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RockyMounts MonoRail 2 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the RockyMounts MonoRail 2 Bike Platform Rack

Speaker 1: Today, we'll be taking a look at the RockyMounts Monorail Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, part number: RKY10004.This is a platform-style bike rack that lets you carry up to two bikes of different designs on your vehicle without any frame contact. We're going to achieve that by our wheel hooks at the front of tires.These wheel hooks are going to fit around our tire and are adjustable, up and down. They'll also ratchet in to place and can move to the front or back.The back tire's going to be secured with a cam-buckle strap. You'll see here we're using the extra, additional strap for our fat tire bike. To release it, we'll just push on the blue tab. To tighten it, well just pull straight down.The wheel cradles are going to accommodate bikes from road bikes all the way up to fat tire bikes with a tire width of five inches.

This is going to be due to the deep and wide design of our cradles.One of the key features of this bike rack is our tilting feature. We can do this with our bikes fully loaded. We're going to have a conveniently placed handle here at the back that we can pull out on, unlike some other bike racks where you'll have to reach in between our bikes to pull out any pins or clips or use any levers. In most cases, this will give us full access into the back cargo area of our vehicle. When you've gotten everything out of your cargo area, simply lift up until our bike rack clicks back into place.The Monorail is going to come with an included bike lock that wraps around the frames of your bikes and secures to your bike rack.

This is going to secure to our lock boss with a lock on the end that is key-to-like to the lock on our hitch pin.Our bike rack is going to be secured at our hitch with an anti-rattle bolt and lock on the end. This will work with two-inch by two-inch receiver tube openings only. With that anti-rattle bolt completely tightened down, it's going to keep a lot of shake and play out of the bike rack as you head down the road.The Monorail is going to have a maximum weight capacity of 60 pounds per bike. From the center of our front cradle to the center of our back, we're going to measure 12 inches. Our maximum wheel base for this bike rack is going to be 48 inches.

The maximum tire width is going to be five inches.With our bike rack in the platform position, from the center of our hitch pinhole to the closest point is going to measure 11 inches. From the center of our hitch pinhole to the closest point when our bike rack is folded up is going to measure six-and-one-quarter inches.Now, one bike rack that our customers our comparing the Monorail to is the Thule T2 Classic. They're going to share a lot of the same features like no frame contact, being fat bike compatible, and tilting away as well as up against our vehicle.Some of the key differences between our two bike racks is that the Classic will have sliding cradles, where the Monorail has tilting cradles. The T2 Classic is a little more difficult to tilt away from our vehicle with our bikes loaded because of the pin and lever near the hitch, unlike the convenient lever on the Monorail, which is at the back of our bike rack.Now, we've gone ahead and removed our bikes just to go over a couple more features, like how we can fold our bike rack up into a more compact position. Here at our front cradle, you're going to hear and feel that click, which we like a lot because you'll know that it's stuck into place.

You're not going to have to worry about that coming loose whenever you're driving down the road.We can take our hook, lower that just a bit, and bring it back to the opposite side. Then we can take our strap and secure that into place.Once we have our bike rack folded up, we can come to our conveniently located handle again and fold this up against our vehicle. This is going to be convenient when your bike rack is not in use.On each tray, we can loosen up the four bolts with our included tool and move our trays side to side by three inches to maximize our bike spacing.Now, that we've gone over some features, we're going to show you how to get this installed. We'll start by taking our bike rack and placing it into our hitch to line up our hitch pinholes.Now, we can take our anti-rattle bolt and we're going to start to tighten that down. Can use our included tool or a 13/16th socket to tighten it down the rest of the way. Once we have that tightened down, we can place on our lock. Lock it into place.Now, we can come to our hook, push that all the way out. Now, we can undo our strap here at the back. We're going to push down on the blue tab and pull up. Then, we can take the included fat tire adapter strap, since we are putting our fat tire here at the back. We'll feed the strap through and place that off to the side. Here at the front, we can open up our front cradle and we're ready to load up our bike.We'll take our fat tire bike and place it into our wheel cradles. Then, we can take our hook at the front. Now, we want to place our hook and avoid any shocks or brakes. Now, we can take our strap, place it between the spokes on our bike and secure it through the cam. We can repeat that same process for our second bike.Now, we've got both of our bikes loaded up, we're going to take our included cable lock and we're going to feed these through the frame. We can loop it back into itself. We'll connect our cable lock to the lock boss. Take our lock and lock it onto the end.Now that we have our bikes secured down and locked into place, let's take this out on our test course and see how it performs.Here, on our test course, we'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side-to-side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers.Once we get to the alternating speed bumps, we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole, or driving over uneven pavement.Once we get to the full speed bumps, we'll see the up-and-down action. This will be just like driving in and out of a parking lot, garage, or driveway.That's going to be our completed look at the RockyMounts Monorail Platform-Style 2-Bike Rack, part number: RKY10004.



Does the monorail system work with bikes with fenders?

Etrailer Expert

Jon G.


If the fenders are either on the rear or are short in the front then you could use the MonoRail. Otherwise you need something like the Hollywood Racks Trail Rider # HR200Z-FB as long as your bikes don't weigh more than 45 lbs each.

Dana L.


Thank you for the detailed presentation! Does this fit a class 2 hitch ( 2") ? Thanks!

Etrailer Expert

Chris R.


Yes, if you have a 2" hitch receiver the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10004 will work perfectly.

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