The BackStage is the only swing away platform hitch rack on the market that swings out 180 degrees. No matter if you have a truck, SUV or camper van, this rack is perfect for those who need open access to the back end of their vehicle. Based around the MonoRail platform, the BackStage provides full access to the back of the vehicle, even with bikes loaded.
- The industry’s first 180 degree swing away platform hitch rack
- Carries 2 bikes, up to 60 lbs per tray (120 lbs total). Not compatible with Add-On
- No contact with frame, secures bicycle by front wheel
- Carries road tires up to 5.0” fat bike tires, and diameters from 20” to 29”
- Compatible with bicycle wheelbases from 36” to 50”
- Folds flat against the vehicle and tilts down 30 degrees to allow for hatch access
- Only available for 2" hitches. Utilizes RockyMounts premium 3-axis anti wobble system
- Includes locking hitch bolt and cable lock, keyed alike
- Not for use with fender equipped bicycles
- Rack weight 59 lbs (shipping weight 75 lbs)
- For cargo vans like Sprinter, Transit and ProMaster, an 8" Hitch Extension is usually required for handlebars to clear the door. Road/Gravel is usually OK, modern mountain bike bars are too wide and can contact the rear door and the hitch extension is required.
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I chose RockyMounts Backstage rack for three reason: First, the rear doors of my Dodge Ram Promaster clear the rack. Many other swingaway type racks from other manufacturers sit up too high and don't allow the rear doors to open. Secondly, the Promaster is a wider vehicle and the Backstage swing arms are wide enough to allow the bikes to be swung out of the way along the side of the vehicle. Thirdly, I wanted the rack to not stick out in back any further than it needs to. Some competitors are building racks that place the bikes too far from the rear of the vehicle. The Backstage keeps my bikes close to the rear which looks better and is safer when backing up.
The Backstage Rack is truly perfect for anyone wanting easy access to the camper shell or slide-in camper on their pickup even when the rack is fully loaded and secured for travel. Obviously it's designed to swing completely out of the way of the back end of your truck or camper when parked or set up in camp. But it also tilts out just like more "traditional" racks to allow the tailgate to be fully lowered without having to swing the bikes to the side. Further, the fit, alignment & tolerances are precise enough that even when the rack is fully loaded one can easily tighten the blue "handle assembly" with one finger except for the final tightening twist - no lifting/shifting/ twisting anything to get it to catch. And the various other latches with their blue knobs click into place without a struggle. Loading bikes is a breeze and they're very secure when clamped in. Further, the rack can be swung fully aside & out of the way while leaving your bikes securely locked to the platform portion they sit on. Another plus: if you operate your rig with the tailgate on as we do, when the bikes are swung around to the side, the part of the rack that fits into the receiver and supports the rest of the rack functions as a handy (though narrow) auxiliary "step" for climbing up onto the tailgate when it's down.
I was tired of not having access through my Wrangler tailgate with my rack on. I wanted a platform rack for my carbon bike and swingaway for the jeep. The Backstage met all the requirements. Depending on the size of your spare, you may need the 8" extension. Anything > 4" would work, but the RockyMount 8" fits exactly and includes another antiwobble locking hitch bolt and they'll key it the same as the rack. There is minimal wobble to the rack when loaded and it is solid. Comes with an extra screw handle (used to solidly secure the swing arm when folded) since that piece is at risk of breaking if you back up a bit to far and hit anything. Assembly was about a 30 minute job for 1 person. I've had to move it from my Wrangler to my wife's SUV twice and it's far easier than I thought it would be. Highly recommended.
Extemely well built product and great support. The ability to swing out the rack and access your vehicle is HUGE. The rack is built to the max with all steel construction. This rack should last for years. Service is is also top notch. I had a minor issue with a end cap and Rocky Mounts sent a replacement FOC. Buy this over the competetitors. It's a no brainier.
The only rack that would work on our motorhome and let us access the rear doors without removing the bikes and then the rack. Well designed and very easy to use.
I recently purchased a Back Stage hitch mount rear rack. It was quite easy to assemble and well made. I love the swing out feature if I need to get into the back of my truck ! As a sales rep for Cervelo, this rack is in constant use carrying bikes almost daily. The rack is secure, stable, doesn't wobble around in the receiver and extremely easy to get bikes on and off. I liked the product so much that when I had to purchase two trays for my roof rack, I bought two of the Brass Knuckles trays from Rack N Road in Sacramento. These trays are so sturdy and robust, I never worry about the safety of very expensive bicycles on them or my rear Back Stage rack. I highly recommend Rocky Mounts products a bike industry professional who is constantly using these racks for thousands of miles per month with absolutely perfect and secure bike carry for multiple bikes.....
Pretty awesome. It's heavy because it has to be to do what it does, and for anyone who has a truck bed camping set up or those even more lucky souls "dirt bagging" it in vans, it's perfect.
Love everything about this rack. I always get people asking about it at trailhead parking lots. Really comes in handy when I go camping, and I can leave the rack on all the time, even when I need to use the back of the truck. One suggestion; the locking handle needs to be made of a stronger plastic, or even lightweight aluminum. Also, maybe think about making it more of a t-handle shape, than the l-handle. Harder for it to break.
I saw RockyMounts online a year ago. As a JEEP Wrangler owner & NICA MTB head coach, I carry my team gear and was sick of taking my old rack off to unload. A buddy showed off his new RM MonoRail and I loved the build, so RM was choice for me. RM BackStage only holds 2 bikes, AOK for my needs. DRIVEWAY REVIEW Threaded hitch bolt make rack rock solid. Bikes locked solid to tray. Easy to swing out & JEEP rear doors open & lock. A little effort to push bikes back in place & lock, but nothing major! Only critique: Plastic locks. I'll get 2 Curtis 23158 for the metal locks ends, swap out the RM plastic, and feel more secure. NOT ABLE TO FOLD UP With stock JEEP P255/70R18 tires, I need 1+” more distance from tire to fold up and lock. I tested a hitch extension and didn’t like it. While RM 50% reduced tongue weight warning isn't an issue for me, I felt the bikes were too far away for my taste and could cause rack wobble. SIMPLE SOLUTION I will only put on the RM rack while traveling with bikes. When bikes are off & JEEP is parked, folding up & not locking isn't an issue. If I need to drive, I can either push rack down and remember the extra space needed for backing up or pull up and use tie-down strap to secure - but it wont look as cool! If this is too much hassle, I realized my hitch is almost flush to bumper and I can buy a new hitch that extends 3” from bumper. That will give enough clearance to fold/lock. Can’t wait for first real use this weekend :-)