ProStar Hoist Monster Rack

Hoist Monster

This ceiling bike lift stores your bike up and out of the way with a simple mechanism that works as smoothly as a venetian blind. Two bike hooks secure the handle bars and the seat, and each pull of the attached rope safely locks the bike in place. Mechanism is engineered to reduce lifting weight, so anyone can use this. For use with bikes 50 pounds or less and ceilings up to 12 feet. Easy ceiling installation with provided rope and hardware.

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pruitt   Weekend Warrior [May 26, 2002]

Well made, overall. Metal appears to be at least 'good' quality. Easy to use.


Instructions could be better; I question the longevity of the nylon (?) rope included.

Like so many things today, the Hoist Monsters are made in China. Typically, I do not like Chinese metal products; I've seen too much of it bend and flex; i.e. screw heads rounding off and the metal being 'pot metal' at best. HOWEVER, the Hoist Monsters are really quite good; the metal is definately thick enough to hold the advertised 50 pound rating. Installing them is simple enough too, however, read the instructions a couple of times, paying attention to the orientation of the setup and the threading of the pulleys and rope.

One big thing they should tell you up front in the instructions is how they mount to the roof of your garage. The Hoist Monsters, as they come out of the box, will ONLY orient your bikes in the direction your roof joists run. For example, if your garage has the joists running parallel to the garage (they're in the same direction as you pull the car in), the Hoist Monsters will carry your bike in the same orientation as your cars. Reason? The Hoist Monsters are designed to be screwed (and they do include some beefy screws; they're like a phillips lag screw almost) directly into the joists. SO: If you want your bikes hung PERPENDICULAR to the way you pull your cars in (as I did), you'll need to fashion a mount to secure to the joists that are at least as long as you need the Hoist Monsters set apart and then screw the Hoist Monsters to them. It sounds more difficult than it is, but it's just a simple line item in the instructions, so be forewarned! I just bought some nice solid oak shelving from Home Depot and painted them white to match the garage ceiling, anchored them with the Hoist Monster bolts and used galvanized deck screws to mount the Hoist Monsters to the shelving material.

All in all, it makes for a very sano install and I've got two bikes secured this way. And you do get enough clearance in most garages to at least get the hood of your car under them. We drive small cars, so no big deal, but I'd definately measure from the ground to the top of your bike handlebars and add about 6 inches to this figure to get an overall height (the 6 inches is for the pulley hang). Take this overall height and subtract from your garage height and do the math before you buy. They may not crank them up high enough for everyone.

One last note: One glaring thing I don't like about these mounts is the rope 'stop' device. It's a simple hanging piece of metal with a hole drilled in it that the rope passes thru. It's spring-loaded and when you stop pulling the rope, the spring kicks in and binds against the rope. Problem? It's nylon rope and the hole is simply drilled thru the metal and not finished with a grommet. I'm thinking the rope will wear appreciably at this point and they should have, at a minimum, sleeved this hole with plastic, or better yet, crimped a grommet thru it.

A good product; almost great if you're just considering the price. I have a Thule hoist in our shed for our large carrying case and the Swedes have this thing figured out, but the hoist in that case was well over $100, but, as always, you get what you pay for.

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