

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I found a few reviews on Youtube, all were positive. I'm not finding much else as I think they are a pretty small company. Didn't see any for sale on Ebay or Amazon.

What I really like about this one is that you can still open the tailgate.

For people who own hitch mounted racks, do they vibrate if you take your truck down forest roads?
 

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I agree with Clint on Thule and Yakima being well regarded brands.

Thule has a model called the Vertex, which allows you to fold it down a bit so that you can access/open the back of the vehicle.

I'm guessing it's more for SUV/CUVs and only allows hatches to open when it's folded down a bit and might not work with a tailgate. But may be something to check out.
 

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They can rock, some come with an aparatus to keep the draw bar from moving in the receiver.
Many racks can tilt away from the vehicle to allow an SUV to open the rear gate so I'd think you could open your tailgate.

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They can rock, some come with an aparatus to keep the draw bar from moving in the receiver.
Many racks can tilt away from the vehicle to allow an SUV to open the rear gate so I'd think you could open your tailgate.

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Ok thanks guys. REI is doing a sale on Thule stuff, I'll see if they have any folding racks.
 

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This will help stabilize what ever you get. You will have to drill a hole in your hitch in order for it to work.

Tow Ready 63201 J-Pin Anti-Rattle Pin and Barrel Lockset for 2" Square Receivers
 

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Can anyone recommend a good hitch mount bike rack for the Frontier? Anyone ever hear of a company called 1up?

Here is the link. https://www.1upusa.com/product-quikracksilver.html. According to some pictures I saw online, you can fold this down and still access the bed of the truck. Wondering if it's worth the money. Thanks.
Tough to find a tilting platform bike rack for a truck. You'd probably need a hitch extension for it to clear and if you want to keep your bikes loaded on the rack though note I'd be cautious on the load/stress on the bikes.

E-trailer.com and Backcountry.com are good resources.

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Google swing away bike rack, you'll see some that easily move out of the way of the gate.

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Up here, in the heart of mountainbike country, everyone, I mean everyone, uses these: North Shore Bike Racks

The tilt down to enable access to the tailgate. You can get them for your car. They work for any weird shaped hydro-formed frame - including road bikes. They rock.
 

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I built this rack a while back. It swings out 90 degrees and allows tailgate access while the bikes are still installed. I installed a turnbuckle to the rack that coupled to one of the bumper mount bolts (in my 2004 KC) and bound up the rack in the hitch receiver. That setup was very stable. The "J" pin setup worked well on the 2015. Just some design ideas for you if you want to get something custom made.
 

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Can anyone recommend a good hitch mount bike rack for the Frontier? Anyone ever hear of a company called 1up?

Here is the link. https://www.1upusa.com/product-quikracksilver.html. According to some pictures I saw online, you can fold this down and still access the bed of the truck. Wondering if it's worth the money. Thanks.
I have no experience with OneUP's racks, but they seem very well made. If my Thule T2 ever bites the dust I'll likely replace it with OneUp.

IME you can't go wrong with the Thule T2 or the Yakima Holdup, especially if you can find deals or discounts. My T2 tilts downward enough for me to lower the tailgate with my bike loaded on the first tray. The Holdup tilts downward too. Both can be found for decent prices. I ride a lot and have beat the crap out of my T2 and it has served me well.



Also check out the Kuat stuff.

The Northshore racks are nice too.
 

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I have no experience with OneUP's racks, but they seem very well made. If my Thule T2 ever bites the dust I'll likely replace it with OneUp.

IME you can't go wrong with the Thule T2 or the Yakima Holdup, especially if you can find deals or discounts. My T2 tilts downward enough for me to lower the tailgate with my bike loaded on the first tray. The Holdup tilts downward too. Both can be found for decent prices. I ride a lot and have beat the crap out of my T2 and it has served me well.



Also check out the Kuat stuff.

The Northshore racks are nice too.
T2's are practically bulletproof, same with Kuat. Yakima generally good too but I know a few people who had issues with some of their stuff.
 

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That T2 rack looks pretty good.

Swing away is something to think about too. I think that might be the most practical if I plan to sleep in the back.

The 1up is still on the list. I like how compact it is. I'm only transporting one bike.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
 

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I have a rage power sports 3 bike rack.
It tilts down enough that I can lower my tailgate most of the way for access.Then it rests on the rack.
If we're on a camping trip I just remove it.
The thing is built almost as tough as my receive and it keeps the bikes mounted secure for our long trips.

It does have some weight though.




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My brother in law has one of those 1up racks on his suby.
They seem well built, but expensive.
I think he paid like $700 for his with all the bells and whistles.
I remember him mentioning theft issues. Something about the older ones not having the option to secure it to the vehicle.
The manufacturer was then replacing them free of charge for a while.





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I wanted to update this thread with some info.

I ended up buying a 1up USA bike rack. Was a bit expensive but it looks awesome. Super easy to install. Can load the bike in seconds with little to no effort. No climbing on the roof. It holds the bike securely. The rack has some pretty good anti-theft protection. Uses a special key to install and has an additional lock to block access.

Two things worth mentioning though. One is that if you fold it up, make sure you don't slam the tailgate open. The rack will make contact with the tailgate..... I did it once when I had a couple of beers in me and it made a tiny dent. I'm probably going lift the truck a couple of inches partly so it doesn't ever happen again. The other thing I noticed is that the rack can work itself loose over time. Must be from the vibration. All you have to do is tighten it once a month and you won't have an issue. This is the best bike rack that I've ever used.
 
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