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RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2020 Ford F-150

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Review of the RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks on a 2020 Ford F-150

Hey everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer and today we're taking a look at the RockyMounts MonoRail two bike platform rack and how it fits on the 2020 Ford F-150. So this bike rack is a great all around bike rack at an affordable price compared to similar racks. You got your great weight capacity for your heavy bikes, you have that front wheel mount. So even if you have a carbon fiber frame bike or woman's bike or alternate frame, this is gonna work out for you. Now, some things that won't work out is things like the tilt away. We can tilt this bike rack away and it goes down a decent bit but not enough where we can completely lower our tailgate.

So that is gonna be a downside if you wanna use this with this truck. You still can get it down a good amount of space if you need to grab something real quick but you lose that whole tailgate access. If you still wanna be able to lower your tailgate you are gonna have to take the the entire bike off or two bikes off. And that's actually a really easy process. So there's one and two touch points.

One touch point is gonna be the rear wheel strap. We'll press this blue lever that disengages the strap so that we can lift it up and I like to slide it over to the side so it doesn't get tangled up in the spokes. And then there's a second. So you have the front wheel mount meaning there's zero frame contact with your bike. You have that strong sturdy fit there.

You just need to press this blue lever that allows you to push this hook up, push the hook out, and just like that you are ready to hit the trails. Now what I do notice here with pairing this truck with this bike rack is that it's a little bit of a lift to get that rack up or get the bike up and over and into the carrier. We have the nice cradles there for the wheels. Everything's sturdy, but it is gonna take a little bit of effort, especially with your heavier bikes. In fact, speaking of heavier bikes, the maximum weight limit for this is 60 pounds per bike.

So if you have your electric bikes this is capable of carrying them. This also folds down to be a bit more compact and neat and it doesn't really take up much space behind the truck. Measuring from the bumper to the end of the rack, that's only 31 and 1/2 inches. Well, you already have a truck so you know that if you have a small garage, those measurements matter. So this will help you out when backing into tight spaces or seeing if you have enough space for your truck and your bike rack. I mentioned how it might be a little tricky to lift those heavy bikes up, and that's because from the ground to where the cradles are it's gonna be 28 and 1/2 inches of clearance. Our actual ground clearance down here at the shank is 17 inches. So for those heavier bikes, you may wanna consider ramp options. This does not have a ramp. You might wanna check out the Yakima OnRamp or even the Hollywood Racks Destination E bike rack which also has an included ramp. Now we can fold this up to be more compact, more neat and it secures itself in that position. Quick measurements here. The length it now adds to the back of our truck is 14 inches. So big difference compared to when this was in the down position. You can also see one and two locks there. So you can secure both your bike rack and your bikes with this cable lock or you have that bright blue lever which allows you to fold things down or tilt it away. With it folded up though, notice how our taillights are completely visible. It does cover our license plate but our backup camera is visible. So when you're backing up your truck it's like your bike rack isn't even there. You can actually expand this to get up to three bikes. And if you get the three bike version you can expand it up to four and that's when you need to start thinking about clearances. But for the two bike, you're perfectly fine. All good to go. You are gonna need to hold on to a three quarter inch wrench or a socket though because we have an anti-rattle bolt. That anti-rattle bolt is very important for keeping your bike rack sturdy and together with your hitch. That way there's less jostling around. We've got a solid fit here. So all in all, the Rocky Mounts MonoRail two bike platform rack is a solid rack. Whether you have a fat bike with tires up to five inches, a heavy electric bike or a carbon fiber frame bike, it can carry them. A downside to this is it doesn't tilt back far away to lower the tailgate. Plus for your heavier electric bikes, it's a little bit of a lift to get them up onto the rack. So I mentioned some other racks that may help you out with that like the Yakima OnRamp or the Hollywood Racks Destination E but for what it does which is keeping your bikes sturdy and on there and safe as you get them to the trails, it definitely does the job. This was a look at the RockyMounts MonoRail two bike platform rack on the 2020 Ford F-150. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is gonna show us the side to side action which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. And finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot, garage or driveway..

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