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RockyMounts WestSlope 3 Bike Rack Review

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Review of the RockyMounts WestSlope 3 Bike Rack


Hey everyone, Colin here at etrailer. Today we're going to take a look at the RockyMounts WestSlope 3 Bike Rack.This is a platform style rack that mounts to your 2 inch by 2 inch hitch receiver. It's going to allow you to get up to three bikes loaded and get them transported to and from your destination. One of the really cool features about this bike rack is that it has a tier loading system. Basically, what that means is that if we look from the side, you're going to see that our mountain bike on the back is sitting higher than our middle bike and it's also sitting higher than the women's bike up front. That's going to help increase your ground clearance.

You can kind of see the angle, it comes up as it gets farther back. It's going to be great for if you have a steep driveway you want to pull into, maybe you like to go a little bit off road when you want to get to your trails.Something else it's going to help out with is the spacing between bikes. Not necessarily the width, but because it is sitting higher than the previous bike, if you got wider sets of handlebars, then it's just going to go above the other set of handlebars rather than making contact with them.Just like a lot of platform racks, this one does tilt away from the vehicle. It's not that user friendly when it comes to that. The T-pin is towards the base.

However, it gets kind of difficult to reach over there and pull the pin without letting the bikes fall over, so I'm going to call in an extra set of hands just to give me help with showing you about it. He's just going to lift up on the back slightly while I pull the T-pin down here. Once I pull that, you can let it tilt away. And it is going to hold all the bikes while it tilts away. From there, you're able to open up your trunk.

You can see there's plenty of clearance between our hatch and our bike loaded. We can grab whatever gear or cargo, luggage, whatever we might have in the back.When you're tilting it back up, you do want to make sure you grab a hold of the bike rack itself and not the bikes loaded. I'm just going to squat down. Make sure you lift with your legs. Just going to pull it up until it locks into place.

Now, it is a little bit of a disadvantage that you most likely need that extra set of hands to tilt it away when it's fully loaded. If there's only one or two bikes loaded, you could probably get it done by yourself. But chances are, if you're carrying three bikes, there's going to be someone else with you, so that shouldn't be a big problem.A really cool thing about this bike rack is that it's going to secure your bikes with no frame contact, so you're not going to have to worry about your frame getting scratched up. And also, you don't have to worry about the style frame you have. With hanging style bike racks, sometimes you can't quite fit them on, you may need to get a bike adapter bar. Not the case with this bike rack. It's just going to connect using a wheel hook on your front wheel, putting downward force, kind of just forcing it down into that cradle. Then the second strap is going to be down here securing your back wheel onto the cradle.The bike rack is going to be pretty user friendly when it comes to loading and unloading. When loading, like I said, that tier loading system does help out a lot, and especially because we have the two arms coming out instead of a full platform, we can fit in between them to load our first and second bikes. The third one's going to load up the exact same way. It's very easy to get it up and on. That back cradle is going to pivot for however long your bike is to make sure it sits on that back wheel perfectly.Our cradles are going to be able to hold tires up to 3 inches wide, and we even have a slot in the middle for any road bike tires we want to fit in, it'll get it a little bit more snug in there. And on the outside, you're going to be able to get your mountain bikes loaded as well. So we see that road bike tire fit right in.And then we've just got to pull the hook up, we're just going to get it right in front of our brakes right there and just push down on it. You're going to hear it click. We're just going to go all the way. Once we make contact like that, we're just going to give it a good push using the handle right there. And then we can secure our strap.Once you have everything secure, it is really going to have a good hold on your bikes. Just to show you guys, let's show you how it performed on our test course.Up first is going to be our slalom, which is going to simulate side to side action, like evasive maneuvering or taking a sharp turn.Now we're on to the solid speed bumps, which is going to simulate the up and down action like going over a speed bump or pulling into your driveway.And now our alternating speed bumps, which is going to simulate driving over uneven pavement like potholes.Now, even though this bike rack does not come with any type of locking system, there is an optional set you can pick up here at etrailer. It's going to come with a cable lock which you can wrap around your bikes, and then around the rack to secure your bikes to your bike rack, and then it's also going to come with a lock to put on the end of your threaded hitch pin, so make sure you secure that into your hitch. And then you just attach the cable lock to the pin that's on the side of the base of the bike rack.Like I said, it is going to be very easy to load and unload your bikes thanks to the two split arms coming up. A lot of times, when you get those platform racks that are more than two bikes, you get the center masts in the way, then you have to lean over to try to get your first two bikes unloaded, or you have to come from the side. That could be a hassle, and it does risk you either hurting yourself or even damaging your vehicle by dropping a bike on it.Like I said earlier, we're just going to show you how easy it is to unload from here, because I don't have to lean over or anything like that. I can get each bike off just as easy as the previous one.With the bike completely unloaded, you can actually store these arms by folding them up and getting them to the other side. They'll just sit on the rack like so. You're not going to have to worry about them going anywhere.Like I said, this is going to be for 2 inch by 2 inch hitch receivers. We're going to have a nice threaded anti-rattle hitch pin. Once you tighten that down, that takes away the shake and play from our bike rack. You can see I'm moving it a lot, and the entire vehicle is shaking. It's going to be great for those long road trips where you may be traveling at high speeds. And we do have a clip on the other side as well.The WestSlope is going to have a very durable aluminum construction to it. It's going to have a nice black powder coat finish as well. That's going to help it resist rust and corrosion, and it's also going to add to the looks of your vehicle and just have a nice sleek look to it.With any hitch-mounted accessory, one thing you always want to keep in mind is that you do have added length to the back of your vehicle. In this case, we're going to measure from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our bike rack. That's going to be 51 inches added on to the back of your vehicle. If you want to pull into a tight parking spot or any other close quarter situation, you can actually fold this up towards the vehicle to conserve on all of this space when the bike rack is empty. We're going to come back to that blue T-pin that we used to tilt it away. Once we pull that, instead of tilting it away, we'll just fold it up towards the vehicle until it locks into place. Now, if we go from the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost part of our rack, that's going to be 16-1/4 inches, so we took away a lot of that space added on. Like I said, any tight parking spot or other close quarter situation, this is going to come in handy.One bike rack I would like to compare this to is going to be the Kuat Transfer 2 bike rack. They are very similar in design. They do have a couple of pros and cons each, one being that the WestSlope can carry three bikes. That's one extra bike you're getting, while the Kuat Transfer can only carry two bikes at one time. However, like we talked about earlier, the T-pin on this and the tilt away feature is a little bit difficult. With that Kuat Transfer, you just have a foot pedal, so once you lift up on these two back bars, there's just a foot pedal, you reach your foot in and press down on it, and then you can tilt it away. So you're not going to have to worry about having that extra set of hands with you.But overall, they're both going to be really great bike racks, and they're just going to get the job done.Thank you all for watching. That's going to do it for our look at the RockyMounts WestSlope 3 Bike Platform Rack.


Questions and Comments about this Video

Tony G.

Can this bike carry 2 50 lb. bikes?

Etrailer Expert
Reply from Jon G.

This can handle up to 40 lb bikes. For 50 lb bikes you'd need something like the Yakima HoldUp EVO # Y02479 .

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