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RockyMounts recently decided its venerable BrassKnuckles roof rack needed updating and that fat bike racks were too few and far between. This year, we see the result: the brand new Tomahawk Fat Bike Ready Upright Mount. With the overall structure carried over from the BrassKnuckle and its new capability to fit any bike ranging from 20-29 inches with any road, mountain, or fat tires, we think the Tomahawk is a valuable addition to the current crop of roof racks being offered.
RockyMounts set out to make the Tomahawk as adaptable as possible, creating it with an interchangeable arm so that it can be mounted on the driver or passenger side of a vehicle with a swingarm that will hold your precious cargo in place without touching its frame. To accommodate a fat bike, RockyMounts includes two wheel strap extensions that work with tires up to five inches wide, as well as universal hardware that will pair effectively with any style of crossbar on your vehicle.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
it is easy to install on round load bar or blade load bar. it really is easy to like it says. it is the best one of the fat bike. you can use it carry any types of bike you have. I have full carbon fat bike and don't like to take front wheel off to load it on the carrier. with this carrier you don't have to take wheel off at all
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'll give it 3 stars because it holds the fat bike well enough, and it's a quick process to add/remove the bike. However, I wouldn't recommend the Rockymounts Tomahawk if you like to frequently remove your bike carrier from the crossbars (to use the bars for carrying other items). Installation is ridiculous. It requires lining up four 2-2.5" allen bolts on front and back, for 8 total, which really inhibits quick removal and installation. My hand was literally sore after screwing in all of these with the supplied allen.
I'm surprised how bad this is to install, not hard, but time consuming. My 15-year-old Yakima fork mount carriers go on and off in a couple minutes, this thing would take at least 20. It's the kind of attachment I'd come up with wandering around home depot...couple plates and some bolts. Also have to remove the rear tray "cap" to slide the mount off the back, which I'm sure will be enjoyable (needed a mallet to push them on). I'd expect more thought put into this design. If they could've halved the number of bolts, or put knobs on them, it'd be much easier, if still a bit clunky.
Also, a 35 lb maximum for a rack touting fatbike capacity? Many fat bikes are over 35 lbs.
Great rack at a competitive price!!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I already had a Rocky Mount BrassKnuckles rack, and liked being able to throw my bike on the roof securely with both wheels attached and no contact from the rack to the bike frame. I liked it so much, I was in the process of buying a second one, along with the FatBike adapter (around another $20) when I saw that RockyMount had released the Tomahawk. They are functionally the same, though the BrassKnuckle seems finished a bit more nicely, and the Tomahawk comes ready to carry large tire fatbikes. So, the same functionality of the rack I really like without the need to buy an additional adapter to carry my Moonlander. RockyMount saved me $70.
any chance the lock cores from Yakima will work with the Rockymounts? Converting for the fat bike and have the Yakima cores.
Will this work on factory crossbars on a 2012 Subaru Forester?
Is there a bike weight limit on these?