Thule T1 Vs. RockyMounts MonoRail Solo For 2019 Trek Farley 7 Fat Tire Bike

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I have a 2012 Honda Civic that I installed a 1 1/4inch hitch on. I ride a 2019 Trek Farley 7 27.5inch fat bike. I am a small female, casual rider. I like to take my dog out on the trails multiple times per week throughout seasons. I want to be able to leave the rack on for frequent use I park in a home garage and also be able to take it on and off pretty easily. I am between the Thule T1, Kuat transfer 1 and Rocky Mounts Monorail... I like the look of the Monorail and Thule more as well as the built in cable lock of the T1, but the Kuat seems a tad lighter and I really like the foot pedal option. We currently have the Yakima for two bikes, but that is 40 lb which I was able to put on myself, but it was a bit hard on the back and the handle is very hard to push in to get it to fold up. I have an Allen trunk rack, but that gets tiring to have to take on/off and I want to be able to use a bike cover to transport in the winter so I need the platform style hitch rack for that. I am open to other options as well. Also how often how do upgraded models come out... Is it a certain time of year they tend to get rolled out? Thule vs Kuat vs Rocky Mount Monorail, 1 fat bike, casual but frequent female rider

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Jade thank you for all of the helpful information. All three bike rack options you have narrowed down your search to: the Kuat Transfer 1 Bike Platform Rack for Fat Bike part # TS01B-FB, Thule T1 part # TH9041 and RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 part # RKY10007 are great choices for a fat bike. However, the tire of your particular fat bike, the 2019 Trek Farley 7 fat bike has a tire that is too wide for the Kuat Transfer 1 part # TS01B-FB so that eliminates that option for you.

The RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Platform Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches part # RKY10007 is the clear choice for you because it weighs 4 lbs less than the Thule T1 option part # TH9041. Both racks are compatible with your bike tire width but the Thule T1 only folds up and does not tilt away for cargo access. The RockyMounts MonoRail tilts-away for rear cargo access when you need something out of the back of the Civic for the dogs. The best part is the MonoRail tilts away with the bike still on the rack so you don't even have to worry about taking the bike off to tilt it away which is very convenient.

I would say that Thule upgrades their bike racks more than Rocky Mounts. In my opinion that is a good thing because the Rocky Mounts design is simple, easy to use and does not really need much upgrading at this point.

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