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Old 05-23-12, 02:36 PM   #1
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Rocky Mounts Tandem Rack

Just got the Rocky Mounts Tandem rack for our new car.

I got it because it bolts into the factory cross bars on most cars with the European tandem mount kit.


I don't think the swivel mechanism is as well designed as on Yakima's tandem roof rack, but Yakima specifically says not to use their rack with factory rails, so that ruled it out for me.

Also because it's mounted toward the center of the car I can't use the swivel anyway, but with the car low, and the bike light, it's not a problem to lift it on to the rack.

It holds the bike firmly, and ultimately that's my number one priority. It also shortens to hold a single bike.

So far, I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a rack to go with Audi, Porsche, Volvo, VW, factory racks.

And to answer the comments about desecrating the car, the factory cross bars come off in about 5 minutes, and we're only going to use it for trips to the mountains, where we want to enjoy the drive getting there, and the riding also.



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Old 05-23-12, 02:54 PM   #2
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Looks good. Nice ride(s).
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A pair of very nice rides and great looking rack. We have to use a step-stool to get the tandem on and off our Audi allroad (even on suspension level 1) using an old (no pivot) Yakima tandem mount. I also like that the Rocky Mount connects to the rear wheel instead of the boom tube. Our vintage Santana has cables routed under the boom tube so I wrap a rag between the cables and boom tube to keep the rack/cables from chafing the paint.
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I just purchased the same one. Tried to use the pivot without the optional extension brackets but was not able to. Purchased the extension and now works fine. I did use it for my single bike and even with the tube set all the way forward my rear tire barely fits the tire tray.
Here is a picture prior to the extension mounts.

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We have used ours every other week or so for three or four years now, and it has served us well.

The skewer for the front fork wore out after a couple of years. The RockyMounts rep told me not to tighten it so much, and he sent me a replacement. After a couple of years the bolts used to mount the tandem rack to the cargo racks felt like they were seizing. A little grease fixed that problem.

I can load and upload the tandem by myself, but when I unload it, it's a lot easier if my wife releases the lock button on the front swivel. I think a bungee cord set to lightly torque the handlebars to one side might make it easier for one person to unload the tandem.

The picture shows a tie down that we used for a while to stabilize the tandem side-to-side. We don't use it anymore, and we haven't had any trouble.

It's good!



PS: My only gripe is that fuel economy drops from 31-32 mpg to 25-26 when I have the tandem on top of the car. That's not the fault of RockyMounts, but since I'm a fuel-stingy guy, it still hurts!

PPS: I have to admit that our tandem would probably look nicer on the roof of a Porsche. Nice ride merlinextraligh !
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I purchased this about a month ago for my mazdaspeed3 without the extensions. What I do is use a rubbermaid tote to put the back wheel on and this gets the tandem high enough to use the pivot. The tote is used to carry all our gear anyway keeping it all neat and tidy.

One thing though, we mounted ours backwards so that I could open the hatch without hitting the rack. We have gone up to 120 kph(75ish mph) with no problems.

We used the factory roof rack( which is a re-badged Thule).
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I don't think the swivel mechanism is as well designed as on Yakima's tandem roof rack, but Yakima specifically says not to use their rack with factory rails, so that ruled it out for me.
And to answer the comments about desecrating the car, the factory cross bars come off in about 5 minutes, and we're only going to use it for trips to the mountains, where we want to enjoy the drive getting there, and the riding also.
My one quibble with the rockymounts is related to the swivel, and that it doesn't lock 'open' when you want to mount/dismount the fork, I have found that the accompanying handlebar strap does stabilize the tandem but it would be nice to have the head fixed while attaching the fork.

Then, anyone who says that adding a rack is "desecration" clearly doesn't know the history of Porsche and that roof racks have been a tradition in Europe for as long as the car has been around. Further, at least you're driving the damn car, rather than letting it sit-around gathering dust as some showroom queen (and nothing gets my goat more than sports cars being desecrated as showroom queens).
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I just put a Rockymounts on my Porsche Cayenne. It works fine, but the roof rails don't allow mounting the rack close enough to the edge of the vehicle for one person to load the bike and then swivel. It's pretty easy with two folks. Neet to use the straps to immobilize the forks, however.
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That's what the offset bracket "extender" is designed for.

http://www.rockymounts.com/Tandem_bi...ket_p/0513.htm

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I just put a Rockymounts on my Porsche Cayenne. It works fine, but the roof rails don't allow mounting the rack close enough to the edge of the vehicle for one person to load the bike and then swivel. It's pretty easy with two folks. Neet to use the straps to immobilize the forks, however.
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Since this thread has risen, albeit not from a zombie state, anyone offer an opinion on RockyMounts versus ATOC? I have an ATOC on our Jetta and I'm going to be getting a second tandem rack for our other car. I will say the ATOC has been just fine.
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