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RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2019 Volkswagen Golf

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Review of the RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks on a 2019 Volkswagen Golf

Hey everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer. And today we're taking a look at how the RockyMounts MonoRail 2 fits on our 2019 Volkswagen Golf. So the MonoRail has pretty much everything you need, a great wheel base, a weight capacity of 60 pounds per bike for heavy bikes. You can fit carbon fiber frame bikes. So pretty much if you wanna carry any type of bike and not have to worry about it, this is a good way to go. Especially since it's a little bit more affordable than some of the other bike racks that do the same thing.

So we're gonna talk about how it fits on the Volkswagen Golf. And the very first feature is a tilt away feature. You have this large handle on the end, so you're gonna have to support the bike as you pull that handle then just let it drop down to a tilt. Why would you wanna tilt your bike rack away Well, if you wanna open up your hatch. So see here, there's so much clearance between your door, your pedals, your handle bar.

You can now get into your hatch, maybe switch out your shoes, grab your waters, grab your backpacks, whatever you need without having to take your bike off. So this is a very common feature for your more premium racks. Now, if you do have 120 pounds on there worth of bikes, it will be a little bit tricky to lift that back up. The types of bikes you can carry on this rack. I have a carbon fiber frame bike here and that's perfectly fine because there's zero frame contact.

You have that front wheel mount securing that front wheel. And then in the back, you have a rear wheel strap. So then all of this works together. So you don't need to get any separate adapters. And when you wanna take the bike off, you just press this lever and then pull up on this strap and then keep it over to the side so it doesn't get caught up in the spokes.

Then I go over here to the front, I hold onto the bike as I press this button. Lift the hook up, push the hook out and now I'm ready to hit the trails. So that front wheel mount design is just so easy and it makes it a lot easier for those weirdly shaped bike frames. But also for your different tires sizes. See that cradle with the different grooves, whether you have thin road bike tires or fat bike tires, it can carry them. You also have a pretty good wheel base here of up to 50 inches for your larger mountain bikes. Now, if that's not enough for you, you may wanna check out the RockyMounts GuideRail which has an even faster way of mounting your bikes, plus a 55 inch wheel base. This bike rack is on the normal size when it comes to the length added to the back of your car. You measure from the bumper to the back of the bike rack and that's 31 and a half inches added. Now where it may get tricky is the ground clearance. Your car doesn't sit that high up off the ground. So your ground clearance at the end of the rack is 16 inches, which means your bikes, you're gonna have to lift them up 21 inches to get them on the rack, which is pretty easy actually compared to other taller vehicles. Your hitch is only 8 and a half inches off the ground. So whenever you have anything on your hitch receiver, hopefully they have a shank rise like this. So when you go up those steep inclines, like those driveways or hills, your bikes won't be hitting the ground. Now, if you need to save on space or you're not planning on going out for a ride, you can bring it into the compact position. There's plenty of clearance between your bike rack and your car, but you will not be able to open up the hatch. Now another thing is the length now added to the back of the car is 12 and a half inches. So big difference compared to when this was folded down. Great for when you're just driving around town, don't want to take up too much space. Other than that, living with this rack, your taillights are visible. Your rear window is visible. Your backup camera though, which is at the bottom of your logo, what's gonna happen is when you go into reverse that camera will pop out and you will see your bike rack. But you'll be able to see through your bike rack. And if there's vehicles behind you those will probably still be visible. If that's a major issue for you though, you may just wanna go around with it in a down position. Now, the way this secures to the vehicle is you need to use a 3 quarter inch wrench. So have that on hand. We have extras too if you need to buy one from here. You also have a cable lock which uses this lock and then a matching lock for your bolt. It's an anti-rattle bolt so this is solid in the hitch. So other than that, it's a great bike rack, great way to carry around your bikes of different shapes and sizes. If you want something smoother, I did recommend or mention the RockyMounts GuideRail during this video. Or you can take a look at the Kuat Sherpa with a slightly less weight capacity. But right here right now, this was a look at the RockyMounts MonoRail 2-Bike Platform Rack on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf. Man Here it is in 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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