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RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Platform Rack Review

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Review of the RockyMounts MonoRail Solo 1 Bike Platform Rack


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the Rocky Mounts Monorail Solo One Bike Platform Rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches. Part number RKY10007.The Rocky Mounts Monorail Solo Bike Rack is great for people like me who want to hit the trail on their own, so I can put this on the rear of the vehicle, strap up a mountain bike, and I'm ready to go. Unlike the other single bike racks out there, this can actually tilt away from the vehicle with the bike attached or not, to get to our rear hatch. You come to the handle up front, pull out, and let it tilt forward. Now we have full access to our rear hatch to get what we need.This bike rack comes with two locks to secure everything to your vehicle. It does come with a cable lock here that wraps around the frame of your bike, as well as the bike rack itself, and locks with this point here.

We also have a hitch lock at the base, and these both are keyed alike. This bike rack will grip your bike at two different points. We're going to have this rear wheel strap here, and this cradle is actually adjustable back and forth to accommodate bikes of different sizes.Then up at the front we have this wheel hook. Now as far as platform styles go, the wheel hook does have an advantage over the main mast that grips it by the frame. First off, it helps protect the frame, especially for your carbon frame bikes.

Also, this can fit a wider variety of bikes, such as the mountain bike you see here, the alternate frame bikes and the kids bikes, without the use of an adaptor bar. It also has this extension piece here for the rear strap that slides in like so. This will be able to fit tire sizes up to five inches wide, so therefore you can fit your fat bikes on here as well.If you have a companion that starts going with you on the trails, you can buy this expansion piece here to add onto the end of this and make it a two bike rack as well. This part number is RKY10005.We'll go ahead and remove the bikes to show off some additional features here. We did point out earlier that this can move back and forth.

The pivot point being right here, you can see how those different size bikes fit a lot easier. Also with the bike off, everything folds up nice and neat now and compact. At this point you can open up your hatch as well. When you have the bike off, you can actually fold this up against the vehicle for those close quarters situations such as parking. Just like you did with the tilting away feature, you come to that same handle, pull out, and push up until you hear that click.To install this into the hitch, it does come with an anti-rattle bolt.

Once that's tightened down, you can take out the shake and play in the shank and make for a much smoother ride. Around the shank of the bike rack it does have this collar. Once that's removed you can utilize this with inch and a quarter hitches, so this bike rack can be used with several different vehicles. This can work with cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans. It can also work with motor homes as well.Next we'd like to give you a couple quick measurements. With it folded up, from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest point of our actual rack here, it's going to be six and 3/4 inches. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge is going to be 17 1/2. Now with it folded out, the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest point is going to be 12 inches, and the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge is going to be 24 inches.When comparing this with other bike racks, one that comes up is going to be the Thule T1 One Bike Platform Rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches. Part number TH9041. The first major difference between these two is going to be, the Rocky Mounts here can actually tilt away from the vehicle to gain rear hatch access. With the Thule T1, it's going to remain stationary. However, both can fold up against the vehicles for those close quarters situations. Another difference is going to be how the bikes secure to the racks. With the Rocky Mounts here it does come with this cable included, but it is a separate piece to attach to this point here. With the Thule is comes with the integrated cable lock here, as well as the locks, to lock everything in place. Also, it offers an optional locking portion here where the wheel hook comes down, so you can secure this as well.The final difference between these two bike racks is going to be their carrying capacities. With the Rocky Mounts having a 60 pound carrying capacity, and the Thule T1 having a 65 pound carrying capacity. Also, the weights of the racks themselves are slightly different, with the Thule T1 weighing 29 pounds and the Rocky Mounts here weighing 24 pounds.Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's go ahead and show you how this installs. Now before you install it, you have to determine if you have an inch and a quarter or two inch hitch. In this case we have a two inch hitch. If you needed to switch it around, looking at our end here, you need to remove this screw from the collar and you can convert it. Now I can install our bike rack into the hitch. Insert it in and line up the pin holes. Then we'll grab our anti-rattle bolt and install that as well. This does come with an included tool to tighten it down. I'm going to make sure the shake and play is gone. Now we'll go to the other side and install our included lock.Now that we've got it installed and it's nice and sturdy in our hitch, now we can lower it down to its loading position. To do that, we come to this blue handle at the front here. Pull out slightly, push down until you hear a click.Our next step to get it into the loading position is, we're going to come to our wheel hook, push the blue trigger here in. Push it out, and then we'll lift it out, away from the bike rack. Next we'll open up our start here by pushing in this blue tab at the top. That'll release it. Next we'll fold out our wheel cradle. We'll take our bike and we'll set it into place. Next we can install our strap. We'll wrap it around the tire, making sure that it's not touching the spokes. Really tighten that down.Next we'll unlock a cable lock mount here, and we'll wrap our actual cable lock around the frame of our bike. Then we'll attach it to our locking point. Now we're ready to take it out on our test course and show you how it looks. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lots.There you have it for the Rocky Mounts Monorail Solo One Bike Platform Rack for inch and a quarter and two inch hitches, part number RKY10007.


Kevink

12/29/2020

I see that RockyMounts says this rack is only compatible with class 2 and 3 hitches. Is there a reason for this? The only hitches available for my vehicle are 1.25" class 1 hitches. Would I be able to use this rack with my hitch or would I actually risk damaging the hitch and/or rack?

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Jon G.

12/30/2020

While this will technically fit since it's compatible with a 1-1/4" receiver and that's what you'll have, a lot of times it comes down to strength and whether the bike rack manufacturer has determined a Class I hitch is strong enough or not. In this case RockyMounts doesn't think a Class I hitch is strong enough so I'd do with the Yakima SingleSpeed # Y02481 instead since it is rated for a Class I hitch. Just note that this is only rated for up to a 40 lb bike as opposed to a 60 lb bike like what you see with the MonoRail Solo.

Abie

6/25/2020

HI there, I'm interested on purchasing this bike rack. I have a RAV4 with a spare tire in the back. A couple of questions: 1. Would I need a hitch extension to accommodate the spare tire? 2. Would this work for my vehicle carrying a 50lb e-bike? Thanks!

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Chris R.

6/29/2020

When the RockyMounts MonoRail # RKY10007 is folded down for use there's a distance of 12" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the closest part of the rack. You'll want to measure out from the hitch pin hole on your RAV4 to the outermost edge of the spare tire - if it's less than 12" there won't be any interference. There's a pretty good chance though that you won't be able to fold the rack up against the vehicle - this distance decreases to 6-3/4" when folded up. The Extender # RKY10008 can be added if needed. The MonoRail has a 60 pound capacity so it can handle your e-bike without a problem.

Abie

6/29/2020

@ChrisR Thank you for your recommendation, super helpful Chris. Thank you so much!
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Chris R.

7/2/2020

@Abie No problem!

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