Thanks for all the tips guys. I've been reading up on all the racks you suggested.
Another thing to consider is if you have a carbon frame, best to get a rack that does not hook on the top tube, esp when on rough roads. Even with added padding you will mar the frame, my budís Nomad had his clear coat rubbed off. Racks that clamp on the tires are best.
I think this has made it as a feature I'm definitely looking for. Not carbon frame fancy yet but I do have a rather nice bike, my current rack has already wrinkled the frame decal, I'm glad a decal touches there instead of paint, but I don't like it none the less. I mean it is a MTB after all so it's going to get banged up, but if I can limit it to accidents, that would be nice.
I've had my 1Up for about 7 or 8 years. Never let me down. One big plus is that it's a single tray rack and therefore very light and easy to install and remove from the truck. If it were much heavier I'd probably leave it on all the time and it would weather much faster. I also have one of the add-on trays for the rare occasion I haul two bikes. Big fan of modularity and lightweight. Loading unloading of bikes is no more than 30 seconds, no joke.
Sounds great and what caught my eye on them. I frequently alternate between my X and my 4runner, and it would be nice to quickly swap the rack from one to the other. It's been getting a bit annoying choosing vehicle based on the bike rack.
The feature that bothers me on the 1UP is how it mounts in the receiver without a hitch pin, seems it's some kind of friction ball lock. I'm all about no rattle but I do like the safety of a mechanical stop so that even if it works loose it's not going to eventually work out of the receiver. I've read of a few incidents of 1UP's parting company with the vehicle and while it seems very rare it gives me pause, especially since I have a habit of finding wash boarded gravel roads a lot and the likelihood of it working loose seems to favor folks who drove on rougher roads.
Now some had solutions to lock the rack to the hitch with a bike lock or some jerry rigged contraption, but you pay that much for a rack I'm not too pleased at the idea of figuring out stop gaps because of a design problem.
That is a feature it looks like that designer that somehow has become QUIKRACK seems to have addressed in the latest design. It has a part that grabs the hitch pin hole, and even though it retains the friction lock it has that as a safety.