I'm in the market for a better bike rack, the cheap Amazon specials have got me this far but when I got them I knew they just don't do the trick for the long term.
Of course I have a few issues to overcome. I did some looking around to see what others are using, but I see a lot of you are going with interior or roof mounting options, and that is a no go for me. In camping loadout it has to be a hitch mount, and even that is in the way because I'm living out of the rear hatch on trips. I use a rear slide out as a kitchen.
Low mounts that the bike rests on by the wheels work well. When I take the bike off, the slide comes out over top of it so I can still get to things. It's still in the way but not so much I can't get around it. Although this product has caught my attention, sort of a swing away for hitch mounts: https://www.1up-usa.com/product/rakattach/
however I'm not crazy about extra junk to rattle, stick out and kill my clearance, or worry about failing.
For the bike rack, I found what I think might work, but it's a nice mess of business misadventure.
First I found this: https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-...gle-bike-rack/
Then I found it was some kind of issues between companies, I'm not sure who did what to who so it's hard to pick an ethical side, but at it's most simple, it appears the designer parted ways with what is now called 1UP and has his own very similar but none the less interesting offering here: https://quikrack.com/quik-rack-mach-...ty-1-bike-rack
Of the 2 I think I like the "Mach 2" better (they tried to steal each-others names so it gets confusing....) for the changes made to the design. That guy appears to be a designer of sorts, and I can see where he's been trying to make improvements. Frankly having designed stuff myself, I like that he's trying to find things to make it better.
However, the current company named 1UP seems to be in a much more professional position. I could place an order now and probably get a product. The QUIKR STUFF vendor seems to be ran by the designer mentioned, the rack I think I like better, doesn't seem to have anything going for him even if I wanted to say "here take my money" I can't find where to put it, how much it will cost, or anything. So my assumption there is a lot of talk but he's not actually open for business.
Have any of you guys used these mounts on an X and have any recommendations or advice? Or just share my situation and have some ideas?
I'd like to take my bike on longer trips that may incorporate rough roads, so called "overland" style trips so the rack needs to handle being bounced around, and have good security and a way to lock most everything up securely.