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
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