Rocky Mounts Lariat SL Bike Rack

  • New, cast metal, durable low profile head
  • Designed to Fit Thule® and Yakima® crossbars straight out of the box
  • Long throw, easy to use, lockable quick release
  • Works with road and mountain bikes up to a 2.3" tire
  • Full length aluminum Wheel Tray
  • Can be locked with RockyMounts Lock Cores, available separately
  • Available in Black, Silver, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Gold & Orange fits Thule and Yakima trays
  • (SLX version is same price but with longer, wider tray for FR/DH rigs)

  • User Reviews (17)

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    teartags   Cross Country Rider [May 24, 2011]
    Strength:

    Pretty colors make it easy to recognize your car in a crowded parking lot.

    Weakness:

    Made with poor quality materials.

    The metal piece that goes under your rack bars is cheap metal and bends when your bike gets slung back and forth on a bumpy road. Then it just gets worse and your bike teeter totters all the time. Love it when I see the shadow of the top of my bike moving 10" back and forth.
    Also, the pin that this piece of metal grabs on to works its way out making the front of the rack come off entirely and letting you see the front of your wife's bike drop down next to the passenger side window while the back wheel is still attached. Awesome.
    Finally, when the passive side of the skewer inevitably rusts and you need to adjust it for another bike, you grab your pliers to hold the nut and when you crank on the handle using only your hand power, the skewer breaks in half! My hands are pretty strong, but...
    So you make a few trips to RM (local here) and get free replacement parts for all of these problems, but the same things happen again.
    That's when you throw these in the garbage and buy Yakima Vipers.
    It's harder to find my truck in the parking lot now, but I'm not checking my sideviews for my bike every 10 minutes either

    Similar Products Used: Yakima Viper
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    billyloon   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2010]
    Strength:

    Solid design, inexpensive, easy to install, cool colors, optional disc brake adapter and locking skewers

    Weakness:

    Uses a Torx bolt to secure to the roof rack. I wish there was an option to lock the bike tray to the rack. Not like it mattered for me anyhow since my entire rack and trays were stolen off the roof of my car.

    These are a great, affordable alternative to Thule and Yakima trays. I would buy them again if I wanted to roll the dice with a roof-mounted rack again in a high crime area. They are well built trays. I never had a problem with them in the 3 years that I owned them. I did cover up the Torx bolt that secures the trays to the rack with a piece of black electrical tape to make it harder for a thief to figure out how to remove the trays. It was not the bike trays fault that these were jacked from my car, it is THULE'S FAULT for making such an easily removed rack system (despite 4 LOCKED rack towers).

    Similar Products Used: None
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    blantonator   Weekend Warrior [Apr 23, 2007]
    Strength:

    -Price (half the price of the competition
    -Comes in different colors
    -Seems to hld the bike just fine
    -Has nicer racheting system for rear tire... new Yakima's have a cheap clip system for rear tires.

    Weakness:

    -rack held on to bars by a torx bolt (easy to steal)
    -have to screw quick release a bunch of times when no bike on roof

    This is a cool affordable bike rack that comes in a variety of colors... mine being gold. I have to two gripes. First of all even with the additional barrel lock, the rack and bike could easily be stolen if a theif has a torx screwdriver. For me this is a pretty common tool. My second complaint is that the quick release must be screwed together several times when there is no bike on the rack, otherwise the QR will flap in the wind and can easily be stolen This takes a minute or two and is slighly annoying. The quick release is two piece and appears it could be stolen pretty easily when there is no bike on the rack. I live in a fairly safe area, so I'm not to conserned about the rack or bike being stolen, but i may end up drilling out the head of the bolt on the rack, preventing me or anyone from removing it without a stuggle.

    Similar Products Used: Yakima
    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    tyler stambaugh   Weekend Warrior [May 13, 2007]
    Strength:

    great price, customer service is top of the line

    Weakness:

    none yet

    dont waste your money on the other guys. great product, great performance. customer service is the best ive seen yet. I ordered my racks from an online company, they shiped missing a pin in each head. I called rockymounts and after and I had two replacement heads in the mail the next day.

    Similar Products Used: none
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Blake   Racer [Dec 22, 2005]
    Strength:

    Cheap and easy to use. Does everything that either Yakima or Thule do but at about half the price.

    Best value of its kind. A definite buy if looking at fork-locking, top-mounting bike mounts.

    Similar Products Used: Yakima
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    noah   Racer [Jun 09, 2005]
    Strength:

    Inexpensive, holds my bikes to my car well, customer service, comes in "pimp daddy gold"

    Weakness:

    On the older version, the skewers wore out...not a problem with the new ones (see below).

    These racks do everything they should for a lot less than Yaks and Thules. I happen to live about 4 blocks from where they make these in Boulder, CO. The skewers on the older models started to wear out (the o-ring holding the spring in dried up - it still worked fine, just annoying). I drove over to Rocky Mounts, showed them the old skewer, and a minute later the guy walked out and gave me a brand new one (actually 3, one for each of my mounts). The new ones seem to be made a lot better with more metal parts - no problems so far. So 5 for value, and 5 overall because even though I had a problem, the customer service was fantastic. Also, the new product is excellent, which shows that Rocky Mounts actually engineered a sensible improvement into their product, rather than more bells and whistles which do nothing but double the price.

    Similar Products Used: thule
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Jason   Cross Country Rider [Apr 04, 2005]
    Strength:

    works on yakima and thule.
    great customer service/attitude

    Weakness:

    pointy QR lever hurts hand
    rattles without bike

    Well, I had a set of the older rocky mounts, and they are great. simple, work on thule or yakima, and the customer service was great when I broke one mount driving into the garage, replacing stuff for free/cheap.
    We got another set when we got another car. Then new ones (lariat) are not that great. the way it attaches is more secure, but at the same time, you have to make it super tight in order to have the axle skewer slide freely. with that, it rattles when you dont have a bike in it. my other gripe is that some idiot made the end of the QR lever pointy and sharp. so it hurts your hand. so go for the old ones, but not the new ones.

    Similar Products Used: older rockymounts (nomad) are WAY better
    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    J'Rome   [Mar 16, 2005]
    Strength:

    Functional and Goooood Lookin' (Project N Trays). Customer service second to none.

    Weakness:

    They weren't free.

    None better at any price.

    Similar Products Used: Crappy Yakima hitch rack and my trunk.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Dutch Boy   Cross Country Rider [Feb 14, 2005]
    Strength:

    These arcks are designed to fit both Yakima and Thule racks straight out of the box and they do it well.

    Weakness:

    None.

    These trays are better engineered than either the Yakima or Thule trays. In additiona, they come in many differnet color options to match your car.

    Similar Products Used: I used Yakimas trays before and they began to have problems with the closer skews after 6 months.
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Ken W   Racer [Feb 11, 2005]
    Strength:

    Very versatile, I have two and if I'm road tripping w/ someone who doesn't have enough trays on their rack I can pull mine off my Subaru and quickly install on either Yak or Thule racks as needed. Bomber durability and the locking system is very sano. Works for all my different bikes. It also pimps out my Subaru nicely in kawasaki green.

    Weakness:

    None.

    Great product, great price and the company is cool. When I called w/ a question I felt I was talking to another cyclist who really gave a crap.

    Similar Products Used: Yakima
    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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