The SwitchHitter is the future-proof solution for those who want a low profile, roof mounted option. An incredibly versatile and intuitive option- it will stay with you as your bike quiver evolves.
- Carries 1 bike, up to 45 lbs on Thule® or Yakima® crossbars, 35 lbs on factory crossbars
- Future-proof fork mount for both QR and Thru-Axle. Compatible with 12x100, 15x100, 15x110, and 9x100 quick release. does not work with 12x110mm thru-axle
- Carries road tires on up to 3.0” wide mountain bike tires, and diameters from 20” to 29”
- Compatible with wheelbases from 34” to 48”
- Includes two fitting options: Stainless steel mounting straps for wrap around fits of factory, round, square, and Thule® Evo crossbars - OR - Integrated slotted crossbar mounts
- Rack weight 9 lbs (shipping weight is 10.5 lbs)
- Lock cores sold separately
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Just received (2) LS’s via the UPS man today. Everything from turn time, packaging, instructions, and product exceeded expectations. Construction and finish is solid, install instructions have pics and print, sleek design w/ integrated security. Stoked for tomorrow’s shake down ride to the trail head. Cheers Rocky Mounts!
I had 2 of these on my roof for the past year and they’ve been amazing. I have a mix of QR and thru axle bikes and these racks have been perfect. Easy to use and easy to swap between Thru axle and QR bikes.
I installed this bike rack on a 2013 Subaru Impreza hatchback and it fits! I had to scoot my Thule AeroBlade Edge crossbars all the way forward so that the end of the rack wouldn't hit the glass of my trunk, when open. Really high quality materials and bike feels really solid. Went with RockyMounts because it is cheaper than the Thule offerings, plus the spare parts are way cheaper too. Bought the rack at REI for 120$.
The fact that the rack fits lots of different front axle configurations is great if you have bikes with different set ups (e.g., road bike with old quick release, 100 and 110 mtb bikes) and it is easy to install and solidly built. However, on through axle bikes there isn't much rack for the front forks to "grab onto", so until you get the through axle in, if you bump the car, or if you have a high roof and have trouble positioning the forks on the rack, or if you are parked very unlevel the forks fairly easily slip out of the rack and onto your roof. My car is old with lots of scratched and dings, but if I had something nicer I wouldn't want this happening every now and then. Also, why not just integrate the rear strap so it is permanently attached to one side, have the rear strap completely detachable makes it easy to lose (or get stolen if you keep it on the rack all the time).
I got this rack because I have road bikes with regular skewers and some newer mountain bikes with thru axle front mounts. The adapters for the thru axle conversion are not that much cheaper, for what you get. Plus this rack has an integrated lock...bonus. Just mounted on my CRV with old Thule square bars and worked like a charm. Well, except for the length. It sticks out and prevents the hatch back from opening fully. I may have to cut the length of the tray. Otherwise, quality is great, I recommend this rack.
the switchhitter installs easy, I put it on our Subaru Outback. It works great for the trough axel and regular skews. My only complaints are when mounted on the Subaru they are a little long impeding the trunk when open, I solved thin by cutting the tray down a little shorter. I also wish the had a leveling feature, when installed on the Subaru they lean out due to the curve in the factory roof racks, I solved this with some plastic shims. Once these two items were solved the racks work perfectly.
Let me just start out by saying I have never felt compelled to leave a review for a product (positive or negative) in my life, by this product has changed that. In my 20 years of trying countless roof racks, hitch racks, and trunk racks I have always been extremely confused and frustrated by how expensive, complicated, and ultimately insecure the main stream racks are. Even after installing them I never felt the bike was secure so I would use additional bungie cords to keep the bike in place. So I decided to search for some additional rack brands and companies and came across Rocky Mounts. I am from PA so I have never heard of them before but decided to give them a chance because the price was right and the description sounded like exactly what I was looking for. I received the rack as a present this Christmas and just got around to installing it this morning. Wow! It was the easiest installation ever, the wrap around strap for the front bracket is ingenious! Total instal time was 5minutes and better yet it is rock solid! There is absolutely no movement or play (I have a 2014 Subaru CrossTrek with factory bars). I am an avid mountain and road biker so the the ability to switch between through axel for my mountain and quick release for my road bike on the fly is unbeatable. The quick release adapter slides right through the through axel bracket so there are no tools necessary to change. So innovative, inexpensive, simple, and secure! Very pleased!
"One lucky reviewer will win $100 worth of his/her choice of RockyMounts gear when we draw a random winner on March 30, 2017.” It’s November 1, 2017.
The bar bounces around and is a little noisy.